Earn over 23,000 US Dollars as Entomologist at Malaria Consortium

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Organization: Malaria Consortium

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

Salary: USD 23,654 Gross Per annum

About US:

Malaria Consortium is the world’s leading not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the comprehensive control of malaria and other communicable diseases in Africa and Southeast Asia. Malaria Consortium works with communities, government and non-government agencies, academic institutions, and local and international organisations, to ensure good evidence supports delivery of effective services, providing technical support for monitoring and evaluation of programmes and activities for evidence-based decision-making and strategic planning. Malaria Consortium works to improve not only the health of the individual, but also the capacity of national health systems, which helps relieve poverty and support improved economic prosperity.

Job Summary:  The Entomologist will provide technical and programme oversight and direction in the areas of integrated vector management and will cover the 26 project supported districts. The post holder will also provide technical inputs to the work on entomological surveillance including the interpretation and use of data-informed decision-making. The Entomologist will be a key member of the project technical team, providing technical leadership and technical assistance in the development and implementation of IVM activities and entomological surveillance in Kampala and the 3 Regional offices in Gulu, Lira, and Moroto.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

Technical assistance and Programme Management (60%)

  • Support District vector control officers to establish Vector control units at district level and strengthen capacity of local authorities in the proper and safe use of integrated vector control approaches
  • Improve District vector control units capability to carry out surveys for the identification of vector species and their bionomics.
  • Support the Vector Control Units to develop entomological plans and integrate these in the district work plans and strategic plans.
  • Conduct technical support supervision to the districts
  • Contribute to the overall planning and development of the project protocols in relation to entomological studies
  • Ensure proper quantification and ordering of logistics for Integrated Vector Management (IVM)
  • Provide support to the Technical working group on IVM at national level.
  • Provide guidance to the Project on Entomological surveillance and priority interventions to be supported.

Technical oversight (20%)

  • Ensure technical oversight, strategic direction and appropriate support for the implementation of programme activities in integrated vector management at district levels
  • Provide technical leadership in developing implementation approaches to improving demand for integrated vector management interventions especially LLINs and where necessary larviciding.
  • Develop annual entomological surveillance work plan in line with evidence and national policy and the use of the data for operational decision-making
  • Provide technical support to the districts to interpret IVM programmatic data and incorporate data from programme implementation into programme work plans
  • Strengthen coordination with partners involved in IVM and entomological surveillance at district and national level.

Monitoring and Evaluation (20%)

  • Improve systems, data collection tools and participate in developing appropriate entomological surveillance design
  • Assist in sustaining and improving existing databases that monitor achievements in IVM at district levels
  • Submit programme reports to the SURMA Programme director and technical staff, of successes, challenges and lessons learned in implementation related to areas of IVM and entomological surveillance
  • Document and maintain an inventory of successful tools and approaches for IVM and entomological surveillance, including development and submission of abstracts, papers and presentations to journals and conferences in line with project collaboration, learning and adaptation plan

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The applicant for the Malaria Consortium Entomologist job opportunity should hold a Bachelors of Science Degree in Zoology or related field from a recognised University/Institution.
  • A Master’s degree in either Medical Entomology, Health Science or another related field will be of added advantage
  • At least  three years relevant working experience in a reputable organisation at national or regional level at a level of Entomological officer.
  • Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity in district programmes and technical staff in the areas of integrated vector management and entomological surveillance
  • Demonstrated in-depth understanding of Uganda health system
  • Desirable:
  • Should have strong leadership, management, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in writing programme reports particularly the public health system,
  • Excellent understanding of integrated vector management for the prevention of malaria and reduction of malaria transmission
  • Strong skills in medical entomology including entomological surveillance for malaria vectors
  • Strong oral and written communication and presentations skills in English
  • Strong skills in word processing and Excel spreadsheets

Desirable:

  • Proven track record managing a project team composed of several technical experts and fostering team work
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Self-motivated and able to work without direct technical supervision
  • Excellent technical presentation skills

How to Apply:

All interested applicants are encouraged to apply online at the web link below.

Deadline: 20th September 2019


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