Senior Technical Advisor – TB

  • Full Time
  • Kathmandu
  • Applications have closed

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JOB OPPORTUNITY

Senior Technical Advisor – TB

The Opportunity

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 reached approximately two million populations and invests over 40 million US dollars annually to reach more children than ever before, through programs in Health, Nutrition, Education, Protection and Child Rights and Governance, Livelihood, HIV and AIDS, and Humanitarian crises.

Under the direct supervision of DCOP – Program, the Sr. Technical Advisor – TB will be responsible for providing technical assistance for implementation of TB program. S/he will be responsible to ensure that the TB programs are implemented at all levels according to the standard guidelines, SOPs. S/he will also be responsible to provide on-site technical support to manage TB program. In coordination with program, M&E and PSM team, s/he will to assess the key technical gaps in the TB program, develop capacity development plan and initiate technical trainings to Service Delivery Points (SDPs). Technical Advisor will carry-out periodic field visits to assess the program quality and technical capacity of service providers. Technical Advisor will also support in development of guidelines, SOPs, strengthening of microscopic centers, active case finding surveillance, management of childhood TB, Quality assurance of laboratory services, national TB prevalence survey and defaulter tracking survey.

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:

  • Technically support the TB team at NTC to ensure that the services delivered fully follows the national guidelines and protocols with full understanding.
  • 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.
  • Provide technical support to NTC to rollout new changed in treatment and diagnostic algorithm at national, provincial, local and health facility level.
  • Coordinate and assess for technical program gap with the program, M&E and PSM team and develop a quality enhancement plan for immediate action.
  • Support NTC to develop and conduct technical trainings, orientations, CME at central and provincial level.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 PPM related activities.
  • Supervise and technically support PPM advisor and PPM coordinator to implement PPM related activities at National and sub-national level.
  •  Supervise and technically support DR TB advisor to implement DR TB intervention and aDSM at national and sub-national level.
  • Technically support 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.
  • Take a technical lead representing Save the Children in analysis, reporting writing and dissemination National TB prevalence survey.
  • Provide onsite technical support to provincial TB staff, Save the Children staff at Provincial level and TB service providers at SRs/SDPs.
  • Provide technical support and supportive supervision of province-based SR’s.
  • 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.
  • Support NTC and TB SRs in strengthening and expansion of TB diagnostic services.
  • 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 design for expansion and strengthening of MDR and XDR cases and screening of all DR TB suspects as suggested by NTP algorithm.
  • Support in developing a comprehensive surveillance and M & E system for TB control
  • Fulfil any additional tasks as required and requested by COP and DCOP – Program.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s degree in Public Health with MBBS, PhD in Public Health preferred
  • At least 5 years’ experience in TB program management at national level
  • Proven experience of working with government in national 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

Required No.(s): 1(Nepali Citizens only)
Contract length: Fixed Term
Location: Based in Country Office, Kathmandu

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.

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.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.
Save the Children does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

Location: Kathmandu
Employee Status: Fixed Term
Closing Date: Oct 22, 2021

Source: Kantipur Dainik, 11 October, 2021