This project is co-funded by the European Union as a pilot action towards the ‘EU Aid Volunteers’ initiative. It is a 9 month volunteering placement with the North East Affected Area Development Society (NEADS) and Oxfam, focussing on achieving improvements in water sanitation and hygiene conditions and disaster preparedness for floods. It is open to EU residents only.
NEADS is a partner for Oxfam in Assam, India. NEADS is committed to supporting the wellbeing of people and sustainable development. The project objective is the use this opportunity to introduce longer term resilient livelihood mechanisms and climate change adaption initiatives.
Assisting in the setup of ongoing community volunteer programs focused on resilience. From these community volunteer programs, disaster response cells will be created. A volunteer management system, community mobilization methods and a disaster communication system will be developed and transferred to host organisations by means of mentoring, training, and written materials. Host organisations will be taught how to recruit and engage community volunteers in resilience building activities and how to train them to mobilize the community in times of crisis. The volunteer will:
- Working closely with the manager of the Humanitarian Hub, liaising with the Public Health Promoter and Programme Officer to implement the agreed roles and responsibilities with partners in the Disaster Risk Reduction programme
- Propose responses in the area of water, sanitation and hygiene
- Support in the selection, design and construction of water systems, using ground water or surface water; including abstraction, storage, treatment and distribution for new systems or rehabilitation of existing systems
- You will select, design and implement the most appropriate form of sanitation system
- Support towards partners for effective implementation of the disaster risk programme
- Conduct assessments and identify opportunities for working in other areas
- Degree in Public Health Engineering or Water, Sanitation and Health Engineering or similar. Experience could substitute a formal qualification, but not vice versa
- Practical experience in developing countries in appropriate water supplies, sanitation and hygiene promotion
- Good understanding of the public health needs of poor rural and urban communities
- Ability to present concise reports, sometimes at short notice, reflecting the problems and possible solutions for particular situations
- Knowledge of public health promotion programming
- Diplomacy, tact and ability to work in a developing country with local people
- Strong written and spoken English
- Good computer skills
This placement is based in Jorhat, Assam We’ll ask you to commit to 9 months to make a sustainable contribution to our development goals. In return, we’ll give you comprehensive financial, personal and professional support. We'll provide you with extensive training before your placement, and our financial package includes a local living allowance, return flights, accommodation, insurance and more. When you return to your home country, we'll help you to resettle and many of our returned volunteers stay involved with us long after their placement ends.
When applying please quote ‘EU Aid Public health engineering adviser’. Please note this role is only open to EU nationals.