Emergency Roster: WASH Team Lead (P4)

World Health Organization (WHO)

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The overall goal of WHO’s Outbreak and Health Emergencies (OHE) Programme is to minimize the health consequences of emergencies due to any biological, natural, technological or societal hazard. Collective and sound health emergency and disaster risk management is essential to health security, to sustainable development and to building the resilience of communities, countries and health systems.

The objectives of WHO’s OHE Programme are: to help Member States build their capacity to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to minimise the impact on the health of affected populations. WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme directs all of the Organization’s work in health emergency risk management, with an all-hazards approach comprising risk reduction, preparedness, readiness, response and early recovery activities, and with a particular emphasis on the identification and mitigation of infectious hazards and risks.

The Programme is responsible for establishing and managing WHO’s operational capacity in acute and protracted emergencies, setting overall strategy and ensuring appropriate operational planning, managing field operations, developing and ensuring adherence to technical standards, and ensuring risk and performance monitoring. The Programme engages in relevant partnerships and inter-agency processes, recognizing that its impact should be optimized by coordinating, leveraging and facilitating the implementation roles of other local, national and international entities and partners best positioned to deliver the relevant clinical or other public health services. WHO’s OHE Programme integrates and operates under the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence in the serving populations affected by outbreaks.

Description of duties:
Purpose of the Position:
To provide technical expertise to the incident management system in planning, monitoring, evaluation, coordination and implementing support of environmental health interventions with a focus on provision of safe drinking water, adequate sanitation, hygiene, and infection control (with focus on safe and dignified burial of contagious bodies, medical waste management), in the context of the WHO emergency preparedness, recovery and response operations.

Summary of Assigned Duties:
1.Provide emergency rapid assessment expertise for WASH (water, hygiene, sanitation, waste management), vector control and infection control inventory and needs in the health facilities and for the health activities in response to the emergency situation.
2.Monitor and report on country progress on WASH activities within the health facilities and for health activities in the context of the incident management system. Evaluate gaps and needs and propose remedial actions for improvement.
3.Advice, and when required provide onsite support to the health partners on WASH, proactively co-design and coordinate the implementation of plans to build up or rehabilitate emergency health facilities.
4.Provide onsite support to ensure applicability and appropriate implementation of the recommended infection control activities in the health facilities and for the health activities supported by the WHO, specifically for medical waste management, safe and dignified burial of infectious bodies, health staff and patients protection.
5.Verify that WASH, vector control and infection control activities are conducted and set up in the health facilities in compliance with Sphere and WHO Standards.
6.Secure Water, hygiene, sanitation and infection control expertise within the WASH cluster, providing implementation guidance.
7.Lead the training for MOH staff and WHO partners to build up local competences and ease the implementation the water, hygiene and sanitation standard for all health activities.
8.Write required evaluation or situation reports to ensure appropriated communication with OSL lead and all related technical experts. Represent WHO in the interagency WASH Cluster mechanism, and lead the WHO contribution to the WASH Cluster, by ensuring an ongoing, timely and technically sound input.
9.Perform any other related incident-specific duties, as required by the functional supervisor.

Advanced University degree (Master’s level or above) in engineering or other related field from an accredited/recognized institute, with specialization in water and sanitation.

In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the
degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from
an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International
Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be
accessed through the link: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be
reviewed individually.

Complementary studies in public health water, sanitation and hygiene.
Degree or training in computer applications in water and sanitation project design and related database systems.

Functional Knowledge and Skills:
1.Demonstrated knowledge of emergency response situations in the field of water and sanitation with proven ability to identify and solve technical problems in difficult circumstances.
2.Excellent analytical and organizational skills, with proven ability to elaborate and implement projects.
3.Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to promote cohesive action and convince officials with tact and diplomacy.
4.Knowledge of WHO, the UN System or NGO work in the field of response relief and/or of their practices and procedures as related to the work.

Competencies: WHO global competencies model at: http://www.who.int/employment/WHO_competencies_EN.pdf
1.Creating an empowering and motivating environment
2.Ensuring the effective use of resources
3.Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
6.Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

Other Skills (e.g. IT)
Good computer skills in Microsoft office.

At least seven (7) years of relevant experience, at the national and international levels, in the design and implementation of water and sanitation assessment and/or the design and management of related projects in emergency situations. Experience in developing and promoting collaborative actions with national authorities.

Some experience or a sound knowledge of WHO mandate and goals or in UN organizations/agencies, international institutions or NGOs.

Excellent knowledge of English or French (depending on the country of assignment). Working knowledge of another WHO official language would be an asset.
Additional Information:
Grading of position will be determined on a case by case basis in the light of the scale of responsibilities in the country of
assignment and the complexity of the operating environment.
Only Those applicants who are considered for deployment against a specific position will be contacted.
As reference checks will be made through your current and previous employers at the point of shortlisting, please ensure that they
are informed of the urgency to provide rapid feedback.
Prior to deployment candidates must:
– Hold a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate.
– Complete the online UNDSS Basic II Security in the field training which is accessible through:
This VN is for External Candidates. Salaries, allowances and benefits will be calculated based on the duty station and type of
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