AWARD: Senior Manager - Biodiversity / Natural Resources

Association for Water And Rural Development (AWARD)
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Sunday, 22 March, 2015
Opportunity type: 
Employment

Senior Manager: Biodiversity / Natural Resources and Systems Research and Implementation

This fixed-term contract position has opened at the Association of Water and Rural Development (AWARD), an NGO based in Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province. The person in this position will form part of the AWARD team within the USAID RESILIM-Olifants program, the purpose being to reduce vulnerability through building improved transboundary governance and management of the Olifants Catchment so as to enhance the resilience of its people and ecosystems through systemic and social learning approaches. The post is based at AWARD’s office in Hoedspruit.

This is a senior management post which includes financial and administrative responsibilities

Job Purpose: To contribute to holistic and systemic action-research and implementation related to transboundary biodiversity, natural resource management and (climate) change mitigation in the Olifants River Basin
 
Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership, conceptual & strategic direction to the key focus area of work (see below)
  • Contribute to the systemic analysis of ecosystems, biodiversity, livelihoods and natural resource management in relation to climate change and other change factors
  • Review and synthesis of current work so as to participate in systemic resilience analysis, planning and implementation
  • Partake in strategic planning and management of implementation initiatives directed at natural resource protection in a changing world
  • Undertake advocacy where necessary
  • Oversee technical and socially orientated field work and monitoring
  • Programmatic, financial and staff management of key focus areas
  • Contribute to overall organisational management

Qualifications, experience and key competencies:

  • Ph. D. in a field related to biodiversity and natural resources management (such as environmental or ecological science, geography or agriculture). An M.Sc. qualification may be considered if the incumbent has lengthy, proven theoretical and practical experience
  • Minimum of proven 10 years working experience in participatory research, planning and implementation approaches with an emphasis on working with vulnerable ecosystems and communities
  • Cross-cutting knowledge and skills related to biodiversity and natural resources management with a focus on climate change mitigation
  • The following skills will be advantageous:
    • Systemic thinking, understanding of resilience as a framing concept, biodiversity, climate change, developmental work
    • Knowledge of systematic conservation planning, GIS and modelling
    • Experience in initiatives aimed at social transformation - or a demonstrable ability to learn

The following key competencies are required:

  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Interest in participatory systemic approaches
  • Attention to detail and high level of accuracyAbility 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, MS Outlook, GIS software)
  • Good planning and project skills
  • Fluency in English (read, write, speak and understand)
  • Preference will be given to persons that have experience in working in an NGO environment
  • Valid Driver’s licence (EB)
  • Prepared to travel regularly

Closing date: 22nd March, 2015.
 
Candidates who meet the above requirements, should forward their detailed CV’s, including at least three references, salary requirements and a motivational letter to:

The Office Manager
Association for Water And Rural Development (AWARD)
P O Box 1919, Hoedspruit, 1380, Tel. 015-7930503
E-mail: kelvin@award.org.za
 
Only short listed candidates will be contacted. If no response has been received within 21 days of the closing date, candidates may consider their applications are unsuccessful
 
AWARD is committed to fair recruitment and selection practice and shall not discriminate on grounds of race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, family responsibility, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, political opinion, culture, language and birth.

Location: 
Limpopo

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