Public Health Engineering Senior Officer

The Job

JOB TITLE: Public Health Engineering Senior Officer

DIVISION / DEPARTMENT / LOCATION: Aldhale/ Yemen

JOB FAMILY: Programme Technical

SALARY: As per salary scale

LEVEL: National D, Zone 1

OXFAM PURPOSE: To work with others to overcome poverty and suffering

TEAM PURPOSE: To work directly with Oxfam’s beneficiaries, community committees and partners to overcome poverty and suffering; and to advocate for knowledge, attitude and practice change and facilitate improved access to safe water and sanitation to help achieve Oxfam’s strategic change objectives.

JOB PURPOSE:

  • To enable Oxfam to respond quickly to the Public Health requirements of an emergency. The work may involve, in an immediate emergency stage, the assessment of the situation and early recovery
  • To develop, manage and sustain Oxfam GB's Public Health Engineering work in affected districts of Aldhale governorate, Yemen.
  • To integrate & implement the public health Engineering activities.

REPORTING LINES:

Post holder reports to: Public Health team leader – Aden

Staff reporting to this post:  Public health Engineer officers

BUDGET RESPONSIBILITY: N/A

BACKGROUND:

Oxfam GB has been working in Yemen for the past 28 years focusing primarily on water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) programming as well as addressing food insecurity risks and working with vulnerable communities on increased access to livelihoods, promoting gender and governance.

Since the escalation of the conflict in March 2015, the already critical situation in Yemen has turned into the largest humanitarian crisis in the region. Among a population which was previously affected by increased levels of water scarcity, limited access to sanitation facilities, soaring food prices and high rates of malnutrition, almost 16 million are now in need of humanitarian assistance.

In the course of the conflict, Oxfam has scaled up the provision of water, sanitation and hygiene services Northern and Southern and works with a network of partners, municipal departments and authorities to increase access to basic services.

DIMENSIONS:

  • Objectives setting with manager and staff reporting to this position, mainly relating to the quality of programme work in specialism for project or programme and the implementing team.
  • Managing / supervising resources within PHE activities including assets and budgets;
  • Input on technical strategy, lead of strategic aspects and support operational implementation;
  • Assist in developing engineering sketches and estimate bill of quantity;
  • To ensure that all facility design take gender and disability issues fully into account;
  • Diverse and complex problem-solving, requiring professional knowledge field experience and an understanding of emergency and humanitarian work.
  • Advice and decision-making often given over distance with limited information and in a dynamic context;
  • Collect technical data and contribute to quality project reports on the project enabling progress and indicator tracking in terms of both quality and quantity;
  • Work patterns are not routine and often high pressure;
  • Makes complex technical information accessible and usable by non-specialist;
  • Creates opportunities to develop work within a framework plan;
  • Knowledge required includes broad understanding of and their relevance to own specialism;
  • Decisions on programmes, especially if adviser involved in assessment, can be fundamental;
  • Communication with internal staff, also with some external contacts / target audiences to support operational work. Involve communities into planned activities. Influence staff, partner and volunteers in Oxfam and develop effective networks with external bodies;

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Assessment and programme design:

  • Actively support the design of WaSH related data collection tools, participate in the collection and analysis and ensure that the outcomes are used to inform programming;
  • In coordination with PHE team lead on the assessment of community WaSH needs in view of any emergency resulting from displacement / ongoing conflict;

Programme implementation:

  • Implement the strategic oversight of Oxfam's public health engineering strategy and operations across all Oxfam's areas of operation in Aldhale governorate.
  • Make specific technical and strategic recommendations to the PHETL and teams on implementation.
  • Technically support the selection, design and construction of water systems, using ground water or surface water, including abstraction, storage, treatment and distribution for new systems or rehabilitation of existing systems;
  • Work with PHE team to select, design and implement the most appropriate form of WASH, in consultation with the beneficiaries, which includes Water provision through trucking and rehabilitation of water systems and excreta disposal, refuse disposal, vector control and drainage;
  • In close coordination with the PHP counterpart, support the PHE team to provide technical support/advice to community groups on operation and management on water and sanitation facilities;
  • Support the PHE team in developing monitoring frameworks to track progress of activities, proactively problem solve and report regularly, verbally and in writing to the PHETL;
  • Follow up, quality control and reporting of all construction (including WASH structures) and or rehabilitation projects;
  • Carry out regular water testing throughout the entire water supply chain, building up a database, carrying out analysis and making recommendations to Technical Team Leader regarding design of programme;
  • Ensure the intervention remains dynamic, using scenario planning to anticipate future needs and developing new programme approaches to respond to the changing needs of Aldhale governorate.

