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Zonal TB Officer SNNPR, Ethiopia

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is looking for a

Zonal TB Officer

Duty Station: SNNPR, Ethiopia

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against tuberculosis (TB), still the second 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 and laboratory scientists. We aim to stop the spread of the worldwide epidemic of TB and to prevent the further spread of drug-resistant TB.

Over the past century we have built up 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 in the Netherlands, a regional office in Central Asia and country offices worldwide. KNCV raises funds from private, institutional, corporate, and government donors.

Challenge TB

KNCV is the lead partner in Challenge TB, 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), FHI 360, Interactive Research & Development (IRD), Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Foundation (JATA), and 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 MDR-TB services; to prevent transmission and disease progression; and to strengthen TB platforms. KNCV Ethiopia operates from a country office in Addis Ababa with sub-offices in other regional states.

Organizational position

As the Zonal officer, you will be the lead technical TB expert for Challenge TB at the zonal level. You serve as a technical expert providing technical support to the Zonal Health District (ZHD), Woreda Health Office (WoHO), health facilities and health posts. You will work closely with the Zonal Health Department and will be located in the same office with the zonal TB focal person. You will also represent Challenge TB in zonal and Woreda technical meetings and coordinate trainings for the zone, conduct supervisions, and organize review meetings for Woredas, health facilities and health posts. You will also participate in planning, supportive supervisions, monitoring and evaluation of the project in the assigned zone.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Develop working relationships with ZHDs, Woreda health offices, External Quality Assurance (EQA) centers, health facilities and other stakeholders that have responsibility for strengthening and improving the TB control and prevention program.
  • Adapt existing procedures in place to meet the needs of ZHDs, Woredas and health facilities
  • Serve as a technical advisor who will provide technical support for ZHDs, WoHOs, Challenge TB team and health facilities to coordinate TB control and prevention program
  • Conduct/coordinate regular supervision for hospitals, HFs which require more support, MDR TIC & TFC HFs, Woreda health offices and selected health posts in your catchment area.
  • Assist Woreda TB officers to conduct quarterly supportive supervision and EQA slide randomization for DOTS sites
  • Support ZHDs and WoHOs to ensure the timely recording, documentation, collection and reporting of comprehensive TB activities at all levels
  • Assist ZHDs and WoHOs to conduct regular training needs assessment (comprehensive TBL, MDR TB& comprehensive Lab training) and coordinate gap filling trainings
  • Assist the ZHDs, WoHOs and health facilities in presumptive MDR-TB identification, organize sample transportation for suspects, facilitate the treatment start up and follow-up of MDR-TB patients
  • Work with Zonal, woreda and HF TB focal persons to effectively address operational challenges (e.g., lab equipment breakdowns, drug stockouts, training needs, drug and reagent supply).
  • Assist ZHDs and WoHOs in data analysis and utilization for local decision making
  • Assist zonal/Woreda health offices in the implementation of GDF drug kit system and reagent consumption, and the overall drug supply and management system in collaboration with regional DSM advisor
  • Support Zonal/Woreda TB focal persons and HFs to smoothly implement community-based DOTs to ensure proper adherence and treatment compliance
  • Assist ZHD and WoHO in the proper implementation of IPT for children under five years of age who are contacts of TB patients and PLHIV.

The job requires frequent travel to the zones, Woredas and facilities

Who are we looking for?

Education

BSc in Nursing/Health officer and MPH degree

Knowledge/experience

  • Minimum of five years of relevant work experience in clinical medicine as a nurse/health officer/physician
  • Minimum of three years of relevant work experience in TB and HIV
  • Understanding of TB DOTS, PMDT and TB/HIV programs is essential
  • Practical TB and TB/HIV experience specifically in the diagnosis and treatment monitoring of TB are essential
  • Familiarity with and experience in implementing local systems for improving case detection and quality of care are essential
  • Knowledge of and experience in TB and TB/HIV capacity building, monitoring and supervision in Ethiopia are essential
  • Demonstrated success in achieving results leading TB and TB/HIV experiences at local or HF level
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely in written and spoken English.
  • Proven ability to develop effective working relationships.
  • Excellent organizational and prioritization skills, and attention to detail.
  • Previous USAID experience preferred.

Behavioral competencies and skills:

  • Good interpersonal communication
  • Ability to cope with stress and to organize and prioritize workload
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Sound analytical skills.

What does KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation offer?

  • A full time( 40 hours) fixed-term contract for a year, with the intention to extend the contract
  • An informal work atmosphere in an international environment where initiative is appreciated
  • A highly-motivated team of experienced, self-driven colleagues
  • The salary is 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 three professional references, via the form below before 26 May 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 person.