World Wide Fund for Nature: Project Coordinator

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Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 27 April, 2012
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World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is one of the world's most respected environmental organisations. WWF's mission is to build a future in which we all 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 production and consumption.

The Maputaland-Pondoland Programme is focuses on the main part of the Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany Hotspot (MPAH). WWF has secured funding through the CEPF funded MPAH for the Project Catchment Stewardship in upper Umgeni area - Biodiversity Stewardship and WWF's Water Balance Programme. The upper Umgeni is a critical sub-catchment in the water supply for the Ethekwini Metro and Umgungundlovu district municipality.

WWF South Africa seeks to appoint a Project Coordinator - Upper Umgeni, based in based in Howick or Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal.

S/he will report to the Manager - Maputaland-Pondoland, and will also be supported by the WWF Water Balance team and other relevant WWF staff.

This is a two-year contract position.


  • Work with landowners and other stakeholders to secure key parts of the Upper Umgeni catchment for sustainable livelihoods, water resource management and biodiversity;
  • Work with landowners and other key private sector, civil society and government stakeholders to: a) Establish and support the implementation of biodiversity stewardship arrangements; b) Manage the implementation of WWF’s Water Balance programme for Invasive Alien Plant (IAP) clearing on the relevant biodiversity stewardship properties; and  c) Collaborate on a broader sustainable vision for the Upper Umgeni catchment.


  • Bachelor’s degree or diploma equivalent in natural sciences or a related, relevant field.  A postgraduate qualification would be advantageous;
  • Relevant skills, competencies and experience in conservation and natural resource management, preferably in key commodity sectors such as forestry, dairy, livestock production and cropping;
  • Minimum of five years experience in multi-disciplinary project management and multi-stakeholder initiatives in conservation or related natural resource management field. This should preferably include experience in conservation and agricultural (including forestry) extension with landowners, and in invasive alien plant control and rehabilitation projects;
  • Background in dealing with rural communities and enterprises, including commercial farmers, forestry companies, communal and/or land reform beneficiaries will be an advantage;
  • Self-starter, in that they take the initiative, and are innovative in developing partnerships and finding solutions to situations that may arise;
  • Ability to work independently in the field, with moderate levels of supervision;
  • Personality type and relevant relational and negotiation skills to initiate and maintain relationships and formal partnerships between WWF, landowners, business enterprises, commodity groups, civil society and government;
  • Ability to coordinate the development and implementation of conservation or natural resource management projects;
  • Attention to detail, specifically in field work and project management, including preparation of concise project evaluations and reports, and relevant budgets;
  • Ability to represent WWF with relevant partners and stakeholders in a clear and professional manner;
  • Communications skills (written and verbal), with the ability to facilitate identification of stakeholder needs and develop effective responses to key issues that arise;
  • Fluency in English is vital.  Ability to speak Afrikaans and/or isiZulu will be an advantage.
  • Computer literacy especially in Microsoft Office and email. 
  • Experience in information management and GIS will be an advantage;
  • Valid South African resident;
  • Willingness to travel throughout the upper Umgeni area, and other parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape where necessary;
  • Valid driver's licence.

For more information about this position, consult the job description on the WWF-SA

For more information on the Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany Hotspot, click here or refer to or

To apply, submit a CV (including at least three references and their relevant direct contact details) and motivation letter to the Manager - Maputaland-Pondoland, Brent Corcoran, Manager at

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

Enquiries: Manager - Maputaland-Pondoland, Brent Corcorane-mail:

Only emailed applications will be considered.

WWF seeks to promote diversity among its staff. Candidates who have received no response within three weeks of the closing date consider t your application unsuccessful.

WWF-SA reserves the right not to fill this position.

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