Cholera Taskforce Coordinator at Solidarites International (SI)

Solidarites International (SI) is a humanitarian aid organization committed to provide aid in the event of conflict and natural disasters to endangered populations by meeting their vital needs through safe drinking water, food and shelter provision.

In 2015, SI restated its willingness to engage the humanitarian issues faced by the populations in the Chad Lake basin and Sahel area, through 2 main regional response pillars: (i) Addressing the emergency and early recovery needs induced by the conflict and populations dynamics of the region, (ii) Contributing to the mitigation of vulnerabilities related to on-going environmental changes. These strategic orientations integrate SI 2020 global strategic priorities, by trying “to ensure emergency interventions support population in conflict zones, [including towards] water-borne diseases and livelihood-related shocks aftermath” and by “responding to emergency needs resulting from displacement and population movements”.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Cholera Taskforce Coordinator

Job number: SRH03517
Location: Maiduguri
Contract Type: Short term contract
Desired start date: ASAP
Duration of the mission: 6 months
Reports to: Deputy Country Director
Domaine de competence: Water Sanitation and Hygiene promotion

Job Summary

  • SI launched emergency interventions in Borno State, Nigeria for the first time in August 2016 in Maiduguri and Monguno Local Government Areas (LGA) and is now present in four LGAs: Maiduguri, Monguno, Dikwa and Ngala.
  • SI’s first cholera response intervention occurred in August 2017 and SI has been recognized as one of the most active WASH partners responding to cholera outbreak since.
  • In 2019, SI is the WaSH Sector lead in part of Maiduguri and in Monguno LGAs as well as the lead of the Cholera Task Force.
  • This lead role in the coordination mechanism enables SI to work hand in hand with medical actors who operate in CTC and CTU to ensure quick response to cholera outbreaks.

Cholera Task Force Coordinator Objective (1/2):

  • The main objective of the Cholera taskforce Coordinator is to improve WASH Sector coordination within Borno State in order to ensure timely and quality response to cholera outbreak in the State and provide updates to partners about possible gaps in cholera response in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States.
  • The Cholera Task Force coordinator will be a full time position.
  • The coordinator will travel to field locations, as well as in the region, as needed and based on SI security assessments.

Role Descriptions

  • The position-holder will be responsible for supporting sector coordination of WASH actors in North East Nigeria in collaboration with the Borno State WASH sector coordinator.
  • The purpose of this position is to provide leadership and facilitate the processes that will ensure a well-coordinated, strategic, adequate, coherent, and effective cholera response by WASH actors in Borno State.
  • The position might also mobilize partners from Borno State in order to address gaps in cholera response in neighboring Adamawa and Yobe States.
  • The position-holder will be SI staff and will report directly to SI Deputy Country Director (DCD). However, the position-holder will be accountable to WASH partners in Borno State and the WASH Sector. The position-holder will not be directly involved in the delivery of SI projects.
  • Under technical supervision of: WASH Coordinator in her quality of Functional manager

The Cholera Task Force Coordinator will work impartially, serving the needs of all members of the WASH Sector and should work closely with the Borno State WASH Sector Coordinator, as appropriate. He/She will be responsible for:

  • Establishment and maintenance of appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanisms: organization of coordination meetings at Maiduguri level – covering updates on Borno, Adawama and Yobe States and any other state as per SI need/decision;
  • Ensuring the application of appropriate standards: development and/or sharing of standard operating procedures to improve the quality and harmonization of the interventions of the partners;
  • In cooperation with WasH and Health partners, identify cholera transmission mechanisms and promote rationale WaSH prevention programs: identify cholera sources, transmission routes and trends together with WaSH conditions and propose a data based geo-referred long-term response to WaSH partners;
  • Undertaking the planning and strategy development: development and/or sharing of emergency preparedness and contingency plan for integrated cholera response in consultation with stakeholders;
  • In cooperation with WasH and Health partners, put in place an early warning system: identify, upgrade, formalise and make functional and efficient already existing institutional and communitarian warning mechanisms;
  • Coordinating cholera response and partners to fill gaps in response: consolidation, analysis and regular update of partner’s data to provide a quantitative gap analysis including obstacles and duplications and thus improve response planning;
  • Planning and implementing SI’s Cholera Response in BAY (Borno, Adamawa, Yobe) states and providing technical guidance to emergency teams in consultation with DCD and technical coordinator.
  • Supporting TUFTs University in developing 2 standardized monitoring tools for cholera response: support in identifying programs and offering technical guidance on data provided by TUFTs University on community and household cholera response interventions;

