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Vacancy Notice No: AFRO/14/FT131
Title: Programme Adviser, APOC
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two (2) years
Date: 17 March 2014
Application Deadline: 21 April 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Organization unit: AFRO Africa Regional Office (AF/RGO) /
AF/DPC Disease Prevention and Control (AF/DPC)
OU/COD Coordinator's Office
To establish within a period of 12-15 years an effective and sustainable Community-Directed Ivermectin Treatment throughout the endemic areas within the geographic scope of the programme, develop the evidence base and assist countries to determine when and where ivermectine treatment can be stopped, and, if possible, in selected and isolated foci to eradicate the vector by using environmentally safe methods. The attainment of this objective is expected to contribute towards the elimination of Onchocerciasis as a disease of public health and socio-economic importance throughout Africa and so contribute to improving the welfare of its people.The objective of the unit, Office of the Programme Director: To ensure sound and effective technical, administrative and financial Management of APOC.

Description of duties:
The incumbent will perform the following duties :Prepare annual plan of action and budget for entomological activities including training, mapping, transmission assessments, integrated vector management, and ensure the implementation of the plan; Ensure capacity building of technicians from different Onchocerciasis endemic countries in cytotaxonomy and mapping of Simulium populations as follows: i. Review proposal submitted by countries for the training of technicians; ii. Training on blackflies biology and ecology; medical and veterinary importance of blacflies; iii. Training in cytotaxonomic identification of members of the Simulium damnosum complex and S. neavei group; iv. Initiation in prospection of blackfly breeding site, sampling of Simulium larvae and preservation in carnoy for cytotaxonomic identifications; v. Training in the preparation and preservation of permanent slides of chromosomes; vi. Assist trainees in the review of scientific literature and the mapping of the of the populations; vii. Assist countries in the delineation of transmission zones; viii. Assist APOC management in the purchase of the required equipments, reagents and field and other laboratory needs; ix. Rating the trainees at the end of each training session.Contribute to capacity building in entomology (species identification, biting rates and transmission assessments) of nationals from Onchocerciasis endemic countries through: i. Participation in the review of proposals (technical and budget) submitted by countries; ii. Assess and advise on the implementation of entomological proposals; iii. participation, as required, in the planning, budgeting and implementation of training sessions organized by APOC management in collaboration with countries;Monitor and/or organize the monitoring and evaluation of entomological activities/results by the countries;Assist countries in entomological data analysis for decision making;Prepare correspondences for the signature of the Director in connection with the entomological activities of the programme in countries; Analyse cytotaxonomic assessment reports and prepare feedback to countries;Prepare entomological progress reports for discussion with APOC management and TCC members;Contribute to the writing of the overall progress reports of the Programme;Perform on request any other tasks related to onchocerciasis control/elimination.

Essential: Doctorate degree in Entomology or in Epidemiology. Ability to design and apply innovative strategies for health behavioural change.

Desirable: Knowledge of other neglected tropical disease vectors and integrated vector management.

Extensive knowledge and skills in entomology, specifically medical entomology. Strong negotiation and facilitation skills. Ability to establish effective working relationships with people of different nationalities and cultural background. Proven experience in onchocerciasis entomology, in-dept cytotaxonomic identification of Simulium larvae and in high level research in entomology and ability to evaluate entomological aspects of control/elimination programs are required.

Knowledge of mapping softwares for the delineation of transmission zones.

Essential: At least 10 years of experience at national and international levels in medical entomological research and training with emphasis on cytotaxonomy and xenodiagnostic, of which at least 4 years should be at international level.Knowledge and experience in LF elimination programme will be an asset.

Desirable: Working experience with WHO or other UN agency would be an added advantage.

Excellent knowledge of English or French with working knowledge of the other language. Knowledge of Portuguese would be an added advantage.

Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 80734 at single rate
USD 86904 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 47 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

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