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Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.
The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.
YOUR POSITION WITH TNC
The Water Fund Manager directs all operational and design aspects of the Greater Cape Town Water Fund (GCTWF). The Greater Cape Town Water Fund is a public-private partnership applying innovative financial and coordination mechanisms to restore ecological infrastructure in the catchments upon which Cape Town, neighboring municipalities, local communities and the agricultural sector depend for water supply. To this end, the Nature Conservancy supports institutional capacity building to secure long-term water supply in the Greater Cape Town region. The Water Fund’s goal is to be a catalyst for improving catchment management by restoring strategically important sub-catchments in the Western Cape Water Supply System in collaboration with its partners. The Water Fund activities are designed to avoid water losses as a result of catchment degradation caused by invasive plants, wetland and riparian degradation and unsustainable land management practices.
The GCTWF team have the following overarching objectives:
• Work with the National and Provincial governments and the City of Cape Town and neighboring municipalities towards a supporting legal and policy environment by drawing from examples of established Water Funds in other parts of the world, e.g. Latin America and Kenya’s Upper Tana Nairobi Water Fund.
• Improve catchment ecosystems that support livelihoods, water security, economic development and biodiversity outcomes by controlling invasive plants, rehabilitating wetlands and riparian areas; and working with land users to improve management practices, to prevent pollution, sedimentation and manage fuel loads to reduce the risk of wildfires
• Implement knowledge management and learning systems through a Monitoring and Evaluation framework that a) supports Water Fund decision-making and adaptive management, biophysical and socio-economic data collection and analysis and b) allows for scaling up and replication of best practices as rapidly as possible.
• Raise and pool private and public capital commiserate with the conservation opportunity to improve water security though ecological restoration
The Greater Cape Town Water Fund manager is responsible for operational oversight, resource mobilization, community engagement, investor relations and staff recruitment and coordination. The Water Fund manager will oversee project implementation, coordinate and support activities and liaise with different stakeholders. This position will report to the South Africa Water Fund Director and be expected to supervise staff and vendors. The position is located in Cape Town, South Africa with significant travel to the Western Cape Supply System catchment and some international travel.
The Water Fund manager establishes the Greater Cape Town Water fund as partner within the Western Cape Water Supply system, defines Water Fund priorities and long-term strategies, builds strategic and technical capacity in the field and develops key partnerships with public and private organizations to identify and resolve technical issues, and to widely communicate solutions and best practices. He/she develops innovative tools and frameworks to optimize the Water Fund’s impact, engages local community support for local Water Fund efforts, and negotiate complex and innovative solutions with government agencies and landowners to restore ecological infrastructure in the WCWSS and thereby improving water security in the region
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
HOW TO APPLY
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Greater Cape Town Water Fund Manager
The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Cape Town, South Africa 🇿🇦