VectorLink Office Assistant / Entomology Field Technician Jobs in Kenya

Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development.

Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators. The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in more than 40 countries.

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 the supervision of the Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Manager, the Office Assistant 5 / Database Coordinator supports the implementation of the M&E system of the PMI VectorLink Project in Kenya.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Support implementation of the following set of entomological field activities:
  • Establishment of sentinel sites
  • Pre- and post-pyrethrum spray collections to monitor indoor resting vector populations
  • Wall bioassays 1 to 2 weeks after every spray cycle to evaluate the quality of spraying.
  • Wall bioassays activities monthly in
    selected localities to evaluate the residual efficacy of insecticide.
  • Vector susceptibility studies annually for all currently used and candidate insecticides in order to monitor resistance status
  • Participate in other field activities as required
  • Assist with procurement requests related to the field entomological activities
  • Adhere to the Standard Operational Procedures for these activities
  • Support when required Entomology Laboratory Coordinator in managing the laboratory activities and insectary operations.
  • Ensure proper and timely data recording and entry.
  • This position may require frequent visits to the field and sentinel sites for mosquito collection.

    Preferred Skills / Prerequisites

  • Secondary School / Diploma A2 completion (minimum), or Bachelors Degree (desirable), in bio-chemistry, laboratory, veterinary or other related health field.
  • At least 6 months of experience in laboratory or veterinary work.
  • Knowledge in computer skills (able to run programs such as Microsoft word, Excel ).
  • Knowledge of English.
  • Experience with laboratory animal rearing is an added advantage.
  • (0.5) year of experience and high school diploma 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.

    How to Apply

    Interested candidates should apply online by 30th May, 2018

    For more information and job application details, see; VectorLink Office Assistant / Entomology Field Technician Jobs in Kenya

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