Global Sustainability Adviser for Water & Sanitation

Oxford, United Kingdom
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Do you have experience of incubating/developing/applying potential solutions and programmes to the challenges of water insecurity?

Do you have experience in risk-based analysis, scoping and feasibility mapping at local and/or national level?

Do you have understanding and experience of sustainable water and sanitation operational systems and approaches at local and/or national level?

If the answer is yes, then, we would like to hear from you.

The role:

The role will provide significant support to deliver the strategic vision for sustainable water and sanitation programme development within Oxfam GB. The organisation has been known for its decades of work in humanitarian WASH, but has also recognised the need for greater investment in long-term programming within the development sector to address the chronic issues of water insecurity.

The role will serve to support our programme quality to deliver sustainable water and sanitation systems that are affordable and equitable for the poorest and most marginalised in the most fragile contexts to enhance water security. 

Working in a small team, the role will have global reach and contribute to a rapidly growing portfolio within a range of multi-country and bespoke programmes. As Sustainability Adviser for Water & sanitation you will be working with different country programmes including but not limited to; Kenya, Liberia, DRC, Philippines, Nepal, Myanmar, and Tajikistan, providing ongoing technical help, drawing out lessons learnt towards outcome based solutions. In doing so, developing tools and measurements to disseminate what has been learnt, analysis of impact and providing insights into new programme ideas.

What we are looking for:

Oxfam GB is looking for an individual that harnesses the principles of long-term development and is able to apply them to a range of contexts, specifically focusing on fragile contexts and most marginalised populations. You will be an innovative thinker and pragmatist who understands the changing conditions and adaptive techniques needed for sustainable water and sanitation solutions. In this role you will primarily focus on strengthening the application of sustainable programming and investigating how water insecurity propagates poverty and vulnerability.

You will also be a self-starter, independent and good at engaging with others to develop ideas, solution to complex problems of water insecurity by driving forwards new innovation for Oxfam’s long-term sustainable water programming. You should be willing to learn new approaches, investigate and constructively challenge traditional thinking in a range of contexts.

In return, we offer fair pay and competitive benefits package (see our Oxfam’s Promise attachment for more details)

Please note candidates must have right to work & reside in the UK in order to apply for this role.

How to apply

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About Us

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty. That means we tackle the inequality that keeps people poor. Together we save, protect and rebuild lives. When disaster strikes, we help people build better lives for themselves, and for others. We take on issues like land rights, climate change and discrimination against women. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can enjoy life free from poverty.

We are an international confederation of 20 organisations (affiliates) working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries.

All our work is led by three core values: Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness. To read more about our values please click here.

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 promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. 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.

We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation.

Note: All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and may be subject to appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks