WASH COORDINATOR – Oxfam Great Britain

Engineering, Environment and Natural Resource, Water and Sanitation

Oxfam Great Britain

Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations working together with partners and local communities in more than 90 countries.

One person in three in the world lives in poverty. Oxfam is determined to change that world by mobilizing the power of people against poverty.

Around the globe, Oxfam works to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. We save lives and help rebuild livelihoods when crisis strikes. And we campaign so that the voices of the poor influence the local and global decisions that affect them.

In all we do, Oxfam works with partner organizations and alongside vulnerable women and men to end the injustices that cause poverty.

About us

Oxfam is a global community who believe poverty isn’t inevitable. It’s an injustice that can be overcome. We are shop volunteers, women’s right activists, marathon runners, aid workers, coffee farmers, street fundraisers, goat herders, policy experts, campaigners, water engineers and more. And we won’t stop until everyone can live life without poverty for good.

Oxfam GB is a member of the international confederation of 21 organisations working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development, and campaigning, in more than 90 countries. 


Since the early 1970s, we have been working to address the underlying causes of poverty and marginalization by focusing on developing sustainable livelihoods, providing water and sanitation, agriculture, climate research, gender, and humanitarian issues.          

Job details


TEAM: Program Team  

LOCATION: Based in Gambella with frequent travel in the seven refugee camps in Gambella, Ethiopia


GRADE: C2, National                             

JOB FAMILY:  Programme

SALARY: As per the Oxfam benefit package

HOURS: 37.5 per week


We believe flexible working is key to building the Oxfam of the future, so we’re open to talking through the type of flexible arrangements which might work for you. This is a full-time role; however, Oxfam offers various flexible arrangements which candidates can discuss with the Recruiting Manager at the interview stage


The Programmes Team will ensure that the programmes make the proper shift, with the quality needed to ensure a proper achievement of the Ethiopia Oxfam Country Strategy. As part of the programm

es team, the whole team on the sector WASH will ensure that the Goal 1 of the OCS is achieved with the required quality and timely. This team will work very close with the Humanitarian team ensuring the link between the long term and emergency situations.


WASH Coordinator will lead, manage and effectively deliver Oxfam’s overall WASH response to South Sudanese refugees in Gambella region of Ethiopia. To provide high quality technical support and quality control in management, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Oxfam’s South Sudan Refugee response programme in Gambella; Maintain and improve established systems & structures required for the effective timely implementation of quality water, sanitation, and hygiene promotion component of the programme. A major aspect of the role includes meeting quality standards in WASH delivery, encouraging beneficiary participation, liaising with other stakeholders and managing and training WASH staffas.


Refugee Response Programme Manager/Deputy Manager


PHE/PHP Team Leader and Matrix managed by Camp Coordinator





·       Overall operational lead for the implementation of the WASH component of the Gambella refugee Response

·       Provide professional and technical leadership to the WASH team including elements of Public Health Engineering and Public Health Promotion for programme planning and implementation.

·       Participate/Lead sectoral or multisectoral assessments relevant to the Gambella refugee Response.

·       Ensure that WASH project activities are planned and implemented on time in line with contractual obligations and accountable approaches with communities.

·       Ensure appropriate design, construction and implementation of WASH hardware is undertaken according to technical standards (SPHERE, Oxfam WASH Minimum standards); 

·       Ensure WASH intervention are designed and implemented taking into consideration safeguarding, safe programming and protection concerns.

·       Ensure that all work is carried out in a way that is sensitive to community needs and gender and protection issues. In particular to promote the full and equal participation of women in all aspects of the work.  

·       Undertake regular capacity need assessment of WASH team including partners and provide capacity development support.

·       Track and manage WASH contracts, particularly Civil works and coordinate closely with logistics unit so that contractual obligation and agreements are adhered to.

·       Collaboration and support logistics team for the timely procurement of WASH supplies and services;

·       Contribute and participate in donor reports and funding proposals. 

·       Contribute in SitReps and other reports/write ups needed by the response.

·       Line manage staff in line with Oxfam policies, ensuring that they have the necessary induction, strategic guidance and management support.

·       Undertake other responsibilities as assigned by the line manager.


Technical Leadership

·       Coordinate Technical assessment of the existing and water infrastructures in the camps and provide recommendations and lead implementation for improvement.

·       Lead Carry out of innovative and inclusive design, BOQs & community led construction of durable sanitation and bathing facilities at household, community & institutions (e.g., schools, health posts etc) level in consultation with the women & men beneficiaries, other partners; Consideration of context and cultural aspect and active engagement of beneficiaries will be key.

·       Ensure robust planning and implementation of community-based PHP strategies and interventions with strong gender and protection considerations.


Team Management and Capacity Building:

·       To lead and assist a team of national PHE and PHP professionals towards effective delivery of integrated WASH; this will include supporting recruitment, writing of job descriptions, work schedules, training plans and appraisals.

·       Build the capacity of Oxfam staff and partners through mentoring and coaching, on the job supervision and informal and formal training. Contribute to the joint facilitation of inter-agency training initiatives where appropriate.

·       To design, plan, implement and monitor the work; accountability and transparency are addressed.

·       Programme learning and reporting

·       Monitor and report regularly on progress and ensure that programme indicators related to all public health activities are set, measured, and used effectively

·       Act as focal point for liaison between the MEAL and WASH teams and ensure integration of MEAL into the WASH programme.

·       Document and disseminate good practice examples from programme development and implementation.


Coordination and Representation

·       Represent Oxfam in technical coordination meetings such as the WASH Cluster, and with other technical agencies including government authorities, local, national and international NGOs and UN agencies.

·       Share good practice examples from Oxfam WASH programmes both internally and externally such as at inter-agency coordination meetings and contribute to Oxfam’s influencing efforts.

·       Take full charge and responsibilities of managing Gambella office and overall programme in absence of Programme Manager.

·       Contributing to programme quality standards

·       Ensure that wherever possible an empowering approach to working with communities is employed.

·       Ensure that work aims to meet UNHCR and Sphere Standards and adheres to Oxfam’s emergency guidelines and protocols (Core Humanitarian Standards).

·       Ensure that all work is carried out in a way that is sensitive to community needs and gender, protection, and accessibility issues. In particular to promote the full and equal participation of women in all aspects of the work and to ensure that Oxfam’s Programme is an opportunity for peace building, rather than community division.

·       Contribute to programme reviews and evaluations where appropriate.



·       Eager and required to adhere to Oxfam’s principles and values as well as the promotion of gender justice and women’s rights.

·       Understanding of and commitment to adhere to equity, diversity, gender, child safety and staff safety health and wellbeing principles.

·       The post holder expected to be familiar with and abide by the Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS), 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, including safeguarding.

·       Depending on the situation, the post holder may be asked to perform other tasks as requested by the Manager.

Job Requirements

Person specification

Most importantly, every individual at Oxfam GB needs to be able to:


Our Values

  • Equality: We believe everyone has the right to be treated fairly and to have the same rights and opportunities.
  • Empowerment: We acknowledge and seek to expand people’s agency over their lives and the decisions that impact them.
  • Solidarity: We join hands, support, and collaborate across boundaries in working towards a just and sustainable world.
  • Inclusiveness: We embrace diversity and difference and value the perspectives and contributions of all people and communities in their fight against poverty and injustice.
  • Accountability: We take responsibility for our actions and inaction and hold ourselves accountable to the people we work with and for.
  • Courage: We speak truth to power and act with conviction on the justice of our causes.


1. Be committed to equal opportunities: demonstrating sensitivity to cultural differences and gender equality.

2. Be willing to learn and apply gender mainstreaming, women’s rights, and diversity and inclusion across all aspects of your work.


3. Be committed to undertaking Oxfam’s safeguarding training and adhering to relevant policies, to ensure all people who come into Oxfam are as safe as possible.

Ensure you actively ADOPT OXFAM’S FEMINIST LEADERSHIP APPROACH and applying the principles and twelve practices in your work. Read more about this here:

For this role, we have selected two of the most relevant feminist Leadership practices for this role (which you can read more about here.

1 Self-Awareness

2 Mutual accountability

3 Strategic Thinking and Judgment

SKILS, Experience, Knowledge & Competencies:


·       MSc /BSc degree in Public Health Engineering, Public Health Promotion, Civil Engineering, Water Resource Engineering, Environmental or Public Health or any related discipline with an excellent technical understanding and demonstrated experience on WASH.

·       At least 10 years of solid practical experience as a WASH specialist at senior level and 3-5 years as a WASH TL/ Manager, working at field level in developing countries in different settings of refugees / displaced people.

·       Excellent technical skills and practical experience of preparing technical drawing, designs, BOQs and estimates of water and sanitation infrastructure preferably in refugee / IDP camp settings.

·       Demonstrated experience of managing WASH programme with large budget and teams.

·       Excellent understanding and demonstrated experience of implementing integrated PHE and PHP strategies and interventions.

·       Demonstrated experience of integrating gender, protection and accessibility (inclusive) into emergency response programmes and longer-term strategies.

·       Demonstrated experience of working with UN clusters, local authorities and implementing NGOs partners.

·       Excellent command on English language; knowledge of local language is an asset.

·       A proven record of mentoring and capacity building of teams and partners in complex contexts.

·       Diplomacy, tact and administrative skills in order to work with people at all programme levels and with external organisations as needed.

·       Sensitivity to cultural differences, and the ability to work in a wide variety of cultural contexts.

·       Ability to work well under pressure and in response to changing needs


·       Experience of working effectively within a large international agency including, in refugee response setting, previous experience with ECHO & UNHCR projects would be an added advantage

·       Good understanding of WASH programming in refugee response programming

·       Experience leading strategy development and implementation monitoring in collaboration with staff

As per Oxfam salary Scale


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