Oxfam Novib: PHE Officer

at Oxfam Novib
Location Den Haag, South Africa
Date Posted October 8, 2019
Category Construction / Facilities
Job Type Full-time


Den Haag, Eastern Cape

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 .

PHE (Public Health Enginer) Officer

Location: Sofala and Zambezia Districts

Team Purpose

To provide integrated WaSH assistance to communities affected by flooding and cyclone Idai in resettlement areas and host communities in Sofala and Zambezia provinces of Mozambique.

Job Purpose

To implement activities at the field level that meet water, sanitation and hygiene needs for affected populations

Job Responsibilities


  • Manage the implementation of Public Health Engineering activities in all phases of early recovery and long term water supply and sanitation
  • Assess locations for suitable options for installation or rehabilitation of water and sanitation infrastructure to meet longer term needs. With the Team Leader, design and implement water and sanitation facilities based on needs and technical specifications identified during these assessments.
  • Conduct deeper assessment and KAP surveys in collaboration with PHP team
  • Collaborate on developing sustainable and long term solutions for community identified problems
  • Be involved in community participation process, FGD, questionnaires and consultations
  • Develop models of WASH facilities for community feedback. Develop all required drawings, photos as sketches for community training and monitoring of construction and use quality.
  • Supervise PHE teams and contractors to carry out water and sanitation works.
  • Assess and design options for long term water supply, including water trucking, long term 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.
  • Work with the PHE TL to create designs and BOQs for WASH infrastructure including latrines, waterpoints, and drainage. Monitor the quality of work by contractors and manage projects to ensure minimum standards are met in terms of numbers and quality.
  • Work with the PHP Team to receive community feedback on WASH facilities and services, and adapt activities in response.
  • Prepare work plans, weekly reports, tracking sheets, data bases, completion certificates, meeting minutes, and contribute to donor reports, 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 are taken into account in all designs and installations
  • Ensure that gender, protection, and other important cross-cutting concerns are considered in programme design, implementation, and reporting;
  • Document and share lessons, successes or failure, and take part in exchanges with other WASH programmes.
  • 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
  • In collaboration with the MEAL team put in place systems to measure impact and accountability of WASH activities through the collection and analysis of data
  • Work closely with support department (logistics, finances, HR)


  • 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
  • Participate and support team meetings and workshops cross sectors for planning WASH projects.


  • Adherence to Oxfam’s principles and values ( click here ) as well as the promotion of gender justice and women's rights ( click here ).
  • Commitment to equity, diversity, gender, child safety and staff health and wellbeing principles.

Job Requirements


  • Formal qualification in a relevant field of engineering
  • Ability to make oral presentations and write clear reports


  • At least 2 years practical experience working with vulnerable communities in the field of WASH,
  • Experience of design and management of construction of water, sanitation and hygiene facilities, particularly for emergency situations
  • Managing teams and supporting their capacity development
  • Strong communication skills and good knowledge of the WASH sector
  • Experience of working with communities is desirable
  • Experience of working with NGOs in emergency response is 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.

Organisational 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.

We offer

This role will give you an opportunity to make a difference in Oxfam, to act as key contributor to the Cyclone Idai and Kenneth responses programme, to work with a group of passionate people that are specialists in their humanitarian fields, offers fair pay Oxfam in Mozambique D1 Salary Grade USD: 1,815/- per month gross and competitive benefits package. You will also be entitled to a contract until 29th February 2020.

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.