WASH Consultant

International Medical Corps

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Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:


International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, non-profit 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, non-political, non-sectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility for rapid response to emergencies. International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

IMC started operations in Nigeria with a focus on building the capacity of local health system and communities and ensure the provision of quality, accessible health and nutrition care for children under five years. The Government of Nigeria declared a state of emergency (SoE) in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states in the north-eastern part of the country in 2013. Since the SoE was declared, there has been a significant increase of internally displaced persons in the northeast, approximately 1.7 million to date in Borno state alone. International Medical Corps launched an emergency response in Northeast to address the needs of the affected populations since March 2015. 

The main purpose of this consultancy is to lead technical implementation of WASH programming in target communities/ LGAs in Borno State, identify and help address WASH technical skills gaps in National program staff, IMC recently secured funding for an emergency WASH GBV, and health program targeting IDPs in informal settlements/ host families and formal settlements/ IDP camps in Borno State, North East Nigeria. The WASH consultant support will mainly consist of providing technical guidance for the WASH program team and also providing assistance to the Emergency Program Coordinator in the recruitment of subsequent and coaching of a national WASH Program Manager, Strengthening networks with key WASH stakeholders in Borno state (Ministry of water resources, UNICEF, RUWASA, etc…) The WASH consultant will support in assessing WASH needs in newly accessible areas in Borno State and recommend possible WASH intervention in these areas.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation.
• Provide technical guidance to the WASH team to ensure OFDA WASH project targets are met within the required timelines
• 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, etc…)
• Work with the Emergency Program Coordinator in the recruitment, training and mentoring of a competent national WASH Manager
• 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…),
• Conduct technical evaluation for bidders on infrastructure work (latrines construction, water points drilling and borehole rehabilitation, health facilities rehabilitation etc….) and lead on the supervision and follow up of contractors on all infrastructures under OFDA and any other upcoming projects.
• Mobilize and train community volunteers to support WASH/ hygiene promotion activities at community level and ensure quality hygiene promotion activities are conducted regularly in the beneficiary communities.
• Train the new national WASH Manager on relevant WASH in emergencies/ hygiene promotion approaches and ensure progressive transition of responsibilities in close coordination with Emergency Program Coordinator
• Contribute to reporting and further WASH proposals development as and when need arises
• Oversee/supervise WASH program implementation (OFDA and any upcoming donor funded projects)
• Work with the Emergency Program Coordinator and the national WASH Manager to prepare donor visits, accompany any visitors (including donors) to see and appreciate program activities progress and achievements on the ground
• Ensure the Emergency Program Coordinator is fully updated on progress and any challenges for the WASH program in Maiduguri
• Actively represent IMC in the WASH in emergencies sector working group in Maiduguri, and train the new WASH Manager to progressively take on the coordination responsibilities.
• Ensure IMC WASH interventions are coordinated with the relevant WASH stakeholders at Borno State/ Nigeria and ensure that IMC plays a leading role in the WASH in emergencies sector working group in Maiduguri/Borno
• Represent the organization together with the new WASH Manager on relevant WASH forums
• Contribute to the positive image and overall credibility of the organization, notably through the application of the organization’s Code of Conduct  
Compliance & Ethics:  Promotes and encourages 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.  Conducts work with the highest level of integrity. Communicates these values to staff and to partners and requires them to adhere to these values.

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.

• At least 5 years’ experience as WASH sector lead with an international organization in emergency settings ( international assignment)
• Bsc Engineering, masters preferred
• Familiarity with key donors in humanitarian operations (OFDA, ECHO, FFP, BPRM, UN pooled funds…)
• Strong assessment and report /proposal writing skills
• Strong program management skills and ability to relate to and motivate local staff effectively
• Strong coordination skills (familiar with UN/OCHA, UNICEF, ….and cluster system/sector working groups)
• Capacity to interface with Finance and logistics on matters related to contractors selection, and also organizational and donor procedures compliance
• Capacity to live and work a very insecure environment with limited amenities ( Maiduguri, Borno State, North East Nigeria)
• Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently
• Extremely flexible, and have the ability to cope with stressful situations and frustrations
• Creativity and the ability to work with limited resources
• Team player and strong communication skills, both oral and written
• Proficient in computer applications, especially with MS Word and MS Excel, MS PowerPoint a plus