Paraguay: Vector Control Manager, PMI AIRS Project, Paraguay

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


Abt Associates seeks a qualified Technical Specialist 10 / Vector Control 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 / Vector Control Manager provides technical guidance and overseas all implementation activities for the AIRS Zika vector control activities.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provides technical guidance and oversee implementation of all environmental management, larviciding, health education and outreach, and personal protection activities.
  • Oversees all activities at the department level in collaboration with local government stakeholders.
  • Manages and supervises project implementation staff including the Health Education & Community Mobilization Manager, the Larvicide/Adulticide Manager and up to 5 Department Coordinators.
  • Responsible for identification of all the project’s technical assistance needs, development of suitable scopes of work, recruitment of consultants, and execution of technical assistance contracts.
  • Coordinates and oversees cascade trainings for Vector Control seasonal workers.
  • Coordinates national- and department-level planning for vector control activities with local government authorities.
  • Responsible for developing pre-campaign timelines for vector control activities to ensure activities start in advance of the Zika transmission period.
  • Evaluates problems and carries out treatments, as needed, selecting biological, chemical or physical control methods, application rates and appropriate equipment to obtain required coverage.
  • Ensures that project operations are in compliance with all USAID and Abt Associates policies and procedures.
  • Supports the COP in the development of country workplans, vector control operations reports, and other technical and programmatic reports, as required.
  • Works collaboratively with the AIRS HQ Operations Director and Technical Director to implement Zika vector control best practices.

Preferred Skills / Prerequisites

  • Masters Degree in Entomology, Public Health, Environmental Science, or other relevant field.
  • At least six (6) years of professional experience managing large international vector control projects, preferably USAID-funded projects.
  • Background in public health, vector-borne diseases, particularly prior experience in entomological surveillance, control of Dengue and Chikungunya vector/s, and program management preferred.
  • Significant experience managing and supervising personnel and program activities in LAC.
  • Experience in managing teams of people.
  • Strong client management, communication, and people management skills highly desirable
  • 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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