SADC Malaria Elimination 8 Initiative Entomology Fellowship
Application Deadline: Monday, 9 April 2018 at 9am CAT
The SADC Malaria Elimination 8 Initiative (E8) is a partnership between eight member states that seeks to enable and accelerate zero local transmission of malaria in eight countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). A critical success factor for attainment of this goal is strengthened capacity for entomology and it’s application within E8 country national malaria control and elimination programs, to complement other interventions within malaria elimination strategies, and enhancing programmatic decision making. While there are established platforms and skilled personnel collecting, analyzing and applying epidemiological data for decision-making, entomological surveillance and monitoring largely remains a preserve of research institutes and academia, although vector control represents a significant pillar of the elimination approaches being employed.
Many national malaria programs have few staff with the relevant training and experience in entomology, and particularly its application within evolving malaria elimination strategies. There is a need to enhance skills among officers who design and lead malaria vector control programs. The strengthening of entomological surveillance systems in E8 countries will strategically complement epidemiological data for the enhancement of programmatic and policy decision making towards malaria elimination.
The E8 is launching an E8 Entomology Fellowship in 2018, aiming to select eight Fellows (one from each E8 country). The Fellowship is designed to provide a tailored program for skills building to meet specific member country needs, and to bridge gaps identified within malaria control and elimination programs. The Fellowship has the following objectives:
- Accelerate attainment of malaria elimination by building entomological capacity in the E8 region at the national level to support malaria control programs;
- Build and nurture a network of program officers and specialists in entomology and vector control, for enhanced collaboration and knowledge management within the E8 countries
- Support the strengthening of entomological surveillance to complement epidemiological data and enhance programmatic decision making towards elimination of malaria in the SADC region.
Conditions of the Fellowship
Upon selection, the Fellow will be required to comply with the following conditions:
- Candidates must be employed by the national institution responsible for coordinating the national response to malaria in their home country;
- Upon conclusion of the program, candidates will be inducted into a professional network for vector control and entomology in SADC and may be required to fulfill mentorship roles for future Fellows;
- Selected candidates will be required to travel, including 4 weeks of mandatory residential workshops. The Fellow will be required to hold a valid travel document, acquired at her/his own cost, by the start of the program or else forfeit her/his place in the program.
- Successful applicants will be required to obtain permission to be absent from work for a total of one month (20 working days) in order to participate in training courses during residential weeks at academic institutions. This period will be divided over the course of the fellowship with ten days required in May, five in July or August (exact date to be determined) and lastly five days in November 2018. Participation in all residential weeks is compulsory. The Fellow will also be asked to have his/her supervisor approve his/her absence for the 4 weeks, prior to being admitted into the fellowship class
- In a situation where an applicant incurs a serious illness or medical condition or another issue arises which prevents further participation in the fellowship program and s/he wishes to withdraw, a written request must be sent to the E8 Entomology Fellowship conveners.
Candidates must demonstrate the following:
- Citizenship in one of the E8 countries (Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia or Zimbabwe);
- Engagement in vector control or entomology work in one of these countries in a role that contributes directly to the national malaria elimination strategy (NMCP, MOH, or relevant partner institution);
- Holder of either; (i) a bachelor’s degree in entomology, biology, environmental health or a related field, or (ii) a minimum of a general higher certificate or diploma in biology, environmental health or a related discipline;
- Have at least 3 years of professional experience in working with malaria;
- Be between 25 to 40 years of age;
- Proficiency in both oral and written English (English speaking countries) or Portuguese (Portuguese speaking countries);
- Commitment to a future career in malaria in their home country.
Applicants are required to complete and submit the following documents via the online application form accessible at the web link below by Monday, 9 April 2018 at 9am CAT:
- Application form containing personal details, short statement of purpose, brief description of project and a preliminary project budget summary. The application form is available at the following web link: https://goo.gl/forms/HAoykujfgBs8KkK13
- Short CV no longer than two pages;
- Recommendation letter from a professional or academic reference;
- Scanned copies of qualifications and academic transcripts.
All queries regarding the Fellowship and/or application process may be submitted to the E8 Secretariat via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
All applicants (successful or unsuccessful) will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application.
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