WASH Coordinator

from Oxfam GB
Closing date: 31 Jan 2017

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The role: The WASH Coordinator will lead the water, sanitation and hygiene project in Sittwe, Myanmar. He/she will be the primarily responsible for the technical leadership of WASH support in IDP camps and surrounding villages and co-ordination with other agencies in the Consortium and Cluster. The WASH Coordinator ensures the overall success of the Oxfam led implementation of WASH activities to ensure the WASH teams complete the defined activities while adhering to standards and contractual obligations.

Level: National Plus, C1

Employment term: Fixed Term (1 year)

Report to: Area Manager (Rakhine) and matrix managed by Humanitarian Programme Advisor

Staff Reporting to this post: Public Health Engineering and Public Health Promotion Officers

What we offer: Respectful and empowered working environment, Life insurance, Medical+ dental + optical benefits, Competitive salary and Career advancement opportunities, Generous leave entitlement


The Sittwe team is implementing a component of the DFID funded Consortia project or conflict affected IDPs in 7 camps and villages in and around Sittwe, Central Rakhine. The project has a large WASH component providing access to safe water and sanitation for IDPs as well as promoting safe hygiene practices in the project sites.


Programme leadership

· Provide a professional and technical lead to the WASH team including elements of Public Health Engineering and Public Health Promotion for programme planning and implementation. This will include national staff management, budgeting, development of logical frameworks and appropriate indicators, development of project proposals and project reporting.

· 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). This will include sludge treatment site and septic tanks.

· Work with the team to develop a longer-term strategy for WASH programming in Sittwe. Provide support to the team in introducing key changes in our approach such as the introduction of market- based approaches.

· Lead in the transition of Public Health Promotion activities into community-centered approaches that are strategic, evidence-based, and lead towards more community-led actions and ownership of WASH services.

· Ensure that all work is carried out in a way that is sensitive to community needs and gender issues. In particular to promote the full and equal participation of women in all aspects of the work and to ensure that Oxfam’s response is in line with the needs of IDPs and host communities.

· Work with the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Coordinator and with programme staff to strengthen monitoring, evaluation, learning, accountability and reporting of WASH programme.

· Share and document best practices with the programme teams, ensuring that the WASH strategy is implemented to the highest quality standards and is integrated with other sectoral interventions in the programme (for example livelihoods).


· Work closely together with other Consortium partners to share information and develop common designs, approaches and MEAL framework for WASH programme.

· Liaise with regional and global PHP and PHE Advisors in order to get technical inputs as well as to assess the appropriateness of Oxfam’s global WASH approaches in the Myanmar context.

· Coordinate effectively across Oxfam teams, including working closely and ensuring effective joint approaches with EFSVL programme, MEAL and the Funding and support functions (Finance, Logistics, HR) as appropriate.

Capacity Building:

· Provide capacity-building and project implementation support to WASH staff in both technical and project management areas

· Support the team to build the capacity and empower our volunteers and camp-based staff


Corporate Competencies:

· Demonstrates integrity by modelling Oxfam’s values and ethical standards.

· Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

· Treats all people fairly without favouritism.

Functional Competencies

· Has specialist knowledge of WASH – both Public Health Engineering (PHE) and Public Health Promotion (PHP)

· Graduate qualification or equivalent in one of the following, or a related discipline: Public Health Engineering, Construction Engineering, Environmental or Public Health

· Minimum of 4 years of practical experience in developing country context in Water, Hygiene and Sanitation programmes (with at least 1 year in humanitarian context).

· Good communication and interpersonal skills. Sensitivity to cultural differences and the ability to work in a variety of cultural contexts and communicate with a diverse range of people.

· Strong technical skills in design of water and sanitation systems including experience producing engineering documents (Drawing – Auto Cad / BOQ’S that can be used to for contractor tenders), experience of latrine construction and rehabilitation, borehole drilling.

· Demonstrated experience of integrating gender and inclusion needs into WASH programming.

· Proven facilitation, training, networking, coordination, team-building, consensus-building, and organisational skills;

· Diplomacy, tact, cultural sensitivity and strong negotiating skills to work with both governmental representatives and local beneficiaries

Development and Operational Effectiveness:

· Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting.

· Ability to advise and oversee formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects and programmes; Proven ability to incorporate into his/her work relevant international practices and standards including SPHERE standards and do not harm principles

How to apply:

Please state applied position in email subject line and send to

Human Resources Department through myanmarhr@oxfam.org.uk


Oxfam office, No. 34, Corner of Aung Taw Mu Street and Golden Hill Avenue Street, Golden Valley Ward 2, Bahan Township, Yangon, Myanmar.

Phone: +95 (0)1 539986, 539987, 539958, 539189 and 504918

Detail and complete job profile is available upon request.


We regret that only short-listed applicants will be contacted.