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Short Term Technical Advisor for the CTB Tanzania Project

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is looking for a

Short Term Technical Advisor for the Challenge TB Tanzania Project

Developing local capacity for utilization of diagnostic data provided by GxAlert to ensure sustainability and contribution to programmatic impact.

Terms of Reference

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against tuberculosis (TB), still the second deadliest 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

As part of the approved Year 3 workplan for Tanzania a consultant will assist in developing local capacity for utilization of diagnostic data provided by GxAlert to ensure sustainability and contribution to programmatic impact.

Proposed activities The consultant will conduct a series of training and data-analysis sessions (subject to obtaining access to the data at least one week prior to the in-country visit) looking at various aspects of the Tanzania Xpert MTB/RIF® programmatic implementation including:

  • Patient centric data;
  • Quality Assurance;
  • EQA;
  • Supply Chain Management and logistics;
  • Research;
  • System Administration;
  • Ad hoc analysis;
  • Device management (national inventory, warranty and service management, calibrations, relocations, routine error report and troubleshooting;
  • Global Health Metrics (Routine surveillance and research).

These sessions will focus primarily on knowledge transfer in terms of what can be measured with GxAlert, the importance of the data and how it can be integrated into health systems for sustainable programmatic impact. Training will be directed at the specific individual(s) responsible for each area of data management.

Deliverables

  • Consultant will support a comprehensive mentorship to CTRL and Zonal GeneXpert focal persons on reviewing using GxAlert data for programmatic decision making;
  • Data analysis with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and other designees on diagnoses collected to date along Patient-centric, Supply chain, Quality assurance, Fleet management, and Global health & research tracks. MoH team builds new processes and insights around the enhanced data;
  • Support laboratory personnel from CTRL and Zonal TB Laboratories on the use of GxAlert software;
  • Distance support via weekly Skype meetings in which challenges will be discussed and solutions formulated (not part of billable days).

Reporting Channels

The technical assistance (TA) individual or organization operates under the supervision of the Country Director and the Deputy Country Director and reports directly to the Country Director, they will also work closely with the CTB Laboratory Technical Officer and CTRL Manager. 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 two weeks of completing the mission.

Technical qualifications

Required:

  • A degree relevant to the assignment, with a minimum of a masters’ degree;
  • At least five years of experience in a mycobacteriology laboratory and/or rolling out Cepheid Xpert MTB/RIF®;
  • Extensive knowledge on GxAlert software and its implementation.

Desirable:

  • At least five years of experience in laboratory quality management systems, preferably ISO15189:2012;
  • 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 the use of molecular line probe assay for the detection of resistance to second-line anti-TB drugs.

Necessary demonstrable traits for this assignment:

  • 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.

Timeframe

This is one week of ‘Short Term Technical Assistance’. The scope of this work will have a maximum of eight billing consultant fee days including one day report writing, two travel days, visa and per diem costs for five in-country days.

Location and proposed dates

The location and proposed dates for this activity is in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from April 24th–28th, 2017 (excluding travel dates).

Interested candidates should submit CV and proposal for the work to Ena Madsen at ena.madsen@kncvtbc.org . Please include “Developing local capacity for utilization of diagnostic data provided by GxAlert” in the subject line by March 27th, 2017