Public Health Institute TB Epidemiologist, Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor Jobs in Kenya

Public Health Institute TB Epidemiologist, Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor Jobs in Kenya

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.

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.

Introduction:

  • 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.

    Essential Duties and Outcomes:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Requirements
  • 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
  • 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.

    How 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.
  • All online applications must be submitted by 9th September 2019 by 5:00 pm Eastern time.
  • For more information and job application details, see; Public Health Institute TB Epidemiologist, Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor Jobs in Kenya

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