Agriculture / Animal and Human Health

icipe Vacancy – Project Coordinator – Ethiopia Tolay Project Site – External – (Closing date: 17 August 2017)

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT- EXTERNAL

Project Coordinator – Ethiopia Tolay Project Site

International Center of Insect Physiology & Ecology (icipe)

Ref. No.: MPSM/17/17

Re-advertised

24 July 2017              

The position:  The International Centre of Insect Physiology & Ecology (icipe) seeks to hire a Project Coordinator responsible for carrying out and coordinating a range of activities to evaluate the feasibility and impact community-based malaria vector control using a range of interventions to test the feasibility of integrated vector management (IVM) as a pragmatic strategy for sustainable malaria control in Ethiopia.  She/he will be a member of icipe Ethiopia office which is located at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

General: The International Centre of Insect Physiology & Ecology (icipe)—African Insect Science for Food and Health – is a centre of research excellence with a mission to alleviate poverty by ensuring food security, improving health, protecting the environment and building the capacity of researchers and communities in low-income countries, through the application of insect sciences. Employing more than 500 national and international staff, icipe is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya with stations in Ethiopia and on the shores of Lake Victoria in western Kenya. icipe has a proud reputation and history of delivering high-quality science that has made crucial contributions to African food and health policy, delivered development outcomes to rural communities, and has been at the forefront of building Africa’s biological research capacity. The Centre’s research activities span the African continent with partnerships linking research organizations, not only across Africa, but also the globe. In addition, more than 100 graduate students and a number of postdoctoral fellows contribute to icipe’s research portfolio annually. For more information visit: www.icipe.org

Job Purpose:

The overall purpose of the job is to support icipe’s malaria research programme in its implementation of an integrated vector management (IVM) project in Tolay, Ethiopia.  Reporting to the IVM Project Coordinator, the applicant will plan, supervise and evaluate all research and non-research activities aimed at:

  • Optimising an IVM strategy for malaria control involving adult and larval mosquito control;
  • Promoting the adoption and sustainability of IVM at community level;
  • Advocacy of IVM at regional and federal government level. 

Main Responsibilities:

  • Closely supervise all project activities currently ongoing to ensure highest quality of data collected. Activities include promotion of long-lasting insecticidal net (LLIN) use, regular larviciding, monitoring of larval and adult mosquito densities, implementing of cross-sectional malaria parasite surveys and educational interventions. Staff supervision includes a project-based social scientist and several field based assistants.
  • Regularly compile Health Centre data on malaria infections and conduct entomological surveillance of malaria vectors (both larval and adult mosquitoes) in the designated sentinel villages to determine the impact of the project interventions.
  • Assist with ongoing efforts to improve linkages between community-based structures, government programs and other stakeholders including organizing of annual IVM capacity-building workshops conducted by icipe in partnership with the Ethiopia IVM Working Group hosted within the Federal Ministry of Health.
  • Develop milestones and timelines.
  • Prepare requisitions and reports on field expenditures.
  • Prepare quarterly technical progress reports and biannual and annual technical reports for submission to the donor.
  • Contribute to data analysis and manuscript preparations.
  • Perform other project management duties as required.

Minimum Requirements:

Education: 

  • MSc in Medical Entomology, Epidemiology, Public Health or related job-relevant field. A PhD in a relevant field will be beneficial but not essential.

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of relevant working experience which must include working on malaria research and/or control.  If less than 5 years working experience, at least 3 years’ experience in leading field-based malaria research involving collecting entomological, parasitological and sociological data, and promoting active community and multi-stakeholder participation for malaria control.

Essentials:

  • Documented experience of working with governmental and non-governmental development organizations in a research capacity or as a facilitator/trainer/manager in public health, preferably malaria.
  • Proven ability to work with communities in rural environment.
  • Training in mobilization of rural communities, other stakeholders and extension personnel; forging linkages between communities and different government and non-governmental partners.
  • Proven aptitude for working in the field.
  • Proven ability in handling quantitative and qualitative data sets.
  • Statistical software applications skills.
  • Computer literate and conversant in Microsoft Office suite.
  • A proven ability to write clear, structured and analytical reports.
  • A proven ability to communicate complex concepts in simple language.
  • A proven ability to work as part of a team.
  • A proven ability to develop milestones and to adhere to timelines.
  • Proven project leadership skills.

Desirables:

  • Knowledge of malaria vectors’ and other mosquitoes’ ecology.
  • Knowledge of current frontline malaria vector control methods.
  • Experience in measuring the effectiveness of malaria control interventions through surveillance and analysis of key entomological and epidemiological outcomes.
  • Experience in working on mosquito larval control and testing of larvicides.
  • Knowledge of the principles of integrated vector management.
  • Knowledge of the Ethiopian health system.
  • Training in epidemiology and control of malaria would be an advantage.
  • A record of relevant research publications in peer reviewed journals would be desirable. 

Duty Station:   Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

Position level:   3B.

Minimum Base salaryBirr 38,223 per month (Negotiable depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate).

Terms of appointment: This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position, initial appointment is for two years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding. icipe offers a multicultural, collegial research environment with competitive salary and excellent benefits in line with ILRI salary applicable for its Nationally Recruited Staff. icipe is an international and equal opportunity organization and believes that diversity of its staff contributes to excellence.

The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus with dining and sports facilities that are located on site.

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae including names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees and a letter providing a point by point response to the essential and desirable person specifications. The position and reference number: MPSM/17/17 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 17 August 2017.

To find more about ICIPE, visit our Website at http://www.icipe.org

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