Project Coordinator (TB)
Mission and objectives
UNDP began its operations in Tajikistan in 1994. Nowadays, Tajikistan is a peaceful and stable country, with a rapidly developing economy. Recovery from the devastating social and economic consequences of civil war and the start of reforms led to steady, though unequal, growth over the past decade averaging 8 per cent annually, according to World Bank country data.
The UNDP Tajikistan Country Office was selected as the Principal Recipient in the implementation of HIV/AIDS grants provided to Tajikistan by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis(TB) and Malaria since 2003. The overall goal of the Project is to reduce the burden of HIV and Tuberculosis (TB) in the country through addressing challenges related to HIV, drug resistant (“DR”) TB, co-infection of TB/HIV, human rights barriers, and underlying health systems shortcomings calling for urgent actions. The Project is streamlined around four main objectives, aiming at ensuring effective HIV response measures among key populations (KPs), scaling up access for early and quality diagnosis, treatment and care, ensuring integrated care for those affected both by TB and HIV, as well as strengthening national public heath response. The Project will build up on the previous projects’ achievements and results; it will additionally, introduce innovative approaches, such as index testing for HIV, introduction of TB-LAM diagnostic method and new community active case finding interventions using One Impact mobile solution. Also, the Project will contribute to the national health care reform by building and improving the technical and managerial capacities of health professionals, promoting participation of civil society organizations in the response to the HIV/AIDS and TB epidemics and enhancing the cooperation of non-governmental organizations with the public health sector.
I. Ensure effective and efficient implementation of the Tuberculosis (TB) component of the project • Assess programmatic impact and oversee the appropriateness and the accuracy of methods used to verify progress and results; • Ensure an effective flow of information between finance and non-finance actors to effectively link programmatic results to expenditures; • Coordinate with corporate UNDP services to ensure that expected results are delivered in a timely manner; • Under the guidance of Programme Manager (PM) optimize the organizational capacity to deliver efficiently the TB component under consolidated grant in Tajikistan • Under the guidance of PM maximize the engagement of all relevant partners in effective project implementation and advise implementing partners on strategies to be put in place to facilitate results-based implementation of activities; • Establish working procedures related to the management of the TB component of the programme and oversee their compliance during the programme implementation period; • Advise management on project implementation and actively take a lead in discussions related to efficient and effective programme implementation; II. Ensure quality of implementation of the projects by sub-recipients and implementing partners against their SR agreements • Facilitate and support the implementation assessment of sub-recipients and facilitate development of Management letters and follow up action plans to close identified gaps; • Contribute to the development of terms of reference and description of services for sub-contracts and sub-recipients; • Coordinate development of training plans/curricula for the PR’s and sub-recipients’ programme and monitoring the donor approved training plan; • Ensure and be accountable for efficient M&E, trainings, communications, programmatic results and processes within the framework of the TB project of the consolidated grant agreements at PR and SR levels; • Jointly with PM and Finance Analyst monitor reporting and accounting practices of sub-recipients in TB including budgeting and financial key performance indicators as well as strict budget line controls with PR and SR expenditures; • Under the guidance of PM, liaise with the donor, the Local Fund Agent, government and other external relations; • Oversee the proper introduction and implementation of the task-based payments to the Governmental employees receiving top-ups of the grant. • Facilitate actions in response to the recommendations of Technical Review Panel (implementation of action plans) • Provide technical assistance to the analytical development work of the Sub-Recipients (SR)s and ensure high quality knowledge products. Promote the substantive quality of all knowledge products, reports and services, and ensures effective integration and compatibility with other practice areas. III. Provide programmatic and technical expertise and guidance to the team to ensure timely and quality implementation of the program related activities • Provide substantive policy recommendation and advice to Programme Manager and National institutions on the issues of Tuberculosis (TB) • Provide inputs to various technical reports, donor reporting (PUDR), PRODOC, etc. • Participate in working groups for developing national policies for TB control program in accordance with international approaches in prevention and treatment of TB IV. Supervises programmatic and technical staff of the project to ensure timely and quality implementation of the program related activities • Follow up and ensure list of supplies with detailed specifications and in agreement with the relevant Technical Group of the SRs and NCC prepared; • Facilitate and oversee procurement cases and oversee the monitoring of the status of drugs and equipment distributed to the SRs, their utilization and efficiency; • Efficiently perform any other delegated duties assigned by the supervisor. V. Ensure knowledge building and management: • Contribute to building the corporate body of knowledge in the area of TB, TB/HIV integration in the country by systematically (1) sharing knowledge with colleagues and national programme partners, and (2) ensuring that relevant experiences and lessons learnt are considered for proposing changes to the project; • Provide written inputs to UNDP flagship products/newsletter/policy briefs, and UN corporate reporting based on project results, data and information, lessons learned and best practices