Cholera Taskforce Coordinator

Solidarités International
Maiduguri, Nigeria
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
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About the mission

Desired start date: ASAP

Duration of the mission: until the end of December 2020 with high possibility of extension

Location: Maiduguri

Nigeria has been going through an acute political and military crisis for years, which has affected millions of lives. Solidarités International (SI) has been answering the needs of displaced populations, as well as host communities in the Borno State for almost 4 years. The targeted areas of intervention are WASH, shelter, logistics, food security and livelihood. 7 programs are currently running:

  1. Multi-sectorial project over 3 years in Monguno, Ngala, Askira/Uba and Hawul
  2. Logistic Platform project in Monguno
  3. Emergency WASH and Shelter response on all 4 Borno bases
  4. Emergency WASH in Health in Maiduguri and Monguno
  5. Emergency WASH in Maiduguri, Monguno and Dikwa
  6. WASH response for vulnerable IDPs and host communities in Dikwa
  7. Emergency WASH response for new onset manmade disaster in Ngala

Since 2019, SI has been the WaSH Sector lead in part of Maiduguri and in Monguno LGAs, as well as the lead of the Cholera Task Force. This lead role in the coordination mechanism enables SI to work hand in hand with medical actors who operate in CTC and CTU to ensure quick response to cholera outbreaks.

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More than 220 people (approx. 200 Nigerian staff and 20 international staff) are working on the Nigeria mission today. They are operating from 5 different locations:

  • Liaison office: Abuja.
  • Coordination office: Maiduguri.
  • Operational bases: Maiduguri, Monguno, NGala and Dikwa.

The mission has a forecasted budget of more than EUR 11M. Europaid, ECHO, OFDA, CDC and the UN (NHF, WFP) currently fund it. SI is confident in the mission’s potential to grow in the upcoming years.

About the job

The main objective of the Cholera taskforce Coordinator is to improve WASH Sector coordination within Borno State in order to ensure timely and quality response to cholera outbreak in the State and provide updates to partners about possible gaps in cholera response in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States.

The Cholera Task Force coordinator will be a full time position. The coordinator will travel to field locations, as well as in the region, as needed and based on SI security assessments.

Role description

The position-holder will be responsible for supporting sector coordination of WASH actors in North East Nigeria in collaboration with the Borno State WASH sector coordinator. The purpose of this position is to provide leadership and facilitate the processes that will ensure a well-coordinated, strategic, adequate, coherent, and effective cholera response by WASH actors in Borno State. The position might also mobilize partners from Borno State in order to address gaps in cholera response in neighboring Adamawa and Yobe States.

The position-holder will be SI staff and will report directly to SI Deputy Country Director (DCD). However, the position-holder will be accountable to WASH partners in Borno State and the WASH Sector. The position-holder will not be directly involved in the delivery of SI projects.

Reports to: Deputy Country Director for Programs

Responsibilities

The Cholera Task Force Coordinator will work impartially, serving the needs of all members of the WASH Sector and should work closely with the Borno State WASH Sector Coordinator, as appropriate. He/She will be responsible for:

