Philippines nationals: WASH Engineer for Typhoon Mangkhut Response Project
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Typhoon Magkhut made landfall in Baggao, Cagayan on September 15, 2018, bringing with it high winds and nonstop torrential rains. It is the 15th storm to hit the Philippines this year and, so far, the strongest for 2018. Latest figure from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) recorded a total of 1,318,175 individuals or 314,806 families affected across seven (7) regions. The number of affected persons continues to increase by the day as assessment reports still trickle in.
Oxfam together with partners, Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC) and the Humanitarian Response Consortium (HRC) sent rapid assessment teams in Cagayan to provide on-site situational updates and conduct needs assessments and initial response to families in northern coastal area of Cagayan and towns along the Cagayan River.
Findings from the initial assessments have revealed immediate access to food, clean water, sanitation supplies and hygiene facilities, emergency shelter materials, multi-purpose cash, and livelihoods. There are no sex and age-disaggregated data (SADD) among those who have been affected, including the number of casualties from reports. Differential impacts of the emergency to women, men, girls and boys were not captured in responders’ assessment and situation reports.
While needs of displaced families are continually being addressed by government and humanitarian actors, a big number of affected population continue to face difficult conditions.
One of the key issues identified as needing urgent attention is immediate WASH intervention to avoid any WASH related diseases like diarrhea, cholera, dengue, malaria and skin diseases. Access to safe, accessible and culturally appropriate sanitation facilities is urgently needed.
As the emergency response is currently in full swing, Oxfam, CDRC, CVDRC and other stakeholders, need to work and collaborate to design and carry-out appropriate and effective interventions required by those in need.
SCOPE OF THE WORK:
To be able to deliver on this, Oxfam and partner CDRC will commission a research consultancy with the following objectives:
A WASH Engineer will be commissioned to support Oxfam and CVDRC’s project teams in delivering the WASH component of the TY Mangkhut Response Project, specifically the construction of communal toilets as complementation to IOM’s transitional shelter provision for selected beneficiaries in the Municipality of Sto. Nino, Cagayan.
- To carry out assessments, selection, design and construction, or rehabilitation, of appropriate water and sanitation systems in consultation with beneficiaries and relevant government officials, ensuring its compliance to relevant technical standards (Oxfam Minimum Standards, SPHERE, Philippine Standards, etc.)
- To liaise closely with Oxfam and CVDRC’s humanitarian response teams, as well as IOM’s shelter team, throughout the planning, design and implementation of the programme
- Maintain records of activity inputs, outputs and outcomes and other monitoring data, including the use of databases, and work closely with the MEAL officer to ensure rigorous reporting
- Report regularly, both verbally and in writing, to the Humanitarian Manager and to represent Oxfam to other NGO’s, agencies and Government authorities when needed
- Prepare contracts and supervise contractors (including masons, carpenters, plumbers, haulers, and helpers) as necessary
- To order relevant and required supplies and equipment from Oxfam’s Purchasing Department, ensuring appropriate quality and quantities
- To ensure that gender and protection issues are fully taken into account, including the participation of women in decision-making around WASH engineering issues
- To abide by the NGO/Red Cross Code of Conduct, the People in Aid Code, Oxfam’s Code of Conduct, Safeguarding Policies, International procedures and other regulatory codes (e.g. InterAction Field Co-operation Protocol)
- Carry out relevant WASH studies and research as needed
- Develop the capacity of partner organisations in WASH technical skills and conduct technical training to WASH committees, LGU partners and CSO as needed
- Contribute towards advocacy initiatives that uphold the rights of target beneficiaries
- Manage CVDRC’s assigned WASH field staff, providing guidance throughout the whole project cycle
- Ensure that Oxfam staff and CVDRC’s WASH staff understand and apply health and safety rules and procedures throughout the duration of the project activities, especially construction
- Ensure that assigned CVDRC WASH field staff are aware of and abide by key internal and external protocols and principles (e.g. Code of Conduct, People in Aid, Oxfam’s Safeguarding Policies)
- Carry out administrative duties appropriate to the job level
SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:
- An academic background of Environmental or Sanitary Engineering, or Civil Engineering with adequate environmental sanitation engineering experience. Skills in AutoCAD or other 3D design tools would be an advantage, but basic engineering sketching (hand-drawn) would be acceptable
- Good understanding of the public health needs of poor rural and urban communities and of appropriate and even innovative ways of tackling them. The post holder must be aware of and sensitive to the particular needs of women in this context
- Practical experience in a development or emergency context with institutional donors in appropriate water supplies, sanitation, hygiene promotion and environmental sanitation. Experiences in emergency contexts are desirable
- Report-writing skills, both technical progress and donor reports
- Diplomacy, tact and administrative skills in order to work with people at managerial and, on occasions, senior government levels. The post holder should also be at ease in working with local communities and a diverse team of partners and staff
- Well-developed interpersonal and team skills and proven ability to be flexible in demanding situations. Be familiar with and abide by the NGO/Red Cross Code of Conduct, the People in Aid Code, Oxfam International procedures and other regulatory codes (e.g. InterAction Field Co-operation Protocol)
- Excellent written and spoken English is essential
- Sympathy with the aims and objectives of Oxfam and commitment to humanitarian principles and action
- Good understanding of advocacy, gender, protection issues and IDP rights. Committed to a rights-based approach
- Understanding of monitoring processes, learning, adaptation and evaluation
- Willingness to work in insecure environments and a high level of adaptability and initiative
Contract Length: 1.5 months; Tuguegarao, Philippines