MANAGER, WASH EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM

  • Full Time
  • Kiev, Ukraine
  • Oct 20, 2022

Website International Medical Corps (IMC)

Job Description

Program Description (Background)

International Medical Corps, which has a history of providing healthcare services and training in Ukraine that dates back to 1999, is expanding its activities in the country and the surrounding region in response to the war there.

The situation throughout Ukraine is deteriorating rapidly as the conflict intensifies, prompting a sharp increase in humanitarian needs as access to essential services and supplies are disrupted and more and more people flee their homes. In addition, millions of Ukrainians have fled to neighboring countries, including Moldova, Poland and Romania, increasing pressure on host governments as they work to provide shelter and essential services to the new arrivals.

Our response activities will include operation of mobile medical teams and providing emergency and primary health services, mental health and psychosocial support, gender-based violence services, child protection, nutrition, and water, sanitation and hygiene. If requested, we also are prepared to deploy our Emergency Medical Team and mobile health facility to provide emergency and primary healthcare wherever it is needed.

Candidates will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Measles and any other mandatory vaccine requirement (country dependent) prior to deployment. Reasonable accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis for exemptions to this requirement in accordance with applicable law. Applicants should be aware that for certain positions involving emergency deployments, accommodations that involve remaining unvaccinated against COVID-19 may not be deemed reasonable. International Medical Corps will engage in the interactive process on an individualized basis in light of each particular role.

Job Description

JOB SUMMARY: The primary responsibility of the WASH Manager ERT includes supporting the team in the rapid assessment, planning, design, implementation, supervision, and administration of the WASH technical interventions consistent with ongoing or planned water and sanitation, and other International Medical Corps core sector programs. The WASH Manager will support the prioritization and coordination of the start-up and implementation of the interventions. S/he will participate as needed in the development of concept papers and proposals for emergency scale up interventions. In addition, the WASH Manager will support the training of local staff and stakeholders in WASH related topics.

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

MAIN TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Assessment
• Conduct the initial joint health and WASH rapid assessment for deployment and ensure the site selection is consistent with the international standards for WASH and infection prevention and control (IPC)
• Provide technical oversight ensuring provision of WASH adequate for the setting
• Implement water and sanitation, and relevant (IPC) expertise in rapid needs assessments and analysis at existing and new health care structures
• Translate the needs into program priorities and identify emergency interventions
• Provide capacity building support for conducting rapid needs assessments and its analysis that is to be linked to activity plan and budgets.
• Support the assessment of the in-country resources and capacities including staffing, material and financial for response with relevant staff and agencies

Program Design
• Select from appropriate technologies and design water systems including source selection (ground water, surface water), abstraction, storage, treatment and distribution for new systems and/or the rehabilitation of old water systems
• Select and design the most appropriate form of sanitation system including excreta disposal, vector control, solid waste disposal, drainage, taking full account of local conditions, resources, customs and cultural norms
• Select and design a hygiene promotion program that is suitable for the local context and would be widely accepted by beneficiaries, in collaboration with other actors
• Design appropriate, phased, technical interventions to ensure timely, safe and high-quality health care delivery at existing facilities and staff accommodation, including contingency preparation for potential infectious disease outbreaks as directed
• Ensure that issues of protection, gender, infection control, climatic conditions, environmental protection, security, access, safe operation and maintenance are factored into the response design
• Ensure minimum standards both qualitative and quantitative are considered and any departures documented
• Assist in the development of letters of intent, concept papers, budgets and proposals as directed

Response Management and Implementation
• Manage Emergency WASH interventions in a prioritized manner in co-ordination with International Medical Corps core sectors and other agencies, both governmental and non-governmental and the WASH Cluster
• Work closely with Human Resources team for hiring and building capacity of the WASH team
• Ensure gender and protection is considered throughout the project cycle with women being enabled to influence decision- making around WASH challenges
• Ensure Emergency WASH program implementation is linked to health, gender, child protection and nutrition
• Implement the appropriate supervisory, monitoring and evaluation systems for Emergency WASH interventions
• Work closely with program support functions (logistics and finance departments) for Emergency WASH program supplies and activities planning

