Roving WASH in Health Facilities Specialist

International Medical Corps

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Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

International Medical Corps is a leading international humanitarian agency who responds to the population’s health and psychosocial needs in humanitarian settings, while also supporting the recovery of systems and services in transitional and development contexts. Currently, the technical team provides leadership and advisory support across International Medical Corps HQ departments, contributes to global policy and practice and direct technical support to country program teams inclusive of: health, gender based violence, mental health & psychosocial support, water, sanitation and hygiene, nutrition & food security and monitoring and evaluation.


The situation in regards to water supply and sanitation in health facilities in particular in humanitarian and transitional settings is often deficient. International Medical Corps’ WASH strategy acknowledges this need, and prioritizes addressing the issue in a systematic and pro-active manner. This position is thereby focused on leading this specific WASH strategic direction to achieve consistent delivery of integrated, evidence based interventions at health facilities in humanitarian and transitional settings.

The technical unit has four main objectives from the strategy, which will be the foundation of all specialists work;

Standards and Approaches; IMC has developed sector based, technical minimum standards for all country missions. The post holder will use the roll out plan to disseminate, train and support country teams to implement, apply and adopt these agreed standards. The post holder will work closely with M&E and compliance to ensure the minimum standards are being monitored and evaluated on a regular basis.

Evidence based practices: The post holder will seek learning opportunities that inform evidence-based program improvement, policy development and global best practices.

Capacity Building; The post holder will need to continually map technical field capacity to outline capacity building priorities, systematic training and to manage gaps in the field.

Technical Competencies; Using a yearly framework, the post holder will need to develop trainings and a core competency framework to improve current competencies with technical staff. Peer to peer discussion will help support the technical staff in the field.

JOB SUMMARY                                   
The Specialist WASH in Health Facilities provides technical support with the aim to strengthen the organization’s capacity and implementation quality in the area of WASH in health facilities through;

  • Work collaboratively in a team of technical specialists and advisors across sectors and cross-cutting issues.
  • Advise HQ and country teams on strategic opportunities for WASH in health facilities.
  • Develop technical guidance for WASH interventions in health facilities in humanitarian responses and development settings.
  • Contribute to identifying and building strategic partnerships at global and country level.
  • Strengthen internal and external coordination and collaboration with relevant stakeholders.

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

  • Provide technical guidance to relevant staff and country teams on appropriate interventions addressing WASH in health facilities, including preparedness for outbreak response;
  • Conduct joint assessments with IMC and counterparts in Health, Nutrition and DRR for ensuring integration of WASH in Health facility infrastructure and quality health & nutrition services are delivered.
  • Develop and deliver capacity building initiatives with identified stakeholders, including training and mentoring for WASH field staff based on gaps in specific areas of knowledge and practice;
  • Coordinate and collaborate with relevant HQ technical and support departments as it relates to related program development and implementation;  
  • Promote the development, adaptation, testing and mainstreaming of good practice in needs assessment, project design, implementation, and M & E for WASH in health facilities;
  • Engage HQ- and field-based staff in lesson learning and use results for program quality improvement;
  • Lead on assigned organizational initiatives, such as WASH for the Trauma Surgical Deployment Unit (TSDU);
  • Ensure effective and efficient program monitoring and reporting processes are in place and implemented in full collaboration with the Technical Unit M&E team;
  • Participate in and contribute to global and regional platforms and forums concerning WASH in health facilities programming, such as the WHO initiative on the “Fundamental Need for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Services in Health Care Facilities”
  • Build the evidence of good practices in WASH in health facilities, and ensure that field teams incorporate these into their programs;
  • Participate in relevant meetings at the national, international and policy levels in assigned area of work to advance International Medical Corps’ WASH objectives. This may include meetings with governmental donor agencies, various UN Agencies, the Global WASH Cluster, as well as conferences and meetings of health and WASH organizations.
  • Any other tasks or responsibilities based on organizational and programming need as assigned by the ector of Technical.

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.

  • Master’s degree in water sanitation engineering
  • Professional trainings and qualification in WASH in Health Facilities 
  • Proven experience in WASH in health facilities implementation at the field-level, including in outbreak situations
  • Familiarity with relevant standards and guidelines for WASH in health facilities
  • Proven experience in capacity building, facilitation of multi-stakeholder processes, organizational learning, and change processes
  • Proven experience in facility-based outbreak preparedness and response
  • Strong written and oral communications skills including ability to develop technical guidance and give presentations to colleagues in and outside of International Medical Corps
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to work effectively in different settings and across cultures
  • Travel – 75% of time is required