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Roving Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Coordinator

Category:  Engineering
 Location:  Mekele, TigrayCareer Level:  Senior Level (5+ years experience)
Employment Type:  Full time



Job Description

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. 

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.


Since the early 1970s, we have been working to address the underlying causes of poverty and marginalization by focusing on developing sustainable livelihoods, providing water and sanitation, agriculture, climate research, gender, and humanitarian issues



The Tigray Response Team is composed of national and international staff with wide experience in developing and implementing WASH, EFSVL, Protection and Gender programmes. The Roving WASH Coordinator will ensure the coordinated development and implementation of comprehensive WASH interventions for the Tigray Emergency Response. The WASH Coordinator will work directly with Oxfam’s and partners’ staff and other stakeholders to ensure accountability and demonstrate the impacts of the response interventions



We are looking for Roving WASH Coordinator to provide technical support to the programme teams and oversee the implementation of WASH programming, across the Tigray region.To coordinate, develop and lead the implementation of Oxfam’s WASH interventions in the Tigray Emergency Response through strategic partnership management and direct implementation.



Mekelle with frequent travel in Tigray region, Ethiopia


As per the Oxfam benefit package

Internal Grade:

C2, National

Job Family:


Contract type:

Fixed-Term contract for 1 year with possible extension.

Hours of work:

37.5 hours per week. This is a full-time role; however, Oxfam offers various flexible arrangements which candidates can discuss with the Recruiting Manager at the interview stage

 This role reports to:

Emergency Response Programme Manager

Staff reporting to this post:

PHE and PHP Officers

The annual budget           for the post:


Key relationships/interactions:

Work closely with internal and external stakeholders including government in Tigray, and, consortium Agencies, and Oxfam program and support function teams including program quality and learning team at Addis Ababa level.

Screening checks:

 All successful candidates will be screened through Refinitiv World-Check One to comply with counter-terrorism and financial sanctions regulations.


 Should you be successful and not already employed by Oxfam GB, we will require a minimum of two references covering five years of employment history.

DBS checks (for roles based in the UK):

It is a requirement in the UK for a new DBS check at an enhanced level for every new member of staff who works directly with or has regular contact with, children or vulnerable adults in the UK

(consistent with DBS guidance and relevant law).





 Project management

  •  Overall operational lead for the implementation of the WASH component of the Tigray Emergency Response
  • Provide professional and technical leadership to the WASH team (including partners future partners) including elements of Public Health Engineering and Public Health Promotion for programme planning and implementation.
  • Participate/Lead sectoral or multis-ectoral assessments relevant to the Tigray 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 interventions 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 the logistics unit so that contractual obligations and agreements are adhered to.
  • Collaboration and support logistics team for the timely procurement of WASH supplies and services.
  • Contribute to donor reports and funding proposals.
  • Contribute to Site Reps 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 support.
  • Undertake other responsibilities as assigned by the line manager.


  • Collaborate and support the MEAL team to ensure improved programme quality and accountability.
  • Work closely with the Regional Water Bureau and the Regional Health Bureau and their respective Woreda Offices in Tigray, Amhara and Afar Regions to facilitate and coordinate effective delivery of WASH actions; This will include significant coordination and sharing of information with the Bureaus.
  • Represent Oxfam in different WASH-related coordination platforms at various levels (e.g. WASH cluster) and actively contribute and influence; ensure timely delivery of external reporting requirement at regional level (e.g. 5W & 4W)

