Urban Regional TB Advisor Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is looking for a

Urban Regional TB Advisor

Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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 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 worldwide epidemic of TB and to prevent the further spread of drug-resistant 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 a central office in The Hague, the Netherlands, a regional office in Central Asia and country offices worldwide. KNCV raises funds from private, institutional, corporate and government donors.

KNCV is the lead partner in Challenge TB, the 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. The overarching strategic objectives of Challenge TB are to improve access to quality patient centered care for TB, TB/HIV, and drug-resistant TB services; to prevent transmission and disease progression; and to strengthen TB platforms.
KNCV operates from a country office in Addis Ababa with sub-offices in other regional states.

Purpose of the job

The Urban Regional TB Advisor will be responsible for providing technical assistance to all clinical TB, DR-TB and TB/HIV activities for the urban regions namely Addis Ababa, Dire Dawa and Harari as well as major urban settings as needed.


  • Establish relationships with public and private sector representatives in the two urban regions
  • Work with Regional Health Bureaus (RHB) in the Urban regions, Regional Laboratories, other partners working in TB, DR-TB and HIV, as well as with the health facilities to coordinate all Challenge TB activities in the two urban regions.
  • Support members of multidisciplinary teams at Regional/facility level to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of interventions and with the M&E officers in RHBs to ensure progress is being achieved towards the objective of Challenge TB.
  • Work in close consultation with Challenge TB Regional Laboratory Advisor, Urban TB team, RHBs, RRLs and Health facilities to meet the overall project targets in the two Urban Regions.
  • Support development/implementation of TB, TB/HIV, MDR-TB and also  community TB care ( CTBC) packages  in the two urban regions; identifying and devising approaches taking peculiarity  in  the two urban settings
    • Work closely with HEP and identify community structures and build their capacity to use them for effective CTBC implementation from planning-referral
  • Conduct and strengthen regional/Woreda level/Health Facility coordination, mentoring and supportive supervision
  • Create/ strengthen referral linkages between different steps in the care seeking pathway to insure that quality of care is provided from the community level up to the hospital level
  • Provide programmatic support and SS to Woredas/Health Facilities and TICs/TFCs to insure the continuum of care is in place for MDR- TB patients
  • Implement and monitor targeted screening for active TB as part the Challenge TB strategy
  • Support the two urban regions strengthen TB and TB/HIV program implementation and regular monitoring using QUAL-TB tool; building capacity and availing necessary tools
    • Support monitoring of TBIC activities in the two urban regions and work toward integration into the quality assessment tool (QUAL-TB)/other initiatives
    • Reinforce compliance with the comprehensive package of recommended TBIC practices in the two urban regions.
  • Support the two urban regions in the implementation of the accelerated plan for IPT for PLHIV and also enhance IPT uptake among eligible children.
  • Work in harmony with other partners working on TB and TB/HIV
  • Represent Challenge TB on regional TB, TB/HIV and MDR/XRD TB working groups and maintain communications with Urban TB Technical Coordinator
  • Develop/Participate in/ the annual work plan development and budget for the two urban regions
  • Support the AARHB, its sub cities and health facilities through regular supervision and mentoring
  • Supervises the AA urban TB officer

Who are we looking for ?

Your education

  • AMD plus Masters Degree in public health or equivalent (BSc and MPH/MSc).

Your knowledge and experience

  • A minimum of seven years work experience in similar positions
  • Demonstrated experience in project management
  • USAID experience preferred.

Your skills

  • Demonstrated abilities in Excel, PowerPoint and statistical software such as Epi-Info, CISPro, SPSS and STATA.
  • Demonstrated abilities in communicating clearly and concisely in written and spoken English.
  • Fluency in national working language
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational and prioritization skills
  • Eye for detail.
  • Ability to travel frequently in the two regions

What does KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation offer?

  • A fixed-term contract for one year, with the intention to extend the contract, dependent upon funding and performance;
  • An informal work atmosphere in an international environment where initiative is the norm;
  • A highly-motivated team of experienced, self-driven colleagues;
  • A competitive salary dependent upon education and relevant working experience;
  • KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation has its own Employment Conditions Scheme.

Application and information

You can apply for this position, including a motivation letter and 3 professional references, via the form below before 31 March 2017. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our HRM Team in Ethiopia: +251 663 01 45 or mail to recruitethiopia@kncvtbc.org. Applicants that are sent to recruit email account are not taken into consideration.

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.