Table Mountain Water Source Partnership Project Manager
This is a 2 year contract position based in Cape Town
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.
South Africa is a largely dry country; therefore great value is placed on those areas that produce high volumes of water. Such areas are termed Strategic Water Source Areas (SWSAs) and they supply a disproportionate amount of surface water runoff or groundwater recharge in relation to their size. The Table Mountain SWSA is the westernmost and smallest surface SWSA, and overlaps with the Cape Peninsula and Cape Flats groundwater SWSAs.
Historically, these SWSAs provided the first source of water for a growing City of Cape Town. Due to the 2017 drought and Day Zero period, the City of Cape Town has focused on alternative water supplies and groundwater has become an important resource for bulk water augmentation. The Day Zero period also saw an unprecedented spike in private borehole installations across the city. Just how many boreholes there are in the city, how much water is being used privately, whether this exceeds the recharge rate, and the impact on ecosystems, remains unclear.
Greater groundwater use through private and public means is the new norm, and it is pivotal to ensure a sustainable management and utilization of the resource. As drought events are predicted to become more common due to ongoing climate change, all water resources will become even scarcer that will need to be managed carefully.
The WWF South Africa has a vision to set up and support collaborative partnerships for South Africa’s Water Source Areas to improve water security, benefiting people and the natural environment. In the Table Mountain Water Source Area, a partnership is being formed with a specific focus on groundwater. For the last two years, the WWF set up a citizen science groundwater monitoring programme, to augment the groundwater monitoring efforts in private residential and business areas of Cape Town. Both, the launch of the partnership and the expansion of the monitoring are now going to grow significantly due to funds that WWF South Africa received from the Danish Embassy. This project will be ongoing for 24 months.
The WWF South Africa is looking to employ an experienced and engaging project manager with a strong background in both groundwater and project management, to implement the activities planned as part of the Danish project. The project manager will contribute to ensuring that groundwater in the Table Mountain Water Source Area is well understood, monitored and regulated as a critical water resource. This position will be based in Cape Town at the WWF South Africa offices in Newlands and will report directly to the Water Stewardship Programme Manager.
- Stakeholder engagement and relationship building with project partners and the interested public such as municipal and government representatives from the City of Cape Town, Water Affairs, Agriculture and Environment, a wide variety of community representatives from Cape Town, academics, business representatives etc.
- Helping to convene groups of stakeholders around the Table Mountain Water Source Partnership.
- Contract and project team management ranging from geohydrologists, database developers, IT specialists, academics, NGO staff etc.
- Project management and quality assurance of all projects including a monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) programme of work.
- Contracting, reporting and project oversight of operational activities such as planning & implementation of annual plan of operation and financial record keeping.
- Both written and oral communication and promotion of the project to the public and the media.
- A postgraduate degree in Geohydrology (MSc or higher) and/or environmental science and at least 3 years of work experience in a groundwater related field.
- Experience in geohydrological monitoring and data management a must, as well as a sound understanding of the relevant policy environment.
- Strong project management skills, including contract management and project reporting.
- Good technical report writing skills.
- Ability to oversee, manage and direct a multi-disciplinary set of contractors while working to tight timelines
- Professionalism, strong work ethic and a very strong team player.
- Excellent relationship management skills and ability to engage with a variety of stakeholders
- Feeling comfortable to work under tight deadlines and deliver against project outcomes
- Proficiency in working in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
- Ability to represent the project and present on behalf of the project partners at variety of different forums.
- Fluency in English.
To apply please click here fill out the application form, and provide a detailed CV and cover letter (attach under “Documents”) fully motivating the relevant skills, experience and creativity that you can bring, together with the names, current e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of three relevant references.
Applications close on Sunday, 15 November 2020.
Applications sent via email will not guarantee consideration.
WWF seeks to promote diversity among its staff. Candidates who have not received a response within three weeks of the closing date are kindly requested to assume that their application has not been successful in this instance. WWF-SA reserves the right not to fill this position.