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Project Assistant / Entomology Field Coordinator

at Abt Associates
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Date Posted October 8, 2019
Category Healthcare
Currency KSH
Work Hours Day


Project Assistant / Entomology Field Coordinator

Organization Overview

The International Development Division focuses on improving the lives and economic well-being of people in lower and middle-income countries. We command technical expertise in health, agriculture, climate change, food security and governance—as well as in international evaluation. Our multi-layered health portfolio includes policy, health promotion and disease prevention, health finance, and health systems management. In partnership with government clients and local experts, our high-quality programs in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East are known for impact and innovation.


Abt Associates, a major American business and government research, technical assistance, and consulting company, manages the USAID-funded Vector Control Task Order 1. Task Order 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 22 African countries where malaria is endemic. Abt also will continue to support PMI in IRS monitoring and evaluation, as well as environmental compliance.

Under the supervision of the Technical Manager, the Entomology Technical Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing all entomology work conducted including field entomology, laboratory analysis of samples, data management and ultimately assisting with report writing including preparation of tables and graphs. The Entomology Technical Coordinator will be responsible for developing schedules for field entomology testing and laboratory analysis of samples as well as close supervision of field entomology teams and implementation of standard operating procedures.

Experience Requirements

At least 2 years experience working in a busy entomology research environment
Detailed knowledge of field and laboratory entomology procedures
( 2+ ) years of experience OR the equivalent combination of education and experience

Job Responsibilities

Develop schedules and targets for the field, laboratory, insectary and data teams
Ensure that quality assurance measures are put in place and adhered to in all data collection
Provide regular supervision of field, insectary, data and laboratory teams to ensure accuracy of data
Monitor progress and meet milestones according to a predefined work plan
Conduct preliminary analysis of data and report writing as required by the Entomology Technical Manager
Assist with procurement requests related to the field entomological activities

Education Requirements

Minimum BSc in Biomedical sciences or related fields


Must be experienced with budgeting for laboratory reagents to monitor consumption and timely placement of new orders
Management and supervision experience
Must be able to work independently with minimal support from the Entomology Technical Manager
Excellent computer skills, including MS Excel, Word, Powerpoint
Fluent in English

Minimum Qualifications

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.