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Consultant Opportunity: TB Project Consultant

Overview
Treatment Action Group (TAG) seeks a consultant to work with its Tuberculosis (TB) team on two grant-specific projects. One project is focused on the uptake of TB preventive therapy and the other on the uptake of technologies and models of care for children affected by TB and their families. Under the direction and guidance of the co-directors of TAG’s TB/HIV project, the TB consultant will be responsible for the selection, management, and coordination of grassroots, civil society, and community-based organization partners to advocate for and further the objectives of both projects.  The work will begin as soon as possible and last until December 2019 with opportunity for extension (grant funding is available for three years). The consultant will be paid at an hourly rate plus reimbursement for pre-approved expenses, and we estimate the work will entail approximately 40 hours per week. 

 Organization
Treatment Action Group (TAG) is an independent, activist and community-based research and policy think tank fighting for better treatment, prevention, a vaccine, and cures for HIV, tuberculosis, and hepatitis C virus. TAG works to ensure that all people with HIV, TB, or HCV receive lifesaving treatment, care, and information. We are science-based treatment activists working to expand and accelerate vital research and effective community engagement with research and policy institutions. TAG catalyzes open collective action by all affected communities, scientists, and policy makers to end HIV, TB, and HCV.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Coordinate the selection of grassroots, civil society, and community-based organizations (CBOs) to partner with TAG and its partners on advocacy to support the uptake of TB preventive therapy and interventions and technologies important for TB prevention, diagnosis, and treatment among children and their families. The selection will occur through a competitive application process which the consultant will help to design and manage;
  • Establish and administer a small grants program to support the work of selected grassroots, civil society, and CBO advocacy partners to advocate for access to TB preventive therapy and to interventions and technologies important for TB prevention, diagnosis, and treatment among children in their settings;
  • Organize workshops to train selected grassroots, civil society, and CBO advocacy partners on topics including: basics of TB, TB prevention, pediatric TB, advocacy skills, and accountability. Workshop organization responsibilities will include supporting logistics related to participant lodging, airfare, and per diem, among other tasks;
  • Work with grassroots, civil society, and CBOs to develop detailed advocacy plans to promote uptake of TB preventive therapy, other TB prevention services, and models of care and technologies important for children and families affected by TB in their settings;
  • Provide tailored advocacy coaching and support to grassroots, civil society, and CBOs to implement their detailed advocacy plans via online and phone communication and via occasional in-person visits to partners;
  • Support selected grassroots, civil society, and CBO advocacy partners in monitoring and responding to in-country policies and other developments that support or present barriers to the implementation of TB preventive therapy and models of care and technologies important for children and families affected by TB;  
  • Organize and help facilitate regular calls of grassroots, civil society, and CBO advocacy partners to share information, coordinate campaigns, and provide technical support;
  • Track the implementation of TB preventive therapy and interventions and technologies important for children and families affected by TB in PEPFAR and Global Fund supported programs through, for example, engagement with PEPFAR country operational plans, Global Fund country coordinating mechanisms, and other mechanisms;
  • Engage with and provide technical support to civil society and community based groups in Western and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and Latin America interested in advocacy to facilitate access to pediatric formulations in their settings;
  • Attend and represent TAG at regional and global meetings of grant partners;
  • Attend and represent TAG and grant partners at regional and global conferences;  
  • Assist in grant reporting and contribute to drafting periodic narrative progress reports.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • A minimum of 3 years professional experience in advocacy related to health, research & development issues, and/or HIV, TB, HCV or other infectious diseases;
  • Sharp interpersonal, coalition-building, and networking skills; friendly rapport with the ability to communicate effectively and develop and maintain relationships; strong cross-cultural competency;
  • Knowledge of political dynamics and policy processes;
  • Track record of success in managing projects or policy initiatives;
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to work independently, as well as part of a team;
  • Sound judgment, strategy, and problem-solving skills;
  • Must be proficient in English and have excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple high-priority projects simultaneously;
  • Willingness to grasp complex subject matter;
  • Interest in and experience with global health issues;
  • Demonstrated experience working in a multicultural environment where commitment to diversity based on race, ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, and physical ability is an important institutional value.

Compensation and location
This is a non-staff, freelance position. The consultant will be paid at regular intervals based on an hourly rate commensurate with experience. Consultant will be expected to maintain and work out of his or her own offices; some travel (approximately 20%) will be required. Applicants outside of the US, especially those in the Global South or TB high burden countries, are encouraged to apply.

How to apply
Please submit a cover letter with required hourly rates and fees, CV/resume (2 pp maximum), relevant writing sample (5 pp maximum), and 3 professional references to jobs@treatmentactiongroup.org by Monday, September 24, 2018. Please include “TB Project Consultancy” in the subject line your email.
 

Treatment Action Group does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, personal appearance, family responsibility, political affiliation or any other status protected by applicable law. Women, transgender people, veterans and people of color are encouraged to apply.