WASH Coordinator (short-term contract)
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:
International Medical Corps is a global humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.
Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in areas worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at high risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.
IMC intervenes since August 2018 in the Beni region, in response to the Ebola epidemic in this province. Since December 2018, IMC took over the operation of the Magina ETC from Médecin Sans Frontière. IMC is providing clinical management to patients affected by the Ebola virus disease while ensuring the prevention and control of infections..
International Medical Corps is looking for a qualified WASH Coordinator to work with its country program and Ebola Response Team in DR Congo. The main tasks of the WASH Coordinator is to manage WASH activities in DRC country program and to ensure the smooth and safe operation of WASH related interventions in ETCs and SRUs including establishing, supervising, coordinating, and implementing quality control and assurance mechanisms. S/he will oversee various teams involved in Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) activities, including in high risk areas.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation. The tasks listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive.
- Lead on WASH assessment in “newly liberated areas” to identify opportunities to expand IMC WASH program into these areas and work with Emergency Program Coordinator to develop Concept notes/ proposal for OFDA and other potential donors to address needs in the “new liberated areas
- Provide on-the-job training to the National WASH team with regard to Global WASH standards and approaches for WASH in emergencies (both hardware and software), including the use of water quality testing equipment and procedures (eg. delaqua KIT, pool testers, e)
- Oversee and supervise all infection prevention and control activities including supervision, mentoring, and training and clinical and non-clinical teams.
- Oversee the establishment and management of an efficient and safe system for the production and distribution of sufficient amounts of water and chlorine solutions throughout ETCs and SRUs.
- Responsible for the selection and design of adequate water supplies for health care facilities including source selection (ground water, surface water), abstraction, storage treatment, and distribution for new systems and/or rehabilitation of old systems. Design the most appropriate form of sanitation system (to include excreta disposal, vector control, health care waste treatment and disposal, drainage) taking full account of local conditions, resources, customs, and cultural norms
- In collaboration with logistics, HR, finance teams, monitor supply chain for necessary WASH supplies, operations support if necessary WASH supplies, operations support needed adequately reflecting scaling up of services at treatment center or SRU if necessary.
- Promote and guide quality in International Medical Corps emergency programs including promoting and guiding programs in their adherence to International Medical Corps emergency strategy, program policies and procedures, SPHERE standards, the Red Cross, and NGO Code of Conduct, and the UN-led cluster approach.
- Lead the process of contingency planning, guiding and supporting Managers in elaboration of contingency plans, review and advice on plans and ensure update of plans on regular intervals.
- Assist the WASH managers to develop the technical team’s objectives in the line with the International Medical Corps’ WASH strategy. Objectives contribute to national and regional strategy and involves integration with other programs.
- Provide technical guidance to the WASH team to ensure OFDA WASH project targets are met within the required timelines
- Lead (alongside the WASH Manager when on board) in the detailed assessment of all water points/ Health facilities to be rehabilitated and develop BoQs for the same facilities.
- Work with support departments (logistics and finance) to assess available contractor’s suitability to work with IMC in the execution of WASH infrastructures (latrine construction, water point drilling, borehole rehabilitation, etc.).
- Set objectives with the WASH Program Manager, mainly related to the timeframe and quality of work in tandem with program strategy.
- Establish and/or manage teams of international and national staff with various tasks inside the ETC and SRU, including hygienists, cleaners, laundry workers, burial teams, chlorinators, waste managers.
- Ensure all team members are fully induced to their tasks, and closely monitor strict adherence to established protocols.
- Periodically evaluate performance and assess skills, maintaining the building capacity needs of program teams.
Representation, Advocacy and institutional learning
- Ensure that International Medical Corps work is coordinated with efforts of other agencies and Government, and take a leadership role within Interagency Coordination forums, such as the WASH cluster/sector.
- Take steps to document lessons learned, from WASH programs, for wider dissemination;
- The role requires the ability to analyze and communicate complex information at a simpler level to a wider audience.
- Diverse and complex problem solving requiring professional knowledge, field experience and an understanding of both development and humanitarian work in a complex security environment. Impact and influence will be within their own team but will also include other parts of their program and the external public.
- Ensure smooth operation through collaboration and effective communication between all teams working at ETC.
- Provide regular updates to supervisor and teams on progress, priorities and constraints – verbally and in writing.
Code of Conduct
It is our shared responsibility and obligation to prevent matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Trafficking in Persons, Child Safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment. If you see, hear or are made aware of any suggested activities then you have an obligation to report.
- University degree in civil/public health engineering or related field.
- 5+ years of professional WASH technical experience, with at least 1 year in emergency response.
- Proven experience in WASH in health facilities, including management of infectious waste.
- Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
- Experience in WASH in health facilities;
- Experience in PCI and especially in the context of the Ebola virus disease;
- Previous experience in the field of WASH with other NGOs and INGOs
- Previous experience in the supervisor position
- Proficient knowledge of AUTOCAD and preparation of bill of quantities (BoQ) essential;
- A good understanding of WASH in health facilities including WHO Infection prevention and control protocols and guidelines
- A good understanding of donor procedures especially USAID and WHO guidelines;
- Good organizational, forecasting and planning skills especially as it relates to WASH infrastructures in health facilities
- An understanding of requirements of a rapid response emergency operation.
- Attention to details and excellent numeracy skills.
- Diplomacy, tact and communication and negotiation skills.
- Fluent spoken and written French and one or more DR Congo local languages;
- Flexibility, adaptability to work under tight deadlines and pressure