Oxfam Public Health Engineering Officer Jobs in Uganda

Oxfam Public Health Engineering Officer Jobs in Uganda


Program team:

  • To carry out assessment, planning, design and implementation of public health engineering components of the Oxfam humanitarian WASH programme in line with the Oxfam’s strategy in Uganda.

  • Ensure PHE interventions are integrated into the entire emergency response program and share learning across other sectors

  • To ensure that the promotion of women’s rights is at the heart of all Oxfam in Uganda’s program work

    Job Purpose – Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • To carryout technical assessments, design, and implement water and sanitation projects that are socially acceptable, environmental friendly, and economically viable.

  • To assess emergency needs, as requested, especially taking in the broader perspective of Public Health.

  • Design and implement camp water and sanitation facilities for refugee settlements in Arua and Adjumani

  • Ensuring that the construction of emergency water systems, using surface water and possibly ground water, follows technical designs. Problem solving and adapting design in consultation with the PHE Team Leader as required.

  • Ensuring 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 needs.

  • To liaise closely with the Public Health Promotion Team throughout the planning, design and implementation stages of the WASH Programme. Hygiene promotion is a vital element of such public health engineering programmes

  • As part of an integrated team contribute towards planning and proposal writing in order to provide clear objectives and establish indicators for monitoring and evaluating the programme

  • To 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.

  • To assist in drawing budgets, and support budget monitoring and expenditure forecasting.

  • To report regularly, verbally and in writing to the PHE Team Leader and to represent Oxfam to other NGO’s, agencies and Government authorities where requested.

  • To support and prepare contract bundles, facilitate tendering procedures and implementation of contracts in an environment

  • To develop and implement a technical training programme for relevant staff/engineering Assistants, partners, to ensure that water sanitation projects in the area reflect sustainability.

  • To ensure that all programmes take gender issues fully into account. This includes the introduction of mechanisms to enable women and men to participate in decision making around public health engineering issues.

  • Ensure that where possible an empowering approach to working with communities is employed rather than an approach which relies solely on message based methodologies

  • To ensure that work aims to meet Minimum Standards and adheres to Oxfam’s emergency guidelines and protocols

  • Carry out any assignment as maybe delegated by PHE Team Leader and Emergency Response Manager as appropriate.

    Technical Skills, Experience & Knowledge

  • Professional qualification in Civil or water and sanitation engineering backed by at least 2 years of practical experience.

  • Substantial, demonstrable experience of emergency and development work, and an understanding of relevant issues.

  • Willingness to be a part of, and closely work with a wider Oxfam public health team including public health promoters.

  • Experience in budgeting, budget monitoring and expenditure forecasting.

  • 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/protocols (e.g. Sphere Minimum Standards and InterAction Field Co-operation Protocol).

  • A mature understanding of relevant issues derived from at least two
    years of field experience, preferably both in relief and development with an organisation similar to Oxfam.

  • 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, Diplomacy, tact and negotiating skills.

  • Good communication skills and ability to work well in a team

  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively sometimes in an insecure environment.

  • Sensitivity to cultural differences, and the ability to work in a wide variety of cultural contexts.

  • Sympathy with the aims and objectives of Oxfam.

  • Commitment to humanitarian principles and action.

  • Commitment to equal opportunity and gender policies. Demonstrated experience in integrating gender and diversity issues into programmes.

  • Ability to work under pressure, ability to prioritize and commitment to meet deadlines.

  • Experience in and the ability to train people.

    Key Behavioural Competencies

  • Decisiveness We are comfortable to make transparent decisions and to adapt decision making modes to the context and needs.

  • Relationship Building We understand the importance of building relationship, within and outside the organization. We have the ability to engage with traditional and non-traditional stakeholders in ways that lead to increased impact for the organisation.

  • Listening We are good listeners who can see where deeper levels of thoughts and tacit assumptions differ. Our messages to others are clear, and consider different preferences.

  • Mutual Accountability We can explain our decisions and how we have taken them based on our organizational values. We are ready to be held to account for what we do and how we behave, as we are also holding others to account in a consistent manner.

  • Agility, Complexity, and Ambiguity We scan the environment, anticipate changes, are comfortable with lack of clarity and deal with a large number of elements interacting in diverse and unpredictable ways.

  • Systems Thinking We view problems as parts of an overall system and in their relation to the whole system, rather than reacting to a specific part, outcome or event in isolation. We focus on cyclical rather than linear cause and effect. By consistently practicing systems thinking we are aware of and manage well unintended consequences of organisational decisions and actions.

  • Strategic Thinking and Judgment We use judgment, weighing risk against the imperative to act. We make decisions consistent with organizational strategies and values.

  • Self-Awareness We are able to develop a high degree of self-awareness around our own strengths and weaknesses and our impact on others. Our self-awareness enables us to moderate and self-regulate our behaviors to control and channel our impulses for good purposes.

  • Enabling We all work to effectively empower and enable others to deliver the organizations goals through creating conditions of success. We passionately invest in others by developing their careers, not only their skills for the job. We provide freedom; demonstrate belief and trust provide appropriate support. We give more freedom and demonstrate belief and trust, underpinned with appropriate support.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Oxfam Public Health Engineering Officer Jobs in Uganda


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