South Africa

Project Officer: Land Programme

Company WWF-SA
Reference # Project Officer: Land Programme #2
Published 05/02/2021
Contract Type Contract
5 Years
Location Newlands, Western Cape, South Africa
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 (WWF-SA) 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. 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.


WWF-SA is looking for a Project Officer: Land Programme in order to facilitate a network of landscape initiatives resulting in protection from adverse impacts through appropriate and innovative mechanisms whilst providing opportunities to explore suitable land use practices to the benefit of the environment people.
The Land Programme is a national protected area expansion programme and falls under the place based Fynbos and Succulent Karoo Programme with implementation in the respective biomes. Our work aims to inspire people to live in harmony with nature for the wellbeing of all and the sustainable development of South Africa. In line with this vision its programmatic work is structured around the key strategic objectives of securing the ecological assets of South Africa, ensuring that ecosystems and its associated services underpins socio-ecological wellbeing and addressing the risks and opportunities associated with climate change. To further support these conservation objectives, the Land Programme, works with all levels of government from local to national and as well investing in conservation partnerships across South Africa to implement its programme objectives which are as follows:
•Assist in the conservation of South Africa’s natural assets in high biodiversity areas through protected area expansion.
•Focus the protected area expansion efforts on priority landscapes (biodiversity hotspots and threatened and critically endangered ecosystems).
•Invest in South Africa’s natural capital located in areas of high biodiversity.
•Use innovative means to achieve these objectives and to explore a socially inclusive approach to WWF’s Protected Area expansion.
The Project Officer: Land Programme will report directly to the Land Programme Manager.
Job Functions Environmental Services
Industries Environmental / Horticulture / Agriculture,Ngo / Non-Profit
•Support to the Land Programme Manager with key performance indicators and act for the Land Programme Manager when required.
•Land acquisition: play a supportive role in the land acquisition process which includes all governance & finance related activities.
•Better illustrate details on the price per hectare WWF/NPT has spent on land.
•Administration and coordination of specific offset agreements in the Land Programme.
•Support the expanding Biodiversity Stewardship project work of the programme.
•Assist the FSK Programme Coordinator with the administration and operational requirements of the WWF-associated Land Trusts.
•Lead institutional liaison with land management partners, predominantly statutory conservation agencies.
•Coordinate the signing of management agreements for the management of WWF purchased properties.
•Work with the Land Programme to test and pilot innovative and alternative management models for the programme.
•Oversee the development of a conservation audit system for the WWF property Portfolio.
•Assist with the management and administration of the WWF property portfolio.
•GIS support for the Programme and its projects.
•Work with the FSK Programme Coordinator to provide administrative and logistical support for all public events, site visits and engagements hosted by the Land Programme.
•Relevant 3 year conservation degree/qualification
•Minimum of 2 years’ experience in Protected Area Sector or landscape scale conservation
•Knowledge and understanding of the South African environmental sector, role players and respective mandates; specifically the South Africa’s Protected Areas Network and Stewardship Programmes
•Independent thinking and working capabilities as well as the ability to engage across organisation and hierarchical levels
•Ability to deliver results while managing competing priorities under tight deadlines
•Collaborative spirit and ability to work in team settings across diverse organizational settings
•Strong administrative and project management skills and experience
•Computer literacy in word processing (MS Word), spread sheets (Excel), databases (Access), email & presentations (MS PowerPoint) including working knowledge of GIS
•Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, both orally and written;
•Fluency in English and at one other South African language
•Valid driver’s license
Job Closing Date 26/02/2021
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