Coordinator (WASH Emergency Response Team)

International Medical Corps

United States 🇺🇸

Job Title: Coordinator, WASH Emergency Response Team

Location: United States – , US (Primary)

Category: Emergency Response Unit

Date Needed By: 8/1/2021

Program Description (Background)

International Medical Corps is a global humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through healthcare 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 healthcare 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 healthcare systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

When catastrophe hits, International Medical Corps is often one of the first humanitarian aid organizations on the scene providing rapid and effective aid that saves lives, reduces suffering, and promotes self-reliance.

International Medical Corps provides safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and patient centered care; offers needs-based response according to the context and type of sudden onset disaster (SOD) and/or outbreak in the affected nation; adopts a human rights-based approach to its response; ensures it is accessible to all sections of the population affected by the SOD and/or outbreak, particularly the vulnerable; and treats patients in a medically ethical manner. 

International Medical Corps is accountable to patients and communities, host governments and ministries of health, and its organization and donors. International Medical Corps commits to a coordinated response under the national health emergency management authorities. International Medical Corps collaborates with the national health system, the clusters and the humanitarian community.

Selected personnel are on standby to deploy to a crisis within 48 hours. Personnel may deploy to new areas of operation or lend support to International Medical Corps teams already on the ground. International Medical Corps maintains a roster of volunteers and staff who have completed pre-deployment paperwork, orientation and training. The roster is updated on a regular basis. Through this expression of interest, applicants maintain professional profiles with International Medical Corps, so that information is complete and readily available for an emergency response deployment.

This position will support International Medical Corps’ emergency response delivering outpatient clinical care to disaster-affected populations.

**NOTE** Candidates applying to this position are indicating that they are interested in being considered for International Medical Corps’ standby roster for emergency response. Roster members will be contacted only when there is an emergency-response need for which the responder is qualified. This position will not be compensated unless responders are deployed to an emergency response.

Job Description

JOB SUMMARY: The primary responsibility of the WASH Coordinator is to support the implementation of services in an emergency setting. The WASH Coordinator, leads the WASH team in the strategy, conducting rapid assessment, planning, design, implementation, supervision, and overall administration of the WASH technical interventions consistent with ongoing or planned water and sanitation, and other International Medical Corp core sector programs. The WASH Coordinator will manage the prioritization and coordination of the start-up and implementation of the interventions. S/he will participate as needed in the development of concept papers and proposals for emergency scale up interventions. In addition, the WASH Coordinator will lead the training of local staff and stakeholders in WASH related topics.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation:


• Design the initial joint health and WASH rapid assessment for deployment of emergency medical team and ensure the site selection is consistent with the international standards for WASH and IPC. 
• Provide technical oversight ensuring provision of WASH adequate for the setting. 
• Provide water and sanitation, and relevant infection prevention and control (IPC) expertise in rapid needs assessments and analysis at existing and new health care structures
• Translate the needs into program priorities and identify emergency interventions
• Provide capacity building support for conducting rapid needs assessments and its analysis that is to be linked to activity plan and budgets.
• Support the assessment of the in-country resources and capacities including staffing, material and financial for response with relevant staff and agencies

Program Design
• Oversee the selection of appropriate technologies and the design for a safe and functional WASH system including source selection (ground water, surface water), abstraction, storage, treatment and distribution for new systems and/or the rehabilitation of old water systems
• Oversee the design of the most appropriate form of sanitation system including excreta disposal, vector control, solid waste disposal, drainage, taking full account of local conditions, resources, customs and cultural norms
• Oversee the design of a hygiene promotion program that is suitable for the local context and would be widely accepted by beneficiaries, in collaboration with other actors
• Design appropriate, phased, technical interventions to ensure timely, safe and high-quality health care delivery at existing facilities and staff accommodation, including contingency preparation for potential infectious disease outbreaks as directed
• Ensure that issues of protection, gender, infection control, climatic conditions, environmental protection, security, access, safe operation and maintenance are factored into the response design
• Ensure minimum standards both qualitative and quantitative are considered and any departures documented
• Assist in the development of letters of intent, concept papers, budgets and proposals as directed

Response Management and Implementation
• Manage Emergency WASH interventions in a prioritized manner in co-ordination with IMC core sectors and other agencies, both governmental and non-governmental and the WASH Cluster
• Work closely with Human Resources team for hiring and building capacity of the WASH team
• Ensure gender and protection is considered throughout the project cycle with women being enabled to influence decision- making around WASH challenges
• Ensure Emergency WASH program implementation is linked to health, gender, child protection and nutrition
• Implement the appropriate supervisory, monitoring and evaluation systems for Emergency WASH interventions
• Work closely with program support functions (logistics and finance departments) for Emergency WASH program supplies and activities planning

Information and Co-ordination
• Provide regular updates and technical guidance to team on progress, priorities and challenges – verbally and in writing
• Represent International Medical Corps to governmental, non-governmental groups and WASH Cluster as needed and assigned
• Support the program team in obtaining the required government permissions and positively engage with institutional and private donors and HQ

Compliance and Ethics
• Promote and encourage a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps. As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards.  Conduct work with the highest level of integrity. Communicate these values to staff and to partners and require them to adhere to these values. 