Job Requirements

Essential – Experience, Knowledge, Qualifications & Competencies
  •  MSc or BSc degree in public health promotion or public health engineering or with an excellent technical understanding and demonstrated experience in water sanitation, public health or any related field.
  • Minimum of 7 years of solid practical experience as a PHE or PHP specialist or Team Leader, and 4-5 years as a WASH Coordinator / Manager in humanitarian/development programme preferably in INGO
  • Significant experience in managing WASH programmes in emergencies and or developing countries, including, experience in conducting assessments and supporting analysis of results.
  • Experience with feasibility and risk assessments for WASH programming.
  • Excellent technical skills and practical experience in preparing technical drawings, designs, BOQs and estimates of water and sanitation infrastructure.
  • Demonstrated experience in coordinating /managing WASH programmes with large budgets and teams (multiple locations).
  • Excellent understanding and demonstrated experience of implementing integrated Public health engineering (PHE and public health promotion (PHP) strategies and interventions.
  • Demonstrated experience in integrating gender and protection into emergency response programmes and longer-term strategies.
  • Demonstrated experience of working with UN clusters, government authorities and implementing INGO partners.
  • A proven record of mentoring and capacity building of teams and partners in complex contexts.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and in response to changing needs.
  • Diplomacy, tact and negotiation skills and be cultural sensitivity
  • Excellent communication and cross-cultural management skills.
  • Sympathy with the aims and objectives of Oxfam.
  • Commitment to humanitarian principles and action.
  • Excellent command of Tigrigna and the English language.
  • Good people management skills


  • Experience of working effectively within a large international agency including, in Tigray response setting, previous experience with ECHO, OFDA, SIDA, GFFO, UNICEF projects would be an
  • Good understanding of other sectors such as EFSVL and Protection programming
  • Experience leading strategy development and needs assessments
  • Proven ability to synthesize and distil information from a variety of sources, to draw lessons from project documentation

Your commitment to Oxfam

  • 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 health and wellbeing principles

Key Attributes

  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences and gender issues, as well as the commitment to equal opportunities
  • Ability to demonstrate an openness and willingness to learn about the application of gender/gender mainstreaming, women’s rights, and diversity for all aspects of development work
  • Commitment to undertake Oxfam’s safeguarding training and adherence to relevant policies to ensure all people who come into contact with Oxfam are as safe as possible

Organisational Values:

  • Accountability – Our purpose-driven, results-focused approach means we take responsibility for our actions and hold ourselves accountable. We believe that others should also be held accountable for their actions.
  • Empowerment – Our approach means that everyone involved with Oxfam, from our staff and supporters to people living in poverty, should feel they can make change happen.
  • Inclusiveness – We are open to everyone and embrace diversity. We believe everyone has a contribution to make, regardless of visible and invisible differences.

Oxfam Behaviour Competencies and Commitments:

  • Decisiveness – We are comfortable making transparent decisions and adapting decision making modes to the context and needs.
  • Humility – We put ‘we’ before ‘me’ and place an emphasis on the power of the collective, nurture the team and play to the strengths of each individual. We are not concerned with hierarchical power, and we engage with, trust and value the knowledge and expertise of others across all levels of the organization.
  • Relationship Building – We understand the importance of building relationships, within and outside the organization. We have the ability to engage with traditional and non-traditional stakeholders in ways that lead to increased impact for the organization.
  • Mutual Accountability – We can explain our decisions and how we have taken them based on our organizational values.  We are ready to be held to account for what we do and how we behave, as we are also holding others to account in a consistent manner.
  • Agility, Complexity, and Ambiguity – We scan the environment, anticipate changes, are comfortable with lack of clarity and deal with a large number of elements interacting in diverse and unpredictable ways.
  • Systems Thinking – We view problems as parts of an overall system and in their relation to the whole system, rather than reacting to a specific part, outcome or event in isolation. We focus on cyclical rather than linear cause and effect. By consistently practising systems thinking we are aware of and manage well-unintended consequences of organizational decisions and actions.
  • Strategic Thinking and Judgment – We use judgment, weighing risk against the imperative to act. We make decisions consistent with organizational strategies and values.
  • Vision Setting – We have the ability to identify and lead visionary initiatives that are beneficial for our organization and we set high-level direction through a visioning process that engages the organization and diverse external stakeholders.
  • Self-Awareness – We are able to develop a high degree of self-awareness around our own strengths and weaknesses and our impact on others. Our self-awareness enables us to moderate and self-regulate our behaviours to control and channel our impulses for good purposes.

Note to candidates: Shortlisted candidates will be assessed on our organisational values and attributes at the interview stage. The successful candidate(s) will be expected to adhere to our code of conduct. We encourage candidates to read and understand our code of conduct here


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 through www.ethiojobs.net or using Oxfam’s internal /External application portal https://jobs.oxfam.org.uk/ or https://jobs.oxfam.org.uk/vacancy/15732/description on or before 03rd October 2021.


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.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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