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KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is looking for a fulltime

Regional TB Advisor

Duty Station: Dire Dawa, Ethiopia

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against tuberculosis (TB), the first deadliest infectious disease in the world. KNCV is an international center of expertise for TB control that promotes effective, efficient, innovative and sustainable tuberculosis control strategies in a national and international context.
We are an organization of passionate TB professionals, including doctors, researchers, training experts, nurses and epidemiologists. We aim to stop the spread of the worldwide epidemic of TB and to prevent the further spread of drug-resistant TB. We operate from a central office in The Hague in the Netherlands, a regional office in Central Asia and country offices worldwide.

KNCV is the lead partner in Challenge TB (CTB), the new USAID-funded 5-year global program to decrease TB mortality and morbidity in high burdened countries. The overarching strategic objectives of Challenge TB are to improve access to quality patient centered care for TB, B/HIV, and MDR-TB services; to prevent transmission and disease progression; and to strengthen TB platforms. The KNCV office in Addis Ababa is responsible for the overall implementation of CTB project (to be significantly expanded in 2016). As lead partner, KNCV implements the project together with MSH and WHO and operates in close communication with the National TB program (NTP), the USAID Mission and other stakeholders.

The project focusses specifically on four major areas: 1) technical support (TA) to the national level of the National TB Program (NTP); 2) TA to two Regions; 3) TA to three urban areas, and 4) tailored support to key populations. In 2016 the CTB Project will be expanded to four other regions, with significant collaboration of MSH. It is expected that at the main office in Addis Ababa, a mix of KNCV and MSH senior technical staff will provide both national TA and policy support and regional/zonal TA.

Purpose of the position

The Regional TB Advisor will serve as the regional technical lead for KNCV/CTB and Dire Dawa/Harari regional health Bureaus. The Advisor will provide technical support in key TB technical support areas including Universal DOTS expansion for drug sensitive and MDR TB, community TB, childhood TB, TB/HIV, TB Infection control activities and health systems strengthening.

As a regional TB-Advisor you will:

  • Serve as a regional¬†resource person on drug sensitive TB technical support for RHBs and regional Challenge TB teams
  • Provide support to the RHBs and Zonal health departments in implementing nationally approved treatment guidelines, training modules, and standard operating procedures
  • Represent Challenge TB in regional technical meetings, working groups, and ad hoc committee meetings regarding drug sensitive TB including community TB
  • Provide targeted mentoring and supportive supervision to selected health facilities, woredas and zonal health departments
  • Work with other partners and government counterparts in the region to ensure consistent, high quality TB service provision appropriate to the specific tier of health system as well as referrals and linkages between each tier, and between the facility / community
  • Actively participate in program-based operational research activities targeted at improving case detection and treatment outcome in the region
  • Work with the M&E team to analyze monitoring and evaluation data and track project indicators as the basis for measuring performance and proposing improvements
  • Support RHBs in conducting training needs assessment and serve as resource person in conducting trainings
  • In close coordination with the M&E teams, identify and document best practices and success stories.
  • Contribute to the quarterly and annual report writing processes

You are willing to travel frequently to Harari regional state.

Who are we looking for?

Education

  • MD or MPH from recognized University is required, and postgraduate training in TB or HIV related field desired

Knowledge/experience

  • Minimum of years of relevant work experience is required, at least three of which should be in TB or HIV technical area
  • Previous experience as clinical mentor and TB/HIV advisor desired
  • Hands-on experience in basic trainings in TB required
  • Previous experience with USAID or other USG funded projects is required
  • Operational research experience is a plus
  • Computer literacy; competency with Microsoft Office
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, set priorities, and work independently.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.

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 contract for 12 months with possible extension depending on performance and available funding;
  • 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 the positions via the form below, closing date is the 14th of December 2016.  For more information please contact us via +255 22 2664859 or send an email to recruitethiopia@kncvtbc.org

Please note that we only consider the applications that are received through the KNCV website. Applicants that are sent to recruit email account are not taken into consideration.