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9 May 2019

PHE Assistant

Job Description

[PHE Assistant]

Somaliland National

Fulltime/ 40 hours a week

12 Months Contract (renewable subject to performance and funding)

Based in Bur’o, Somaliland with frequency travel to the field

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.

That means we tackle the inequality that keeps people poor. Together we save, protect and rebuild lives. When disaster strikes, we help people build better lives for themselves, and for others. We take on issues like land rights, climate change and discrimination against women. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can enjoy life free from poverty.

We are an international confederation of 19 organizations (affiliates) working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries.

All our work is led by three core values: Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness. To read more about our values please click here.

Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behavior at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.

Note: All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and may be subject to appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks.

The Role

The PHE assistant will be responsible for:

  • Supervising the overall water and sanitation activities implemented by Oxfam reporting to Public Health Engineer Officer.
  • Providing technical support and advice to communities/contractors/partners with in the programme areas.
  • The PHE assistant will be responsible for mobilizing and engaging with communities/partners in the overall water and sanitation activities implemented by Oxfam, reporting to Public Health Engineer Officer.
  • To ensure timely implementation of planned water and sanitation activities.
  • Has a delegated authority to monitor, supervising and ensure quality of all construction related activities being implemented by communities/partners.
  • To communicate largely to internal staff as well as external contacts/target audiences to support work at the ground level
  • Collect situation updates and challenges being faced by the beneficiaries and ensure all issues/updates are duly communicated/reported to Public Health Engineer officer.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • With support and supervision, join in supporting the assessment of emergency needs when required and collect and record basic needs assessment data from communities.
  • As a part of PHE team, plan and implement borehole rehabilitation, solarization of water of boreholes/shallow wells and expansion of existing  water supply systems as directed by the PHE Officer and PHE TL.
  • Train community/WASHCos in basic operation and maintenance of solar systems, establishment and training of WASHCOs with support of the PHE Officer and Team Leader.
  • Support PHE Officers in preparation of BoQs for repairs and rehabilitation of water supply systems, latrines, incinerators, solid waste pits, placenta pits, pipe works and other related construction works.
  • Ensure that all construction work, such as latrines, and water works meet Oxfam standards and assist in ensuring that contractors and community members work to the required timescale and qualities.
  • With guidance from the PHE Officer, implement the WASH response intervention that may include water treatment, water quality testing, borehole construction/rehabilitations and renovation (desalination), construction of semi-permanent and emergency latrines, solid waste management, construction of hand washing facilities, and other relevant activities
  • Always work to a pre-planned and agreed work plan. Where a work plan does not exist, be proactive in creating a work plan prior to undertaking activities. With supervision, collect and record basic monitoring data, sometimes directly from programme beneficiaries, using forms provided by the PHE Officer
  • To conduct daily quality and quantity checks and record all work in the appropriate forms provided by the PHE Officer.
  • To report verbally and in writing to the PHE Officer as requested.
  • With the guidance of the PHE Officer, ensure that health and safety monitoring is incorporated into all public health engineering activities, including water works repairing
  • Maintain a good relationship with the community.
  • Advise the PHE Officer of progress, constraints and any other issues that may impact on work plans
  • Ensure all work is carried out in a way that is sensitive to community needs and gender issues. In particular, to promote the full and equal participation of women in all aspects of the work.


Diploma in Hydraulic Engineering, Civil Engineering or any other technically related field with minimum experience of one year.


  • Communication, interpersonal and mobilisation skills
  • Management and leadership skills
  • Ability to organise and run training course and workshops within communities
  • Ability to write brief reports and share information
  • Experience of working with communities
  • Experience and understanding of teamwork
  • Good written and spoken English
  • Ability to understand gender issues within communities and Oxfam team
  • Commitment to the aims and beliefs of Oxfam and able to represent Oxfam to communities
  • Good knowledge and understanding of public health, and livelihoods development work
  • Initiative and tenacity to achieve result

Application Procedure:

Please apply the position by clicking the Apply button. Application Deadline on 22nd May 2019. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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