The Oxfam Global Humanitarian Unit supports countries and regions in their response to crises and supports them in emergency preparedness to become more resilient to future shocks and stresses. . The WASH team leads on the delivery of the WASH strategy, supports countries and regions in large scale (category 1 and 2) responses, supports humanitarian capacity building in country teams, leads and coordinates the representation of Oxfam WASH in global humanitarian bodies, processes and debates and in global partnerships and ensures that learning from research, responses and international flora are shared internally and more broadly with the WASH sector.
To enable Oxfam to respond quickly to the Public Health Engineering requirements of an emergency. The work may involve immediate deployment in the first phase of an emergency stage, to assess the situation and subsequently implement public health engineering solutions appropriate to the context to provide life saving water and sanitation measures in accordance with international standards to alleviate the plight of the people affected by the emergency. Support may continue thereafter until the situation is stabilised and/or to strengthen capacities, systems and resources on the ground to be more prepared for either scaling up or future shocks.
The post holder will undertake a series of deployments normally up to 6 months in duration for which specific Terms of Reference will be negotiated and agreed with relevant parties, prior to deployment and or revised in the early stages of the deployment. Often these deployments will be to support fast moving emergency situations, and/or complex and difficult operating environments, where Oxfam has had to rapidly scale-up its programme and capacity.
Deployments will normally include some or all of the following responsibilities
· To carry out Water and Sanitation assessments and identification of actions to cover Watsan needs in order to provide an efficient and rapid humanitarian response.
· To carry out the selection, design and construction of water systems, using ground water or surface water, including abstraction, storage, treatment and distribution as well as sanitation facilities for new systems or rehabilitation of existing systems, in consultation with the affected population and the Public Health Promotion (PHP) team appropriate to the context.
· To where possible, ensure designs incorporate sustainability and cost effectiveness
· To formulate and implement capacity building plans for teams and individuals that the post holder manages in country, which may involve conducting training and mentoring approaches.
· The work will include management and administrative duties and co-ordination with other members of the project and with staff of other organisations.
· To represent Oxfam to other NGO’s, agencies and Government authorities where requested.
· To ensure that all programmes take gender and protection issues fully into account. This includes the introduction of mechanisms to enable women to participate in decision making around public health engineering issues.