Mozambique nationals: WASH Officer
METHODOLOGY AND TECHNICAL APPROACH
In close coordination with Government authorities and in line with national agreed strategies and prioritization, to undertake field monitoring of the ongoing emergency response in targeted provinces, including coordination with other UN, NGO, and government actors at the national, provincial and district level.
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Cyclone Idai made landfall at 19:00 hours on the 14th of March. Wind speeds between 119 and 153 KM/h were measured. Initial reports indicate loss of life, injuries and significant infrastructure damage. At least 21 deaths and more than 70 injuries have been reported in Sofala Province (OCHA, Flash Update No. 2). Reports from the Government of Mozambique’s National Institute of Disaster Management’s (INGC) indicate there has been substantial damage to houses and essential infrastructure, including schools, health facilities, bridges and roads. Electricity has been disrupted in areas that has been hardest hit since the storm made landfall and telephone and internet communications are down. The cyclone brought heavy rains with it that will impact a wider area as rivers will swell and are likely to cause flooding including in Manica and Sofala Provinces, likely increasing the total number of people in need.
Currently, the total estimated affected population stands at approximately 600,000 people (360,000 children) in Sofala, Manica, Tete and Zambezia province. The torrential rains that came prior to Cyclone Idai have exacerbated the situation of 120,000 people affected in Tete and Zambezia provinces due to the flooding that occurred earlier as part of this same weather system, that started on March 6th. However, these are current estimates and as heavy rains continue and river beds overflow, the number of people in need will also likely increase.
In addition, prior to Cyclone Idai making landfall, the weather system caused significant flooding and affected at least 141,000 people, with 66 deaths recorded and 111 people injured, according to media reports quoting government officials (OCHA). More than 17,100 people are estimated to be displaced in Zambezia and Tete, with 10 transit centres established in Zambezia and two in Tete (OCHA). The flooding and Cyclone are part of the same weather system which has significantly deteriorated the coping capacity of the affected communities and requires immediate humanitarian relief.
ACTIVITIES AND TASKS
The WASH Officer will conduct field monitoring visits to areas targeted by UNICEF emergency response, including discussions with implementing partners, government stakeholders, project participants or beneficiaries. The emergency response activities to be monitored will include, but are not be limited to:
- Emergency water supply interventions including: rehabilitation of water supply systems in urban areas / small towns, installation and operation of water distribution points in accommodation centers / institutions.
- Installation and operation of sanitation and hygiene facilities in accommodation centers / institutions
- Rehabilitation / upgrading of water supply sources in affected communities and institutions
- Distribution of WASH NFI items among affected communities.
- Community mobilization, hygiene and sanitation promotion activities at community level,
The WASH Officer should support the coordination between implementing partners and government stakeholders in the implementation of the above emergency response activities, highlight issues to be attended to and recommend corrective actions if necessary. In addition, and depending on situation on the ground, field assessments visits may be included to identify additional needs to be supported and / or included into the UNICEF emergency response and overall WASH sector interventions.
MANAGEMENT AND SUPERVISION
The WASH Officer will work under the supervision of the Chief of WASH, in close interaction with other members of the WASH team, government and WASH cluster / UNICEF implementing partners as appropriate.
QUALIFICATIONS AND SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE
- Civil / WASH Engineering related university degree (e.g., Engineering, Environmental Health, etc.). Work experience may substitute for higher degree qualification
- A minimum of 2 years of relevant field experience in monitoring of WASH interventions in urban and rural areas in Mozambique.
- Direct experience in WASH related emergency response activities
- Experience and familiarity in coordinating with government offices at provincial and national level.
- Proficiency in Portuguese language (oral and written). Knowledge of other local languages will be an asset.
- Working proficiency of English will be an asset