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Senior Tuberculosis and Global Fund Grant Advisor

Posting Number: #265-21

Position Title: Senior Tuberculosis and Global Fund Grant Advisor

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Freetown, Sierra Leone

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SUSTAINING TECHNICAL AND ANALYTIC RESOURCES

FELLOWSHIP TITLE: Senior Tuberculosis and Global Fund Grant Advisor

HOST ORGANIZATION: : Ministry of Health and Sanitation, National Leprosy and TB Program Office

LOCATION: Freetown, Sierra Leone

POSITION LEVEL: Senior Technical Advisor
STAR-P4-167

TRAVEL: 35% estimated travel

STAR PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a USAID-supported Global Health talent hub, offering paid fellowships and internships at all career levels. STAR provides participants with immersive experiences at global health organizations and institutions to build capacity and contribute technical expertise to address high-impact needs. STAR Fellows and Interns participate in learning activities to enhance knowledge and skills growth, expand professional networks and support career development. STAR is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI), implemented in partnership with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and the Aspen Management Partnership for Health (AMP Health). https://www.ghstar.org/ Sign up with our listserv.

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

Background:

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.

Introduction:

The Senior Tuberculosis and Global Fund Grant Advisor (Senior Advisor) shall provide state-of-the-art technical expertise to improve capacity of the National Leprosy and TB Program (NLTP) to effectively implement Global Fund (GF) grants as well as support NLTP in the implementation and scale up of TB, M/XDR-TB activities in Sierra Leone. The Senior Advisor will identify programmatic bottlenecks and facilitate solutions through coordinated technical assistance and assist the USAID mission in Sierra Leone to identify other technical assistance needs in the National TB Control program.

 

Reporting structure:

The Senior Advisor will work in close collaboration with the USAID/Sierra Leone and USAID/Washington TB Team and will receive technical direction from the NLTP Manager, who will serve as their Point of Contact.

Essential Duties and Outcomes

Improve technical support to NLTP in the implementation of GF Grant and the TB National Strategic Plan (NSP):

  • Provide high level technical assistance (TA) to develop and critically review the GF grant annual work plan and budgets, with particular emphasis on any needs for reprogramming to meet GF targets.
  • Consult with existing stakeholders on needed TA to effectively implement the TB GF grant.
  • Guide overall TB/HIV programming including funding requests, grant-making, reprogramming, monitoring, and reporting.
  • Support the progress monitoring of grant implementation through field visits.
  • Review and analyze performance reports submitted to the GF and other partners.
  • Proactively 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.
  • Coordinate with NLTP Senior M&E Advisor to implement monitoring tools and dashboards for reaching programmatic indicators, including routine analysis of performance (GF, WHO and national indicators).
  • Guide the NLTP in the development of monitoring tools and dashboards for reaching programmatic indicators (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 NLTP as needed.
  • Provide support in coordinating regular discussions among the GF, NLTP, and USAID to ensure alignment of technical approaches in the respective TB portfolios.

Increase support to NLTP in the implementation and scale up of priority TB prevention, diagnosis and treatment activities:

  • Provide continuous, in-country day-to-day support to Sierra Leone’s NLTP on implementation of key interventions as outlined in the TB National Strategic Plan.
  • Support the NLTP to develop national plans, policies and guidelines related to TB prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
  • Support the NLTP Procurement and Supply Management Team to ensure effective supply chain management for TB commodities.
  • Guide the NLTP in providing technical support to County Health Departments for the implementation of novel interventions for TB elimination.
  • Support NLTP with the development of key interventions related to USAID Global TB Accelerator and in line with Sierra Leone TB Annual Roadmap.
  • Guide the NLTP with the 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 NLTP on novel tools and approaches related to laboratory practices and support improved coordination between clinical and laboratory services to ensure a patient-centered approach.
  • Support NLTP to introduce and achieve rapid uptake of novel tools and approaches aimed at improving quality of TB and DR-TB care, ensuring support to patients and families, addressing barriers to care.
  • Through collaboration with NLTP and USAID mission identify programmatic gaps which may require additional technical assistance.
  • Guide the development of the term of reference (ToR) for additional technical assistance as needed based on identified programmatic gaps.
  • Support the development of quarterly and annual programmatic narrative reports.

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 NLTP and partners on optimization and/or coordination of donor support and technical assistance (from USAID, TGF, etc.) to enhance effectiveness and value for money.
  • Support the NLTP to liaise with domestic and international partners.
  • Assist the NLTP to organize regular (at least quarterly) partners meetings.
  • Assist the NLTP to coordinate and monitor TB implementing partner performance.

Build capacity of National Reference Lab staff to improve lab services:

  • Strengthen the MOHS’ National TB Reference Laboratory to provide quality assurance and quality control for TB diagnostics across the laboratory network, including equipment operation and maintenance.
  • Support the capacity building of National and District Health Offices in management of laboratory services, particularly through quality assurance and diagnostics.
  • In coordination with NLTP, conduct on-the-job training visits to district level, including for equipment operation and maintenance.
  • Mentor the National TB Reference Laboratory Technical Officers, ensuring an environment of technical quality and innovation.

Anticipated learning outcomes: approximate 10% time

  • Cultivate mentorship skills based on the STAR GH mentorship curriculum 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.

FELLOWSHIP REQUIREMENTS
Required:

  • 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 in developing countries, with a preference given to candidates with African experience.
  • Demonstrated technical leadership, program management, strategic planning, policy experience and problem-solving skills working on complex projects in a highly sensitive environment.
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant TB laboratory and TB control experience, preferably at the national level.
  • 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).
  • Demonstrated experience and skills in donor coordination and collaboration and working effectively with a broad range of Sierra Leone and USG personnel and partners.
  • 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).

Additional skills (preferred):

  • Experience with USAID-funded public health programs.

TO APPLY:

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

 

FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT (FLSA) STATUS

This position is classified as exempt based on the job duties. However, based on the FTE, salary level of the employee, or federal/state/local laws, the employee may be classified as nonexempt.

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