• Deployed personnel are expected to assist with the setup, maintenance and demobilization of the clinical spaces and base camp as required.

Policy Adherence
• Actively promote PSEA (prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse) standards within International Medical Corps and among beneficiaries served by International Medical Corps. 
• Adhere to the Code of Conduct, maintain humanitarian principles and respect international humanitarian law at all times.

 The fluid nature of emergency response requires personnel to adapt to a rapidly changing landscape; duties may be reconfigured to meet operational requirements.

Perform other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed in this document are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and not necessarily all inclusive.

Code of Conduct    
As applicable to this position, an individual must promote and encourage a culture of compliance and ethics throughout the organization and maintain a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards.      
If this is a supervisory position, one must set an example of ethical behavior through one’s own conduct and oversight of the work of others; ensure that those who report to you have sufficient knowledge and resources to follow the standards outlined in the Code of Conduct & Ethics; monitor compliance of the people you supervise; enforce the Code of Conduct & Ethics and International Medical Corps’ policies, including the Safeguarding Policy and the Protection from Harassment, Bullying and Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace Policy, consistently and fairly; support employees who in good faith raise questions or concerns.      

It is all staff shared responsibility and obligation to safeguard and protect populations with whom we work, including adults who may be particularly vulnerable and children. This includes safeguarding from the following conduct by our staff or partners: sexual exploitation and abuse; exploitation, neglect, or abuse of children, adults at risk, or LGBTI individuals; and any form of trafficking in persons. Staff are also responsible for preventing violations to our Code of Conduct and Ethics, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment.  If you see, hear or are made aware of any violations to the Code of Conduct and Ethics or Safeguarding Policy, you have an obligation to report.      
Equal Opportunities    
International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran. 

Job Requirements


• Typically, a Bachelor’s degree in water and sanitation engineering, civil engineering, or relevant technical WASH specialization. Master’s degree preferred. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
• Typically, 8+ years of relevant progressive experience with at least 5 years of work experience with designing and implementing water and sanitation systems in IDPs, refugee and migrant contexts, maintaining sanitation systems, and implementing hygiene promotion programs, including 2 years in a humanitarian setting; or equivalent combination of education and experience;
• Working knowledge and understanding of WASH sector and its hardware and software components specially in health facilities
• Experience overseeing emergency program implementation, tracking the progress, reporting against the agreed indicators and managing project budget.
• Experience in emergency and early recovery phases, including assessments and the design and delivery of effective water supply and hygiene promotion interventions in humanitarian and development contexts.
• Experience and understanding of key donors’ policies, guidelines and strategies e.g. WHO, USAID, OFDA, ECHO, DFID and UN.
• Demonstrated experience in WASH proposal development and preparation of internal and donor reports.
• Ability to effectively present information (both written and verbally) and respond appropriately to questions from senior managers in the field, counterparts, senior government in English
• Demonstrated knowledge of linking WASH activities with other humanitarian sectors
• Ability to understand gender related challenges within the beneficiary groups
• Demonstrated analytical, motivational, communication, project conceptualization and planning skill
• Demonstrated experience of working closely with support functions (finance and logistics) on activity and procurement planning
• Fluency in written and spoken English is required; fluency in Spanish, French or, Arabic is desirable

Additional Technical or Language Requirements

In addition to the responsibilities referenced above, candidates can expect to be living and working in austere conditions. Lifting moderately heavy objects from the ground, carrying a backpack for extended periods of time, and walking or hiking in remote locations may be necessary to perform these functions. International Medical Corps is a first responder to natural and man-made disasters and has a mandate of working in remote locations. The organization has a comprehensive security management policy and plan in place and is committed to doing everything possible within its remit to ensure safety and security. Notwithstanding, the mandate and programming choices of International Medical Corps require staff members who have a high degree of resilience, extremely decisive qualities and the ability to move fast.


All offers of employment at International Medical Corps are subject to satisfactory references and background checks. International Medical Corps participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme from the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR). In accordance with this, we will request information from an applicant’s previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.





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