Thursday, July 21, 2016

Abt Associates Inc,Entomological Coordinator Jobs in Rwanda

Entomological Coordinator, AIRS-Rwanda
Organization Overview
The USAID-funded Africa Indoor Residual Spraying 2 (AIRS 2) Project supports the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), as well as USAID Missions and Bureaus with malaria programs outside the PMI
focus countries, in planning and implementing IRS programs with the overall goal of reducing the burden of malaria in Africa by enhancing USAID’s ability to implement IRS programs on the ground through cost-effective commodities procurement and logistics systems, access to technical expertise, and implementation of IRS in countries affected by malaria.
Under the supervision of the Rwanda Chief of Party, the Entomological Coordinator will coordinate and oversee the PMI AIRS Rwanda Project’s key entomological monitoring activities for IRS.
Specific duties and responsibilities include the following:
  • Undertake day-to-day monitoring activities of IRS operations, and support counterparts in monitoring activities.
  • Work with the Rwanda Bio-Medical Center/Malaria and Other Parasitic Diseases Division (RBC/MOPDD) in the implementation of the following set of entomological field activities:
    • Establishment of sentinel sites in each target district.
    • Pre- and post IRS entomological monitoring including pyrethrum spray collections and human landing catches.Wall bioassays within 24 to 48 hours after spraying in 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.
  • Provide guidance and support to a focal counterpart from the MOH/MOPDDor 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 identifications, 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.
  • Mentor and supervise the insectary and animal house technician
  • Provide technical assistance to the vector control and entomology laboratory with performance of ELISA for mosquito infection and host blood meal analysis; PCR id and resistance mechanism as well as LLINs QC 
Qualification requirements include the following:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Entomology, Environmental Studies, Biology or other relevant field. Possession of a Master’s degree in a relevant field would be ad added advantage
  • At least two (2) years of relevant professional experience in the implementation of vector control and entomological monitoring activitiesis desired.
  • Experience in international development programs, preferably at USAID-funded programs.
  • Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research and analytic methodologies.
  • Knowledge about malaria prevention programming is very desirable.
  • Fluency in French and English.
  • Excellent report writing and computer skills.
How to Apply:  Candidates who meet the above minimum requirements should submit application letter and detailed CV with contact information (including telephone & email) indicating the Title of the position they are applying for to on or before August 15th, 2016. Canvassing or calling will lead to your automatic disqualification.
Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
“Abt Associates is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages qualified women to apply for this Position”.

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