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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.   

Job details

DIVISION: Operations

TEAM: Humanitarian  

LOCATION: Multiple Location 

CONTRACT TYPE: Fixed Term 1 year

GRADE: National D1                                                      

JOB FAMILY:  Programme Technical

SALARY: As per the Oxfam benefit package

HOURS: 37.5 per week


We believe flexible working is key to building the Oxfam of the future, so we’re open to talking through the type of flexible arrangements which might work for you. This is a full-time role; however, Oxfam offers various flexible arrangements which candidates can discuss with the Recruiting Manager at the interview stage


The humanitarian Programmes Team will ensure that the programmes make the proper shift, with the quality needed to ensure a proper achievement of the Ethiopia Oxfam Country Strategy. As part of the Humanitarian programmes team, the whole team on the WASH Sector will ensure that the Goal 1 of the OCS is achieved with the required quality and timely. This team will work very close with the other departments like development/resilient, urban development, gender, and protection team for ensuring the link between the long term and emergency response activities. The team will work strongly to improve the coordination effort among different likeminded organizations like INGOs, LNGOs, UN organizations and relevant government structure at all levels.



To lead, manage and effectively deliver Oxfam’s overall WASH response to Refugees, IDPs and Host communities in your respective target areas, provide high quality technical support and quality control in management, design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the Oxfam’s humanitarian response programme, Maintain and improve established systems & structures required for the effective timely implementation of quality water, sanitation and hygiene promotion component of the programme.


WASH Team Leader (WASH TL)


WASH Officers




-         Lead, manage and effectively deliver Oxfam’s overall WASH response to refugees/IDPs and host communities in targeted region/s of Ethiopia.

-         Provide high quality technical support and quality control in management, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Oxfam’s WASH response to refugees/IDPs and host communities in targeted region/s of Ethiopia.

-         Maintain and improve established systems & structures required for the effective timely implementation of quality water, sanitation and hygiene promotion component of the programme.

-         Ensure overall WASH response (design and implementation) strongly factor in gender, protection and accessibility dimension and promote empowerment of women and men beneficiaries.

Project management

  • Overall operational lead for the implementation of the humanitarian WASH component of the Emergency Response
  • Provide professional and technical leadership to the WASH team (including NGO and government partners) on basic WASH Emergency elements of Public Health Engineering and Public Health Promotion for programme planning and implementation.
  • Participate/Lead sectoral or multisectoral assessments relevant to the targeted geographic area 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 intervention 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 logistics unit so that contractual obligation and agreements are adhered to.
  • Collaboration and support logistics team for the timely procurement of WASH supplies and services.
  • Contribute in donor reports and funding proposals.
  • Contribute to SitReps and other reports/writing ups needed by the response.
  • Line manage WASH staffs report to the position 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 MEAL team to ensure improved programme quality and accountability.
  • Work closely with Regional Water Bureaus and the Regional Health Bureaus and their respective structural Offices to facilitate and coordinate effective delivery of WASH emergency response actions. This will include significant coordination and sharing of information with the respective 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. 4W)
Job Requirements:

The primary aim of the roster/talent pool is to have a balanced number of ready-to-hire diverse candidates for the upcoming position at different location. The shortlisted candidates will go through the assessment, and they be in the roster/talent pool for a year.

Please put your preference regions from AA, DireDawa, Somali, Gambella and Tigray to be based in and you are allowed to select multiple regions.

Person Specification

Most importantly, every individual at Oxfam GB needs to be able to:


Our Values

  • Equality: We believe everyone has the right to be treated fairly and to have the same rights and opportunities.
  • Empowerment: We acknowledge and seek to expand people’s agency over their lives and the decisions that impact them.
  • Solidarity: We join hands, support, and collaborate across boundaries in working towards a just and sustainable world.
  • Inclusiveness: We embrace diversity and difference and value the perspectives and contributions of all people and communities in their fight against poverty and injustice.
  • Accountability: We take responsibility for our actions and inaction and hold ourselves accountable to the people we work with and for.
  • Courage: We speak truth to power and act with conviction on the justice of our causes.


1. Be committed to equal opportunities: demonstrating sensitivity to culture differences and gender equality.

2. Be willing to learn and apply gender mainstreaming, women’s rights, and diversity and inclusion across all aspects of your work.


3. Be committed to undertaking Oxfam’s safeguarding training and adhering to relevant policies, to ensure all people who come into Oxfam are as safe as possible.

Ensure you actively ADOPT OXFAM’S FEMINIST LEADERSHIP APPROACH and applying the principles and twelve practices in your work. Read more about this here:

For this role, we have selected two of the most relevant feminist Leadership practices for this role (which you can read more about here.

1 Self-Awareness

2 Mutual accountability

3 Strategic Thinking and Judgment

SKILS, Experience, Knowledge & Competencies


  • MSC/BSc Degree in Civil or Water Engineering, Public Health from a recognized University/Collage or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that can bring added value.
  • Minimum of 7+ years work experience as a WASH Specialist at Senior Level and 2-3 years as public health engineering/Promotion with an excellent technical understanding and demonstrated experience on WASH.
  • Excellent technical skill and practical experience of preparing technical drawing, designed, BOQs and estimates of water and sanitation infrastructure preferably in refugee/IDP camp setting.
  • Demonstrated experience of integrating gender, protection, and accessibility (Inclusive) onto emergency response programmes and long-term strategies.
  • Demonstrated experience of working with UN clusters, Local authorities and implementing INGO partners.
  • Excellent command on English language, knowledge of local language is an asset.
  • A proven record of mentoring and capacity building of team and partners in complex contexts.
  • Diplomacy, tact and administrative skills in order to work with people at all programme levels and with external organizations as needed.
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences, and the ability to work in a wide variety of cultural contexts.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and in response to changing needs.


  • Experience of working effectively within a large international agency including, in refugee response setting, previous experience with ECHO and UNHCR projects would be an added advantage.
  • Skills and experience of using AUTO-CAD, WATER-GEMS and other relevant software.
  • Good Understanding of WASH Programming in refugee response programming
  • Experience leading strategy development and implementation monitoring in collaboration with staff
  • Applicant with knowledge of local language is preferable.

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 Oxfam’s safeguarding 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.
  • 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

Job Category:
EngineeringWater and Sanitation
Engineering, Water and Sanitation
Full time
Full time
Multiple Locations
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