Technical Specialist / Operations Manager - VectorLink Sierra Leone

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 1 June 2020

Job Description

Project Description

Abt Associates, a major American business and government research, technical assistance, and consulting company, manages the USAID-funded PMI VectorLink Project. VectorLink 1 will support the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and USAID to plan and implement an integrated vector control approach with the overall goal of reducing the burden of malaria. Abt has implemented indoor residual spraying (IRS) for PMI since 2011, delivering high-quality IRS programs and gathering the most comprehensive vector control entomological data in the world. Under this contract, Abt will expand entomological monitoring to guide programs focused on insecticide-treated mosquito nets and IRS and continue to assist PMI in reducing the burden of malaria through IRS and capacity building in 24 African countries and Cambodia where malaria is endemic. Abt also will continue to support PMI in IRS monitoring and evaluation, as well as environmental compliance.

Job Summary

Under the supervision of the Chief of Party, the Technical Specialist/Operations Manager provides organizational and logistical management for the project’s vector control operations in country.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Manages the overall planning and implementation of all project spray operations, including:
    • Developing annual operations activity schedules
    • Conducting geographic reconnaissance
    • Identifying, and overseeing the preparation and renovation of spray operation sites,
    • Organizing annual planning meetings with NMCP, other local stakeholders, and spray districts
    • Determining spray operations labor requirements and overseeing the recruitment of seasonal spray personnel
    • Quantifying requirements for insecticides, sprayers, PPE, and all other equipment and supplies
    • Confirming specifications for PPE, and all other equipment and supplies procured locally
    • Organizing micro-planning meetings
  • Overall responsible for supervising and monitoring spray activities
    • Ensuring that correct spray techniques are applied
    • Ensuring quality and accuracy of primary data
    • Ensuring data forms are promptly and safely delivered to data centers
    • Ensuring that supervision and monitoring tools are used as required
  • Oversees the management of warehouses and stores
    • Ensuring adherence to USAID/PMI BMP for IRS
    • Ensuring that there are adequate stock levels of commodities, equipment and supplies, at all operation sites
    • Ensuring that all store records are up-to-date throughout the spray campaign
  • Coordinates training-of-trainer (TOT) courses, and the trainings of the different categories of spray personnel
  • Oversees information, education, and communication (IEC) activities and community mobilization
  • Recommends spray personnel performance targets, and tracks progress against spray campaign targets and timelines
  • Achieves operations-related monitoring & evaluation and quality control indicators of the project
  • Develops the operations component of the country capacity-building plan to transfer skills to local institutions
  • Directly supervises the project’s Procurement and Logistics Coordinator

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Public Health, Environmental Health, or other relevant field
  • At least six (6) years of professional experience managing operations in an international development environment, with significant experience in vector control programs
  • Significant management and supervisory experience
  • Prior experience at USAID-funded programs, and basic knowledge of Federal and USAID Acquisition Regulations (FARs and AIDARs), are highly desirable
  • Excellent writing, computer, and organizational skills
  • English language fluency

Minimum Qualifications

  • (6+) years of experience and a master degree OR the equivalent combination of education and experience

About the Organization

Abt Associates is a global leader in research, evaluation and program implementation; driving innovation and measurable impact for more than 50 years. What sets us apart is our evidence-based and multi-disciplinary approach to solving tough challenges in health, social and environmental policy and international development.

Specific areas we work in include:

  • Health
  • Education and workforce development
  • Climate change and the environment
  • Food security and agriculture
  • Housing and communities
  • Survey and data collection

Abt is a mission-driven company with a staff of 2,600. Our focus is on using evidence and cutting-edge methods to improve the lives and economic well-being of people worldwide.

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