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Posting Title:Senior Technical Advisor
Job Location: Nepal
Skill Required: Project/ Programme Management,
Preferred Experience: 7-10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 09th Dec, 2021

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Job Description

The Opportunity

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfill their potential. We work together, with our partners from civil societies and government, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. We reached approximately two million populations and invest over 40 million US dollars annually to reach more children than ever before, through programs in Health, Nutrition, Education, Protection and Child Rights and Governance, Livelihood, HIV, and AIDS, and Humanitarian Crises.

Under the direct supervision of Sr. Program Director, Program Operations, the Sr. Technical Advisor-TB will be responsible for providing strategic and technical guidance to strengthen and maximize the impact of Global Fund funded TB programs. The technical Lead-TB will provide TB technical expertise and support to the National and provincial TB program of Nepal, support to improve TB diagnosis and treatment in Nepal, strengthen DR-TB program, support in TB-HIV collaboration, support in strengthening M and E system of NTP, and represent Save the Children in any TB related technical discussion/forums. S/he will carry out periodic field visits to assess the program quality and technical capacity of service providers. S/he will take a technical lead representing Save the Children in analysis, reporting writing, and dissemination TB related studies/research.

Approximately 30% of the time is likely to be spent in Save the Children Country office, 40% of the time in NTCC, and 30% in engaging with and traveling to province and SDPs.

Key Responsibilities

Providing TB technical expertise and support to National and provincial TB program of Nepal:

  • Assist National TB Programme to develop strategic and operational plans, manuals, and guidelines for TB and DR-TB while ensuring that these are in line with WHO recommendations and NTP/MoHP long-term plans.
  • Provide technical support to the National TB program related to the implementation of the National Strategic Plan and Global Fund grant activities, with an emphasis on strengthening the quality of diagnosis, notification, treatment, and reporting at the national TB network level.
  • Technically support the TB team at NTCC to ensure that the services delivered fully follow the national guidelines and protocols with full understanding.
  • Directly supervise and provide technical support to Technical TB team placed at Provincial health directorate for the implementation of the National Strategic Plan and Global Fund grant activities.
  • Build the capacity of the Provincial TB team to strengthen TB detection and management services at the province and below.
  • Technically support the Provincial team to ensure that the services delivered fully follow the national guidelines and protocols with full understanding through training, supportive supervision, and onsite coaching.

Improve TB diagnosis and treatment in Nepal through the provision of technical assistance:

  • Support NTP to develop SR implementation guidelines and provide technical support and supportive supervision of province-based SR’s.
  • Support further strengthening, expansion of TB diagnostic services, including GeneXpert MTB/RIF, digital chest X-ray, as well the use and sharing of data.
  • Analysis and sharing lessons learned related to newly introduced tools and approaches; provide advice on the scale-up of potential interventions at provincial and national levels.
  • Provide technical support to NTC to roll out new changes in treatment and diagnostic algorithms at national, provincial, local, and health facility levels.
  • Support NTCC to develop and conduct technical training, orientations, CME at the central and provincial levels.
  • Provide technical assistance to NTC team in the areas of TB epidemiology, regular TB program, and new approach in TB programs such as Urban TB, Private Public Mix Approaches, Childhood TB, and Community System Strengthening (CSS).
  • Take a technical and programmatic lead in the implementation of Public-Private Mix-related activities.
  • Technically support NTP in development of technical guidelines, SOPs, training curriculum, and other relevant documents like annual report, etc.
  • Technically support in program management of general TB, childhood TB, TB-comorbidity, DR TB, Quality assurance of laboratory services, National TB prevalence survey, and various other core programmatic activities in close coordination with technical and program staff at NTC.

Strengthen DR-TB program through support to the NTP

  • Participate in regular NTP PMDT activities, including meetings, surveys, assessments, and supportive supervision visits.
  • Provide TA to scale-up implementation of new and shorter MDR-TB regimens and BDSM.
  • In collaboration with NTP staff, update guidance materials, and monitoring and supervision tools, and participate in PMDT monitoring visits to treatment sites.

Support in TB-HIV collaboration

  • Provide technical assistance to NTC in management of TB-HIV co-infected cases and develop/update manual for the management of TB/HIV cases.
  • Strengthen TB-HIV collaboration between NCASC and NTC at all levels and strengthen referral between DOTS and ART/HTC sites.

Support in strengthening M and E

  • Coordinate and assess for technical program gap with the program, M&E, and PSM team and develop a quality enhancement plan for immediate action.
  • Carry out rapid/situation assessment as necessary for program development.
  • Conduct a periodic technical review of the TB program strategies, program, and results to ensure program quality, effective implementation, and efficient utilization of resources including Human Resources in the TB program.
  • Support M&E team in preparation of and orient on the use of monitoring checklists and other R&R tools to other team members and service providers.
  • Contribute technically in program designing, planning, and review process for the national program as well as Global Fund program
  • Support in developing comprehensive surveillance and M & E system for TB control
  • Monitoring and tracking TB performance of GF implementing partners.

Represent Save the Children in any TB-related technical discussion/forums.

  • Take lead from Save the Children to provide technical support for TB-related studies/researches.
  • Take a technical lead representing Save the Children in analysis, reporting writing, and dissemination of National Drugs resistant survey and patient cost survey.
  • Participate in and provide technical assistance to national and international TB prevention and treatment Technical Working Groups (TWG), task teams, workshops, and conferences.
  • Build strategic partnership and maintain effective communication with stakeholders at provincial
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with Health Officer/Public Health Officer and the Provincial Health Director in designated areas, as well as with other individuals and organizations related to TB control.

Qualifications and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in medicine with Master’s in public health/Community Medicine. Ph.D. in Public Health will be an advantage
  • At least 7 years experience in Public Health at national/international level, candidate having prior experience in TB program management preferred.
  • Proven experience of working with the government in national/international level health programs/projects and multi-/bi-lateral agencies or international organizations. Experience of working in a team for bigger grants will be an asset
  • Understanding of the working procedures of the Government as well as of external development partners (EDPs) will be considered a huge advantage
  • Experience in coordination and liaison with different partner agencies
  • Ability to work in multi-cultural environment Ability to work under pressure

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