Job Opportunity// Program Manager (WASH), Algeria

Oxfam in Algeria has been active in the Saharawi refugee camps since 1975. Its programme aims to mobilise local and global humanitarian interventions focusing on WASH and Food Security.

Given the challenging funding environment and quality of services UNHCR commissioned Oxfam to develop a five-year strategy for extending the water-supply networks in the camps, with associated developments in the areas of systems operation, governance and capacity building, and community engagement. This strategy was completed in late 2019 and is meant to inform the overall water supply work over the coming 5 years.

Oxfam in Algeria has recently developed a series of projects contributing to the improvement of WaSH services (e.g. water storage at household and production levels) and infrastructure for Sahrawi refugees living in the five camps of Tindouf, including the delivery of detailed design and bills of quantities for the improvement of water-supply infrastructure. Oxfam is also working on strengthening the capacity of the different actors in the WaSH sector through the development of a capacity strengthening strategy, implementation plan and the delivery of training.

Oxfam in Algeria is seeking a senior Programme Manager with Solid WASH experience to support its programmes aiming at improving access to safe water and overall WASH services. The WASH PM will be working as part of the response team in the Sahrawi camps and will be based in Rabouni with regular travels to the different camps in the governorate of Tindouf. S/He will act as technical focal point for Oxfam and work closely with the local and international WASH actors in the camps.

Job Purpose

To coordinate and support a team of WASH and Public Health Experts, ensuring that WASH activities implemented by Oxfam in the Sahrawi Refugee Camps are delivered to the agreed standard and timelines.

Job Responsibilities

Staff Management and Leadership

· Recruit and manage staff in line with Oxfam policies, ensuring that they have the necessary induction, training and support as required.

· Develop and maintain a healthy environment for the team, coordinating timely discussions on strategic programming issues and guaranteeing that the staff members reflect the institutional character in their relationships with partner organizations and allies.

· Ensures excellent people management and development of staff managed, in accordance with Oxfam’s performance management cycle and policies on development of staff, particularly national staff capacity building plans

· To take part as an active member in the Country Management Team.

Development and Management of WASH programme

· Lead in the development of programme design in line with the WASH strategy.

· Ensure that the programme is implemented in a consultative, participative, transparent, and gender sensitive way.

· Monitor programme expenditure to ensure budgets are adhered to.

· Ensure Oxfam representation in appropriate external programmatic forums

· Leads on all technical aspects of the programme as well as delivery.

· Work with other managers for the development of a single country programme with strong synergy between the different elements

· Supports local partner in developing and delivering projects within agreed parameters

Driving improvements in programme quality

· Ensure that the WASH programme is in compliance with donor contractual obligations and that all reporting is of good quality and is done in a timely manner.

· Monitor and evaluate programme work to maintain and/or improve the quality, incorporating learning in the programme and ensuring achievement of desired impact.

· Lead in the development and achievement of a programme of high quality in all aspects of the Programme, consistent with Oxfam and other agreed standards.

· Ensure that the programme is monitored, and the impact reviewed (changes in the lives of poor people) as well as programme activities and spending.

· Monitor and evaluate programme work to maintain and/or improve the quality, incorporating learning in the programme and ensuring achievement of desired impact.

Fundraising & Grant Management

· In close collaboration with the Funding Coordinator identify and develop opportunities for fundraising

· Ensures all donor grant management requirements are met.

· Provide written and verbal briefings on the context and Oxfam’s programme to donors

Representation and influencing

· Represent Oxfam in appropriate WASH fora at a local and national level with government authorities, UN organisations, NGO’s and donor agencies.

· Liaise with appropriate government officials, local level organisations and other bodies as necessary on lobbying and advocacy activities promoting Oxfam WASH and overall programme principles

· Strengthen alliance building and develop strong cooperation with wide range of partners and stakeholders


· Readiness to work with flexibility and take on additional tasks as may be delegated to meet programmatic objectives

· Perform other program related task assigned by supervisor.

· Eager and required to adhere to Oxfam’s principles and values as well as the promotion of gender justice and women’s rights

· Understanding of and commitment to adhere to equity, diversity, gender, child safety and staff health and wellbeing principles.

Job Requirements

Education & Experience:

· Postgraduate degree in Hydrology, Mechanical Engineering or other relevant field(s).

· A minimum of 8 years of practical experience in implementation of complex water supply systems.

· Experience of development and humanitarian work.

· Experience and ability to work in remote and isolated environments, including the ability to travel and work flexibly

· A proven ability to be a team player, and to provide technical leadership.

· Analytical skills and ability to think to think beyond the existing local frames.

· Diplomacy, tact and negotiating skills.

· Sensitivity to cultural differences, and the ability to work in a wide variety of cultural contexts.

· Good written and spoken English and Spanish/Arabic are essential; French would be an asset.

· Excellent communication skills;

· Ability to troubleshoot issues on site in a timely and effective manner

· Good computer skills and command of Microsoft Office software (Excel and Word)

· Adhere to Oxfam’s values : Equality, Empowerment, Solidarity, Inclusiveness, Accountability, and Courage (for more information check out our website

Key Attributes:

· Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences and gender issues, as well as the commitment to equal opportunities.

· Ability to demonstrate an openness and willingness to learn about the application of gender/gender mainstreaming, women’s rights, and diversity for all aspects of development work.

· Commitment to Oxfam’s safeguarding policies to ensure all people who come into contact with Oxfam are as safe as possible.

How to Apply

If you believe your qualifications meet the job requirements, please send your CV and a cover letter including references “Last Name First Name + Programme Manager WASH” before 31 May 2022 to

Due to the volume of applications we receive, regrettably, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted usually within 2 weeks of the closing date.

For Oxfam, equal opportunities are important. Applicants are therefore selected based on their qualities and skills, without taking into account age, origin, gender or any other criteria unrelated to professional skills.

Oxfam is committed to protecting and promoting the well-being of all human beings and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through common values and a code of conduct (more info:

Apply by 31 May, 2022.

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