Local recruitment: Regional WASH Advisor (HECA)


Nairobi, , KE

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

That means we tackle the inequality that keeps people poor. Together we save, protect and rebuild lives. When disaster strikes, we help people build better lives for themselves, and for others. We take on issues like land rights, climate change and discrimination against women. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can enjoy life free from poverty.

We are an international confederation of 20 organizations (affiliates) working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries.


With the growing number and duration of crises and the cyclical shocks that affect people in the Horn, East and Central Africa (HECA) region; Oxfam is looking for more systemic ways to support and link its humanitarian and development work in the WASH sector.

In HECA we recognise the need for a more comprehensive approach to all our work in WASH which would support Oxfam’s position as a leading WASH/public health agency in this region.  To achieve this, we will promote WASH governance, systems strengthening, innovation, including use of new technologies and market-based approaches and learning across the Region.

All our work is led by three core values: Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness. To read more about our values please click here

The Role

As part of the Regional team, you will provide technical capacity for the design and implement quality WASH and public health programmes both during emergency and development WASH interventions. This will involve supporting country technical and senior management in the development of governance and resilience strategies for WASH and working with the GHT to provide emergency response support.

This position reports to the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator.

Please see the job description for further details.

What we’re looking for

We are looking for a strategic, dynamic and credible individual with the following:

  • Master’s degree in water and sanitation, engineering, public health or equivalent technical experience and training
  • At least five years of practical experience of water and sanitation programming in multiple developing countries, including significant experience in complex emergency contexts
  • Experience in integrated public health programming (combining water and sanitation with public health promotion), and a demonstrated understanding of health promotion approaches and methodologies, community engagement
  • Experience in assessment and designing programmes for both emergency and resilience
  • Experience in delivering training and developing staff and partner capacity. Ability to take on a coaching and mentoring role
  • Demonstrated experience of integrating gender issues into public health activities
  • Experience in applying market-based methodologies to WASH/public health interventions
  • Diplomacy, tact and negotiating skills: demonstrated ability to use a range of styles and work with a diverse range of people
  • Ability to work well under pressure and in response to rapidly changing needs
  • Fluent written and spoken English is essential
  • Willingness to travel up to 30% of the time


  • Knowledge of a second regional language (French, Kiswahili, Somali, Arabic) would be desirable
  • Experience of work with private/public partnerships would be an added value

What we offer

At Oxfam, we believe that every aspect of our work can lead to a positive outcome. If you have the same opinion, together with the ability to meet the challenges involved, this role offers scope for immense personal fulfilment – as well as outstanding opportunities to develop your career. Oxfam is committed to providing a fair compensation package and a flexible working environment

How to apply

If you believe your qualifications meet the requirements, please click on the “apply” button to start the application process.

Please outline in your cover letter how your skills and experience meet the essential criteria of the role.

Our commitment to safeguarding

Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behavior at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. 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.

Note: All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and may be subject to appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks. Please note that Oxfam International participates in the Inter-Agency Scheme for the Disclosure of Safeguarding-related Misconduct in Recruitment Processes within the Humanitarian and Development Sector. Under this scheme, if you have been employed by another member of the scheme, we will request information from that organization on any misconduct history in accordance with the terms of the scheme. For scheme details please click here

Oxfam International is an equal opportunities employer, committed to diversity within the workplace.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted- usually within 2 weeks of the closing date.