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KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation

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 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 focusses 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.

Purpose of the position

The Zonal officer is the lead technical TB expert for Challenge TB project which is funded by USAID at the Zonal level. She/her serves as technical expert who will provide technical support to the ZHD, WoHO, health facilities and health posts in close collaboration with the regional Technical coordinator and regional TB Advisor. Work very closely with the Zonal Health Department and will be located in the same office with the zonal TB focal person. He/she will also represent Challenge TB in zonal and woreda technical meetings. He/she will coordinate trainings for the zone, conduct supervisions, and organize review meetings for Woredas, health facilities and health posts. He/she will also participate in planning, supportive supervisions, monitoring and evaluation of the project in his/her assigned zone.

Position in the organization

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

Profile
As the Zonal TB officer you will:

  • 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.
  • 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 his/her 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 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).
  • 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 who are contacts of TB patients and also for HIV+

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

Who are we looking for?

Education

  • BSc in nursing/Health officer and MPH degree

Knowledge/experience

  • Minimum of 5 years work experience in clinical medicine as a nurse/health officer/ physician. Out of which 3 or more 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, 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 via the form below before 23 March 2016. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our HRM Team in The Netherlands: +31(0)70-4167228 or 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.