We are seeking an Impact Assessment Manager for the Target Malaria project (targetmalaria.org) based out of Imperial College London, UK.
Target Malaria is a not-for-profit research consortium that aims to develop and share genetic control technologies intended to provide a durable and cost-effective tool for reducing the burden of malaria in Africa through mosquito vector population control. The developmental pathway for the technology involves the release of genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes into the environment in multiple project countries through a phased approach using different mosquito strains. Each phase is anticipated to have increasingly complex regulatory demands as releases of GM insects have limited regulatory precedent. The project is subject to regulation under national frameworks for biosafety for the use of genetically modified organisms, as well as environmental law in project countries.
Duties and responsibilities
You will be responsible for managing the delivery of externally contracted impact assessments, either discipline specific, or integrated, across environment, social, economic, and health (ESHIA) to facilitate legal compliance and permitting for project activities in consortium partner countries, and consistent with international standards for impact assessment. In the immediate term, Burkina Faso and Uganda will be the principal focus, while Ghana, Mali, and Cape Verde may become a focus in the future. Support to project partners in ensuring compliance with environmental permitting conditions through implementation and oversight of environmental management systems and support to external environmental audits will also be a key function of this post.
In this role, you will be responsible for the following key areas:
Work with the UK based global regulatory team, private sector consultants, and Africa based project partners, in facilitating delivery of externally contracted environmental, social, economic and health (ESHIA) impact assessments, either integrated or discipline specific and consistent with international standards, to secure authorisations and ensure legal compliance for project activities in Africa.
Support project partners in the delivery of activities related to environmental permitting such as Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) and Environmental Management Systems (EMS) implementation, as well as Environmental Audit contracting and delivery, and associated monitoring and regulatory reporting.
Manage various activities throughout the life-cycle of impact assessment activities such as preparation of the terms of reference, support the procurement and selection of service providers and coordination of ongoing reviews of process, deliverables and reports.
Support project partner engagements with relevant government regulatory bodies, and other stakeholders as appropriate regarding impact assessment processes. This may involve where feasible, occasional travel and direct engagement with government officials and external stakeholders.
This post is full time fixed term to 31 January 2024 with possibility for extension.
A solid foundation in impact assessment and related environmental compliance activities is essential, as you will be required to draft and critically review various technical documents, service proposals and submissions, as well as undertake and support both formal and informal exchanges with government authorities, stakeholders and consultants. The work will closely complement science based biosafety risk assessment work that will be led by other members of the project, but will remain grounded in established principles of impact assessment. You will also need to possess a strong background in both regulatory affairs and government relations to build relationships with external contractors, government officials and stakeholders in order to help project partners navigate the regulatory landscape for this novel technology.
The post will be fully supported by the project global regulatory team based in the UK and will report directly to the global regulatory manager, working closely with external consultants and management teams in partner institutions in Africa.
A deep commitment to the mission of developing and sharing new, cost-effective and sustainable genetic technologies to modify mosquitoes and reduce malaria transmission is required.
An excellent ability to communicate orally and in writing in both French and English is essential for this post.
Full details are available in the Job Description at: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs/description/NAT00938/impact-assessment-manager
Please carefully review the essential requirements in the full posting.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: This post is full time fixed term to 31 January 2024 with possibility for extension.
Internal Number: NAT00938
About Target Malaria- Imperial College London
Target Malaria (https://targetmalaria.org/) is an innovative project aiming to reduce the population of malaria-transmitting mosquitoes in sub-Saharan Africa. By reducing the population of malaria mosquitoes, we aim to reduce the transmission of the disease, allowing people in affected areas to live without the burden of malaria and freeing up resources currently used to combat the disease.
Target Malaria is developing its innovative genetic technologies in a step-wise approach. Our phased development pathway follows the recommendations made by several expert groups, including the 2014 World Health Organisation (WHO) Guidance framework for testing of genetically modified mosquitoes, the 2016 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report Gene Drives on the Horizon, and, most recently, the 2018 Pathway to Deployment of Gene Drive Mosquitoes as a Potential Biocontrol Tool for Elimination of Malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa: Recommendations of a Scientific Working Group.
Our research is still at an early stage, and even though results so far have been promising, we still have a long way ahead of us. Our aim is to develop genetic technologies for vector control for ...malaria that will be sustainable and cost-effective to implement, as the mosquitoes themselves will help to control malaria transmission.