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TB Technical Officer for Challenge TB Project Dushanbe, Tajikistan

TB Technical Officer for Challenge TB Project
Dushanbe, Tajikistan

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against tuberculosis (TB), the deadliest infectious disease in the world. KNCV is an international center of excellence for TB control that promotes effective, efficient, innovative and sustainable tuberculosis control strategies in a national and international context. Our multidisciplinary team of passionate professionals covers a broad range of expertise such as programmatic TB control, research, clinical management, social science, education, digital health, and project management.

Over the past century KNCV has made a significant contribution to the successful fight against TB in the Netherlands. Since the 1970s, we have shared our knowledge and expertise with the rest of the world. We operate from a central office in The Hague, the Netherlands, a regional office in Central Asia and country offices in Africa and (central) Asia. KNCV raises funds from private, institutional, corporate and government donors.

Background

In Tajikistan, KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation (KNCV) started implementation of the USAID funded five year Challenge TB (CTB) project in January 2015. The Strategy of CTB in Tajikistan is to improve capacity and quality of care for drug-resistant TB patients with the focus on new tools and innovations. KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is the leading partner of the project in Tajikistan. The project is implemented in the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding between KNCV and the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Tajikistan. The project implements new treatment regimens including shorter regimens (9-11 months) and new TB drugs regimen (Bedaquiline and Delamanid) for treatment and care of MDR and XDR TB patients. The main interventions of the Challenge TB project are: 1) creating conditions required for appropriate enrolment of patients on new regimens (shorter regimen and regimens containing new drugs); 2) introducing active drug safety monitoring and management system 3) developing clinical guide and protocols and 4) improving TB drugs management through building NTP’s capacity and implementation of Early Warning System by using QuanTB at the central and regional levels.

The overall responsibility of TB Technical Officer is to provide technical support in introduction and implementation of new regimens treatments, its management and monitoring of treatment processes. Under guidance of KNCV Country Director.

As TB Technical Officer you will:

  • Assist in preparation of the TB project’ annual plans and budgets in close coordination with NTP, KNCV consultants, other partners and in-country donor office;
  • Support in development and revision of policy and technical documents related to TB, MDR-TB and XDR-TB, laboratory and drug management interventions;
  • Support in organization and implementation of operational researches on TB, MDR-TB and XDR-TB;
  • Coordinate and plan the input of KNCV consultants based on the activity plans;
  • Support in monitoring and supervision of project performance, including technical support at sites, on-job-training and field reports;
  • Prepare and submit regular quarterly and annual progress reports to the Country Director;
  • Establish and maintain relations and good collaboration network with government and international partners (NTP, PIU GF, USAID implementers, etc.);
  • Organize and facilitate workshops, thematic working group, round table and coordination meetings with partners;
  • Ensure fulfilling USAID rules, branding and marking policy;
  • Assist the Country Director on all other matters related to KNCV projects activities in the country.

Who are we looking for?

Education

  • University degree in medicine, public health, or equivalent;
  • Minimum of three years of professional experience in the health sector, experience in TB control is an asset.

Experience and skills

  • Knowledge of basic concepts of a National TB Control Program, including MDR/XDR-TB, TB drug management and laboratory component;
  • Knowledge of data management and M&E concepts;
  • Experience in planning and implementation of international projects (preferably USAID funded projects);
  • Experience in working in multi-component projects and multi-cultural environment;
  • Documented experience in writing of technical reports, scientific publications and/or funding proposals;
  • Self-starter, team player, dynamic, solid, open, flexible, integrity, organizational awareness;
  • 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;
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills, as well as the ability to work with a variety of partners;
  • Ability to work in a team and work effectively without direct supervision;
  • Fluent in Russian and Tajik, good knowledge of English is preferable.

What KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation offers:

  • A fixed-term contract for 4 months, with the intention to extend depending on funding and performance
  • An informal work atmosphere in an international environment where initiative is appreciated
  • A highly-motivated team of experienced and driven colleagues
  • A competitive salary dependent upon education and relevant working experience
  • Full-time employment consists of 40 hours per week.

Application and information

Interested candidates are requested to submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae in English and/or Russian/Tajik with names and contacts of the last three professional references to the E-mail address: Tatiana.abdurazakova@kncvtbc.org

The applications must be sent by June 12, 2018 under subject “TB Technical Officer for Challenge TB Project in Tajikistan”