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Senior TB Technical Officer The Hague The Netherlands

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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.

Challenge TB
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. We lead an international consortium with eight partner organizations: American Thoracic Society (ATS), Family Health International (FHI 360), Interactive Research & Development (IRD), Japanese Anti Tuberculosis Foundation (JATA), Management Sciences for Health (MSH), Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), and the World Health Organization.
The overarching strategic objectives of Challenge TB are to improve access to quality patient centred care for TB, TB/HIV, and MDR-TB services; to prevent transmission and disease progression; and to strengthen TB platforms.

The CTB Project Management Unit (PMU)
As the prime recipient, KNCV established the CTB PMU to manage all operations related to CTB. The PMU facilitates the quality development and implementation and administration of all core, regional and country projects. PMU does not implement projects but can be directly involved in countries ensuring objectives at country level are met, delays in implementation are prevented, absorption capacity is improved and effective and efficient approaches are developed and shared amongst all CTB partners. PMU communicates directly with USAID/W on behalf of the CTB Coalition Partners.

Purpose of the position
Together with the Senior TB Technical Coordinator Ensure the technical integrity and quality of the project, assist with the coordination of staff and activities under each technical objective and Serve as technical officer on a selected areas of work.

Profile

The Senior TB Technical Officer works at PMU and reports to the Senior TB Technical Coordinator.

As Senior Technical Officer PMU you will:

  • Support the strategic development, coordinate, support and facilitate scale-up of evidence-based quality assured TB interventions in Challenge TB project countries.
  • Support the development of overall strategic innovative approaches and strategies.
  • Support the development review and analyze annual country work plans and budgets.
  • Serve as the focal person for specific technical areas, such as laboratory strengthening, diagnostic capacities and/or other assigned areas.
  • Support Challenge TB partners in the development and implementation of country project activities.
  • Improve the quality of Challenge TB products (technical reports, guidelines etc.) through review and effective feedback.
  • Support the collection, development and dissemination of best practices and lessons learned from area specific services activities.
  • Liaise with USAID counterparts where relevant.

Who are we looking for?

The ideal candidate is a senior public health expert: medical doctor, Master in relevant field, with minimal 10 years of experience in managing TB and or HIV programs in low- and middle-income countries. S/he has solid experience and expertise working with partners, including governments, NGOs and research institutions. The candidate communicates with and supports coalition partner organizations both at headquarters and in the countries to ensure they have up-to-date knowledge and skills, and are able to promote and implement new (WHO) endorsed technologies within each country specific context.
The candidate assists coalition partners with their related country strategy, work plan development, implementation and monitoring, especially regarding the implementation of new laboratory tools and technologies. We are looking for a pro-active person who is, flexible, tactful, an enthusiastic innovator and a strong authoritative leader in his/her field; who has excellent communication skills, fluency in English (both verbal and in writing); and will operate from KNCV Central Office in The Hague, The Netherlands.
The ideal candidate, is a generalist, ideally with good understanding of diagnostic systems (Laboratory systems and X-ray) and/or experienced in other specialist areas such as PPM, TB/HIV, MDR-TB.

What does the 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 30 June 2016. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our HRM Team in The Netherlands: +31(0)70-4167228 or recruit@kncvtbc.org.
For further information on KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, please also see www.kncvtbc.org and www.challengeTB.org.

KNCV Tuerculosis 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.