Abt Associates Technical Specialist / Vector Control Assistant - ZAP Haiti in Haiti

Organization Overview

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.


The USAID-funded President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) the Zika and Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (ZAP) Project supports USAID Missions and Bureaus to plan, implement, and monitor and evaluate vector control activities to prevent mosquito-borne diseases (including malaria and Zika) in African, Latin American, and Caribbean countries where USAID supports vector control efforts. The overall goal of the project is to reduce the burden of vector-borne diseases by enhancing USAID’s ability to implement mosquito control programs on the ground by providing technical expertise, building local governments’ capacity, creating innovative implementation models, conducting cost-effective commodity procurement and logistics systems, and engaging local communities in affected countries.

ZAP works in the West Department and the North Department through community-based vector control. Field activities include door-to-door larviciding, environmental management, capacity building, entomological monitoring and community education and engagement. Strong skills in organization, logistics, human resource management, communication and social mobilization and engagement are required. The work of the Vector Control Assistant for ZAP is to oversee all aspects of the ZAP project in the North and West departments in close coordination with and under the direct leadership of the Vector Control Manager. The Vector Control Assistant will also assist with other ZAP activities and duties as required by the ZAP-Haiti Office and will be based in Port au Prince, while overseeing activities in the different departments that the project works in with frequent travel to the different departments as required.

Abt Associates seeks a qualified Technical Specialist / Vector Control Assistant to support the International Development Division's ZAP Project in Haiti. Under the supervision of the Vector Control Manager, the Vector Control Assistant is responsible for the implementation of ZAP’s Vector Control, Environmental Compliance, and Government Capacity building program.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Assist with the management of ZAP activities at department and commune-level

  • Establish communications systems and coordinate their operationalization in the Departments

  • Assist with the direct supervision of all ZAP seasonal workers staff, including development and monitoring of monthly activity plans
  • Ensure effective implementation of all ZAP activities
  • Ensure staff competence, adherence to ZAP-Haiti rules and regulations and abidance to Haitian law for all activities
  • Conduct regular re-fresher trainings with staff as needed
  • Assist in organizing and leading ZAP trainings
  • Maintain financial records and ensure financial accountability, as needed by ZAP-Haiti Office and Abt Associates
  • Communicate and coordinate effectively with the ZAP-Haiti Office, including prompt reporting of problems and challenges
  • Assist with training, management and operations in ZAP departments of operation
  • Vector Control Larviciding

  • Oversee the hiring of all VC Supervisors, Team Leaders and Technician staff

  • Provide assistance with the supervision and management of all VC staff
  • Organize and coordinate logistics with the ZAP-Haiti Office, including for VC equipment, materials and transportation for commune staff
  • Ensure effective larviciding activities and data collection
  • Community Education and Engagement

  • Assist with the hiring of all VC Education and Engagement staff, and effective work implementation

  • Assist with the implementation of a results-orientated and commune-specific community mobilization and engagement plan, with timeline and targets
  • Assist with the logistics with the ZAP-Haiti Department Office for Education and Engagement equipment, materials and transport
  • In close coordination and under the leadership of the Vector Control Manager, engage, coordinate and maintain good relations with community-based groups and organizations and all government bodies, including MSPP, municipal and cultural leaders and health clinics, schools, markets and religious institutions
  • Ensure effective implementation of all community education and engagement activities
  • Environmental Cleanup

  • Provide leadership and assistance with the supervision and management of all EC Technicians

  • Organize and coordinate logistics with the ZAP-Haiti Office, including for EC equipment, materials and transportation
  • Ensure effective EC activities and data collection
  • Entomological Surveillance

  • Assist as needed with organizing and coordinating entomological logistics with the ZAP-Haiti Office, including for equipment, materials and transportation

  • Assist as needed in the effective Entomological activities and data collection
  • Monitor & Evaluation

  • Assist in organizing and coordinating all monitoring and evaluation activities at department-level

  • Ensure prompt collection of M&E data and reporting to the ZAP-Haiti Office
  • Conduct periodic stakeholder meetings with key community partners at commune-level as part of M&E activities

Preferred Skills / Prerequisites

  • Master’s Degree in Public Health ( preferably supported by a doctor, nursing background)
  • At least 6+ years of relevant professional experience, including experience in environmental clean-up and insecticide use and management
  • Previous vector control program experience desirable
  • Skill in training, coaching, and influencing
  • Experience in MS Excel and mobile-based data collection desirable
  • Experience and familiarity with USAID and local government
  • Strong analytical and report writing skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English are highly desirable

Minimum Qualifications

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

Abt Associates is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse workforce. Abt Associates provides market-competitive salaries and comprehensive employee benefits. Local candidates strongly encouraged to apply.

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