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Title:    Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Engineer
Duty Station:   Somalia
Duration of Assignment:   6 months with possibility of extension
Date Posted   :                  4 Apr 2012
Deadline Date:   13 Apr 2012

The WASH Engineer will be required to provide technical assistance and monitoring to IOM’s WASH project in close collaboration with the IOM Public Health Officer, government stakeholders, implementing partners (IPs), UN partners, IOM consultants and colleagues, under the overall supervision of the Health Programme Officer in Nairobi and under direct supervision of Public Health Specialist in Mogadishu.

Background Information   
With the existing health/medical expertise and capacity, and two years of implementation and presence in migration health in Somalia, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Somalia is scaling up its migration health programme in the country, particularly in WASH and Environmental Health (EH).

About Somalia
Somalia is geographically located in Eastern Africa bordering the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, east of Ethiopia. The capital of Somalia is Mogadishu with an estimated population of 2.5 million. The total population of Somalia is estimated at around 9.8 million.
After years of civil war, administrative structures have been severely eroded and the ability of central government structures to provide public services such as health is limited.
Against this background, AWD and confirmed cholera cases are rapidly on the rise and the most vulnerable populations such as IDPs and children bear the burden of the breakdown in public health services. Alarming data shows that an estimated 7,000 acute watery diarrhoea cases have been reported in Banadir (Mogadishu) region with 3,092 cases in the same period. Therefore, improving environmental health through access to clean water is of high priority for urgent intervention
In addition, a substantial impact of the disasters in Somalia is seen in urban areas such as Mogadishu, Kismayo, Baidoa, Galkayo, Garowe, and Bosaso, where there is a presence of large IDP populations. In Mogadishu, for instance, a significant number of people, who fled from droughts and floods, have been in the IDP camps and communities for more than 15 years. Only very few of the IDPs have stable livelihoods such as casual labour, while many others beg for survival. There has been a lack of consideration for the needs of vulnerable groups during and after the emergency phase, and no disaster management strategy has been developed for the country. There is an urgent need to support the livelihoods of IDPs in Mogadishu and other regions of Somalia through short and long term measures.

The need for the expert
IOM intends to recruit a WASH Engineer to provide overall technical assistance e and advise to the existing projects in Somalia, in particular southern region.

Activities / Key Results Expected   
• Manage and provide technical assistance to Implementing Partners (IPs) in all WASH related activities in including, but not limited to, supervision and construction of water treatment facilities, distribution points, water trucking, etc.
• To guide and ensure the water treatment partners are using the Japanese Water Flocculant (Polyglu) and chlorine as per the required the measurement and ensure it is stored within the right environment considering the temperature to ensure its “safety to use”
• To coordinate with the Public Health officer and attend the Water, Sanitation and Health (WASH) Cluster meetings in Mogadishu and coordinate with other International and national partners undertaking similar projects to ensure collaboration
• Undertake regular field visits to the project sites to monitor the projects, as well as conduct periodic project reviews with all Somali partners to monitor and evaluate the quality of activities including technical content, collaboration with stakeholder, etc
• Work closely with the other Somalia programmes at IOM to ensure collaboration and linkages within the programmes.
• Work closely and update the authorities when necessary on progress of the project
• Work closely and remotely with the Polyglu engineers based in Japan for technical support
• Perform additional tasks that may be assigned by the Programme Manager and Senior Health Programme Officers

Target Outputs (Measurable Results)   
• Monthly reports

QUESTS-MIDA Requirements   

The successful candidate should have the following skills, experience and qualifications:
• Undergraduate degree or higher from an accredited university
• Area of study: Water engineering, civil engineer, etc, (focus of Public Health, Environmental Health (EH) and other relevant fields an asset)
• 5 years experience in WASH Projects/programmes
• Language needed: English and Somali
• General skills / other requirements: Competence, Integrity and Professionalism

Salary Based on competency, qualification and experience.
Security and Insurance Modalities   Before leaving the country of residence and upon arrival in Nairobi or in Somalia, the qualified Somali expatriate will receive a pre-departure briefing including security advice and cultural background.

How to apply   
All applicants must apply online through the QUESTS-MIDA website. To start the application process, the applicants are required to register an account with the QUESTS-MIDA website. Go to login and register as a user, then fill the form and create a password to enter in the applications section. Fill in the 1-page online application form.

Send your Resume/CV to stating the position in the subject line of your email. Only Short-listed candidates will be informed of the status of their application.

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