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Technical Advisor for short term technical assistance on the management of MDR-TB in children in Kyrgyzstan

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is looking for a

Technical Advisor for short term technical assistance on the management of drug resistant tuberculosis in children 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.

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 building the National T Program’s (NTP) capacity in diagnosis and treatment of DR-TB in children and adolescents. The patient enrollment (including children and adolescents) 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 (TA) to the NTP in Kyrgyzstan in strengthening capacity of national and regional TB specialists on the management of DR-TB in children and adolescents.

The specific tasks of TA include:

  • Development of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for patient triage approach in children based on SOPs for adults developed by CTB – diagnosis, treatment, follow-up, models of care.
  • Preparation and facilitation of advanced trainings (one in South region, one in North region) on the use of NDs & STR in children.
  • Regular distance clinical consultations (video calls and emails) on the management of complicated DR-TB cases among children.

Deliverables

  1. SOPs for patient triage approach based on SOPs for adults developed by CTB – diagnosis, treatment, follow up, models of care.
  2. National childhood TB experts are trained on the management of DR-TB in children and adolescents, including the use of new diagnostics and innovative treatment approaches.
  3. Summary mission report with recommendations submitted within five working days after the completion of mission.
  4. Regular distance clinical consultations (video calls and emails) on the management of complicated DR-TB cases among children are provided.

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 also be shared with KNCV HQ Technical Focal Point (TFP) for final approval. The report needs to be submitted within five working days of the mission being completed.

Timeline

The total proposed level of effort (LOE) for this assignment is 15 days, including travel to the country of the assignment. The assignment needs to take place around a planned trip with in-country dates February 19 – March 2, 2018.

Location

KNCV branch office in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, trainings will be held in Bishkek city and Osh city.

Profile

  • Master’s degree in the TB field
  • At least 10 years of experience in clinical management of TB in children
  • Knowledge of current WHO policy recommendations on management of childhood TB
  • At least five years of international experience in management of childhood TB
  • Documented experience in writing of technical reports, scientific publications and/or funding proposals
  • Documented experience in providing training on childhood TB
  • 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.

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 12 December 2017 to: Katja Lumelova, email: katja.lumelova@kncvtbc.org, under subject “Childhood TB in Kyrgyzstan (APA4 CTB KYR 3.2.2)”.

For further information on KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, please see www.kncvtbc.org.

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.