WASH Resilience Adviser

Oxford, , GB

This role is located in the Programme Strategy and Impact Team (PSIT) and will report to the WASH Governance Advisor. The vision of PSIT is to drive higher quality programming and learning within Oxfam, develop more integrated approaches to programming by networking across teams and offices and increase the influence of Oxfam’s leadership on policy and practice internally and externally so as to increase Oxfam’s impact on poverty alleviation particularly in fragile contexts

The post holder will have a key role in developing Oxfam’s long-term work on Water and Sanitation governance. This specifically focuses on:

  • Supporting better resilience-focused WASH outcomes, particularly for women and girls
  • Developing sustainable WASH initiatives in fragile contexts

The post holder will support countries to focus on more sustainable water and sanitation programming, to ensure better quality and management of services in urban and rural settings.  This will require a strong understanding of the underlying drivers of inequality in order to identify better governance systems through participatory citizen and multi-stakeholder engagement. This includes an understanding of underlying socio-economic and environmental risks, to advocate for investment in essential WASH services in poorer and underserved areas, as well as develop appropriate programmes and projects that at the core of the work address resilience and sustainability.

The post holder will work closely with other departments and thematic leads (humanitarian, economic justice, resilience and gender), and engage with country level teams to provide technical advice, capacity building and support program development. Externally, this will require exploring partnerships and alliances with Government authorities, civil society, academic institutions and the private sector.

The role will bring together more learning on resilient actions for WASH, promoting best practice internally and externally to build Oxfam’s credibility and influence in the sector.