Posted on :
25 Feb, 2022
25 Feb, 2022
WWF is the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organisation, with over 6 million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the Earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world’s biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.
WWF South Africa is a national office that is part of the WWF network. We are a local NGO that has worked for 50 years with the aim of inspiring all South Africans to live in harmony with nature, for the benefit of our country and the wellbeing of all our people. WWF’s work is for nature, for you.
Our work is challenging and exciting and we love what we do. To join our team, you need to be brilliant at what you do, passionate, results-orientated and have a positive attitude.
Job Title: Biodiversity And Stewardship Officer: Land Reform & Biodiversity Stewardship Programme
Location: Volksrust, Mpumalanga, South Africa
Reference #: Biodiversity And Stewardship Officer: Land Reform & Biodiversity Stewardship Programme1#
Contract Type: Contract
The WWF-SA Land Reform and Biodiversity Stewardship programme has its flagship project located in the Enkangala Grasslands project area (spanning three provinces – KZN, Mpumalanga and Eastern Cape). The programme has facilitated over 120 000 ha’s of land and engages over 70 000 people under various biodiversity stewardship arrangements and is expanding its influence at a rapid pace. The current staff contingent engages three provincial agencies and works work with rural communities to achieve effective protection of strategic water sources areas in these biodiversity-rich high-altitude grasslands.
This position will report to the Program Manager: Land Reform & Biodiversity Stewardship.
•Develop and maintain working relationships with the respective provincial conservation authorities, namely MTPA regional staff involved in biodiversity stewardship; SANBI.
•Secure partnership arrangements with relevant stakeholders and role players for the effective implementation of biodiversity stewardship agreements.
•Develop and manage biodiversity stewardship agreements with relevant land reform beneficiaries.
•Provide a support service to relevant land reform beneficiaries and provincial conservation authorities in developing biodiversity stewardship agreements.
•Maintain an effective monitoring system of biodiversity stewardship sites to ensure adequate biodiversity protection.
•Provide support in identifying funding opportunities for land reform projects.
•Identify new opportunities for biodiversity stewardship expansion in line with project targets and ensure relevant procedures and processes are followed for implementation.
•A recognized tertiary qualification in an environmental or natural science field.
•At least three-year experience in the conservation, natural science or related field, preferable with multidiscipline project management experience.
•Computer literate – good working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint. GIS literacy a strong advantage.
•The successful candidate should be a good communicator, should be able to facilitate identification of stakeholder needs and develop effective responses.
•Strong negotiation and facilitation abilities are required to develop and nurture effective partnerships with relevant landowners, land associations, conservation/environmental organisations and governmental departments.
•Develop and maintain working relationships with the respective provincial agencies
•A background in dealing with rural communities would be advantageous
•South African Citizen with the ability to speak, read and write English and isiZulu is vital, additional official language would be an added advantage
•A valid driver’s license (Code 8 or 10) accompanied by willingness and ability to travel
•Self-managed individual with a task-orientated focus that delivers consistent outcomes.
•Proven team player, willing to accept additional responsibility, show initiative, and proactively work to exceed targets.
•Excellent presentation, interpersonal and communication skills.
Application Deadline: 21/03/2022