Abt Associates Senior Entomology Technical Advisor - ZAP Barbados in Barbados

The International Development Division focuses on improving the lives and economic well-being of people in lower and middle-income countries. We command technical expertise in health, agriculture, climate change, food security and governance—as well as in international evaluation. Our multi-layered health portfolio includes policy, health promotion and disease prevention, health finance, and health systems management. In partnership with government clients and local experts, our high-quality programs in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East are known for impact and innovation.

Opportunity

In September 2016, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) granted additional funds to the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (AIRS) Project, implemented by Abt Associates, to expand its operations to include Zika prevention and control in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). This led to the creation of the Zika AIRS Project (ZAP). ZAP supports planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of vector control programs with the overall goal of reducing and preventing the spread of Zika virus in LAC by enhancing USAID’s ability to implement appropriate vector control programs on the ground through cost-effective commodities procurement and logistics systems, and access to technical expertise. Specific activities include entomological monitoring, larviciding and Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS). ZAP conducts source reduction, capacity building trainings, data collection and analysis, and collaborates with Health Ministries in implementing countries to ensure program sustainability.

Abt Associates seeks a qualified Senior Entomology Technical Advisor to support the International Development Division's ZAP project in Barbados. Under the supervision of the ZAP Project Director, the Senior Entomology Technical Advisor will coordinate entomological surveillance activities to inform the prevention and control of Zika in seven islands in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean and will guide country entomology coordinators on the collection of data on key entomological indicators, analysis, and interpretation of entomological data.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Support USAID Zika prevention and control focus countries in the preparation of annual comprehensive entomological monitoring work plans and budgets
  • Provide technical oversight and support to USAID Zika focus countries in Eastern and Southern Caribbean to make sure that entomological monitoring activities are conducted according to the WHO and CDC guidelines and best practices
  • Support capacity assessment and capacity building of technical staff of the project, country institutions and other relevant partners to ensure countries undertake high quality entomological monitoring activities independently with minimal technical assistance from home office to ensure sustainability
  • In collaboration with country project teams and Zika countries, entomology coordinators will participate in the identification, selection, and development of the scope of work for entomological monitoring sub-contracts and consultants when deemed necessary to implement entomological monitoring activities
  • Work closely with project countries to identify gaps related to materials, test kits, insecticide impregnated papers for both adult and larval testing, and other items needed for successful implementation of entomological monitoring activities, particularly items that must be procured internationally; follow up on procurement process and timely delivery of these items
  • Support project countries in the analysis and write up of entomological monitoring reports
  • Review the content entomological monitoring reports for technical accuracy
  • Advise USAID/PMI and counterparts in the selection of insecticides for adult and larval control based on evidences generated by the project and other partners
  • Document and publish findings of entomological monitoring, such as lessons learned and best practices in national, regional and international contexts; identify sources to contribute to the national and international vector control information pool to influence policies
  • Ensures the transfer of technical skills to local institutions
  • Participate in ZAP M&E activities
  • Perform other additional duties assigned by the project

Preferred Skills / Prerequisites

  • Master’s degree (minimum), Doctorate degree (desirable), in Medical Entomology
  • 7 to 10 years of relevant professional work experience with a Master’s Degree, or 4 to 6 years with a Doctorate, including at least 4 years of experience directly related to integrated vector control management, including monitoring and control of Aedes mosquitoes
  • Experience in regulatory and operational aspects of vector control methods and management
  • Demonstrated ability to work with minimal direction and supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team with the ability to accept the inputs of other team members
  • Good management and planning skills of project tasks
  • 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

  • Experience with Dengue and Chikunguyna vector control in the LAC region is an advantage
  • Spanish/French and English languages preferred

Minimum Qualifications

  • MA/MBA (7 – 10) years of experience OR PhD (4 – 6) years of experience OR the equivalent combination of education and experience

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