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Technical Advisor for short term technical assistance on pharmacovigilance in Kyrgyzstan

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is looking for a 

Technical Advisor for short term technical assistance on pharmacovigilance in Kyrgyzstan

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against tuberculosis (TB), 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 TB 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 worldwide epidemic of TB and to prevent the further spread of drug-resistant TB (DR-TB). Over the past century we have built 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 the central office in The Hague, the Netherlands, regional offices in Central Asia and East Africa and country offices worldwide. KNCV raises funds from private, institutional, corporate and government donors.

Challenge TB

Challenge TB (CTB) is the USAID-funded 5-year global program to decrease TB mortality and morbidity in high burden countries. KNCV leads an international consortium with eight partner organizations: American Thoracic Society (ATS), FHI 360, Interactive Research & Development (IRD), Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Foundation (JATA), Management Sciences for Health (MSH), PATH, The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The overarching strategic objectives of Challenge TB are to improve access to quality patient centered care for TB, TB/HIV, and DR-TB services; to prevent transmission and disease progression; and to strengthen TB platforms.

CTB in Kyrgyzstan is supporting NTP in introduction of shorter treatment regimen (STR) and new drugs (ND) for the treatment of DR-TB. This includes also support on active drug safety monitoring and management (aDSM). The patient enrollment in new regimens was initiated early in 2017 in two pilot sites. In 2018 CTB will support countrywide expansion of access to innovative treatment approaches.

Purpose of the Job

The purpose of the assignment is to provide technical assistance to the NTP in Kyrgyzstan in strengthening capacity of national and regional TB specialists in pharmacovigilance (PV), and to consolidate collaboration between the NTP and PV programs.

The specific tasks of TA include: 1) facilitation of advanced training on PV for regional clinical and PV experts from Osh, Batken and Jalalabad oblasts; 2) supportive supervision for National PV experts on data analysis, causality assessment for adverse events reported by NTP.

Deliverables

  1. TB clinicians and PV experts from three southern oblasts are trained on PV.
  2. National PV experts from drug provision department (DPD) are provided with supportive supervision and on-the-job training on reporting progress, data analysis, causality assessment for adverse events reported by NTP.
  3. Summary mission report with recommendations submitted within five working days after the completion of mission.

Reporting

The TA consultant operates under the supervision of the KNCV Country Director (CD) and reports directly to the CD. All reports on the mission process and deliverables should be shared also with KNCV HQ Technical Focal Point (TFP) for final approval. The report must be submitted within five working days of completing the mission.

Timeline

The total proposed level of effort (LoE) for this assignment is 8 days, including travel to the country of assignment. The assignment needs to take place around a planned trip with in-country dates February 26 – March 2, 2018.

Location

KNCV branch office in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, training will be held in Osh City. Supervision will be conducted in the TB treatment facilities and DPD office in Bishkek.

Profile

  • At least Master’s degree and preferably PhD degree in pharmacy and in epidemiology
  • Knowledge of current WHO policy recommendations on PV and aDSM
  • At least five years of international experience in pharmacovigilance
  • Documented experience in writing of technical reports, scientific publications and/or funding proposals
  • Documented experience in providing training on PV including causality assessment
  • 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, fee indication) should be sent before December 15, 2017 to:

Katja Lumelova, email: katja.lumelova@kncvtbc.org, under subject “Strengthening TB Pharmacovigilance in Kyrgyzstan (APA4 CTB KYR 9.2.1)”. For further information on KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, please see www.kncvtbc.org.

KNCV TB 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.