Public Health Engineering (PHE) Team Lead Job Opportunity – Oxfam

Organisation: Oxfam
Duty Station: Uganda
About Oxfam:
Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 affiliates networked
together in more than 90 countries committed to ridding the world of poverty
and injustice. To achieve this, we support local projects in developing
countries, we lobby governments and companies to take into account the
interests of the poorest people and we campaign to involve citizens in our
work. We implement our programs by working with local NGO partners and civil
society organizations and engaging with private sector and governments. Oxfam employs
over 6,000 people worldwide in more than 90 countries. In Uganda, our program
is anchored on three broad themes deliberately focused on Women’s Rights:
Resilient Livelihoods, Governance and Accountability and Humanitarian
Preparedness and Response.
About Project:
Oxfam is implementing a humanitarian response to address the
humanitarian needs of South Sudanese refugees hosted in West Nile sub-region.
Oxfam’s areas of intervention include WASH, Emergency Food security and
vulnerable livelihoods (EFSVL), Gender and Protection. Oxfam works with local
partners as a strategy for building humanitarian preparedness and response
capacity within the organisations.
Key Duties and
  • Tasked
    with the coordination of multi-sectoral teams to carry out assessments of
    public health risks and analysis of the threats to life, health and
    dignity of the refugee community.
  • Take
    leadership of the PHE sub-sector and work to influence actions of other
    humanitarian actors in this field on behalf of Oxfam
  • Work
    closely with the Response Team Leader to put in place and implement a PHE
    operational framework for the targeted settlement and monitor water
    and sanitation activities ensuring that feedback is given to the
    volunteers, target population and other stakeholders
  • Build
    good relationships with all communities in the targeted settlements and
    further ensure all understand the Oxfam interventions and
    priorities of Public Health programme.
  • Support
    partner and Oxfam teams to conduct needs assessment, design and implement
    the trainings for both partner hygiene promotion volunteers and identified
  • Supervise, manage and monitor the
    mobilization of the target population to promote environmental sanitation,
    with more emphasis on Cholera prevention and control mechanisms.
  • Take
    account of gender, protection, HIV, the environment, and other important cross-cutting
    concerns in programme design, implementation, and reporting; carry out
    activities in a way that reflects the needs of specific groups and
    individuals e.g. elderly people, children, and people with disabilities.
  • Ensure
    sensitivity to community needs and gender issues, particularly full
    and equal participation of women, men, boys, girls in all aspects of the
    work and to ensure that Oxfam’s programme is an opportunity for peace
    building, rather than community division.
  • Support
    partner agencies to use participatory approaches as a far as possible
    throughout the programme cycle, in training, and in the use of tool kits
    and other materials.
  • Ensure
    that interventions strive to conform to Sphere standards and adhere to Oxfam
    guidelines and protocols.
  • Work
    together with the PHE team, develop monitoring indicators and tools in
    line with the log frame and regularly collect data to reflect progress
    against objectives, and giving feedback to the PHE TL.
  • Conduct
    technical assessments, design, and implement water and sanitation
    projects that are socially acceptable, environmental friendly, and
    economically viable.
  • Assess
    emergency needs, as requested, especially taking in the broader
    perspective of Public Health and design and implement settlement
    water and sanitation facilities for refugee settlements
  • Ensure
    that the most appropriate forms of sanitation systems are implemented, in
    consultation with the beneficiaries, which includes excreta disposal,
    refuse disposal, vector control and drainage.
  • Identify
    and assess the current resources and capacity of national counterparts,
    humanitarian agencies and government authorities to meet public health
  • The
    jobholder will coordinate with other key actors including local
    authorities and NGOs to ensure Oxfam’s views and approaches are in
    harmony with other key players in the public health sector.
  • Support
    WASH technical coordination and relations with district, OPM, UNHCR and
    other stakeholders in Arua.
  • Ensure
    Field representation of Oxfam to Government and partners ensuring
    that the influencing role is kept high.
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the Oxfam Public
    Health Engineering (PHE) Team Lead career placement must hold a professional qualification in Water and
    Sanitation or Civil Engineering backed
  • A
    minimum of five years of practical WASH in emergencies experience.
  • Substantial,
    demonstrable experience of emergency and development work, and an
    understanding of relevant issues.
  • Broad
    knowledge and understanding of the NGO/Red Cross Code of Conduct, the
    People in Aid Code, Oxfam International procedures and other regulatory
    codes/protocols (e.g. Sphere Minimum Standards and InterAction
    Field Co-operation Protocol).
  • Sympathy
    with the aims and objectives of Oxfam and commitment to humanitarian
    principles and action.
  • Proven
    analytical skills and ability to think strategically, including the
    ability to think beyond the local programme context and to act within
    a regional framework.
  • Personnel
    management skills, diplomacy, tact and negotiating skills.
  • Highly
    sensitive to cultural differences, ability to work in a wide variety of
    cultural contexts, commitment to equal opportunity and gender
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their
applications in writing, including a cover letter and curriculum vitae (Not
exceeding 2MB) to the HR and Admin Coordinator at
Deadline: 21st April 2017

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