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Senior Global Fund TB Advisor , Cameroon

SUSTAINING TECHNICAL AND ANALYTIC RESOURCES

FELLOWSHIP TITLE: Senior Global Fund TB Advisor
HOST ORGANIZATION: National TB Program, Ministry of Public Health
LOCATION: Yaoundé, Cameroon
POSITION LEVEL: Senior Technical Advisor
DURATION: 12 months
STAR-P4-166
TRAVEL: 20% estimated travel

STAR PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a USAID-supported Global Health talent hub, offering paid fellowships and internships at all career levels. STAR provides participants with immersive experiences at global health organizations and institutions to build capacity and contribute technical expertise to address high-impact needs. STAR Fellows and Interns participate in learning activities to enhance knowledge and skills growth, expand professional networks and support career development. STAR is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI), implemented in partnership with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and the Aspen Management Partnership for Health (AMP Health). https://www.ghstar.org/ Sign up with our listserv.

ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP

The STAR Fellowship is a global health and learning opportunity with:
- Individualized, tailored support to enhance the fellow’s achievement personal and professional goals.
- Personalized learning plans and access to learning resources (courses, conferences, mentoring) based on fellow’s learning style and preferences.
- Access to broad professional networks to enhance peer learning and knowledge sharing.

FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION

Background:
USAID is a leader in the global fight against tuberculosis (TB) and supports anti-TB efforts in high burden TB countries. STAR Fellowship is a key component of the USAID Administrator's TB Accelerator initiative that aims to reach the UN General Assembly TB Declaration targets as well as to build the capacity and commitment of the host governments to ensure TB self-reliance through evidence-based TB programs.

Introduction:
The Senior Global Fund TB Advisor (Senior Advisor) shall provide state-of-the-art technical expertise to National Tuberculosis Programs (NTP) to facilitate the TB National Strategic Plan and Global Fund grant implementation with a focus on case notification and detection as well as HIV/TB coinfection management.

Reporting structure:
The Senior Advisor will be based at the National TB Program, Ministry of Public Health in Yaoundé, Cameroon and will work in close collaboration with the USAID/Cameroon and USAID/Washington TB Team. The Senior Advisor will work closely with and receive technical direction from the NTP Permanent Secretary or his designee, who will serve as their Point of Contact.

Essential Duties and Outcomes:

Strengthen TB case finding and laboratory systems:
- Conduct a situational analysis for TB case finding.
- Develop an action plan and standard procedures to strengthen and harmonize TB case finding in health facilities and supporting its implementation. The plan and tools should cover the - following elements: TB triage, screening, diagnosis in health facilities, detection/ notification of TB in community settings, and testing for TB in other key populations (UD, MSM, TS), as well as scheduling based on data collected at the peripheral level.
- Conduct Situational analysis taking into account the results of studies coordinated by CAMNAFAW.
- Develop an action plan to help the NTP reach key populations, including people living with HIV.
- Strengthen TB Diagnosis by: assisting the development of diagnostic algorithms; helping to revise the TB Diagnostic Guide; and advising on approaches and strategies for using mobile radio devices in TB case finding.
- Support the NTP PMDT officer(s) to accelerate PMDT activities financed by Global Fund.

Improve the diagnosis and treatment for HIV/TB co-infection:
- Under the direction of the NTP, help improve the capacities of partners working at the level of basic health services to provide TB prevention, diagnosis and treatment services.
- Collaborate with all major actors in the health system to support the setup of a functional laboratory network for the molecular diagnosis of TB, including quality assurance and sample transport system, with a focus on the TB diagnosis activities.
- Collaborate with all actors in the system to strengthen the Tuberculosis data collection and transmission system, including electronic individual data with its integration into DHIS2, and the use of these data for decision making at all levels.

Strengthen implementation of activities funded by Global Fund:
- Provide guidance in developing quarterly and annual programmatic narrative reports and organizing regular (at least quarterly) partner meetings.
- Through field visits, review and analyze GF grant data and performance reports submitted to the GF and other partners, identify any issues that may lead to disbursement delays and suggest appropriate solutions.
- Support the organization of regular discussions between the GF country team, Programme National de Lutte contre la Tuberculose (PNLT), USAID, WHO, and other country stakeholders to ensure alignment of technical approaches in the respective TB portfolios.
- Provide technical assistance (TA) to develop and update national policies, guidelines, technical directives, and the regulatory framework to ensure timely adoption of the latest WHO recommendations (e.g., MDR-TB Treatment, Contact Tracing, LTBI Diagnosis and Treatment).
- Facilitate consultative processes among all stakeholders and solicit feedback from partners and policy beneficiaries for continuous monitoring and evaluation of the TB National Strategic Plan.
- Help the NTP to map out implementation processes and suggest ways to translate policy guidelines into operational SOPs.

