Friday, October 17, 2014

Ebola jobs (Chief of Party, Logistics Manager) - deadline Oct 20

 Ebola Response – Logistics Manager and Chief of Party
Application deadline October 20, 2014

Logistics Manager

Position Description: The Ebola Treatment Unit Logistics Manager is responsible for managing the overall supplies and movement of supplies, flow of patients and staff, within an ETU. IPC procedures must be followed to prevent transmission. In collaboration and liaison with other key personnel in the ETU, s/he is responsible to ensure that the infection prevention and control (IPC) measures and protocols are followed and that the appropriate data is communicated to the Logistics cluster, the DART, and other relevant stakeholders. The Logistics Manager must capture pipeline information, and coordinate the management of the supply chain ensuring that Program staff are well-informed and well-prepared for incoming goods and materiel. Ensure timely reporting on stock status, to help Program staff with planning of stock replenishment and that tracking through to end-user has occurred.

Experience: The Logistics Manager must have broad experience in humanitarian assistance programs, especially in communicable disease responses, such as cholera. S/he must have humanitarian coordination experience with the Logistics cluster, WHO, and water and sanitation ministries and other partners.

Education: It is desirable that experience is supported by study by academic study, such as completion of the Certification in Humanitarian Logistics.

·         Evidence of practical experience in logistics management within the field of supply chain management (procurement, tendering, contracting, clearance, transport, warehousing, etc.) fleet management and asset management, distribution support.
·         Proven record of experience of the management of logistics at a coordination level.
·         Evidence of considerable humanitarian expertise in logistics management  (5 to 6 field deployments; 3 to 4 humanitarian emergency deployments and 4 to 5 international deployments)

Chief of Party

Position Description: As the Chief of Party, this individual will be responsible for the overall strategic planning, human resources, program design and implementation, program support operations, finance, administration, monitoring and evaluation supervision, expansion/development, and required reporting for this contract.

Experience: As the Chief of Party, he/she should have demonstrated broad experience managing complex humanitarian programs that include heavy oversight for the safety of both staff and beneficiaries, along with coordinating programmatic aspects with all stakeholders, including the DART, WHO, health ministries, and other partners.

Education:   Master’s degree in public health, international development, strategic planning, project design and implementation, or a related field

 •     10-15 years of project management experience (management, planning, staff development and training skills) in emergency / development programs
•     Significant experience in coordination aspects of humanitarian assistance, including the cluster system, the DART, and the MOHSW, particularly in the health field, to ensure that gaps are addressed and there is no duplication of efforts.
•     Familiarity in working with USAID’s policies, procedures, and regulations.

Please send CVs and Letters of Interest to Daniel Corbett,

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ebola, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene

A few thoughts/data points on the linkages between Ebola and WASH:

Summary: Safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) are important in treating patients infected with Ebola and in preventing the transmission of Ebola (and other infectious diseases). WASH is vital at household, community, and health facility levels. Longterm, sustainable public health and WASH infrastructure are important to better prepare communities, particularly in West Africa, for the next occurrence of such diseases.

·         Water Supply Needs and Usage:
o   Any medical facility, hospital, field station, isolation unit must have a supply of fresh water that is adequate in flow volume and quality. This requirement, and the need to develop such a reliable supply in advance of facility construction or placement, is as or more vital than the need for reliable electricity. . .
o   While . . . data suggest that emergency minimum water supply volumes on the order of 150 to 200 liters per person per day might be sufficient, it should be a top priority to inquire of current medical facilities in Liberia, Guinea, and other affected areas of West Africa for specific data and insights on their current level of water use as well as the end uses of that water (washing, sanitation, sterilization of equipment, cooking, etc.).
o   A wide range of water-treatment systems can ensure that water supply is safe, including chlorine-based treatments, ultraviolet light treatment, and top-quality reverse osmosis membrane systems. The CDC provides a short overview of various treatment options and their ability to remove viruses here. Before choosing a water-treatment system, . . .confirm that they are designed and can be operated to specifically remove or inactivate Ebola-type viruses with high reliability.
·         Water that may be contaminated with Ebola virus:
o   A separate water-quality risk is that during patient care and treatment, contaminated fluids, including water, will have to be reliable handled, treated, and neutralized.
o   According to the World Health Organization, Public Health Agency of Canada, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ebola virus is known to be susceptible to solutions of chlorine bleach, germicidal chemicals, gamma radiation, sufficient ultraviolet C light exposure, some soaps, alcohol-based sanitizer (at least 60% concentration), and by boiling water.

