Public Health Engineering (PHE) Officer

Full time Job
Hawassa, Snnpr
Posted 5 months ago
Engineering, Water and Sanitation
Gedeo Zone, Dilla Zuriya and Kochere Woreda- Dilla/YergachifeTown, SNNPR
Career Level:
Mid Level ( 2+ – 5 years experience)
Employment Type:
Full time

Job Description



Annual Salary and Benefits According to Oxfam Salary Scale
Internal Job Grade National
Contract type Fixed Term
Reporting to WASH Technical Team Leader, based in Addis Ababa or Guji/Gedeo Zone
Staff reporting to this post PHE Assistants
Locations SPNNRS, Gedeo Zone, Dilla Zuriya/YergachifeTown
Annual Budget None

Shaping a stronger Oxfam for people living in poverty



Oxfam made its first donation to Ethiopia in 1962, which ranked it as one of the first INGOs in the country. As in many countries, Oxfam’s work started in Ethiopia with humanitarian assistance and gradually expanded to include long-term development and advocacy. Inter-communal violence along the borders of Gedeo (SNNPR) and West Guji (Oromia region) zones was reported on 3 June 2018. Civilian deaths, damage to properties and to public infrastructures, including schools and health facilities were also reported. Government security forces are deployed to the area to prevent the escalation of the conflict and for protection of civilians, but the situation remains tense.


The last upsurge in violence between the Gedeo and Guji communities started in Kercha woreda of West Guji zone and later spread to other woredas along the border on 13 April 2018. Houses were burnt down, damaged, looted and livelihoods destroyed, and at least 274,548 people were displaced in Gedeo, and scattered across Dilla Zuria, Gedeb, Kochere, Wonago and Yirgachefe woredas. Some 84,000 people were also displaced in West Guji zone. All IDPs in Gedeo zone are believed to be ethnic Gedeos displaced from West Guji zone. Around 67 per cent of the IDPs in West Guji zone are also believed to be ethnic Gedeos displaced within West Guji.[1] Regional authorities and hosting communities are providing first-line assistance to the displaced, but it is significantly inadequate. The capacity of the hosting communities is also being stretched to the limit. West Guji zonal authorities officially requested for food, plastic sheets and clothes assistance to the Oromia Diasaster Risk Management Commission (DRMC) on 4 June.


Oxfam Ethiopia conducted rapid emergency need assessment Over the week of 5th August 2018 in the conflict areas and has identified that huge gap of WASH, EFSVL and protection needs of conflict affected communities in Gedeo zone including Dilla zuriya and Kocheri woeda, and decided to provide an emergency response in WASH, EFSVL and protection targeting an estimated population of 53,000 IDPs residing in 20 concentration centers and within the host community within Dilla Zuriya and Kocheri  Woreda with possible of expanding to IDPs located in Waste Guji zone.


Delivering Oxfam GB Programme in Guji/Gedeo Zone aiming to last poverty and improve resilience capacity of the most vulnerable community group


Plan, implement, review & support the delivery of PHE component as part of Oxfam Humanitarian programme in Guji/Gedeo Zone, but also contributing to the wider Oxfam Ethiopia Programme


  • Under the strategic guidance of WASH or PHE Specialist, ensure overall PHE component effective planning and implementation to Humanitarian Response in line with response strategy;
  • Undertake preparation of technical drawing / design and estimates of appropriate and acceptable water supply system and sanitation facilities across all ongoing and future projects
  • Provide professional and technical leadership to the PHE Assistance (including partners)
  • To supervise, manage and report Oxfam’s all WASH interventions in assigned geography and support the WASH team on project proposal preparation;
  • To ensure that technical support including on- the job technical training / hand-holding support is provided timely. Supervise and monitoring (On site and desk monitoring) of construction of WASH facilities in coordination with MEAL officer
  • Identify WASH response options against context, well informed by robust assessment / analysis, scenario and programme objectives, and provide guidance and support for appropriate response;
  • Closely work and coordinate with livelihood team to ensure effective planning, implementation and monitoring of interventions through CFW and other relevant components
  • Closely work and coordinate with PHP officer to ensure effective planning, implementation and monitoring of WASH interventions in an integrated manner
  • To ensure timely processing of supply requests with all necessary technical specifications and other details related to PHE interventions. Closely work and coordinate with logistics team to ensure timely delivery of PHE interventions
  • Work in close collaboration with partner agency and the local authorities to ensure that participatory approaches are used throughout the project cycle management
  • Require making sound judgements regularly within agreed processes using technical knowledge, a good understanding of the team and the facilities of the team
  • Supervises the work of contractors, partners and junior staff often in area of own specialism.
  • Contributing to project/ programme budget planning and monitoring
  • Assist the WASH/PHE teams in analyzing field and secondary data, feeding the relevant information (clear choices of options, evidence-based advice and solutions) to the WASH and/or PHE Specialist;
  • Seek out and promote opportunities of increasing the effectiveness, efficiency and problem solving of the WASH activities, looking specifically at optional technological and other innovative opportunities;
  • Ensure that all PHE activities take gender issues fully into account. This includes the introduction of mechanisms to enable women to participate in decision-making around public health engineering issues.
  • Undertake additional responsibilities including PHE response interventions given by the department or organization

Job Requirements


  • Relevant qualification such as Degree in relevant engineering discipline (Civil/Water, Sanitation, Hydraulic Engineering) from a recognized academic institution. Appropriate, relevant and comprehensive experience in the field of WASH may substitute for the formal qualifications and not vice versa.
  • Relevant 3-5 years of solid practical and comprehensive experience in the field of WASH preferably, in an international NGO, out of which 2-3 years should be supervisory/managerial experience.
  • Demonstrated ability and experience in planning and implementing PHE programme (both in emergency response / recovery and long term development) in Ethiopia, Southern region
  • Demonstrated experience of working with UN clusters, government authorities and implementing I/NGO partners;
  • Proven technical skills – Designing / drawing / cost estimation of PHE interventions (preferably in the region context)
  • Proven experience of project cycle management
  • Proven experience of mentoring and capacity building of team / partners including training facilitation skills
  • Knowledge of and commitment to humanitarian principles (NGO / Red cross code of conduct) and with Sphere humanitarian charter and minimum standards;
  • Excellent command of English language (speaking and writing),
  • Excellent knowledge about importance of integrated approach (PHE / PHP / Livelihood) for drought and/or conflict risk management,
  • Experience of working with local partners including local authorities
  • Diplomacy and negotiation skills with internal and external audiences and confident representation skills proven experience in gender analysis and integrating gender & diversity into programmes;
  • Ability to work well under pressure and in response to changing needs;
  • Excellent communication and cross-cultural management skills;
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and meeting deadlines in changing situations
  • Experience of using software, CAD, WaterCAD, EPANET, Arc-CAD, and related)
  • Experience in conflict-sensitive programming and the ability to influence and support colleagues in appreciating the importance of financial standards, procedures and controls;
  • Competent candidate having command over local language (Amharic / Somali) will be preferred;
  • Competent candidate having existing legal right to work in Ethiopia will be preferred.

How to Apply

Interested candidates who meet the above requirement should submit their CV and application letter through before or on September 3rd, 2018.

Women applicants are particularly encouraged to apply.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Oxfam is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those that are suitable to work within our values are recruited to work for us.

“This is an urgent recruitment and we will be short listing applications as we receive them and may fill the position before the closing date, if there is potential candidate”

Job Features

Job CategoryAgriculture Jobs
DeadlineSep 3,2018

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