Social Solutions

  • Entomologist

    Job Locations US-VA-Crystal City
    Posted Date 4 months ago(3/5/2019 7:47 AM)
    ID
    2019-1350
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    GHSI - Public Health
  • Overview

    Social Solutions International, Inc. is a woman and minority-owned company. Social Solutions emphasizes quality research and evaluation, training and technical assistance, and institutional support services. We are a mission-driven organization that believes that superior science can improve the world. Social Solutions is dedicated to the creation of social and health solutions to improve the welfare of underserved populations worldwide. 

     

    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through Social Solutions International to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:

                     

    Title: 

    Entomologist (2 positions)

    United States Agency for International Development, Malaria Division, Office of Infectious Diseases, Bureau for Global Health (ID/MAL)

     

    Salary Range: $96,970 – $126,062 (GS-13 equivalent)

     

    Application Deadline:  Open Until Filled

     

    BACKGROUND:

    When it was launched in 2005, the goal of the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) was to reduce malaria-related mortality by 50 percent across 15 high-burden countries in sub-Saharan Africa through a rapid scale-up of proven and highly effective malaria prevention and treatment measures. With the passage of the Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde Global Leadership against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act in 2008, PMI developed a U.S. Government Malaria Strategy for 2009–2014. This strategy included a long-term vision for malaria control in which sustained high coverage with malaria prevention and treatment interventions would progressively lead to malaria free zones in Africa, with the ultimate goal of worldwide malaria eradication by 2040-2050. Consistent with this strategy and the increase in annual appropriations supporting PMI, four new sub-Saharan African countries and one regional program in the Greater Mekong Sub region of Southeast Asia were added in 2011. The contributions of PMI, together with those of other partners, have led to dramatic improvements in the coverage of malaria control interventions in PMI-supported countries, and all 15 original countries have documented substantial declines in all-cause mortality rates among children less than five years of age.

     

    In 2015, PMI launched the next six-year strategy, setting forth a bold and ambitious goal and objectives. The PMI Strategy for 2015-2020 takes into account the progress over the past decade and the new challenges that have arisen. Malaria prevention and control remains a major U.S. foreign assistance objective and PMI’s Strategy fully aligns with the U.S. Government’s vision of ending preventable child and maternal deaths and ending extreme poverty. Under the PMI Strategy 2015-2020, the U.S. Government’s goal is to work with PMI-supported countries and partners to further reduce malaria deaths and substantially decrease malaria morbidity, towards the long-term goal of elimination.

     

    In 2017, consistent with an increase in annual appropriations, PMI again launched new country programs in Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Niger, and Sierra Leone, and expanded an existing program in Burkina Faso to PMI focus country status. With the addition of these new focus countries, PMI now has programs in 24 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, in addition to two bilateral programs and targeted support in the Greater Mekong Sub region in Asia.

     

    INTRODUCTION:

     

    PMI is an interagency initiative led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is overseen by a White-House appointed U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator. Within USAID, the Malaria Division – which falls within the Bureau for Global Health – is responsible for establishing the strategic priorities for PMI and for leading the planning, implementation, and oversight for the Initiative. The Malaria Division is responsible for supporting the U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator on the global stage and with Principle Actors across USG Agencies involved in international malaria control and elimination efforts.

     

    PMI’s vector control interventions – currently comprised of indoor residual spraying (IRS) and insecticide-treated bednets (ITNs) - represent a substantial proportion of PMI’s investments in malaria control, and both interventions have been critical in reducing morbidity and mortality. In order for IRS and ITNs to be effective, they must be deployed in the right places at the right time with the right insecticide, and they must be accepted by community and household members. Globally, malaria-related vector control is increasingly complex due to multiple factors, including but not limited to increasing and intense insecticide resistance, behavior-related impediments, changing vector behavior (including outdoor biting), and scaling up entomological monitoring at pace with deployment of interventions. Thus, there is a growing need for PMI to rely on technical experts in the field of entomology to guide PMI’s investments in vector control interventions – both alone and in combination.

     

    The Entomologist will be assigned to the Malaria Division’s Vector Monitoring and Control Team (VMCT), which has primary responsibility for providing technical and programmatic expertise to PMI’s 27 focus countries and Headquarters. The Entomologist will provide entomological support to USAID at headquarters, missions and PMI country teams, technical counterparts, implementing partners, and ministries of health and USAID cooperating agencies. S/he will work with other technical experts within the VMCT at both USAID and CDC.

    Responsibilities

    The Entomologist will support the following activities under the guidance of PMI leadership (including Malaria Division Chief and direct hire point of contact):

     

    Technical Leadership

    • Provide input in the development and updating of all technical guidance on vector control for PMI;
    • Provide entomological technical support to PMI countries;
    • Advise VMCT members in technical analysis of PMI country entomologic data and reports (e.g., interpreting susceptibility and vector density analyses), communicate and use the analysis to drive provision and coordination of in-country technical assistance and support aimed at building in country entomologic monitoring capacity within National Malaria Control Programs and partners;
    • Engage with CDC Entomology Branch and key USAID technical staff to ensure monitoring of regional and country-level trends in key entomologic indicators and that entomologic data are collated in standardized format through existing databases, analyzed and shared with relevant stakeholders to guide ITN and IRS interventions;
    • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of issues around the regulation of insecticides for public health use, particularly insecticides covered under USG and international conventions;
    • Provide technical support to the VMCT on relevant technical issues such as targeting IRS in the presence of bed nets, vector behavior changes in response to vector control interventions, insecticide resistance management and related issues, and emerging technologies;
    • Participate in global vector control meetings and working groups (e.g., Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Vector Control Working Group, RBM Alliance for Malaria Prevention, Gates Foundation Innovative Vector Control Consortium, etc.);
    • Support engagement with pesticide industry staff on new vector control products and formulations of insecticides for public health use.

    Country and Programmatic Support

    • Lead efforts to provide general technical and programmatic support to one or more PMI focus countries and participate as an integral member of an interagency country backstopping and support team for that country;
    • Provide guidance and support to USAID missions and PMI country teams on the development of annual country malaria operational plans and assist in monitoring and tracking overall progress of PMI plans and activities to ensure achievement of PMI goals and targets; and
    • Provide technical input and management support for one or more contracts, grants, or cooperative agreements related to vector control.

    Qualifications

    The contractor must have:

     

    • A Masters’ degree in medical entomology or related field and a minimum of seven (7) years of relevant experience in entomological surveillance for mosquito-borne diseases OR a Bachelors’ degree in medical entomology or related field and a minimum of nine (9) years of relevant experience in entomological surveillance for mosquito-borne diseases or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, and the ability to communicate complex technical information to a wide range of audiences;
    • Experience in entomologic data analysis and interpretation;
    • Demonstrated project management and problem solving expertise;
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently and with minimal supervision, and contribute to teams;
    • Experience living/working in a developing country is preferred;
    • Computer skills in MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, and Access;
    • English fluency required;
    • Willingness and ability to travel internationally up to 20% of the year;
    • US Citizenship or US Permanent Residency required; and
    • Ability to obtain and maintain US Government security clearance

    Social Solutions International offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at www.social solutions.biz

     

    Social Solutions is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law.

                     

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