Entomology / Insectary Field Technician - VectorLink Freetown... Job Description
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 governanceas 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.
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. Presidents 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 24 African countries and Cambodia and Colombia 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 Entomology Field Coordinator, the Entomology/Insectary Field Technician will assist in timely and high-quality field entomological work and will assist the Entomology Field Coordinator with managing the insectary and laboratory.
Location: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Key Roles And Responsibilities
Support implementation of the following set of entomological field activities: Establishment of sentinel sites Monitor vector behavior on monthly basis in the targeted sentinel districts using World Health Organization (WHO) standard mosquito sampling methods Participate in other field activities as required Assist with procurement requests related to the field entomological activities Conduct the morphological identification of the mosquitoes collected and label them properly Conduct ovary dissection on the unfed malaria vectors Make proper and timely recording on the data collection forms and data entry Conduct larvae collections Assist in monitoring vector susceptibility tests of currently used and candidate insecticides on an annual basis Follow standardized protocols for rearing of mosquito colonies Assist with daily care of the mosquito colony maintained in the insectary Ensure that required supplies and equipment are in stock and organized Maintain the cleanliness in the insectary, laboratory and all supported areas Maintain the cleanliness and order of the insectary storage areas Follow all insectary practices in compliance with health and safety directives Assist in rearing of animals for mosquitoes blood feeding Adhere to the Standard Operational Procedures for these activities Support Entomology Field Coordinator, when required, in managing the laboratory activities and insectary operations Assist with any other duties assigned by the supervisor
Preferred Skills / Prerequisites Bachelors Degree (required), in bio-chemistry, laboratory, veterinary or other related health field At least one (1) year 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 At least 4 years relevant experience
Minimum Qualifications ( 4+ ) years of experience 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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