Short Term Technical Advisor for the CTB Cambodia Project National TB laboratory diagnostic guideline PHASE I Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation
KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against tuberculosis (TB), still the second 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.
Over the past century we have built up 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 in 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 Tuberculosis Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against tuberculosis (TB), still the second most deadly infectious disease in the world.
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), and 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 centered care for TB, TB/HIV, and MDR-TB services; to prevent transmission and disease progression; and to strengthen TB platforms.

Purpose of the Assignment
As part of CTB Cambodia Year 2 work plan, the consultant will support the Cambodian National TB program and National TB reference laboratory to establish a development framework for a comprehensive TB diagnostic guideline

1) An in-country visit up to two weeks duration by a laboratory expert will take place in July 2016 with the primary objective to do the following:
– Review existing documents relevant to have an inventory of available TB laboratory guidelines and SOPs
– Conduct a one-week workshop with key stakeholders to collectively outline the proposed guideline that sets a context for a period of 3-5 years, and with expected changes over time as the diagnostic landscape evolves
– Outline a writing strategy with prioritized activities chronologically described and with a phased approach based on the prioritization
– Identify potential in-country stakeholders who may be able to support the development of the guidelines
– Develop time-bound targets and estimated costs to complete the document
– Develop terms of reference for consultant writer(s) including level of effort expected

2) A secondary objective will be to provide a ½ day orientation on the SLIMTA and GLI accreditation tools and the accreditation process

The TA individual or organization operates under the supervision of the Country Director and reports directly to the Country Director.

The mission process and deliverables should be shared also with KNCV HQ for final approval. Submission of the short summary report is due within 5 days after completion of the mission and a full report is due within 3 weeks after completion of the mission.


  • 2 days preparation and backstopping
  • 7-12 days in country activities: July 2016
  • 3 days distance support

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

– A PhD or equivalent degree relevant to the assignment
– Knowledge of current WHO policy recommendations on the use of new TB diagnostics, TB laboratory biosafety, standard operating procedures for TB laboratory methods, and specifications for TB laboratory equipment;
– At least 10 years’ experience in a mycobacteriology laboratory with knowledge of laboratory quality management systems;
– At least any experience in mapping exercise will be an added advantage;
– Documented experience in writing of technical reports, technical guidelines, SOPs, scientific publications and/or funding proposals.
– Knowledge of high-burden, resource-constrained countries and organization of national TB programmes based on practical experience preferably Cambodia
– Experience working in an accredited Laboratory or equivalent.
– Excellent oral and writing skills in English
– Self-starter, team player, dynamic, solid, open, flexible, integrity, organizational awareness
– 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.


  • 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
You can apply for this position via the form below before the 31st May 2016. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our HRM Team in The Netherlands: +31(0)70-4167228 or Please note that our application procedure requires favorable recommendations from at least three professional references.