Association for Water And Rural Development (AWARD)
Association for Water and Rural Development (AWARD) is an NGO in South Africa that works on water supply in the broader context of managing water resources and their wise use, with a focus on learning about water security issues in the Sand River Catchment area.
AWARD works on systemic and social learning approaches to water issues at local and catchment-scales at both national and international levels (mainly water-sharing between South Africa and Mozambique). Some examples of key areas of focus have included:
- Understanding the relationship between wetlands and livelihoods;
- Understanding factors that enable and constrain water resources management in the Lowveld rivers;
- Guidelines for the Catchment Management Strategies that are to be developed by all CMAs in South Africa;
- Understanding the role of social learning and collective action in water resources management;
- Developing and testing approaches to examining water-related ecosystems services;
- Developing and testing a Wise Use approach for wetlands within the context of Working for Wetlands.
AWARD has recently been awarded a five year grant from USAID known as RESILIM (Resilience in the Limpopo Basin). The objective of the programme is Improve trans-boundary management of the Limpopo River Basin resulting in enhanced resiliency of people and ecosystems. This will be addressed through:
- Reducing vulnerability to climate change through improved water resource management;
- Conserving biodiversity and ecosystems; and
- Building stakeholder capacity to undertake and sustain (i) and (ii).
We will focus specifically on the Olifants Basin which is an international watercourse shared between South Africa and Mozambique.
AWARD seeks to appoint an Intern in the Integrated Water Resource Management Support.
This is a one-year, fixed term internship.
The internship opportunity: Supporting a systemic approach to integrated water resource management in the Olifants River Basin –Theme 2.
The intern will support work on Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) in the Olifants River Basin in South Africa and Mozambique, with a focus on:
- Developing a systemic understanding of water security in the Olifants River Basin;
- Participatory understanding of water-related ecosystem services;
- Establishing and testing bio monitoring initiative for citizen science.
Furthermore, this position includes the following tasks:
- Providing support to the USAID RESILIM-Olifants project team;
- Contributing towards the objectives of enhancing resilience in the Olifants River basin, specifically through supporting IWRM;
- Desktop research and writing literature reviews;
- Taking notes (scribing for meetings);
- Assisting in writing project reports (deliverables);
- Minor support on facilitation activities;
- presenting about the RESILIM-O project at meetings with strategic partners;
- Collecting field data and providing support for the data analysis;
- Administrative related tasks: coordination of meetings and workshops, organizing materials for field visits, etc.
Location and duration: The internship is based at the AWARD offices in Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province, close to the Kruger National Park. The incumbent(s) will be provided with accommodation together with other interns at AWARD and will be provided with transport to and from work. The expected duration is one year or 12 months.
- Undergraduate degree with Honours in natural resource management or a related field is a minimum requirement, preferably in water resource management;
- Master's degree and/or work experience will be an added advantage;
- Good communications and interpersonal skills;
- Interest in water and in participatory systemic approaches;
- Attention to detail and high level of accuracy;
- Ability to engage with a wide range of stakeholders and sectors;
- Liaise with project partners;
- Teamwork and collaboration;
- Proven computer literacy and knowledge of office software packages (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Outlook);
- Good planning and project skills;
- Fluency in English (read, write and understand);
- Prepared to travel;
- Show initiative in terms of understanding and responding to research needs;
- Valid Driver’s licence (EB) and at least more than two years driving experience would be an advantage.
Duration of contract: February 2015 – January 2016.
To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter including at least two references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please clearly indicate in your application the following reference: “Internship: IWRM”
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Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
For more about Association for Water and Rural Development, refer to www.award.org.za/home.
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