International Consultant to support review and finalisation of TB strategy, Pyongyang, DPRK (home based)

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Application deadline 6 months ago: Sunday 31 Jul 2022 at 16:55 UTC

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UNICEF as the Principal Recipient for the TB and Malaria Grant in Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), contributes towards the implementation of the National TB Control Program towards zero TB in the DPRK. DPRK is committed to TB control efforts and defines its goals and objectives taking into account the Global END TB Strategy in order to contribute to global effort to fight TB epidemic.

The current National Strategic Plan (NSP) for TB strategy 2018-2021, has been extended to end of 2022. This National Strategy defines the direction of National TB Control activities to achieve successful TB prevention, care and control in the country. The strategies outlined in the NSP are guided by the Global END TB Strategy Framework, which was approved and adopted by the 67th World in May 2014. The 2021 Global TB Report states that there are more than 500 cases per 100 000 population (TB incidence) in DPRK. The Ministry of Public Health in DPRK is currently preparing the National TB Strategy for 2023-2025, and has requested the support of an international consultant to provide detail review, clear recommendations and insights that support finalization and costing of the TB strategy.

As a result of the COVID related anti-epidemic measures, there have been extensive border closures for supplies, international staff as well as technical support, with limited UNICEF procured TB diagnostics and treatments reaching DPRK . TB patients have continued to be detected using Governmet procured diagnostics and enrolled on individulised treatment regimes. Under the direct supervision of the Health Manager (TB and malaria) and the guidance of the Chief of Health the consultant is expected to collaborate with WHO and make recommendations in accordance with WHO guidance, while providing clear, insightful inputs through UNICEF to the Ministry of Public Health.

How can you make a difference?

Under the supervision of the Health Manager (TB and malaria)and close collaboration with WHO the consultant is expected to perform the following tasks:

  1. Review the existing National TB strategic and background information including 2020 and 2021 TB programme reports (quarterly reports and half-year reports), DPRK Child Data Management Unit reports, regional Green Light Commitee (rGLC) mission report (August 2020) and WHO Global TB report 2022 as it refers to DPR Korea, including WHO TB database, other UNICEF specific reports.
  2. Review and compare progress towards achieving the goal and objectives of the National Strategic Plan for TB Control Programme since 2018, which will include overall programme impact on TB incidence and overall programme outcomes and coverage.
  3. Work in close coordination with the consultant hired to conduct the epidemiological analysis and provide clear, concise technical guidance on future trend in line with implementation of next strategy (2023-2025)
  4. Review current strategies and progress made in Case detection, Linkage to Care, TB Preventive Therapy, Integrated Service Delivery and make recommendations regarding the strategic direction of the programme over the next 3 years (2023-2025), based on current WHO guidance
  5. Work in close coordination with thePediatic TB consultant and ensure that the recent updates in guidance for management of Child TB is incorporated into the next strategy (2023-2025)
  6. Work in close coordination with the DR-TB consultant and provide clear, concise technical guidance on future trend in line with implementation of next strategy (2023-2025)
  7. Review the current strategies and make recommendations for key Health System Strengthening pillars in line with TB Control program goals to enable the national program build Resilient and Sustainable Systems for Health
  8. Review the draft TB strategy 2023-2025 document prepared by the National TB Programme, provide detailed feedback identifying key strengths and making recommendations for areas for enhancement
  9. Develop key paragraphs for consideration and potential inclusion by the Ministry of Public Health
  10. Prepare finalized version of the TB strategy, based on written feedback from MoPH, WHO and other key stakeholders.
  11. Prepare final presentation to key stakeholders on TB strategy

Deliverables and payment

DeliverablesTentative working daysTentative portion of paymentExpected dates of delivery1. Inception report 3 pages (without annexes) outlining an understanding of the required tasks, the background and TB disease profile in DPRK, expected delivery outputs, suggested methodology and approach, workplan and timeline to produce the intended assignments.5 working days10%15 August2. Detailed comments, suggestions, and recommendations provided on the draft National TB strategy as prepared by the National TB Programme, including the drafting key paragraphs.15 working days50%15 September3. Feedback from key stakeholders including MoPH, UNICEF, and WHO, incorporated into final DPRK TB Strategy within 12 working days & presented to MoPH.

Presentation of key

elements of TB Strategy

10 working days40%30 SeptemberTo qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Advance University degree (Masters) in public health, social science or equivalent
  • Trainings on TB epidemiology and programmatic management of TB/M/X-DR-TB)
  • Minimum 10 years’ relevant work experience program design, implementation, or management of TB and M/X-DR TB programmes
  • Highly recommended with experience with reviews missions and working or coordinating with WHO
  • Proven analytical skills and ability to conduct independent research
  • Knowledge and understanding of the national, regional and global policies and responses to TB (including TB and other co-morbidities)
  • Excellent English writing skills and proven experience in report writing
  • Experience in a multicultural environment
  • Highly recommended with experience in working for reviewing DPRK TB control program and developing TB strategy

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.

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