WASH in Emergencies Specialist (1-2 positions)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Atlanta, GA, US

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The Emergency Response and Recovery Branch (ERRB) is responsible for implementing and coordinating the CDC’s response and recovery activities related to natural disasters, population displacement and complex humanitarian emergencies.  ERRB collaborates with USAID/OFDA, United Nations agencies, and non-governmental organizations on public health programs in humanitarian settings.

Job Description: ERRB is seeking a qualified WASH specialist to support CDC’s emergency water, sanitation and hygiene activities globally.  The WASH specialist will join a team of epidemiologists, engineers and public health specialists focused on reducing morbidity and mortality related to waterborne diseases among displaced and emergency affected populations.


  • Provide technical assistance in response to outbreaks of waterborne diseases among refugee, internally displaced or emergency affected populations.  Selected candidate will likely be involved in cholera preparedness and response activities in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Haiti.
  • Assist in the development of guidelines, standardized operating procedures and monitoring and evaluation tools for use in emergency settings
  • Develop and lead operations research activities to strengthen the evidence base for emergency WASH and waterborne disease prevention interventions
  • Develop training materials and assist with training and capacity building initiatives of WASH team and ERRB
  • Liaise/coordinate with other CDC centers and branches, other US government agencies, UN agencies (UNICEF, UNHCR and WHO), bilateral organizations and NGOs working in WASH and emergency response sectors

Expected travel: international (25-30%), domestic (5%)

Skills and Experience:

  • Advanced degree in public health, environmental health, epidemiology or public health engineering
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in planning, implementation, monitoring/evaluation, operations research related to WASH and waterborne disease prevention in developing countries
  • Experience designing, implementing or evaluating public health programs, including WASH specific experience in refugee or complex humanitarian emergency settings
  • Strong epidemiology and statistics skills
  • Cholera or other waterborne disease experience a plus
  • French language skills considered a plus
  • Excellent communication & interpersonal skills
  • Strong training and team work skills