WASH Team Leader

Oxfam Novib
Cabo Delgado, Mozambique
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level/Senior (8-9 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
Languages Required: 
Portuguese or Spanish


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Job Purpose

To manage and ensure the effective implementation of Oxfam Mozambique’s Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Programme in Cabo Delgado. She/he is responsible for the technical guidance of the WASH program and ensuring that the programme is well managed, policies are implemented, and strategies are adjusted according to the local context, key standards of reporting, programme quality and accountability are met. Contributes to the integration with other sectors Food Security and Livelihoods, Gender and Protection.

The post holder is responsible for ensuring the timely and appropriate delivery of an integrated WASH services package transitioning from emergency towards recovery. Ensuring implementation of current projects and development of new ones is in line with donor contracts, adhering to the overall Cyclone Idai and Kenneth Response, Recovery and Resilience Strategy and technical sub-strategies, as well as key standards of programme quality, reporting and accountability.

The WASH Team Leader (TL) is a member of the Cabo Delgado Senior Management Team (SMT) and is expected to be committed to Oxfam’s vision and values and lead with integrity always. The Team Leader needs to have commitment towards the pillars of Oxfam’s new humanitarian approach (Feminist Approach, Community Engagement, Local Humanitarian Leadership, Safe Programming). S/he represents Oxfam/COSACA (Humanitarian Consortium consisting of Oxfam, CARE and Save the Children) at WASH technical fora and with authorities, the UN, donors, local partners and other external stakeholders.  

Key Responsibilities:

The post holder may be required to do some or all the following, depending on the context.


  • Lead complex partnership & consortium and collaborations with wide range of stakeholders on WASH
  • To manage the integrated portfolio of public health promotion (PHP) and Public Health Engineering (PHE) activities
  • To assist in programme and approach design and to provide technical support to write funding proposals in line with Oxfam’s Response, Recovery and Resilience strategy, Oxfam’s country strategy and COSACA Kenneth WASH strategy
  • To ensure that all Oxfam’s & partners work is to a suitable standard as laid out in the Oxfam minimum requirements document.
  • To ensure there is regular communication amongst the WASH team as well as with Protection, Gender and support departments where information can be transferred and shared between Oxfam field bases and partners.
  • To ensure the WASH programme incorporates the key pillars of Oxfam’s new humanitarian approach (Feminist Approach, Community Engagement, Local Humanitarian Leadership, Safe Programming)

Support for Public Health initiatives in Oxfam’s programmes

  • Responsible for the technical guidance of the Public Health Promotion and Public Health Engineering teams;
  • As part of a multi-disciplinary team, carry out rapid and ongoing assessments of the public health risks faced by communities affected by emergencies. Make recommendations for response interventions which are consistent with Oxfam’s policies and guidelines;
  • Identify and assess the current resources and capacity of the Oxfam WASH team, counterparts, humanitarian agencies and government authorities to respond to the public health needs arising from the emergency. Identify any unmet needs likely to present risks to the health of the affected population;
  • Implement health promotion initiatives appropriate to the context. Ensure close collaboration between hygiene promotion and engineering team to ensure that technical and social aspects of WASH programming are closely integrated;
  • Meaningfully engage with women, girls, men and boys in the affected populations in the assessment, planning, implementation and monitoring of public health activities; play a key role in ensuring that communities are engaged with Oxfam’s work and have opportunities to give their views on, and influence programme activities;
  • Work closely with gender, protection team members to establish a solid understanding of community’s risks, perceptions, vulnerability and power dynamics, and insure that this is integrated within the WASH response plan and activities;
  • Identify root causes of challenges in standard water and sanitation resources’ availability and services’ governance; design a plan to address such challenges and root causes considering: influencing improvements of public sector’s performance, envisage options for strengthening market solutions as well as empowering communities to advocate for own rights and needs in fora they deem more appropriate;
  • With EFSVL, Gender and Protection colleagues maximise the potential for cohesive programming;
  • Lead and task manage a team of national public health promoters and public health engineers to implement and monitor appropriate WASH interventions in emergency contexts;
  • Responsible for WASH programme planning and proposal writing in order to provide clear objectives and establish indicators for monitoring and evaluating the programme including indicators relating to participation and gender;
  • Budget management and design, and tracking for sectoral activities;
  • Ensure good planning and monitoring of resources: draft the PHE and PHP programme supply plans, review procurement tracking, stock report and expenditure report, provide prompt feedback to the Area Manager for any risk.

