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TB/HIV Technical Officer

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Reports to: Country Representative Officer
Working station: Windhoek, Namibia

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

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.

The position

The incumbent will be the technical lead for TB/HIV collaborative activities for Challenge TB, a project, which works with the Ministry of Health And Social Services to integrate TB/HIV collaborative activities in priority sites using best practices and evidence-based approaches, while leveraging on existing resources. The tenure of this project position will be time limited to the duration of the project (October 2015 to September 2019 and may be extended depending on availability of funding.

Purpose and Main Activities of the Position

The position will spearhead KNCV’s capacity for technical assistance and direct service delivery for TB/HIV services in the priority areas of the country. This includes working in the context of the existing TB/HIV Initiative, and Community TB care activities as well as working with other partners to ensure a comprehensive response to TB/HIV.

Main activities

  • Provide in-country technical leadership and support for the TB/HIV services for the Challenge TB Namibia Project.
  • Provide technical assistance, mentorship and support to HCW providing TB/HIV services in the CTB supported sites.
  • Supervise and coordinate direct service delivery support (clinical support) on TB/HIV at selected sites.
  • Coordinate the planning and mobilisation of resources for TB/HIV services.
  • Support National TB and HIV programmes in troubleshooting problems at all levels that hinder the effective and efficient implementation of the TB/HIV project, in particular those supported by KNCV.
  • Provide technical assistance to National TB and HIV programmes in improving the TB/HIV services.
  • Ensure the integration of TB/HIV collaborative activities into KNCV country program.
  • Ensure the availability of data on the TB/HIV country program activities.
  • Adapt and implement tools and techniques to improve the quality of TB/HIV services in Namibia
  • Work closely with the M&E officer to ensure timely and complete reporting in accordance with approved reporting formats.
  • Assist KNCV Namibia in the preparation of work plans/selection of indicators and annual implementation plans with a view towards KNCV, USAID, PEPFAR national and international M&E requirements.
  • Participate in operations research and be able to compile information on lessons learned and formulate recommendations for policy change during the implementation of the project.
  • Assist KNCV Namibia in decision-making on resource allocation based on TB and TB/HIV priorities and performance.
  • Participate in appropriate technical meetings and conferences (national and international as required) on behalf of KNCV Namibia.
  • Provide support to institutional and human capacity building activities at the national, regional and local levels for TB/HIV care activities.
  • Carry out any such duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Qualifications and experience required

  • Medical degree from a recognised institution;
  • Masters’ degree in public health, medicine, or related health sciences;
  • More than 5 years of relevant work experience preferably in the field of TB and HIV control activities
  • Proven experience providing mentorship, particularly in improving TB/ HIV services.
  • Knowledge of ongoing and emerging issues in relation to TB and HIV including community care and drug resistance, as well as familiarity with the scientific literature on TB/HIV.
  • Good project management and co-ordination skills, with experience of technical project implementation and reporting;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and good team spirit;
  • Willingness and ability to travel frequently (in-country), and participate in field activities/surveys in remote areas
  • Computer literate and experience in using MS Office package.
  • Experience and skills in training and transfer of knowledge
  • Excellent communication and facilitation skills

Application

You can apply for this position via the application form before the 11th of December 2015. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our HRM Team: +31(0)70-4167222 or recruitnamibia@kncvtbc.org. You can also contact us via mail: KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, PO Box 146, 2501 CC The Hague, The Netherlands, attention to Ms. Larissa Lutmers. Please note that due to our regulations internal candidates prevail over external candidates.

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental handicap, or status as a disabled person.