Title : TB Epidemiologist M&E Advisor
Location : Nairobi, KE
Number : STAR-P3-150
Status : Open
Close Date : 08/31/2021
SUSTAINING TECHNICAL AND ANALYTIC RESOURCES
FELLOWSHIP TITLE: TB Epidemiologist, Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor
HOST ORGANIZATION: National Tuberculosis Program, Ministry of Health
LOCATION: Nairobi, Kenya
POSITION LEVEL: Mid-Career Technical Advisor
TRAVEL: 40% estimated travel
STAR PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI) in partnership with the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). STAR is a Global Health talent hub. Through fellowships, internships, and strategic partnerships, STAR supports building the capacity of diverse global health professionals and organizations at all levels to make inclusive, collaborative, and innovative contributions to global health. STAR participants collaborate in the development of systems and tools that strengthen and sustain the local and global health response.
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ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP
The STAR Fellowship is a two-year 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 the host governments to ensure TB self-reliance through evidence-based TB programs.
The USAID investment for TB in Kenya aims to increase TB case notification, case detection and treatment outcomes through health system strengthening with the goal of ending the TB epidemic in Kenya. USAID TB investment leverages U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) supported TB/HIV activities, Global Fund (GF) TB grants, and the Kenya government funding supporting health care staff and infrastructure.
The TB Epidemiologist and Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor (Advisor) will focus on strengthening the current national TB surveillance and vital registration systems through assessing the level of, and trends in, TB disease burden (incidence, prevalence, mortality) using available surveillance, survey, programmatic and other data; establishing whether trends in TB disease burden indicators are related to changes in TB-specific interventions; and identifying investments needed to measure future trends in TB disease burden.
The Advisor will be based at the National Tuberculosis Program (NTP) within the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Kenya. They will work closely with and receive technical direction from the NTP Manager who will serve as their Point of Contact.
Essential Duties and Outcomes:
Enhanced quality of technical assistance on TB surveillance for the NTP:
Provide technical support on TB diagnostic network issues to strengthen the current TB surveillance.
Support the NTP to document epidemiological evidence of TB burden in the country by analyzing the routine program data, epidemiological data and operational research.
Provide technical expertise and guidance in the development, implementation and evaluation of epidemiological studies and projects, including designing of studies/assessment and analysis of routine data for decision making.
Support the NTP staff to develop evidence-based policies and disseminate research findings through publishing and conferences.
Improved quality and management of TB surveillance data and resources:
Mentor NTP epidemiologists to carry out epidemiological reviews.
Work in close coordination with the HIV program to integrate appropriate database for the enhancement of patient centered care and management.
In coordination with the NTP team, contribute to the development, prioritizing and implementation of the research areas as outlined in the workplan.
Monitor the project performance according to the annual M&E workplan.
In collaboration with relevant NTP department(s), monitor the utilization of data for decision making among the M&E units at country and sub-country levels.
Improved coordination of knowledge management among national and sub-country level staff:
Identify knowledge gaps at national, county and sub county levels and initiate and guide further capacity building, including implementation of new innovations in data management.
Work with NTP and technical partner staff to document and disseminate performance of TB implementation through articles, presentations, and posters to promote project work.
In collaboration with the NTP manager, facilitate the coordination with other partners who are supporting TB and TB/HIV data management.
Improved coordination of NTP TB M&E activities with USAID Mission and partners:
Identify areas for cross-cutting collaboration on M&E issues with other stakeholders.
Maintain close communication, coordination and collaboration with NTP and technical partners, including facilitating NTP and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) technical working group meetings.
Participate in regular NTP activities geared towards M&E activities, including M&E technical working groups meetings, support supervision, surveys, and technical assistance to counties.
Prepare periodical performance reports as required by NTP and USAID staff.
Submit a monitoring and evaluation and bi-annual progress reports USAID staff.
monitoring and evaluation
Participate in regular conference calls with USAID staff.
Provide continuous, in-country day-to-day support to the NTP on National Strategic Plan and GF grant implementation.
Anticipated learning outcomes: approximate 10% time
monitoring and evaluation knowledge to strengthen program.
Apply and distinguish international standards within technical/content area to support programming.
Cultivate leadership skills based on the STAR GH mentorship curriculum to effectively facilitate capacity building and knowledge sharing activities amongst staff and peers.
Expand access to knowledge and resources through networking and collaborative practice within global health.
Minimum 7 years of relevant technical experience with master’s degree or a minimum 9 years of relevant technical experience with bachelor’s degree.
At least 5 years of epidemiology and/or statistics experience.
Extensive quantitative skills and a proven track record of producing results.
Excellent understanding of TB epidemiology, TB policies and interventions, and health systems.
Extensive experience in working with national TB health programs and offering technical assistance.
Experience in conducting trainings and capacity building.
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a cross-cultural work environment.
Excellent written and oral communications in English.
Good computer skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Office programs and statistical software.
Excellent organizational, planning, negotiating and problem-solving skills.
Demonstrated facilitation skills.
Kenyan or East African citizenship required.
Additional skills (preferred)
Scientific publications in peer reviewed journals will be an added advantage.
Experience with epidemiological analysis of TB surveillance data.
Experience with Mid-term reviews of NSP or any project.
Experience with USAID and/or PEPFAR projects is an advantage.
Knowledge of local culture is a plus.
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.
The position will remain open until filled.
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