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Vector Control and Entomological Surveillance Associate

Haiti

  • Organization: CHAI - Clinton Health Access Initiative
  • Location: Haiti
  • Grade: Associate Level - Open for both International and National Professionals
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date:

Vector Control and Entomological Surveillance Associate

Country
Haiti
City
Port-au-Prince
Type
Full Time
Program (Division)
Infectious Disease - Global Malaria
Overview

The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org

 

CHAI is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to providing an environment of fairness, and mutual respect where all applicants have access to equal employment opportunities. CHAI values diversity and inclusion, and recognizes that our mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people with diverse experience, backgrounds, and culture.

 

CHAI’s global malaria program provides direct technical and operational support to countries around the globe to strengthen their malaria programs and reduce the burden of this preventable, treatable disease. We support governments to scale up effective interventions for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and surveillance, with the goals of sustainably reducing the number of malaria-related illnesses and deaths worldwide in the short-term and accelerating progress towards malaria elimination in the long term

 

In Haiti, the National Malaria Program (NMCP) has achieved important progress in its quest to eliminate malaria as between 2012 and 2021, the number of reported malaria cases dropped by almost 90%. Reaching elimination is challenging and accelerating further progress will among others, require improvements in coverage and impact of vector control interventions (eg: bed nets, larval source management and indoor residual spraying) to reduce human contact with mosquitoes that can serve as vectors for transmission of malaria parasites.

 

Overview of Role

 

CHAI seeks to recruit a highly motivated team member to expand and coordinate our efforts to optimize the coverage, impact and cost-effectiveness of vector control interventions in Haiti and corresponding entomological surveillance. More specifically, the Associate will support the Ministry of Health in its efforts to strengthen evidence-based planning, targeting, implementation and monitoring of larval source management and the use of mosquito nets.   

 

This role will report directly to CHAI’s Country Manager in Haiti. Technical backstopping will be provided by CHAI’s Regional Technical Advisor on Vector Control and Entomological Surveillance. The candidate must be able to multi-task, work independently, and build strong relationships to consolidate CHAI’s partnerships and drive progress. Furthermore, the candidate must have deep personal commitment to producing results, and willingness to travel to relatively remote regions with limited infrastructure and medical care. Additionally, the candidate will be highly motivated with robust organizational, problem-solving, and communication skills. CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities including resourcefulness, tenacity, independence, patience, humility, and strong work ethic.

Responsibilities

Provide technical and operational support with designing, planning, budgeting, implementing, monitoring and evaluating vector control interventions and corresponding entomological surveillance. This will include:

  • Collaborating with the NMCP and partners to develop, pilot and roll-out digital reporting tools for Vector Control and Entomological Surveillance
  • Providing the NMCP with technical and operational support to optimize Larval Source Management (LSM) by strengthening operational guidance, capacity development, implementation and M&E.
  • Supporting efforts to strengthen and optimize entomological surveillance and insecticide resistance monitoring through development of technical guidelines, training materials and training of technicians.
  • Support collection of entomological, insecticide resistance and LLINs durability monitoring data, analysis, interpretation and their use to inform decisions.
  • Supporting NMCP efforts to establish routine systems and processes to track the coverage and use of Vector Control Interventions, including Long-Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) and Larval
  • Source Management (LSM)
  • Serving as a trusted adviser to the NMCP on issues related to vector control and entomological surveillance, specifically to translate corresponding normative guidance and field-informed evidence into practical programs. This includes developing and/or updating vector control technical content in national strategic plans, global fund proposals, guidelines, policies, operational plans, training materials and reporting tools.
  • Proactively developing and maintaining strong working relationships with key stakeholders across government and non-governmental organizations in country.
  • Supporting with dissemination of data and learnings via publications and summary decks to internal and external audiences
  • Provide ad-hoc support to the Dominican Republic as needed, around documentation and /or implementation of priority Vector Control activities and Entomological Surveillance.
Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in biology, public health, entomology, veterinary medicine, or a related field
  • 3-5 years of experience in a demanding private sector environment, such as strategy consulting, or in a public sector advisory position
  • Able to travel frequently (~60% time)
  • Strong quantitative, presentation, and writing skills, including fluency in MS Excel, PowerPoint, and Word
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including report-writing skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Excellent organization and management skills, including time management and project management
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently in unstructured settings and to adapt to new environments and challenges
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and set priorities in remote settings
  • Ability to be effective, patient, and thoughtful in high-pressure situations
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and multicultural environment
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly learn and act upon technical information
  • Demonstrated ability to translate scientific knowledge into actionable insights for decision-making
  • Comfort and flexibility to work independently with a diverse set of counterparts
  • Written and verbal fluency in French and English

Advantages

  • An MPH or MS in public health, or experience working in public health, particularly international health/health policy and management
  • Experience in vector control and/or entomological surveillance
  • Written and verbal fluency in Haitian Creole and Spanish
  • Experience working in developing countries, particularly on health related issues
  • Experience working with governments and institutions

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