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Nigeria: PHE Technical Team leader- Rapid Response Team

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: Oxfam Novib
Country: Nigeria
Closing date: 01 Dec 2017

Oxfam, one of the leading global development organizations, mobilizes the power of people against poverty. We are a diverse confederation of 17 strongly interconnected national affiliates working in over 90 countries, either directly, or with partners to enable transformational change, using a unique combination of long-term development, campaigning and humanitarian programs*.*

North East Nigeria PHE Technical Team leader- Rapid Response Team

Based in Maiduguri, North-East Nigeria

Starting date as soon as possible

Contract Length- 6 months (Extendable)


Over the past year, insurgency has intensified attacks which have spread from North-East Nigeria to Cameroon, Chad and Niger, affecting some 20 million people. Suicide bombings and raids targeting civilians in villages and in cities around the Lake Chad basin have caused widespread trauma, prevented people from accessing essential services and destroyed infrastructure. Across the region, over 2.8 million people are displaced; most of whom are sheltered by communities that count among the world’s most vulnerable. The combined effect of growing insecurity, fast population growth and severe vulnerability resulting from a changing climate, environmental degradation, poverty and under-investment in social services is translating into record numbers of people in need of emergency relief. There are 9.2 million in need of humanitarian assistance. Nigeria is hosting 7m, Cameroon 1.5m, Niger 460.000 and Chad 257.000. The increasing number of attacks and arrival of displaced persons have placed an additional burden on already weak health and education systems and the general infrastructure. Insecurity, displacement, disrupted agricultural activities and cross-border trade continue to undermine communities’ livelihoods and have resulted in a sharp rise in food insecurity. Still 3.6 million people are in need in North East Nigeria of WASH assistance as 75% of the infrastructures have been destroyed during the crisis. Population are vulnerable to WASH related diseases outbreak due to the lack of access to improved WASH service. For example, approximately 30% of the IDP population do not have access to safe water as per Sphere standards and the prevalent malnutrition rate in the affected areas is making people more at risk for disease outbreak Finally the volatile situation with new arrivals being reported in existing IDPs camps and the potentiality for new areas to open, requires maintaining a rapid response capacity to ensure lifesaving WASH assistance is being delivered to those population.

Violence across the Lake Chad basin as a result of the emergence of the group Boko Haram in Nigeria and military operations against it over the past 7 years has escalated in recent months exacerbating an already dire humanitarian situation. Oxfam has been responding with Water-Sanitation-Hygiene Promotion (WASH) services in North Eastern part of Nigeria since October of 2014 through local partner(s). Oxfam escalated the response to CAT1 emergency in mid-2016 and scaled-up operational capacity to enable to provide integrated WaSH assistance to a food & nutrition emergency in Borno and part of Adamawa of north eastern state of Nigeria. Since early Jan 2017, Oxfam WaSH team started reaching newly accessible areas and planning and delivering assistances in rapid response model which led by Rapid Response Team (RRT) while consolidating ongoing works in Gwoza, Pulka, Rann, Damboa and maintaining presence in Maiduguri that includes Mafa, Jere and Konduga LGAs in Borno state and Michika in Adamawa state.

Job Purpose

To provide technical WASH capacity to Oxfam’s NE humanitarian response programme in Nigeria with special focus on infra-structure in IDPs camp and host communities.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • In collaboration with RRT PHP TL, jointly assess WASH immediate needs in area where there is emerging need mostly in areas where Oxfam has no presence on the ground or areas where Oxfam is present but has no capacity to assess.
  • Provide assessment reports with key recommendations and intervention design (workplan, requisitions, logistics and budget forecasting etc) in coordination with Programme Manager and WASH Coordinator.
  • Adapt approaches for implementing technical choices according to local market technical capacities and targeted communities, and in line with Oxfam team and partners' capacities. This will take into consideration the humanitarian context and include from the beginning a planned exit strategy
  • Representing Oxfam in Nigeria-Rapid Response Mechanism group led by UN-OCHA where Oxfam is the WASH focal point and actively contribute on the group decision making process whether or not to activate the Rapid Response Mechanism scheme
  • To liaise and coordinate with Oxfam security team to ensure security risks being considered and mitigation plan is clearly communicated with all the RRT members.
  • Line manage the PHE RRT (PHE National TL, PHE Officers & PHE Assistants)
  • Ensuring that RRT have the necessary tools, equipment and skills to respond immediately in areas where support will be limited.
  • Prepare BoQ/Budgets, activities planning and timeframe for quick interventions.
  • Prepare contract/MoU following donor and Oxfam procurement and financial procedures.
  • Supervise and manage contract/MoU ensuring quality of work as per design specification.
  • May be required to support all WASH programme teams operating at established field bases in NE to strengthen and improve programmes in the field, to gap fill for important technical field based staff, join rapid response tasks and capacity build WASH staff in the field as delegated and/or requested by WASH Coordinator.
  • To report regularly, verbally and in writing to the Programme Manager and WASH Coordinator on the progress of implementation and challenges encountered against targets set, highlighting constraints and proposed solutions to resolve the issues. Ensure key reporting formats and database are up to date and accurate at all times.

  • Participate in PHE team briefing/debriefing, weekly PHE/PHP joint meeting and represent in monthly programme meetings. Ensures that all meetings and briefings are productive & action oriented.

  • Represent Oxfam at the various coordination meetings at camp, LGA and state levels ensuring compatibility with overall commitments and policy/programme priorities in public health.

Skills, Experience and Knowledge


  • Technical background in Civil, structural, and water engineering. Experience can substitute qualifications, but not vice versa
  • Minimum of 5 years of practical experience in developing countries in Water, Hygiene and Sanitation Emergency programmes (at least 2 years of it in a humanitarian context).
  • Experience of designing and managing construction contracts.
  • Experience with borehole drilling and rehabilitation desirable.
  • Ability to work effectively under stress in emergency situations, in a leadership role. Experience of having led or coordinated inter-agency initiatives would be an advantage.
  • Ability to work in a participative way with communities; strong capacity building / training skills
  • Strong assessment, analytical and planning skills.
  • Experience of task managing and performance management of small teams and of budget tracking
  • Experience of varied approaches to capacity building.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills. Sensitivity to cultural differences and the ability to work in a variety of cultural contexts and communicate with a diverse range of people.
  • Sound understanding of the importance of gender and participation in programme implementation; sensitive to the needs of displaced and disadvantaged populations.
  • Ability to present concise and clear reports within short notice addressing needs/problems and related solutions/recommendations and willingness to share information
  • Commitment to Oxfam’s mandate and objectives Oxfam and able to represent Oxfam

How to apply:

We offer

A competitive, fair and comprehensive pay and benefits package that is justifiable to our donors. The salary range for this position is set in scale 9 with a salary range between €2672, - to €4110, - based on a 40-hour working week.

Oxfam is committed to gender balance and diversity. Women, persons with disabilities and persons belonging to minority groups are encouraged to apply.

More information and application procedure

Your application must be received 1st of December at the latest. Please submit your application through this link: