University Research South Africa: Programme Manager

University Research South Africa (URSA)
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 6 March, 2015
Opportunity type: 
Employment

University Research South Africa (URSA) is a nonprofit organisation with an overall mission to build on and extend the reach of high quality interventions designed to help countries in Southern Africa meet their most pressing health challenges. URSA’s various partners in and around Southern Africa include Ministries of Health, Developmental organizations, Local health authorities and community organisations.
 
A partnership of Ministries of health, mineral resources and labor; mining industry; civil society and technical agencies has been established to coordinate a concerted effort in addressing TB in the mining sector in Southern Africa region. With coordination led by the World Bank, the partners have developed a TB Service Delivery Framework which seeks to reduce the risk of TB through multi-sectoral, multi-disciplinary and multi-country approach. The primary focus of the Service delivery Framework is to increase awareness and knowledge of TB among miners, ex-miners, and their families, with a focus on increasing case detection and improving the quality of care, community-based DOTS, TB epidemiology, Quality Assurance, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), operational research, infection control, MDR/XDR TB control and prevention.
URSA is providing technical support to the partners to implement and coordinate the response to TB in the mining sector initiatives through DGF funding.
 
URSA seeks to appoint a Programme Manager - Combating TB in the mining sector in Southern Africa, based in Pretoria.

The person will lead the planning, implementation, monitoring & evaluation, and report on these initiatives. 
 
Ref: URSA 0101
 
The Programme Manager for tuberculosis (TB) will be responsible for providing technical assistance to URSA, specifically on the World Bank Development Grant Facility (DGF) funded project on TB in the mining sector  targeting  miners, ex-miners, their families and communities around the mines and labor sending areas. The geographical coverage for this project will be 4 countries, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland.
 
Responsibilities: 

  • Provide overall technical and managerial support (including capacity building) to the implementation of the DGF funded project on combating TB in the mining sector in Southern Africa, focusing on quality TB service delivery enhancement and expansion;
  • Supervise 4 National TB Coordinators located in Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland;
  • Serve as project lead on implementation of TB activities for current miners, ex-miners and their families, including strengthening and improving management and quality of TB services, which includes coordinating directly with the National TB Control Programme (NTP), WHO, NGO partners and other stakeholders to identify Programme priorities and develop implementation strategies;
  • Provide technical support to NTPs, especially utilizing knowledge from NTPs in Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland and South Africa to scale activities aimed at addressing TB among current miners, ex-miners and their families, including sharing knowledge on TB management that can be scaled up in the sub-region and share best practices for greater impact;
  • Support the coordination and management of Service Delivery Framework such as facilitating quality assurance of sputum collection, processing, transportation, testing etc;
  • Coordinate and communicate regularly with the Programme Manager at the World Bank Pretoria office, regional PIC, the National and Provincial Departments of Health and other partners to support programme and technical accuracy as it relates to TB in the mining sector.

Requirements:  

  • Minimum of eight years work professional experience in planning and managing public health programmes related to HIV, TB and/or infectious diseases;
  • Demonstrated computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite applications, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint;
  • Master's degree in public health, mid-level health care professional or related field;
  • Willingness to travel within Sub-saharan Africa and internationally up to 60% of the time.

To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter indicating the job title in the subject line to catherinew@ursa.za.com.

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

Enquiries: Ms. Catherine Wandie, Tel: 012 484 9318.

Correspondence will only be conducted with the short-listed candidates. Should you not have heard from us within a month of the closing date, please accept that your application was unsuccessful.

For more about the  University Research South Africa, refer to www.ursa.za.com.

For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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