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KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is looking for a

Short Term Technical Advisor for the CTB Tanzania Project

ISO 15189 ACCREDITATION OF THE CENTRAL TUBERCULOSIS REFERENCE LABORATORY (CTRL) AT MUHIMBILI NATIONAL HOSPITAL.

Terms of Reference

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against tuberculosis (TB), still 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 and laboratory scientists. 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 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 (WHO).

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

Part of the CTB Year 4 Tanzania work plan under the various intervention areas for laboratory strengthening, the consultant will support the Central Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory (CTRL) for the process of accreditation of CTRL with assessments and trainings of CTRL staff acquiring ISO 15189 accreditation.

A one-week  in-country visit preferably from 12-16 February 2018 plus preparation, report writing and backstopping in order to accomplish the following:

Deliverables

  • Mentor the wider net of CTRL Technical staff on SOPs and performing and reporting internal audits
  • Work with Quality Officer and Safety Officer on practical implementation for the resolution of complaints and non-conformities
  • Evaluate if recommendations of the reports of the assessment of different consultants who visited CTRL within the last six months have been followed-up.
  • Develop an plan for action for the CTRL
  • Support the CTRL to apply for Accreditation
  • QMS document review
  • Summary Mission Report and Debrief (PowerPoint)

Reporting Channels

The consultant or organization operates under the supervision of the Country Director and the Deputy Country Director and reports directly to the Country Director.  The consultant will work closely with the Challenge TB Laboratory Technical Officer and CTRL Manager.  All reports on the mission process and deliverables should be shared also with KNCV HQ for final approval. The final report should be submitted within two weeks of completing the mission.

Timeframe

  • 2 days preparation
  • 1 week (5 days) in country activities
  • 1 day report writing
  • 2 days backstopping to support process.

Location

Central Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory (CTRL), at Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam.

Profile of the Consultant(s)

  • A Master degree relevant to the assignment or equivalent experience;
  • At least five years of experience in a mycobacteriology laboratory;
  • At least five years of experience in laboratory quality management systems, preferably ISO15189:2012;
  • Experience with the GLI Stepwise Approach towards TB Laboratory Accreditation (GLI-tool);
  • 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;
  • Knowledge of high-burden, resource-constrained countries and organization of national TB programs, based on practical experience in preferably Tanzania;
  • Familiarity with audit reports from Strengthening Laboratory Improvement Process;
  • Towards Accreditation (SLIPTA) and Strengthening Laboratory Management Towards Accreditation (SLMTA);
  • Should have experience working in an accredited Laboratory;
  • Excellent oral and writing skills in English;
  • Self-starter, team player, flexibility, integrity, organizational and cultural awareness;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with international and national staff at all levels.

This assignment is to be completed within a total of up to 10 payable consultancy days, which will include 5 days in-country, preparation and report writing.

Interested candidates should submit a CV and a proposal for the work to Irene Mauya at irene.mauya@kncvtbc.org by 18th December  2017. Please include “CTRL ACCREDITATION” in the subject line.