MoH - Manager, Entomological Unit

JOB DESCRIPTION

MANAGER, ENTOMOLOGICAL UNIT

INSECT VECTOR CONTROL DIVISION

MINISTRY OF HEALTH

Position : Manager, Entomological Unit

Reports to : Designated Officer

Job Summary: The incumbent manages the Entomological Unit within the Insect Vector Control Division.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plans and implements insect surveys and pest management programmes.

  • Investigates the various types of chemicals and biological control for insects that spread diseases such as dengue fever carrying Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes.

  • Performs operational investigations and basic research on mosquitoes and other arthropods in Trinidad and Tobago.

  • Studies insect distribution and habitat and recommends methods to prevent importation and spread of injurious types.

  • Reports to the Senior Medical Officer, IVCD and Principal Medical Officer on a timely basis regarding insect outbreaks that are of medical importance nationally.

  • Liaises and informs the junior Entomologist attached to the Division on progress of all programmes.

  • Reports to the Registrar of the IVCD on a short-term basis regarding entomological problems that occur nationally.

  • Performs scientific research and investigation into insects and pests, which may or may not transmit diseases locally but are present in the immediate environment.

  • Trains and supervises technical and laboratory staff assigned to the IVCD Laboratory.

  • Liaises with international/foreign Entomologists.

  • Conducts research into the impact and control of insect pest problems.

  • Coordinates public awareness and education programmes.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to conduct insecticide resistance tests.

  • Knowledge of the Hylesia Metabus moth and ability and willingness to conduct research on such.

  • Ability to conduct lectures to the public, health personnel and medical students.

  • Knowledge of research methodologies.

  • Must have at least ten (10) to twenty (20) publications covering the above topics.

Minimum Qualifications, Education and Experience:

  • PhD in Biology/Zoology with training in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

  • Experience in Aedes Aegypti and Dengue control.

  • Experience in Malaria parasitology (microscopy) and control of the Anopheles mosquito.

  • Experience in Aedes Albopictus control.

OR

  • Any equivalent combination of training and experience.