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Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/13/TA31
Title: Technical Officer (WASH)
Grade: P3
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  For 6 months
Date: 4 April 2013
Application Deadline: 22 April 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Kabul, Afghanistan
Organization unit: EMCO Countries (EM_ACO) /
EM_AFG WHO Representative's Office, Afghanistan (EM_AFG)
Emergancy & Humanitarian Action (EHA)/ Director of Programme Management (DPM)
Emergency Health Action (EHA) unit is supporting (technically and operationally) the national health authorities and the health sector as a whole in Afghanistan to mitigate, prevent, prepare and respond to the natural and man-made disasters that surpass the local response capacity. High incidence and large number of outbreaks of water borne diseases is one of the main health problems across all provinces in Afghanistan: it accounts for more than 20% of overall annual mortality in below five years of age children. The recurrence of natural disaster, insecurity and poor population access to safe drinking water and sanitation are the main causes. Only 23% of the population at the national level has access to safe drinking water. To address the situation, the EHA together with MoPH (Emergency Preparedness and Response and Environmental Health Unit) had planned to strengthen the health sector capacity for water quality testing & monitoring mechanism as well as implementation of WASH related health interventions during and outside emergencies.

Purpose of the Post:
To strengthen the country office capacities and involvement in the overall Water and Sanitation (WASH) efforts taking place in Afghanistan as well as support in clarifying the role and building the capacity of the Ministry of Public Health regarding WASH activities including water sources quality testing and monitoring system, sanitation and hygiene and complementing sector activities.

Organizational Context:
The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Emergency Coordinator in Afghanistan with support of EHA team members, (data management, emergency community health and inter-cluster coordination, and national environmental health officers, and the Southern region cluster coordinator). The incumbent will develop a close liaison with CEHA for the technical expertise and feedback. Close coordination and collaboration with PHC/community health, Diseases Early Warning System (DEWS), laboratory, and logistics departments are crucial for performing the assigned duties and achieving the desired results.
Description of duties:
Summary of Assigned Duties:
Under the direct supervision of the Emergency Coordinator and overall guidance of the WHO Representative, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

-Assist in developing the WHO CO strategy and three-year work-plan for WASH activities in coordination with PHC and CSR departments and taking into account the MoPH strategic plan, priorities and needs.
-Prepare proposals for the donors based on the country office strategy (including joint proposals with MoPH) and advocate with potential donors for resource mobilization.
-Draft donor and situational reports on regular basis
-Collaborate with the Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MoRRD), and other WASH partners in defining the roles and responsibilities through a multi-partner formal agreement.
-Support Ministry of Public Health and Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MoRRD) in building and maintaining water sources quality monitoring program including chlorination activities.
-Support the MoPH in finalizing the protocol and training module for water quality testing during emergencies; ensure the protocol is approved by the MoPH technical committees and formally adopted by MoPH.
-Build capacity of MoPH and other stakeholders on water quality sampling and testing during emergencies through training activities.
-Support the MoPH and MoRRD in coordinating the hygiene promotion activities.
-Provide technical inputs to MoPH, MoRRD, UN agencies and NGO on WASH requirements, in particular on the water-related diseases, including technical preparations for the WHO water quality guidance.
-Ensure effective coordination with partners, including MoPH, MRRD, UN agencies and NGOs on all WASH activities.
-Provide weekly/monthly reports on EHA activities as needed.

Achievement Activities Include:
- Development of Country Office three years strategic plan regarding WASH activities.
- Mobilisation of necessary resources for the implementation through proposal writing and advocacy with donors
- Endorsement by the MoPH of the national protocol for water quality testing during emergencies.
- Training of 120 relevant staff from WHO, MoPH and Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS) implementing NGOs.
- Establishment of a system for water quality monitoring.
Essential: University degree in Environmental/Sanitary Engineering or Environmental Science or Public Health.

Desirable: Master or studies on water testing, public health or related fields.

1) Communicating in a credible and effective way
2) Producing results
3) Knowing and managing yourself
4) Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

Functional Skills and Knowledge (Describe skills and knowledge specific to the post):
- Knowledge of WHO procedures and established rules.
- Good writing skills (English) in preparation of reports, proposals, strategies and protocols.
- Ability to work under pressure.
- Ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team to adapt to cultural diversity and maintain high standards of personal conduct.
-Demonstrated knowledge of emergency WASH;
- Sound problem solving skills.

Other Skills (e.g. IT): Proficiency in MS Office
Essential: At least 5 years working experience in WASH related activities, preferably in the context of emergency relief response.

Desirable: Work experience in the UN system
Excellent knowledge of English
Additional Information:
- Applicants are kindly requested to pay attention to the screening questions as they will be used to screen
out unqualified candidates.
- Only qualified applicants with the relevant experience will be considered.
- A written test/presentation and interviews will be used as a form of screening. The written test might be used as an eliminatory tool.
- Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice (this could be the base for rosters).
-Interviews will include competency-based questions
This Vacancy Notice is published in English only.
Note: In view of the current security situation, Afghanistan has been declared a non-family duty station; i.e. dependents are not allowed to visit or reside with the staff member at the duty station. The entitlements will be determined as applicable at the time of recruitment.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US $56091 at single rate
US $60091 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 56.5 % 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.

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

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