Cholera Task Force Coordinator Objective (2/2):

  • Ensuring adapted information management monitoring in collaboration with the WASH Sector and with TUFTs University to ensure proper reporting and information sharing as required;
  • Ensuring needs assessment and analysis: support the organization of cholera assessments (joint if relevant);
  • Actively contributing to Inter-Sector coordination: consultation and sharing of information with other coordinating bodies (health Sector, the Emergency Operation Centre or EOC, clusters, ICC, OCHA, HC and HCT) and with relevant government departments, with a particular focus on strengthening inter-cluster and decentralized coordination-prioritization based on analysis of interventions;
  • Ensuring adapted reporting: weekly or daily (during cholera outbreak) presentation to the EOC and Health Sector of WASH cholera response data as well as provision of bi-monthly bulletin to OFDA and to WASH Sector partners about the cholera situation, response and gaps in Borno State;
  • Undertaking training and capacity building: capacity building of partners through refresher trainings (national and international NGOs, particularly at LGA level);
  • Ensuring advocacy on behalf of all WASH Sector partners: Implementation of advocacy activities to promote and defend the interests of partners.

Your Profile

  • Public Health background with minimum 3 years of experience of project implementation in WASH humanitarian response;
  • Minimum 1 year of experience in cholera response required;
  • Previous experience in participating in/leading different coordination bodies/mechanisms required;
  • Previous experience as WASH Sector co-lead is a plus;
  • Personal and professional integrity in all interactions;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Capacity to work with diverse stakeholders to develop consensus;
  • Facilitation capacity in order to present ideas effectively and clearly while listening and acknowledging others’ perspectives and views;
  • Experience of working within international humanitarian response and coordination mechanisms;
  • Experience in humanitarian funding mechanisms (HPF, CERF, CHF and Flash Appeals processes);
  • Understanding of humanitarian principles and how to apply these;
  • Ability to develop a cluster strategy and to clarify complex strategies for operational implementation;
  • Understanding of the links between emergency response, recovery, and the transition to development;
  • Capacity to handle insecure environments;
  • Strong level of autonomy;
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal.

SI will offer you:

  • According to experiences, salary starts from 2400 euros gross per month (+10% annual leave allowance paid monthly) and a monthly Per Diem of 600 USD.
  • SI also covers accommodation costs and travel expenses between the expatriate’s country of origin and the place of assignment.


  • During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of one break every three months.
  • SI offers you 7 working days ever three months, with a 850 USD allowance for each break.
  • In addition to these regular breaks, SI adds a day off per worked month. These days off as well as the breaks are not deducted from the paid leaves that are paid every months with your salary as they are offered by the organization.
  • Social and medical cover: Expatriates benefit from an insurance package, which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.

Living Conditions:

  • The living conditions are comfortable (A.C, comfortable beds, TV, tennis table, good cooking etc.) with possibility of finding a wide range of goods for cooking.
  • Despite restriction for security reasons, the level of activities is quite good (Sport: Soccer, volleyball…and interactions with other INGO).
  • The multicultural environment allows for enriching exchanges and extensive discussions, as the atmosphere is very uplifting.
  • Security procedures are quite restrictive (which is normal given the context) but it means that movements are limited and that knowledge of the city and the culture will be also very limited.

Application Closing Date
5th September, 2019.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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