Senior TB Technical Adviser
Ministry of Health, National TB Program Office
Senior Technical Adviser
TRAVEL: 30% 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:
FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION
- 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
STAR is a key component of the Administrator's TB Accelerator to reach the UN General Assembly TB Declaration targets as well as build the capacity and commitment of the host governments to ensure TB self-reliance through evidence-based TB programs. At the 2018 UN General Assembly, member states agreed to identify and treat 40 million new TB patients and place 30 million at-risk people on preventive TB Treatment by 2022. Each country has aggressive individual goals to meet this ambitious target. For example, the Government of Uzbekistan (GOU) will need to triple DR-TB detection and treatment from 2,200 cases to 6,700 by 2022. By improving the enabling environment and financial sustainability of TB and DR-TB programs, the Senior TB Technical Adviser, will support Uzbekistan to reach these ambitious targets and support the GOU in their journey to self-reliance by providing technical assistance to the NTP to use their existing national budget more efficiently through health finance reforms.
The Senior TB Technical Adviser (Senior Advisor) will provide technical expertise and guidance to the Uzbekistan Ministry of Health’s (MOH) National TB Program (NTP) in the areas of TB health financing reform and the use of data to drive decision making and provision of patient-centered TB care services. Additionally, the Senior Adviser will support the NTP to transition to internationally recommended and more efficient outpatient treatment models. Finally, the Senior Adviser will identify programmatic bottlenecks and facilitate solutions through coordinated technical assistance, as well as support the country to leverage additional resources for TB control.
The Senior Advisor will be based at the NTP within the Ministry of Health in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. S/he will work closely with and receive technical direction from the NTP Director, who will serve as his/her Onsite Manager and work in close collaboration and maintain communications with the USAID Mission and USAID/Washington TB Team.
Essential Duties and Outcomes:
Improved quality of TB care through implementation of a more effective system of financing TB healthcare services supporting patient-centered treatment and care in TB hospital, TB outpatient clinics, and primary health care (PHC) facilities.
Improved coordination and reporting of NTP activities across implementing partners, donors and other parties.
- Develop an effective financing strategy of TB treatment by enhancing coordination between MOH and Ministry of Finance (MOF) on restructuring the delivery system of TB-related health services, planning, and redistribution of the saved funds.
- Develop approaches to revise the current financing system of TB services, TB hospitals, and general hospitals.
- Develop a plan to improve the system of per capita financing of the PHC and TB services and the implementation of incentives for better diagnosis and management of TB patients.
- Develop a mechanism for efficient and timely purchase of quality TB medications and consumables for TB facilities/laboratories across all regions.
- Develop methods for financing new functions, including coordination, monitoring, transportation, maintenance of information systems, etc.
Build the capacity of the NTP to effectively use data to enhance and support program decision making
- Help organize regular discussions among the NTP, Global Fund (GF), and USAID to ensure alignment of technical approaches in the respective TB portfolios.
- Liaise with USAID, GF, other donors and international partners on planning and provision of needed technical assistance (TA).
- Develop a plan for long-term sustainable partnerships and collaboration for data exchange and greater utilization of information and research among key stakeholders.
- Work with NTP on the coordination of TB activities among program partners through facilitation of regular meetings, sharing of information and coordination of technical support.
- Support NTP in liaising with domestic and international partners.
- Assist NTP in organizing regular (at least quarterly) partners meetings.
- Participate in regular conference calls/meetings with USAID staff as needed.
- Contribute to monthly reporting to USAID.
Anticipated learning outcomes: * Required 10% time
- Provide technical guidance on the development of monitoring tools and dashboards for reaching programmatic indicators (WHO and national indicators).
- Provide targeted TA to the NTP to enhance financial management systems and processes for managing funds accountability and efficiency.
- Contribute to improving overall monitoring and evaluation systems by assisting NTP in improving the data quality assurance mechanisms, effective supportive supervision, and use of digital solutions.
- Support the development of quarterly and annual programmatic narrative reports.
- 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.
- 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.
- Advanced degree (Masters, PhD, or MD) in a health financing-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 thirteen years of progressively responsible experience in designing, implementing and managing TB and Drug-Resistant TB (DR-TB) in developing countries, with a preference given to candidates with Central Asia experience.
- Demonstrated experience managing successful teams comprised of experienced professionals.
- Demonstrated technical leadership, program management, strategic planning, policy experience and problem-solving skills working on complex projects in a highly sensitive environment are required.
- Experience with USAID-funded public health programs preferred; demonstrated technical capacity in financial management required.
- Ability to work effectively with a broad range of Uzbekistani and USG personnel and partners and have demonstrated skills in donor coordination and collaboration. Ability to work both independently and in a team environment to achieve consensus on policy, program and administrative matters is required.
- 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 clearly and concisely in English and Russian – both orally and in writing is essential.
- Excellent verbal communication skills, tact and diplomacy are required to establish and develop sustainable working relationships at the highest level and a high level of trust with public/private organizations. Verbal communication skills are also used to negotiate activity plans and resolve activity implementation issues with counterparts, partners and team members.
- Excellent written communication skills are required to prepare regular and ad hoc reports, activity documentation and briefing papers.
- Excellent computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook, Access, SPSS and other statistical and other relevant software) are required for effectively operating in this position. Good computer skills are required to implement, analyze, and monitor, and manage activity goals, inputs, outcomes, and achievements.
- Fluency in English and Russian.
To apply to this position, please send your CV/resume and separate cover letter describing your qualifications and experience, interest and familiarity with issues relating to this position, to https://recruitment.ghstar.org/
. All applications must be submitted by December 31, 2019 by 5:00 pm Eastern time.