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WASH EMERGENCY SPECIALIST - Cluster Coordinator National

Type of Contract     : SSA
Post Level     : P - 3
Duration      :  From 15 July to 15 December 2010
Duty Station                  : KINSHASA
Closing Date                 :  MAY, 17th 2010
Vacancy n°    : VN/2010/SSA/005

The mortality rate in the DRC of 2.2 deaths / 1,000 person-months is 57% higher than the average for sub-Saharan countries. Most of these deaths are not related to physical violence, but from preventable causes, and could be avoided. Diarrhea is the second leading cause of mortality and could be greatly reduced by improving access to hygiene, sanitation and drinking water.

In 2009, the DRC, despite the efforts of the humanitarian actors on the ground still lists more than 20,000 cases of cholera in the provinces of North Kivu, South Kivu and Katanga. Cholera, like all acute diarrheal diseases, must be tackled in an integrated manner, through structural or long-term intervention (access to water and sustainable sanitation), but also via a proper preparation, early warning systems and an increased responsiveness from NGOs, international as local ones, as well as governmental partners.

As mentioned above, political instability in the DRC has worsened in 2009, with the resurgence of conflict and displacement in the eastern provinces, including South-Kivu, and the emergence of new social and ethnic clashes, as the Haut-Uele, and recently Equateur. In 2009, there are over 2,100,000 people (HAP  2010, 2009:31) who had to leave their homes for safety reasons. Despite the return movements started in North Kivu, it is likely that the preventive displacement of populations will still continue in 2010, with the potential expansion of unstable areas as demonstrated by the recent crisis in Equateur.

In its capacity of cluster head of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sector (WASH), UNICEF has led the development of the Humanitarian Action Plan for 2010, coordinated all Pooled Fund supported projects in the sector and coordinated related provincial clusters. Due to UNICEF actions as cluster lead, emergency  “Pooled Funds” funding have been secured for the  first half of 2010. An envelope of 3,000 000 US$ is made available for the WASH cluster in the southern and eastern Zone by CERF.

As noted in UNICEF Annual Reports, one of the key constraints in the implementation of  the WASH programme  were directly connected to the  lack of adequate human resources within UNICEF.  It is estimated that to assume the role of cluster lead corresponds to a 70% time workload, meanwhile the other 30% are dedicatd to follow the emergency projets funded directly by UNICEF. Therefore, to fulfill its IASC accountability regarding its global commitment to the WASH cluster, UNICEF seeks stabilizing the position of national cluster coordinator for the DRC.

It is expected a continuously improving sectoral coordination and the resulting effectiveness and timeliness of emergency response, 
The Consultant will work under the direct supervision of and in consultation with the UNICEF WASH Chief of section based in Kinshasa. He will:
 Ensure the coordination and the effectiveness of  WASH emergency interventions over the DRC territory
 Ensure WASH emergency stocks are operational and speed-up the sectoral responses
 Assess sector emergency capacity, including mapping with GIS integration
 Coordinate and support technical training for partner NGOs and governmental institutions


 Undertake necessary steps to ensure coordinated and effective needs assessment process and priority settings among partners. Develop appropriate and accurate contingency plans and contribute to the WASH needs identification to be covered by the Humanitarian Action Plan.
 In consultation with supervisor, convene sector coordination meetings of the national WASH cluster, including preparation of draft agenda, chairing and ensuring timely and accurate documentation of agreed actions points..
 Ensure the cluster monitoring mechanisms are in place and review impact and progress against implementation plans.
 Monitoring of UNICEF’s partners for WASH emergency projects.
 Undertake regular visits to affected areas, in order to promote field-level coordination and joint efforts to address bottlenecks otherwise impeding sector response.
 Consolidate inputs to prepare Situation Reports and monthly updates (or more frequently as required).
 Promote best practices within cluster and ensure establishment of appropriate technical standards for the humanitarian response.
 Coordinate and facilitate with cluster members, technical training NGOs and Government institutions.


 Four Monthly progress report
 One “ End of mission” final report


 University degree in public health, social sciences, civil engineering, water or sanitation engineering or related field.
 At least five years progressively responsible experience in programme design, administration, monitoring and evaluation or related field experience at the national and international levels in the water and sanitation sector. Work experience in emergency is an asset.
 Specific training on WASH cluster and WASH emergency an asset
 Fluency in French and good notions of English required.
 Previous experience with UN system is an asset.
 Previous experience with NGOs would be an asset

 Computer skills: pack Office, internet, GIS an asset.
 Current knowledge of the latest WASH developments in the field.
 Leadership and teamwork abilities.
 Proven ability to conceptualize, develop, plan and manage programmes, as well as to impart knowledge and teach skills.
 Good analytical, negotiation, communication and advocacy skills.
 Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
 Harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization.
 Willingness to travel and work under difficult conditions
 Initiative, passion and commitment to UNICEF's mission and professional values.


 Consultant will have access to a computer and email system in UNICEF office and will be provided with MOSS compliant transport for his/her official missions to the field.
 Before signing the contract, the consultant will have to submit to UNICEF Human Resources section  a recent medical certificate proving that he/she is physically and mentally fit for the mission
 Before signing the contract, the consultant will have to provide a photocopy of his/her health and life insurance.
 Consultant will have to undergo a security briefing and an advanced security training during the first week of his/her assignment.
 Consultant will receive one month DSA at Kinshasa’s rate. However, thereafter, when on field mission outside Kinshasa, Consultant will receive DSA according to the local rate.


 Interested and qualified candidates should send their applications by E-mail to :
 The applications should contain an updated UN Personal History Form (P.11), CV, copies of academic certificates, diplomas, degrees etc…..

 The UN P11 from could be downloaded from:   

 UN staff members are requested to provide last two Performance Evaluation Reports (PERs).

Only short-listed applicants will be acknowledged.





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