Abt Associates Technical Specialist / Entomology Technical Manager - VectorLink Cote d'Ivoire in Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

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

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 where malaria is endemic. Abt also will continue to support PMI in IRS monitoring and evaluation, as well as environmental compliance.

Abt Associates seeks a qualified Technical Specialist / Entomology Technical Director to assist the International Development Division's VectorLink project in Cote d'Ivoire. Under the supervision of the Chief of Party, the Entomology Technical Director provides leadership and management oversight of all of the project’s entomological surveillance activities in country, in collaboration with the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP), 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), in country malaria vector control partners, research institutes, universities, and private sector stakeholders involved in malaria vector control
  • Prepares project comprehensive annual entomological monitoring plan
  • Reviews the content of communications materials for technical accuracy
  • Coordinates the implementation of the following set of entomological activities:

  • The establishment entomological sentinel sites in selected district

  • Monitor vector density and behavior pre- and post-deployment of vector control interventions using World Health Organization (WHO) standard mosquito sampling methods
  • Conduct wall bioassays within two weeks after every spray cycle (once IRS begins) and on new insecticide treated mosquito nets (ITNs) before distribution to evaluate the quality spray and products
  • Conduct wall bioassays monthly in selected districts to evaluate the residual efficacy of sprayed insecticides and bi-annually to evaluate insecticidal activity of ITNs
  • Monitor vector susceptibility tests to currently use and candidate insecticides on annual basis
  • Conduct intensity and synergist assays in sentinel sites selected for insecticide resistance monitoring
  • Work with identified entomology laboratories/ Universities to facilitate the work and obtain result of molecular and bio-chemical analysis data
  • Assist in developing and updating standard operating procedures (SOPs) and checklists for mosquito collection techniques and disseminating to all in country partners
  • Ensures availability of susceptible mosquito colony to support quality assurance and susceptibility tests in country
  • Involves and leads the vector control (VC) technical working group at national level to help develop vector control policy and an insecticide resistance management strategy and plan
  • Trains entomology technicians on maintaining mosquito colonies in an insectary, different field mosquito sampling techniques for both adult and larvae, on species identification, preserving, storing and transport of mosquito samples from the field to the insectary or entomological working sites
  • Ensures that the field teams follow all WHO, CDC, and PMI approved guidelines, protocols, and techniques for mosquito collections and tests
  • Ensures that all data from all collection activities are recorded on data entry forms, perform mosquito identifications, and undertake data analysis and prepare monitoring reports
  • Implements capacity-building efforts to increase and expand the skills of local counterparts and field team technicians
  • Prepares semi-annual and annual entomological monitoring reports, vector control products and delivery quality assurance reports and insecticide resistance reports
  • Involves in vector control operational research activities
  • Publishes results from regular entomological monitoring and operational research on peer-reviewed journals
  • Prepares and present abstracts in international vector control and scientific conferences

Preferred Skills / Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s Degree (minimum) plus 8 years relevant experience, or a Master’s Degree (desirable) plus 6 years relevant experience, or a PhD and 4 years relevant experience, in Entomology, Public Health, Environmental Health, or other relevant field. Relevant professional work experience with significant amounts of experience directly in Vector Control and IRS Operations

  • Experience in regulatory and operational aspects of insecticide use and management

  • 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

Minimum Qualifications

  • (6+) years of experience and a master degree OR the equivalent combination of education and experience

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