PHE Assistant – Burao, Somaliland

    PHE Assistant

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    Oxfam is a world-wide development organization that mobilizes the power of people against poverty.


    Position: PHE Assistant

    Location: Burao, Somaliland


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

    Together we save, protect and rebuild lives. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can defeat poverty or any type of inequality or discrimination.

    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.

    The Somalia/Somaliland Country office is looking for

    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

    The Role:

    To coordinate and facilitate the delivery of Oxfam Somaliland programme at the sub-district level, 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 within 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 the 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 the 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 the 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 waterworks 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 mobilization skills
    • Management and leadership skills
    • Ability to organize 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 results

    Application Procedure:

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

    We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organization. Therefore, people of all gender identities, sexes, sexual orientations, races, colors, religions, cultures, abilities, etc. are eligible for this position.

    Oxfam aims to attract great talent that not only fits the job but also Oxfam’s high standard of values and principles, who shares and demonstrates Oxfam’s commitment to prevent and eradicate any type of misconduct including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, any other type of misuse of power or lack of integrity and financial misconduct. We are committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people, and adults. 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, or integrity screenings/references relating to misconduct and disciplinary actions in prior employment.

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