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4. Oxfom OI Regional Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) Advisor - HECA Jobs in Kenya

Oxfam currently works in 10 countries in the Horn, East and Central Africa (HECA) Region: Sudan and South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, DRC, Burundi, and Rwanda. Humanitarian programmes make up over 50% of spend in the region.

The humanitarian context of HECA is dominated by multiple causes of suffering, conflict, climate change induced flooding and drought, and food insecurity. There are more than 10 million IDPs and refugees in the region, and millions of people are living in food insecure state.

Conflict-related complex emergencies in the region are characterised by large-scale internal displacement and refugee movements and the widespread destruction of social and economic infrastructure, with women and children disproportionately affected. Traditional approaches to humanitarian assistance are challenged by the existence of protracted or entrenched emergencies, where populations remain displaced and dependent on humanitarian aid for many years.

Food insecurity occurs in both conflict and non-conflict areas. Food crises occur regularly in the region and are usually triggered by drought or flood. Pastoral communities and populations whose coping mechanisms already weakened by declining livelihood opportunities and conflict are particularly vulnerable. Climate change is increasing the number of severe droughts and floods in the region and, combined with high levels of chronic vulnerability, threatens to increase the incidence of food crises.

  • To ensure that the implementation of the HECA regional WASH strategy.
  • To ensure that scale-up for emergency response in the region is properly planned and supported by professional and experienced staff;
  • To build the capacity of the Oxfam staff and partners in integrated public health approaches and programming.
  • To ensure that WASH programmes in the region are of an acceptable quality and meet minimum standards, including the integration of key cross-cutting themes (gender, protection, HIV/AIDS, conflict-sensitivity).
  • To connect WASH programmes in the region to global best practices and learning.

    Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

    To consolidate Oxfam’s position as a leading public health agency by promoting innovation and learning across the region, building the technical capacity of country teams and partners to design and implement quality public health programmes, and ensuring that HECA country programmes and the region are prepared to meet public health needs in new category 2 and 3 disasters in a timely and effective way.

    Key responsibilities:


  • Support the RHC by acting as the lead on strategic thinking for WASH programmes in the region, and work closely with the RHC to develop and implement WASH aspects of the Regional Humanitarian Strategy for HECA
  • Support CPMs and other senior managers by providing strategic advice on public health issues in relation to emergency preparedness, response, and rehabilitation.
  • Work closely with other advisors and the Regional Programme Managers to provide integrated and coherent support to country programmes


  • Manage the public health component of the capacity - building projects and initiatives in HECA region.
  • Proactively identify WASH staff with potential in the region and contribute to their development through coaching, mentoring, identification of secondments and other development opportunities.
  • Provide training in public health programming for Oxfam staff and partners when required.

  • Carry out assessments of the public health situation during emergency situations. This will include a broad overview of public health risks as well as an in depth assessment of need in relation to water, sanitation, community mobilisation and health promotion.
  • Provide assessment reports with key recommendations for the design and implementation of water, sanitation, community mobilisation and health promotion activities.
  • Build the capacity of Oxfam staff and partners in conducting assessments on public health issues.

    Emergency Programme Implementation:
  • Give technical input to country teams, Oxford and the RHC to assist in “go/no-go” decisionmaking
  • When required, assist with the start-up of new humanitarian response programmes and provide ongoing support to programme managers and the WASH team as required throughout programme implementation.
  • As necessary facilitate the recruitment, training and supervision of public health engineers and health promoters. This may involve coordinating the mobilisation of HSPs and providing support with the production of job descriptions, work schedules, training plans and appraisals
  • As a member of a multidisciplinary Oxfam Regional Humanitarian Team monitor the effectiveness of activities and the continuing level of humanitarian need in the region.
  • In certain cases, be deployed during the first phase of a large-scale emergency response as an acting senior public health coordinator

    Technical/Programme Advice:

  • Act as a resource person for WASH staff in the region on hardware and software technical questions, in particular related to innovation, R&D, and new technologies in public health engineering
  • Promote the integration of key cross-cutting issues in public health programming including HIV/AIDS, protection concerns, gender, and conflict-sensitivity.
  • Promote adherence by public health staff and programmes to relevant standards and guidelines,
    including Sphere, NGO/Red Cross Code of Conduct and Oxfam’s global emergency guidelines and protocols.

    Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning:

  • Assist public health programmes in developing proper systems for the collection and analysis of public health information and data
  • Upon request conduct or participate in learning events associated with public health programmes (learning reviews, real-time evaluations, project evaluations etc.)
  • Document cases of best practice in the region, and promote information-sharing and learning across country programmes and between the region and Oxford

    Representation and Networking:

  • Act as the focal point for global public health initiatives, coordinating between Oxford and countries in the region
  • Represent Oxfam in external public health coordination meetings and other events with
    government officials, UN, donors, and other NGOs.

    Job dimensions

  • Contribute to and influence long term and operational planning.
  • Supervising resources within defined boundaries or a specialist area, which may include people, assets and/or budgets.
  • Influences the development of strategy and ensures and supports operational implementation.
  • Develops solutions to diverse and complex problems within organisational policy.
  • Interprets and applies operational and specialist information in a variety of formats from a variety of
  • Decisions are made, with a specialist/ divisional context, to further the objectives of Oxfam and the
  • Influence managers, staff, partners and volunteers in Oxfam and develop effective networks with
    external bodies.

    Skills, Experience & Knowledge

  • Masters degree or higher in water and sanitation, engineering, or public health. Equivalent technical experience and training can substitute for qualifications but not vice versa.
  • At least five years of practical experience of water and sanitation programming in multiple developing countries, including significant experience in complex emergency contexts.
  • Experience in integrated public health programming (combining water and sanitation with public health promotion), and a demonstrated understanding of health promotion approaches and methodologies.
  • Experience in assessment and designing response in both rapid and slow-onset emergencies.
  • Experience in delivering training and developing staff and partner capacity. Ability to take on a coaching and mentoring role.
  • Demonstrated experience of integrating gender issues into public health activities.
  • Diplomacy, tact and negotiating skills: demonstrated ability to use a range of styles and work with a diverse range of people.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and in response to rapidly changing needs.
  • Good written and spoken English is essential

  • Knowledge of a second regional language (French, Kiswahili, Somali, Arabic).

  • Willingness to travel up to 50% of the time.

    For more information and job application details, see; Oxfom OI Regional Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) Advisor - HECA Jobs in Kenya

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