Consultant (WASH & IPC)

World Health Organization (WHO)
Sana'a, Yemen
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Consultant - WASH & IPC - (1901562)  

Grade: P4

Contractual Arrangement: External consultant

Contract duration: From 28 April to 27 July, 2019

Job Posting

: Mar 28, 2019, 8:06:36 AM

Closing Date

: Apr 5, 2019, 3:59:00 PM

Primary Location

: Yemen-Sana'a


: EM_YEM WHO Representative's Office, Yemen


: Full-time  

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1. Purpose of the Consultancy

Yemen has been facing multiple infectious disease outbreaks since October 2016. The cholera outbreak has been particularly severe, with over 1.4 million cases and some characterizing it as the largest outbreak of the disease in history. The World Health Organization (WHO) Country Office (CO), Yemen is the key technical partner of the Yemen Ministry of Health (MoH). The WHO has been working actively with the MoH to respond to and control the ongoing outbreak, prevent additional cases, and increase preparedness of Yemen’s health system for future outbreaks. WHO is supporting interventions in six key areas: 

1) coordination with all partners supporting cholera outbreak response at state and national level; 

2) capacity building of staff on prevention and management of cases; 

3) water quality monitoring; 

4) case management and provision of medicine and medical supplies; 

5) health promotion and risk communication; and 6) development of standard guidelines and SOPs.


The incumbent will provide technical expertise to the WHO CO in Yemen in planning, monitoring, evaluating, coordinating the environmental health interventions with a focus on monitoring the provision of safe drinking water, advise on issues related to environmental sanitation, hygiene practices and promotion campaigns and water quality monitoring. The incumbent will strengthen the WHO role in the provision of Environmental Health services in health care facilities with focus on issues such as infection control and medical waste management, this includes services provided in diarrhea treatment centers, Cholera treatment centers and oral rehydration centers. The incumbent will be responsible for the WHO nationwide capacity building related to all environmental health services, with focus on MoPH staff and other national relevant institutions

2. Background

The overall situation 

As per WHO’s Yemen Conflict Situation Report (December 2018 – January 2019), a total of 15.9 million people, i.e. 53% of the population analyzed, are severely food insecure, despite ongoing humanitarian food assistance (HFA). Conflict has continued in Al Hudaydah Governorate, resulting in 1 million people displaced in the last six months, according to humanitarian partners. Partners are preparing to assist about 342,000 people who are projected to return to Al Hudaydah City if the situation improves. Between June 2018 and January 2019, 174,717 families (over 1,048,300 individuals) were displaced from Al Hudaydah, including 109,867 families (over 659,300 individuals) registered in 4 governorates: Hajjah, Mahwit, Raymah and Al Hudaydah. 


Cholera cases have been reported continuously in Yemen since the major outbreak in 2017. Between 1 January and 14 March 2019, roughly 98,000 suspected cases have been reported, and the trend – both the number of cases and case fatality – appears to be increasing in the recent weeks. There is now a growing concern that Yemen will experience greater burden of cholera in the coming months, especially as this year’s rainy season has already begun.

The overall objectives and expectations

It is expected that this consultancy will identify and analyse the gaps, challenges, root causes, lessons learned and best practices with regards to the ongoing response to cholera so that Yemen’s MoH can incorporate them into their plans for current and future outbreaks. In addition, the consultant will design and support the first stage of implementation of an action plan to fill the gaps that were identified.

The specific assignment duties of this consultancy are to:

•       Develop and carry out assessment activities to environmental health services provided in health care facilities and identify gaps in areas such as (drinking water quantity and quality, hygiene practices, infection control, sanitation and waste management). 

•       Establish a system for regular monitoring and reporting for implementation progress of specific program(s) or WHO interventions in the area of environmental health. This includes identification of gaps, supplies needed, contingency planning, materials and guidelines and any other planning or response activities in this area. Write required evaluation or situation reports to ensure appropriate communication with OSL lead and all related technical experts. 

•       Provide technical expertise and advice on coordination mechanisms with partners and participate in onsite support to the health partners on environmental health services when required. 

•       Proactively participate in the design and implementation of plans to build up or rehabilitate environmental health services provided at health facilities.

•       Provide onsite support to ensure applicability and appropriate implementation of the recommended infection control activities in the health facilities and for other health activities supported by the WHO, specifically for medical waste management and health staff and patients protection.

•       Ensure that all activities carried out within the WHO program on environmental health are in compliance with the Sphere and WHO Standards. 

