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1 Jun, 2020
1 Jun, 2020
Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI) supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Health (GH) Bureau. Its purpose is twofold: (1) Through individual fellowships, STAR will help strengthen the capacity of diverse American and low-and-middle-income country (LMIC) health professionals at all levels to make innovative contributions to global health (GH); and (2) STAR will create ground-breaking opportunities for both US and LMIC GH academic institutions and other groups, including professional associations, to create systems for open-access knowledge sharing, resulting in effective partnerships.
STAR’s individual and institutional participants are contributing to the development of self-sustaining systems and tools that will produce global citizens with the full spectrum of relevant health competencies. STAR is managed by the Public Health Institute and implement in partnership with Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH).
Fellowship Title: Senior Global Fund Grant and MDR-TB Advisor
Host Organization: The National Tuberculosis Program, South African National Department of Health
Location: Pretoria, South África
Position Level: Senior Technical Advisor
TRAVEL: 40-50% estimated travel
ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP
The STAR Fellowship is a two-year global health and learning opportunity with:
STAR is a key component of the Administrator’s TB Accelerator to reach the UN General Assembly TB Declaration targets as well as build the capacity and commitment of the host governments to ensure TB self-reliance through evidence-based TB programs. At the 2018 UN General Assembly, member states agreed to identify and treat 40 million new TB patients and place 30 million at-risk people on preventive TB Treatment by 2022. Each country has aggressive individual goals to meet this ambitious target.
For example, the Government of South Africa (GoSA) will need to reach 54 000 people with drug resistant TB (DR-TB) detection and treatment cumulatively from 2018 to 2022 as part of its National TB Strategic Plan Objectives 2017-2022. USAID, as the lead United States Government agency for international TB, has developed a technical assistance model to ensure that Global Fund (GF) grants and TB Program are successfully implemented; to improve coordination between partners; to build country capacity; and to ensure that the greatest challenges in TB prevention and control are met.
The Senior Global Fund Grant and MDR-TB Advisor (Senior Advisor) will focus on critical areas of need for GF implementation in South Africa such as timely cash flows, tracking of key grant performance indicators, periodic preparations of progress updates and disbursement requests, commodities and drugs logistics management and other technical areas pertaining to TB prevention, care and control as needed in line with the National TB Strategic Plan Objectives. They will provide technical guidance and lead coordination of Global Fund Grant to the National TB Program. The Advisor will also work closely with NTP technical staff and support coordination with implementing partners, USAID, US Government agencies, WHO, and other donors. The Senior Advisor shall also support the MDR-TB Program with focus on development and review of policy guidelines; identifying areas of poor performance and assisting in the development of strategies to address the challenges; supporting data MDR-TB analysis and operational research associated with MDR-TB.
The Senior Advisor will be based at the South African National Department of Health, Tuberculosis Control Program in Pretoria, South Africa. They will work closely with and receive technical direction from the National TB Program (NTP) Director, who will serve as their Onsite Manager.
Essential Duties and Outcomes:
Enhanced technical oversight of the GF implementation in South Africa
Build the capacity of NTP to effectively monitor the implementation of TB and MDR-TB activities and implement new strategies
Anticipated learning outcomes: * Required 10% time
Additional skills (preferred)
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 applications will be reviewed until filled by 5:00 pm Eastern time.
Application Deadline: Saturday, 27 June, 2020