Ended Public Health Promotion Team Leader

The Job

JOB TITLE: Public Health Promotion Team Leader – Shafer/Hajjah

DIVISION / DEPARTMENT / LOCATION: Humanitarian, WASH, Yemen – Shafer/Hajjah

JOB FAMILY: Programme Technical



OXFAM PURPOSE: To work with others to find lasting solutions to poverty and suffering

TEAM PURPOSE: To assess, analyse and response to contain and prevent AWD/cholera outbreaks through lifesaving timely WaSH assistance to affected and most vulnerable communities in Yemen in collaboration with WASH-EFSL and gender/protection integration.

JOB PURPOSE: To lead and coordinate the implementation of Oxfam’s Cholera scale up programme ensuring programme quality, community engagement and participation, public health promotion, cholera preparedness, and response in all programme related fields. This position weill be responsible for coordinated rapid response with life WAASH assistance to most vulnerables including resource mobilisation -


Postholder reports to: Hajja PM and matrix line to Cholera scale up coordinator & WASHco

Staff reporting to this post: PHP Sr officers and Officers, other casual as assigned


The humanitarian crisis in Yemen remains the worst in the world. Over four years of conflict and severe economic decline are driving the country to the brink of famine and exacerbating needs in all sectors. An estimated 80% (24m) of the population require some form of humanitarian or protection assistance. Two-thirds of all districts in the country are already pre- famine conditions, and one-third face a convergence of multiple acute vulnerabilities. In 2017, Yemen have seen the worst cholera outbreak in modern history that carries over 2018 with  low trend but spiked with a sharp increase in spread and up trends in Feb Mar 2019, fear of 3rd wave of outbreak to further worst crisis.
The cumulative number of suspected cholera cases reported in Yemen since October 2016 to March 2019 is passed 1.5m mark and over 3,000 deaths with a case fatality rate of 0.2% and an attack rate of 535/10 000. The total number of suspected cholera cases reported during the second wave were over 1.4m with CFR 0.19%. Up to week 7 of 2019, number of reported suspected case close to same week of 2018 (below 4,000/week). From there number of reported cases shoot up geometrically with 0.37 highest CFR 11k/W9, 15k/W10, 21k/W11 and almost 25k/W12 and the uptrend continues as this JP is developed. Since Jan 2019- 140,491 cases with 271 deaths (CFR 0.19). The reason for such increase can be early rain, wider surveillance coverage/reporting and better awareness. Govt and Yemen humanitarian response are on high alert with multi-sector scale-up plan and decided to launch reserved funds and CERF earlier to prevent or contain may be the 3rd wave outbreak. Oxfam Yemen decided to call for surge team capacity to lead and support programme in Cholera response scale-up- 2 global staff for north and one for south. Oxfam opted to lead agencies in key district in its working areas- Taiz/Ibb, Hajja/Hudeida and Amran/Saada

BUDGET RESPONSIBILITY: To include developing, monitoring and forecasting of budgets, in agreement with line manager


·Problem-solving and analysis often involves difficult decision-making with no precedent, although difficult decisions taken with the PM and Cholera scale-up team leader.

  • Information sources are diverse, ranging from academic research to data collection in programme and non-programme areas and often requires a judgement on credibility and accuracy of the information.
  • Work patterns are not routine and often high pressure.
  • Make complex technical information accessible and usable by non-specialist.
  • Create opportunities to develop work within a framework plan.
  • Knowledge  required  includes  broad  understanding  of  and  their  relevance  to  own speciality.
  • Experience of humanitarian work gained in professional work inside and outside Oxfam is essential