•       Provide water, hygiene, sanitation and infection control expertise within the WASH cluster, providing implementation guidance.

•       Conduct required training for MOH staff and WHO partners to build up local competences and facilitate the compliance with Sphere and WHO standards for all health and WASH activities.

•       Assess and evaluate environmental health elements of the ongoing multisectorial response activities for cholera, in particular WASH, and identify and analyse key achievements, critical gaps, unmet needs, underlying causes, lessons learned, and priority activities in the coming six months;

•       Recommend key priority activities to address identified gaps, challenges and needs, and provide a detailed action plan for updating and revising Yemen MoH plans; 

•       Take the first steps of implementation including building capacity with appropriate staff inside WHO Yemen, Yemen MoH, and other relevant parties to ensure trainees are in a position to deliver on the objectives of the action plan; and

•       Participate in the interagency WASH Cluster mechanism, and lead the WHO contribution to the WASH Cluster, by ensuring an ongoing, timely and technically sound input.    Perform all other duties as assigned.

3. Planned timelines (subject to confirmation)

Start date: 28/04/2019

End date: 27/07/2019

4. Work to be performed

Under the direct supervision of the Team Lead of the Outbreak Response Team of the WHO Health Emergency (WHE) Programme in Yemen and the overall guidance of WHO Country Representative, Yemen, the incumbent has the front line responsibility for the assessment of the national water, sanitation and hygiene situation and support to the Ministry of Health (MOH).  This involves ongoing contacts with a broad range of WHO staff and responders as well as a broad range of official from the MOH, to provide expertise and authoritative advice on priority actions to be taken. S/he will also contribute in designing and implementing water and sanitation plans of action pertaining to the incident management, including identifying needs, resources and gaps, negotiating access to common logistics facilities at country level.

Output 1: Consultancy report

Deliverable 1.1: Rapid assessment of WASH, IPC and cholera control activities 

Deliverable 1.2: Review of gaps and needs and propose interventions for WASH and IPC, with focus on medical waste management at diarrhea treatment centers and oral rehydration centers as well as on water quality monitoring.

Deliverable 1.3: Monitoring and evaluation of the progress in WASH-related activities

Deliverable 1.4: Participation and provision of expertise within the WASH cluster

Deliverable 1.5: WASH, cholera control and infection control set up in health facilities 

Deliverable 1.6: On-site training on WASH and IPC for staff at health facilities staff, MOH and WHO

Output 2: Updated cholera national preparedness and response plan

Deliverable 2.1: Update the relevant section(s) of the national preparedness and response plan for cholera.

5. Specific requirements

-  Qualifications required:               

Advanced university degree (Master’s level or above) in engineering, health of humanitarian logistics or other related field from an accredited/recognized institute, with specialization in water and sanitation.

-  Experience required:

At least seven (7) years of relevant experience, at the national and international levels, in the design and implementation of water and sanitation assessment and/or the design and management of related projects in emergency situations. Experience in developing and promoting collaborative actions with national authorities. 

-  Skills / Technical skills and knowledge:

•       Demonstrated knowledge of emergency response situations in the field of water and sanitation with proven ability to identify and solve technical problems in difficult circumstances.  

•       Excellent analytical and organizational skills, with proven ability to elaborate and implement projects. 

•       Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to promote cohesive action and convince officials with tact and diplomacy.  

•       Knowledge of WHO, the UN system or a nongovernmental organization (NGO) work in the field of response relief and/or of their practices and procedures as related to the work would be an asset.

-  Language requirements:

English – fluent; Arabic – desirable (especially Yemeni dialects).

6. Place of assignment

The incumbent will conduct the technical aspects of the assignment in Sana’a (and possibly in Aden), Yemen. 

Field visits within and around Aden/Sana’a are foreseen which may involve: 

•       A series of visits to the governorates and localities for technical assessment of ongoing and completed activities and engagement of key partners;

•       Interviews with local authorities, health workers, WASH focal points, and surveillance / outbreak response staff to gather necessary data;  

•       A review of project and programme documentation and reporting, monitoring results and any internal and external reviews and evaluations; and

•       Interviews with implementing partners and donors, federal and state government officials and national and international NGOs.


Please note that Safe and Secure Approaches in Field Environment (SSAFE) training is required prior to the incumbent’s entry to Yemen. SSAFE training is available throughout the year at different locations around the world, and it will be arranged by the WHO Yemen Office if the incumbent has not previously received the training.


7. Medical clearance 

The selected Consultant will be expected to provide a medical certificate of fitness for work.