Nala Foundation Regional WASH-NTD Coordination and Disease Prevention Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

Nala Foundation Regional WASH-NTD Coordination and Disease Prevention Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

Job Id: 224386

Category: Health Care

Location: Addis Ababa

Career Level: Senior Level (5+ years experience)


Job Description

About the Organization

NALA aims to break the poverty cycle by eradicating NTDs and other diseases of poverty. The NALA holistic approach eliminates the root causes of those diseases, leading to sustainable poverty reduction. We aim to achieve our mission by:

  • Assisting regional, national and international actors in designing and implementing programs for controlling Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and other diseases of poverty using community engagement and health education for behavioral change.
  • Researching, developing and testing new NTD control modalities and tools.
  • Advocating for holistic NTD control models with stakeholders and decision makers that promote behavioral change.

    About the project

  • Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are a diverse group of communicable diseases which affect more than one billion people, mainly populations living in poverty without adequate sanitation and in close contact with infectious vectors and domestic animals and livestock.

  • The Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health has prioritized 9 NTDs for intervention: Trachoma, Onchocerciasis, Schistosomiasis, Soil Transmitted Helminthiasis, Lymphatic Filariasis, Podoconiosis, Leishmaniasis, Dracunculiasis (Guinea-Worm Disease) and Scabies.

  • The FMoH Strategic plan for 2016-2020 proposed a holistic approach which includes investment in health education, and water and sanitation improvements.

    An emphasis was put on the need for creating a coordination mechanism between WASH and NTD sectors, which would improve the access of NTD endemic communities to clean water and sanitation infrastructure and hygiene services, thus creating an enabling environment for a sustainable behavioral change and achieving disease prevalence reduction.

  • NALA has been working closely with the FMoH and the WHO on increasing inter sectorial coordination as one of the main objectives for elimination of WASH related NTDs.

  • Several practical guiding tools have been developed to guide the coordination processes, from federal to district level. The project aims to strengthen inter-sectoral coordination for NTD elimination through integrated interventions of various sectors.

  • Besides development of tools, the project also focuses on establishment of multi-sector coordination platforms at all governmental levels.

    Main project activities include: engagement of stakeholders,strengthening of coordination platforms and establishing new ones, and evaluationof coordination tools at all levels.

    Key roles/responsibilities

    The post holder, positioned at the Oromia Regional health Bureau, will serve as the main liaison for all WASH-NTD Regional, zonal and woreda operations. Main activities include:

  • Support and strengthen the regional level WASH-NTD platform and advocate for prioritization of coordination activities at the region (action plans, budgets).
  • Closely work with RHB NTD and WASH team leaders and lead regional platform related activities such as planning agendas, setting schedules, reaching out to stakeholders, sharing reports and progress updates with all relevant position holders.
  • Enhance coordination across departments and sectorsfor WASH and behavioral change inputs targeting NTD
    elimination, involving the Health extension program, WASH sector stakeholders, education sector and WASH partners.
  • Actively reach out to and engage relevant NGO stakeholders with advocacy messages, for their involvement in the regional coordination activities and contribution of resources.
  • Strongly follow and support the formation of zonal and wereda level coordination platforms.
  • Ensure the functionality of wereda level WASH-NTD coordination platforms and implementation of the wereda level toolkit, through supportive supervision andfrequent phone communication.
  • Work closely with ONE WASH to integrate and align programs and utilization of resources.
  • Strengthen routine and sustainable WASH-NTD data collection and capacitate zonal and woreda experts by adding more indictors to the integrated supportive supervision checklists,DHIS2 and other parallel reporting systems.
  • Support analysis and utilization of WASH-NTD information at regional level and provide feedback to zonal and woreda level implementing sectors and partners.
  • Maintain active communication with the NALA head office in Addis Ababa and share routine updates with the senior program officer.
  • Compile regional, zonal and woreda level WASH-NTD related information and share with the NALA head office on a monthly basis, or at other frequencies as requested.
  • Formally inform immediate supervisors at RHB and NALA of any out-of-office planned field activities such as supervision visits, trainings and workshops.
  • Support other NALA projects run in the region as necessary and requested bysupervisor.
  • Employment Duration: Until December 2020 with a 3-month trial period

    Job Requirements


  • Strong analytical skills; Thinks and acts strategically and ensures that activities are prioritized and aligned within an agreed strategy.
  • Strong leadership and mediation skills;
  • Able to mentor, problem solve and lead a brainstorm process.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Strong communication skills;Works effectively with a wide range of people to reach common understanding and achieve goals.
  • Fluent in English, Amharic, and Afan Oromo; able to communicate freely (written and orally).
  • Able to juggle multiple activities simultaneously.

    Qualifications & Experience

  • University bachelor’s degree in public health, nursing, environmental health AND master’s degree, preferably in a relevant subject matter such as public health, environmental health, international development, management, or communications.
  • At least 5 years of experience in coordinating and managing community mobilization and behavioral change programs in the health sector.
  • Knowledge about NTDs.
  • Experience in coordination of multi sector activities is an advantage.
  • Experience with school health or WASH initiatives is an advantage.
  • Computer literate.
  • Experience communicating with remote and international teams including using file sharing (drop box/google drive/jumbo mail etc.), voice over IP applications (WhatsApp, Viber, Skype etc.).

    How to Apply

    Interested applicants with the appropriate qualifications and experience should submit their most recent and detailed CV and cover letter with daytime telephone number, email address and names and addresses of three references through

    Female Candidates Are Strongly Encouraged to Apply

    Only Shortlisted Applicants Will Be Contacted

    Nala Foundation Regional WASH-NTD Coordination and Disease Prevention Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

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