  • Jointly with PHE Team leader- support team in cholera rapid response including mobilisation of cholera kits, water trucking, chlorination and quick fix to water and sanitation systems.
  • Maintain and update cholera contingency stocks, prepare supply plan, requisitions, allocate, use and monitor uses in collaboration with logistics department.
  • Lead and or participate in AWD WASH rapid needs assessment in Oxfam’s targeted and potential new areas of emergency intervention as directed by Cholera scale-up coordinator.
  • Participate and where appropriate join in multi-sectoral assessment team and specific technical assessment/survey/study in cholera affected area.
  • Jointly with PHE, Train water chlorinator, water quality monitor, sanitary surveyor, CHVs and produce periodical hygiene behaviour change and WASH monitoring and surveillance report with remedial and follow up actions.
  • Orientate staff in the pathways of cholera transmission, the symptoms, preventative and response measures using Oxfam’s cholera’s guidelines, Yemen WASH Cluster Cholera SOPs, and Oxfam Yemen cholera tool kit;
  • Coordinate with health actors to access, and analyse the line list, understand the gaps, and strengths of the CTCs and ORPs being set up, and scale of CHVs/health workers in the community;
  • Develop an appropriate cholera strategy in liaison with the PHEs – which could range from disinfection of all water sources, distribution of cholera kits (aquatabs, soap, ORS), manning of ORPs, training of CHVs, and health workers, orientation of communities at key locations (qat sellars, ice makers, mosques, food vendors), water quality monitoring, and understanding community behaviours, and myths associated to cholera
  • Orientate staff in Oxfam’s community engagement and participation framework to ensure Oxfam’s WASH programme is participative, 2-way, adequately understands the community’s needs and vulnerabilities, their coping mechanisms, and timely appropriate actions are taken;
  • In coordination with health partners, assess and provide necessary sanitary protection and WASH services to cholera related health facilities.
  • Continuously assess AWD/cholera situation, design/adapt program activities in containing and preventing disease spread.
  • Contribute updating cholera preparedness and contingency plan and build teams capacity to implement jointly with engineering team
  • Ensure a high quality, multi-sectoral approach, aiming at reaching minimum SPHERE, CHS, AAP and internal & cluster technical standards, with a focus on quality and accountability.
  • Ensure that an empowering approach to work with communities and partners is employed and that the full and equal participation of women in all aspects of the work is promoted.
  • Collaborate and promote integration with other sectors while ensuring Oxfam program is presented in a coherent way to cholera affected communities and stakeholders.
  • Lead the implementation of community engagement approaches appropriate to the different contexts emerging in Yemen – IDPs and host community living in urban, rural areas, and camps. Facilitate community action plan, and reporting mechanisms;
  • Ensure facilitation and technical support of community groups (women’s, youth groups, teachers, school clubs) and volunteers (CHVs) to report on WASH issues, and the required action;
  • Co-ordinate and represent all Oxfam’s WASH work with UN agencies, local and international NGOs and government agencies at the health, WASH, and governorate level coordination meetings.
  • Monitor WASH (PHP) budget as per guidelines/donor requirements


  • A suitable qualification in a public health, infectious diseases, community engagement and/or social science/anthropology related discipline. Experience can substitute for qualifications but not vice versa.
  • At least three years experience of working in emergency and early recovery programmes in community mobilisation and engagement in preventive health- some of the experience in epidemics such cholera outbreak response.
  • The post holder will be able to demonstrate a good understanding of public health risks, how to mitigate them through community engagement, participation in water supply, sanitation, vector control, and hygiene promotion in both urban, rural, and camp contexts,
  • Competent in carrying context and power analysis, public health risks and vulnerabilities using different participatory approaches.
  • Excellent assessment, analytical and planning skills, with the ability to link in operational programme with broader Government policy issues.
  • The ability to present concise reports, sometimes at short notice, reflecting the problems and possible solutions for particular situations.
  • Excellent negotiation, diplomacy & representation skills in order to work with people at managerial level and, senior government technical departments.
  • Comfortable working in insecure environments where there is access, and able to ‘think out of the box’ to operate via remote management modalities with Oxfam and partner staff.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and in response to changing needs, without losing sight of the strategic objective.
  • Good written and spoken English is essential.
  • Sympathy with the aims and objectives of Oxfam, including commitment to humanitarian principles and action Oxfam’s equal opportunity and gender policies.

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