Project Officer - Sustainable Land Management (SLM)

Global Water Partnership - Southern Africa (GWP-SA)


Integrated Transboundary River Basin Management for the Sustainable Development of the Limpopo River Basin

Financing Agency: Global Environment Facility (GEF)

GEF Implementing Agency: United Nations Development Agency (UNDP)

UNDP Executing Agency: Global Water Partnership Southern Africa (GWP SA)

Location: The Limpopo River Basin in Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe

Duty Station: Remote

Tenure: 1 year (with the possibility of extension based on performance and availability of budget)


GWPSA will implement this project in partnership with the Limpopo Watercourse Commission (LIMCOM) as the project Responsible Party. The project will be delivered in the four Member States of LIMCOM, i.e., Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The Global Water Partnership (GWP) Southern Africa regional secretariat is based in Pretoria and the LIMCOM Secretariat (LIMSEC) is based in Maputo.

The GWP is an intergovernmental organisation established in 1996 to support countries in their efforts to implement more equitable and sustainable management of their water resources. The network spans 13 regions with 2,400 institutional Partners in 158 countries. The global secretariat is in Stockholm, Sweden. The GWP Africa Coordination Unit is based at GWP Southern Africa in Pretoria, South Africa, and coordinates GWP Africa programmes across the continent. GWPSA also hosts the GWP global theme on Climate resilience and is charged with providing strategic leadership and coordination of the implementation of the GWP global strategy on climate resilience.


Improved water resource management, including the equitable allocation of water between upstream and downstream countries and among urban and rural users, is a challenge for the future development of the Limpopo River Basin. The UNDP-GEF project “Integrated Transboundary River Basin Management for the Sustainable Development of the Limpopo River Basin” will undertake a suite of activities designed to strengthen joint planning, development, and management capacity and practices at the transboundary basin level. These activities include: strengthening the capacities of the LIMCOM Member States and Secretariat to support IWRM implementation at the basin level; addressing critical information gaps; developing information and knowledge management tools for policymakers and other audiences in order to raise awareness of critical issues in the river basin; developing a Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis and Strategic Action Programme to support joint management; implementing pilot Sustainable Land Management (SLM) activities with of the aim of reducing land degradation, and supporting knowledge and information exchange with other RBOs to support the effective and efficient delivery of project results.


Under the technical oversight of the Senior Technical Advisor, the SLM Consultant will provide technical advisory and support in the assessment of land degradation activities in the Limpopo basin and on the interventions and mitigation measures that will be piloted and scaled.   

Objectives of the consultancy

The objective of this Consultancy is to support the development of appropriate Sustainable Land Management interventions to a sustainable flood forecasting and early warning systems transboundary modelling framework for Mozambique and Zimbabwe. This will include assessing the needs and requirements in line with capacities on the ground and reviewing potential modelling frameworks that can be sustainably deployed within the transboundary basin. The specific objectives will include:

  • Recommending a strategic approach to Sustainable Land Management practices at selected pilot sites in the Limpopo River Basin.
  • Recommending a monitoring framework including the collection of data and sediment modelling to determine the impact of project interventions.
  • Supporting the development of a basin-wide sediment monitoring framework.

Scope of work

    Specific tasks will include:

  • Supporting the Senior Technical Advisor in the development and implementation of information/learning exchanges with other RBOs to learn about their sedimentation transport monitoring and modelling practices
  • Based on lessons from the learning exchanges, supporting the development of a scope and focus of work for capacity-building activities on sediment monitoring for stakeholders at selected pilot sites.
  • Supporting the collection of data and sediment modelling at selected key locations in the basin to further strengthen the baseline for the interventions at pilot sites.
  • Identifying Private Sector Actors in and around the pilot sites and investigating the potential of Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes in which the Private Sector pays for programs that reduce sediment flows and thereby generate benefits in terms of improved ecosystem services.
  • Initiating implementation of priority SLM activities in partnership with private companies and government departments.
  • Supporting the development of a monitoring framework that evaluates the impact of SLM interventions e.g. the monitoring of soil erosion, sediment flows, and water quality (e.g. pollutants; nutrients that cause eutrophication, etc.).
  • Supporting the M&E specialist with the sediment and SLM aspects of the M&E system, including indicator tracking and preparations for mid-term and end-of-term evaluations.
  • Supporting the development of a sediment modelling framework for sediment transport in the LRB; working with contracted consultants to initiate the process of developing a conceptual sediment transport modelling framework


  1. Inception report with detailed workplan and timelines for delivery on the scope of the assignment
  2. SLM and Sediment monitoring Learning strategy, concept notes, budgets and workplans, and learning visit reports clearly outlining lessons learnt, recommendations and how these are taken forward in the SLM pilot implementation
  3. Scope of Work and TORs for SLM and sediment monitoring Capacity Building initiatives, technical inputs into the procurement of Capacity Building consultant(s)/partner(s), review of technical materials and implementation reports.
  4. Sediment monitoring framework design for pilot sites, specifying indicators, their baseline values and the frequency and methodological framework of monitoring each of them over the project implementation period.
  5. Baseline data collection field report, follow-up monitoring campaigns field reports
  6. Reviewed sediment modelling, inception and design report, review and technical inputs into the development of sediment modelling framework, reviewed completion reports
  7. Technical inputs informing adaptive management or realignment of SLM activities as per recommendations of the mid-term review.
  8. Technical inputs in the end-of-term review report, informing lessons learnt, and strategies for scaling and replication of SLM initiatives.
  9. Monthly timesheets of work undertaken



Post Graduate Degree in any of the following fields; Soil Sciences, Environmental Management, Environmental Sciences, Natural Resources Management, Agricultural Sciences or related. A PhD will be a distinctive advantage.


·        At least 5 years of experience in natural resource management and land restoration;

·        Working experience in the provision of advisory technical support with ministries, and national or provincial institutions concerned with natural resource management and environmental                   protection is a plus;

·        Experience working with stakeholders to promote sustainability and environmental awareness among diverse audiences;

Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in English is required (oral and written), with proficiency in Portuguese an asset.


  • Good coordination and organization skills to facilitate the production of quality outputs in a timely manner;
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a team to produce quality outputs in a timely manner;
  • Exceptional presentation, reporting and facilitation skills;
  • Ability to communicate effectively complex, technical information to diverse audiences.


  • Applicant must be willing and able to travel as needed


  • Candidates should submit an application package in English through the online application system and not via email, including a cover letter (with salary history and requirements), and a minimum of three references via:
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted within 4 weeks after the application deadline.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Questions can be directed to  
  • Deadline: 31 March 2023 – 00:00 (midnight) Pretoria





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