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UNICEF-WASH Cluster Coordinator-P4-Chimoio, Mozambique

Chimoio, Mozambique
TERMS OF REFERENCE:  Mozambique WASH cluster coordinator
Duty Station:  Mozambique
Section Submitting:  UNICEF WASH
Position level:  P4
Duration: 6 months
 
PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVE.
Cyclone Idai made landfall at 19:00 hours on the 14th of March. Wind speeds between 119 and 153 KM/h were measured.  Initial reports indicate loss of life, injuries and significant infrastructure damage. At least 21 deaths and more than 70 injuries have been reported in Sofala Province (OCHA, Flash Update No. 2). Reports from the Government of Mozambique’s National Institute of Disaster Management’s (INGC) indicate there has been substantial damage to houses and essential infrastructure, including schools, health facilities, bridges and roads. Electricity has been disrupted in areas that has been hardest hit since the storm made landfall and telephone and internet communications are down. The cyclone brought heavy rains with it that will impact a wider area as rivers will swell and are likely to cause flooding including in Manica and Sofala Provinces, likely increasing the total number of people in need.
Currently, the total estimated affected population stands at approximately 600,000 people (360,000 children) in Sofala, Manica, Tete and Zambezia province. The torrential rains that came prior to Cyclone Idai have exacerbated the situation of 120,000 people affected in Tete and Zambezia provinces due to the flooding that occurred earlier as part of this same weather system, that started on March 6th. However, these are current estimates and as heavy rains continue and river beds overflow, the number of people in need will also likely increase.
In addition, prior to Cyclone Idai making landfall, the weather system caused significant flooding and affected at least 141,000 people, with 66 deaths recorded and 111 people injured, according to media reports quoting government officials (OCHA). More than 17,100 people are estimated to be displaced in Zambezia and Tete, with 10 transit centres established in Zambezia and two in Tete (OCHA). The flooding and Cyclone are part of the same weather system which has significantly deteriorated the coping capacity of the affected communities and requires immediate humanitarian relief.
The WASH Cluster, under the leadership of UNICEF (as Country WASH Cluster Lead).  Since the declaration of the emergency, WASH cluster meetings are being held twice a week to coordinate WASH humanitarian interventions among partners as well as assisting the Government – the National Directorate of Water Supply and Sanitation (DNAAS) – on overall sector humanitarian response coordination. The main WASH Cluster Partners includes: World Vision, COSACA (a consortium of four INGOs: CARE, OXFAM and Save the Children), IOM, JAM, Red Cross, Water Aid, CEDES, PSI, UNICEF, Donors and the Government.  In addition, Inter-cluster coordination meetings are also been organized to share information and ensure coordination across sectors.
One of the main current challenges is the need for strengthening the sector coordination platform for humanitarian interventions at decentralized levels (provincial) to ensure coordinated provincial planning and response as well as progress monitoring, assessing, and gap analysis.
 
METHODOLOGY AND TECHNICAL APPROACH
In coordination with government authorities, and in line with national agreed strategies and prioritization, provide leadership and facilitate WASH coordination between humanitarian actors at the provincial and national level.  Key activities will include the creation of provincial response plans, needs assessments, gap analysis and monitoring updates.
 
ACTIVITIES AND TASKS
  • Support the government in their emergency response by assuming overall responsibility for co-ordination of the WASH Cluster or supporting the government in doing this.
  • Ensure appropriate coordination mechanisms are in place between all WASH humanitarian partners at the provincial level.  Establish effective links, communication and information sharing between the provincial actors and the national cluster.
  • Work closely with other key members of the WASH Cluster, including school officials, National, Provincial or Local Governments, (I)NGOs, UNICEF and OCHA and ensure that linkages are made with other relevant WASH sector groups.
  • Ensure that needs are identified and that cluster activities address the identified needs, fill gaps and prevent overlap and duplication.
  • Ensure accurate monitoring of the sector response and the identification of unmet needs.
  • Lead the strategic development of the WASH Cluster including development of strategies, work plans, co-ordination of response activities and taking into account the cross-cutting issues.
  • Ensure that information is shared amongst cluster members and between sectors/clusters in order to improve planning, integration and implementation.  This includes contributing to regular OCHA situation reports, and taking an active part in OCHA co-ordination meetings.
  • Support the capacity of sub-national WASH coordination bodies and ensure that clear and effective communication occurs between national and sub-national levels.
  • Facilitate the joint development of relevant and contextualised minimum standards, policies and guidelines by WASH cluster members and build their capacity to apply these.
  • Support sector wide contingency planning including support to the development and application of sector wide emergency preparedness plans and capacity building of WASH Cluster members.
 
Core cluster functions:
Supporting service delivery
  • Provide a platform to ensure that service delivery is driven by the agreed strategic priorities
  • Develop mechanisms to eliminate duplication of service delivery
Informing strategic decision-making of the HC/HCT for the humanitarian response
  • Needs assessment and gap analysis (across other sectors and within the sector)
  • Analysis to identify and address (emerging) gaps, obstacles, duplication, and cross-cutting issues.
  • Prioritization, grounded in response analysis
Planning and strategy development
  • Develop sectoral plans, objectives and indicators directly support realization of the HC/HCT strategic priorities
  • Application and adherence to existing standards and guidelines
  • Clarify funding requirements, prioritization, and cluster contributions to HC’s overall humanitarian funding considerations (Flash Appeal, CAP, ERF/CHF, CERF)
Advocacy
  • Identify advocacy concerns to contribute to HC and HCT messaging and action
  • Undertaking advocacy activities on behalf of cluster participants and the affected population
  • Monitoring and reporting the implementation of the cluster strategy and results; recommending corrective action where necessary
  • Contingency planning/preparedness for recurrent disasters whenever feasible and relevant.
  • Accountability to affected populations
 
MANAGEMENT AND SUPERVISION
The Consultant will work under the supervision of the Chief of WASH, in close interaction with other members of the WASH team, Government and WASH cluster partners as appropriate.
 
QUALIFICATIONS AND SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE
  • WASH related university degree (e.g., Engineering, Public Health (MPH), Environmental Health, etc.).  Work experience may substitute for higher degree qualification
  • A minimum of 7 years of relevant field experience
  • Direct experience in WASH emergency response
  • Experience of coordinating peers as well as managing a team;
  • Good working knowledge/understanding, communication of Portuguese language.
  • Fluency in English (verbal and written)
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