Project Officer

Global Water Partnership - Southern Africa (GWP-SA)
Pretoria, South Africa
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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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 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 Project Officer will ensure the successful implementation of the project on a day-to-day basis, working closely with the Regional Coordinator. Specific duties will include:

1. Communications and Information

  • Rolling out the relevant aspects of the internal communications strategy in support of project objectives;
  • Plan and undertake regular communication with other members of the regional and national team and provide relevant updates periodically;
  • Supervising the execution of work by consultants and ensuring that deadlines are met;
  • Drafting and production of media releases, brochures, media kits and other product and resource materials, including supervision of their distribution;
  • Work effectively with the project team to deliver regional communication products and communicate results, where appropriate;
  • Ensure or enhance the quality, consistency and appropriateness of regional communication materials, activities, processes and messages;
  • Assessing the effectiveness of communications programmes and activities through appropriate surveys and feedback mechanisms;
  • Working with the communication Officer, ensure evaluation findings are appropriately disseminated. 

2. Monitoring and Evaluation

2.1. Monitoring

  • Tracking activity implementation rate;
  • Coordinate with Implementing Partners (IPs) for the collecting of quality data against agreed project indicators;
  • Analyse project data and provide feedback to partners and programme teams on projects’ performance based on monitoring data findings;
  • Assist in building capacity of IPs on Monitoring and Evaluations (IPM&E)

2.2. Evaluation

  • Assist the Regional Project Coordinator in coordinating and conducting project evaluations (mid-term and end-line);
  • Assist the Regional M&E Officer in providing a management response to evaluation findings and recommendations.

2.3. Reporting

  • Update project reports in Standard format on a quarterly and annual basis;
  • Assist in developing M&E performance reports.

3. Learning and Sharing

  • Assist in designing and conducting impact evaluation or other learning case studies;
  • Ensure that lessons and experiences from project activity implementation are identified, captured and synthesized;
  • Ensure that knowledge is generated, appropriately managed and disseminated using various channels in consultation with the Regional Project Coordinator;
  • Support the M&E Officer in training project teams and stakeholders in the application of M&E tools.

4. Other responsibilities

  • Perform other duties as may be assigned from time to time.


The Project officer is required to meet the following criteria:

  • At least a Master’s degree in communications, Social sciences;
  • A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in knowledge management and communications or related area;
  • Demonstrated regional or international experience in working on Transboundary Water Projects;
  • Experience with GEF funded projects will be an asset;
  • Training in Transboundary Water Management is an asset;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with limited supervision to prioritize tasking and manage workflow in a high-pressure environment;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a strong team player with proven communication and diplomacy with the ability to work effectively with multicultural and multidisciplinary teams with sensitivity and respect for diversity;
  • Willing to travel frequently within the Southern African region


Applications are accepted only in English and only through the online platform:

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.

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Applications must be submitted by 24:00 (Pretoria time) on 15 March 2021.