Public Health Engineer - Water Team Leader (Scale Up)
Public Health Engineer - Water Team Leader (Scale Up) South Sudan Fixed-term 6 month contract GBP £20,619 - 27, 642 net, per annum (take home salary) Benefits: Competitive benefits and additional allowance of £4,000 net per annum Background Oxfam GB has been working in South Sudan since 1983, with initial activities in emergency water supply and health promotion services for refugees. It has continued to lead on humanitarian interventions in South Sudan since then and currently has operational programming in two states of Lakes and Upper Nile with a country office in Juba. Oxfam GB concentrates on three primary sectors: Public Health (water, sanitation & hygiene promotion), Livelihoods and Emergency Preparedness & Response (EP&R) (operationally and via coordination through staff secondment in the OCHA EP&R unit). The programmes/responses are carried out by three teams: EP&R, Upper Nile and Lakes. Within these programmes, issues such as gender, conflict sensitive programming, peace building, policy and advocacy are furthered. The country programme is led by the office in Juba with field offices in Rumbek, Malakal, Jamam and Renk. A fifth office is soon to open in Melut. Job Role You will enable Oxfam to respond quickly to the Public Health Engineering requirements of an emergency. The work may involve, in an immediate emergency stage, the assessment of the situation and in later stages the implementation of public health measures required to alleviate the plight of the people affected by the emergency. Dimensions Manage staff in a water focused team, including leading a small team in your own area of specialisation (water). Set performance objectives with your line manager, as well as setting those within your own specialist team, mainly relating to the quality of programme work in area of specialisation for project or programme and the implementing team. Diverse and complex problem-solving, requiring professional knowledge field experience and an understanding of humanitarian and disaster risk reduction work. Problem-solving and analysis often involves difficult decision-making with no precedent, although difficult decisions taken with the PHE Technical Team Leader Information sources are diverse, requires a judgment on credibility and accuracy of the information. Work patterns are not routine and often high pressure. Make complex technical information accessible and usable by non-specialist. Create opportunities to develop work within a framework plan. Key Responsibilities Assessment and Programme Design You’ll have to participate in rapid needs assessment in potential new areas of emergency intervention as directed by the PHE Technical Team Leader. With support of the PHE Technical Team Leader (PHETTL), define the water activities of any new emergency, in line with the rapid needs assessments. Assist, and often lead on selection and design, as well as directly implement the most appropriate water systems, in consultation with the beneficiaries, which includes excreta disposal, refuse disposal, vector control and drainage. Final designs must be approved by the PHE TTL. Ensure all proposed water activities are fully integrated with public health promotion and, where required, emergency food security and livelihood activities in all emergency programme. Programme Implementation Provide timely and clear logistic requirements for the water programme to the PHE TTL for approval. This may require local purchasing in liaison with the logistics team. Produce realistic work plans, as well as procurement plans for all water activities , including contract documents and monitoring schedules, ensuring that deadlines are in line with donor timeframes. This must be shared with the PHE Technical Team Leader and then the water team. Ensure that all programmes take gender, disabilities and HIV issues fully into account. This includes the introduction of mechanisms to enable women and less abled people to participate in decision making around water activities. Ensure that all water activities are in line with all Oxfam GBs water policies, ways of working and meet the minimum requirement laid out in OGB Minimum requirements for PHE in emergencies and Sphere standards. To be familiar with and abide by the 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). Reporting and Communications Provide regular verbal and written report to the PHE TTL, frequency of such reports to be defined by the PHE TTL. Assist the PHE TTL develop new proposal and contribute to donor reports. Staff Management Provide day to day management of the water team including performance management, recruitment, spacing team leave and any other HR function involved in team management. Assess the water team capacity level and suggest areas of improvement to the PHE TTL , who will support you in devising clear and concise capacity training schedules accordingly. You may be able to request support in training from the PHE TTL and or Scale up PHE Coordinator. To provide additional support to other in country programmes as directed by PHE TTL or Scale up PHE Coordinator. This may include capacity building and training in other programme offices and possible short deployment for rapid assessments and interventions. Coordination Liaise closely with the PHP Team Leader throughout the implementation stages of water activities. Hygiene promotion is a vital element of such PHE programmes. Actively participate in weekly meetings with programme support staff such as logistics and finance. Skills and Competence Most importantly proven practical experience in developing countries in appropriate water and hygiene promotion programmes. It is essential that some of this should have been in emergency relief programmes. The post holder should have a good understanding of the public health needs of poor rural and urban communities and of appropriate ways of tackling them. The post holder must be aware of and sensitive to the particular needs of women in this context. A suitable qualification in any discipline relating to Public Health Engineering is the necessary educational background. Experience could substitute for a formal qualification, but not vice versa. Team and project management experience, including budget management. The ability to present concise reports and proposals, sometimes at short notice, reflecting the problems and possible solutions for particular situations. Diplomacy, tact and administrative skills in order to work with people at managerial and, on occasions, senior government levels. Willingness to travel at short notice, and often in difficult circumstances. Good written and spoken English is essential. Keywords: Management
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