Abt Associates Technical Specialist / Regional Coordinator - VectorLink Tanzania in Tanzania

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.

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.

Under supervision of the Tanzania Operations Manager, the Technical Specialist 10 / Senior District/Regional Coordinator will focus on programmatic and management oversight for all aspects of the project’s spray operations in a given geographical area, including campaign planning, technical assistance and training, logistical and operational support and supervision, and activity tracking and reporting. S/he will coordinate closely with local government counterparts, and oversee the activities of project field staff and seasonal spray teams. In addition, the Senior District/Regional Coordinator will mentor new Regional Coordinators, supporting the Operations Manager to help these Regional Coordinators plan and implement successful spray campaigns and trouble-shoot issues as they arise.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Supports robust IRS campaign planning efforts at district level, including quantification of insecticides and equipment needs; identification and recruitment of spray teams; logistical planning for IRS distribution and transportation; insecticide and equipment storage, security, and environmental safety; and coordination with district level MOH counterparts.
  • Responsible for implementing capacity building initiatives in the assigned territory.
  • Mentors Regional Coordinators to develop staff capacity.
  • Organizes and coordinates micro-planning efforts, including the final micro-planning meeting.
  • Prepares Spray Calendars for all operation sites.
  • Supervises the recruitment and training of the different categories of spray personnel.
  • Responsible for supervising and monitoring spray activities in assigned areas

  • Ensuring that correct spray techniques are applied

  • Ensuring quality and accuracy of primary data
  • Ensuring data forms are promptly and safely delivered to data centers
  • Ensuring that supervision and monitoring tools are used as required
  • Supervises community mobilization before and during spray campaigns.
  • Supervises Operation Site Supervisors and the other seasonal spray campaign supervisors.
  • Participates in post-spray reverse logistics of spray commodities and equipment
  • Achieves operations-related Monitoring & Evaluation and Quality Control indicators of the project in the assigned districts.
  • The position is based in the spray implementation areas and requires frequent travel to field sites to support sub-district level operations and activities.

Qualification requirements include the following:

  • Masters Degree in a relevant health sector field, such as Public Health, Community Health, Entomology, or Environmental Health.
  • Six years of relevant professional work experience with significant amounts of experience directly in Vector Control and IRS Operations.
  • In-depth knowledge of regulatory and operational aspects of insecticide use and management.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a minimum of direction and supervision.
  • Strong management and planning skills of project tasks.
  • 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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