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Zonal TB officers (2) SNNPR, Ethiopia

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KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against tuberculosis (TB), the first most deadly 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 spread of the worldwide epidemic of TB and to prevent the further spread of drug-resistant TB. We operate from a central office in The Hague in the Netherlands, a regional office in Central Asia and country offices worldwide.

KNCV is the lead partner in Challenge TB (CTB), the new USAID-funded 5-year global program to decrease TB mortality and morbidity in high burdened countries. 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.

The KNCV office in Addis Ababa is responsible for the overall implementation of the CTB project (to be significantly expanded in 2016). As lead partner, KNCV implements the project together with MSH and WHO and operates in close communication with the National TB program (NTP), the USAID Mission and other stakeholders.

The project focuses specifically on four major areas: 1) technical support (TA) to the national level of the National TB Program (NTP); 2) TA to two Regions; 3) TA to three urban areas, and 4) tailored support to key populations. In 2016 the CTB Project will be expanded to four other regions, with significant collaboration of MSH. It is expected that at the main office in Addis Ababa, a mix of KNCV and MSH senior technical staff will provide both national TA and policy support and regional/zonal TA.
KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against tuberculosis (TB). KNCV is the lead partner in Challenge TB, the new USAID-funded 5-year global program. We lead an international consortium comprising eight partner organizations in addition to KNCV: ATS, FHI 360, IRD, JATA, MSH, PATH, The Union, and WHO. In Ethiopia, Challenge TB is being implemented by KNCV as a lead and MSH and WHO as a collaborating partner. The strategic objectives of Challenge TB are to improve access to patient care, to prevent transmission and disease progression, and to strengthen TB platforms.
Challenge TB-Ethiopia operates from a central office in Addis Ababa with sub-offices in other regional states.

Purpose of the position

The Zonal TB officer is the lead technical TB expert at the zonal level for Challenge TB project which is funded by USAID. He/she serves as a technical expert who provides technical support to at least two Zonal Health Departments (ZHD and their Woreda Health Offices (WoHO), health facilities and health posts in close collaboration with the regional Technical coordinator and regional TB Advisor. He/she works closely with ZHDs and will be located in the same offices with the zonal TB focal person. He/she also represents Challenge TB in zonal and woreda technical meetings. He/she will coordinate trainings for the zones, conduct supervisions, and organizes review meetings for Woredas, health facilities and health posts. He/she participates in planning, supportive supervisions, monitoring and evaluation of the project in his/her assigned zone. The Zonal TB officer has a functional leading role in TB, MDR TB and TB/HIV activities in the zones. The regional DSM advisor reports to the Regional coordinator.

Organizational position

The Zonal TB officers’ reports to the regional coordinator and a member of the SNNPR challenge TB regional team.

Specific responsibilities:

  • Develop close working relationships with ZHDs, Woreda health offices, EQA centers, health facilities and other stakeholders that have responsibility for strengthening and improving tuberculosis control and prevention program. Adapt existing procedures in place to meet the needs of ZHDs, Woredas and health facilities.
  • S/he will 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.
  • S/he will conduct/coordinate regular supervision for hospitals, HFs which require more support, MDR TIC & TFC HFs, Woreda health offices and selected health posts in his/her catchment area.
  • S/he will assist Woreda TB officers to conduct quarterly supportive supervision and EQA slide randomization for DOTS sites
  • S/he will support ZHDs and WoHOs to ensure the timely recording, documentation, collection and reporting of comprehensive TB activities at all levels.
  • H/She will 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 MDR TB suspect’s 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 stock-outs, training needs, drug and reagent supply).
  • S/he will assist ZHDs and WoHOs in data analysis and utilization for local decision making.
  • S/he will 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.
  • S/he will 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 who are contacts of TB patients and also for HIV+

Who are we looking for?

Education:

  • BSc degree in Nursing, Health office, or MPH degree

Knowledge/experience

  • Minimum of 5 years experience in clinical medicine as a nurse/health officer/ physician. Minimum of 3 years of experience in TB and HIV
  • Understanding of TB DOTS, PMDT and TB/HIV programs essential.
  • Practical TB and TB/HIV experience specifically in the diagnosis and treatment monitoring of tuberculosis, essential.
  • Familiarity with and experience in implementing local systems for improving case detection and quality of care, essential.
  • Knowledge of and experience in TB and TB/HIV capacity building, monitoring and supervision in Ethiopia
  • Demonstrated success in achieving results leading TB and TB/HIV experiences at local or HF level
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Proven ability to develop effective working relationships.
  • Excellent organizational and prioritization skills, and attention to detail.
  • Previous USAID experience preferred.
  • Willingness to frequently travel to zones, woreda and facilities

Behavioral competencies and skills:

  • Good interpersonal communication;
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently;
  • Ability to cope with stress and to organize and prioritize workload;
  • Ability to work in an international team;
  • Supervisory, training, management and monitoring skills;
  • Demonstrated intermediate computer skills in Microsoft Office applications.

What does KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation offer?

  • A full time (40 hours) fixed-term contract for a year, with the intention to extend the contract depending on funding and performance;
  • 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 via the form below before 30 June 2016. For more information please contact us via +255 22 2664859 or send an email to recruitethiopia@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 person.