Summary of Duties
The Pacific Island Health Officers Association (PIHOA) is seeking an experienced and qualified Medical Entomologist to build regional and local capacity for routine, public health mosquito surveillance and control to limit the spread arboviruses in the US-affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPIs) through: 1) coordination, implementation and evaluation of the recently endorsed Regional Integrated Vector Management Plan; 2) building on the existing entomologic knowledge of vector mosquitoes in the USAPIs; 3) establishing/enhancing routine vector surveillance in Guam and selected jurisdictions of the USAPIs, including the reporting into the appropriate information systems/databases; 4) establishing plans for enhanced vector surveillance in Guam and selected jurisdictions of the USAPIs; 5) supporting the development of the Guam Environmental Health Mosquito Laboratory as a regional resource through technical assistance and training; 6) refining and implementing regional strategies for vector surveillance and control; 7) establishing systems/mechanisms to leverage regional resources (i.e. the Guam Environmental Health Mosquito Lab and the Northern Pacific Environmental Health Association (NPEHA) to enable successful mosquito surveillance systems in selected jurisdictions; 8) providing technical assistance to further refine existing vector control strategies for the islands tailored for the unique settings of each jurisdiction, including the development of response plans if new introductions of mosquitoes of public health importance are identified, or when a new pathogens are introduced to existing local vectors as in the case of repeated introductions of Dengue; and, when appropriate, 9) providing emergency medical entomology support if/when an arboviral outbreak is identified.
Major Duties & Responsibilities
- Works closely with the Guam Division of Environmental Health leadership and staff to build technical staff competencies and capacity of the mosquito lab into a regional resource for vector surveillance systems.
- Provides technical assistance and support to sustain and strengthen Guam’s routine and enhanced vector surveillance programs; and
- Reviews and refines the Guam’s routine and enhanced integrated vector control plans, and implements vector control program.
Submit the following electronically with attention to Janet Camacho (
), Deputy Director, and cc to Andrea Whitt (
), Office and Program Support Officer, and Regie Tolentino, Office Administrator (
), no later than August 9, 2019, Hawaii Standard Time:
- Letter of Interest that outlines your overall qualifications and professional experience in response to the Primary Qualifications, including Secondary Qualifications where applicable, of the position vacancy announcement;
- Curriculum Vitae or Resume; and
- Minimum of three (3) work references from supervisors current to the last 5 years of professional work.
For any enquiries related to this position, please direct them to Janet Camacho at
The Pacific Island Health Officers' Association (PIHOA) is a non-profit organization that is governed by and represents the collective interests of the Ministers, Secretaries, and Directors of Health of the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Island Countries. This includes the U.S. Territories of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa and the freely Associated States of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia. PIHOA's mission is to improve the health and well-being of the Pacific communities it serves by providing, through consensus, a unified credible voice on health issues of regional significance.