Position Title : Operations Officer (WASH EVD)
Duty Station : Yei, South Sudan
Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P2
Type of Appointment : Special short-term graded, Six months with possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible
Closing Date : 06 January 2020
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Applications are welcome from first- and second-tier candidates, particularly qualified female candidates as well as applications from the non-represented member countries of IOM. For all IOM vacancies, applications from qualified and eligible first-tier candidates are considered before those of qualified and eligible second-tier candidates in the selection process.
For the purpose of this vacancy, the following are considered first-tier candidates:
1. Internal candidates
2. Candidates from the following non-represented member states: Antigua and Barbuda; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Djibouti; El Salvador; Fiji; Gabon; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Libya; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu
Second tier candidates include:
All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states.
Under the overall supervision of the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Programme Coordinator, the direct supervision of the Programme Officer (WASH), the successful candidate will be responsible for the implementation of WASH-IPC (EVD) preparedness activities at the border locations with Uganda and Democratic Republic of the Congo. S/he will be based in the city of Yei (former Central Equatoria State) and will travel frequently to field locations where IOM EVD preparedness activities implementation is taking place. This includes temporal staying in bordering cities of Uganda, from where operations are being launched to cover some locations in South Sudan.
Core Functions / Responsibilities:
1. Coordinate with the local authorities, humanitarian partners, communities and other stakeholders at the field level to orderly implement the activities of the IOM EVD preparedness program including but not limited to establishment of Points of Entry screenings, avoiding duplications and addressing gaps.
2. Participate in the Yei coordination platforms and when relevant the EVD coordination at Juba level. Provide required inputs in a timely manner in coordination with the WASH team in Juba for the WASH cluster, EVD preparedness technical working groups and EVD-STF in coordination with the EVD Preparedness Coordinator and the WASH Programme Coordinator in Juba.
3. Contribute to the development of the strategic approach and an action plan to guide the implementation of the EVD preparedness activities that is consistent with National Task Force (NTF) approach and agreed commitments of IOM.
4. Monitor IOM activities on the ground for consistency with EVD preparedness SOP published by the NTF (Government of South Sudan and the World Health Organization (WHO)) as prioritized by the EVD NTF, and make recommendations to address issues of non-compliance.
5. Supervise the implementation of the activities required to provide WASH services and rehabilitation / construction to Primary Health Facilities (PHF) and referral hospitals in several locations along the border between South Sudan and Uganda/ Democratic Republic of the Congo, including but not limited to the provision of emergency WASH facilities in the screening sites installed at both formal and informal Point of Entry (PoE) identified by the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) team and in coordination with the IOM health units along the border as prioritized by the Borders and Health Technical Working Group.
6. Guide the organisation and supervision of a risk communication campaign at the communities around the PoE and PHF, with the involvement of community volunteers that will be trained and monitored by the program, with the objective of raising the knowledge of the local population on the potential EVD risk.
7. Facilitate the mainstreaming of Protection and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) prevention approach in all activities and in coordination with the GBV officers of the program, as well as contribute to quality gender analysis.
8. Support the EVD Preparedness Coordinator in following -up on project implementation according to IOM internal and donor requirements.
9. Vigorously mobilize the community with the support of the WASH team on the ground, facilitating participation, involvement and contribution of the targeted communities for the completion of the activities.
10. Monitor the project implementation, ensure that materials are being properly utilized and that WASH items are effectively distributed to the beneficiaries.
11. Ensure the centralization of information from the rest of locations involved in the EVD preparedness and report timely (weekly and monthly) to the WASH Programme Coordinator, the EVD Preparedness Coordinator and Head of Operations in Juba. Ensure that project data and information is archived and shared appropriately.
12. Supervise support staff and provide guidance and training as required.
13. Perform such other duties as may be assigned
Required Qualifications and Experience:
• Master’s degree in Public Health, social science, environmental, engineering, and epidemiologic or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or
• University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.
• At least two years of relevant experience in Emergency Response related WASH (epidemiological outbreak);
• At least 4 years’ experience with I/NGO or UN agencies;
• Previous experience in Ebola response programming;
• Experience in programme and team both direct line management and implementing partners;
• Relevant experience in project development and reporting;
• Knowledge of protection mainstreaming standards.
IOM’s official languages are English, French and Spanish.
For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of French, Spanish and/or Arabic is an advantage.
Values – all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these three values:
• Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
• Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
• Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.
Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2
• Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results. • Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
• Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
• Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
• Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.
Managerial Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2
• Leadership: provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the organization’s vision; assists others to realize and develop their potential.
• Empowering others & building trust: creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
• Strategic thinking and vision: works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.
IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link.
Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.
Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile.
Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.
The list of NMS countries above includes all IOM Member States which are non-represented in the Professional Category of staff members. For this staff category, candidates who are nationals of the duty station’s country cannot be considered eligible.
Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.
How to apply:
Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 06 January 2020 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.
IOM only accepts duly completed applications submitted through the IOM e-Recruitment system. The online tool also allows candidates to track the status of their application.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Posting period: to 06.01.2020
IOM does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training or other fee). IOM does not request any information related to bank accounts.