UNICEF hires 01 WASH Cholera Expert
WASH Cholera Expert – P4 – WCARO – Dakar – Senegal – This vacancy is a re-advertisement. Candidates who applied during previous advertisement do not need to re-apply.
Job Number: 506944 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: Senegal
Work Type : Temporary Appointment
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.
For every child,
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the WCARO WASH (Emergency) Specialist (Post Number: 52611) the WASH cholera expert based in Dakar, Senegal, will work closely with WCARO WASH, Health, C4D and emergency staff in country offices and external partners involved in cholera prevention and control programming. The position will be head of the regional cholera project.
How can you make a difference?
In West and Central Africa, about 50,000 to 100,000 cases of cholera and 1,500 deaths were reported between 2010 and 2014, while the trend is currently decreasing in West Africa with less than 10,000 cases per year in 2015 and 2016.
Major outbreaks have been recorded in the Lake Chad Basin and along the coast of Guinea. In addition, many cases and particularly community deaths are not reported. Epidemiological surveillance and reporting system remain very variable from one country to another, and is far from being efficient in most at risk districts. The major areas of cholera dissemination in the region are the following: – Gulf of Guinea: Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Togo; – Lake Chad Basin: Cameroon, Niger (Southeast), Nigeria, Chad; – Niger River Basin: Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger (Southwest).
Cholera initiatives in the region:
Since 2009, the UNICEF West and Central Africa Regional Office (WCARO) pays special attention to cholera issues in the region. Studies to understand the epidemiology of the disease and to feed risk reduction and response strategies were conducted in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad.
Since March 2012, UNICEF is engaged in the coordination of the cholera regional platform which gathers major agencies and donors involved in the fight against this disease. A formalized strategy named “shield and sword” is promoted by the platform. This strategy is based on a rapid and targeted response in affected areas following cases investigation and mapping (sword) and sustainable interventions in cholera hotspots to prevent the occurrence of further epidemics (shield).
In June 2014, the Global Task Force on Cholera Control (GTFCC) was re-launched by WHO and promotes the implementation of sustainable WASH interventions coupled with vaccination campaigns in hot spots. The role of the GTFCC is also to coordinate the various initiatives in the fight against cholera worldwide through working groups by thematic, in particular the WASH working group led by UNICEF from 2017.
In 2013 and 2014, the UNICEF regional office entered in a partnership with ECHO as part of a regional programme to fight against cholera. In 2017 and 2018, the regional office wishes to continue to contribute to the reduction of cholera epidemics in the region.
Under the supervision of the UNICEF WASH (Emergency) Specialist, in close collaboration with the Cholera Information Management Specialist, the WASH Cholera Expert coordinates the implementation of the regional program for cholera reduction in West Africa (2017/2018).
I . Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks
The WASH Cholera Expert coordinates the implementation of the regional program against cholera outbreak in close collaboration with:
- The Cholera West and Central Africa Regional Platform;
- The WASH and Health Regional West and Central Africa Regional Groups;
- The Cholera Team (“task force”) as well as the WASH, Health and C4D Sections of UNICEF West and Central Africa Regional Office;
- The Cholera focal points in the countries and UNICEF Country Offices concerned;
- The WASH and Health Clusters coordinators or Sectorial Groups focal points, Cholera Taskforces or platforms of countries targeted.
The WASH Cholera Expert will be responsible for the following:
Advocacy, Strategic Representation and Partnerships
- Advocate for raising funds for sustainable WASH interventions in cholera hot spots ;
- Coordinate the Cholera Regional Platform with meeting on a quarterly basis;
- Formalize and operationalize the cross-border collaboration in broadcast basins;
- Continued coordination with Global Cholera Task Force and involvement in technical groups namely the WASH working group of the GTFCC;
- Coordinate the UNICEF Cholera Team (“task force”) of the Regional Office.
- Technical Assistance & Capacity Development
- Support the elaboration of key national strategic documents against cholera (action plan, road map, strategy) in targeted countries;
- Support for cholera preparedness and training of UNICEF country offices and sectorial groups (WASH, Health, Social mobilization);
- Provide comments on country program planning documents to ensure update of progress.
Knowledge Management, Evidence Generation
- Frame multidisciplinary studies (WASH, Social Sciences, Epidemiology) in hot spots for behavior change;
- Launch operational research programme on cholera (molecular biology, environmental samplings, WASH interventions impact, etc.);
- Organize Cholera regional training;
- Develop together with the Information Manager Officer the Website hosted by the cholera regional platform;
- Develop and broadcast cholera regional updates (bimonthly) and the mapping of actors and resources (quarterly);
- Collect, Revise and broadcast the regional tools;
- Produce documentation on cholera and ensure dissemination.
Oversight and Quality Assurance
- Write the various donors and internal reports on time.
Support to countries with needs for surge support.
II. Impact of Results
This 2017/2018 program builds on the previous regional ones (2013/2014 and 2015/2016) and aims to help reduce the incidence of cholera outbreaks in countries in the West and Sahel Africa via:
1. Improved alert systems and epidemiological surveillance in epidemiological basins;
2. Capacity building for risk preparedness at institutional and community level;
3. Timely and targeted operational response in concerned countries.
To qualify as a/an [champion or advocate] for every child you will have…
- Environment or WASH related engineering diploma / Master’s degree in Environment or in Water, Sanitation or Hygiene.
- At least 8 years’ experience of which more than half conducting cholera emergency response program in several countries at local, national and cross-border level;
- Have developed or participated in the development of reference materials about cholera: manual, guide, national plan, strategy or integrated cholera study;
- Have worked in several epidemic contexts in close collaboration with ministries, divisions or services related to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and Disease Prevention and Control;
- Have worked in the management of database and GIS mapping (Geographic Information System) of the cholera or other diseases epidemiological situation at regional, country and district level;
- Have participated in the organization of a workshop on lesson learned from the response to a cholera outbreak and / or the development or review of a strategic plan against cholera.
- Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
- Fluency in English and French is required.
Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
This position is classified as “rotational” which means the incumbent is expected to rotate to another duty station upon completion of their tour of duty,
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.
This vacancy is a re-advertisement. Candidates who applied during previous advertisement do not need to re-apply.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
UNICEF is a non smoking environment
Closing Date Sun Oct 01 2017 00:55:00 GMT+0200 (Paris, Madrid (heure d’été))