WASH Strategist


Nairobi, , KE


Since 1963, Oxfam has been operating in Kenya in the marginalised arid and semi arid lands (ASALs) of Northern Kenya. Our initial focus was to meet the humanitarian imperative on food security and water and sanitation. With time, Oxfam evolved its programmes from humanitarian response to building longer term programmes that would increase community resilience.

Over five years (2015-2020), Oxfam in Kenya has been significantly shifting its way of delivering programmes and adopted an influencing and campaigning strategy to positively impact on the lives of the disenfranchised and poor people. We are bold yet realistic about our ambition to achieve scale.  Our role is to convene to build wider coalitions, broker partnerships to help build national institutions capacity, strengthen their networks so that they can lead in shaping up the development agenda by holding governments to account, through a collective citizen’s voice. We invest in strengthening our accountability and measure disaggregated changes we make in the lives of women from those in society in general. We are more vocal and communicate effectively both internally and externally using digital technology. And have organised ourselves to focus on thematic areas rather than geographic focus. We will however retain our footprint in the rural (arid and semi arid land) and urban areas in order to gather evidences of the drivers of inequality and use the same for influencing change. We and our partners deliberately work towards bringing transformative change in the lives of women across all thematic areas.

To deliver this strategy we invest in the team capacity and skills; Oxfam in Kenya is currently seeking to recruit for the following positions:-


This role will lead in the design and implementation of Oxfam in Kenya’s humanitarian and long term WASH programming – piloting innovative programme approaches, building partnerships, coalitions and networks and supporting partners to develop organisational capacity to deliver high quality WASH programmes. The job holder will establish and maintain linkages with other thematic areas in the country programme and link with Oxfam campaigns, policy influencing and advocacy teams at a regional and global level. Occasionally, as required by the programme design, the WASH strategist will be called upon to manage contracted programme or project staff. A key area of work will be to fundraise for the programme and to generate and manage knowledge resources through linkages with research and knowledge focused institutions.

Results driven, creative and a strong networker and relationship manager, the WASH Strategist will play a key role in ensuring the delivery of the country strategy in support of development in Kenya.


  • Professional/Technical qualifications – Undergraduate/Post Graduate degree in Social Science, Economics, with experience in WASH and public health in the humanitarian context – especially in emergency conditions. Background in engineering is an added advantage.
  • Ability to engage and influence both corporate direction, contributing to and following it as appropriate and the ongoing development of program policy and quality to enhance the impact of Oxfam’s work
  • Assessment, analytical and planning skills, with ability to translate analysis into recommendations for practical action, including proposal development.
  • Proven analytical and conceptual thinking, high level research, project management knowledge and skills and experience using participatory tools and methodologies for assessment, programme identification, implementation, monitoring and evaluation
  • Good oral and written English skills is essential with Swahili considered an advantage.
  • At least 4 years practical experience in a similar role, in public health and links to appropriate water supply and emergency interventions.
  • Experience in structural Engineering would be considered an advantage.

At Oxfam, we are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation.

Closing date: 19th May 2017