SUSTAINING TECHNICAL AND ANALYTIC RESOURCES
FELLOWSHIP TITLE: TB Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor
HOST ORGANIZATION: National Tuberculosis Program, Ministry of Health
LOCATION: Lusaka, Zambia
POSITION LEVEL: Mid-Career Advisor
TRAVEL: 15% estimated travel
STAR PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
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 implemented in partnership with Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH).
ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP
The STAR Fellowship is a two-year 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
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 Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor (Advisor) shall provide state-of-the-art technical expertise to support the National Tuberculosis Programs (NTP) in monitoring and evaluating the implementation of National TB Strategic Plans (NSPs) through development and utilization of a robust monitoring and evaluation (M&E) platform to track progress over time and ensure the optimum use of data for decision and policy making.
The Advisor will receive technical direction from the NTP Manager who will serve as the Onsite Manager and will provide regular updates to USAID/Zambia.
Essential Duties and Outcomes:
Building capacity of NTP to provide technical assistance
• Strengthen NTP M&E frameworks and systems for both collecting and using data at all levels.
• Implement the TB data usage recommendations from previous monitoring missions and analyze any issues with timely and complete reporting, and present options to NTP for corrective actions.
• Provide support with the adoption, integration and/or interoperability and ongoing use of electronic notification tools (Smartcare, and DHIS 2), with other systems of electronic medical records (e.g. lab and pharmacy).
Improved monitoring of PMDT Activities Financed by Global Fund
• Monitor and report the implementation of Programmatic Management of Drug resistant TB (PMDT) activities financed by Global Fund, supporting DR-TB adviser with overall M&E and data needs for DR-TB programming.
Improved Coordination of M&E Activities among stakeholders
• Monitor data collection and analysis activities such as prevalence surveys, catastrophic cost surveys, inventory studies, epidemiological assessments and other studies aimed at improving measurement of TB burden at national and subnational level.
• Participate in collating, summarizing and presenting the findings from special studies, including clear descriptions of the implications and recommendations for future TB programming; document resulting policy decisions and next steps.
• Provide technical support and mentorship to provincial and district levels.
• Liaise with the TB Data Impact Assessment and Communications Hub (DIAH) project on data reporting from the country.
Anticipated learning outcomes: * Required 10% time
• Demonstrate proficiency across the core global health competencies defined as development practice, cross cultural awareness, communication, capacity strengthening, ethics of public health, health equity, gender equality and global burden of disease that is necessary for persons practicing in global health.
• Apply tuberculosis and monitoring and evaluation knowledge to strengthen program.
• Apply and distinguish international standards within TB and monitoring and evaluation to support programming.
• Cultivate leadership skills based on the STAR GH mentorship curriculum to effectively facilitate capacity building and knowledge sharing activities amongst staff and peers.
• Expand access to knowledge and resources through networking and collaborative practice within global health.
• Minimum 7 years of relevant technical experience with master's degree in public health or equivalent or a minimum 9 years of relevant technical experience with bachelor's degree.
• At least 5 years working on monitoring and evaluation in the public health field; specific experience in a TB program would be additional value.
• Demonstrate a thorough understanding and practical experience in managing a surveillance system for an infectious disease.
• Proven record in coaching and training.
• Excellent report writing, analysis and presentation.
• Experience working with the key stakeholders in the TB program, preferably the national stakeholders and international donors.
• Zambian citizenship required.
Additional skills (preferred)
• Familiarity with indicators and reporting on TB program in Zambia is desirable.
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 August 28, 2019 by 5:00 pm Eastern time.
Who We Are
Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a five-year project of the Public Health Institute, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). STAR’s overall goal is to strengthen the capacity of global health professionals and organizations, so they can implement stronger programs, achieve better results, and make a bigger impact in the global health field.
STAR has three key components:
A Fellowship and Internship program with tailored individual learning and growth opportunities
Capacity-building for Fellowship/Internship host organizations
Academic partnerships between U.S. and low- and middle-income country institutions
Through a continuous focus on individual and institutional learning, STAR is amplifying the impact that professionals and organizations can make on global health practice.
Individual Learning: Each participant has a dedicated team of Learning and Performance Management specialists who help ensure a successful, productive experience. They help Fellows and Interns to develop individualized learning and career plans based on their job responsibilities, their passions, and their long-term aspirations in global health.
Institutional Learning: STAR pairs academic institutions from different countries in knowledge-sharing experiments. They collaborate towards solutions to global health challenges and generate new knowledge, translating it into learning resources that are accessible to practitioners around the world.