Technical Officer (WASH)

World Health Organization (WHO)

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To reduce the incidence, prevalence, burden and negative impact of communicable diseases on health and on the social and economic well-being of all people in the AFRO/WHO Region. To reduce morbidity, mortality and disability through the prevention, control, eradication and/or elimination of selected communicable diseases.

To contribute to the reduction of the environmental burden of disease, through regular assessments of the environmental risk factors to human health and the deployment of cost effective preventive interventions.

Description of duties:
The incumbent is assigned all or part of the following responsibilities which are performed according to the needs and agenda:

To provide technical support to Member States in the systematic collection and collation of data on water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) from projects and programmes implemented by governments and concerned stakeholders, (e.g. policies, financing, human resources), utilising existing WASH monitoring assessments and platforms at the national, regional and global level to determine progress against implementation targets and plans, effectiveness and specific vulnerabilities.

To be actively engaged with strengthening and harmonizing assessment and monitoring mechanisms, including the development of on-line surveys and the configuration of a data management system to allow for the submission and presentation of data from countries and donors/external support agencies, together with the transparent display of data sources, improved analytical interpretation and new ideas on the analysis and presentation of data.

To proactively participate in the implementation of regional strategies, norms, standards and guidelines to ensure full collaboration and efficient implementation of cross-cutting activities, and the documentation of successes, lessons learnt and best practices in WASH, as an authoritative reference to make policy decisions and resource allocations and/or to propose remedial actions and innovative solutions to identified constraints.

To maintain and strengthen the development and dissemination of appropriate information packages and guidelines to facilitate community behavioural change campaigns which engage and empower the community and address social norms.

To collaborate with and support regular reporting and the production of global and regional WASH reports highlighting progress against benchmarks and responses over time that help to pinpoint the populations and areas which are outliers from national averages. In addition, to share information with relevant stakeholders at regional and national level, through joint meetings, video conferencing, informal consultations and inter-country meetings, as required

To fully participate in the identification of national capacity gaps to improve existing procedures and introduce new practices and/or ideas among partners and key stakeholders; and support the planning and management of workshops, seminars and training to strengthen health staff and Member State skill-sets.

To support the development of strategic partnerships, including drafting proposals, to increase resource mobilization to sustain PHE activities and interventions contributing to WASH.

To perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required

Essential : Advanced university degree in Environmental Science or Management, Public Health, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Geology, Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Sanitation Engineering, or a related field.

Desirable: Post-graduate training or specialization in Health Education or Communication for Development (Programme Communication), Development Studies or Public Health.

Verification of Educational qualifications:

“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: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually”.

Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in programme planning, implementation and monitoring preferably in water and sanitation sector and experience and needs assessment processes; Proven experience in coordinating complex technical consultation processes and in analysing and integrating diverse and complex quantitative and qualitative data from a wide range of sources; Demonstrated expertise supporting the planning, development and implementation of norms and standards related to environment and health; Good understanding of database management; Proven track record supporting the development of effective reporting mechanisms for monitoring and evaluating results and progress at the regional level to facilitate the reporting of results, progress, lessons learnt and best practices and the promotion of cross-cutting activities; Sound understanding of global and regional issues on PHE and their impact on health, social and economic development; Excellent communication and presentation skills with ability to write in a clear and concise manner and to give technical advice and guidance taking into consideration the views of multiple stakeholders and partners; Proven ability to advocate for and mobilize resources; Proven interpersonal skills and the ability to promote consensus and resolve issues in a proactive manner; Diplomacy, tact and courtesy.

Good level of computer literacy; the ability to analyze spreadsheets and data and manage electronic information; familiarity with eHealth tools

WHO Competencies:

1. Producing results
2. Fostering integration and teamwork
3. Moving forward in a changing environment
4. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
5. Communicating in a credible and effective way

Essential : At least seven years’ practical experience working with processing, analysing and interpreting environment and health related-data, including aspects related to water and sanitation, of which at least three years were at the international level.
Experience, ideally in developing countries, working with individuals and issues pertinent to environmental or public health projects, policies and/or monitoring, including with governmental bodies at regional and national level.

Desirable : Experience with the UN System or WHO, ideally collaborating on WASH programmes, and knowledge of national, regional and global partnerships and networks.
Experience of humanitarian assessment processes in the area of WASH;
Knowledge of website development.

Excellent knowledge of English and/or French with a good working knowledge of the other.
Additional Information:
WHO’s salaries are calculated in US dollars. They consist of a base salary and a post adjustment (for international positions only) which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station and exchange rates. Other benefits include: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, home travel (for international positions only), education grant for dependent children (for international positions only), pension plan and medical insurance.
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Mobility (for international positions only)

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Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 69032 at single rate
USD 74130 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 50.8 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

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