PHE Officer

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Oxfam is looking for a

PHE Officer

Deadline for application :

Mocomia & Pemba, Mozambique

Staff Reporting directly to this post:

Key relations and interactions:

Communities, activistas, community leaders and local authorities

Candidates for this position will be asked to implement activities in Macomia and surrounding villages. When applying for this position the candidate should know that there are security concerns for some areas of implementation and he/she is in agreement on following Oxfam’s security procedures.


  • To provide lifesaving integrated WaSH & emergency assistance to communities affected by flooding and cyclone Kenneth in both communities and in accommodation centres in Macomia and the wider Pemba province of Mozambique.
  • To implement activities at the field level that meet water, sanitation and hygiene needs for affected population.



  • Manage the implementation of Public Health Engineering activities in all phases of emergency water supply and sanitation for a defined area
  • Assess locations for suitable options for installation or rehabilitation of water and sanitation infrastructure to meet emergency needs. Along with the Team Leader, design and implement water and sanitation facilities based on needs and technical specifications identified during these assessments
  • Supervise teams and contractors to water and sanitation works
  • Assess and design options for emergency water supply, including water trucking, emergency water storage facilities, water treatment, borehole rehabilitation, distribution networks and associated drainage. Ensure that water provision is in line with international standards (e.g. Sphere). Work with Associates and stakeholders to undertake quick fixes and new installations
  • Manage water quality testing for assigned areas and take remedial action where quality does not meet agreed quality parameters
  • Lead the PHE team in monitoring the quality of work by contractors, manage projects and ensure minimum standards are met in terms of numbers and quality
  • Lead the coordination with the PHP Team to receive community feedback on provided WASH facilities and services, and adapt provision and designs in response to these
  • Prepare work plans, weekly reports, PHE tracking sheets/data base, completion certificates, meeting minutes Coordination minutes, and contributing in donor reports and proposal narratives and budget for PHE
  • Work with PHPs in response to cholera and other disease outbreaks through the provision of improved water supply and sanitation
  • Ensure the needs of specific target groups, e.g. children, youth groups, men, women, elderly people and people with special need are taken into account throughout all designs and installations
  • Ensure that gender, protection, and other important cross-cutting concerns are considered in programme design, implementation, and reporting; ensure that activities reflect the needs of specific groups and individuals e.g. elderly people, children and people with disabilities
  • Documenting and sharing lessons learnt, successes or failure, and cross program exchanges with other WASH programs
  • Coordinate with PHP counterparts and teams to ensure coherent and consistent programming
  • Provide joint technical leadership and coordination with PHP colleagues, especially to ensure community participation for all wash facilities, but also with Gender, Protection and EFSVL team
  • Represent Oxfam in effective coordination with government authorities, community structures and NGOs
  • Maximise opportunities for collaboration with local government services, humanitarian agencies, other working national and international NGOs and the Oxfam country programme
  • Proactive follow up with support departments for timely delivery of activities


  • Manage the work of assigned assistants, taking responsibility for setting objectives, following up on workplans, monitoring quality of work, resolving issues (with support of the team leader where required)
  • Liaise with logistics and finance to ensure proper planning for equipment and materials required for public health promotion work


  • 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 health and wellbeing principles.


Knowledge of Languages

Proficiency in English is essential. Working knowledge of Arabic language is considered an asset.


Formal qualification in a relevant field of engineering.


  • Experience of design, and management of construction of water, sanitation and hygiene facilities, particularly for emergency situations
  • Managing teams and supporting on capacity building
  • Experience in working autonomously with minimum supervision
  • Strong communication skills and knowledge and experience in Emergency WASH are highly desirable
  • Experience of working with NGOs in emergency response is also highly desirable

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


If you are interested in this position, please use the ‘apply’ button. Your application must be received by 4 March 2020 at the latest. Please note that only applications received using the link provided can be taken into consideration. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


  • Self-Awareness
  • Vision Setting
  • Agility, complexity and ambiguity
  • Relationship building
  • Decisiveness

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. We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation. People of all gender identities, sexes, sexual orientations, races, colours, religions, cultures, abilities, etc. are eligible for this position. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. This vacancy is posted both internally and externally at the same time, however with equal suitability, the internal candidate is preferred. 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.

Apply here!