Central Asian Republic (CAR) Regional RB Advisor

PATH, Tajikistan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Email for CV Submission: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
30th October, 2019


Job Description

PATH is a global organization that works to accelerate health equity by bringing together public institutions, businesses, social enterprises, and investors to solve the world’s most pressing health challenges. With expertise in science, health, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales solutions—including vaccines, drugs, devices, diagnostics, and innovative approaches to strengthening health systems worldwide. PATH is currently recruiting for a Central Asian Republic (CAR) Regional Tuberculosis (TB) Advisor to provide technical expertise in TB and MDR-TB control for a current USAID funded project.

CAR contains some of the top 30 highest multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) countries in the world. Three main factors fuel the epidemic: numerous TB strains resistant to multiple drugs; growing rates of HIV infection, which makes people especially vulnerable to developing TB disease; and setbacks to the health system during years of political, social, and economic transition. PATH has been providing technical assistance to the global TB efforts, and specifically in Ukraine since 2001. In close collaboration with local, national, and international partners, we’re expanding the reach of End TB strategy, the internationally recommended strategy for TB control. We’ve also worked to increase services for people with TB and HIV and reduce the stigma and discrimination surrounding these conditions.

PATH is seeking a CAR Regional TB Advisor for its TB control activities to be carried out in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan under the USAID current opportunity. Also, PATH looks forward to executing TB diagnosis and treatment components to improve the prevention, detection and treatment of tuberculosis (TB) and drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR TB) through technical assistance in harmony with international best practice and national guidelines. The CAR Regional TB Advisor will work closely with PATH’s Ukraine Country Program Leader and TB Program Director, the Headquarters HIV/TB, consortium partners and with national and regional stakeholders to ensure that TB case management standards are upheld as internationally –recommended End TB strategy is expanded regionally. Duties may require domestic and international travel up to 40% time and a flexible work schedule to permit for either early morning or late evening teleconference calls or assignments.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead and oversee the implementation of effective approaches to TB and MDR TB case management.
  • Represent the project in the national and international meetings and working groups.
  • Oversee implementation of expanding the quality TB services based on international standards.
  • Develop and implement effective monitoring and supervision plan to ensure the proper coverage and quality of working with a global consortium of team members to implement the annual workplan.
  • Assess the current status of TB and drug-resistant TB policies and services in project countries.
  • Participate in country review meetings and provide feedback on TB case management and TB program performance with a focus on clinical TB management to national specialists at these meetings conducted to analyze findings of supervision and results of local TB programs.
  • Provide technical assistance to TB specialists in target regions in acquiring information on and applying to practice clinical TB updates in accordance with relevant national regulations and international recommendations.
  • Review new or updated national and international TB and DR TB regulations and guidelines, summarize and discuss the potential changes/new approaches with the project team members and project management.
  • Conduct technical visits to target regions and provide feedback to project management, and, if requested, to counterparts at all levels.
  • Work on developing journal articles, presentations, and posters to promote project and disseminate key project results.

Required skills and experience:

  • Strong skills in the development of innovative approaches to quality improvement of TB and MDR TB case management, activities to reduce stigma and discrimination, understanding the basics of social medicine and the ability to develop plans based on the monitoring and evaluation data analysis.
  • Proven leadership and technical expertise in TB and MDR-TB control, including in the areas of:
  • Clinical case management of TB and drug-resistant TB in CAR and/or post-Soviet region and in accordance with international standards.
  • Surveillance, monitoring, and evaluation with accepted international indicators for TB control, including analysis of TB treatment outcomes using cohort analysis.
  • Prison-based TB control.
  • Exemplary diplomatic and interpersonal skills to facilitate relations with the Government and other local partners.
  • Excellent organizational, planning, negotiating and problem-solving skills. • Russian and English language fluency required;
  • Strong team player.
  • Available to travel within the CAR up to 40% annually.
  • Advanced degree (MD, MBChB, Phd or Masters) in general medicine, infectious diseases, pulmonary diseases, public health, or related field.
  • Minimum twelve years’ experience working in TB control.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the political environment and other factors in the CAR region that may influence project implementation and achievement of targets and results.
  • Familiarity with working with international organizations is highly desirable.

Must have legal authorization to work in Tajikistan or be able to obtain authorization. PATH is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is valued. PATH is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. PATH does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.


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