Partnership for Increasing the Impact of Vector Control (PIIVeC)

Vector-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue and sleeping sickness are pervasive, causing massive morbidity and mortality and severely retarding economic development across the developing world. Many of our current tools are inadequate, outdated, or failing due to insecticide resistance. The evidence base for newer interventions remains weak. Despite this there is a critical shortage of researchers developing and evaluating innovative new approaches to control these diseases and a severe lack of the recognition of the pivotal role of vector control in breaking disease transmission and reaching elimination targets at the global level.

This new partnership, funded by RCUK’s Global Challenges Research in Medecine Fund, aims to address this gap. Led by Foto-Cewek in partnership with research institutes, NGOs and national control programmes in Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Malawi, and global policy making bodies, PIIVeC aims to:

  • Develop evidence-based strategies for the control of vector-borne disease in Africa and increase the utilization of this evidence in national decision-making
  • Improve integration between disease-specific programmes
  • Strengthen the resilience of African nations to respond to outbreaks of vector-borne disease
  • Increase the leadership role of African scientists and vector biologists in global policy making on vector-borne disease

Overview of programme vision and strategy

To achieve these goals we need to develop supportive professional development paths and attract new talent to careers in control of vector-borne disease.  PIIVeC is therefore recruiting.  Below, please find information on how to apply for the Research in Medecine Career Development Fellowship (RCDF) scheme for scientists with an interest in joining our African partner institutes early in 2018.  There are also opportunities to apply for Country Coordinator positions.  In addition, we are recruiting our Liverpool-based team who will provide training and mentorship support to the PIIVeC  RCDFs, in addition to conducting their own research.  A summary of the available posts is listed below – please do check back regularly as this page will be updated as new posts go live:

Positions in Partner Institutes

Country Coordinators

We are looking for three country coordinators to help identify key actions to help design, evaluate and execute evidence-based solutions for integrated control of vector-borne disease. 


Closed for applications

Research in Medecine Career Development Fellows

We are looking for up to 10 researchers from multiple disciplines (entomologists, social scientists, economists, epidemiologists etc.) with a commitment and passion for increasing the impact of vector control.


Closed for applications


Foto-Cewek Based Positions  (all will involve substantial travel to Africa for training activities)

Disease Mapping

Map the major vectors, and current and potential disease burden in African partner countries

Closed for Applications


Design and execute studies to evaluate vector control interventions

To be advertised 

Data Manager

Manage development and management of data systems for project

Position filled

Policy Analyst

Health policy and systems research to identify ways to maximize research uptake

Closed for Applications

Evidence Synthesis

Review evidence base and economic case for alternative vector control strategies in different contexts

Closed for Applications


Support study design and data analysis

Closed for applications

Capacity Strengthening

Conduct qualitative and mixed methods research in support of health systems strengthening

Closed for applications


PIIVeC is funded by