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Vacancy at Oxfam Great Britain Position : Public Health Promotion Officer (PHP- Officer) Location : Mekelle Education : BSc Degree in Environmental Health, Public Health, Nursery, Medical; Deadline : May 23 2021


  May 12, 2021 –   May 23, 2021


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Access to latrine facilities and water supply is limited in most of the IDP sites in the Tigray region due to conflict and people are practicing open defecation and facing water shortage. To tackle this water hygiene and sanitation problem in the IDPs as well as in the affected host community in Border of Tigray and Amhara region, where IDPs have already started integrating with the host community, Oxfam designed the project to address this lack of access to water, latrine facilities and awareness of the community and IDPs in Tigray crises.

As part of this project, Oxfam will work with the local government and partners in reducing the open defecation practice and accessing water supply through rehabilitation and, maintenance of water scheme, community awareness, using a participatory approach, and involving communities in constructing communal latrines for IDPs and affected host communities.

Our team

To work closely with Oxfam’s implementing partners in project target areas (IDPs and affected host communities) in Tigray response by providing support in order to meet Oxfam standards and ensuring quality at each level within the project time frame. This will be implemented through partners and directly by Oxfam.

Job purpose

To provide technical support to local partners and enable Oxfam to respond quickly to the Public Health Promotional requirements of the WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene in emergency response. ensuring quality, community-based intervention that considers sustainable coping mechanisms in the current Tigray conflict, building the capacity of the IDPs, affected host communities to create better awareness in Water hygiene and sanitation. Particularly, the work requires providing and/or supervising the provision of technical support and assistance to the local partner’s project within an area of specialism. in close coordination with the PHE team and ensuring community participation and integration with EFSL, Gender, and protection.

Core details

Location: Mekelle, Tigray Region, Ethiopia

Salary: As per the Oxfam benefit package

Internal Grade: D2, National

Job Family: Program

Contract type: Fixed-Term contract for six months with possibilities of contract extension.

Hours of work: 37.5 hours per week. This is a full-time role; however, Oxfam offers various flexible arrangements which candidates can discuss with the Recruiting Manager at the interview stage

This role reports to: Roving WASH Coordinator

Staff reporting to this post: None

Annual budget for the post: N/A

Key relationships/interactions:

Screening checks: All successful candidates will be screened through Refinitiv World-Check One to comply with counter-terrorism and financial sanctions regulations.

References: Should you be successful and not already employed by Oxfam GB, we will require minimum of two references covering five years of employment history.

DBS checks (for roles based in the UK):

It is a requirement in the UK for a new DBS check at enhanced level for every new member of staff who works directly with, or has regular contact with, children or vulnerable adults in the UK (consistent with DBS guidance and relevant law).


Key responsibilities


  • The PHP Officer will respond to population displacement or affected Tigray crisis in Tigray and Amhara border, as a member of a WASH Team
  • Responsible to help the WASH Team Leader with the transparent and quality implementation of all elements of the WASH projects. He/she will work in close collaboration with the local partners and the Oxfam GB EFSVL, Gender, Protection, and MEAL teams to ensure that the PHP components of the response are implemented.
  • Provide support to the PHP Team Leader in diverse and complex problem solving, requiring professional knowledge field experience, and an understanding of the development and humanitarian work.
  • Short, medium and long-term planning is required in the context of changing priorities.
  • Contacts are with a wide spectrum of clients, often external including Government Authorities and sector offices.
  • Makes complex technical information accessible and usable by a non-specialist and maximizes sharing of lessons learned.
  • Work patterns are not routine and often high pressure.
  • Creates opportunities to develop work within a framework plan.
  • Impact directly on program quality through technical support to PHP staff and partners in this response developing and implementing capacity building initiatives.



