Public Health Engineer – Women’s Empowerment & Care Project: Oxfam

Deadline: 25 November 2016
Vacancy Ref: INT 3001

Oxfam is one of the world’s leading providers of humanitarian aid in emergencies, operating since the 1940s. In Zimbabwe, Oxfam works with partners to address the causes of poverty, suffering and injustice and alleviating their symptoms. WE-CARE- Women’s Economic Empowerment and Care is an Oxfam initiative that supports a variety of approaches to reducing and re-distributing unpaid care work so that women’s time poverty is reduced, gender equality is increased and women have more equal opportunities to participate in social, economic or political activities. WE-CARE is funded with support from Unilever and Surf brand. This is the largest global programme of its kind – supporting women and girls to spend less time on difficult care tasks, notably laundry.  Improved water access is a first step in reducing workload and in lightening the load all aspects associated with laundry.

This programme uniquely combines the implementation of infrastructure and innovation in laundry with behaviour change interventions – challenging the social and cultural norms associated with the unequal workload women have and the difficulties this places on women and their families. This innovative approach to tackling insufficient water provision (for domestic uses) and facilitating women’s empowerment aims to be progressive in shaping long-term advocacy and influencing work at scale. The positive effects of this programme, is expected to directly and positively change the lives of nearly 75,000 women and girls within the Philippines and Zimbabwe. The influencing and indirect reach of the programme is also critically important. Work with the private sector, governments, media, research bodies and a critical mass of global INGOs, UN Agencies, Donors and Financial institutions is expected to reach millions of people in developing countries, worldwide.

Based in Harare, Zimbabwe, the role will provide technical leadership in researching, developing and implementing innovative WaSH and laundry solutions that reduce and enable redistribution of related household level care work in selected districts.  The position will involve applying operational and specialist technical skills and knowledge to support and implement operational plans and projects to deliver superior operational performance. The PHE will also be responsible for facilitating the participatory identification/ mapping of sites for improved water and laundry facilities as well as managing the relationship between Oxfam and Unilever on technical design elements.

Applications are invited from individuals who possess a Bachelor’s degree in Civil, Environmental or Agricultural Engineering or related field. Post graduate qualification in a related filed will be a strong advantage. The candidate must have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in project management/coordination experience in water and sanitation including rural water schemes as well as experience of managing or supervising projects notably in partnership with local NGOs/or within the staffing of local NGOs

To apply
To find out more about this role and how to apply online, please visit our web page using the reference number INT 3001 and this link

Please note that as this is an urgent recruitment, therefore short listing will be done as applications are received.  If the ideal candidate is identified before the deadline dates, the recruitment process will be closed. Please ensure that you submit your application as soon as possible.

NB: This is a national post and it is only open to individuals with the right to reside and work in Zimbabwe. We particularly encourage applications from people with HIV/AIDS, people with disabilities, women and previously disadvantaged groups. While we value all applications received, we unfortunately can only respond to shortlisted candidates.