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Short Term Technical Advisor for the USAID TB Control Program in Tajikistan

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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 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

USAID TB Control Program
KNCV is the sub-contractor of USAID TB Control Program, 5-year regional program to decrease TB mortality and morbidity in high burdened countries. The USAID TB Control Program seeks to improve the health status of the people in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan by building the capacity of national TB control programs to provide more effective and accessible TB diagnosis and treatment, which will reduce the burden of TB and MDR-TB and the development of drug-resistant tuberculosis. The Program supports national TB prevention, care and treatment programs and contributes to the goals of WHO’s Global Strategy and Targets for Tuberculosis Prevention, Care and Control after 2015 (the End TB Strategy) and the United States Government’s (USG) Global Tuberculosis Strategy. KNCV provides technical assistance to build and strengthen capacity of the National TB Program of Tajikistan in planning and conducting operational researches. Two workshops and relative activities have been conducted during the program implementation in planning, development of the OR protocol, preparations and testing.

Purpose of the Assignment
The purpose of the assignment is to provide technical assistance for the National Tuberculosis Program (NTP) staff on the operational research (OR) data quality assurance and data quality control including monitoring the data collection process assessing the data completeness, accuracy (validity), and precision (reliability), the data cleaning, and preliminary analysis of the data.

Deliverables

  • Data quality assurance and quality control plan developed
  • OR electronic database with data completeness and validity check is fully operating
  • Preliminary data analysis done and respective staff trained
  • Report with recommendations developed and shared within 2 weeks of the activity

Reporting

The TA individual or organization 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 2 weeks after completion of the mission.

Timeframe

12 days in country activities in July or August 2016 (to be confirmed)

Location

KNCV branch office in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Requirements

  • A Master’s degree relevant to the assignment
  • Knowledge of current WHO policy recommendations on TB control
  • At least five years of experience in TB researches;
  • Any experience in mapping exercise will be an added advantage;
  • Documented experience in writing of technical reports, scientific publications and/or funding proposals.
  • Knowledge of high-burden, resource-constrained countries and organization of national TB programs based on practical experience preferably in Central Asian countries
  • Experience in design and conducting operational researches
  • Excellent oral and writing skills in English and/or in Russian
  • 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.

Conditions

  • 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 24 June 2016 to:
Katja Lumelova, email: katja.lumelova@kncvtbc.org, under subject “Tajikistan STTA OR TB Control Program”. For further information on KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, please see www.kncvtbc.org.