KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against tuberculosis (TB), still the second most deadly infectious disease in the world.
KNCV is an international center of expertise for TS control that promotes effective, efficient, innovative and sustainable tuberculosis control strategies in a national and international context. We are an organization of, passionate T8 professionals, including doctors, researchers, training experts, nurses and epidemiologists, we aim to stop the spread of the worldwide epidemic of TB and to prevent the further spread of drug-resist ant TB.
Over the past century we have built up a wealth of knowledge and expertise, initially by successfully controlling TB in the Netherlands. Since the 1970s, we have also shared our knowledge and expertise with the rest of the world. We operate from a central office in The Hague in the Netherlands, a regional office in Central Asia and country offices worldwide. KNCV raises funds from private, institutional, corporate, and government donors. Challenge TB KNCV is the lead partner in Challenge T8 (CTB), the new USAID-funded 5-year global program to decrease TB mortality and morbidity in high burdened countries. We lead an international consortium with eight partner organizations: American Thoracic Society (ATS), Family Health International (FHI 360), Interactive Research &. Development (IRD), Japanese Anti Tuberculosis Foundation (JATA), Management Sciences for Health (MSH), Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), and the World Health Organization. The project in Nigeria will be for a period of 6 months supporting 15 states in Nigeria for quality implementation of TB program.
The overarching strategic objectives of CTB are to improve access to quality patient centered care for T8,
TB/HIV, and MDR- IB services; to prevent transmission and disease progression; to strengthen TB platforms.
For the CTB program in Nigeria KNCV is looking for staff to fill the following positions:
Senior Laboratory Advisor in KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation
Purpose of the position and organizational position
The position is aimed to increase KNCV's capacity to coordinate and strengthen the national TB laboratory networks, the capacity of National and Zonal TB Reference laboratories and the implementation of new laboratory technology activities in the country. The Senior Laboratory Advisor reports to the Country Representative for the project implementation and carries out the following major tasks: Provide technical support to the National T8 Program (NTP), National Reference Laboratory (NRL), regional KNCV lab advisors and the state quality assurance officers through appropriate implementation and scaling up of quality laboratory services, including new technologies.
• Applications are sought from persons with sound knowledge of and experience in myco bacteriology, complemented by demonstrated knowledge of TS control and experience in public health strategies and coordination and support for laboratory networks; have at least training in public health or infectious diseases, preferably with an emphasis on T8 and knowledge of current WHO policy recommendations on the use of new TB diagnostics, TB laboratory bio-safety. SOPs for TB laboratory methods, and specifications for TB laboratory equipment;
• Proven experience in mycobacteriology laboratory with knowledge of laboratory quality management systems and function of national TB program will serve as key asset;
• Proven experience in working in the fields of TB, MDR- TB and TB/HIV;
• Field experience in Nigeria.
• An MSc degree in laboratory science, especially micro-biology; an MPH will be an advantage,
• Minimum of 8 years of experience in TB laboratory services at all levels.
• Strong coordination and planning skills
• Excellent written and verbal English language skills;
• Self-starter, team player, dynamic, solid, open, flexible, absolute integrity, organizational awareness;
• Understanding for cultural differences.
Duty station: Abuja
What does KNCV Tuberculosis, Foundation offer?
• A fixed-term contract for 6 months, with the intention to extend the contract based on availability of funding;
• An informal work atmosphere in an international environment where initiative is appreciated;
• A highly-motivated team of experienced, self-driven colleagues;
• A salary dependent upon education and relevant working experience;
• KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation has its own Employment Conditions Scheme;
• Full-time employment consists of 40 hours per week.
Method of Application
Your application (curriculum vitae, motivation letter, 3 professional references) should be sent within the week after publication of this advertisement to: the Country Representative KNCV Nigeria Challenge TB project; firstname.lastname@example.org. The position you are applying for should be the subject of your e-mall. Applications submitted more than a week after the day of publication will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview.
Closing Date: 29th March, 2016
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