PUBLIC HEALTH PROMOTION OFFICER – KYAKA II

Internal Job Grade - National D2

Contract type - Fixed Term

Reporting to - PHP Team Leader

Staff reporting to this post - Field Based Community Mobilizers

Locations - Field

 

Program team:

  • To enhance the technical capacity of the Oxfam and PHP team in Public Health Promotion approaches   to ensure implementation of planned activities in targeted refugee settlements
  • To work closely with the public health engineers and implement an integrated PH programme to achieve the project objectives.
  • To ensure that the promotion of women’s rights is at the heart of all Oxfam in Uganda’s program work

Job Purpose - Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • To promote safe WASH practices, including appropriate use and maintenance of WASH facilities and services.
  • To ensure appropriate community involvement in the design and delivery of essential WASH services and facilities
  • As part of a multi-sectoral team carry out an assessment of public health risks and an analysis of the threats to life, health and dignity faced by the refugee community guided by the Oxfam Public Health Assessment Checklists and analytical model in the ERM (Emergency Response Manual)
  • To work closely with the counterparts and PHE team to ensure an integrated approach to the public health needs of all programme activities
  • Work with the PHP Team Leader to put in place and implement a PHP operational framework for the targeted settlement and monitor hygiene promotion activities ensuring that feedback is given to the volunteers, target population and other stakeholders
  • Liaise with OPM and other sectors and agencies working locally to coordinate within the WASH sector and between sectors such as health and shelter.
  • Build good relationship with all communities in the targeted settlements and further ensure all understand the Oxfam interventions and priorities of PH programme.
  • Support volunteers to plan and implement communication activities when appropriate e.g. Campaigns, latrine use, visits, etc. as agreed by the PHP team.
  • Support Oxfam teams to conduct needs assessment, design and implement the trainings for both partner hygiene promotion volunteers and identified committees.
  • To supervise, manage and monitor the mobilization of the target population to promote hygiene practices, environmental sanitation, and control mechanisms.
  • Ensure all work is carried out in a way that is sensitive to community needs and gender issues. To promote full and equal participation of women, men, boys, girls in all aspects of the work and to ensure that Oxfam’s programme is an opportunity for peace building, rather than community division.
  • Take account of gender, protection, HIV, the environment, and other important cross-cutting concerns in programme design, implementation, and reporting; carry out activities in a way that reflects the needs of specific groups and individuals e.g. elderly people, children, and people with disabilities.
  • Support partner agencies to use participatory approaches as a far as possible throughout the programme cycle, in training, and in the use of tool kits and other materials.
  • Ensure that interventions strive to conform to Sphere standards and adhere to Oxfam guidelines and protocols.
  • Represent Oxfam when appropriate in sector coordination meetings with the national authorities, UN bodies and international and national NGOs on request.
  • Together with the PHE team, develop monitoring indicators and tools in line with the log frame and regularly collect data to reflect progress against objectives, and giving feedback to the PHP Team Leader.
  • Continuously monitor the humanitarian situation in the camp and routinely advice the PHP/E Team Leaders on appropriate actions
  • Present regular written reports on progress against objectives as required by the PHP Team Leader and ensure that a final report is completed on completion of the contract.
  • Depending on the situation, the post holder may be asked to perform other tasks as requested by the PHP Team Leader
  • To be familiar with and abide by NGO code of conduct and SPHERE minimum standards

Technical Skills, Experience & Knowledge

  • Bachelors degree in Public Health, Social Sciences, Community development or another relevant field
  • At least 3 years practical experience in developing countries in community health and environmental programmes, preferably in emergency refugee programmes
  • At least two years practical experience in community mobilization and organisation and appropriate community health and sanitation programmes in humanitarian context.
  • Practical experience of hygiene promotion
  • Good understanding of the health and hygiene risks of those affected or at risk of contracting Cholera and urban communities and of appropriate ways of tackling them. Must be aware of and sensitive to the needs of women in this context.
  • Ability to present concise reports, sometimes at short notice, reflecting the problems and possible solutions for situations.
  • Flexibility and ease in working with local people have diplomacy, tact and administrative skills to work with people at managerial level, and occasionally government levels.
  • Assessment, analytical and planning skills.
  • Developed interpersonal and team skills and proven ability to be flexible in demanding situation.
  • Capacity and desire to pass skills and information, confident communicator and willingness to work in collaboration with others and respectful to the community.
  • Sympathy with the aims and objectives of Oxfam and commitment to humanitarian principles and action.
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences, and the ability to work in a wide variety of cultural contexts.
  • Sympathy with the aims and objectives of Oxfam.
  • Commitment to humanitarian principles and action.
  • Commitment to equal opportunity and gender policies. Demonstrated experience in integrating gender and diversity issues into programmes.
  • Ability to work under pressure, ability to prioritize and commitment to meet deadlines.

Key Behavioural Competencies 

Competencies Description

Decisiveness We are comfortable to make transparent decisions and to adapt decision making modes to the context and needs.

Influencing We have the ability to engage with diverse stakeholders in a way that leads to increased impact for the organisation We spot opportunities to influence effectively and where there are no opportunities we have the ability to create them in a respectful and impactful manner.

Humility We put ‘we’ before ‘me’ and place an emphasis on the power of the collective, nurture the team and play to the strengths of each individual. We are not concerned with hierarchical power, and we engage with, trust and value the knowledge and expertise of others across all levels of the organization.

Relationship Building We understand the importance of building relationship, within and outside the organization. We have the ability to engage with traditional and non-traditional stakeholders in ways that lead to increased impact for the organisation.

Listening We are good listeners who can see where deeper levels of thoughts and tacit assumptions differ. Our messages to others are clear, and consider different preferences.

Mutual Accountability We can explain our decisions and how we have taken them based on our organizational values.  We are ready to be held to account for what we do and how we behave, as we are also holding others to account in a consistent manner.

Agility, Complexity, and Ambiguity We scan the environment, anticipate changes, are comfortable with lack of clarity and deal with a large number of elements interacting in diverse and unpredictable ways.

Systems Thinking We view problems as parts of an overall system and in their relation to the whole system, rather than reacting to a specific part, outcome or event in isolation. We focus on cyclical rather than linear cause and effect. By consistently practicing systems thinking we are aware of and manage well unintended consequences of organisational decisions and actions.

Strategic Thinking and Judgment We use judgment, weighing risk against the imperative to act. We make decisions consistent with organizational strategies and values.

Vision Setting We have the ability to identify and lead visionary initiatives that are beneficial for our organization and we set high-level direction through a visioning process that engages the organization and diverse external stakeholders.

Self-Awareness We are able to develop a high degree of self-awareness around our own strengths and weaknesses and our impact on others. Our self-awareness enables us to moderate and self-regulate our behaviors to control and channel our impulses for good purposes. 

Enabling We all work to effectively empower and enable others to deliver the organizations goals through creating conditions of success. We passionately invest in others by developing their careers, not only their skills for the job.  We provide freedom; demonstrate belief and trust provide appropriate support. We give more freedom and demonstrate belief and trust, underpinned with appropriate support.