Entomology Team Leader at Malaria Consortium

Malaria Consortium (1)

Malaria Consortium – Established in 2003, Malaria Consortium is one of the world’s leading non-profit organisations specialising in the prevention, control and treatment of malaria and other communicable diseases among vulnerable populations. Our mission is to save lives and improve health in Africa and Asia, through evidence-based programmes that combat targeted diseases and promote universal health coverage. We are recruiting to fill the position below: Job Title: Entomology Team Leader Location: Ondo Employment Type: Contract Description

  • Malaria Consortium in collaboration with the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) implemented a campaign to distribute insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) in Ondo State in December 2021. Malaria Consortium is also implementing a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) research in relation to the campaign.
  • Both the campaign and the M&E research are funded by Open Philanthropy based on GiveWell’s recommendation.
  • The Ondo Net Campaign M&E Project is gathering comprehensive data to assess the outcomes of the campaign in terms of ITN coverage, cost, use rates and net durability, as well as to monitor relevant epidemiological and entomological indicators such as impact on malaria incidence rates reported from a sample of health facilities across the state, vector biting habits and insecticide resistance.

Purpose of the Assignment

  • The purpose of this terms of reference (TOR) is to engage research personnel that will carry out entomological study in selected sites in Ondo State.

Scope of the Assignment

  • The survey will be used to gather data on biting habits of Anopheles vectors in Ondo State.
  • The data will be used for assessing any future changes in the indoor and outdoor biting habits of vectors after an ITN distribution campaign.

Specific Tasks

  • Leads the entomology team at the assigned study site.
  • Coordinates and supervises hourly collection of mosquitoes using CDC light traps as a proxy for human landing collection (from 5:00pm to 9:00am in Ilaje and from 6:00pm to 6am in Akoko Southwest).
  • Identifies collected mosquitoes morphologically to species or species complex level.
  • Packs and labels collected mosquitoes and stores them dry in silica gel until the specimens are shipped for further laboratory analysis.
  • Resolves any issues reported by team members.
  • Reports to Malaria Consortium’s entomologist.
  • Ensures that all data are accurately collected and stored according to guidelines.
  • Writes reports related to activities of the team, including achievements, challenges, and recommendations.

Personnel Requirements

  • A post-graduate Degree in Medical Entomology.
  • At least 3 years’ experience in entomological studies for malaria research and control.
  • Demonstrated report writing skills.
  • Good knowledge of the Yoruba and/or Ijaw languages.
  • The timeline for the assignment is May 2024

Timeline for assignment:Application Closing Date Monday; 29th April, 2024 (8am). Method of Application Interested and qualified candidates should: