WHO - World Health Organization
Roster of consultants
National surveys of TB drug resistance
( 2209812 )
Contractual Arrangement : External consultant
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 1-11 months
Job Posting: Oct 28, 2022, 10:52:38 AM
To provide technical advice to countries on planning, implementation, analysis and reporting of national anti-TB drug resistance surveys.
TME is one of four units within the Global Tuberculosis Programme (GTB) of the World Health Organization (WHO). The unit has three major areas of work, framed within WHO’s End TB Strategy. These are:
- Regular global monitoring and reporting of the TB epidemic and progress in financing and implementation of response.
- Leading and coordinating global efforts to improve measurement of the burden of TB disease as well as analysis and use of TB data for policy and programmatic action, through the convening of the WHO Global Task Force on TB Impact Measurement
- Providing up-to-date global guidance, tools and specialized technical assistance to support countries to reliably monitor the burden of TB disease.
A strategic area of work of the WHO Global Task Force on TB Impact measurement is priority studies to periodically measure TB disease burden. This includes TB drug resistance surveys. Every year, anti-TB drug resistance surveys are being planned or are underway in multiple countries. The design of these surveys requires the development of a protocol describing the sampling frame and sample size, inclusion and exclusion criteria, sample collection and transport, laboratory diagnostic algorithms, data management, and monitoring and evaluation. Ongoing monitoring of survey implementation is essential, particularly in relation to patient enrolment, data management, and laboratory testing results. Data analysis to obtain final results requires the use of statistical approaches including multiple imputation and accounting for clustered data. Finally, technical advice for report writing and dissemination may be needed.
Output 1: Provision of technical advice for the planning, implementation and analysis of TB drug resistance surveys in line with WHO guidance. This may be provided remotely and/or in-country for the following areas:
- Development of survey protocols.
- Development of tools for data collection and survey monitoring.
- Monitoring of field and laboratory activities.
- Analysis of survey datasets.
- Drafting of reports or scientific articles for dissemination of results.
These will vary according to country needs but may include:
- Survey protocols, including sample size calculations and sampling strategies.
- Laboratory diagnostic algorithms and associated Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
- Data management plans, including data collection and monitoring tools.
- Data analysis and final results of statistical analyses.
- Reports from in-country missions, including identification of any challenges and recommendations for overcoming these.
- Summary minutes of teleconferences held with country teams and partners.
- Contributions to survey reports and scientific articles.
Qualifications, experience, skills and languages
For Band level B: University degree in medicine, epidemiology, public health or laboratory sciences.
For Band level C: Advanced university degree in medicine, epidemiology, public health or laboratory sciences.
- For Band level B: Over five years of relevant experience in conducting or supporting TB surveys in different settings.
- For Band level C: Over ten years of relevant experience in conducting or supporting TB surveys in different settings, including coordination of a multi-partner team.
- Experience in conducting or supporting TB drug resistance surveys.
- Experience in supporting national TB referral laboratories for strengthening laboratory capacity and performing quality assurance of testing.
- Experience in supporting national TB programmes for activities related to epidemiological monitoring and evaluation.
- Experience working with WHO.
- Competency in either of the following: (i) using statistical software for data management, data analysis and designing sampling strategies; or (ii) performing and interpreting quality-assured laboratory testing for TB.
- Excellent oral communication skills in English.
- Excellent written skills in English with proven contributions to survey protocols, survey reports, and/or scientific articles.
- Excellent knowledge and understanding of WHO guidance for conducting TB drug resistance surveys.
- Advanced skills in data programming and/or statistical analysis.
- Knowledge of laboratory networks and sample referral systems in resource-poor settings and associated challenges.
- Expert knowledge of English.
- Expert knowledge of French.
Off site: Home-based
The consultant is expected to travel.
Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):
Band level B: USD 350
USD 499 per day or USD 7,000
USD 9,980 per month.
Band level C: USD 500
USD 625 per day or USD 10,000 to USD 12,500 per month.
Living expenses (A living expense is payable to on-site consultants who are internationally recruited):
Expected duration of contract:
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- Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
- A written test may be used as a form of screening.
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