TB Officer

Health Care
Dire Dawa 
Employment Type:
As per the scale of the organization

Job Description

Brief introduction

The Tuberculosis Local Organizations Network (LON) is the USAID funded project designed to fight and end TB effectively and efficiently by partnering directly with local entities within TB priority countries of which Ethiopia is one, to provide accessible services, resulting in increased diagnosis and treatment success rates.

The TB LON Urban project awarded to REACH Ethiopia is a Fixed Amount Agreement implemented by REACH Ethiopia. The project will focus on finding and referring the missing TB cases in 3 urban administrative settings (Addis Ababa, Dire Dawa and Hareri) by using urban community TB approach to increase its contribution of case notification from 3.4% to 20% and ensure improved case notification by finding missed TB cases. The project will also aim to strengthen the organizational capacity of local organizations and TB survivors’ associations and enabling environment for urban TB programming. The primary beneficiaries of the project will be key populations living in urban areas of the three cities. The project will be implemented in collaboration with the Regional Health Bureau (Hareri), city administrations (Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa), Sub-city health departments (Addis Ababa), family health team, the urban health extension professionals, public health facilities, health development armies (HDAs), community associations, Idir, Civil Society Organizations such as former TB patients associations and Network of PLHIV.

Contract term:                   Full time Position, Fixed term contract

Number of positions:       1     

Purpose of the position (general)

Under the leadership of the Regional TB coordinator, the TB officer (TO) is responsible for planning, execution and for overseeing the successful implementation and delivery of CBTBC program activities to achieve its intended goal in the Urban setting (Dire Dawa). He/she coordinates the planning, implementation and delivery of defined and agreed upon and service delivery/practice of standards and provides oversight to all Community based TB Care activities under the Urban TB LON project that will be implemented in this setting.

S/he will be responsible for developing the project’s management plan and regularly review activity performance; discuss issues with the project management team and develop improvement plans when necessary.  S/He will, collaborating with M&E Coordinator.

S/he will closely work with the Regional Coordinator to engage community TB work force (TOOs, UHEP, HDAs, Volunteers) and ensure effective community based TB care interventions are in place.    

Answerability and Position in the organization

The TB officer reports to the Regional Coordinator.

Major and overall Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Development and implementation of community based urban TB case finding, contact tracing, screening, adherence; TPT
  • Develops and schedules project work plan in accordance with specifications given to him/her;
  • Oversees daily operations and coordinates activities of project; determines priorities;
  • Reviewing the plans regularly to ensure tasks and milestones are being achieved in a timely manner and preparation of project status reports, manage presentations at Administration/Woreda level, design agendas whenever need arise to do so, etc.
  • Take an active part in the project issue/risk management process, by contributing to the identification and prioritization of existing and potential issues and risks, and helping to develop local level strategies and controls to mitigate these;
  • Check project compliance against donor, organization as well as MOH policies, and highlight any issues to the Regional Coordinator;
  • Provide a skilled facilitation support to the lower level project teams that the project achieves its predetermined goals and expectations;
  • Employ effective organizational and administrative processes, together with their knowledge and/or experience of project management practices, to facilitate the successful achievement of the project objectives;
  • Build and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of people and sectors in the Administration in addition to own team;
  • Help build lower level team’s project management capability by collaborating with other staff, coaching and mentoring others and generally encouraging the appropriate use of project management technique;
  • Manage communications through media relations, social media etc;
  • Help build positive relations within the team and external parties;
  • Keep all members of the team up-to-date with relevant project information;
  • Frequently communicate with The Regional Coordinator and  team members to ensure maximum efficiency;
  • Schedule and organize meetings/events and maintain agenda;
  • Ensure technology is used correctly for all operations (video conferencing, presentations etc.) when appropriate;
  • Create presentations, summaries and helping materials to ensure better communication and understanding of the project;
  • Monitors and supervises the activities of TB Outreach Officers and volunteers;
  • Be vigilant on changing needs of targets and keep adjusting schedules as appropriate;
  • In close coordination with the regional coordinator, ensures the project is operating at maximum efficiency in the Dire Dawa Administration;
  • Prepares reports regarding project operations and submits to Regional Coordinator timely and when required;
  • Analyzes and evaluates the effectiveness of the project and develops new methods aimed at greater success;
  • Trains TOOs and volunteers to ensure proper operation of the project;
  • Interacts with members of the community to help achieve project goals and objectives;
  • Brings to the network expertise, experience, information and commitment to facilitate an integrated approach to TB prevention and control in the Dire Dawa Administration;
  • Based on the URBAN TB LON objectives approved by the donor, be responsible for all aspects in relation to development, planning, implementation, resource mobilization, reporting, financial management and administration of the Dire Dawa Administration LON project activities; in close collaboration and guidance from the Regional Coordinator
  • Develop, strengthen and nurture effective working relationships and synergies with cooperating regional partner institutions;
  • Under the guidance and coordination of the Regional Coordinator, the TB Officer  ensures alignment of the project activities to NTP policies and Dire Dawa Administration Directions;
  • Establish, strengthen and coordinate the functions of a regional working group of technical experts to assist with the implementation of the TB LON;
  • Ensure effective networking, communication and information sharing among relevant Partners within the region; coordinated and guided by Regional Coordinator
  • Co-ordinate, liaise and work very closely with the Dire Dawa Administration RHB and TB program  for Dire Dawa to ensure effective implementation of URBAN TB LON project;
  • Reports to Regional Coordinator on the progress of the URBAN TB LON activities within the given timeframe;
  • Under direct supervision, he/she will be the liaison between REACH Ethiopia, Dire Dawa Administration RHB and other stakeholders;
  • Support and promote actions that address the vulnerability to TB and related challenges that contribute for the spread of TB;
  • Any other duty as directed by the project

Knowledge management

  • Identifies areas for crosscutting collaboration with Dire Dawa Administrative RHB and relevant partners;
  • Actively shares knowledge with the Dire Dawa Administration TB control program;
  • Maintains and anchors personal in-depth knowledge on TB control areas and able to understand as well as manage a frequently changing development related to TB.

Job Requirements

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Master’s Degree in public health or equivalent, minimum of 6-year relevant work experience in TB control of which 4 years is a supervisory role;
  • Bachelor’s Degree in public health, minimum of 10-year relevant experience in TB control of which 6 years is a supervisory/coordination role;
  • Proven experience in health program management of at least 5 years;
  • Previous experience of urban TB program, specifically working with UHEP and CSOs ;
  • Proven experience of stakeholder capacity building skill: facilitation, presentation, communication and monitoring impact of capacity building interventions
  • Proven experience of having team spirit
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Amharic;
  • Experience in capacity building and utilizing participatory learning methodologies;
  • The ability to organize and work under minimal supervision
  • Past experience with USAID projects would be an advantage;
  • Willingness to locate in Dire Dawa.

How to Apply

Only candidates meeting the required qualifications and experience are invited to send their application letter, Updated CV, credentials and summary of relevant work experience to [email protected] or [email protected] within 5 working days from the first appearance of the announcement.

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