Technical Consultant - Global Fund

Almaty | Kazakhstan

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations. With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.

Stop TB Partnership

UNOPS hosts the Stop Tuberculosis Partnership Secretariat (STBP) as of 1 January 2015, in Geneva, Switzerland. The vision of the Stop TB Partnership is to realize the goal of elimination of Tuberculosis (TB) as a public health problem and, ultimately, to obtain a world free of TB by ensuring that every TB patient has access to effective diagnosis, treatment and cure; stopping transmission of TB; reducing the inequitable social and economic toll of TB; and developing and implementing new preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic tools and strategies. The Stop Partnership is uniquely positioned to support the development and further implementation by partners of the current and future Global Plan, acting as a coordinator and catalyst for the range of partners engaged in the fight against TB.

Founded in 2001, the Stop TB Partnership's mission is to serve every person who is vulnerable to TB and ensure that high-quality treatment is available to all who need it. Our partners include international and technical organizations, government programmes, research and funding agencies, foundations, NGOs, civil society and community groups and the private sector


Background Information - Job-specific

Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Executive Director, the Technical Consultant – Global Fund will be responsible to provide technical expertise and guidance to the National Tuberculosis Program in Kazakhstan related to the implementation of new tools and approaches in the Programmatic Management of MDR-TB (PMDT) field and facilitates coordination on Global Fund (GF) grant activities in the country.

The Stop TB Partnership, in consultation with the National TB Programme (NTP), will place an in-country technical Consultant at the NTP. Technical assistance provided by the consultant will primarily focus on introduction and scaling-up of new tools, implementation research and programmatic adoption and adaptation of innovations in the M/XDR-TB field.  These activities will intersect with provision of support to the coordination of GF grant implementation in the country. In addition, the officer, in partnership with NTP staff, will identify programmatic challenges that may require external assistance, and work in collaboration with a USAID Regional Mission and US-based team with a wide range of TB, MDR TB, and GF-related experience to provide technical support through in-country visits and frequent communication in consultation with Stop TB Partnership.   

Objectives of the Technical Consultant are:

  • Support NTP in the implementation and scale up of TB and M/XDR-TB activities;
  • Identify programmatic bottlenecks and facilitate solutions through coordinated technical assistance;
  • Improve coordination of the GF implementation;
  • Assist countries to leverage resources for TB control;

The officer will be placed at the central office of the National TB Program (NTP) – at the National TB Centre of TB Problems in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of Stop TB Deputy Executive Director, the Technical Consultant will receive instructions and perform below activities, tasks and responsibilities: 

1.    Assist NTP in introduction of new tools, approaches and best practices in M/XDR-TB field of Kazakhstan and scale up of piloted activities:

  • Bring new tools and innovations to the attention of NTP and TB partners;
  • Facilitate introduction of new anti-TB medicines, regimens, and new laboratory tools;
  • Assist NTP with piloting and expanding new and innovative practices, including outpatient treatment;
  • Support NTP in implementation of pharmacovigilance system for anti-TB drugs;
  • Help NTP to collect best practices and disseminate lessons learned

2.    Support NTP in the implementation and scale up of M/XDR-TB activities, with a focus on:

  • Scale up of quality laboratory system in the country, including GeneXpert and DST tools;
  • Support NTP to improve TB and MDR-TB case finding, implement new and innovative approaches and systems to increase case detection;
  • Assist NTP in preparation for introduction of new drugs and regimens in the country, with a focus on clinical management, training and care delivery.

3.    Assist NTP in coordination of TB activities among donors and program partners:

  • Coordinate collaboration of NTP with the GF, USAID and other international donors;
  • Assist with coordination of GF grant activities in the country with PR and Sub-recipients; Facilitate and strengthen coordinative mechanisms;
  • Support NTP to liaison with domestic and international programs and partners (such as endTB Project in KZ, KNCV, Project HOPE and others);
  • Coordinate the provision of technical assistance to meet the NTP goals and targets focused on M/XDR-TB;

4.    Identify programmatic bottleneck and facilitate technical assistance:

  • Through collaboration with NTP and partners in Kazakhstan, identify programmatic gaps which may require additional technical assistance
  • In consultation with Stop TB Partnership, liaise with USAID, GF and other donors and international partners on planning and provision of needed TA; 

5.    Update USAID/CAR and USAID/W on the progress of this SOW through the Stop TB Partnership’s quarterly reporting. Furthermore, the consultant will for responsible:

  • Submission of deliverables to Stop TB Partnership
  • Report(s) on collected best practices and lessons learned.
  • Progress Report(s) on a quarterly basis.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent), preferably in Medicine or Public Health related discipline is required. 

Experience

Minimum of 5 year of experience in TB prevention and care

Considered an asset:

  • Experience in programmatic and/or operational research or clinical trials desired
  • Knowledge of new lab tools, new drugs and regimens for MDR-TB desired

Languages

Fluency in English is required and another UN language is desirable

Competencies

Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: International Individual Contractor Agreement (IICA)
Contract level: IICA-2
Contract duration: One year 

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:
https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx 

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Almaty | Kazakhstan
  • Grade: IICA-2, International Individual Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Health
    • HIV and AIDS
  • Closing Date: 2017-06-14

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