PMDT Team Lead USAID Project Jobs – University Research Co., LLC (URC)

Title:          PMDT Team Lead
Organisation: University
Research Co., LLC (URC)
Project Name: USAID’s
Defeat TB Project
Duty Station: Kampala,
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 PMDT Team Lead will design and lead the
implementation of activities to strengthen and improve management and quality
of DR-TB prevention, case finding, care and treatment services, which includes
coordinating directly with the MOH National TB and Leprosy programme and key
stakeholders. The PMDT Team lead will be responsible for coordinating technical
assistance to all programmatic and clinical TB, and MDR-TB activities for the
project. The PMDT Team lead will also be responsible for providing technical
support to IPs, Districts and health facilities offering TB and DR-TB care
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • The jobholder will coordinate the DR-TB team to implement strategies
    to accelerate DR-TB case finding and enrollment including facilitate
    systematic contact investigation for all DR-TB patients (demonstrate 3-5%
    increase in yield); Gene Xpert testing for all PBCs and previously treated
    TB patients
  • Coordinate the assessment and improvement of DR-TB/HIV service
    delivery to improve treatment outcomes
  • Initiate activities to improve DR-TB service delivery at Mulago
    National referral hospital including decongestion and implementation of
    differentiated service delivery models;Support development of the
    home-based (DSD) patient centered models for MDR TB, begin with a pilot
    (Mulago) and then spread the implementation across other PMDT sites.
  • To coordinate DR-TB quality improvement activities identify and
    document changes which lead to improvement in the systems and processes in
    the TB diagnostic cascade
  • Develop a tool for DR-TB mortality audit and pilot it at 7 DSD sites
    to generate knowledge for improvement of DR-TB quality of care
  • Coordinate DR-TB team to support the facilities to improve the
    organisation of services through establishment of DS-TB clinic days to
    secure time for Quality improvement and community activities; conduct monthly
    QI coaching activities and weekly virtual site support, identify and
    document changes which lead to improvement in the systems and processes in
    the DR-TB care pathway. Develop case studies, success stories which will
    be shared and included in change packages
  • Coordinate the DR-TB team to conduct well organised learning events;
    trainings, meetings, mentorship and coaching activities
  • Coordinate the development of tools and the roll out of aDSM
    activities at all DSD and TA sites
  • Coordinate and monitor successful implementation of facilitated
    monthly DR-TB clinics, panel meetings and capacity building using the
    project ECHO platform, patient tracking activities, availability of
    supplies, partner coordination activities, DOT facility meetings
  • Coordinate development of DR-TB IEC and Job aid for STR; the DR-TB
    patient education flip chart is due for updating to include STR and there
    is an identified need to develop an STR clinical pocket guide
  • Coordinate the DR-TB team to develop comprehensive and timely
    periodic reports (weekly, monthly, quarterly) and workplans (Annual,
    quarterly and monthly) as required
  • Provide technical assistance to the NTP expert DR TB committees and
    TB technical strategic working group meetings to update DR-TB operational
    plans, annual work plans and procurement plans.
  • Lead efforts to develop and implement PMDT TA approach for Partners,
    and support PMDT implementation in the Ten IP supported sites
  • Monitor implementation of planned Programmatic Management of
    Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (PMDT) implementation through field visits,
    reviews, and analysis of performance reports.
  • Provide technical assistance to scale-up new DR-TB treatment
    regimens nationwide, including the shorter regimen, and new anti-TB
    medications (such as Bedaquiline and Delaminid)
  • Coordinate the institutionalization of a well-functioning monitoring
    system for DR-TB activities
  • Provide technical oversight for operations research on innovative TB
    prevention, screening, diagnostic, and treatment approaches, especially
    related to DR-TB.
  • To lead and supervise the Defeat TB PMDT team

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The applicants for the PMDT Team Lead USAID Defeat TB Project job
    opportunity must hold an MBCHB degree with masters training in internal
    medicine (MMED) or Public (MPH) or both
  • At least seven years of work experience in DR-TB Control related
    activities, including program implementation, monitoring and evaluation or
    additional training in Drug Resistant TB programming and management.
  • Demonstrated clear understanding of current key TB, TB/HIV control
    and MDR-TB issues at national and global level.
  • 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.
  • Experience introducing and implementing new TB policies, such as new
    pediatric TB Gene Xpert drug formulations, shortened treatment regimens
    for MDR-TB, new TB drugs, and experience with a DSM and pharmacovigilance
    in the monitoring of TB medications.
  • Strong 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Demonstrated experience in onsite 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
  • High level of integrity, Honest and Trustworthy and Flexible
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: 13th July 2018
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