Information and Co-ordination
• Provide regular updates and technical guidance to team on progress, priorities and challenges – verbally and in writing
• Represent International Medical Corps to governmental, non-governmental groups and WASH Cluster as needed and assigned
• Support the program team in obtaining the required government permissions and positively engage with institutional and private donors and HQ

Compliance & Ethics
• Promote and encourage 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. Conduct work with the highest level of integrity. Communicate these values to staff and to partners and require them to adhere to these values.

General
• Deployed personnel are expected to assist with the setup, maintenance and demobilization of the clinical spaces and base camp as required.

Policy Adherence
• Actively promote PSEA (prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse) standards within International Medical Corps and among beneficiaries served by International Medical Corps.
• Adhere to the Code of Conduct, maintain humanitarian principles and respect international humanitarian law at all times.

Perform other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed in this document are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and not necessarily all inclusive.

Code of Conduct
As applicable to this position, an individual must promote and encourage a culture of compliance and ethics throughout the organization and maintain a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards. Staff are also responsible for preventing violations to our Code of Conduct and Ethics, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment. If you see, hear or are made aware of any violations to the Code of Conduct and Ethics or Safeguarding Policy, you have an obligation to report.

If this is a supervisory position, one must set an example of ethical behavior through one’s own conduct and oversight of the work of others; ensure that those who report to you have sufficient knowledge and resources to follow the standards outlined in the Code of Conduct & Ethics; monitor compliance of the people you supervise; enforce the Code of Conduct & Ethics and International Medical Corps’ policies, including the Safeguarding Policy and the Protection from Harassment, Bullying and Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace Policy, consistently and fairly; support employees who in good faith raise questions or concerns.

Safeguarding
It is all staff shared responsibility and obligation to safeguard and protect populations with whom we work, including adults who may be particularly vulnerable and children. This includes safeguarding from the following conduct by our staff or partners: sexual exploitation and abuse; exploitation, neglect, or abuse of children, adults at risk, or LGBTI individuals; and any form of trafficking in persons.

Equal Opportunities
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.

Job Requirements

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

• Typically, a Bachelor’s degree in water and sanitation engineering, civil engineering, or relevant technical WASH specialization. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate
• Typically, 7+ years of relevant and progressive experience, with at least 3 years of work experience with designing and implementing emergency WASH (water and sanitation systems) in IDPs, refugee and migrant contexts, maintaining sanitation systems, and implementing hygiene promotion programs; or equivalent combination of education and experience
• Working knowledge and understanding of WASH sector and its hardware and software components specially in health facilities
• Demonstrated knowledge of linking WASH activities with other humanitarian sectors
• Experience overseeing emergency program implementation, tracking the progress, reporting against the agreed indicators and managing project budget.
• Experience in emergency and early recovery phases, including assessments and the design and delivery of effective water supply and hygiene promotion interventions in humanitarian and development contexts.
• Experience and understanding of key donors’ policies, guidelines and strategies e.g. WHO, USAID, OFDA, ECHO, DFID and UN.
• Demonstrated experience in WASH proposal development and preparation of internal and donor reports.
• Ability to effectively present information (both written and verbally) and respond appropriately to questions from senior managers in the field, counterparts, senior government in English
• Ability to understand gender related challenges within the beneficiary groups.
• Demonstrated analytical, motivational, communication, project conceptualization and planning skill. Demonstrated experience of working closely with support functions (finance and logistics) on activity and procurement planning
• Fluency in written and spoken English is required; fluency in Spanish, French or, Arabic is desirable

Additional Technical or Language Requirements Misconduct Disclosure Scheme All offers of employment at International Medical Corps are subject to satisfactory references and background checks. International Medical Corps participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme from the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR). In accordance with this, we will request information from an applicant’s previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.

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