USAID Project Careers – Childhood and Paediatric TB Program Advisor – University Research Co., LLC (URC)

Organisation: University
Research Co., LLC (URC)
Project Name: USAID’s Defeat
TB Project
Duty Station: Kampala,
About US:
University Research Co., LLC (URC) is a global company dedicated to
improving the quality of health care, social services, and health education
worldwide. With a non-profit affiliate, the Center for Human Services (CHS),
URC manages projects in over 45 countries, including the United States.
About USAID Defeat TB project:
University Research Co., LLC (URC) is implementing the USAID’s Defeat
TB project. Aligned with Objective #3 in USAID’s Country Development
Cooperation Strategy and in support of the Government of Uganda’s TB Program,
this five-year, USAID funded project’s goal is to increase TB case
notification, case detection, and treatment outcomes through health system
strengthening.  The Defeat TB project
goal is to increase TB case notification, case detection, and treatment
outcomes through health system strengthening with the aim of ending the TB
epidemic in Uganda.
Job Summary: The Childhood
and Paediatric TB Advisor will be responsible for increasing National level
capacity for childhood TB case detection and improving treatment outcomes of
all forms of TB among children. The Technical Advisor – Paediatric TB (a senior
clinician) will also be responsible for providing technical support to IPs,
Districts and health facilities offering TB and MDR-TB care services. S/he will
work closely with Programme Manager NTLP, the National Programme Officer for
childhood TB and members of multidisciplinary teams to ensure efficiency and
effectiveness of interventions implemented to improve detection and management
of childhood TB . In addition s /he will collaborate with the Data
Manager/Monitoring & Evaluation Officer to regularly monitor the progress
made towards the targets for programmatic management of drug resistant TB.
Key Duties and
Manage the development, implementation of
annual, quarterly project Childhood TB control work plans and preparation of
periodic reports
Organise a systematic childhood TB management
learning agenda, generate and disseminate lessons among TB control stakeholders
on a regular basis
Offer technical support, including capacity
building, to NTLP staff and existing regional USAID IPs in improving capacity
and the systems for childhood TB diagnosis and management
Coordinate skills building activities to
increase for frontline providers in the designated project districts and health
facilities to increase access to childhood TB diagnosis and optimal treatment
within the project’s designated districts and health facilities.
Coordinate and monitor the progress of
programmatic Management of all forms of childhood Tuberculosis including but
not limited to including active case finding, contacts management, TB/HIV, TB
Infection control, patient support TB logistics management, treatment response
monitoring and quarterly programme reviews through TB cohort review activities
Support the Childhood TB technical strategic
working group meetings to address policy, technical and programmatic gaps in
childhood TB diagnosis and treatment and Infection Control; update partners and
stakeholders on childhood TB control activities and results.
Support the development of the TB
pharmacovigilance system (active Drug Safety Monitoring, ADSM) while building
the capacity of the health workforce in this area.
Support the institutionalization of a
well-functioning monitoring system for childhood TB capacity building and
reporting of results into the standard reporting.
Work with NTLP to identify and address priority
technical and programmatic gaps in increasing case notifications, diagnosis and
treatment of Pediatric TB through project supported interventions
Provide technical assistance in public-private
mix (PPM) for childhood TB notification and management and work closely with
the Private Sector Advisor in this area.
Coordinate the implementation and reporting of
results from the childhood TB collaboration, learning and adaptation agenda
including but not limited to routine data analysis and monitoring, evaluations,
operations research activities, pilot innovations, application of CQI
approaches to improve MDR-TB care, peer learning sessions and MDR-TB cohort
review activities
Monitor progress of childhood TB control activity
implementation through periodic consultations, monthly progress review
meetings, reports review, and supportive supervision. Provide written feedback
for improving performance.
Collaborate with other multidisciplinary team
and project and National levels to coordinate effective health system
strengthening activities to address supply chain management, optimize
laboratory function, utilization of MOH tools and overall organization of
Coordinate Technical Assistance for Regional
Implementing partners
Provide Technical assistance for application of
CQI methods to improve Childhood TB diagnosis and management
Supervision of childhood TB Programme Officer
Represent the USAID Defeat project on regional
and national TB, TB/HIV and MDR/XDR-TB activities and at selected international

Qualifications, Skills and
The applicants for the USAID Defeat TB Project Childhood
and Paediatric TB Program Advisor job opportunity must hold an MBCHB degree
with masters training in Paediatrics (MMED) or Public (MPH) or both
At least five years of related experience in
childhood TB Control related activities, including program implementation,
monitoring and evaluation or additional specialized training in childhood TB
control programming and management.
Broad knowledge and understanding of current key
TB, TB/HIV control and MDR-TB issues at national and global level.
Strong managerial skills are required to operate
independently with limited direct supervision of day-to-day activities and to
lead results-driven project teams and workgroups.
Excellent oral and written communication skills
are required to develop and maintain effective, sustainable working
relationships with national and international working partners and to
accomplish reporting requirements.
Ability to analyze, understand and discuss new
program design, management and implementation approaches is required. This
includes the development of evaluation designs, use of reliable and valid
instruments, and methods for data collection, analysis and reports.
The ability to influence other collaborative
organizations engaged in TB & HIV control programs to adopt appropriate
strategies for improving the programs for patients with TB/HIV co-infection is
an important skill required for this position.
Detailed knowledge of current TB, TB/HIV and
DR-TB landscape in Uganda, the health care system, Ministry of Health policies,
regulations and program priorities
Detailed knowledge of USAID Administrative
policies and regulations
Demonstrated experience in onsite training,
mentorship and QI coaching approaches
Demonstrated capacity to build and maintain
productive working relationships with a wide network of partners and
Demonstrated organizational and supervisory
skills and abilities; sound judgment, and high ethical standards; flexible and
able to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines
NB: Only candidates who are
eligible to work in the Uganda for an indefinite period without a need for
sponsorship will be considered for this position.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the
URC should upload their updated CVs / résumés and cover letters at the link
below. Also, please complete your application form and attach a completed USAID
Form 1420 Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet as well, download it
Deadline: 26th October 2017 by 4:00
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