  1. Establishment and maintenance of appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanisms: organization of coordination meetings at Maiduguri level – covering updates on BAY* States and any other state as per SI need/decision;
  2. Ensuring the application of appropriate standards: development and/or sharing of standard operating procedures to improve the quality and harmonization of the interventions of the partners;
  3. In cooperation with WasH and Health partners, identify cholera transmission mechanisms and promote rationale WaSH prevention programs: identify cholera sources, transmission routes and trends together with WaSH conditions and propose a data based geo-referred long-term response to WaSH partners;
  4. Undertaking the planning and strategy development: development and/or sharing of emergency preparedness and contingency plan for integrated cholera response in consultation with stakeholders;
  5. In cooperation with WasH and Health partners, put in place an early warning system: identify, upgrade, formalise and make functional and efficient already existing institutional and communitarian warning mechanisms;
  6. Coordinating cholera response and partners to fill gaps in response: consolidation, analysis and regular update of partner’s data to provide a quantitative gap analysis including obstacles and duplications and thus improve response planning;
  7. Planning and implementing SI’s Cholera Response in BAY states and providing technical guidance to emergency teams in consultation with DCD and technical coordinator.
  8. Supporting TUFTs University in developing 2 standardized monitoring tools for cholera response: support in identifying programs and offering technical guidance on data provided by TUFTs University on community and household cholera response interventions;
  9. Ensuring adapted information management monitoring in collaboration with the WASH Sector and with TUFTs University to ensure proper reporting and information sharing as required;
  10. Ensuring needs assessment and analysis: support the organization of cholera assessments (joint if relevant);
  11. Actively contributing to Inter-Sector coordination: consultation and sharing of information with other coordinating bodies (health Sector, the Emergency Operation Centre or EOC, clusters, ICC, OCHA, HC and HCT) and with relevant government departments, with a particular focus on strengthening inter-cluster and decentralized coordination-prioritization based on analysis of interventions;
  12. Ensuring adapted reporting: weekly or daily (during cholera outbreak) presentation to the EOC and Health Sector of WASH cholera response data as well as provision of bi-monthly bulletin to OFDA and to WASH Sector partners about the cholera situation, response and gaps in Borno State;
  13. Undertaking training and capacity building: capacity building of partners through refresher trainings (national and international NGOs, particularly at LGA level);
  14. Ensuring advocacy on behalf of all WASH Sector partners: Implementation of advocacy activities to promote and defend the interests of partners.

*BAY : Borno, Adamawa, Yobe

Your profile

  • Public Health background with minimum 3 years of experience of project implementation in WASH humanitarian response;
  • Minimum 1 year of experience in cholera response required;
  • Previous experience in participating in/leading different coordination bodies/mechanisms required;
  • Previous experience as WASH Sector co-lead is a plus;
  • Personal and professional integrity in all interactions;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Capacity to work with diverse stakeholders to develop consensus;
  • Facilitation capacity in order to present ideas effectively and clearly while listening and acknowledging others’ perspectives and views;
  • Experience of working within international humanitarian response and coordination mechanisms;
  • Experience in humanitarian funding mechanisms (HPF, CERF, CHF and Flash Appeals processes);
  • Understanding of humanitarian principles and how to apply these;
  • Ability to develop a cluster strategy and to clarify complex strategies for operational implementation;
  • Understanding of the links between emergency response, recovery, and the transition to development;
  • Capacity to handle insecure environments;
  • Strong level of autonomy;
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal.

SI will offer you

Salaried position
Salary: According to experience, starting from EUR 2640 gross per month (EUR 2400 base salary + 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly)

Monthly Per Diem: USD 600
SI covers accommodation costs and travel expenses between the expatriate's country of residence and the mission.

Break policy

  • 1 break of 7 working days every 3 months + USD 850 allowance (for each break).
  • 1 day off per worked month.

These days off, as well as the breaks, are not deducted from the paid leaves that are paid every months with your salary: they are offered by SI.

Social and medical cover:
Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.

Living conditions

The FSL Co lives in SI’s compound – guest house (GH) with the other international staff. He/she has private room and shares the bathroom and the kitchen. The GH is next to the office and located in a residential area.

Despite the current political and humanitarian context in Borno state, Maiduguri provide proper living conditions. Electricity is available at the office and at the GH (except a small period during the night), communication and internet are available, either on the SI provided network or the 4G network. All essential goods (food, hygiene etc..) can be bought locally in the small shops around the office, or in the pre-validated supermarket. There is a dense social life in Maiduguri, and visits to other NGOs are possible, as well as some pre-validated places.

The constraints related to security do exist (movement restrictions, curfew at 9:30PM.), but they are bearable, as they allow personal activities. However, please note that the security constraints are more important when it comes to field deployments outside Maiduguri: stricter rules have to apply.

Application process

Please send us your CV AND Cover letter in English. Please bear in mind that we receive a high volume of applications, which means it can take us a few weeks to get in touch with you.

If you are shortlisted, please note that SI’s recruitment process usually includes: an HR interview, reference checks, written test, technical interview.

The vacancy may close before the deadline.

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