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Short Term Technical Advisor – Duty Station NL/The Hague, Nigeria/Abuja

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is looking for a

Short Term Technical Advisor for the development of a data collection form, a corresponding database in MS Access and building capacity of members of the NACA team on database development and its use for an operational research project related to the implementation of GeneXpert in HIV facilities in Nigeria

Duty station: The Hague, Netherlands & Abuja, Nigeria

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.

NACA project
As part of efforts to improve tuberculosis (TB) case finding among people living with HIV (PLHIV), the Nigeria National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), with the support of Global Fund (GF) and in collaboration with relevant stake holders, the National TB, Leprosy & Buruli Ulcer Control Programme (NTBLCP), National AIDS and STI Control Programme (NASCP), Country GeneXpert Advisory Team (CGAT), World Health Organization (WHO) and KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation (KNCV), is in the process of procuring and installing GeneXpert machines across antiretroviral treatment (ART) facilities in the country in line with the national strategic plan for TB in Nigeria (FMOH, 2014).
NACA is mandated to monitor the implementation of TB/HIV activities in Nigeria.

Background to the assignment
There is limited data on the prevalence and incidence of TB in PLHIV in Nigeria. Previously, the HIV prevalence in people diagnosed with TB was used. In order to set or reset new realistic and achievable targets it is imperative that the incidence of TB among PLHIV under care in ART settings will be determined so that this can be used as a basis for future target setting.
The operational research component of this project is a retrospective study that evaluates the change in bacteriologically confirmed TB among PLHIV before and after GeneXpert implementation as well as the time to diagnosis. A study protocol has been written for this study and is about to be submitted for ethical review, which includes a detailed list of data items to be collected.

This current TA assignment will support the NACA team in:

  1. The development of a data collection tool (paper based) to capture information from various data sources
    (a) DR-TB Suspect register, (b) HIV care card, (c) Laboratory DR-TB/GeneXpert register, (d) TB treatment register;
  2. Development of a data base (MS Access);
  3. Build the capacity for the data collection staff and
  4. Develop SOPS and guidance for data collection.

Purpose of the assignment
As a part of operational research project, the consultant will support the NACA team:

To develop and pre-test a data collection tool (paper form) and corresponding digital database (MS Access)

Build the capacity of local staff in the use and development of the data collection form and database

This is done through the following activities:

  • Review relevant background information e.g. study protocol and existing data sources
  • With partners develop the prototype data collection tool (prior to departure)
  • Based on the data collection tool, work together with NACA staff on the development of the digital database (MS Access) (prior to departure and completion in-country)
  • Train NACA staff in development, adaptation and use of the MS Access database (in-country)
  • Develop a data dictionary and write SOPs for data entry and data monitoring processes e.g., cleaning, validation (begin in-country and finalize upon return)
  • Briefing and debriefing presentations
  • Prepare mission summary and full report

Deliverables:

  • Finalized data collection tool (form)
  • Finalized digital database in MS Access
  • Finalized SOPs that describe data entry and data monitoring processes
  • Final summary and full mission report

Reporting:
The consultant operates under the supervision of the Technical Focal Person, Senior Epidemiologist and Coordinator TB Laboratory Services within KNCV, who are involved in the NACA project.
All deliverables should be shared with the NACA team as well as with KNCV HQ and KNCV Country Office for final approval.

Timeframe & locations:
This scope of work will have a maximum of 19 billing consultant fee days including preparation and report writing, travel, visa and per diem costs for 7 in-country days. The location of this activity will be partly remotely (at the KNCV office in The Hague or the country of living if the consultant lives outside of the Netherlands), and partly (7 days) in Abuja, Nigeria. This scope of work preferably needs to take place between 15th of November and 30th of December 2015

Requirements:

  • A relevant Master’s degree
  • Experience in M&E, data management or data surveillance in the field of TB or HIV
  • Experience with database development, preferably experience with creating a database in MS Access,
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to cooperate with and teach technical staff, and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with international and national staff at all levels
  • Have conducted previous missions on the same topic area (or another relevant topic) in developing countries.
  • Experience working with TB or HIV control experts

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

If the consultant is successful in this project, there is a possibility to extent the ToR to include the set-up of an additional monitoring & evaluation framework for the NACA project.

Application and information
Your application (curriculum vitae, proof of prior experience and proficiency in the stated assignment) should be sent by 30th October 2015 to: Jan Willem Dogger; janwillem.dogger@kncvtbc.org, under subject “Short Term Technical Advisor for NACA project”. For further information on KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, please see www.kncvtbc.org and www.challengetb.org.