TB Program Officer, CTB Ukraine (8557)

Ukraine
Apply by 13 December 2017
Posted on 13 November 2017

Job Description

*This position is funded through September 29, 2018. Employment after that date is subject to availability of funds.

*Please include a cover letter with your resume describing your interest and how you meet the qualifications.

PATH is an international organization that drives transformative innovation to save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. We accelerate innovation across five platforms-vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations-that harness our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity. By mobilizing partners around the world, we take innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest health needs. Together, we deliver measurable results that disrupt the cycle of poor health.

Ukraine has one of the highest tuberculosis (TB) disease burdens in Europe and Eurasia. Three main factors fuel the epidemic: numerous TB strains resistant to multiple drugs; growing rates of HIV infection, which makes people especially vulnerable to developing TB disease; and setbacks to the health system during years of political, social, and economic transition.

PATH has been providing technical assistance to Ukraine’s TB control efforts since 2001. In close collaboration with local, national, and international partners, we’re expanding the reach of STOP TB strategy, the internationally recommended strategy for TB control. We’ve also worked to increase services for people with TB and HIV and reduce the stigma and discrimination surrounding these conditions.

PATH is seeking a TB Program Officer for its TB control activities to be carried out in Ukraine in 2017-2018 under the Challenge TB (CTB) Project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Also, PATH looks forward to executing TB diagnosis and treatment components to improve the prevention, detection and treatment of tuberculosis (TB) and drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR TB) through technical assistance in harmony with international best practice and national guidelines. TB Program Officer will work closely with PATH Ukraine Country Program Leader and TB Program Director, and with national and regional stakeholders to ensure that TB case management standards are upheld as internationally–recommended End TB strategy is expanded countrywide in Ukraine. Duties may require domestic and international travel up to 40% time and a flexible work schedule to permit for either early morning or late evening teleconference calls or assignments.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead and oversee functioning of newly created National STOP TB Partnership.
  • Keep up to date on the latest public health and advocacy developments in assigned areas of work.
  • Represent CTB Project in the national and international meetings and working groups.
  • Oversee and contribute to implementation of the programmatic management of DR-TB program to promote expansion of quality TB services based on international standards.
  • Develop and implement effective monitoring and supervision plan to ensure the proper coverage and quality of roll-out CTB training program.
  • Assess the current status of TB and drug-resistant TB policies and services in target oblasts. Participate periodically in supervisory visits made by oblast level TB specialists to oversee local (district/rayon) TB programs.
  • Participate in oblast review meetings, and provide feedback on TB case management and TB program performance with a focus on clinical TB management to national specialists at these meetings conducted to analyze findings of supervision and results of local TB programs.
  • Provide technical assistance to TB specialists in target regions in acquiring information on and applying to practice the relevant national regulations and international recommendations.
  • Review new or updated national and international TB and DR TB regulations and guidelines, summarize and discuss the potential changes/new approaches to be reflected in training curricula and other project activities with project management.
  • Conduct technical visits to target regions and provide feedback to project management, and, if requested, to counterparts at all levels.

Required skills and experience:

  • Degree in public health, medicine, health administration, social work or relevant discipline required.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience working in TB control.
  • Strong skills in the development of innovative approaches to quality improvement of TB and DR TB case management, activities to reduce stigma and discrimination, understanding the basics of public health and the ability to develop plans based on the monitoring and evaluation data analysis.
  • Strong skills in the development and conduction meetings and other project relative activities.
  • Ability to develop and implement advocacy strategy for support implementation of Project goal and objectives.
  • Proven leadership and technical expertise in TB and DR-TB control.
  • Exemplary diplomatic and interpersonal skills to facilitate relations with the Government and other local partners.
  • Excellent organizational, planning, negotiating and problem-solving skills.
  • Ukrainian and English language fluency required.
  • Strong team player.
  • Available to travel within Ukraine up to 40% annually.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the political environment and other factors in Ukraine that may influence project implementation and achievement of targets and results.
  • Familiarity with working with international organizations is highly desirable.
  • Must have legal authorization to work in Ukraine.

PATH is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is valued.

PATH is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. PATH does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

About the Organization

PATH is an international organization that drives transformative innovation to save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. We accelerate innovation across five platforms—vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations—that harness our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity. By mobilizing partners around the world, we take innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest health needs. Together, we deliver measurable results that disrupt the cycle of poor health.

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