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Trainer on Extra-Pulmonary TB, 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.
Timely identification of the extra-pulmonary tuberculosis represents a complex clinical and organizational problem in the Republic of Tajikistan as it requires close interaction of physicians of various specialties and sufficient knowledge of medical workers on etiology and pathogenesis in progression of tuberculosis in various organs and body systems.

As a consequence, significant numbers of cases of extra-pulmonary tuberculosis are not recognized in time or they remain undiagnosed, leading to serious complications in the work of organs and systems or to disability of patients. Therefore, official statistical reporting data on morbidity and prevalence of various forms of extra-pulmonary tuberculosis can only be taken as a minimum estimate.

Defects in detection lead to the fact that tuberculosis of extra-pulmonary localization in 60-80% of cases is detected in the advanced stage, which requires long and complex treatment, mainly surgical interventions, which, in 60% of cases cause removal of organs.

Therefore, within the framework of technical assistance to the NTP, the Program will involve one trainer to facilitate a series of trainings in the Republic of Tajikistan.

Objectives:
• Update the training package based on last WHO recommendations on extra-pulmonary tuberculosis;
• Conduct one training on extra-pulmonary tuberculosis for TB specialists at the national level;

Tasks:
• Update of the training package for 8  days training on extra-pulmonary tuberculosis;
• Update of the training package based on last WHO recommendation on extra-pulmonary tuberculosis;
• Conducting one training at the national level;
• Development of the mission report with recommendations and sharing it with the Country Director of the USAID TB Control Program in Tajikistan

Deliverables:
• 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 years of experience in capacity development and training in general and in particular a proven record in designing and delivering training courses;
• Strong knowledge and 6-7 years’ practical experience on diagnostics and treatment of extra-pulmonary TB;
• 5-6 years of experience in provision evidence-based practical trainings;
• Excellent presentation skills;
• Good interpersonal and communication skills;
• Initiative and resourcefulness;
• Skills in developing analytical and informative training materials;
• Excellent knowledge of Russian language and English desirable.

Period of Performance: The total proposed level of effort for this assignment is 13 days including travel.  The assignment planned period is August 4-August 16, 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.