Water Stewardship Manager UMhlathuze Catchment

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Richards Bay, South Africa 🇿🇦

CompanyWWF -SA
Reference #Water Stewardship Manager UMhlathuze Catchment
Contract TypeContract
24 Months
LocationRichards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Duration24 Months
Introduction(This is a 2-year contract position, with the possibility of an extension, based in close proximity to Empangeni, Richards Bay and Mtunzini in KwaZulu-Natal)

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.


In 2016 the uMhlathuze Water Stewardship Partnership (UWASP) was formed in KwaZulu-Natal. The Partnership is coordinated by the National Business Initiative (NBI), WWF South Africa and GIZ’s Natural Resources Stewardship Programme (NatuReS), with support from a range of public and private partners. The overall objective of the Partnership is to safeguard water security for agricultural, plantation forestry, domestic and industrial use in the uMhlathuze River Catchment.

The partnership’s current focus areas include a number of projects being implemented by NBI, GIZ and WWF on the following:
•Implementation of water conservation and water demand management across domestic, agricultural and industrial users.
•Strengthening of private sector initiatives in support of water stewardship in the uMhlathuze catchment.
•Restoration of key ecological infrastructure
•Co-development and implementation of cell phone and desktop water flow tools for the catchment, in order to assist water users and authorities monitor water flow and make informed decisions.
•Establishment of a single Water Management Institution for the irrigated agricultural sector.
•Co-development of the Herding for Health programme, a community based grazing project focused on sustainable rangeland management and livelihood improvement.

The position will be to work with UWASP partner organisations and key stakeholders to mainstream more effective water resource management and governance in the uMhlathuze catchment, with a focus on the agricultural and plantation forestry sectors. This needs to be done by initially implementing an existing programme of work, and then building on it to catalyse collective action improving water resource management and governance in partnership with key farmers, agri-forestry business, and different levels of government. The focus of the work will largely be the middle and upper sections of the uMhlathuze catchment where the agricultural and forestry land uses are located, with convening and facilitating stakeholder engagement being a critical element.
Job FunctionsEnvironmental Services,Science,Water and Sanitation
IndustriesConservation,Environmental / Horticulture / Agriculture,Ngo / Non-Profit,Water
Specification•Coordinate the development of a single Local Water Management Institution by implementing a business plan that has been developed to combine 4 irrigation schemes and a Water User Association, to improve water governance.
•Catalyse and coordinate stakeholder engagement around the development and implementation of well-maintained and fully functional online water flow dashboard tools (Inwards lite and FlowTracker), to to assist water users and authorities monitor water flow and make informed water resource management decisions.
•Understand irrigators’ water use and improve water use accountability by securing funds and installing reliable and accurate meters and telemetry.
•Support coordination of the community-based Herding for Health programme in collaboration with forestry companies, Meat Naturally and their implementing agent Conservation Outcomes.
•Continue to build and showcase UWASP, as a multi-stakeholder water stewardship community of practice that focuses on water resource management and governance for the greater good of the catchments inhabitants.
•Coordinate implementation of the multi-stakeholder Alien Invasive Plants (AIP) Strategy developed, to tackle AIP reduction collectively.
Requirements•A Master’s degree in water resource management/catchment management/environmental science/agriculture/environmental learning and social change.
•6-8 years of relevant experience of working with the agriculture and forestry sectors and government, on water stewardship issues and water resource management related policies and legislation.
•Experience of convening a community or practice, with a deep understanding of how adults learn informally and its relationship to social change.
•Experience in strategy development as well as knowledge of key issues in water stewardship, water resource management, and sustainability crucial for productive engagements in the business, agriculture and forestry sectors.
•Ability to build relationships and trust with key stakeholders, including convening role-players across sectors, organisations, and locations.
•Ability to effectively convey vision, ideas, goals and issues as well as produce concise and effective reports and presentations.
•Ability to understand and articulate the business case of projects.
•Excellent administration and coordination of groups and individuals by promoting teamwork, delegating tasks, resolving conflict and setting goals.
•Ability to engage at senior management level in business as well as at a farm level on the ground, as well as the ability to negotiate the use of resources, budgets, schedules, and scope creep.
•Ability to organize tasks in the right order, and to hit the right outcome at the right time.
•Ability to work collaboratively and facilitate solutions focused engagements in multidisciplinary and diverse working environments.
•Ability to stablish networks at senior management and strategic levels within the agriculture, forestry and water sectors.
•The candidate must be able to translate water stewardship approaches into water related strategies/action plans in the agriculture, forestry and business sectors.
•Ability to initiate new working relations and self-manage areas of work critical to achievement of deliverables.
•Written and oral proficiency in English is required for this role. Proficiency in isiZulu is an advantage.
Job Closing Date09/05/2022