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Vacancy Announcement for Senior Technical Advisor – TB

by Public Health Update

TITLE: Senior Technical Advisor – TB

TEAM/PROGRAMME: Global Fund, TB Program

LOCATION: Kathmandu

GRADE: 2+ 

CONTRACT LENGTH: Fixed Term 

CHILD SAFEGUARDING: (select only one)
Level 3: the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.


ROLE PURPOSE:

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential. We work together, with our partners from civil societies and government, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. We reach approximately two million population and invest over 30 million US dollars annually to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in Health and Nutrition, Education, Child Rights and Governance and Child Protection, Child Poverty, HIV and AIDS, and Humanitarian.

Under the direct supervision of Sr. Program Director, Program Operations , the Sr. Technical Advisor-TB will be responsible for providing strategic and technical guidance to strengthen and maximize the impact of Global Fund funded TB programs. The technical Lead-TB will provide TB technical expertise and support to National and provincial TB program of Nepal, support to improve TB diagnosis and treatment in Nepal, strengthen DR-TB program, support in TB-HIV collaboration, support in strengthening M and E system of NTP, and represent Save the Children in any TB related technical discussion/forums. S/he will carry-out periodic field visits to assess the program quality and technical capacity of service providers. S/he will take a technical lead representing Save the Children in analysis, reporting writing and dissemination TB related studies/research.  

Approximately 30% of time is likely to be spent in Save the Children Country office, 40% of the time in NTCC, and 30% in engaging with and traveling to province and SDPs.


SCOPE OF ROLE:

Reports to: Senior Program Director

Staff reporting to this post: N/A 

Direct: N/A

Indirect: 

Budget Responsibilities: 

Description

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:

Providing TB technical expertise and support to National and provincial TB program of Nepal:

  • Assist National TB Programme to the develop strategic and operational plans, manuals and guidelines for TB and DR-TB while ensuring that these are in line with WHO recommendations and NTP/MoHP long term plans.
  • Provide technical support to the National TB program related to the implementation of the National Strategic Plan and Global Fund grant activities, with an emphasis on strengthening the quality of diagnosis, notification, treatment, and reporting at the national TB network level.
  • Technically support the TB team at NTCC to ensure that the services delivered fully follows the national guidelines and protocols with full understanding.
  • Directly supervise and provide technical support to Technical TB team placed at Provincial health directorate for the implementation of the National Strategic Plan and Global Fund grant activities. 
  • Build the capacity of Provincial TB team to strengthen TB detection and management services at province and below. 
  • Technically support the Provincial team to ensure that the services delivered fully follows the national guidelines and protocols with full understanding through training, supportive supervision and onsite coaching. 

Improve TB diagnosis and treatment in Nepal through the provision of technical assistance:

  • Support NTP to develop SR implementation guideline and provide technical support and supportive supervision of province-based SR’s. 
  • Support further strengthening, expansion of TB diagnostic services, including GeneXpert MTB/RIF, digital chest X-ray, as well the use and sharing of data. 
  • Analysis and sharing lessons learnt related to newly introduced tools and approaches; provide advice on the scale-up of potential interventions at provincial and national levels.
  • Provide technical support to NTC to rollout new changed in treatment and diagnostic algorithm at national, provincial, local and health facility level. 
  • Support NTCC to develop and conduct technical trainings, orientations, CME at central and provincial level.
  • Provide technical assistance to NTC team in the areas of TB epidemiology, regular TB program and new approach in TB program such as Urban TB, Private Public Mix Approaches, Childhood TB, and Community System Strengthening (CSS).  
  • Take a technical and programmatic lead in implementation of Public Private Mix related activities. 
  • Technically support NTP in development of technical guidelines, SOPs, training curriculum and other relevant documents like annual report etc. 
  • Technically support in program management of general TB, childhood TB, TB-comorbidity, DR TB, Quality assurance of laboratory services, National TB prevalence survey and various other core programmatic activities in close coordination with technical and program staff at NTC.

Strengthen DR-TB program in through support to the NTP

  • Participate in regular NTP PMDT activities, including meetings, surveys, assessments, and supportive supervision visits.
  • Provide TA to scale-up implementation of new and shorter MDR-TB regimens and aDSM. 
  • In collaboration with NTP staff, update guidance materials, and monitoring and supervision tools, and participate in PMDT monitoring visits to treatment sites.

Support in TB-HIV collaboration

  • Provide technical assistance to NTC in management of TB-HIV co-infected cases and develop/update manual for management of TB/HIV cases.
  • Strengthen TB-HIV collaboration between NCASC and NTC at all levels and strengthen referral between DOTS and ART/HTC sites.

Support in strengthening M and E

  • Coordinate and assess for technical program gap with the program, M&E and PSM team and develop a quality enhancement plan for immediate action.
  • Carryout rapid/situation assessment as necessary for program development.
  • Conduct periodic technical review of the TB program strategies, program and results to ensure program quality, effective implementation and efficient utilization of resources including Human Resources in TB program.
  • Support M&E team in preparation of and orient on the use of monitoring checklists and other R&R tools to other team members and service providers.
  • Contribute technically in program designing, planning and review process for national program as well as Global Fund program
  • Support in developing a comprehensive surveillance and M & E system for TB control
  • Monitoring and tracking TB performance of GF implementing partners.

Represent Save the Children in any TB related technical discussion/forums.

  • Take lead from Save the Children to provide technical support for TB related studies/researches. 
  • Take a technical lead representing Save the Children in analysis, reporting writing and dissemination National Drugs resistant survey and patient cost survey. 
  • Participate in and provide technical assistance to national and international TB prevention and treatment Technical Working Groups (TWG), task teams, workshops, and conference.
  • Build strategic partnership and maintain effective communication with stakeholders at provincial  level.
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with Health Officer/Public Health Officer and the Provincial Health Director in designated areas, as well as with other individuals and organizations related to TB control. 

Approximately 30% of time is likely to be spent in Save the Children Country office, 40% of the time in NTCC, and 30% in engaging with and traveling to province and SDPs.
Fulfill any additional tasks as required and requested by COP and DCOP – Program.


SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)

Accountability:

  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved

Ambition:

  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically.

Collaboration:

  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to

Creativity:

  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks

Integrity:

  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency

EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

  • Bachelor’s degree in medicine with Master’s in public health/Community Medicine. PhD in Public Health will be an advantage
  • At least 7 years’ experience in Public Health at national/international level, candidate having prior experience in TB program management preferred.
  • Proven experience of working with government in national/international level health program/project and multi-/bi-lateral agencies or international organizations. Experience of working in a team for bigger grants will be an asset 
  • Understanding of the working procedures of the Government as well as of external development partners (EDPs) will be considered a huge advantage  
  • Experience in coordination and liaison with different partner agencies
  • Ability to work in multi-cultural environment Ability to work under pressure 

Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.


Equal Opportunities 

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.


Child Safeguarding:

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.


Safeguarding our Staff:

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy


Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

APPLICATION PROCESS: https://p2p.com.np/


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