SUSTAINING TECHNICAL AND ANALYTIC RESOURCES
FELLOWSHIP TITLE: Senior Tuberculosis and Global Fund Grant Advisor
HOST ORGANIZATION: Ministry of Health, National Tuberculosis Control Center (NTCC)
LOCATION: Kathmandu, Nepal
POSITION LEVEL: Senior Technical Advisor
TRAVEL: 35% estimated travel
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ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP
The STAR Fellowship is a global health and learning opportunity with:
Individualized, tailored support to enhance the fellow’s achievement personal and professional goals
Personalized learning plans and access to learning resources (courses, conferences, mentoring) based on fellow’s learning style and preferences.
Access to broad professional networks to enhance peer learning and knowledge sharing.
FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION
USAID is a leader in the global fight against tuberculosis (TB) and supports anti-TB efforts in high-burden TB countries.?STAR Fellowship is a key component of the USAID Administrator's TB Accelerator initiative?that?aims to reach the UN General Assembly TB Declaration targets as well as to build the capacity and commitment of host governments to ensure TB self-reliance through evidence-based TB programs.??
The Senior Tuberculosis and Global Fund Grant Advisor (Senior Advisor) shall provide state-of-the-art technical expertise to improve the capacity of the National Tuberculosis Control Center (NTCC) to effectively implement Global Fund (GF) grants as well as support NTB in the implementation and scale up of TB, M/XDR-TB activities in Nepal. The Senior Advisor will focus on amplifying private sector involvement in the TB response, filling gaps, overcoming programmatic bottlenecks, and facilitating solutions through coordinated technical assistance. The Senior Advisor will assist the USAID Nepal Mission to identify further technical assistance needs in the National Tuberculosis Control Center (NTCC).
The Senior Advisor will work in close collaboration with the USAID/Nepal and USAID/Washington TB Team and will receive technical direction from the NTB Manager, who will serve as his/her primary Point of Contact.
Essential Duties and Outcomes:
Improve?technical support to NTCC in the implementation of GF Grant and the TB National Strategic Plan (NSP):?
- Provide high-level technical assistance (TA) to develop and critically review GF grants, annual work plans, and budgets, with particular emphasis on any needs for reprogramming to meet GF private sector targets.
- Consult with existing private sector stakeholders on needed TA to effectively implement the TB GF grant.
- Guide overall TB/HIV programming including private sector funding requests, grant-making, reprogramming, monitoring, and reporting.
- Support grant implementation progress monitoring through field visits.
- Review and analyze performance reports submitted to the GF and other partners.
- Pro-actively identify and contribute to the resolution of any issues that may lead to disbursement delays and support follow-up actions on grant conditions/Conditions Precedents.
- Guide the NTB in the development of monitoring tools and dashboards for reaching programmatic targets (GF, WHO and national indicators).
- Monitor and analyze the implementation of GF grants programmatic activities and financial utilization against signed grant, and request modifications with NTCC as needed.
- Coordinate with NTCC Senior M&E Advisor to refine and implement private sector monitoring tools to track progress of private sector contributions towards TB targets, and conduct routine analysis of performance (GF, WHO and national indicators).
- Support the mandatory notification of TB cases for the private sector to harmonize data and consider trends in the public and private sectors.
- Provide TA support on the private sector engagement?- add more language specifics
- Provide support in coordinating regular discussions among the GF/ Principal Recipient (PR), NTB, and USAID to ensure alignment of technical approaches in the respective TB portfolios.
Increase support to NTCC in the implementation and scale up of priority TB prevention, diagnosis and treatment activities:
- Provide continuous, in-country day-to-day support to Nepal’s NTCC implementation of key public and private sector interventions as outlined in the TB National Strategic Plan and the Public Private Mix (PPM) Guideline to End Tuberculosis.
- Provide TA to support the expansion of Nepal’s private sector response to TB, to increase: case finding, early diagnosis, early initiation of treatment, and the prevention of drug resistant TB.
- Support the NTCC to develop public and private sector national plans, policies and guidelines related to TB prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
- Support the expansion of private sector partnerships, especially with high volume health institutions and hospitals, to engage in TB care
- Support the NTCC Procurement and Supply Management Team to ensure effective supply chain management for TB commodities, especially through private sector outlets.
