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PHP Officer

Date:  28-Mar-2023

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.

The Country Office in Somalia/Somaliland is currently recruiting a:

 PHP Officer


Fulltime / 40 hours a week

Contract length: 6 Months with possibility of extension

Location: Garowe, Puntland with frequently travel to the field

OXFAM PURPOSE: To work with others to overcome poverty and suffering.

JOB PURPOSE: To work closely with Oxfam’s WASH staff and implementing partners by providing Public Health-related technical support in order to meet Oxfam standards and ensuring quality at each level within the project time frame.


Oxfam is one of the world’s leading International Humanitarian Agencies, assisting people affected by poverty, natural disasters, and conflict throughout the world. With over 5,000 staff and dedicated volunteers in more than 90 countries, Oxfam is able to achieve the greatest impact to alleviate poverty and suffering through combining emergency response work, long-term development programmes, and campaigning for lasting change.


  • Plan, implement and monitor the hygiene promotion intervention in conjunction with the PHE.
  • Manage health volunteers and WASH committees in a defined geographical area.
  • Provide capacity-building support and accompaniment to the implementation of WASH committees and health volunteers on hygiene promotion, including training, provision of appropriate IEC materials, distribution of NFIs and mentoring.
  • Work closely with other sectoral teams to ensure an integrated approach is applied in addressing the public health, EFSVL, gender and protection needs of the beneficiaries.
  • Coordinate with camp or community level authorities, including the camp or affected village management committees and IDP populations to ensure community participation and hygiene practices are improved.


Assessment and Programme Design:

  • In collaboration with other members of the WASH team, conduct assessments and baseline studies in order to identify WASH-related health risks and priorities.
  • Collect, record and interpret qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Use assessment data to design participatory PHP interventions appropriate for the local context and culture.
  • Provide weekly update reports (including data collects, minutes from meetings, and key achievements for the week)
  • Contribute to developing work plans and program activities.

Programme Implementation:

  • Identify, train, and mobilise WASH committees and community health volunteers and enable them to effectively undertake the hygiene promotion outreach and mobilisation activities in the camps / community.
  • Carry out hygiene promotion sessions/activities with volunteers and WASH committees to the wider community.
  • Ensure WASH committees and volunteers are able to supervise, manage and monitor the WASH facilities and mobilize IDPs/affected communities in taking action to improve high risk hygiene practices.
  • Implement hygiene promotion interventions for specific target groups e.g., school children, women, and men groups.
  • Carry out regular feedback to the volunteers, WASH committees and local authorities to ensure accountability and protection issues are taken action.
  • Validate target beneficiaries for delivery of NFI distributions and conduct Post Distribution Monitoring (PDM).
  • Monitor and report against key WASH and health indicators.

Programme approach:

  • Apply Oxfam’s minimum requirements on accountability to beneficiaries in the implementation of PHP activities.
  • Raise awareness and build capacity of community affected by disasters in adhering to Oxfam and international humanitarian standards.
  • To ensure that the programme take gender, protection issues fully into account. Ensure safe programming approach is undertaken at all stages of programme implementation.
  • Facilitate the implementation of the recovery/transition phase of the emergency WASH programme focusing on promoting the community’s resilience to future emergencies.

Programme planning and reporting:

  • Contribute lead the PHP team planning meetings in Garowe and programme design
  • Reflect on programme experience to contribute to PHP /WASH learning review.
  • Provide regular and reliable narrative reports.
  • Contribute to the design, management, and communication of a responsible exit strategy.
  • To monitor and report to the management the community level key issues and security incidents that impacts to the staff and programme.
  • Identify and request appropriate health promotion materials and equipment required for the project.

Staff Management: (when recruited)

  • Manage PHP assistants – set and agree their work and task objectives in accordance with work plans, approaches and standards.
  • Provide guidance, support, and supervision to the staff to ensure tasks and responsibilities are delivered.
  • Ensure that PHP assistant staffs and partners understand and apply health and safety rules and procedures.
  • Ensure that PHP staff members are aware of and abide by key internal and external protocols and principles (e.g., Code of Conduct, People in Aid, Oxfam’s draft sexual conduct policy).


  • Technical coordination with field teams to ensure coherent and consistent programming.
  • Maximise the value of integrated working with PHE and logistics teams.
  • Facilitate communication and cohesive working between PHEs and PHPs
  • With supervision, collect and report community level programme information for sharing to coordination mechanisms as required.


  • Bachelors in any discipline relating to Public Health or degree in social science with at least 2 years practical experience in community mobilization and organization and appropriate community health and sanitation programmes.
  • Good understanding of the health and hygiene risks of IDPs, poor rural and urban communities and of appropriate ways of tackling them. Must be aware of and sensitive to the particular needs of women in this context.
  • Ability to present concise reports, sometimes at short notice, reflecting the problems and possible solutions for particular situations.
  • Flexibility and ease in working with local people have diplomacy, tact and administrative skills in order to work with people at managerial level, and occasionally government levels.
  • Assessment, analytical and planning skills.
  • Effective member of team and role model; demonstrates creativity in seeking better ways to do things and shares with team and promotes high standards.
  • Capacity and desire to pass skills and information, confident communicator, and willingness to work in collaboration with others and respectful to the community.
  • Takes responsibility for own work and delegated project/processes (including some leadership).
  • Sympathy with the aims and objectives of Oxfam.
  • Anticipates problems and regularly provides solutions.
  • Knowledge of area of work and ability to contribute to team planning.
  • Proactively assumes more responsibility and/or more difficult areas of work in agreement with manager.
  • Contributes to development of programme initiatives.

Application Procedure:

Please send your application of the position by clicking Apply Deadline on  10.04.2023 and include your motivation letter and cv quoting “Application of PHP Officer as the subject heading. Application Deadline on  10 of April 2023However, Applications will be shortlisted as we receive them, and interviews will be carried out if necessary, before the end date. Therefore, qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible and before the deadline.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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.

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