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Regional TB and Laboratory Advisor SNNPR, Ethiopia

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is looking for a:

Regional TB and Laboratory Advisor

Duty Station: SNNPR, 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 focuses 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 Laboratory Advisor will be responsible for overall strategic planning, coordination, and technical direction of laboratory activities for the project to ensure quality assured laboratory services in SNNPR. S/he will work closely with the other senior technical experts, as well as with the M & E Advisors to ensure progress is being achieved towards ensuring quality laboratory services. Support Hawassa Regional Reference laboratory and regional Health bureau to strengthen the quality of Laboratory output, protocols and tools.

Position in the organization

The regional TB Laboratory advisor reports to The USAID Challenge TB SNNPR Regional Coordinator and a member of challenge TB regional team.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Develop close working relationships with Hawassa Regional Reference Laboratory, Regional Health Bureau and other stakeholders that have responsibility to implement, strengthen and improve TB microscopy, GeneXpert, and culture capacity.
  • Work with RRL’s to assist in organizing, conducting and evaluating the training for TB microscopy, GeneXpert, DST and other TB diagnostic related needs.
  • Coordinate with RRL’s and health facility laboratories in the project zones to ensure that laboratory personnel are trained on the updated TB laboratory standards and support health facilities to achieve these standards during supportive supervision visits.
  • Provide support to RRLs to improve the quality of smear microscopy, improve external quality assessment (EQA) of smear microscopy, including implementation of EQA guidelines, analysis of the results of EQA, and strengthening the feedback mechanism to microscopy laboratories.
  • Develop/strengthen innovative protocols for MDR-TB suspect sputum transportation from the health facilities in a safe and secure way to ensure viability of samples, timely testing in labs and prompt notification of results.
  • Work with RRL in TB lab commodities inventory management implementation.
  • Support RTRL’s in supportive supervision and on-site mentorship/coaching of laboratory staff.
  • Support the RRL’s in training and technical assistance, as well as implementation of new diagnostics such as GeneXpert and liquid culture, DST, and other molecular techniques.
  • Ensure that all supported laboratories implement and follow internationally-recognized TB laboratory biosafety practices to ensure the safety of staff, patients and the public. Ensure appropriate disposal of sputum specimens and other infectious material.
  • Develop/implement tools for laboratory reporting as part of laboratory network strengthening and help build capacity of staff at RTRL’s and below in data management for decision making.
  • Conduct targeted supervision, mentorship for laboratory professionals working in the facilities.
  • Represent CTB on regional TB, TB/HIV and MDR/XRD TB working groups.
  • Contribute to the Annual planning, quarterly and annual report writing processes.
  • Perform other duties as required.

The job requires frequent travel to the zones, woreda and facilities

Who are we looking for

Education

Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Science from an accredited college or university, plus a higher qualification (e.g.,Master’s Degree) in microbiology, tropical & infectious diseases, biomedical science ,or related pathology discipline essential.

Knowledge/Experiences

  • At least 5 years post-qualification experience, with the responsibilities of implementing TB laboratory components at Regional/sub-regional level, Providing technical leadership and support to regional and peripheral laboratories specifically on QA system
  • Working experience with RRL/RHB/implementing partners
  • Experience of working with USAID supported TB/TB/HIV laboratory strengthening projects at Regional/Sub-regional level or equivalent
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work flexibly in a team-oriented, culturally diverse environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, sound judgment and communication skills
  • Demonstrated computer skills; knowledge of appropriate methods for data analysis and reporting.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, set priorities, and work independently.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Knowledge and experience working with donors preferably with USAID

Behavioral competencies and skills: 

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work in a culturally diverse environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, sound judgment and communication skills
  • Ability to set priorities and work independently
  • Ability to cope with stress
  • Sound analytical skills

What does KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation offer?

 

  • A full time (40 hours) fixed-term contract until 30 June 2019, with the intention to extend the contract depending on funding and performance;
  • 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 by submitting your CV, including a motivation letter and 3 professional references, before July 7, 2018. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our HRM Team in Ethiopia: + 251116673801 or mail to recruitethiopia@kncvtbc.org.

Please note that we only consider the applications that are received through the KNCV website.