Malaria remains a public health problem across the developing world. After achieving remarkable advances from 2000 to 2015, the global fight against malaria has stalled. The World Malaria Report 2018 estimates an increase to 219 million cases in 2017 compared to 216 million in 2016. We are currently not on track to achieve the goals proposed by WHO in the Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030 (GTS).
Vector control, our most effective prevention strategy, is now threatened by residual transmission and insecticide resistance. New tools are needed to target residual transmission, one of the key liabilities of vector control today.
Ivermectin is an endectocide, a drug with excellent safety profile that can kill ecto- and endo-parasites, as well as mosquitoes fed on treated humans or animals. Mass drug administration (MDA) of ivermectin to humans and/or livestock holds the potential to complement the malaria toolbox by tackling residual transmission and help overcoming insecticide resistance.
BOHEMIA is a Unitaid funded, 4-year project that combines evidence generation and stakeholder engagement to create an enabling environment for ivermectin as a first-in-class endectocide for malaria prevention. This will be achieved by generating evidence to support a WHO policy recommendation, briefing and engagement of country and regional leaders and civil society in order to forge country ownership and create demand, as well as ensuring supply of quality product by enabling manufacturer engagement as suppliers of quality, high volume/low cost product sufficient for malaria indication.
Evidence generation will consist of two independently powered cluster-randomized clinical trials in Tanzania and Mozambique with analysis of impact on infection incidence, as well as supporting entomological outcomes.
ISGlobal – Barcelona Institute for Global Health is a research center in international health whose ultimate goal is to help close the gaps in health disparities between and within different regions of the world. For this, we engage in knowledge generation, translation and implementation. ISGlobal is a WHO Collaborative Center for Malaria Control, Elimination and Eradication.
What we are looking for
ISGlobal is looking for an experienced Field Entomologist for the BOHEMIA project.
The appointee will be based in Mopeia, Mozambique, with travel flexibility outside trial periods and will be responsible for conducting research in the field of malaria vector biology within the scope of the BOHEMIA trial. He or she is expected to have expertise in Anopheles biology and ecology, and to understand the relationship between vector behaviour and the epidemiology of malaria.
Essential duties and responsabilities
- Understand and contribute to the design of experiments; draft and execute standard operating procedures; implement and monitor data collection forms and tools;
- Supervise and conduct both field and laboratory research activities including night-time mosquito collections; larval collections, mosquito rearing, maintenance as well as semi-field and laboratory entomological assays;
- Willingness to travel and live in remote areas of Mozambique for a period of 3 years;
- Ensure adequate sample storage, labelling, record keeping, prepare and organize shipment of samples when required;
- Manage and monitor equipment, reagents, consumables and other resources needed for research activities, which includes ensuring sufficient stock is present;
- Assist with recruitment, introduction, training, supervision and appraisal of junior project staff including entomology technicians and research assistants;
- Ensure record-keeping and adequate data entry with adherence to the institutional data protection and data sharing policies;
- Report regularly to CSO and BOHEMIA Entomology Lead;
- Carry-out additional duties and trainings as requested by CSO and BOHEMIA Entomology Lead;
- Participate in community and stakeholder engagement related to entomology data collection activities;
- Participate in the reporting and presentation of research findings for national and international conferences as well as article writing.
Required skills and qualifications
- Masters in biology/medical entomology, public health or another related field; PhD in entomology is preferred;
- Previous 6 months minimum field experience in Africa;
- Experience with mosquito handling and rearing;
- Ability to work independently as well as in a team;
- Ability to work methodically and in a highly organised manner, keeping accurate records;
- Good written and oral communication skills in English and Portuguese;
- Excellent communications and collaboration skills, experience working in diverse cultures.
How to apply
Applicants must fill in the request form including the following reference: ENTOMOLOGIST_BOHEMIA_Jul 19. Applications will be accepted until October 31st, 2019. Interviews will be done on a rolling basis; hiring of matching candidates might occur before the deadline.
Applications will be accepted until 17.00 CET of the closing date.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.