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Several USAID Project Consultancy Jobs (Team Leader /TB Epidemiologist (DOTs, MDR-TB), TB/HIV Expert, Health System Expert, Biostatistician and Data Analyst - QED Group, LLC

Organization: QED Group, LLC
Project: USAID/Uganda TRACK-TB Project
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

About QED:
The QED Group, LLC is a full-service international development firm that provides practical solutions to social problems through sound analysis, proven management techniques, and creative implementation. We focus our efforts on two core practice areas: Monitoring & Evaluation and Knowledge Management. We work with U.S. agencies and overseas governments, international donors, private-sector clients, and PVOs/NGOs in more than 80 countries around the world. Key clients include USAID, the U.S. Department of State, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.

About USAID TRACK-TB Project:
TRACK-TB is a USAID/Uganda five-year, $12.5 million activity implemented by Management Sciences for Health (MSH). The activity’s goal is to increase Tuberculosis (TB) Case Detection (CDR) and Treatment Success Rate (TSR) in focus areas to meet national targets for reducing the burden of TB; MDR TB and TB/HIV. The project is scheduled to close on December 17, 2017. 

The activity supports Development Objective 3; Improved Health and Nutritional Status in focus areas and populations through provision of technical assistance to the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Program (NTLP). TRACK-TB is expected to strengthen the capacity of Uganda’s National TB and Leprosy Program, by providing innovative TB control strategies in Kampala and districts with existing USAID TB programs through;
 a)                 Strengthen the NTLP’s leadership and technical capacity to effectively manage TB control in Uganda
b)           Expand community based DOTS in Kampala to reduce the rate of patients’ defaulting TB treatment in the Kampala 
c)                  Scaling up management of MDR TB in selected districts to prevent further MDR-TB emergence
d)                 Technical assistance to, and improved coordination of USAID supported partners implementing district based activities to ensure the alignment of their activities with national TB program guides, policies and targets

The activity was expected to closely collaborate and leverage efforts of NTLP, USAID’s district based TB/HIV and systems strengthening projects, CDC supported efforts for national TB control.  TRACK TB is implemented in Kampala, with specific support to the NTLP and provides direct support/ direct service delivery for MDR TB services at selected Regional Referral Hospitals (RRH and other indirect support including training, mentorships and cohort reviews to selected sites supported by other USAID IPs. The activity is expected to complement and not displace efforts of Government of Uganda (GOU)-MOH, other donors, and Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM).

The recently completed first national TB prevalence survey of 2016 showed prevalence was three times previous estimates that had been based on models. This means that there will be more cases to notice and put on treatment than previously estimated, this has downward implications on the ability of systems cope with in terms of supply of commodities, health service, staffing, and other resources etc.

As the TRACK-TB project comes to a close, alongside the generation of the   National Development Plan, new cooperation development strategies within USAID and other development partners; it becomes more important to understand the most critical interventions for stepping up and sustaining treatment of TB and therefore its elimination in the short and medium term in Uganda.

2.                 Team Composition
The assessment will be conducted by an assessment team, consisting of Ugandan experts. The assessment team must include a team leader (TB expert) and two senior experts and may include research assistants/middle level consultants as need be. The following are the key assessment team members:

1.       Team Leader /TB Epidemiologist (DOTs, MDR-TB)
2.      TB/HIV Expert
3.      Health System Expert
4.      Biostatistician and Data Analyst

1.            1.                  Team Leader /TB Epidemiologist shall have:
  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in human medicine or health sciences or public health, applied research or related fields.
  • Significant expertise in DOTs, MDR-TB, TB/HIV-3I, TB/MNCH and epidemiology with a minimum of five years’ experience in implementing TB interventions in Uganda.
  • Skills in health systems, quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • Skills in efficiency analysis and report writing


2.                 TB/HIV expert shall have:
  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in human medicine or health sciences or public health, applied research or related fields.
  • Significant expertise in TB/HIV-3I and TB/MNCH with a minimum of five years’ experience in implementing TB interventions in Uganda.
  • Skills in health systems, quantitative and qualitative methods.


3.                 Health System expert shall have:
  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in human medicine or health sciences or public health, applied research or related fields.
  • Significant expertise in health systems with a minimum of five years’ experience in analysis, assessing, functioning of system in Uganda.
  • Skills in health systems, quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • Skills in efficiency analysis and report writing


4.                 Biostatistician shall have:
  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in medical statistics, biostatistics or applied statistics.
  • Significant expertise in analyzing large bio/medical datasets including TB data, health datasets like DHIS2.
  • Experience working with health facility data and records
  • Should have experience in biostatistics on a minimum of five years with at least one relating to TB intervention of a similar scale
  • Skills in quantitative data analysis (including large datasets) and report writing. 


3.                 Purpose of the Assessment
The purpose of the assessment is to establish which approaches have been more effective in contributing to the achievement of TRACK-TB outcomes; and identify what are new priorities and strategies for sustainably addressing the TB challenge in Uganda. The assessment will further appraise TRACK-TB project’s collaborative work with the Government of Uganda (GOU), private sector and donors to enhanced achievement of its objectives.

4.                 Anticipated Level of Effort (LOE) Required

The assignment is estimated to begin late April 2016 and be completed no later than June 2016. The anticipated major tasks below are not necessarily presented in the order of execution. Contract may provide for protracted timeline outside the performance time to provide for billing and closure.

Anticipated Major Tasks
Assessment Team

USAID TB Team
USAID/
Washington
Expected LOE (Days)
Review of literature and program documents




4
Team Planning Meeting 




6
Inception Report (including presentation)




1
Field work (data collection)




14
Data Analysis




7
Preparation for stakeholder workshop/synthesized report and presentation




2
Stakeholder engagement workshop




1
Draft Report writing




5
Debriefing




1
Final Draft Report




4
Total Days




45

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who meet the above criteria should send their CV, Cover letter and Bio Data Form, download here, expressing interest to thelearningcontract.recruit@gmail.com. Please indicate title of expertise in the subject line e.g. Health System Expert. 

Deadline: Friday, 6th May, 2016 by 5:00 pm

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