Paraguay: Entomological Monitoring Manager, PMI AIRS, Paraguay

Organization: Abt Associates
Country: Paraguay
Closing date: 10 Apr 2017


Abt Associates seeks a qualified Technical Specialist 10 / Entomological Monitoring Manager to support the PMI AIRS project with the International Health Division in Paraguay.

The USAID-funded President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (AIRS) 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.

Under the supervision of the Chief of Party, the Technical Specialist 10 / Entomological Monitoring Manager provides technical guidance and overseas all entomological monitoring activities for the AIRS 2 Project.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Support USAID vector control program and entomological monitoring in designated country in the preparation of annual comprehensive entomological monitoring work plans and budgets
  • Provide technical oversight in making 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 high quality entomological monitoring activities are conducted independently with minimum technical assistance from home office to ensure sustainability
  • Work closely with project 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 in the analysis and write up of entomological monitoring reports with support from entomology technicians .
  • 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 project, 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 M&E activities of the malaria and Zika project
  • 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
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English. Additional fluency in Spanish or French preferred

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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