MDR TB Advisor USAID Project Careers – University Research Co., LLC (URC)

Job Title:          MDR TB Advisor
Organisation: University Research Co., LLC (URC)
Project Name: USAID’s Defeat TB Project
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
About US:
University Research Co., LLC (URC) is a global company dedicated to improving
the quality of health care, social services, and health education worldwide.
With a non-profit affiliate, the Center for Human Services (CHS), URC manages
projects in over 45 countries, including the United States.
About USAID Defeat TB project:
University Research Co., LLC (URC) is implementing the USAID’s Defeat
TB project. Aligned with Objective #3 in USAID’s Country Development
Cooperation Strategy and in support of the Government of Uganda’s TB Program,
this five-year, USAID funded project’s goal is to increase TB case
notification, case detection, and treatment outcomes through health system
strengthening.  The Defeat TB project goal is to increase TB case
notification, case detection, and treatment outcomes through health system strengthening
with the aim of ending the TB epidemic in Uganda.
Job Summary: The MDR-TB
Technical Advisor will be responsible for providing targeted technical
assistance to all programmatic and clinical TB, and MDR-TB activities for the
project. The Technical Advisor – MDR (a senior clinician) will also be
responsible for providing technical support to IPs, Districts and health
facilities offering TB and MDR-TB care services. S/he will work closely with
Programme Manager NTLP, the MDR Coordinator and members of multidisciplinary
teams to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of interventions implemented for
control of MDR in the country. In addition, s /he will collaborate with the
Data Manager/Monitoring & Evaluation Officer to regularly monitor the
progress made towards the targets for programmatic management of drug resistant
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Offer technical support, including
    capacity building, to NTLP staff and existing regional USAID IPs in
    improving TB and TB/HIV case detection, TB/HIV collaboration, care and
    support, MDR/XDR-TB programs working closely with the NTLP Manager and the
    USAID Defeat TB COP
  • Coordinate capacity building activities
    for primary care providers at MDR-TB treatment facilities for prevention
    of MDR-TB, increase Gene Xpert implementation, MDR-TB case detection and
    enrolment, treatment response monitoring and contacts management.
  • Steer the development, implementation of
    annual, quarterly project MDR-TB work plans and preparation of periodic
  • Organize a systematic childhood TB
    management learning agenda, generate and disseminate lessons among TB
    control stakeholders on a regular basis
  • Coordinate and monitor the progress of
    programmatic Management of Drug Resistant Tuberculosis including but not
    limited to including active case finding, contacts management, TB/HIV, TB
    Infection control, patient support TB logistics management, treatment
    response monitoring and quarterly programme reviews through MDR-TB cohort
  • Support the expert DR TB committees and TB
    technical strategic working group meetings to address policy, technical
    and programmatic gaps in MDR-TB diagnosis and treatment and Infection
    Control; update partners and stakeholders on TB-MDR TB project activities.
  • Assist in the development of the TB
    pharmacovigilance system (active Drug Safety Monitoring, ADSM) while
    building the capacity of the health workforce in this area.
  • Support the institutionalization of a
    well-functioning monitoring system for TB and DR-TB with DR-TB records
    integrated into standard NTP reporting.
  • Work with NTLP to identify and address
    priority technical and programmatic gaps in increasing case notifications,
    diagnosis and treatment of Pediatric TB through project supported
  • Provide technical assistance in
    public-private mix (PPM) for MDR-TB management and work closely with the
    Private Sector Advisor in this area.
  • Coordinate the implementation and
    reporting of results from the DR-TB collaboration, learning and adaptation
    agenda including but not limited to routine data analysis and monitoring,
    evaluations, operations research activities, pilot innovations,
    application of CQI approaches to improve MDR-TB care, peer learning
    sessions and MDR-TB cohort review activities
  • Monitor progress of Programmatic
    Management of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (PMDT) implementation through
    periodic consultations, monthly progress review meetings, reports review,
    and supportive supervision. Provide written feedback for improving
  • Collaborate with other multidisciplinary
    team and project and National levels to coordinate effective health system
    strengthening activities to address supply chain management, optimize
    laboratory function, utilization of MOH tools and overall organization of
  • Coordinate Technical Assistance for
    Regional Implementing partners
  • Provide Technical Assistance for
    application of CQI to improve MDR-TB care
  • Supervision of Programme Officers
  • Represent the USAID Defeat project on
    regional and national TB, TB/HIV and MDR/XDR-TB activities and at selected
    international meetings.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The applicants for the USAID Defeat TB
    Project MDR TB Advisor job opportunity must hold an MBCHB degree with
    masters training in internal medicine (MMED) or Public (MPH) or both
  • At least five years of related experience
    in DR-TB Control related activities, including program implementation,
    monitoring and evaluation or additional training in Drug Resistant TB
    programming and management.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of
    current key TB, TB/HIV control and MDR-TB issues at national and global
  • Strong managerial skills are required to
    operate independently with limited direct supervision of day-to-day
    activities and to lead results-driven project teams and workgroups.
  • Excellent oral and written communication
    skills are required to develop and maintain effective, sustainable working
    relationships with national and international working partners and to
    accomplish reporting requirements.
  • Ability to analyze, understand and discuss
    new program design, management and implementation approaches is required.
    This includes the development of evaluation designs, use of reliable and
    valid instruments, and methods for data collection, analysis and reports.
  • The ability to influence other
    collaborative organizations engaged in TB & HIV control programs to
    adopt appropriate strategies for improving the programs for patients with
    TB/HIV co-infection is an important skill required for this position.
  • Detailed knowledge of current TB, TB/HIV
    and DR-TB landscape in Uganda, the health care system, Ministry of Health
    policies, regulations and program priorities
  • Detailed knowledge of USAID Administrative
    policies and regulations
  • Previous experience in on-site training,
    mentorship and QI coaching approaches
  • Demonstrated capacity to build and
    maintain productive working relationships with a wide network of partners
    and stakeholders
  • Demonstrated organizational and
    supervisory skills and abilities; sound judgment, and high ethical
    standards; flexible and able to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines
NB: Only candidates who are eligible to work in
the Uganda for an indefinite period without a need for sponsorship will be
considered for this position.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the URC
should upload their updated CVs / résumés and cover letters at the link below.
Also, please complete your application form and attach a completed USAID Form
1420 Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet as well, download it
Deadline: 29th
December 2017 by 5:00 pm
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