Abt Associates Technical Specialist / Entomology Technical Manager Jobs in Kenya

Abt Associates Technical Specialist / Entomology Technical Manager Jobs in Kenya


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.


Responsibilities

  • Leads the development of an entomological monitoring plan, in collaboration with national counterparts at the DNMP or designated research institution
  • Reviews the content of communications materials for technical accuracy
  • Manages field-based entomology teams and molecular laboratory analysis of mosquito samples to ensure monthly data collection, data quality and control
  • Ensures the transfer of technical skills to local institutions
  • Responsible for producing high quality entomological reports, including spray quality reports
  • Coordinate the implementation of the following set of entomological field activities:
  • The establishment of sentinel sites in each target district
  • Monthly pyrethrum spray catch, CDC light trap and window exit trap collections to monitor indoor resting and host-seeking vector populations
  • Wall bioassays after every spray cycle to evaluate the quality of spraying
  • Wall bioassays monthly in selected districts to evaluate the residual efficacy of insecticide
  • Vector susceptibility studies annually for all currently used and candidate insecticides in order to monitor resistance status and resistance mechanisms
  • Provide guidance and support to a focal counterpart from the MOH/DNMP or research institution for the supervision of district-level field teams of entomological technicians or vector control officers who perform mosquito collections and tests
  • Ensure that the field teams follow all WHO approved guidelines, protocols, and techniques for mosquito collections and tests
  • Ensure that all data from all collection activities are recorded on data entry forms, perform mosquito identification,
    and undertake data analysis and prepare monitoring reports
  • Implement capacity-building efforts to increase and expand the skills of local counterparts and field team technicians
  • Ensure that LLIN durability monitoring studies are done according to WHO protocols and to prepare high quality reports of these studies
  • Work closely with DNMP and consultants to oversee and manage the preparation of updated national guideline documents such as Insecticide Resistance Management, Integrated Vector Management documents and Vector Surveillance documents
  • Prepare manuscripts using project entomology data for publication in peer-reviewed journals

    Requirements

  • Masters Degree (minimum),or a PhD (desirable) in Entomology
  • Minimum six (6) years of relevant professional work experience with significant amounts of experience directly in Vector Control
  • Experience conducting LLIN durability monitoring studies
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a minimum of direction and supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to work both as a member of a team and as a team leader, with the ability to accept the inputs of other team members
  • Strong management and planning skills of project tasks and budgets
  • 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

    How to Apply


    Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 11th September 2019.

    For more information and job application details, see; Abt Associates Technical Specialist / Entomology Technical Manager Jobs in Kenya

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