ABH Partners Plc is a leading consultancy and human resources sourcing firm in Ethiopia with about 15 years of experience in supporting the implementation of development programs and projects. ABH exists to fuel synergistic societal growth by harnessing local knowledge and international standard. Dedicated to the betterment of societal development, technical assistance, and knowledge management, ABH has gained credibility and industry experience in the development sector in general.
ABH partners would like to invite applicants who meet the below requirements to apply for the position of Emergency WASH Officer
More than 1.6 Million people have been reported to be displaced in Amhara region fleeing ethnic conflict across regions including Oromia, Benishangul Gumuz, Somali, significant number due to the internal conflict in N. Shewa and Oromo Special Zone. The majority of the IDPs are due to the ongoing fighting between EDF & allied Special Forces with the TPLF, the conflict is continuing with increasing intensity, covering wider area in the Northern and N. Eastern parts of the Region (Waghimra, North Wollo, North, West, Central and South Gondar Zones).
Amhara region is suffering from multiple natural and manmade disasters of all kinds including security restriction, flooding, cholera, COVID-19. The IDPs who are displaced and living in IDP camps/host communities are the most vulnerable and needs special attention and provision of lifesaving to minimize risks of transmission of communicable disease and to reduce human sufferings and fatalities.
UNICEF has been providing emergency response for people affected due to all hazards across the region working directly with the government partners through support to water trucking, rehabilitation and maintenance of damaged water systems, provision of key WASH NFIs, hygiene promotion on prevention and control of WASH related disease outbreak, construction of semi-permanent latrines. UNICEF as WASH Cluster Lead is supporting the government in facilitating Emergency WASH Taskforce Coordination, compilation and sharing of emergency updates, lead needs assessment, planning and monitoring of response.
With the increasing scale of the emergency situations, both geographically and intensity, conducting rapid assessment, improving coordination at all levels, timely delivery of response, end-user monitoring become top priority actions to ensure most need people are addressed.
Hence, recruitment of local staffs as emergency WASH Officer-TA is urgently needed to fill a critical human resource gap to address increasing emergency needs, ensure fulfilment of UNICEF’s role as Cluster Lead in WASH and accountabilities to affected population. The recruitment of the WASH officers at Regional level for better planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of emergency WASH response.
Purpose: In collaboration with
the Regional Water, Irrigation and Energy Resources Development Bureau (RWIEB)
and Regional Health Bureau (RHB), the Emergency WASH officers will be
responsible to support the planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting
of Emergency Water supply, Sanitation and Hygiene activities in Amhara Region
with a focus on emergency affected areas.
Required number: 3 (Three)
Duty station: Amhara Region ( South Wollo, Bahir Dar, and Gonder )
Duration: 6 months
Reporting to: UNICEF Amhara Region
Expected Start Date: Immediately after concluding the contract agreement
Key duties and Responsibilities
- Support in emergency need assessment, development of response plans and end user monitoring
- Support and follow up on emergency response interventions including critical life saving support and durable solutions and report progress updates on weekly, biweekly and monthly basis.
- Closely support the Field Office WASH Team through flagging emergency incidents, ongoing response, gaps and propose strategies to address in the needs and implementation of agreed actions.
- Closely supporting WASH Cluster IMO and Bureaus of Health and Water, ensure adequate data collection from Woredas, Zones, Partners and analysis, reporting and monitoring mechanisms are in place both for water supply, sanitation and hygiene to review emergency needs, response and gaps against response plans.
- Conduct periodic monitoring of and observations on the WASH facilities utilization and facilities gaps to learning centres, child friendly space, temporary health centres in the IDP sites and respond on spot for technical gaps and report on time for logistics gaps.
- Undertake other emergency WASH related tasks, as assigned by UNICEF-Amhara Field Office Team including support for following up of WASH program activities that help to emergency and regular programs.
- Ensure GBV and PSEA mitigation measures are in place through working in close collaboration with other relevant teams such as Protection, Education and data related to GBV and PSEA captured and reported.
- Ensure proper donor and implementing partner visibility in all activities especially infrastructure projects.
- Support in producing at least two human interest stories along with UNICEF WASH Officers.
- Support UNICEF WASH team in conducting programmatic assurance activities including programmatic visits to selected project sites
- Deployment Arrangements
- The three emergency WASH Officers will support UNICEF-Amhara WASH Team in liaising and facilitating with Zonal and Woreda level government counterparts and non-governmental partners on the ground. One officer will be deployed in South Wollo to support emergency coordination and response in South and North Wollo Zones. The second officer will be deployed in Bahir Dar to support the coordination and reporting in the region and work closely with WASH team in Bahir Dar. The third officer will be deployed in Gonder to support the North and South Gonder response.
- Weekly/bi- Weekly work plan for emergency response
- Submit brief weekly/bi- weekly report to Amhara WASH Team
- Submit monthly reports to Amhara WASH Team on the progress of emergency response, needs and gaps on the ground
- Closely working with the WASH Information Management Officer, ensure compilation and timely sharing of updates and monthly 4W matrix to UNICEF-Amhara WASH Team, National WASH Cluster and Regional Bureaus.
- The Emergency WASH Officers will be supervised by UNICEF’s Amhara WASH Specialist/Officers.
- MSc. in WASH areas of disciplines like engineering, Environmental Health, Public Health and Five years of working experience or BSc in WASH related fields and with seven years of work experience in WASH program management, emergency coordination, proven experience in Emergency Coordination in INGO will be an asset.
- Five years experience in humanitarian WASH response at National/regional level
- Very good understanding of WASH sector and cluster approach.
- Fluent in English and Amharic (spoken, writing and listening).
- Knowledge of MS Office.
- Proven technical expertise for project management
- Strong interpersonal, communication, coordination and networking skills.
- Strong planning and organisational skills.
- Ability to meet deadlines.
- Ability to work under pressure and independently and with a team.
- The emergency WASH TAs will be entitled to DSA at the appropriate rate while only away from her/his duty station.
- The emergency WASH officers will have access to rental vehicles arranged by UNICEF-ECO, WASH Section.
- Payment will be made on monthly basis upon completion and submission of monthly report. The report must be approved by UNICEF-Amhara WASH Specialist/Officer.