Philippines nationals: WASH Advisor


Manila, Philippines 🇵🇭


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Oxfam offers staff a comprehensive benefits package including medical cover, life insurance, provident fund, different kind of leaves and lot of learning and development opportunities.


Impact through Partnership

  • In alignment with the Strategic Partnership Model and Oxfam Country Strategy, provides strategic leadership for all water, sanitation, hygiene and hygiene promotion (WASH) related programming and influencing for the country programme, ensuring that this is reflected in both programming and influencing delivered in partnership, as well as in humanitarian and other direct delivery programming
  • Influences, guides, and provides technical support for Programme Quality & Development (PQD) in all stages (identification, assessment, analysis, design, planning, implementation, monitoring & evaluation) for country programmes that support WASH, in line with global standards, Oxfam’s programme standards, best practice, and program quality strategy
  • Contributes to writing high quality proposals, concept notes, and donor narrative reports for WASH related programmes
  • Works collaboratively with relevant technical advisors, programme quality leads, and through PQD to ensure that cross-cutting themes of gender, rights-based programming, and impact at scale, are embedded in WASH programming
  • Supports development of a resilience approach to all WASH related programming, ensuring accountability to beneficiaries and adherence to global standards
  • Provides technical advice to partner organizations and directly delivery teams on WASH related issues
  • As a member of the PQD Team, support and strengthen the technical capacity of partnership organizations across all stages of the programme cycle using a variety of appropriate methodologies, working collaboratively to agree capacity development objectives, with the aim of both developing self-sufficiency in WASH programming, as well as supporting partner organization programme delivery to meet relevant quality standards
  • Develops strong relationships with key staff in partner organizations delivering WASH programmes, and promotes regular dialogue, access, and feedback to ensure that programme quality standards are met
  • Contributes to monitoring, evaluation, learning & social responsibility (MELSA) strategy and implementation for WASH related programming
  • In collaboration with the Partnership Relations & Development Unit (PRDU) schedules and undertakes regular visits to WASH related programmes based on clear and agreed (PRDU and partner organizations) terms of reference
  • Provides support to partner organizations on WASH related staffing and recruitment, including providing assistance to draft job profiles, and participating in selection and induction processes
  • Develops partnerships and linkages with academic institutions for support in research and development of innovative WASH approaches
  • Establishes partnerships with private sector partners critical to WASH market chain development
  • Collaborates with EFSVL advisors, market specialists and partner staff to ensure a markets-based approach for WASH interventions, providing support to the entire WASH value chain, in order to achieve sustainability of programs

Influencing, Networking, and Knowledge Sharing

  • Represents Oxfam and positively contributes to inter-agency and government led fora on WASH, taking a lead role and contributing to strategy formulation where possible and relevant
  • Leads in developing and strengthening analysis and understanding of the policy and institutional context within the Philippines as it applies to WASH (humanitarian and development) and ensures that this understanding is reflected in programming and influencing work
  • Works collaboratively with the Policy, Research and Campaigns Advisor and Media and Digital Influencing Advisor in pursuit of WASH campaigning and influencing objectives
  • Develops strong relationships with relevant institutional donors and private sector actors and works collaboratively with the business development team to mobilize funds in support of WASH programming
  • Works collaboratively with the Senior Officer for Knowledge, Accountability and Learning to ensure that learning in WASH is captured, created and shared both vertically (global, regional, communities) and horizontally (across thematic areas, peers, partner organizations) to create awareness for innovative and cutting-edge practices and facilitate application to further develop WASH approaches in influencing, and development and humanitarian programming
  • Supports the PRDU in incubating and developing new partner-led concepts and projects, and innovative and fresh ideas to programming in WASH, providing technical support and linkages to key stakeholders both externally and within the wider organization

Humanitarian and Direct Delivery Programming

  • Provides technical input to country, regional, and global teams to assist in “go/no go” decision making for response in relation to WASH programming
  • Coordinates with partner organizations to conduct market assessments and other assessments as needed, providing technical advice as to appropriate tools and methodologies and leading in development of such tools as required
  • Represents Oxfam in the WASH cluster coordination meetings
  • Supports the Humanitarian Manager in building relationships with the global and regional humanitarian teams and relevant WASH teams during emergency and non-emergency periods, remaining informed of key developments and making recommendations as to country programme support
  • Assists with the start-up of humanitarian response programmes and provides ongoing support to partners, programme and WASH teams throughout implementation as required
  • Works collaboratively with HR teams globally, regionally, and nationally in relation to staffing and maintenance of humanitarian rosters as they relate to WASH
  • Assumes line management of direct delivery teams for WASH focused programmes as appropriate


  • Masters degree in WASH related or economics discipline
  • Bachelors degree or higher in water and sanitation, engineering, or public health. Equivalent technical experience and training can substitute for formal qualifications but not vice versa
  • Minimum of 7 years experience in design, development and management of WASH programmes including experience of coordinating large water and sanitation programmes
  • Sound technical knowledge and experience of water supply and sanitation including: water resources; water abstraction, treatment and supply; sanitation technologies; and approaches to promotion of sanitation and hygiene behaviour change
  • Experience in integrated public health promotion (combining water and sanitation with public health promotion), and a demonstrated understanding of health promotion approaches and methodologies
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a highly developed ability to work in multicultural settings and with community groups of varying backgrounds; developed capacity for tact, diplomacy and negotiation
  • Demonstrated capacity to apply a service oriented approach to working in partnership and cross-functionally with experience of working with a wide variety of partners, especially government, private sector and academic institutions
  • Experience in developing and implementing market-based programming for WASH, including  WASH-related market assessment/analysis and market-strengthening activities
  • Significant experience of WASH programming within a humanitarian context
  • Solid track record of securing and managing funds from institutional donors such as DFID, EU(ECHO), DFAT, SIDA, OFDA, and UN
  • Solid experience of writing high quality proposals and concepts notes
  • Demonstrated ability to establish effective monitoring and evaluation systems for WASH programming
  • Demonstrated experience of integrating gender and diversity issues into water and sanitation programmes
  • Experience with tender and consortium bid development and management


Contract Length: Two years

Successful candidate will be subject to screening process and satisfactory reference check from current and previous supervisors. We will review applications before the deadline due to the urgency of this role.