Anticipated learning outcomes: approximate 10% time:
- Cultivate mentorship skills based on the STAR GH mentorship curriculum to more effectively support and improve knowledge transfer and skills acquisition of staff, incoming fellows and interns.
- Advance leadership skills to successful support capacity building and knowledge sharing activities, and mentor junior staff.
- Apply leadership skills and technical expertise to support programmatic growth and scale up within TB programming.

FELLOWSHIP REQUIREMENTS

Required:
- Minimum 13 years of relevant technical experience with master's degree in Public Health, Medicine, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Microbiology, or relevant field or a minimum 15 years of relevant technical experience with bachelor's degree.
- Experience in strengthening diagnostic networks including supporting elements, such as specimen transport, biosafety, supervision, mentorship and quality assurance desired.
- Knowledge of active case finding, mycobacteriology laboratory work, and TB diagnostics.
- Experience with USAID projects is an advantage.
- Experience in conducting training and capacity building.
- International experience in assisting TB programs in other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
- Experience working with the key stakeholders in TB program, preferably the national stakeholders and international donors.
- French and English are required.

TO APPLY:
All applicants are required to apply for this position through STAR’s online recruitment system at https://www.ghstar.org/, which allows you to store your CV/resume and separate cover letter describing your qualifications and experience, interest and familiarity with issues relating to this position, and how this position relates to your career goals is required for each application. All online applications must be submitted by December 7, 2021 by 5:00 pm Eastern time.

Expiring: Jan 14, 2022
Senior Tuberculosis and Global Fund Grant Advisor , Sierra Leone

SUSTAINING TECHNICAL AND ANALYTIC RESOURCES

FELLOWSHIP TITLE: Senior Tuberculosis and Global Fund Grant Advisor
HOST ORGANIZATION: Ministry of Health and Sanitation, National Leprosy and TB Program Office
LOCATION: Freetown, Sierra Leone
POSITION LEVEL: Senior Technical Advisor
STAR-P4-167
TRAVEL: 35% estimated travel

STAR PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a USAID-supported Global Health talent hub, offering paid fellowships and internships at all career levels. STAR provides participants with immersive experiences at global health organizations and institutions to build capacity and contribute technical expertise to address high-impact needs. STAR Fellows and Interns participate in learning activities to enhance knowledge and skills growth, expand professional networks and support career development. STAR is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI), implemented in partnership with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and the Aspen Management Partnership for Health (AMP Health). https://www.ghstar.org/ Sign up with our listserv.

ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP

The STAR Fellowship is a global health and learning opportunity with:
- Individualized, tailored support to enhance the fellow’s achievement personal and professional goals
- Personalized learning plans and access to learning resources (courses, conferences, mentoring) based on fellow’s learning style and preferences.
- Access to broad professional networks to enhance peer learning and knowledge sharing.

FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION

Background:
USAID is a leader in the global fight against tuberculosis (TB) and supports anti-TB efforts in high burden TB countries. STAR Fellowship is a key component of the USAID Administrator's TB Accelerator initiative that aims to reach the UN General Assembly TB Declaration targets as well as to build the capacity and commitment of the host governments to ensure TB self-reliance through evidence-based TB programs.

Introduction:
The Senior Tuberculosis and Global Fund Grant Advisor (Senior Advisor) shall provide state-of-the-art technical expertise to improve capacity of the National Leprosy and TB Program (NLTP) to effectively implement Global Fund (GF) grants as well as support NLTP in the implementation and scale up of TB, M/XDR-TB activities in Sierra Leone. The Senior Advisor will identify programmatic bottlenecks and facilitate solutions through coordinated technical assistance and assist the USAID mission in Sierra Leone to identify other technical assistance needs in the National TB Control program.

Reporting structure:
The Senior Advisor will work in close collaboration with the USAID/Sierra Leone and USAID/Washington TB Team and will receive technical direction from the NLTP Manager, who will serve as their Point of Contact.

