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Regional MDR TB Technical Adviser Hawassa, SNNPR Ethiopia

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As a MDR TB Clinical Advisor you will provide technical support to the RHB, zonal health departments, and MDR TB Treatment Centers. You will also represent Challenge TB in regional MDR TB technical working group meetings. You will conduct supportive supervision and provides Continuing Medical Education (CME) for health workers supported by the Challenge TB project. You will also participate in preparation of work plans, supportive supervisions, monitoring and evaluation of the project.

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Serve as a resource person for the regional team in matters pertaining to clinical and programmatic management of MDR TB using the nationally approved clinic-based ambulatory model of care
  2. Support RHBs, zonal health departments and treatment centers in the implementation of innovative MDR TB case finding strategies including screening close contacts of index cases
  3. Ensure adequate clinical and laboratory monitoring of MDR TB patients by coordinating regular clinic appointment days (including MDR TB days) through regular in-person and distance based communication with site clinical team and zonal cluster coordinators
  4. Coordinate with the GF fund support team to ensure MDR TB catchment area meetings are conducted regularly and patients received nutritional support as per the national standards
  5. Work with the other regional advisors and the regional government counterparts to ensure consistent high quality service provision appropriate to the specific tier of services as well as referrals and linkages between each tier, and between the facility/ community.
  6. Support the regional team in identifying specific barriers to MDR TB case management including factors contributing to poor adherence to treatment and to clinic appointments
  7. Coordinate MDR TB CME activities and cohort review meetings, prepare clinical case studies, present and actively contribute to the discussions
  8. Together with the regional M&E team analyze monitoring and evaluation data and track project indicators as the basis for measuring performance and proposing improvements.
  9. Participate in the preparation of regional work plans and budgets
  10. Perform other activities as assigned by the supervisor

Who are we looking for?

  1. MD from a recognized university. Additional postgraduate qualification in public health or clinical medicine is desired
  2. 7 + years of experience, including prior experience with MDR TB clinical mentoring
  3. Hands-on experience in coordinating MDR-TB trainingsrequired
  4. Previous experience with USAID or other USG funded projects is required
  5. Operational research experience is a plus
  6. Excellent communication, and interpersonal skills, demonstrated leadership, and the ability to work collaboratively with culturally diverse partners.
  7. Computer literacy; competency with Microsoft Office, internet and email systems.
  8. Fluency in written and spoken English and Amharic is required.
  9. Ability to work independently as well as in collaboration with colleagues and partners.
  10. Willingness to travel frequently (up to 50% time) within Ethiopia required.

Behavioral competencies and skills:

  • Good interpersonal communication.
  • Ability to cope with stress and to organize and prioritize workload;
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Sound analytical skills

What does KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation offer?

  • A full time( 40 hours) fixed-term contract for a year, with the intention to extend the contract;
  • An informal work atmosphere in an international environment where initiative is appreciated;
  • A highly-motivated team of experienced, self-driven colleagues;
  • The salary is dependent upon education and relevant working experience;
  • KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation has its own Employment Conditions Scheme;

Application and information

You can apply for this position via the form below before 27th of August 2016. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our HRM Team in The Netherlands: +31(0)70-4167228 or recruitethiopia@kncvtbc.org. Please note that our application procedure requires favorable recommendations from at least three professional references.

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental handicap, or status as a disabled person.