Program Officer, Childhood TB and Training Coordination at Ministry of Health

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DEPARTMENT Disease Control Directorate:  National TB Programme
JOB TITLE  Program Officer _ Childhood TB and Training coordination
PROJECT Southern Africa Tuberculosis and Health Systems Support Project
RESPONSIBLE TO National TB Manager
DATE OF ISSUE 5th December, 2017

 

  1. Background

The Kingdom of Lesotho is among four countries participating in the Southern Africa Tuberculosis and Health Systems Support Project funded by the World Bank. This is a five year project with overall objectives to: (i) improve coverage and quality of TB control and occupational lung disease services in targeted geographic areas of the participating countries; and (ii) strengthen regional capacity to manage the burden of TB and occupational diseases.

Lesotho is one of the 30 high TB burden countries in the world with an estimated annual incidence of 788 TB cases per every 100,000 population. Seventy four percent of TB cases are co-infected with HIV. TB treatment success rate has not gone beyond 74%, TB case fatality ratio is high and only a small proportion of TB re-treatment cases are offered testing for drug resistant TB bacilli. The mortality rate in TB/HIV co-infected TB patients is 223 per 100,000 population. Additionally, MDR-TB is on the rise with 3.2% and 6.8% of new and retreatment respectively TB cases are estimated to have MDR-TB. Despite Lesotho’s high burden of TB, TB/HIV and MDR-TB cases, the TB case detection rate is 49% which means more than half TB are not diagnosed and treated. According to World Health Organization (WHO) Standards and benchmarks at least 5% to 15% of all annual notification should be children and Lesotho observes decline rate from 6.6% to 3.2% of children notified which a worrisome status of affairs.

 

  1. Job Summary

The Program Officer, Paediatric TB and Training is responsible to assist in planning, implementing and coordinating activities related to paediatric TB and for managing and coordinating all TB Program training activities. The incumbent will work under the supervision and guidance of the National Tuberculosis Program Manager.

  • Scope of Work
  • Coordinate all childhood TB related activities and ensure implementation of the TB guidelines on childhood TB diagnosis and management.
  • Work with NTLP staff and partners to develop appropriate strategies and plans to  manage childhood TB;
  • Work closely with the NTLP and partners and other stakeholders to identify program priorities, develop strategies and coordinating implementation of activities for strengthening and expanding of childhood TB case finding and prevention
  • Coordinate reporting on childhood TB in the MOH (case finding, diagnosis, patient management and outcomes)
  • Strengthen linkages with child health and ensure strengthening of TB detection and contact tracing by the child health department.
  • developing/updating child TB training curriculum in line with latest developments and newly approved NTP guidelines
  • Participate in discussions with NTLP and partners to identify training needs and coordinate development of training plan and training activities in Drug Susceptible TB including childhood TB, TB/HIV, MDR-TB for district level
  • Organise and coordinate orientation for newly deployed medical doctors and nurses on DS-TB including childhood TB, MDR-TB, TB/HIV
  •  Work in teams to develop TB annual work plan; identify and incorporate appropriate childhood TB related actions in work plan consistent with NTLP objectives and aligned with Programme needs;
  • Participate in workshops, seminars, task force and expert committees to identify policy, technical and programmatic gaps in increasing case notifications, diagnosis and treatment of childhood TB;
  • Support development of tools, job aids, Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials as required for improving diagnosis and treatment of  Paediatric TB;
  • Monitor implementation of planned activities through periodic consultations, monthly progress review meetings, reports review, and field trips. Provide written feedback for improving performance and take corrective actions, as needed;
  • Work in  a team to prepare technical reports on training and ensure timely compilation of training information and produce quarterly and annual training reports as well as maintain data base of all trained individuals and by facility
  • Undertake supervision to districts and health facilities to monitor implementation of childhood TB interventions and review quality of data reported by implementing agencies
  • Support studies undertaken under the Southern Africa TB and Health Systems Project
  1. Required Competencies

In addition to the above, the successful candidate is expected to demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Strong communication and facilitation skills and ability to establish good working relationships with colleagues and stakeholders in a sensitive environment. S/he must be able to respond quickly to requests for information
  • S/he must demonstrate strong interpersonal and motivational skills and sensitivity to the different environment as well as the ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Strong data analysis and interpretation. S/he must have ability to write clearly and concisely, and have sound quantitative  and qualitative skills
  •  Analytical and research skills are added advantage
  • Time management and ability to prioritise multiple tasks
  • Self-motivated person able to work without close supervision
  • Able to work effectively in a diverse team environment and travelling to different districts  independently for TB related activities

 

Qualifications

  1. Qualifications and Experiences
  • A Nursing degree or any degree in a health-related field
  • A post graduate qualification in Paediatric Health Services including TB related field will be an added advantage
  • The candidate must have a recent training (@ least two years) on the clinical management of TB paediatric cases.
  • At least five years of relevant work (Paediatric TB and training in TB) experience in the field of TB and HIV control activities with at least two years in a supervisory role
  • Experience working in TB area including report writing and monitoring of district activities under any Ministry of Health Partner will be an added advantage
  • Computer literate, with high competency in using Microsoft office applications (Word, Excel,
  1. Compensation:

A competitive salary will be offered as per Kingdom of Lesotho norms for public officers and World Bank guidelines

 

  • Application Instructions

Interested and suitability qualified candidates should Hand deliver their applications indicating the advertisement and position on the subject line of letter and envelope together with detailed curriculum vitae indicating work experience, current remuneration and copies of testimonials (day time telephone contacts, names and telephone contacts of 3 referees to reach the undersigned not later than 21st December, 2017) to:

Procurement Unit, Ground Floor, Room G03,Ministry of Health, Corner Constitution & Linare Roads, Kingdom of Lesotho, Enquiries for applications contact Mokhoabo Moeketsi tel: (+266) 6247 4316 (During Office Hours 0800 to 1630hour)

Only shortlisted and successful candidates will be contacted.

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