Essential Duties and Outcomes:
- Improve technical support to NLTP in the implementation of GF Grant and the TB National Strategic Plan (NSP):
- Provide high level technical assistance (TA) to develop and critically review the GF grant annual work plan and budgets, with particular emphasis on any needs for reprogramming to meet GF targets.
- Consult with existing stakeholders on needed TA to effectively implement the TB GF grant.
- Guide overall TB/HIV programming including funding requests, grant-making, reprogramming, monitoring, and reporting.
- Support the progress monitoring of grant implementation through field visits.
- Review and analyze performance reports submitted to the GF and other partners.
- Proactively identify and contribute to the resolution of any issues that may lead to disbursement delays and support follow-up actions on grant conditions/Conditions Precedents.
- Coordinate with NLTP Senior M&E Advisor to implement monitoring tools and dashboards for reaching programmatic indicators, including routine analysis of performance (GF, WHO and national indicators).
- Guide the NLTP in the development of monitoring tools and dashboards for reaching programmatic indicators (GF, WHO and national indicators).
- Monitor and analyze the implementation of GF grants programmatic activities and financial utilization against signed grant, and request modifications with NLTP as needed.
- Provide support in coordinating regular discussions among the GF, NLTP, and USAID to ensure alignment of technical approaches in the respective TB portfolios.

Increase support to NLTP in the implementation and scale up of priority TB prevention, diagnosis and treatment activities:
- Provide continuous, in-country day-to-day support to Sierra Leone’s NLTP on implementation of key interventions as outlined in the TB National Strategic Plan.
- Support the NLTP to develop national plans, policies and guidelines related to TB prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
- Support the NLTP Procurement and Supply Management Team to ensure effective supply chain management for TB commodities.
- Guide the NLTP in providing technical support to County Health Departments for the implementation of novel interventions for TB elimination.
- Support NLTP with the development of key interventions related to USAID Global TB Accelerator and in line with Sierra Leone TB Annual Roadmap.
- Guide the NLTP with the scale up of GeneXpert (GX) and other rapid TB tests in the country; assist with gap analysis, development of scale up plans and actions; advise NLTP on novel tools and approaches related to laboratory practices and support improved coordination between clinical and laboratory services to ensure a patient-centered approach.
- Support NLTP to introduce and achieve rapid uptake of novel tools and approaches aimed at improving quality of TB and DR-TB care, ensuring support to patients and families, addressing barriers to care.
- Through collaboration with NLTP and USAID mission identify programmatic gaps which may require additional technical assistance.
- Guide the development of the term of reference (ToR) for additional technical assistance as needed based on identified programmatic gaps.
- Support the development of quarterly and annual programmatic narrative reports.

Enhance coordination and liaison with USAID, GF and other donors and international partners on planning and provision of needed TA:
- Participate in regular communication with the GF Principal Recipients, the GF secretariat, WHO and USAID.
- Provide technical support for development and implementation of Tuberculosis Implementation Framework Agreement/TB Commitment Grants (TIFA/TCG) grants including concept note development.
- Participate in the GF, WHO and USAID monitoring and evaluation activities including program reviews and assessments.
- Advise the NLTP and partners on optimization and/or coordination of donor support and technical assistance (from USAID, TGF, etc.) to enhance effectiveness and value for money.
- Support the NLTP to liaise with domestic and international partners.
- Assist the NLTP to organize regular (at least quarterly) partners meetings.
- Assist the NLTP to coordinate and monitor TB implementing partner performance.

Build capacity of National Reference Lab staff to improve lab services:
- Strengthen the MOHS’ National TB Reference Laboratory to provide quality assurance and quality control for TB diagnostics across the laboratory network, including equipment operation and maintenance.
- Support the capacity building of National and District Health Offices in management of laboratory services, particularly through quality assurance and diagnostics.
- In coordination with NLTP, conduct on-the-job training visits to district level, including for equipment operation and maintenance.
- Mentor the National TB Reference Laboratory Technical Officers, ensuring an environment of technical quality and innovation.

Anticipated learning outcomes: approximate 10% time
- Cultivate mentorship skills based on the STAR GH mentorship curriculum to more effectively support and improve knowledge transfer and skills acquisition of staff, incoming fellows and interns.
- Advance leadership skills to successful support capacity building and knowledge sharing activities, and mentor develop junior staff.
- Apply leadership skills and technical expertise to support programmatic growth and scale up within TB programming.

