Country Project Officer

Global Water Partnership - Southern Africa (GWP-SA)

Maseru, , LS

The current phase of the “Transboundary Water Management in the SADC region” (SADC TWM) is co-financed by European Union (EU) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). This current phase of the regional transboundary programme includes a major component called “Support to Integrated Catchment Management (ICM) in Lesotho” in cooperation with the Government of Lesotho. The Integrated Catchment Management (ICM) approach is an effort to reduce catchment degradation and ensure sustainable water availability to increasing populations under a changing climate. The Lesotho National Strategic Development Plans 2012-2017 and 2018-2023 (NSDPI and NSDPII) address this, and the Government of Lesotho sees the formulation of a National Integrated Catchment Management approach as a priority.

The overall objective of the project is “to ensure that ICM facilitates socio-economic development and adaptation to climate change in Lesotho” with the specific objective that “ICM is institutionalised and under full implementation in Lesotho based on gender equality and climate change adaptation principles”.

The project seeks to achieve five interlinked outputs:

  1. An effective and efficient gender sensitive and climate-resilient policy framework for ICM is developed and applied
  2. Effective and efficient institutions for ICM are established, with equitable representation of women and youth
  3. Capacity, skills and knowledge of public, private sector and civil society for sustainable ICM is facilitated
  4. ICM measures and implemented
  5. Capacities are strengthened for coordination, monitoring, supervision and general programme management

ICM implementation in Lesotho will include mobilisation and engagement of various stakeholders at regional, national and local level that need to be involved in the process. In order to effectively address catchment degradation, which has a huge impact on water resources, coordinated and joint efforts are needed to strengthen multi-stakeholder partnerships. The Global Water Partnership Southern Africa (GWPSA) is a SADC implementing agency and will be supporting the implementation of the ICM programme in Lesotho

GWPSA contribution to ICM will build on the outcomes of previous and relevant ongoing national and sub-national programmes related to ICM. The project contributes to transboundary water management in the region – as Lesotho is at the headwaters of the Orange-Senqu River Basin. The interventions proposed respond to the implementation of the Orange-Senqu River Commission (ORASECOM) Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Plan and Strategic Action Plan. At the regional SADC level, ICM related interventions will be coordinated closely with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) secretariat and inform relevant regional decisions by the SADC Ministers. Project activities and results in Lesotho will feed into and contribute to implementation of SADC regional policy instruments such as the SADC Industrialisation Strategy, SADC Revised Protocol on Shared Watercourses, SADC Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for the Water Sector, and Gender Action Plan for the Water Sector and priority projects in the SADC Regional Strategic and Action Plan on Integrated Water Resources Management and Development; such as protecting fragile ecosystems, managing water sources, promoting Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus and others.

Using its regional and global network, GWPSA will support the project in Lesotho to curate knowledge and lessons on ICM from the SADC region, Africa and internationally and incorporation of such knowledge into activities implemented in Lesotho. GWPSA interventions will ensure that the ICM project in Lesotho inspires a SADC regional-wide adoption of ICM measures. GWPSA supported activities will also ensure that key stakeholders involved in ICM implementation in Lesotho participate and contribute regional knowledge exchange platforms and capacity building.


GWPSA secretariat offices are located in Pretoria and will serve as the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) – for the activities supported by GWPSA. The GWPSA PIU will aim at spearheading the implementation of the project through effective and dynamic liaison with GIZ, SADC, the RBOs as well as the ICM Coordination Unit in the Government of Lesotho. The Country Project Officer and an Administrative and Logistics Officer will work closely with the ICM Coordination Unit and the GIZ Lesotho teams.

1. Position

The Country Project Officer will be responsible for the coordination of in-country activities in accordance with GWPSA internal controls and protocols, and the Project Grant Agreement.

2. Reporting

The Country Project Officer will report to the GWPSA Transboundary and Environment Specialist.

3. Duration of assignment

A maximum of 16 months, starting date is anticipated for 1 September 2020.

4. Duties and responsibilities

Under the leadership of the GWPSA Transboundary and Environment Specialist and working with Lesotho ICM Coordination Unit and the GIZ Lesotho teams, the Project Officer will undertake the following duties:

  • Coordinate in-country day-to-day implementation of project activities, including planning and liaison with project stakeholders in Lesotho;
  • Support project implementation, monitoring and reporting in accordance with the GWPSA internal policies and the Project Agreement.
  • Ensure timely submission of deliverables related to the Project Agreement
  • Support the organization and convening of joint strategic meetings and follow-up workshops with key institutions and stakeholders.
  • Support liaison and maintenance of good communication with project national implementing institutions including Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), civil society, cooperating partners, research institutions and any other institutions key in ensuring project implementation.
  • Support the synthesis of project results and the preparation and dissemination of reports and communications outputs.
  • Act as the focal point for GWP supported activities in Lesotho
  • Support in monitoring budget expenditure against the schedule of activities approved in Project Agreement
  • Support the preparation of quarterly, semi-annual and annual progress reports.
  • Support the preparation of Terms of Reference of consultants and review of deliverables submitted by consultants.
  • Prepare required documentation for all project procurement needs and supplies management in compliance with the Project Agreement and internal procurement procedures, working closely with the GWP Finance and Administration Specialist.
  • Organise and facilitate meetings to support the implementation of the GWPSA supported activities
  • Formulate events’/meetings budgets working closely with the Regional Project Manager.
  • Coordinate and oversee all logistics (including travel, ground transport, and accommodation, etc.) for the project meetings and events through efficient and timely liaison with stakeholders and service providers, working closely with the Administrative and Logistics Officer.
  • Enforce financial procedures, regulations and reporting to ensure contractual compliance as requires
  • Check and ensure adherence to GWPSA and GIZ institutional internal administration controls.
  • Maintain close working relationships with the ICM Coordination Unit, GIZ Lesotho and other Project Management Committee members
  • Participate in the Lesotho ICM Project Management Committee meetings
  • Prepare and support minutes of meetings and the project reports and outputs in accordance with the project document and work plan.
  • Any other duties assigned by the GWPSA Transboundary and Environment Specialist and the ICM Coordination Unit.


The Project Officer shall have the following qualifications and skills:

  • Relevant Master’s degree in hydrology, natural resources management, geography, civil/water engineering or any topic relevant to natural resources and environment management.
  • Minimum 4 years’ experience within or interfacing with the environment community.
  • A good understanding of the Lesotho institutional landscape dealing with ICM
  • Experience working on donor-funded projects is a strong asset.
  • Computer literacy and online communication tools is a must
  • Proven track record in working collaboratively with partners like NGOs, community-based organisations and international cooperation partners
  • Strong research and database management skills are required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Excellent personal organization and priority setting skills, as well as the ability to meet deadlines and be accountable.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English is required. Knowledge of Sotho is an added advantage.

Please note:

  • Female candidates are encouraged to apply for this position. 
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted within 4-6 weeks after the application deadline.
  • Applications are accepted only in English and only through the online application system: NOT via e-mail. 
  • Interested candidates should send an application letter highlighting suitability for the advertised position and a detailed curriculum vitae

Questions can be directed to [email protected]

Deadline:  10 August 2020 – midnight GMT +2