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Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/13/TA115
Title: Technical Officer (WASH), Post #353118
Grade: P4
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  One year
Date: 31 October 2013
Application Deadline: 21 November 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Arbil, Iraq
Organization unit: EMCO Countries (EM_ACO) /
EM_IRQ WHO Representative's Office, Iraq (EM_IRQ)
EM/DPM Director of Programme Management- EM/EHA Emergency Humanitarian Action
Purpose of the Post:

- To strengthen the country office capacities to respond to the urgent and emergency needs with regards Water and Sanitation (WASH)' emanating from the Syrian refugees crisis and to contribute to efforts taking place in Iraq and in Kurdistan as well as support in clarifying the role and building the capacity of the Local authority regarding WASH activities including water sources quality testing and monitoring system, sanitation and hygiene and complementing sector activities in the context of emergency measures.
- To enhance emergency response through coordination with all stakeholders at the sub-national (field) level, and with the national level WASH cluster.

Objectives of the Programme:

WHO Iraq Office is supporting (technically and operationally) the national health authorities and the health sector as a whole in Iraq to mitigate, prevent, prepare and respond to the Syrian refugees needs that surpass the local response capacity. Possibility of outbreaks of water borne diseases is one of the main health concerns across the refugee camps: it accounts for high mortality in below five years of age children. The recurrence of refugees' influx, insecurity and poor access to safe drinking water and sanitation are the main causes. To address and respond to the situation, WHO Iraq Office together with other UN Agencies and Ministry of Health and environment had planned to strengthen the health sector capacity for water quality testing & monitoring mechanism as well as implementation of WASH related health interventions

Organizational Context:
Under the direct supervision of the Coordinator Health Cluster and the overall guidance of the WHO Representative, the incumbent will ensure supervision, follow up the environmental health situation within the Syrian Refugees camps as well as outside the camps and coordinate with local authorities, UN Agencies and donors through WASH cluster for performing the assigned duties and achieving the desired results.
Description of duties:
Summary of Assigned Duties:

The incumbent will perform the following duties:

- Enhance emergency response and effective management of WHO assisted environmental health programmes in humanitarian action, for the affected Syrian refugees in Kurdistan Region, by ensuring minimum WASH standards in drinking and domestic water, sanitation, solid waste management, drainage, and hygiene promotion, in collaboration and partnership with all WASH partners in the field.

- Provide technical and operational support to health and other relevant authorities/partners to respond to the needs of Syrian refugees in Iraq in the areas of drinking water quality, sanitation and waste management determinants, including training and health education and promotion programmes; and to coordinate programme activities within UN Agencies, NGOs and other organizations.

- Support relevant authorities in developing plans and activities and provide technical guidance on policies, programmes and projects related to public health and water/sanitation in response to emergencies including support to training.

- Prepare needs assessment and monitoring of WASH situation regarding basic/standards in humanitarian interventions.

- Provide technical expertise for strengthening country capacity in water quality and other environmental health programs in emergencies through training of trainers (TOT) programmes, evaluation of the training, certification of good trainers and maintaining roster of trainers.

- Provide technical support to both Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Health in environmental health response in preparation to respond to any possible outbreak of waterborne diseases, with a focus on refugee setting environment, inside and outside the camps.

- Follow up with partners and provide technical guidance on the construction and rehabilitation of WASH facilities such as latrines, drainage system, and solid waste management inside the refugee dwellings.

- Ensure that water quality control measures are taken by WHO or other partners and ensure that all water and sanitation hardware interventions are accompanied with a solid hygiene promotion component in the refugees' settings.

- Contribute to the development of local capacities in WASH humanitarian interventions (local council, governorate relevant departments and NGOs).

- Report on WHO contribution to WASH needs' response, and provide inputs for WHO Situation Reports (SitReps), and other reports as requested.

- Conduct regular field visits to refugee camps in addition to organizing and facilitating field visits of WHO, donors, and other visitors to the field.

- Represent WHO in emergency operation room meetings and also in all relevant forums and work alongside with all stakeholders including UN Agencies.

University degree in Environmental/Sanitary Engineering and Master's Degree in Water Engineering or any related field.
1) Creating an empowering and motivating environment
2) Communicating in a credible and effective way
3) Moving forward in a changing environment
4) Producing results

Functional Skills and Knowledge:
 Good Knowledge of WHO procedures and established rules.
 Demonstrated strong knowledge of emergency WASH.
 Ability to adapt to cultural diversity and maintain high standards of personal conduct.
 Excellent managerial skills.
 Excellent organizational and strong problem solving skills.
 Ability to work under stress.
 Proven ability to develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies, and to foresee risks while planning.
 Excellent drafting and communication skills;
 Proven ability to identify and manage priorities and responsibilities in a timely manner and in compliance with quality standards.

Other Skills:
Proficiency in MS Office as well as AutoCAD.
Essential: At least 7 years' of relevant experience combined at the national and international levels in WASH related activities, preferably in the context of emergency relief response.

Desirable: Work experience in the UN system.
Excellent knowledge of English. Knowledge of Arabic is an asset
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
- Other entitlements will be determined based on the length of assignment.
- This Vacancy Notice is published in English language only.

Note: In view of the current security situation, Iraq 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$67483 at single rate
US$72467 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 46.6 % 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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