·         Ebola virus is present in all body fluids of an infected person, and once they become symptomatic, is transmitted by direct contact with these body fluids, including blood, sweat, vomit, diarrhea, urine, saliva, tears, semen and breast milk.
·         Direct contact may involve directly touching infected body fluids, or touching items and surfaces like doorknobs that have been recently contaminated with these infected fluids. Once it is on your hands, Ebola virus can enter your body through breaks in the skin of your hands, or when you touch your eyes, nose or mouth (mucous membranes). Similarly, if you are wearing gloves that have Ebola virus on them, Ebola virus can enter your body if you touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your gloved hands. Finally, when you remove gloves that may have Ebola virus on them, you must wash your hands immediately in case any Ebola virus on your gloves or other protective clothing is transferred to your bare hands during removal.

Newspaper Articles/Blogs

·         Professor Taylor of the University of Brighton said: "Our Environment and Public Health Research Group is currently developing low-cost ways to disinfect human waste following disease outbreaks,” and is advising the World Health Organization (WHO) to help control the spread of the disease. Source: University scientists help tackle Ebola

·         Médecins Sans Frontières epidemiologist Kamiliny Kalahne said outbreaks usually spread in areas where hospitals have poor infection control and limited access to resources such as running water. "People who become sick with it almost always know how they got sick: because they looked after someone in their family who was very sick -- who had diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding -- or because they were health staff who had a lot of contact with a sick patient," she said. Source: Ebola virus: Nine things to know about the killer disease.

·         As recently described by Laurie Garrett of the Council of Foreign Relations, the Ebola virus in West Africa should be tackled the same way it was done in 1976:  with soap, clean water, protective gear, safe medical practices, and quarantine; technology and vaccines are of no use. Source: The Ebola Threat: A “new normal”? (The World Bank)

·         Should hygiene be more of a priority for donors than health care? (Devex) UNICEF staff hands out soap and chlorine in Conakry to prevent the spread of Ebola in Guinea.

Further Reading:
·         There are a number of resources here ( regarding the importance of water, sanitation, and general hygiene to treat and prevent the spread of Ebola.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

FY15 appropriations recommendations for water and sanitation

For those of you who were wondering, here's what we are fighting for on Capitol Hill for FY15 appropriations.

FY 15 State & Foreign Operations Appropriations
We encourage Members of Congress to support the following requests for global safe drinking water, sanitation, hygiene, and related accounts.

Executive Summary

USAID Global Health Programs
·         Support the Senate statutory funding level of $2.769 billion
Development Assistance
·         Support the House statutory funding level of $2.53 billion
Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act
·         Support the Senate statutory funding level of $400 million
·         Support the Senate report funding level of “not less than $145 million for programs and activities in sub-Saharan Africa” within the $400 million for water
·         Support reworked statutory and report language (see below)
The USAID Operating Expenses account, which provides the means for USAID to execute all of its programs, is also under budgetary pressure.  We encourage Congress to protect this account as well.
Statutory language recommendations:

Provided further, that of the funds appropriated by this Act, not less than $400,000,000 shall be made available for long-term, sustainable water supply, sanitation, and hygiene projects pursuant only to the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005 (Public Law 109–121), of which not less than $15,000,000 shall be made available for programs to design and build safe, public latrines for women and girls in Africa and Asia.

