Project Manager: Plantation Forestry in Water Source Areas

Company WWF-SA
Reference # #Mondi
Published 13/11/2017
Contract Type Contract
24 Months
Location Hilton , KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
WWF is one of the world's largest and most respected independent conservation and environmental organisations, with almost 6 million supporters and a global network active in more than 100 countries.
Our mission is to stop the degradation of the Earth's natural environment and to build a future in which we all 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.
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 and helpful attitude.
Job Functions Agricultural Engineering,Environmental Services
Industries Ngo / Non-Profit
Mainstream water stewardship within the plantation forestry sector in key Water Source Areas of KwaZulu-Natal, and nationally where relevant. This will be done through designing, leading and implementing a programme of work to catalyse individual and collective action improving water stewardship practices in partnership with the plantation forestry sector.

Key responsibilities:
1.A water stewardship community of practice catalysed and convened on plantation forestry sector landholdings in key Water Source Areas of KwaZulu-Natal, and nationally where relevant, improving water security at landscape scale.
•Champion WWFs water stewardship work in these key Water Source Areas, through catalysing and supporting individual and collective water stewardship practices in the plantation forestry sector, together with government and community stakeholders.
•Develop and cultivate strategic relationships and networks in these Water Source Areas, with relevant roleplayers building a foundation for water stewardship work, with a particular focus on plantation forestry companies, commercial plantation forestry small holders, Catchment Management Forums, Water User Associations, Department of Water and Sanitation, Department of Forestry and Agriculture, and other forums that represent both commercial and small holder landowners.
•Convene implementation of water stewardship change practices from farm to landscape scale. These could include, but are not limited to reducing plantation forestry impacts on freshwater ecosystems, improved delineation and management of wetlands, riparian areas and associated buffers, effective alien invasive plant clearing, and monitoring of freshwater ecosystem health.
•Provide a point of strategic contact for the water stewardship in the identified Water Source Areas.
•Co-ordinate one study tour a year in the catchment that is focussed on bringing key stakeholders into the field to learn from examples of improved water stewardship practices, and to plan how to strengthen collective action on the ground.
•Convene a series of water stewardship dialogues/workshops/debates addressing relevant topics of interest to stakeholders in the catchment.
•Facilitate the identification and sharing of direct and indirect business risks of freshwater ecological degradation of Water Source Areas and reduced water security, with key decision makers, stakeholders in the plantation forestry sector and government.
•Engage key value chain role players within the plantation forestry sector, initiate and develop a water stewardship approach within their supply chain, and strengthen water stewardship practices at different levels.
•Drive greater harmonisation and integration of water stewardship principles into plantation forestry, codes of practice, business principles, strategies and on-the-ground implementation.
•Develop an annual work plan co-created with key plantation forestry partners aimed at catalysing improved water stewardship in the identified Water Source Areas, with key performance indicators.

2.Maximise knowledge growth and sharing of lessons.
•Evaluate and report on effectiveness of social processes used and progress of implementation and impact of water stewardship in the identified Water Source Areas, synthesising the lessons and insights of the WWF-WSP, and ensuring the WWF-WSP work plan is adapted on a yearly basis where necessary.
•New knowledge generated is communicated with the WWF water stewardship, forest, agriculture and landscape communities of practice.
•Engage with relevant WWF staff from the broader Freshwater Programme on common initiatives that leverage and enhance value and achieve joint objectives and ensure greater organisational harmonization across the different Units, Programmes and projects.
•10 years experience of working with the plantation forestry sector and government on water stewardship issues.
•Experience of convening a community or practice, with an understanding of how adults learn informally and the relationship to social change.
•Masters Degree in either of the following: plantation forestry, water resource management, catchment management, environmental learning and social change.
•Ability to work collaboratively and facilitate solutions focussed engagements in a multidisciplinary and diverse working environment.
•Negotiation and diplomacy skills and ability to engage at senior management level in business as well as at a farm level on the ground.
•Established networks at senior management and strategic levels within the plantation forestry and water sectors.
•Technical capacity to translate water stewardship approaches into water related strategies/action plans in the plantation forestry sector.
•Strategy development expertise as well as knowledge of key issues in water stewardship, water resource management, and sustainability crucial for productive plantation forestry sector engagements.
•A good undertstanding of water resource management related policies and legislation.
•Project management experience and leadership skills.
•Self-starter with ability to initiate new working relations and self-manage areas of work critical to achievement of deliverables.
•Excellent interpersonal, writing, presentation and communications skills.
•Fluency in English.
•Computer literacy essential (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
•Code 8 divers licence.

Further Information:
To apply for the position, please click here and create or update your profile, please provide a detailed CV and covering letter fully motivating why you should be appointed, together with the names, current e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of three relevant references.

Applications close on 30 November 2017.

WWF seeks to promote diversity among its staff. Candidates who have not received a response within three weeks of the closing date are kindly requested to assume that their application has not been successful in this instance. WWF-SA reserves the right not to fill this position.
Job Closing Date 30/11/2017
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