FELLOWSHIP REQUIREMENTS

Required:
- Advanced degree (Masters, PhD, or MD) in a health-related field required.
- Minimum 13 years of relevant technical experience with master's degree or a minimum of 15 years of relevant technical experience with bachelor's degree.
- At least ten years of progressively responsible experience in designing, implementing and managing TB in developing countries, with a preference given to candidates with African experience.
- Demonstrated technical leadership, program management, strategic planning, policy experience and problem-solving skills working on complex projects in a highly sensitive environment.
- A minimum of 5 years of relevant TB laboratory and TB control experience, preferably at the national level.
- At least five years of experience with or good knowledge of Global Fund operating procedures and financial management processes (proposal development and submission, monitoring and evaluation, PSM plan and reporting).
- Demonstrated experience and skills in donor coordination and collaboration and working effectively with a broad range of Sierra Leone and USG personnel and partners.
- Ability to work both independently and in a team environment to achieve consensus on policy, program and administrative matters.
- Ability to work effectively in a team environment and communicate information to both health and non-health audiences, and achieve consensus on policy, project, research, and administrative matters.
- Proven ability to communicate quickly, clearly and concisely – both orally and in writing - in English.
- Excellent verbal communication skills, tact and diplomacy.
- Excellent computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook, Access, SPSS and other statistical and other relevant software).

Additional skills (preferred):
Experience with USAID-funded public health programs.

TO APPLY:
All applicants are required to apply for this position through STAR’s online recruitment system at https://www.ghstar.org/, which allows you to store your CV/resume and separate cover letter describing your qualifications and experience, interest and familiarity with issues relating to this position, and how this position relates to your career goals is required for each application. The position will remain open until filled.

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Are you interested in becoming a Senior Tuberculosis and Global Fund Grant Advisor in Sierra Leone? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

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Expiring: Jan 14, 2022
Strategic Information Advisor in Malawi , Malawi

SUSTAINING TECHNICAL AND ANALYTIC RESOURCES

FELLOWSHIP TITLE: Strategic Information Advisor

HOST ORGANIZATION: Health, Population, and Nutrition Office, United States Agency for International Development

LOCATION: Lilongwe, Malawi

POSITION LEVEL: Mid- Career Advisor

STAR-P2-105

TRAVEL: 10% estimated travel


STAR PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI) supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Health (GH) Bureau. Its purpose is twofold: (1) Through individual fellowships, STAR will help strengthen the capacity of diverse American and low-and-middle-income country (LMIC) health professionals at all levels to make innovative contributions to global health (GH); and (2) STAR will create ground-breaking opportunities for both US and LMIC GH academic institutions and other groups, including professional associations, to create systems for open-access knowledge sharing, resulting in effective partnerships. STAR’s individual and institutional participants are contributing to the development of self-sustaining systems and tools that will produce global citizens with the full spectrum of relevant health competencies. STAR is managed by the Public Health Institute and implement in partnership with Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH).

ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP

The STAR Fellowship is a two-year global health and learning opportunity with:

Individualized, tailored support to enhance the fellow’s achievement personal and professional goals
Personalized learning plans and access to learning resources (courses, conferences, mentoring) based on fellow’s learning style and preferences.
Access to broad professional networks to enhance peer learning and knowledge sharing

FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION

Background:
In 2009, Malawi became the first country to sign the PEPFAR Partnership Framework that harmonizes U.S. Government and host country government HIV/AIDS programs. USAID uses PEPFAR resources to invest in systems strengthening; promote a broad range of HIV prevention, treatment, and care activities; and mitigate the social and economic impact of the disease.

USAID participates in national technical working groups where key programmatic and technical decisions are made. USAID also maintains a close working relationship with national and district governance structures by contributing to district implementation planning, strengthening financial accountability, encouraging supportive supervision and program reviews, and engaging in targeted capacity building interventions. The Strategic Information Advisor will be a member of the HIV/AIDS Team in the Health, Population and Nutrition (HPN) office at USAID/Malawi. The HIV/AIDS team is comprised of 25 staff members with an approximate annual PEPFAR budget of $63 million/year managed by 25 implementing partners.

Introduction:
The Strategic Information Advisor (Advisor) will play a critical role in two areas that are key for achieving, measuring, and documenting progress towards HIV epidemic control: 1) provides technical leadership in the use of epidemiological and research data for decision making and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of the USAID/PEPFAR portfolio, and 2) supports local partner transition through mentoring and advising M&E units in local partners, including key government ministries and other local institutions on building sustainable data collection and analysis systems. The Advisor will provide technical guidance to ensure that USAID's Implementing Partners (IPs) employ sound data management and analysis techniques to enable the US Government (USG) and the Government of Malawi (GOM) to effectively measure progress toward HIV epidemic control. The Advisor will apply data analysis and visualization techniques to enable the USG, GOM, IPs and other stakeholders to monitor progress and evaluate the impact and reach of USAID's work. The Advisor will also participate significantly in the process of target setting for USAID IPs during the Country Operational Plan (COP) development process. As a member of the USAID/Malawi HIV/AIDS team, they will participate in technical, policy, and strategic planning meetings with the GOM, interagency, other donors, civil society, the private sector, and other stakeholders.

