Regional Technical Coordinator SNNPR, Ethiopia

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KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against tuberculosis (TB), the first most deadly 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, TB/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 the 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 technical coordinator leads the regional Challenge TB team and acts as the regional representative for KNCV/Challenge TB. The main responsibility of the coordinator is to provide high level technical support to all aspect of TB control in the region building sustainable technical capacity for TB control at regional, zonal and Woreda level to ensure patient centered care and treatment. He/she works in a close collaboration with other USAID funded projects and other partners to harmonize activities. He/she coordinates regional activities of Challenge TB and is responsible for the financial and technical management of all activities.

Organizational position

The regional coordinator reports to the Regional Director.

Duties and responsibilities

Technical assistance

  • Advices TB control stakeholders at regional, zonal and woreda level in all areas of TB control (patient centered care, MDR-TB, TB/HIV, childhood TB, DSM etc)
  • Acts as a mentor for regional, zonal and woreda level TB officers
  • Builds capacity of TB control staff through on the job training and coaching
  • Participates in joined supportive supervision visits within the region
  • Identifies bottlenecks in TB control in the region
  • Identifies opportunities to improve TB control
  • Develops and co-facilitates technical TB trainings
  • Contributes to the development of guidelines and tools for regional TB control

People, project, finance and quality management

  • Supervises and inspires team members, while creating an environment where sharing, technical debate and innovation are part of the routine
  • Takes care of qualitative and quantitative development of the regional team
  • Enhances and anchors the in-depth knowledge of TB technical areas
  • Contributes to the development of the regional work plan and implements with the team the outlined project activities
  • Plans, coordinates and checks the activities and deadlines of the regional team
  • Monitors the project performance according to the M&E plan
  • Prepares and submits quarterly and annual reports to the (deputy) country representative
  • Is responsible for the management of the regional budget

Knowledge management

  • Identifies areas for crosscutting collaboration with regional partners
  • Identifies knowledge gaps in the team and initiates and guides further capacity building the team
  • Actively shares knowledge with regional, zonal and woreda TB control staff
  • Maintain personal in-depth knowledge on TB control areas

This function will consist of 50% time spent in the field within the region

Who are we looking for?


  • MD plus Master’s Degree in public health or equivalent


  • Proven track record in people, project and finance management,
  • Experience in a similar position, specifically TB Program, working with RHB in SNNPR is a plus.
  • Minimum of 5 years relevant work experience in TB control
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Experience in teaching and capacity building
  • Proven ability to develop effective working relationships
  • The ability to organize and prioritize with eye for detail

Behavioral competencies and skills:

  • Good interpersonal communication;
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently;
  • Ability to cope with stress and to organize and prioritize workload;
  • Ability to work in an international team;
  • Supervisory, training, management and monitoring skills;
  • Demonstrated intermediate computer skills in Microsoft Office applications.

What does KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation offer?

  • A full time (40 hours) fixed-term contract for a year, 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 via the form below before 30 June 2016. For more information please contact us via +255 22 2664859 or send an email to

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.