Consultant: Coordination of the WHO/USAID joint project for Central Asian countries “Improved Prevention, Detection and Treatment of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (DR-TB)” activities in Kazakhstan 461 views

Consultant: Coordination of the WHO/USAID joint project for Central Asian countries “Improved Prevention, Detection and Treatment of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (DR-TB)” activities in Kazakhstan  (2001928)  
Contractual Arrangement: External consultant
Contract duration: 0

Job Posting

: Apr 24, 2020, 11:10:52 AM

Closing Date

: May 4, 2020, 10:59:00 PM

Primary Location

: Kazakhstan-Nur-Sultan


: EU_KAZ WHO Country Office, Kazakhstan


: Full-time  

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1) The WHO Country Office is an integral part of the
WHO Regional Office for Europe. Its main role is to facilitate and coordinate
all WHO activities at country level. This is done through facilitating the
implementation of the Biennial Collaborative Agreement with the country and its
corresponding work plan. WHO helps the country to improve its health system and
provides technical support as necessary. The WHO country office administers,
consolidates, manages and enhances WHO collaboration in the country including
all resources deployed in the country either permanently or temporarily to
maximize WHO impact. The Country Office has a representational, fund-raising
and resource steering function, as needed.


2) At the same time, given the surge of COVID 19 and
the current state of global emergency, in the WHO Country Office, Kazakhstan,
the WHE programme is responsible, among other things,
for effective Emergency Risk Communication (ERC) preparedness and response. WHO
CO KAZ has been providing support to the Ministry of Health on preparedness and
response to COVID-19.

In KAZ there is a strong need to build capacity in
the area of strongly infectious diseases within national health care facilities
building on lessons in the area of TB and also more specifically in the context
of COVID 19. 


As part of WHO/USAID joint project the contractor will have the following duties:


Coordination of technical work

  • Coordinate
    project activities in close cooperation with WHO Technical and administrative
    staff working on Tuberculosis (TB) control 
  • Coordinate
    project activities in cooperation with USAID supported TB programs (Eliminating
    Tuberculosis in Central Asia (ETICA), Promoting Quality of Medicines Plus
    (PQM+), TB advisors), as well as the Global Fund and other partners working in
    the TB area in Kazakhstan 
  • Develop
    and maintenances of appropriate networks at the national level, within the
    context of existing agreements between WHO and the authorities, other partners
    and donors 
  • Serve as
    focal point for the project in Kazakhstan for the duration of the consultancy

Project planning and management

  • Develop annual work plan and budget
    specific to the project in close coordination with all stakeholders and Medical
    Officer based in Uzbekistan 
  • Plan visits and coordination of the
    visits with USAID mission in Kazakhstan
  • Provide managerial support to the National
    TB Program (NTP) program manager and WHO Country Office staff during the
    implementation of the project
  • Develop and share quarterly and annual
    progress reports with the Head of WHO Country Office in Kazakhstan and Medical
    officer based in Uzbekistan
  • Participate in relevant national,
    regional or provincial NTP and/or partners meetings

Technical input

  • Provides expert technical support to
    the implementation of all project activities by WHO and other partners active
    in the country
  • Provides technical, advisory and
    programmatic support to the NTP, prepare, participate and/or chairs the
    coordination meetings between USAID mission in Kazakhstan, the NTP, the
    Ministry of Health (MOH) and other stakeholders

2) As part of
his/her duties, the contractor will contribute to the work of the COVID-19 response
team.  S/he, in close collaboration and
under the guidance of WHE team in the area of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC)
to ensure coordinated response, will have the following duties:

  • On-site training of medical personnel
    on IPC measures and precautions in selected healthcare facilities in
    collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Public Health Centre
  • Based on the experience collected in
    TB, develop guidelines for the WHE team regarding Kazakhstan’s health system requirements
    for IPC and propose contextualized recommendations to ensure an appropriate
    response to IPC in the health sector
  • Revise available guidelines and propose
    adjustments to ensure coherent IPC response by the health sector to disease

Contract Duration

Mid May 2020 – Mid May 2021 (12 months)

Qualifications required



Required: Medical degree with specialization in
infectious diseases

Desirable: Master’s degree in public health or
equivalent training in infectious prevention control


Work experience

Required: At least 5 years relevant work
experience in TB control and programme management in a high prevalence TB

Desirable: One-year experience with Public Health
and/or health services in international context

Functional knowledge and skills

  • Academic level of working and
  • Knowledge of and insight in the field
    of operations
  • Affinity with tuberculosis control
  • Experience in project management
  • Experience in training activities
  • Managerial competencies
  • Diplomatic skills
  • Organisational ability
  • Didactic skills
  • Insight in and ability to cope with
    cultural differences
  • Social and coordination skills
  • Excellent communication skills both
    verbal and in writing


Required: Fluency in English and Russian, both
verbal and writing

Desirable: Knowledge of Kazakh is an asset.


The consultant will work on premises (Nur-Sultan,

Duty travels to Almaty when possible and as


Remuneration is based
on classified requirements of the terms of reference of the individual
consultant contract with related academic and professional experience applied
for the grade in accordance with WHO’s consultant’s pay band ranges. 

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