Req Id: 53621
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 malaria vector control and continue to assist PMI in reducing
the burden of malaria through malaria vector control and capacity building
in 22 African countries where malaria is endemic.
Under the supervision of the VCTO1 Technical Program
Manager, based in Bethesda, MD (USA), the COP/Medical Entomologist will
provide leadership and management oversight to the PMI VectorLink Project
Key Roles and Responsibilities
Work with the subcontracting institution on
entomological monitoring in selected sentinel sites in Nigeria.
Help maintain a mosquito colony from a Kisumu
strain and an animal house to feed the mosquito colony. Ensure the colony
has enough mosquitoes to run all susceptibility tests and different
experiments on adult mosquitoes as required by the NMEP. Where necessary,
maintain a population of local field- collected mosquitoes for various
tests as required.
Train entomology technicians from the NMEP on
mantaining mosquito colonies in an insectary, different sampling techniques
for mosquitoes (both adult and larvae) in sentinel sites, train technicians
on identification, storing and transport of mosquito samples from the field
to the insectary,ensuring the transfer of technical skills to local
In collboration with NMEP:
Help to maintain and expand sentinel sites for the
enhanced entomological monitoring in different states. In collaboration
with the subcontracting institutions, ensure that field monthly collection
of entomological data on vector bionomics, mosquito behavior, and
insecticide resistance at the identified sentinel sites completed on time.
Test the impact of vector control interventions,
such as the efficacy and durability of long lasting insecticide treated
nets and indoor residual spraying, and help establish a strong monitoring
and evaluation system in order to establish the entomological and
epidemiological impact of vector control interventions on malaria
In collaboration with the NMEP and partners work on
national entonmological monitoring plan and any other vector control
Work on the annual budget, and manage the budget in
collaboration with other Abt Associates partners.
Conduct weekly phone calls with the Techncial
Program Manager and VCTO1 team on the insectary and field entomological
Write a Progress Report and Final Report in English
on all the field entomological activities activities, recommendations for
the NMEP sentinel sites, and vector control.
Work with the NMEP and VCTO1 on procurement of
local and international entomology supplies and clearing the goods at
arrival in country. Maintain an inventory list for VCTO1. Serve as
Abt’s representative in-country for donor meetings as needed.
Preferred Skills / Prerequisites
Masters degree (minimum), Doctorate degree
(desirable), in Medical Entomology.
7 to 10 years of relevant professional work
experience with a Masters Degree, or 4 to 6 years with a Doctorate,
including significant amounts of experience directly realted to
establishing an insectary and mosquito colony.
Experience in training entomology technicians on
entomological monitoring and field activities.
Strong management and planning skills of an
insectary and sentinel sites.
Experience working with National Malaria Control
Experience with USAID and donor projects is highly
Demonstrates leadership and team work and produces
high quality work in a timely, cost effective manner and has excellent
How to Apply
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