Coordination:

  • Co-ordinate with INGOs, government department’s e.g Public Health Office and local partners on the proposed areas of intervention to inform programming and maximise the delivery of humanitarian assistance;
  • Represent and actively participate in district and local level coordination meeting e.g. WASH coordination meeting, health and nutrition meetings;

Programme approach:

  • To ensure that work aims to meet Minimum Standards and adheres to Oxfam’s emergency guidelines, policies and protocols and the government;
  • Contribute to an integrated approach to programme implementation between sectors of PHP, PHE, gender and protection;
  • Ensure that all work carried out is sensitive to community needs, promotes participation and empowerment of community members, and that a system is in place to get feedback on process and impact of the program;
  • Ensure that all programmes take gender issues fully into account. This includes the introduction of mechanisms to enable women to participate in decision-making around public health and livelihood issues;
  • To be familiar with and abide by the NGO/Red Cross Code of Conduct, the People in Aid Code, Oxfam International procedures and other regulatory codes (e.g. Inter Action Field Co-operation Protocol);

People management and capacity building of Oxfam PHE teams and partners.

  •  If required, manage recruitment for PHE team members;
  • Contribute in staff development including staff of local partners through written action plans, training plans, input into performance objective setting and appraisals;
  • Support the assessment of capacity building needs assessment of the PHEs of Oxfam and partners;
  • Take initiative to prepare comprehensive capacity building action plan for both Oxfam PHE staff and partners;
  • Organise/ facilitate capacity building sessions and activities either through formal sessions and training or hands on training/ coaching;
  • To support national partner to sustain public health intervention and contribute in developing capacity building plans in consultation with LWC and GARWAP and other partners;

Programme planning, monitoring, reporting and learning:

  • Capturing programme learning, develop guidelines and training materials and strategically build capacity within Oxfam programmes and ensure that learning from programmes is integrated into global programme policy and guidance;
  • Ensure that the programme is accountable to beneficiaries through promoting their participation providing them with information about programme activities and ensuring the beneficiary feedback is used effectively to adapt programme;
  • In collaboration with the project and MEAL team (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning) monitor the impact of our work on the people;
  • Work closely with the teams to generate weekly, monthly, distribution planning;
  • Support the development of monitoring and situation reports within the specified timeframe and against project targets and indicators;
  • Deliver any other responsibility assigned by the line manager

SKILLS AND COMPETENCE:

Essential

  • Bsc Engineering degree in water & sanitation (or the equivalent in technical knowledge);
  • More specifically significant practical experience of water and sanitation programming in developing countries.
  • Strong experience of working in complex emergency situations is important too. We'll also be looking for a background in integrated public health with an emphasis on engineering and a proven understanding of health promotion approaches and methodologies;
  • Proven experience in development of humanitarian programmes and experience/ exposure to development programming;
  •  Sound and demonstrated experience delivering programmes in hardship, insecure and unpredictable locations;
  • Sound experience in budget and human resources management;
  • Good understanding of public health issues in conflict situations;
  • Strong written and spoken English including report writing;
  • Ability to work in hardship location;

Desirable

  • Masters in water and sanitation or engineering;
  • Written and spoken Arabic language;
  • Good understanding of mainstreaming gender and protection in humanitarian /early recovery programmes

Behavioural Competencies

  • Ability to work and live in high-risk, high-stress zones;
  • Strategic and conceptual thinking and analysis;
 
How to Apply

Please interested candidates are kindly requested to visit our website below for more details about post and apply through post application:

https://jobs.oxfam.org.uk/vacancy/public-health-engineering-senior-officer-int6018/11448/description/

The deadline is 20 October 2019 .


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