Short Term Technical Advisor for USAID Challenge TB in Myanmar

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KNCV Myanmar is looking for a

Short Term Technical Advisor for USAID Challenge TB in Myanmar:

Laboratory Quality Trainer
Duty station: Naypyidaw – Myanmar

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. 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 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), 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 the country’s national plan for laboratories to receive internationally recognized accreditation according to ISO standards, the roles of responsibilities of staff working in laboratories need to be clearly defined.
Challenge TB Myanmar Year 2 is therefore looking for the following position to achieve this accreditation:

  • A Laboratory Quality Trainer

As part of his role, the Laboratory Quality Trainer is expected to deliver the following activities:

  1. Introduce the Laboratory Quality Management System (LQMS) at the NTRL level, to help move laboratories towards the overall improvements needed for accreditation;
  2. Implement the LQMS, in order to strongly facilitate comprehensive improvements within laboratories and throughout the laboratory network.


Task Location # days Deliverable Consultants
1 Introduction to the country team and to the country specifics 0,5 Laboratory Quality Trainer



2 Briefing with NTP to discuss expectations, methods and results Naypyidaw – Myanmar 0,5 Laboratory Quality Trainer


2 Conduct the workshop to introduce the laboratory quality management system (LQMS) Naypyidaw – Myanmar 5 Short summary report – Submission is due within 5 days after completion of the mission Laboratory Quality Trainer



3 Debriefing with NTP to discuss results and recommendations Naypyidaw – Myanmar 0,5 Powerpoint presentation – to be presented during the meeting Laboratory Quality Trainer
4 Debriefing with CTB and USAID to discuss results and recommendations Desk-based 0,5 Powerpoint presentation – to be presented during the meeting Laboratory Quality Trainer


This workshop can be conducted by a maximum of two trainers being in country at the same time.

Reporting lines

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 the KNCV Technical Focal point and 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, if required, is due within 3 weeks after completion of the mission.


  • 2 days preparation and backstopping
  • 7 days in country activity: from 8th September 2016 onwards (flexible with MOH priorities)
  • 2 days reporting

Naypyidaw – Myanmar


  • A PhD or equivalent degree relevant to the assignment
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise providing international training on quality management systems in TB laboratory settings
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise providing international training on LQMS in TB laboratory settings
  • 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.

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) should be sent before August 12th, 2016 24:00 CET to:

Nathalie Vigot, email:, under subject “CTB Myanmar Laboratory Quality Trainer”.

For more information please contact us: phone (070) 416 72 22. For further information on KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, please see