KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation
KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against tuberculosis (TB), the 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 worldwide epidemic of TB and to prevent the further spread of drug-resistant TB.
Over the past century we have built a wealth of knowledge and expertise, initially by successfully controlling TB in the Netherlands. Since the 1970s, we have also shared our knowledge and expertise with the rest of the world. We operate from a central office in The Hague, the Netherlands, a regional office in Central Asia and country offices worldwide. KNCV raises funds from private, institutional, corporate and government donors.
KNCV is the lead partner in Challenge TB, the USAID-funded 5-year global program to decrease TB mortality and morbidity in high burdened countries. We lead an international consortium with eight partner organizations. The overarching strategic objectives of Challenge TB are to improve access to quality patient centered care for TB, TB/HIV, and drug-resistant TB services; to prevent transmission and disease progression; and to strengthen TB platforms. KNCV also leads and partners on different research and implementation projects with a range of (inter)national partners.
Purpose of the position
KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation aims to generate a solid evidence base for existing and new tools and interventions through generating evidence about the TB epidemic, the control response and specific interventions; helping countries to apply these and facilitate the sharing of knowledge. Your work will be diverse. You may conduct intervention studies, surveys, support analysis of surveillance data, carry out operational research, and provide epidemiological support to complex projects in order to enhance evidence-based decision-making.
The Senior Epidemiologist reports to the Technical Coordinator of Team Evidence, based within the Technical Division. Team evidence has as main activities creation, collection and dissemination of tuberculosis and methodological knowledge.
As senior epidemiologist you will:
- Provide short term technical assistance to support countries with the design and analyses of TB prevalence surveys, TB drug resistance surveys, and implementation research.
- Carry out and support epidemiological TB research;
- Develop and evaluate research proposals and protocols;
- Maintain research contacts with national and international organizations and with various local and external organizations such as universities or medical research institutes;
- Write grant proposals for operational and epidemiological TB research in collaboration with other KNCV staff and external partners;
- Give formal and on the job training on operational research related to TB control. This may include supervising local MSc and PhD students;
- Advise and support government authorities and institutions abroad in setting up and conducting TB research in a national and international context;
- Formulate recommendations for implementation of evidence-based TB control interventions to national TB control programs and other institutions or organizations;
- Promote the expertise of KNCV colleagues by presenting research results and their relevance for policy making;
- Publish scientific articles on the basis of the research conducted;
- Give presentations at conferences and scientific meetings.
Please note that you are expected to travel frequently (25%-30% of the time).
Who are we looking for?
- MSc or corresponding degree in epidemiology, statistics or in public health;
- Preferably holding a doctorate degree (PhD) in epidemiology and/or statistics; or otherwise proven extensive experience in epidemiology and statistics.
- In-depth knowledge of and experience with epidemiological and statistical analysis;
- At least 4 years relevant post-qualification professional experience in research;
- In-depth knowledge of and experience epidemiological research techniques; specifically implementation research;
- Demonstrated skills in applying statistical software for research data analysis;
- Knowledge of and experience in training and capacity building;
- 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;
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
- Experience with working in resource-poor countries;
- Experience with qualitative research, specifically (stigma) scale validation
- Familiarity with infectious diseases, specifically tuberculosis;
- Work or travel experience in developing countries.
What does KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation offer?
- A full-time (38 hours per week) 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 5 December 2018. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our HRM Team in The Netherlands: +31(0)70-4167222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.