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WHO Training for TB Surveillance Workshop May 2015

16 February 2016

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The Global TB Programme of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland is seeking to expand its pool of consultants of epidemiology and medical statistics for future collaboration in TB surveillance activities.

In order for countries to develop robust National Strategic Plans for TB prevention and care it is important to have an excellent understanding of the TB epidemic in their country, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of their national TB surveillance system. The TB Monitoring and Evaluation team is organizing a workshop for future consultants to be trained in carrying out epidemiological reviews which include an evaluation of the TB surveillance system and its ability to accurately measure TB incidence and mortality.

A five day training workshop will be held between 15-21 May 2016 at which participants will be familiarized with the following concepts:

  • Carrying out a Standards and Benchmarks¬†assessment on the TB surveillance system using standard methodology
  • Analysing and interpreting national and sub-national, routinely collected TB surveillance and other relevant data;
  • Making recommendations, along with associated activities, for improving TB surveillance and the direct measurement of disease burden, based on evidence collected during the epidemiological review, and developing an accompanying investment plan;
  • Calculating projections of TB case notifications with adjustments for improvements in under-reporting and active case finding using standardized software tools developed by WHO.

Ideal candidates to participate in the training will match the following profile:

  • Education and practical experience in TB epidemiology and/or medical statistics;
  • Proficiency in a recognized statistical software and proven experience to conducting data analyses;
  • Very strong quantitative skills;
  • A good understanding of TB surveillance systems, databases and monitoring and evaluation activities;
  • International work experience;
  • Solid working knowledge of English and fluency in other languages is desirable but not essential;
  • Some flexibility to travel on assignment, with remuneration in accordance with WHO policies.

As an expected result of the training, participants will be placed on a list of consultants to be potentially contacted for collaboration in future TB surveillance activities, including:

  • Carrying out TB epidemiological reviews in countries around the world as required;
  • Co-facilitation of regional and country workshops on understanding and using TB data including an assessment of data quality
  • Provision of technical assistance to national TB control programmes to ensure implementation of monitoring and evaluation activities in the monitoring and evaluation plan;
  • Review and revision of epidemiology and M&E sections of TB National Strategic Plans.

The planned training will be held in Europe (exact location TBD) on 15-21 May 2016. Participants' transportation cost and a daily per diem will be covered by WHO.

Interested candidates are requested to submit their CV and a letter of interest, by 26 February 2016, to: Laura Anderson andersonla@who.int and Babis Sismanidis sismanidisc@who.int