Short Term Technical Advisor for short term technical assistance on pharmacovigilance in Kyrgyzstan

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is looking for a

Short Term Technical Advisor for short term technical assistance on pharmacovigilance in Kyrgyzstan

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, regional offices in Central Asia and East Africa 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 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), FHI 360, Interactive Research & Development (IRD), Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Foundation (JATA), Management Sciences for Health (MSH), 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 centered care for TB, TB/HIV, and MDR-TB services; to prevent transmission and disease progression; and to strengthen TB platforms.

Purpose of the Job

One of the WHO requirements for the introductions of new drugs and regimens (ND&R) for drug-resistant TB patients is data collection on active drug safety monitoring and management (aDSM). The first patients were enrolled on ND&R in January 2017. The purpose of the assignment is to provide technical assistance to the National TB Program in Kyrgyzstan in strengthening capacity of national and regional TB specialists in pharmacovigilance (PV), and to consolidate collaboration between the national TB and PV programs. Objectives include providing on-the-job training in TB treatment facilities treatment drug-resistant patients with new drugs and regimens on adverse event recording and reporting and causality assessment, and support an initial analysis of available adverse event data generated.


  1. TB specialists in the ND&R treatment centers (Bishkek TB center, National TB center, Kara-Balta MDR-TB hospital and Chui Oblast TB center) provided with supportive supervision and on-the-job training on pharmacovigilance, including on recording and reporting and causality assessment.
  2. Report with recommendations developed together with accompanying KNCV consultant within one week of completing the activity.


The TA individual operates under the supervision of the Country Director and reports directly to the Country Director. All reports on the mission process and deliverables should be shared also with KNCV HQ for final approval. Submission of the report is due within 1 week after completion of the mission.


The total proposed level of effort (LOE) for this assignment is 9 days, including 2 days for travel.

The assignment needs to take place around a planned trip with in-country dates 5-9 June 2017.


KNCV branch office in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and TB treatment facilities (training will be in The Golden Dragon Hotel and field visits to Karabalta MDR-TB hospital and National PV center in Bishkek).


  • Master’s degree in pharmacy and in epidemiology
  • Knowledge of current WHO policy recommendations on PV and aDSM
  • At least five years of international experience in pharmacovigilance
  • Documented experience in writing of technical reports, scientific publications and/or funding proposals
  • Documented experience in providing training on pharmacovigilance including causality assessment
  • Understanding of cultural differences
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to cooperate and negotiate with technical and funding agencies, and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with international and national staff at all levels are key attributes.

What does the KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation offer?

  • A consultancy contract for the period of the assignment
  • An international environment where initiative is appreciated
  • A fee that is competitive for the scope of the assignment.

Application and information

Your application (curriculum vitae, proof of prior experience and proficiency in the stated assignment, fee indication) should be sent before 15 May 2017 to:

Katja Lumelova, email:, under subject “Strengthening TB Pharmacovigilance in Kyrgyzstan (APA3 CTB KYR 9.2.1)”.  For further information on KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, please see

KNCV TB 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.