Wash Coordinator 


Gambela, Ethiopia 🇪🇹

  • Location: Ethiopia – Gambela
  • Hours: 37.5
  • Salary: As per the Oxfam benefit package
  • Region: HECA
  • Job Family: Programme
  • Division: International
  • Grade: National C2
  • Job Type: Fixed Term
  • Closing Date: 13 February 2023

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.

The Role:

We are looking fort the 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 staff.



  • 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 supportTechnical 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.
    • 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.Other
      • 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
      • Document and disseminate good practice examples from programme development and implementation.

What we are looking for:

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

We offer

This role will give you an opportunity to make a difference in Oxfam Ethiopia, to act as a key contributor to the Humanitarian and resilience team is responsible for the strategic development, management and intervention of the country Humanitarian and resilience program. Supports Oxfam’s impact locally, regionally, continentally, and globally through ensuring Humanitarian program alignment to the key strategic objectives and program standards.

to work with a group of passionate people that are specialists in their (put specific role specialized e.g Human resource, finance, WASH) fields etc, training and development, offers fair pay and competitive benefits package.


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. We think this role would work particularly well as a partially home-based role or job sha

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.

How to apply 

As part of your online application, please upload your up to date CV and a covering letter explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile.  OR

As part of your online application, please upload your up to date CV and respond to three key questions related to your experience in 

https://jobs.oxfam.org.uk/vacancy/18857/description/or https://jobs.oxfam.org.uk/internal/vacancy/18857/description

Your application will be shortlisted based on your CV and your responses to the above questions. You need not comment on your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile.

Deadline 13 February 2023

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. 

A thriving diverse Oxfam:

It’s people power that brings about change. To play our part as a global organisation working to overcome poverty and inequality, we need equality, diversity and inclusion across our community of staff, partners and volunteers. Together, we’re committed to becoming a more diverse workforce, better able to tackle the global challenges that face our world today.

To do that:

  • We need to dismantle the unequal power structures that exist everywhere, this including Oxfam and the wider development and charity sectors.
  • We need an inclusive Oxfam where everyone can bring who they are to our work and feels celebrated for the differences they bring.
  • We want and need everyone, and that means we need you.

In response to Covid-19 if you are offered a role where you are required to travel between countries please ensure you have been briefed by the Hiring Manager about any changes to working or precautions you should take as part of your role.






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