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19-317: WASH / IPC Specialist
Country:Democratic Republic of Congo
Department:International Programs
  
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

International Medical Corps is a global humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.

Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in areas worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at high risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

Background

The Democratic Republic of Congo confirmed its tenth outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) on August 1, 2018 just days after the Equateur Province EVD outbreak ended. The National Institute of Biomedical Research (INRB) completed the sequencing of the new virus’s genome and has determined that the new outbreak, in North Kivu and Ituri, is not linked to the Equateur Province outbreak. The Ministry of Health (MoH), as of September 5th, 2019, has reported over 3000 cases of hemorrhagic fever.

Job Purpose

Supervision and follow up on WASH IPC activities in the Screening at Referrals Units (SRUs) a Goma, Karisimbi, Kirosthe, Birambizo, Masisi.

Main Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation. The tasks listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

  • Supervision and follow up on WASH IPC activities in the Screening and Referrals Units (SRUs) in Goma, Karisimbi, Kirosthe, Birambizo and Masisi. 
  • Provide WASH technical support to rapid needs assessments and site selections, as well as the linkage of assessments to activity plans, and the translation into proposals and budgets.
  • Implement WASH activities from an array of appropriate technologies for water systems, sanitation facilities, waste and IPC for health care, especially for EVD care facilities.
  • Implement the appropriate supervisory, monitoring and evaluation system for WASH/IPC interventions at the assigned health facility.
  • Manage the WASH program in a phased and prioritized manner with full consultations and coordination with International Medical Corps' staff and other stakeholders (both governmental and non-governmental).
  • Work closely with the Human Resources team for hiring and building the capacity of the national WASH team.
  • Ensure gender and protection is considered throughout the project cycle with girls and women being enabled to influence decision-making around WASH challenges. In addition, ensure that the WASH program implementation is linked to health, gender, child protection and nutrition sectors.
  • Work closely with program support functions (logistical and financial departments) for WASH program supplies and activities planning for smooth delivery of project interventions.
  • Provide regular updates and technical guidance to team on progress, priorities and challenges - verbally and in writing.
  • Represent International Medical Corps in governmental and non-governmental groups as needed an agreed with the supervisor.
  • 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

It is our shared responsibility and obligation to prevent matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Trafficking in Persons, Child Safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment.  If you see, hear or are made aware of any suggested activities then you have an obligation to report.

Qualifications:

Qualification

  • Certification in environmental health, water hygiene and sanitation, civil engineering or strong experience with INGOs.

Experience

  • Previous working experience of two years as a WASH Manager with INGOs, preferably covering the issue of Ebola.
  • Any additional certification in healthcare administration will be considered an advantage.
  • In-depth knowledge of IPC procedures.
  • Outstanding patient management skills.
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills.
  • Great organizational and time management skills.
  • Problem-solving skills with a positive attitude

Other

  • Fluency in French and English is essential

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.