Report language recommendations:

·         Water and Sanitation.-The Committee recommends not less than $400,000,000 in this act for sustainable water and sanitation projects pursuant to Public Law 109-121, of which not less than $145,000,000 is for programs and activities in sub-Saharan Africa. The Committee intends these funds to be used for programs to provide safe drinking water and sanitation for rural and urban communities where water scarcity or contamination poses serious risks to human health, with an emphasis on the poorest communities and countries, and on drought prone regions of Africa. These funds are in addition to other funds in this act to protect and sustainably manage water resources.

·         The Committee supports USAID's recent efforts to address the shortcomings identified in GAO report "U.S. Water and Sanitation Aid" (GAO-10-957), specifically regarding a lack of measurable goals, benchmarks, and timetables included in U.S. water and sanitation programming. The Committee recommends that a portion of funds appropriated by this act for water and sanitation projects be used for robust monitoring and evaluation including pre- and post-project[1] in accordance with section 7 of Public Law 109-121, and USAID's Water and Development Strategy, and to support the development and dissemination of best practices in sustainable water and sanitation programming. The committee directs USAID to consult with the Committees on Appropriations on these efforts.

·         The Committee supports public-private partnerships to leverage additional non-Federal investments and expertise for water and sanitation-related programs, including through the Development Credit Authority, as appropriate.

·         The Committee recognizes that sexual and other assaults against women and girls often occur outside at night when they are vulnerable due to the lack of safe and accessible latrines in many developing countries. USAID is directed to consult with the Committee on a multi-year plan focused on the poorest countries in Africa and Asia to design and build safe public latrines for women and girls. The act provides not less than $15,000,000 for this purpose.


[1] “Pre- and post-project” is a vital phrase, pivotal to the sustainability of these programs, and we urge the Senate to consider supporting this language from the House.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Alive and Healthy at Age Five and Far Beyond

Thanks to the efforts of the U.S. Congress and its partners around the world on water, sanitation, and many other important development objectives, several million more children survive and thrive far beyond their fifth birthdays every year than would otherwise be the case.

John Oldfield, happy to be alive and thriving at age five!

At a series of events in Washington DC this week, the powerful 5th Birthday and Beyond coalition will thank Congress for its leadership on efforts to “stop the deaths of millions of children from preventable disease and help them thrive.” As a reinforcement of the message, the coalition is cleverly posting photographs of many of today’s public and private sector leaders when they were five years old (they were all pretty photogenic back then – Colin Powell, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and many others - Bill Gates in particular!).

We at WASH Advocates are proud and humbled to play a small role as a Coalition Partner in this much-bigger effort, and are grateful for the contributions that the U.S. government and the global WASH sector have made in helping these millions of children survive and thrive.

The result of a successful water or sanitation project isn’t simply a borewell, or a rainwater harvesting system, or even an improved latrine. The real result of a sustainable water and sanitation project is a classroom full of healthy children - both boys and girls - in Asia. Or an HIV+ person who has safe drinking water with which to consume his ARVs in southern Africa. Or a young girl in Central America who has fewer cases of waterborne diarrhea and whose body can thus absorb the nutrients it needs to grow.
A "before and after" picture of a successful WASH in Schools program!

In 2011 and 2012, USAID provided almost 7 million people with improved access to drinking water supply, and almost 3 million with improved access to sanitation. This work is now supported and reinforced by USAID’s first-ever Water and Development Strategy, launched in May 2013. U.S. federal leadership has also spurred civic groups (Rotary International), faith communities, foundations (, universities, American schoolkids, corporations, nonprofits, and others to substantially increase their own efforts to provide safe drinking water and sanitation, resulting in many more children’s lives saved and improved.

So “Thank You!” America. As former Senators Tom Daschle and Bill Frist wrote this morning, ‘bipartisanship saves lives.’  The U.S. Congress merits our praise for its share of these successes, and should continue to accelerate such progress until we get to ZERO preventable child deaths across the globe.