- Guide the NTCC in providing technical support to County Health Departments for the implementation of novel interventions for TB elimination.
- Actively support the National PPM Working committee and other appropriate private sector task forces and committees at all levels to promote TB activities in the private sector.
- Help facilitate NTCC PPM activities through the Provincial PPM Work Force and National / Provincial PPM units.
- Support NTCC with the development of key interventions related to USAID Global TB Accelerator aligned with the Nepal TB Annual Roadmap and PPM strategies.
- Guide the NTCC with the public and private sector scale up of GeneXpert (GX) and other rapid TB tests in the country; assist with gap analysis, development of scale up plans and actions; advise NTB on novel tools and approaches related to laboratory practices and support improved coordination between public and private clinical and laboratory services to ensure a patient-centered approach and seamless referrals and service provision.
- Support NTCC to introduce and achieve rapid uptake of novel tools and approaches aimed at improving the quality of TB and DR-TB care, ensuring support to patients and families, by addressing barriers to care in the public and private sectors.
- Through collaboration with NTCC and the USAID mission, identify programmatic gaps which may require additional technical assistance.
- Support the development of quarterly and annual programmatic narrative reports and focused private sector reports as appropriate.
- Support the institutionalization of PPM structures and relationships to integrate the private sector at all levels of the NTP response.
Enhance coordination and liaison with USAID, GF and other donors and international partners on planning and provision of needed TA:
- Participate in regular communication with the GF Principal Recipients, the GF secretariat, WHO and USAID.
- Provide technical support for development and implementation of Tuberculosis Implementation Framework Agreement/ TB Commitment Grants (TIFA/TCG) grants including concept note development.
- Participate in the GF, WHO and USAID monitoring and evaluation activities including program reviews and assessments.
- Advise the NTCC and partners on optimization and/or coordination of donor support and technical assistance (from USAID, TGF, etc.) to enhance private sector effectiveness and value for money.
- Support the NTCC to liaise with domestic and international public and private sector companies and partners.
- Assist the NTCC to organize regular (at least quarterly) partner meetings.
- Assist the NTCC to coordinate and monitor TB implementing partner performance.
Anticipated learning outcomes: approximate 10% time
- Cultivate mentorship skills to more effectively support and improve knowledge transfer and skills acquisition of staff, incoming fellows and interns.
- Advance leadership skills to successful support capacity building and knowledge sharing activities, and mentor develop junior staff.
- Apply leadership skills and technical expertise to support programmatic growth and scale up within TB programming.
- Advanced degree (Masters, PhD, or MD) in a health-related field required.
- Minimum 13 years of relevant technical experience with master's degree or a minimum of 15 years of relevant technical experience with bachelor's degree.?
- At least ten years of progressively responsible experience in designing, implementing and managing TB programs in developing countries, with a preference given to candidates with experience in Asia.
- Demonstrated technical leadership, program management, strategic planning, policy experience and problem-solving skills working on complex projects in a highly sensitive environment.
- Demonstrated technical capacity in financial management required.
- At least five years of experience with or good knowledge of Global Fund operating procedures and financial management processes (proposal development and submission, monitoring and evaluation, PSM plan, and reporting).
- Ability to work effectively with a broad range of Nepali and USG personnel and public and private partners and have demonstrated skills in donor coordination and collaboration.
- Ability to work both independently and in a team environment to achieve consensus on policy, program, and administrative matters.
- Ability to work effectively in a team environment and communicate information to both health and non-health audiences, and achieve consensus on policy, project, research, and administrative matters.
- Proven ability to communicate quickly, clearly, and concisely – both orally and in writing - in English.
- Excellent verbal communication skills, tact, and diplomacy.
- Excellent computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook, Access, SPSS and other statistical and other relevant software).
- Nepali citizenship or permanent residency required.
- Experience with USAID-funded public health programs.
All applicants are required to apply for this position through STAR’s online recruitment system at https://www.ghstar.org/, which allows you to store your CV/resume and separate cover letter describing your qualifications and experience, interest and familiarity with issues relating to this position, and how this position relates to your career goals is required for each application. Position will remain open until filled.
Job Description and Application Link: https://recruitment.ghstar.org/positionDetail.html?pid=408