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KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is looking for a

Technical Advisor for short term technical assistance on an assessment of TB Pharmaceutical Management System in Kyrgyzstan

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 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 drug-resistant 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 is supporting countrywide expansion of access to innovative treatment approaches.

Purpose of the Job

The purpose of the assignment is to conduct comprehensive assessment and develop Operational Plan on the strengthening of TB Pharmaceutical Management System (PMS) in Kyrgyzstan.

The specific tasks of TA include:

  1. Revision of the previously conducted assessments’ reports in order to identify the implemented recommendations and remaining gaps in TB PMS in which Kyrgyzstan can be supported.
  2. Apply Pharmaceutical Management for Tuberculosis Assessment Manual, written by Management Sciences for Health in 2004, during site visits to gain field-based understanding of the context for further development of detailed short-term, mid-term and long-term plans.
  3. Conduct site visits to different levels of health care system where TB service is provided (National, Oblast, Rayon, Family Group center) in order to assess existing TB drug delivery procedure from the country’s order to the final recipient, i.e. TB patients:
    1. Order/procurement;
    2. Delivery to the country;
    3. Distribution to the regions (oblasts);
    4. TB drugs storage on the different levels of TB service;
    5. Local distribution in the regions;
    6. Revision of the existing practice for prescription of TB medicines;
    7. Reporting and recording system.
  4. Develop a draft of the Operational Plan:
    1. Assessment of the developed reporting/recording forms, drug journals or forms and SOPs for PMS (including inventory management and control, storage, electronic LMIS, distribution, quantification/forecasting and supply planning and procurement planning)
    2. Development of the short term, mid-term and long-term plans with precise and specific recommendations and the estimated budgets in the framework of approved Capacity Development and PMS strengthening plans (action plan, budget) using SMART objectives
    3. Presentation of the draft report to KNCV, USAID, NTP and MoH representatives for additional comments, review, discussion and agreement on a Workshop.
  5. Finalize the Operational Plan after the Workshop and send it back after consideration of the given recommendations/feedback in 10 working days.

Deliverables

  1. Assessment report submitted.
  2. Operational plan on strengthening TB PMS developed
  3. Debriefing Power Point Presentation submitted at the end of the mission
  4. Summary Mission Report developed with the recommendations within five working days after the completion of mission.

Reporting

The technical assistance individual operates under the supervision of the KNCV Country Director (CD) and reports directly to the CD, Bakyt Myrzaliev, bakyt.myrzaliev@kncvtbc.org. All reports on the mission process and deliverables should be shared also with KNCV HQ for final approval – Gunta Dravniece, gunta.dravniece@kncvtbc.org. The report should be submitted within five working days of completing the mission.

Timeline

The total proposed level of effort (LOE) for this assignment is 45 days, including travel to Kyrgyzstan. The assignment needs to take place around a planned trip with in-country dates June 4th – August 3rd, 2018.

Location

KNCV branch office in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Assessment will be conducted in Ministry of Health, National Tuberculosis Program, Department of Drug procurement and Drug Provision. Tuberculosis  treatment facilities and office in Bishkek.

Profile

  • Master’s degree in pharmacy and in epidemiology
  • Knowledge of current WHO policy recommendations on pharmaceutical management (PM) and proper use of TB medicines
  • At least five years of international experience in PM including in post-Soviet countries
  • Documented experience in writing of technical reports, scientific publications and/or funding proposals
  • Documented experience in providing assessment on PM
  • Understanding of cultural differences
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the 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 May 10th , 2018 to:

Natalia Andreeva, email: natalia.andreeva@kncvtbc.org, under subject “Strengthening TB Pharmaceutical Management Systems in Kyrgyzstan (APA4 CTB KYR 9.1.2 )”.  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.