  • Contribute to the design of a PHP strategy for the emergency response program of Oxfam in the intervention area with the WASH Team Leader.
  • Supervise the selection of the materials, equipment, and resources for the public health/hygiene promotion and community participation activities with suitable technical specifications and assuring quality.
  • Contribute to the development of culturally appropriate relevant IEC (Information Education and Communication) materials based on the emergency context
  • Liaise with local partner Conduct training for community groups (adult and children) and partner staff on context relevant and culturally appropriate IEC material for promoting key public health practices
  • Participation in the preparation, planning, and performance of the health and hygiene promotion and community participation activities of the project.
  • Managing the health and hygiene and community participation technical team in their charge. Selection, supervision, training, and/or coaching and evaluation of the personnel under their responsibility mainly partner staff.
  • Supervise NFI distribution in coordination with other Oxfam sectors, other NGOs/Partners, and local authorities
  • Ensure that PHP activities take gender and protection issues fully into account. This includes the introduction of mechanisms to enable women to participate in decision-making around PHP issues.
  • Ensure that all technical work reflects the needs and preferences of different target groups of conflict-affected IDP at concentration center and integrated within the host community;
  • Responsible to monitor water quality at public distribution points of the IDPS/ affected host communities water scheme and selected HH level and advice the partner and volunteer staff accordingly on the possible source/s of contamination and recommendations.

Coordination and Networking

  • Liaise closely with the project PHE and Oxfam protection and gender team throughout the planning, design, and implementation stages of public health activities. As appointed by the WASH team leader, represent Oxfam PHE team at Zonal and Woreda level WASH cluster meetings and technical working groups relating to WASH in the specified project areas.
  • Coordinate with all project partners and collaborating agency on the results of the Water Quality Monitoring (the routine FRC monitoring and the periodical bacteriological water quality test result) and based on the result agree on activities to be undertaken.
  • Coordinate hygiene promotion and community (mobilization, participation, and engagement) activities with the other agencies, local partner, and actors carrying out similar activities

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Supervise/Lead Public Health Promotion assessments in coordination with the WASH Team Leader, local partners, and with other Oxfam sectors (PHE, EFSVL, Gender, Protection, and MEAL)
  • To assess emergency needs, as requested, especially taking in the broader perspective of Public Health.
  • Define indicators and ensure the collection of data and statistics and implement monitoring systems to supervise and evaluate the impact of the health and hygiene promotion activities.
  • Contribute to regular program activity reports, donor reports, and new proposals narratives/budgets when required by the WASH Team Leader
  • Report regularly, verbally and in writing to the WASH Team Leader and to represent Oxfam to other NGOs, agencies, local partners, and Government authorities were requested.
  • Contribute to reviews, learning events, surveys at project locations in coordination with the MEAL team.
  • Collect regular reports from local partners, Oxfam PHP staff/volunteers and provide timely feedback to them.
  • Monitor the capacity of partners and community mobilization activities by community health volunteers for quality assurance and prepare review reports with recommendation for continuous quality improvement in collaboration with the MEAL team


  • Support WASH TL in providing technical support to all project related to public health promotion in his /her lead role in planning, designing, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation to ensure high-quality programmes
  • Support to local partners in providing technical support on designing and implementation

Training /Capacity Building:

  • In close discussion with the WASH team leader undertake regular field visits to each location of Tigray crises and partner program implementation areas to review programs and build partner capacity in quality program implementation through coaching and support supervision.
  • Provided technical capacity building to Oxfam PHP team and partners more importantly during designing, planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of project activities
  • Build the capacity of the Oxfam team and partners to produce quality project reports
  • Support PHP assistant and partners PHP teams in identifying capacity gaps and assist in the planning of relevant training to address the gaps
  • Participating in the workshops and training to support the implementation of Oxfam and partners.
  • Supporting development and standardization of program work plans, implementation tools, and reporting templates.
  • Ensure that the government sector and other partners staffs and IDP community volunteers and PHP groups are fully aware of the public health promotion strategy of this project and all PHP activities are in line with strategy activities;
  • Coordinate and co-facilitate all planned training activities with IDP managements, other partnering organization, and woreda and kebele level personal involved at public health promotion and mobilization tasks in IDP centers and host community
  • Plan and carry out informal and formal training sessions to staff, IDP community group’s and government partners and evaluate the impact of these training.
  • Provide constructive feedback to local partners for learning and development

Staff Management

  • When required support HR for PHP Assistant, Volunteers, partner PHP staff recruitment, this includes writing a Job description, interviews, etc.
  • Ensure partner PHP staff are fully inducted in Oxfam’s ways of working, Aims, and Values.
  • Provide capacity building to local partners and volunteers implementing Oxfam programming
  • Assess staff capacity level and suggest areas of improvement to the PHE Team Leader who will support in devising clear and concise capacity training schedules accordingly.
  • Provide day-to-day support to project staff including performance management, recruitment, spacing team leaves, and any other HR function involved in team management.


