The International Health Division is committed to the improvement of health and healthcare delivery around the world. Serving both the public and private sectors, our efforts include health policy research and evaluation, health promotion and disease prevention, health finance, and health systems management. Our impact is felt in policies that ensure healthcare access for women, children, and individuals with special needs, in strengthening health infrastructures, and HIV/AIDS solutions.
Abt Associates, a major American business and government research, technical assistance, and consulting company, manages the USAID-funded Vector Control Task Order 1. Task Order 1 will support the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and USAID to plan and implement an integrated vector control approach with the overall goal of reducing the burden of malaria. Abt has implemented indoor residual spraying (IRS) for PMI since 2011, delivering high-quality IRS programs and gathering the most comprehensive vector control entomological data in the world. Under this contract, Abt will expand entomological monitoring to guide programs focused on insecticide-treated mosquito nets and IRS and continue to assist PMI in reducing the burden of malaria through IRS and capacity building in 22 African countries + The Mekong Subregion, where malaria is endemic. Abt also will continue to support PMI in IRS monitoring and evaluation, as well as environmental compliance.
The Chief of Party / Entomologist shall leadership and management oversight of all of the project’s entomological surveillance activities in country, in collaboration with the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) and National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria (CNM), coordinate and oversee the project’s key entomological monitoring activities for integrated vector control and will guide key project and country-level vector control decisions based on data analysis and interpretation.
Key Roles and Responsibilities
- Leads the development of national entomological monitoring plan in collaboration with National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) and National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria (CNM), research institutes, Universities, and private sectors involved in malaria vector control.
- Co-ordinate and supervise the implementation of the following set of entomological activities:
- The establishment of entomological sentinel sites in selected high-transmission districts.
- Monitor malaria vector human-biting rates and vector behavior using appropriate mosquito sampling methods.
- Determine vector species composition using morphological keys and molecular methods.
- Conduct bioassays of insecticide treated mosquito nets (ITNs) periodically to monitor insecticidal residual performance.
- Monitor vector susceptibility to currently used and candidate insecticides on an annual basis.
- Conduct synergist assays in sentinel sites where insecticide resistance is recorded.
- Work with partner entomology laboratories to conduct molecular analysis of mosquito samples.
- Assist in developing and updating standard operating procedures (SOPs) and checklists for mosquito collection techniques and disseminating to all in country partners.
- Manage an insectary to ensure availability of a susceptible mosquito colony to support quality assurance of susceptibility tests.
- Train entomology technicians on maintaining mosquito colonies in an insectary, field mosquito sampling techniques for adult and larvae, species identification, preserving, storing and transport of mosquito samples from the field to the insectary or entomological working sites.
- Ensure that field teams follow all WHO, CDC and PMI approved guidelines, protocols, and techniques for mosquito collections and tests.
- Ensure that all entomological data is recorded on data entry forms and supervise data entry, undertake data analysis and prepare monitoring reports.
- Take part in regular and timely communication with in-country and international stakeholders through e-mail and teleconference.
- Implement capacity-building efforts to increase and expand the skills of local counterparts and field team technicians.
- Prepare semi-annual and annual entomological monitoring reports and insecticide resistance reports.
- Publish results of entomological monitoring in peer-reviewed journal.
- Prepare and present abstracts in international vector control and scientific conferences.
Preferred Skills / Prerequisites
- Masters Degree (minimum), PhD (desirable) in Medical Entomology.
- Relevant professional work experience with significant amounts of experience directly in vector control or entomology research.
- Must have relevant entomology experience working in the Greater Mekong Subregion.
- Demonstrated ability to work with a minimum of direction and supervision.
- Demonstrated ability to work both as a member of a team and as a team leader, with the ability to accept the inputs of other team members.
- Strong management and planning skills of project tasks and budgets.
- Demonstrates leadership and team work and produces high quality work in a timely, cost effective manner and has excellent writing skills.
- Excellent organizational, interpersonal communication and computer skills.
- Experience with USAID and donor projects is highly desirable.
- English language fluency (both oral and written).
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