Challenge TB Program Regional Project Coordinator

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Job Description

Organisation: KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation

Vacancy: Regional Project Coordinator

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Country: Kenya

Duty station: Nairobi
This position is for Kenyan Nationals only.
KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against tuberculosis (TB), still the second 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.

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 (CTB), 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), Family Health International (FHI 360), Interactive Research & Development (IRD), Japanese Anti Tuberculosis Foundation (JATA), Management Sciences for Health (MSH), Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), and the World Health Organization.

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.

Background: The CTB Project follows on from other previous projects: TB CTA (2000-2005), TB CAP (2005-2010) and TB CARE I (2010-2015).

Through these mechanisms the USAID East Africa Bureau made it possible that several organizations and/ or initiatives in the region were given extensive support: The East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC) in Tanzania, the Supra National TB Reference Laboratory (SNRL) in Uganda, the Center of Excellence on Drug Resistant TB (DR-TB) in Rwanda (CoE), the regional centre for quality of health care (RCQHC) in Uganda, Childhood TB and TB-IC activities in Somalia, Lung Health Conferences in Kenya amongst others

Purpose of the position: The purpose of the position is to coordinate the specific East Africa Region (the Region) activities of the CTB Project in the Region.

The Regional Project Coordinator will be responsible for the overall implementation of the CTB Project activities.

S/he will take a lead in the development of annual work plans (WP) and budgets and liaising with partners.

S/he will work closely together with the donor: the USAID East Africa Regional Bureau and all technical stakeholders (Ministries of Health (MoHs), National TB Programs (NTPs), Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), etc) involved in the implementation of the CTB Project in concerned countries.

Main priority areas include amongst others Cross-border TB control and inter-country referral system of TB patients, coordination of anti-TB drugs’ management at regional level, coordinating support to the CoE in Rwanda and SNRL in Uganda to be sustainable.

Position in the organization: The CTB/EA Regional Project Coordinator supervises the regional office team of local staff.

H/She functionally reports to the Technical Director and hierarchically to the portfolio manager at KNCV’s headquarters in The Hague.

This position is expected to travel to the field about 30% of the time.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops annual work plan and budgets for the respective project areas in close coordination with the CTB Technical Focal Point, Technical advisor and other partners and submits these timely to KNCV Head Quarters, the Portfolio Manager and Project Officer;
  • Provides management oversight to the project and ensure it is in line with the approved work plan;
  • Represents CTB Project on project management issues with partners in countries/ region per the CTB Project priority area;
  • Establishes and maintains partnership relationships with relevant organizations;
  • Develops and maintains a data base of project partners and beneficiaries;
  • Communicates on a regular basis with the project team on the progress in the context of overall regional strategy and related issues;
  • Prepares, participates and/or chairs the regular coordination meetings with partners;
  • Prepares/collates various background documents/information relevant to the project;
  • Participates in relevant national and/or regional partners’ meetings;
  • Participates in field visits for implementing and monitoring activities.

Who are we looking for?

Education: A master’s degree in a health-related field with qualifications in public health or a related discipline.

Knowledge/experience:

  • Minimum of three years’ experience working in a senior management position in an international organization;
  • At least five years of experience and in-depth knowledge of TB control and prevention at a regional/international level;
  • Knowledge of ongoing and emerging issues in relation to TB epidemiology, global and
  • international policy development, evidence generation, and control strategies;
  • Experience in mentoring and capacity building;
  • Experience in the development of policies, strategies, advocacy and publications;
  • Experience working with communities of diverse cultural practices and in complex work environments;
  • Experience in capacity development and experience working in a co-located environment at country-supported ministries alongside government counterparts desired;
  • Able to maintain good working relationships with government authorities, officials, donors, host government, Ministries of Health in the East African Region and other participating institutions;
  • Preferably experience with USAID funded projects;
  • Experience working with Global Fund is an asset.

Behavioral competencies/skills:

  • A strong technical team leader who is results-oriented and can motivate staff;
  • A strategic thinker;
  • Able to prioritize and delegate tasks;
  • Demonstrated flexibility and adaptability to various work environments;
  • Good political and communication skills;
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English;
  • Knowledge of Kiswahili is an important advantage;
  • Demonstrated intermediate computer skills.

How to Apply

Your application (with curriculum vitae, motivation letter, 3 professional references) should be sent before 31st of August 2015 to: KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation,
P.O Box 146, 2501 CC The Hague, the Netherlands for the attention of: Ms. Larissa Lutmers.
E-mail: [email protected] with subject “160801 Regional Project Coordinator”.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

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