Oxfam Consults Vacancy: Water Safety Planning Remote Freelancer/Consultant

We are looking for Consultants/Freelancers specialised in Water Safety Planning for Urban Contexts

Do you have familiarity with WHO water safety planning guidelines, national and international water quality and safety standards? Do you have experience of monitoring, evaluation, and improvement of Water Safety Plans? Do you have experience of water safety planning in urban settings? If the answer is yes, then we would like to hear from you.

Closing Date:14 November 2023

About Oxfam Consults

Oxfam Consults is a network of world-leading professionals that aims to promote Oxfam’s expertise across the wider humanitarian aid sector. By sharing technical support, knowledge, and practical experience from multi-sectoral disciplines, we can help you access this network and contribute to responses that are both more efficient and effective.

Oxfam Consults is an Oxfam initiative housed by the Global Humanitarian Team. It operates both within the Oxfam milieu and more autonomously, depending on the scope of individual projects. Oxfam Consults is looking for Consultants/Freelancers specialised in Water Safety Planning in urban contexts for our External Consults Roster. Candidates selected to be included in the Oxfam Consults roster should satisfy the criteria outlined below. All the candidates must have demonstrable experience in providing consultancy services and working as freelancers. The role, when deployed, will be to provide high quality and specialist expertise to Oxfam Consults in line with an individual Terms of Reference (ToR) that is in line with Oxfam values.

Selected candidates will be offered a framework agreement (of up to two years) that offers a flexible scenario for managing assignments. It is expected that consultants working under this arrangement will provide services on a regular basis to Oxfam Consults as required on a case-by-case basis.

Selection for this roster does not constitute an employment offer and there is no guarantee of work.

The Role:

A Water Safety Plan (WSP) is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “a comprehensive risk assessment and risk management approach that encompasses all steps in water supply from catchment to consumer” to ensure safe drinking-water. Water Safety Planning (WSP) ensures the delivery of safe and sustainable drinking water to urban populations while adhering to international standards and guidelines. The objective of promoting WSPs is to broaden the emphasis of water quality management to include operations and management of water supplies. This broader approach is preferable to the narrower focus on water quality compliance monitoring, which was often the predominant consideration of water suppliers, surveillance agencies, and regulators prior to the implementation of WHO WSP guidelines.

What we are looking for:

We’re looking for a candidate who cares about Oxfam’s mission to end poverty and is personally aligned to our feminist principles and values of empowerment, accountability and inclusion in all you do. An ideal candidate for the role will also be / have:


  • Extensive experience and demonstrated expertise in water safety planning, risk assessment, and water quality management in urban contexts.
  • Significant professional experience in technical water safety risk assessments and development of Water Safety Plans or experience of similar nature with a strong understanding of water safety planning.
  • Degree in water resource management, water quality management, public health/civil/environmental engineering, or other relevant field related to water management in urban contexts and more specifically water safety.
  • Ability to develop user-targeted operations manuals, standard operating procedures (SOPs), emergency response plans and record-keeping forms for water quality management.
  • Experience of conducting desk studies through reviews of existing evidence, key informant interviews and workshops
  • Ability to review and critically assess the existing enabling environment such as policies, legislation, regulation, institutional capacity and resources needed to manage urban water safety and provide key policy, strategy and institutional recommendations.
  • Expertise in primary data collection, assessment and analysis
  • Experience of delivering high-quality workshops, training sessions and meetings in person and remotely
  • Proficiency in relevant software and tools for data analysis and reporting
  • Excellent written and spoken English.


  • Experience of working in Central Asian region is preferable. Knowledge of Russian and/or a Central Asian language is an added advantage.
  • Experience of collaboration with relevant local authorities, water utility personnel, health agencies and other relevant stakeholders
  • Excellent presentation skills. Proven strong analytical skills, and ability to produce clear and concise reports
  • Excellent project management and communication skills.


We believe flexible working is key to building the Oxfam of the future, so we’re open to talking through the type of flexible arrangements which might work for you.

How to apply:

  • As part of your online application, please upload your up to date CV and Cover Letter explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile.  
  • All applications must be submitted online, by 14th November 2023, via the Oxfam website using the following link:  
  • Applications may be possible after this date if applicants meet the necessary criteria. 
  • Please state your daily rate for consultancy fees in British Pounds (GBP). 
  • By submitting your application, you consent to Oxfam holding your details and records on file for a period of 6 years, in the event you are accepted onto the Oxfam Consults Consultants Roster. 
  • We reserve the right to accept candidates while the advertisement is still open. 
  • Contact Oxfam Consults at [email protected] 


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Our values and commitment to safeguarding

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 committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people, adults and beneficiaries with whom Oxfam GB engages. 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.

The post holder will undertake the appropriate level of training and is responsible for ensuring that they understand and work within the safeguarding policies of the organisation.

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks. Oxfam GB also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme.  In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.

We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

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About us

Oxfam is a global community who believe poverty isn’t inevitable. It’s an injustice that can be overcome. We are shop volunteers, women’s right activists, marathon runners, aid workers, coffee farmers, street fundraisers, goat herders, policy experts, campaigners, water engineers and more. And we won’t stop until everyone can live life without poverty for good.

Oxfam GB is a member of international confederation of 21 organisations working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries. 

A thriving diverse Oxfam:

It’s people power that brings about change. To play our part as a global organisation working to overcome poverty and inequality, we need equality, diversity and inclusion across our community of staff, partners and volunteers. Together, we’re committed to becoming a more diverse workforce, better able to tackle the global challenges that face our world today.

To do that:

  • We need to dismantle the unequal power structures that exist everywhere, this including Oxfam and the wider development and charity sectors.
  • We need an inclusive Oxfam where everyone can bring who they are to our work and feels celebrated for the differences they bring.
  • We want and need everyone, and that means we need you.


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