The MEI has received a three-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to provide technical assistance and targeted capacity building to national and subnational malaria programs to optimize entomological and epidemiological surveillance strategies, characterize populations at highest risk of malaria, identify gaps in protection and coverage, understand drivers of transmission, and design tailored intervention packages to reduce malaria transmission. There is growing recognition of the need to target and tailor effective interventions to the right places and populations at the right time to maximize impact and resource availability.
Using the Entomological Surveillance Planning Tool (ESPT) and the Targeted Surveillance and Response in High-Risk Populations Guide (HRP Guide), the MEI will provide technical assistance and on-site and remote training and mentorship to build capacity among national malaria programs and partners to identify priority program questions, plan entomological and high-risk population surveillance activities, and generate relevant and actionable data. As part of this grant, the MEI will also develop a user-friendly, web-based ESPT Information Communication Technology (ICT) tool for use by national programs and partners, as well as an Entomological Adaptive Sampling Framework (EASF) with new operational guidance on adaptive sampling. A further focus will be the integration of entomological, epidemiological, and other (e.g., climate) data to inform program decision-making on intervention targeting and tailoring, including the synthesis, documentation, and dissemination of best practices by MEI.
The Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI) seeks an experienced and enthusiastic public health entomologist to provide technical assistance, capacity building, and support to national malaria programs and local partners in select countries across Africa to apply and scale ESPT methods, including the identification of priority programmatic questions, minimal essential and actionable indicators, optimal sampling strategies, standardized data management and analysis techniques, and collection and integration of human behavior data with vector behavior data, among other activities. This individual will also guide the development, evaluation, and dissemination of the ESPT ICT tool, as well as contribute to the piloting and finalization of the EASF. In line with MEI’s network model, this position is designed to help transfer entomology knowledge, skills, and tools to local malaria programs and partners towards building sustainable country and regional capacity to successfully eliminate malaria. The Public Health Entomologist will work closely with the US-based MEI team, national malaria program staff, and local and regional partners. This position will report to the MEI Associate Director, Surveillance and Response.
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