Ms Jennifer Lamb
MA Hons MSc
Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH)
I am a Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where my main focus is developing technical resources, cases studies and providing in-depth technical support to partners via the COVID-19 Hygiene Hub.
I have over 17 years of professsional experience from the humanitatian, development, and private sector in the field of WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene), public health and environmental engineering. Most of this of this experience has been responding to humanitarian crises whilst working for NGOs either as a technical WASH advisor or emergency WASH field staff. I have operated in a broad range of countries and humanitarian contexts (protracted, urban, natural disaster, conflict, and disease outbreaks). I have experience in responding to disease outbreaks, such as AWD, cholera, Ebola, and COVID-19 together with the community and at institutional settings, such as health care facilities and schools.
I am a passionate advocate for community engagement with communities, and understanding from the outset their cultural, and social norms, the power structures, their needs and preferences, their coping mechanisms, and concepts for collective action. I have recently completed a postgraduate in Social Anthropology of Development at SOAS, University of London and I look forward to applying an anthropological lens in future WASH work.
I have experience in teaching postgraduate students in hygiene promotion and sanitation in emergencies, humanitarian innovation, on behalf of the University of Cranfield, and the Global Innovation Design Department at the Royal College of Art in London, respectively.
I have routinely facilitated training of NGO field staff and partners in WASH assessment and response analysis, water supply and distribution in emergencies, community engagement, hygiene behaviour change, handwashing, sustainable sanitation solutions, plus much more.
Currently, I am supporting with formative research via the in-depth technical support provided by the COVID-19 Hygiene Hub. This includes a) examination of community perceptions associated with the COVID-19 crisis, collected by ACF and Oxfam via the Community Perception Tracker tool, b) assessment of the effects of COVID-19 on the demand for sanitation services in Lusaka with CIDRZ and Lusaka Water Supply & Sewerage Company and c) in collaboration with WASHTED, playing a supportive role with the assessment of the capacity and conditions of hygiene facilities at Guardian Waiting Shelters at the District Hospitals in the Southern Region of Malawi.
To date, my formative research experience has predominantly taken place to inform the humanitarian response I have supported and/or been part of.
- Social anthropological research in Cox Bazar, Bangladesh
I carried out ethnographic field work to understand the different characteristics of life for the Rohingya in Myanmar and Bangladesh (how they cope with encampment and liminality), and an understanding of the different agency between the Rohingya and WASH staff when implementing sanitation activities.
- Sani Tweaks in Uganda
I co-led fieldwork and sanitation focused workshops to stimulate emotional intelligence, dialogue and action with WASH staff when designing and implementing sanitation activities in response to the global problem statement that women and girls do not use latrine facilities built by NGOs.
- Onsite worm-based communal sanitation (tiger worm toilets) in Myanmar, Ethiopia, Liberia, Sierra Leone
Provided in-country and remote research & technical support to the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, with finding appropriate sustainable sanitation solutions in camps and villages, whilst trialling communal and household tiger worm (vermi filter) toilets. Other tiger worm initiatives included urban cities: Freetown & Monrovia, and refugee camps in Ethiopia.
- WASH market-based approaches in Yemen, Lebanon, Vietnam and Ethiopia
I have conducted emergency market mapping analysis (EMMA) of water trucking in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Lebanon, water supply in the Mekong of Vietnam, and urban Sana'a of Yemen. This highlighted a range of potential market based interventions from promoting efficient labour markets to quality assurance and compliance of private and public water actors, the use, support of, and development of market systems by communities and humanitarian actors.