Reporting structure:
The Advisor will be based at USAID/Malawi and will work closely with the HIV/AIDS Team, receiving technical direction from the HIV/AIDS Team Leader, who will serve as their Onsite Manager.

Essential Duties and Outcomes:
A standardized M&E system and process for documentation of progress toward achieving goals and objectives established across all USAID PEPFAR IPs:

Provide technical advice to support all USAID IPs to deploy strong M&E systems that enable a standardized documentation of progress toward achieving goals and objectives.
Assist in planning, designing, and managing the SI and data visualization components of the annual PEPFAR COP and quarterly PEPFAR interagency data review calls.
Generate program results reports for the USAID team as per agency and PEPFAR schedules (weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, and annual).

State-of-the-art data analysis and visualization techniques developed and employed to guide the USAID HIV/AIDS team in activity adjustments and partner management, and teams trained on the use of data visualization systems and software:

Provide technical advice to ensure rigorous performance management in all USAID/PEPFAR funded activities, starting from target setting through results reporting, data analysis, and data use.
Provide technical advice to ensure USAID IPs deploy strong M&E systems that enable a standardized documentation of progress toward achieving goals and objectives.
Advise on SI and HIV/AIDS epidemiology issues at technical, policy, and strategic planning meetings.

USAID/PEPFAR's local partners trained on PEPFAR Data systems (DATIM) and standard MEL Plans are developed:
Spearhead capacity strengthening of new local partners in improving their M&E systems, including developing comprehensive Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plans (MEL) describing results framework, data collection and analysis, indicator narratives, and performance measures.
Play a key role in managing the PEPFAR data system (Data for Accountability, Transparency, and Impact / DATIM), generating reports and analysis for USAID activity managers and senior PEPFAR leadership.
Lead in the design, implementation, and development of new processes in information management as they relate to PEPFAR and GOM results reporting.

PEPFAR IPs trained and supported on Point of Care (POC) Electronic Medical Records and eMastercard use:
Plan, develop, and deliver training on the use of the two electronic patient tracking systems.
Develop support systems to ensure a high level of availability and use of the electronic patient data capturing systems.
In collaboration with the entities tasked with developing and deploying the systems, lead the effort to develop end-user trouble logging systems to minimize downtime and disruptions.

Anticipated learning outcomes: * Required 10% time

Demonstrate proficiency across the core global health competencies defined as development practice, cross cultural awareness, communication, capacity strengthening, ethics of public health, health equity, gender equality and global burden of disease that is necessary for persons practicing in global health.
Apply Strategic Information and HIV/AIDS knowledge to strengthen program.
Apply and distinguish international standards within technical/content area to support programming.
Cultivate leadership skills based on the STAR GH mentorship curriculum to effectively facilitate capacity building and knowledge sharing activities amongst staff and peers.
Expand access to knowledge and resources through networking and collaborative practice within global health.

FELLOWSHIP REQUIREMENTS

Required:
Minimum 7 years of relevant experience in data analysis, health information systems, Electronic Medical Records, epidemiology, management of strategic information, using advanced monitoring and evaluation systems, oversight and/or implementation of activity evaluations with a master’s degree or a minimum 9 years of relevant experience with a bachelor’s degree.
Three to five years of progressively responsible experience in health/HIV-AIDS programs is required.
Knowledge of epidemiologic methods and biostatistics, health information systems, GIS project management, research methodologies, and HIV/AIDS epidemiology and current strategies for treatment, care, and prevention.
Advanced knowledge of data collection, utilization, and validation systems.
Ability to present and communicate technical information, analyses, and recommendations in clear written and oral formats.
Expertise with computer-based data management software and/or programs, including Microsoft data base packages and statistical software packages such as Tableau, STATA, SPSS and EpiInfo.
Ability to operate independently with limited direct supervision of day-to-day activities is required.
Open to US Citizens or US Permanent Residents, or Third Country Nationals.

Additional skills (preferred)

Experience working with PEPFAR and U.S. government programming is desirable.

TO APPLY:
All applicants are required to apply for this position through STAR’s online recruitment system at https://www.ghstar.org/, which allows you to store your CV/resume and separate cover letter describing your qualifications and experience, interest and familiarity with issues relating to this position, and how this position relates to your career goals is required for each application. All online applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

Are you interested in becoming a Strategic Information Advisor in Malawi? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Note: This is a job advertisement, applications will be forwarded to the employer for selection. JobnetAfrica believes all applicants should get feedback, good or bad, but are not further involved in the recruitment for this particular vacancy.

Expiring: Jul 20, 2020