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TB Radial Diagnostics Trainer, Consultant

Location: Tajikistan

Background: USAID TB Control Program (USAID TBCP) is a five-year Program implementing by the Project HOPE in two countries of Central Asia – Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The purpose of the Program is to ensure more effective and more accessible tuberculosis (TB) diagnosis and treatment for all, including vulnerable populations, so as to reduce the burden of TB and the development of drug-resistant TB in Central Asia.

Due to Health Reform, the following departments were organized in the National Center for TB, Pulmonology and Thoracic Surgery of the Republic of Tajikistan: (a) Diagnostics, (b) Thoracic Surgery, (c) Extra-pulmonary and Abdominal TB, (d) Children's TB, and (e) Adult’s M/XDR-TB. The knowledge and skills on computed tomography will allow diagnosing complicated pulmonary and extra-pulmonary cases and providing differential diagnosis with other lung diseases. It will allow physicians to use rational treatment strategies and minimize a number of diagnostic and tactical mistakes. 

Among the methods used in the diagnosis of respiratory tuberculosis in the Republic of Tajikistan, also there is a Radio diagnostic (X-ray and computer diagnostics). This is explained by the availability, high in formativeness, the ability to give reliable data on changes in the early stages of detection and in the course of the development of the disease. Therefore, the diagnosis of respiratory tuberculosis, clarification of its forms and activeness, the observation of dynamics as a result of ongoing chemotherapy, and therefore the evaluation of its effectiveness, monitoring the formation of residual changes, and the conduct of differential diagnosis are largely based on the data of radio diagnosis.

Therefore, within the framework of technical assistance to the NTP, the Program will involve international trainer to conduct training in the Republic of Tajikistan.

• Update the training package based on last WHO recommendations on radio diagnosis of TB;
• Conduct one training on radio diagnosis of TB for TB specialists at the national level.

• Update of the training package for 8-day training on radio diagnosis of TB;
• Update of the training package based on last WHO recommendations on radio diagnosis of TB;
• Conducting one training at the national level;
• Development of the mission report with recommendations and sharing it with Country Director of the USAID TB Control Program.

• Training package for TB specialists developed in Russian language;
• One training at the national level conducted; 
• Mission report developed and submitted within 5 calendar days;
• Debriefing with USAID country mission after each visit conducted.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Master/University degree in health;
• A minimum five year experience in similar area;
• Proven record in design and delivery of the training course on Radial Diagnostics of TB;
• Excellent presentation skills;
• Experience in work with multi-cultural teams;
• Ability to adapt fast to the changing requirements;
• Knowledge of the TB-related country specifics of Tajikistan in an advantage;
• Good interpersonal and communication skills;
• Excellent knowledge of Russian and English languages.

Period of Performance: The total proposed level of effort for this assignment is 13 days including travel.  The assignment planned period is August 11-August 23, 2018 (including travel days).

Location: Tajikistan

About Project HOPE: Project HOPE is a global not-for-profit organization that provides solutions to the world’s most pressing health crises through innovative global health and disaster/health crises programs. Project HOPE also publishes, Health Affairs, the nation’s leading journal of health policy thought and research.

Project HOPE’s mission is to enable health care workers to have the greatest positive impact on the health of the people they serve. Founded in 1958, Project HOPE continues to be a leader in global health development and emergency relief programs. An international nonprofit organization, we save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. We accomplish our mission by improving the knowledge, abilities and tools of the health workforce to deliver high quality health services to communities in need. With programs around the globe, we work at the epicenter of today’s greatest health challenges including infectious and chronic diseases, disasters and health crises, maternal, neonatal and child health and the policies that impact how health care is delivered.