IWRM Technical Advisors (2 Positions)
The Global Water Partnership (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 Africa. Also, GWPSA hosts the GWP global theme on Climate resilience and is charged with providing global strategic leadership and coordination of the implementation of the GWP strategy on climate resilience.
THE MANAGEMENT OF COMPETING WATER USES AND ASSOCIATED ECOSYSTEMS IN BUZI, PUNGWE, AND SAVE BASINS PROJECT
The proposed GEF-funded “Management of competing water uses and associated ecosystems in Pungwe, Buzi and Save basins” will be implemented by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and executed by the Global Water Partnership Southern Africa. It targets the conservation and sustainable use of the transboundary water basins resources, including their risk mitigation components within 3 river basins shared bilaterally by Mozambique and Zimbabwe: Pungwe, Buzi and Save river basins.
These 3 basins are located along the Beira corridor, an important economic corridor that links Beira harbour to the hinterland, with associated impacts on the environment (pollution from mining activities, intensive agriculture, deforestation …). Populations also suffer high vulnerability to climate hazard (floods, droughts, cyclones) that is likely to increase with climate change aggravation. The strong development of upstream water uses is now raising the issue of water allocation and its dimension of environmental flows that has importance in a transboundary context. These resources are of the highest importance for the communities that derive their livelihood from their ecosystem services, in a context of endemic poverty and low resilience.
The project seeks to promote holistic approaches to the water-food-energy nexus, with a specific interest in connected ecosystems. It has a double focus on developing capacities for managing water resources and to design participatory and community–based strategies.
The project will be implemented in the 3 transboundary basins, to strengthen the management of transboundary water resources and connected ecosystems for sustained ecological benefits and improved resilience for the riverine communities.
THE IWRM TECHNICAL ADVISOR
The Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Technical Advisors will ensure a successful implementation of the project, working closely with the Regional Coordinator. Specific duties will include:
1. Strategic direction
- Work closely with thematically focused specialists e.g: transboundary water management, flood and drought specialists on building the knowledge relevant for the implementation of the project;
- Stimulate discussion and share experience and insight across and beyond partnerships;
- Identifying and driving IUCN and GWP leadership agenda by leveraging PIU and other knowledge partners and by leading efforts;
- Promote innovative methodologies in project implantation;
- Ensure gender equality is integrated and mainstreamed through all Programme field activities.
2. Representation and Leadership
- Network and liaise with all the partners and potential partners, developing and maintaining partnerships and strong relationships across all sectors (including the private sector);
- Ensure that good working relationship with governmental officials are maintained, particularly those within the ministries and other institutions (including Ara Centro, ZINWA, ZAMCOM, SADC, etc.);
- Represent the project and maintain good working relationships among the international and local NGO community in the basins, among community leadership structures and community-based organizations, and to visiting donor teams and other key contacts;
- Encourage teamwork, openness, and honesty among project partners.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
The IWRM Technical Advisor is required to meet the following criteria:
- At least a Master’s degree or higher in natural resource governance, IWRM or similar fields
- At least 10 years working experience in working with international cooperation projects promoting, planning, designing and implementing IWRM, Natural resources governance or similar projects.
- Demonstrate understanding of issues related to the management of water resources within the Southern Africa region specifically in the two countries, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
- Excellent analytic skills.
- Experience with working with the GEF evaluations methodology preferred
Applications are accepted only in English and only through the online platform: https://gwpsanpc.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=32
Interested applicants should submit a one-page motivation letter highlighting suitability for the advertised position, a detailed curriculum vitae, and the contact information of three professional referees who may be contacted if you are short-listed for the position.
Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications must be submitted by 24:00 (Pretoria time) on 15 March 2021.