KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is a leading medical Development Aid organization working in Global Tuberculosis (TB) Control. With our team of professionals including consultants, nurses and years both in the national and international context. KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is active in over 40 countries in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia.
KNCV in collaboration with CEPHEID HBDC, the National TB Program and the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) is to provide a technical service and local capacity building on a package for a novel molecular test to detect tuberculosis (TB) via diagnostic technology endorsed by the World Health Organization called GeneXpert MTB/RIF. This technology is being scaled-up In the National TB program, National AIDS program and the national laboratory networks. This IS comprehensive service provision that includes installation, trouble-shooting, maintenance both remotely and on-site as well as routine local monitoring of GeneXpert MTB/RIF roll-out and training of local staff.
KNCV aims to achieve effective and efficient use of GeneXpert MTB/RIF machines by building capacity of both the end-users as well as with National TB and National AIDS programs.
Provide technical and programmatic support, especially in the area of onsite support for installation, preventative maintenance and trouble-shooting to complement existing GeneXpert MTB/RIF roll-out of NACA. S/he will also contribute to the strengthening of working relationships with other stakeholders and building of systems for program sustainability including training super-users to perform similar tasks as well as monitoring & supervising of the NACA sites with GeneXpert MTB/RIF technology.
Key duties and responsibilities:
S/he will over the 12-14 months period:
- Provide technical support to NACA sites (remote and onsite) using the GeneXpert MTB/RiF technology m multiple State TB/HIV sites throughout Nigeria in installation, maintenance, re-calibration and trouble-shooting.
- Actively support the State TB/HIV programs and GeneXpert MTB/RIF sites under NACA to scale-up and optimize the use of GeneXpert MTB/RIF services through supportive supervision, monitoring and mentoring.
- Support relevant TB/HIV collaborative activities necessary for the implementation of GeneXpert MTB/RIF technology transfer for timely TB/HIV diagnosis and treatment.
- Support the implementation of a well-functioning supply management system for GeneXpert MTB/RIF cartridges and other related commodities to avoid stock-outs or wasted resources due to expiring commodities.
- Work in conjunction with KNCV Central Office (The Hague) Praiect Coordinator and the in-country KNCV Laboratory Technical Advisor to actively seek support for solving major technical problems of GeneXpert MTB/RIF machines identified in the field directly with the in-country or remote GeneXpert MTB/RIF manufacturer (Cepheid HBDC) designee.
- Support the implementation and use of a GeneXpert maintenance plan and logbooks at all levels.
- Support the compilation of monthly reports on basic installation, trouble-shooting and maintenance activities.
- Collaborate in training super-users and a pool of trainers on GeneXpert MTB/RIF preventive maintenance.
- Support NACA in developing and integrating supervisory tools for TB/HIV services to include GeneXpert. Actively support development and implementation of a routine (quarterly) supervision visit schedule for all NACA GeneXpert MTB/RIF sites.
- Support collection of data for routine monitoring and evaluation directly at sites and through existing TB and HIV State Quality Assurance Officers.
- Support operational research studies related to GeneXpert MTB/RIF that are supported by NACA.
Minimum Qualifications and Experience
A degree in the Medical Sciences - MBBS/MB.Bch or Laboratory Sciences (an MPH would be an advantage) and a minimum of 5 years’ experience in TB or HIV programmes.
Technical and Behavioral Competencies
Good working knowledge of current national and TB and HIV guidelines: knowledge of Program management especially Global Fund projects; ability to work in laboratory & medical settings as well as building linkages between the 2: communication & writing skills: team work; and ability to travel by car/flight on a regular basis (up to 50 70% of time).
What does KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation offer?
- A contract for 12-14 months, with the intension to extend the contract;
- An informal work atmosphere in an international environment where initiative is appreciated;
- A highly-motivated team of experienced. self-driven colleagues;
- The salary is dependent on education and relevant working experience;
- KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation has its own International Employment Conditions Scheme;
- Full-time employment consists of 40 hours per week;
- Initial training on GeneXpert MTB/RIF preventive maintenance service provision.