WASH Coordinator

Job Overview

WASH Coordinator


Closing date:                – On rolling basis

Interview date:              – TBC

Vacancy reference:      – INT8888 – WASH Coordinator


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.


Shaping a stronger Oxfam for people living in poverty.

About Oxfam

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 the international confederation Oxfam.

Our Team

To ensure implementation of response activities and contribute to livelihoods recovery of the population affected by the crisis in Iraq

Job Purpose

To provide technical support to the programme teams and oversee the implementation of WASH programming, across the whole of Iraq (Regular Programming and Emergencies).

What the recruiting manager has to say about the role?


  • Coordinates and delivers agreed plans or strategies over which the job holder has some strategic input.
  • Represents the affiliate in coordination meetings and some external relationships.
  • Impact and influence of the job is mostly within the job holder’s own programme unit but occasionally also in other parts of the affiliate and/or with an external audience.
  • Usually plans and manages the resources of one or more sub-units though
  • Helps shape local level objectives within in a specific team.
  • Provides specialist advice or specific skills to their team or programme unit.
  • Their plans and objectives are developed to contribute to country, region and broader programme strategy and can involve collaboration with other programme units
  • Management tasks are complex and non-routine within their specialist unit or function.
  • Develop solutions to complex challenges that involve innovative pilot activities
  • Ability to analyse and communicate complex information to a wide audience.
  • Decision-making requires significant levels of judgement based on technical and management experience, generally actively supported by line management or the programme team.
  • The focus of the role can vary but has well-defined targets and/or minimum standards and is both proactive and reactive.



core details

Location: Erbil with up to 70% travel to field locations
Salary: According to Oxfam Salary Scale
Internal Grade: C1- Global
Division Iraq Job Family: Programme
Contract type: Fixed Term

Hours of work:

 40 hours per week. This is a full-time role; however, Oxfam offers various flexible arrangements which candidates can discuss with the Recruiting Manager at interview stage
This role reports to: Deputy Country Director
Staff reporting to this post: Line management for Public Health Engineering (PHE) Team Leader and Public Health Promotion (PHP) Team Leader; and matrix management for WASH TL in field offices.


Annual budget          for the post: N/A
Key relationships/interactions: Head of Programs, Program Managers
Screening checks: All successful candidates will be screened through Refinitiv World-Check One to comply with counter terrorism and financial sanctions regulations.


References: Should you be successful and not already employed by Oxfam GB, we will require 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 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).


 Key Responsibilities


  • Responsible for regular review of the WASH strategy to be adapted to major changes in needs and context.
  • Provide technical input in response to funding opportunities in concept notes and proposals including, detailed activity description, logic framework and MEAL plans.
  • Ensure new projects’ objectives are in line with the change goals of Oxfam Country Strategy and highlight variation to management.
  • Oversee the quality and the timeliness for implementing the WASH strategy for the regular country programme and emergency responses.
  • Design or identify tools and approaches for tracking of the implementation for all WASH activities to ensure that possible problems affecting the quality of programmes are flagged and resolved in due time.
  • Provide technical support on developing new assessments and MEAL tools to be used by the team to ensure that relevant information is being collected to inform strategy and implementation, to ensure accountability and learning as well as quality donor reporting.
  • Ensure that interventions strive to conform to SPHERE standards and adhere to OGB’s guidelines and best practices
  • Support the technical teams in designating the vulnerability targeting criteria and dissemination to communities, and local authorities.
  • Feed into/edit operational/progress internal and donor reporting.
  • Support the implementation of Real-Time, Midterm and Final Evaluations of WASH projects.
  • Ensure that “lessons learned” from the emergency/recovery interventions in Iraq is used to influence future policies and programme planning.


  • Support timely support to teams on the field in developing an appropriate response, providing input, support and advice in relation operational elements including feasibility, harmonisation across technical teams where appropriate, costing/budget support, and risk mitigation.
  • Support programme managers to unpack projects results into detailed activities and implementation plans.
  • Further management responsibilities are listed below.


  • Design and deliver induction and training material for new WASH staff
  • Lead the development of country capacity building plan in the areas of WASH, and ensure relevant support is identified and provided to the team.
  • In close coordination with the Partnership Manager and Programme Managers, support in identifying capacity building needs and opportunities for Oxfam and implementing partners’ staff.
  • Provide regular coaching to Oxfam’s WASH teams and partners in the field.


  • Ensure Oxfam representation in the technical working groups and sector clusters.
  • Meeting with donors and partners as required.
  • Lead the coordination with Oxfam’s HQ and regional advisors for potential support and sharing of learning.
  • Influence donors and other actors to improve the quality of the response and early recovery interventions across the country.
  • Play a leading role in the cluster system including the WASH Clusters and the relevant Working Group and support delivery of its work as required; Share Oxfam learning and best practices with clusters, Government bodies and key stakeholders.



  • Provide strategic leadership to the WASH in country staff
  • Participate in technical coordination both internal and external to Oxfam


  • Technical management lines to WASH staff across all field offices.
  • Provide temporary cover (gap-filling) for technical vacancies in the field when needed.
  • Supervise consultants as required and provide feedback on the work accomplished.
  • Support with recruitment of WASH key staff as required.
  • Support Programme Managers in monitor programme implementation through regular field visits and provide necessary back-stopping and or distance management as required.
  • Performance management of staff reporting to this position, according to the Oxfam standards and procedures.


Essential – Experience, Knowledge, Qualifications & Competencies

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent technical experience and training in water and sanitation, public health or any related field. Experience could substitute for a formal qualification, but not vice versa.
  • Significant experience in managing WASH programmes in emergencies and or developing countries, including, experience in conducting assessments and supporting analysis of results, emergency market mapping, value chain analysis, and other relevant market assessment tools. Experience with feasibility and risk assessments for WASH programming.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to establish and maintain effective working relations with multicultural and diverse teams, including working with partner organisations.
  • Experience of capacity building field staff (with or without line management responsibility), including the ability to effectively advice and support field staff using methods such as mentoring, coaching, shadowing, demonstration, accompaniment, training, written advice, verbal advice, research and development
  • Strong communication and documentation skills including the ability to document case studies, write guidelines, and develop and communicate standard operating procedures relevant to each context and operating environment.
  • Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines. Ability to travel in country to support field teams. Attention to detail and critical analysis. Strong English Language skills.
  • Experience and commitment to promote equity, gender and diversity.



  • Previous working experience with Oxfam
  • Previous working experience in the Middle East
  • Arabic language skills


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