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Oxfam in Algeria Sahrawi Refugee Camps
Oxfam has operated in the Sahrawi refugee camps since 1975 and has established itself as a key humanitarian actor in the area. Oxfam has developed a multi-sectoral approach spanning WaSH, Food Security and Youth, with a cross-cutting commitment to advocacy and to the humanitarian, development and peace nexus.
To reduce widespread dependence on humanitarian aid, especially food distributions, as well as to encourage more sustainable and efficient access to nutrition, Oxfam is working with over 500 Sahrawi refugee families to improve small-scale, agro-ecological farming. Oxfam seeks to establish self-sustaining associations of farmers to collectively sell their produce on the local market. Through its support to families, Oxfam is piloting several water-efficient, innovative irrigation techniques to optimize agricultural production in the harsh desert environment.
The majority of Sahrawi refugees remain dependent on humanitarian aid while the nutrition status worsens across the camps. Oxfam’s food security programme promotes access of vulnerable refugees to fresh produce, in complementary to the WFP dry food basket. In conjunction with broad distributions, Oxfam will pilot targeted distributions to 8,000 refugees with particular health and nutritional vulnerabilities. Oxfam maintains its distribution of gluten-free flour to the celiac population in the camps.
There are a number of causes to malnutrition in the Sahrawi refugee camps, including widespread food insecurity and other structural issues (e.g. poverty, limited livelihood opportunities, limited diversity in the dry food bag distribution). Alongside structural issues, social behaviors and attitudes also have a negative impact on nutritional outcomes. The root causes to such behaviors and attitudes include lack of information, social norms and mental models in addition to the structural issues mentioned above. By showing that malnutrition can be manifested in behaviors and attitudes, it is essential to bring about a social and behavior change communication approach to activities which promote positive nutritional knowledge and practices. Therefore, Oxfam in Algeria is seeking to employ an experienced Social & Behavior Communication (SBCC) Officer for its Food Security Program in the Sahrawi refugees camps in Tindouf, Algeria.
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If you believe your qualifications meet the requirements, please send your CV and a covering letter explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: Friday 24 September 2021
Due to the volume of applications we receive, regrettably, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted usually within 2 weeks of the closing date.