Oxfam is a global movement of people who share the belief that, in a world rich in resources, poverty isn't inevitable.
Public health (water and sanitation hygiene or WaSH) plays a central role in the poverty continuum of Southern Africa. WaSH is key in addressing issues of HIV, food security, livelihoods and emergencies. Oxfam in Southern Africa through its public health programmes in the region has an opportunity to increase the scale of our public health work, and more importantly to increase the impact of the programme, by ensuring that it is structured to most appropriately respond to the real underlying problems and to ensure that it integrates more effectively with other existing programmes and complements the implementation of WaSH related policies in the countries and the region.
Despite significant economic growth across the region, Southern Africa continues to be caught in a deep and on-going cycle of chronic poverty, whose roots lie in a number of complex issues. And public health has a major role to play in addressing many of these issues. We now have an opportunity to increase the scale and breadth of our public health work and consequently make a much more significant impact on livelihoods throughout the region. As our new Regional WASH Coordinator, you will lead that drive.
Oxfam GB seeks to appoint a Regional WASH Coordinator – Southern Africa, based in Pretoria, South Africa.
This is a two-year contract position. Competitive salary and benefits will be offered.
You will lead on both strategic thinking and innovation in respect of WASH programmes and policies for the region. Working in both humanitarian and development contexts, as well as in urban and rural settings, you’ll support country programmes in developing and implementing plans and practices that help communities and national governments adapt to periodic shocks, but more importantly fit closely with livelihoods and food security programmes. Equally important you’ll provide strategic analysis and direction, facilitating learning, analysing trends and providing targeted advice. You’ll also be a source of technical advise on Wash related issues, co-ordinating with colleagues in other Oxfam affiliates.
What we’re looking for
We are looking for someone with a Master’s degree (or equivalent) and technical experience in WASH. That should have given you experience of assessing and responding to both slow and fast on set emergencies, and of managing and advising teams from a distance. As you will need to work with partner organisations and other stakeholders in the region, you’ll need to have a track record of being an effective influencer both inside and outside your home organisation. If you can add to that experience of designing and implementing programme strategies and of developing staff, you could be just what our work in Southern Africa needs.
A simple, inescapable truth underlines everything we do at Oxfam. There’s enough wealth in this world to go around. It’s not unfortunate that people live in poverty. It’s unjustifiable. It’s not just their problem. It’s ours too. And with the right support, we can beat poverty and injustice. Thousands of people already commit their time and talents to our campaigning, humanitarian and long-term development projects. Now we’re looking for yours.
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