  • Eager and required to adhere to Oxfam’s principles and values (click here) as well as the promotion of gender justice and women’s rights (click here).
  • Understanding of and commitment to adhere to equity, diversity, gender, child safety, and staff safety health and wellbeing principles.
  • The post holder expected to be familiar with and abide by the Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS), NGO/Red Cross Code of Conduct, the People in Aid Code, Oxfam International procedures, and other regulatory codes (e.g. InterAction Field Co-operation Protocol; including safeguarding.
  • Depending on the situation, the post holder may be asked to perform other tasks as requested by the Manager.

Job Requirements

Essential – Experience, Knowledge, Qualifications & Competencies

  • BSc Degree in Environmental Health, Public Health, Nursery, Medical, Social Science from a recognized university/college or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience in Public Health Promotion required that can bring added value
  • Relevant experience of 5+ years in appropriate community-based public and environmental health programs, preferably in an international NGO;
  • Practical experience and understanding of community mobilization in relation to water and sanitation activities in humanitarian programs, specifically to IDPs residing at a concentration camp and integrated with host community;
  • Experience in working with local partners including government authorities, NGOs, and community-based organizations;
  • Demonstrated experience of program integration and commitment to humanitarian principles and action to crosscutting issues including gender, protection, diversity, HIV, and AIDS into public health promotion program;
  • Very strong communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and ability to work in a variety of different cultural contexts;
  • Be a team player and facilitate activity implementation to be undertaken within the agreed periods and timeframe;
  • Knowledge of and commitment to humanitarian principles (NGO/ Red Cross Code of Conduct) and with the Sphere Humanitarian Charter minimum standards;
  • Strong skills in assessment, analysis, planning, negotiation, and oral and written reporting;
  • Ability to work under pressure and in response to the changing needs;
  • Willingness to live and work in remote field conditions or locations with minimal camping requirements;
  • Ability to be self-initiative and able to work under minimum supervision;
  • Good spoken and written English, and ability to communicate fluently in the local language will be highly beneficial (e.g. Tigrigna)


  • Experience in NGO sector
  • Knowledge of preparation of IEC material for promoting key public health practices
  • Good knowledge of supervision techniques
  • Able to travel and work in conflict-affected areas
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences, and the ability to work in a wide variety of cultural contexts
  • Commitment to Oxfam’s mission, aims & objectives.

Your commitment to Oxfam

  • Required to adhere to Oxfam’s principles and values as well as the promotion of gender justice and women’s rights
  • Understanding of and commitment to adhere to equity, diversity, gender, child safety and staff health and wellbeing principles

Key Attributes:

  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences and gender issues, as well as the commitment to equal opportunities.
  • Ability to demonstrate an openness and willingness to learn about the application of gender/gender mainstreaming, women’s rights, and diversity for all aspects of development work.
  • Commitment to Oxfam’s safeguarding policies to ensure all people who come into contact with Oxfam are as safe as possible.

Organizational Values:

  • Accountability – Our purpose-driven, results-focused approach means we take responsibility for our actions and hold ourselves accountable. We believe that others should also be held accountable for their actions.
  • Empowerment – Our approach means that everyone involved with Oxfam, from our staff and supporters to people living in poverty, should feel they can make change happen.
  • Inclusiveness – We are open to everyone and embrace diversity. We believe everyone has a contribution to make, regardless of visible and invisible differences.

Note to candidates: Shortlisted candidates will be assessed on our organizational values and attributes at the interview stage. The successful candidate(s) will be expected to adhere to our code of conduct. We encourage candidates to read and understand our code of conduct here.

How to Apply

As part of your online application, please upload your up-to-date CV and a covering letter explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile through or using Oxfam External/ internal application portalon or before 23 May 2021.

Your application will be shortlisted based on your CV and your responses to the above questions. You need not comment on your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Due to the urgency of the post, this advert will close before the deadline if a suitable candidate is identified.



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