Vacancy: Scientist Principle /PMI Evolve Regional Technical Advisor - Ghana

Date 27 Jan 2023
Location Tamale
Job Type Full-time
Industry International Development

Company Profile

Abt. Associates Inc., a US-based company, is implementing USAID-funded President's Malaria Initiative VectorLink Project. The project is supporting implementation of malaria control strategies such as insecticide-treated mosquito net (ITN) distribution and indoor residual spraying (IRS). In Ghana, Abt has been implementing IRS in the northern sector since 2011 and is preparing for the 2023 IRS campaign.

Job Description

Solving the world’s most pressing issues and improving the quality of life for people worldwide is what we do every day at Abt Associates. Creating a more equitable world is no small task, but we are driven by big challenges.

We are a team of 4,000+ people in over 50 countries working in unison and focused on the bigger picture. Only by sharing our commitment, energy, and innovation do we affect change and push the boundaries of what’s possible. We welcome diverse ideas, backgrounds, and viewpoints – joining Abt means access to exceptional thinkers at the top of their game. 

To thrive at Abt is to embrace flexibility and collaboration. Our open culture allows you to balance your work and personal life as needed to optimize personal well-being. Creating a more equitable world starts from within – we look after people around the world, and we’ll do the same for you.

Ready to embrace rewarding and meaningful work? Now’s your chance.


The Opportunity 

As the Scientist Principle/ Regional Technical Advisor, you are recognized both within and outside the organization as a thought leader in Entomological Monitoring.     Under the supervision of the PMI Evolve project Technical Director, the Scientist Principle/ Regional Technical Advisor will provide support to the project’s entomological surveillance activities in multiple countries and will guide country technical managers in the collection of data on key entomological indicators, analysis and interpretation of entomological data.  This position will be regionally based in Accra, Ghana.


Project Description

The PMI Evolve Project supports the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and USAID to plan and implement an integrated vector control strategy with the overall goal of reducing the burden of malaria while promoting equity to sustain malaria gains. Abt has implemented integrated vector control for PMI since 2011, delivering high-quality indoor residual spraying (IRS), technical assistance for insecticide-treated net (ITN) distribution and durability monitoring, and new approaches for larval source management (LSM). Additionally, Abt’s PMI-funded work manages the most comprehensive malaria vector entomological surveillance programs in 21 African countries to inform malaria vector control trends, strategies, and impact. Under the PMI Evolve Project, Abt will further its delivery of integrated vector control programs by partnering with local communities, organizations, and governments to co-design and co-implement tailored malaria vector control programs. The end goal is fighting malaria while strengthening local capacity to sustain malaria gains.


Core Responsibilities 

  • Support PMI Evolve project countries in the preparation of annual comprehensive entomological monitoring workplans and budgets.

  • Provide technical oversight, continuous support and ensure that entomological monitoring activities are conducted in accordance with WHO and CDC guidelines and best practices.

  • In collaboration with country project teams and entomology coordinators identify and select sub-contracts and consultants for entomological monitoring support and help in the development of SOW (scope of work) when deemed necessary in the project countries.

  • Work closely with project countries to identify gaps related to materials, test kits, insecticide impregnated papers for both adult and larval testing and other items needed for successful implementation of comprehensive entomological monitoring activities particularly those items that need to be procured internationally and follow up the procurement process and timely delivery of these items.

  • Support project countries in the analysis and write up of entomological monitoring reports.

  • Review the content of entomological monitoring reports for technical accuracy.

  • Advise USAID/PMI and counterparts in planning and implementation of integrated vector control based on evidence generated by the project and other partners.

  • o Support project countries to develop national entomological monitoring plans and to mobilize resources to help strengthen entomological monitoring activities.

  • Support capacity assessment and capacity strengthening, in coordination with the PMI Evolve Capacity Strengthening Director, to enhance entomological institution and National Malaria Control Programs competencies in managing, planning, training, supervision, monitoring and reporting on entomological monitoring activities.

  • Publish findings of entomological monitoring project in peer-reviewed journals, share lessons learned and best practices in national, regional and international forums and contribute to the national and international vector control information pool to influence policies.

  • Support the development of protocols, SOPs, training materials and best practice reports.

  • Support the development, implementation and analysis of Operational Research

Required Skills or Experience

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree + 15 years of relevant experience, or PhD + 10 years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree (minimum), Doctorate degree (desirable), in Medical Entomology or Immunology and Infectious Diseases.

  • At least 10 years of experience in integrated vector control management

  • At least 5 years of project management experience in international health projects/programs.

  • Experience in regulatory and operational aspects of vector control methods and management

  • Demonstrated leadership in management skills and ability to motivate multidisciplinary, multicultural teams, ranging from 5 to 25 employees.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with minimal direction and supervision.

  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team with the ability to accept the inputs of other team members

  • Good management and planning skills of project tasks

  • Produces high quality work in a timely, cost-effective manner, and has excellent writing skills

  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal communication and computer skills

  • Experience with USAID and donor projects is highly desirable.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate, and write reports and other professional documents in English.

How To Apply

Please apply at Abt Associates’ website or link at

Deadline: 9th February 2023 at 4:37pm

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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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