Organization: Oxfam GB
COUNTRY SAFETY AND HEALTH COORDINATOR
Annual Salary and Benefits
According to Oxfam Salary Scale
Internal Job Grade
Two years, with possible extension
Staff reporting to this post
Matrix management of Safety and Health Officer (1) and Safety Focal Points (8)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, but roving country wide as per need, up to 50% of the time.
Shaping a stronger Oxfam for people living in poverty
Oxfam Ethiopia is part of the global family of Oxfam International; operating in the country since 1974. It has been implementing development and humanitarian programs in various parts of the country to address the immediate and strategic needs of people living in poverty.
The current country strategy (2015 – 2020) envisages “an Ethiopia free of poverty; where empowered women and other citizens influence and benefit from pro-poor and gender sensitive systemic changes that reduce their poverty and vulnerability and; an increase their socio-economic well being”. In 2016-17, the organisation consolidated its efforts to meet the needs of the most vulnerable and has reached more than 1.2 million people across Ethiopia with life-saving humanitarian assistance and longer-term resilience, livelihoods and gender based programmes. Oxfam currently implements programmes directly and through partners across eight regions and one city administration including Amhara, Oromia, Tigray, Somali, Afar, Dire Dawa, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region (SNNPR) and Gambella. Oxfam currently has about 300 staff, working across eight field bases and the country coordination office in Addis Ababa.
The programmes in the Somali, Gedeo, and Gambella regions are dominantly humanitarian; drought, conflict and flood preparedness, response and recovery, and supporting refugees from South Sudan respectively though Oxfam is increasing its resilience-based programming throughout. The longer-term resilience-development programmes cover sustainable livelihoods, gender and climate change work. More specifically Oxfam in Ethiopia focus on rural economic development working all through the value chain cycle, promoting viable local and export markets while building the resilience of the local population to respond and adapt to the re-current natural and man-made disasters. Gender programming is at the centre of our work, always taking into consideration local gender dynamics and prioritizing the most vulnerable population.
To ensure that Oxfam Ethiopia programs have the capacity to manage safety and health risks effectively and enable staff to meet Oxfam programme objectives.
To support the development and implementation of Oxfam’s work in Ethiopia by providing specialist strategy, advice and support for safety and health management for all Oxfam programmes and staff in Ethiopia.
Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities
Analysis – 10%
v Maintain ongoing analysis of the context and developments in relation to staff and programmes.
v Maintain and adapt a safety and health reporting system and an incident database for pattern and trend analysis.
v Maintain close contacts with all relevant stakeholders to develop a network and build relationships with key actors to ensure gathering of reliable information.
v Provision of regular reports, advisories and situational analysis to the Country Management Team (CMT) and Programme Managers (PMs).
Core Safety and Health Related Responsibilities – 50 %
v Lead on the development of safety and health awareness and practice in the country programme (including partners), ensuring implementation and compliance.
v Review the Safety and Health Management Plan (SMP) and Welcome Pack plus field area specific safety and health documents to ensure protocols and procedures are up to date and meet changes in context.
v Carry out safety and health assessments of new programme areas working directly with field teams and input as requested to proposal development.
v On-going information gathering, monitoring, and scenario mapping with any indicated update to procedure.
v Lead on contingency planning and review, including incident management, evacuation and hibernation, providing support to Senior Management on crisis management, reporting and analysis. Ensure staffs are rehearsed on the plans and exercises to practice them are carried out on periodic bases.
v Provide technical advice and recommendations (e.g: communications equipment and processes, mines/UXO awareness, premises safety assessment).
v Provide safety and health alerts and advisories to staff members as necessary.
v Ensure safety and health management system and practices are in line with existing Oxfam safety policy, protocols and approach.
v Co-ordinate with the CMT, Logistics, Field PMs etc. to ensure that appropriate systems of administration, communication and transport are in place to facilitate good safety and health management.
v Liaise with national government, INGO, UN, local administrations of the regions and other actors in the area relating to safety and health to enable smooth running of Oxfam’s programmes.
Safety and Health awareness – 30 %
v Ensure that staff members have the safety and health skills and awareness that they need to be effective, by ensuring they are initially inducted and follow up by providing appropriate learning and development opportunities, including delivering training.
v Ensure that all staff and visitors receive appropriate briefings.
v Ensure that an appropriate system is in place to provide safety and health information to travellers in advance of their departure.
v Ensure dissemination of important information to all staff.
Capacity Building – 10%
v Support to Oxfam partners in developing their health and safety guidelines and promoting a safety and health culture.
v Developing and delivering appropriate training to Oxfam and partner staff, as applicable.
Technical Skills, Experience & Knowledge
v Graduate or Master’s Degree in a related subject or relevant experience.
v Excellent analytical, reporting and representation skills.
v Relevant experience, of 5+ years for Masters or Post-graduate holders or 7-10 years for Bachelor holders, preferably in an international NGO out of which at least 3 years should be supervisory/managerial experience.
v Significant experience of proven progressive responsibility in the safety and health management field.
v Considerable practical experience of safety field assessment, planning and implementation of procedures in the context of UN or NGO humanitarian operations,
v Experience of working in safety and health management in a conflict environment.
v Proven influencing and negotiating skills with a variety of actors in complex and stressful circumstances.
v Experience of building capacity of national teams in safety and health management processes, including delivery of field based training.
v Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (written and oral), together with the capacity to remain calm under pressure and not lose sight of strategic priorities.
v Must be organised and efficient.
v Ability to advice and support field staff in a consultative manner.
v Sensitivity to cultural differences and the ability to work in a wide variety of cultural contexts.
v A sound understanding of the importance of gender.
v Willingness to travel at short notice and sometimes in difficult circumstances, with an ability to spend up to 50% of time in the field supporting Oxfam programmes and teams on the ground.
v Committed to Oxfam values of accountability, inclusiveness and empowerment and humanitarian principles.
v Excellent knowledge of English and Amharic.
v Previous experience in safety and health related field with NGOs in Ethiopia.
v Knowledge of relevant local languages.
v Background service of law enforcement/related service with position of responsibility is desirable.
Interested Candidates who meet the above requirement should submit their CV and application letter through https://jobs.oxfam.org.uk/internal/vacancy/9575/description before or on October 30, 2018.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Oxfam is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those that are suitable to work within our values are recruited to work for us.
We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation. Women applicants are particularly encouraged to apply.