Capacity management

  • Provide capacity buidling framework with key objectives and indicators, tutorials for staff and partners;
  • Ensure roles and responsibilities are assigned and understood by the WASH team members, performance objectives are set and review is conducted by the line manager;
  • Recruit and supervise public health promotion and engineering staff and volunteers and where applicable partners staff.  This may involve the writing of job profiles, work schedules, objective setting and appraisals;
  • Build the capacity of Oxfam staff, volunteers and partners through formal and informal trainings that included practical mentoring and on the job coaching. Areas of particular needs on the job supervision, team management, community engagement, program planning, targeted health and hygiene promotion approaches and methodologies, adaptation of technical design to local context and community customs, handpump sparepart supply chain development, local water committee and water services enterprises capacity building;
  • Contribute to the facilitation of joint COSACA or other inter-agency coordination group training initiatives where appropriate.

Programme learning and reporting

  • Document and disseminate good practice examples from programme in collaboration with MEAL;
  • Document meeting minutes for any internal and external coordination meetings, or agreements with other stakeholders;
  • Contribute to donor reporting, budgeting and new proposals when required;
  • Work closely with MEAL team, to design and implement context appropriate accountability mechanisms and ensure that qualitative and quantitative data collected is timely analysed and reported to inform programme progress and management action/decision (ie. sitreps) and is shared with other actors and the communities;
  • Work closely with MEAL and other technical teams to use participatory methods in measuring community’s participation in and satisfaction of Oxfam’s WASH activities and the wider response system.

Coordination and representation

  • Lead the WASH Kenneth COSACA technical group: call and chair regular meetings, provide steer and guidance to COSACA partners as appropriate and ensure COSACA interventions are aligned to the WASH Kenneth COSACA strategy;
  • Act as the WASH focal person coordinating public health activities within Oxfam and with external agencies for Cabo Delgado;

Contributing to programme quality standards

  • Ensure that work aims to meet Sphere Standards and adheres to Oxfam’s emergency guidelines and protocols;
  • Ensure that all work is carried out in a way that is sensitive to community needs and promotes the full and equal participation of women, girls, men and boys;
  • Be familiar with and abide by Oxfam's Code of Conduct and other regulatory codes such as the Red Cross Code of Conduct, Partners in Aid Code, Oxfam International protocols and the Inter- agency Field Co-operation Protocol;
  • Contribute to programme reviews and evaluations where appropriate.



  • A suitable qualification in any discipline relating to Public Health Promotion (such as anthropology, sociology, communication, public health) and / or Engineering is the necessary educational background. Experience could substitute for a formal qualification, but not vice versa;
  • Proven experience in senior role implementing WASH Programmes in both emergency and early recovery context including at transitioning stage.
  • Essential experience in community engagement, governance of water and sanitation resources / systems and capacity building in different cultures and with people of varying educational background.
  • Experience working through multiple partnership and collaborative models
  • Experience on outbreak prevention at community level and knowledge on “wash in nut” will be a plus.
  • Flexibility, stamina and ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines, to work unsociable hours as necessary and ability to work independently in an unpredictable environment characterised by a volatile security situation.
  • Proven collaborative, and self-management and people management skills, including flexibility and respect for others and working with partners.
  • Demonstrated commitment to humanitarian principles and action and to Oxfam’s equal opportunity and gender policies, as well as the pillars of Oxfam’s new humanitarian approach.
  • Demonstrated experience of integrating gender and diversity issues into water and sanitation programmes
  • Demonstrated strong assessment, analytical and planning skills.
  • Proved experience in implementing a portfolio of grants from different donors.
  • Good understanding of the importance of gender and participation of all groups in community in programme implementation; sensitive to the needs of most disadvantaged populations.
  • Committed to humanitarian principles and minimum standards for Humanitarian response
  • Good spoken and written English and Portuguese or Spanish is essential.


  • Ability to work effectively under stress in emergency situations, in a leadership role and/or as part of a team and partner.
  • Experience in Cabo Delgado province.
  • Familiarity with a range of computer programmes.

How to apply

If you are interested in this position, please use the 'apply' button. Your application must be received by August 30th, 2019 at the latest. Please note that only applications received using the link provided can be taken into consideration. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.