WASH COORDINATOR – Oxfam Great Britain

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 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. 

Our values and commitment to safeguarding

Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people, adults and beneficiaries with whom Oxfam GB engages. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.

The post holder will undertake the appropriate level of training and is responsible for ensuring that they understand and work within the safeguarding policies of the organisation.

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks. Oxfam GB also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme.  In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.

We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.


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: Humanitarian  

LOCATION: Northern Ethiopia Response (Tigray, Amhara and Afar) based in Mekelle


GRADE: C2                                                      

JOB FAMILY:  Programme Technical

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 programmes team, the whole team on the WASH Sector 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 other departments like development/resilient, urban development, gender, and protection team for ensuring the link between the long term and emergency response activities. The team will work strongly to improve the coordination effort among different likeminded organizations like INGOs, LNGOs, UN organizations and relevant government structure at all levels.



To lead over all humanitarian WASH Emergency response work closely with internal and external stakeholders including government bureaus/offices at different levels in the given geographical levels and Oxfam program and support function teams including program quality and leaning team at Addis Ababa level.

To ensure the quality of project implementation by providing technical support to Oxfam and partner teams, build capacity of technical staffs based on identified clear gaps.

To support and strengthen the humanitarian programme team in conducting baseline assessments, monitoring ongoing projects and provide corrective measures, developing procurement plans, contribute to the development of evidence-based proposals and donor report writing


Northern Ethiopia Response Manager and Matrix Managed by Country WASH Coordinator


PHE Team Leader, PHP Team Leader, PHE Officers, PHP Officers





  • Overall operational lead for the implementation of the WASH component of the Northern Ethiopia Response (Tigray, Amhara and Afar)
  • Provide professional and technical leadership to the WASH team (including NGO and government partners) on Public Health Engineering and Public Health Promotion for programme planning and implementation.
  • Participate/Lead sectoral or multisectoral assessments.
  • Ensure that WASH activities are planned and implemented timely in line with contractual obligations and accountability to affected population.
  • 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.
  • Mainstream community engagement approach in all cycle of project cycle from design to implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Ensure that all work is carried out gender and protection sensitive manner.
  • 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.
  • 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 to 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.

Technical Leadership

  • Coordinate Technical assessment of the existing and water infrastructures in the IDP sites/host communities and provide recommendations and lead implementation for improvement.
  • Lead and carry out 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

  • 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.
  • 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

  • Collaborate and support MEAL team to ensure improved programme quality and accountability.
  • Work closely with Regional Water Bureau and the Regional Health Bureau and their respective structural Offices to facilitate and coordinate effective delivery of WASH emergency response actions. This will include significant coordination and sharing of information with the respective Bureaus.
  • 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.; and ensure timely delivery of external reporting requirement at regional level (e.g., 4Ws)


  • 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.

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:

Read this guide to find out more about what our values, organisational attributes and feminist leadership approach mean for how we work

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 Water supply Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering, Civil Engineering, Water Resource Engineering, sanitation/Environmental engineering, Public Health, or any related discipline with an excellent technical understanding and demonstrated experience on WASH.
  • At least 7 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 various displacement settings.
  • Excellent technical knowledge of WASH standards and principles with demonstrated capacity to develop effective responses/modalities to identified WASH needs.
  • Excellent technical skills and practical experience of preparing technical drawing, designs, BOQs and estimates of water and sanitation infrastructure preferably in displacement settings. Particularly, technical skill and experience in designing of water supply systems (Ground water development, surface, Rainwater harvest,) and knowledge and experience in water facility construction and Sanitation facilities (BOQs, ToRs, water storage reservoirs, water points, Latrine construction).
  • Knowledge and experience in water treatment and quality monitoring.
  • Demonstrated experience of coordinating / managing WASH programme with large budget and teams (multiple locations).
  • Excellent understanding and demonstrated experience of implementing integrated PHE and PHP strategies and interventions.
  • Demonstrated experience of integrating gender and protection into emergency response programmes and longer-term strategies.
  • Demonstrated experience and ability of working with UN clusters, government authorities at various levels and implementing I/NGO partners.
  • Has strong community engagement approach and water needs assessment skills?
  • A proven record of mentoring and capacity building of teams and partners in complex contexts.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and in response to changing needs.
  • Excellent communication and cross-cultural management skills.
  • Excellent command in English language both speaking and writing.

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