WasteAid: Project Manager – Circular Economy Network

Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 5 March, 2021
Opportunity type: 

Project Manager – Circular Economy Network: Johannesburg, South Africa
Recruitment Pack February 2021


This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic charity WasteAid. WasteAid is supporting government’s and communities worldwide to tackle the waste management crisis that is impacting on the health, the livelihoods and the environment of some of the poorest communities in the world. WasteAid is looking for an experienced and dynamic Project Manager to join our growing team. The role will be a lead ambassador for our first project in Johannesburg, South Africa as part of a major two-year programme, supported by Huhtamaki Group, working in India, South Africa and Vietnam.

Our programme – Circular Economy Network

The People’s Circular Economy Network is an exciting new partnership between WasteAid and our sponsor, Huhtamaki. 
Introduction - Global sustainable food packaging leader Huhtamaki are investing €900,000 (£800,000) in this partnership to drive community-level circular economy innovation in Vietnam, India and South Africa for a two-year period. To mark its 100-year anniversary, Huhtamaki is donating €3 million to global sustainability initiatives with a local impact: acting today, educating for tomorrow and funding innovation for the future. These are designed to make a difference where it matters most to help address global sustainability challenges and build circular economy initiatives.
The Huhtamaki funded project will provide financial support to WasteAid to deliver education and training on waste management and circular systems. It will enable WasteAid to work with key stakeholders in Johannesburg (South Africa), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and Guwahati (Assam, India) to fast-track and amplify local solutions that create value and reduce waste and pollution, in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
The project – WasteAid will bring its expertise in sustainable waste management to share skills, develop business ideas and create end-markets for recyclable materials, driving innovation and developing a new generation of green entrepreneurs locally. The two-year programme will be focused on educating diverse local communities face to face and via a cloud-based learning platform, networking events and training programmes. They will seek to inspire innovative sustainable solutions through local innovation competitions. The programme will accelerate knowledge transfer and cultivate great ideas within communities most affected by poor waste management. Developing alternatives to dumping and burning of waste makes homes more liveable, reduces health problems and builds stronger local economies.

About WasteAid: our vision, mission, values and objectives

WasteAid shares waste management and recycling skills in the world’s poorest places.
One in three people worldwide have no choice other than to dump or burn their waste because no basic waste management service exists. 
This causes the spread of disease, pollutes the oceans and adds to the climate crisis. Together with our partners, we make useful products from waste to build a cleaner and healthier future.

Our vision

Our vision is a world with equal access to waste services for all.
Helping communities and governments manage their waste properly is vital if we are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Waste management has a powerful and positive impact on people’s well-being.

Our mission – fighting poverty, pollution and climate change

Around 1 in 3 people globally don’t have decent waste management. Pollution caused by waste harms people’s health and the environment and damages the local economy. In contrast, an affordable waste management system is relatively simple to implement, improving the environment, creating jobs and protecting public health particularly for children.

Plastic pollution in the marine environment is of major global concern, and WasteAid is helping tackle this global problem. We work with upstream and coastal communities to set up small recycling centres and help keep plastic out of rivers and the oceans. We also share skills in managing organic waste, helping people make the most of their resources.

Open dumping and burning of waste releases climate change emissions which has both short and long-term impacts. Black soot from burning plastic waste and methane emissions from open dumping are of special concern. We offer communities a safe and sustainable alternative to dangerous dumpsites and toxic air pollution.

Our values:

Our founding principles come from our origins in the waste management industry, which itself grew out of the public health movement in the UK during the late Victorian era. 
We believe in equality of access to decent public health for all people and advocate the role of good waste management to achieve this.
We are inclusive and empowering of the communities, in developing countries, that we seek to serve and support.
We believe in the power of appropriate technology transfer, training and skills development, to create livelihoods and reduce pollution.
We are collaborative and work in a collegiate spirit with all partners and funders.
How to Apply

If you are interested in the opportunities to join our growing team as our Project Manager in Johannesburg, South Africa then your application should comprise a CV (no more than 3 sides of A4) with details of your experience and achievements, together with a supporting letter (of no more than two sides of A4) which addresses the Person Specification.
Applications should be sent electronically to [email protected] no later than Friday 5th March 2021
Please note due to the urgency of the position we will be interviewing as we receive applications so early application is advised.


All enquiries related to the process should be directed to the email: [email protected]
No agencies please.www.wasteaid.org has more information on the work of WasteAid.

WasteAid Project Manager (Circular Economy Network) - Job Description

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa. Home working base expected, with occasional use of meeting and office facilities at local Huhtamaki sites. You will need to demonstrate eligibility to work in South Africa. Contract will be administered from the UK.
Reporting to: Network Director (UK-based)
Salary: Negotiable and locally competitive within the INGO sector.
Contract length; Fixed term to June 2022 but with potential for extension
Hours of work: Full-time 5 days per week (37.5 hours) with daily flexibility. 
Expected Outcome. The Circular Economy Network will be a self-sustaining global network of individuals and groups working to produce innovative circular economy solutions to the waste that blights their lives.

Programme Aim:

A two-year project to create a movement of leading individuals and groups that want to clean their communities and create wealth from waste.

Position Description

The Project Manager will provide overall project management, co-ordination and local engagement with the programme in your designated city/region, as well as providing technical and administrative leadership and expertise across the programme. S/he will serve as the primary liaison with local Huhtamaki operations and be WasteAid’s ambassador for the region. S/he will be responsible for:

Local Leadership

  • Provide local leadership for the CEN, acting as a champion and advocate for sustainable waste management and circular economy-based livelihood development and ultimately driving membership to the Circular Economy Network (www.circulareconomynetwork.com);
  • Support the local leadership of Huhtamaki by ensuring timely and appropriate opportunities are created for employee involvement in the programme.

Project Management

  • Be responsible for local project management, co-ordination and engagement to include the planning and high-quality, timely execution of the local programme, working closely with the Network Director to ensure that all aspects of the project management cycle are being adhered to.  
  • Organise webinars and convene panellists on Circular Economy topics related to challenges, barriers and opportunities
  • Deliver content (photographic, written and video) for the Circular Economy Network Hub and social media channels, developing the content with the Digital Communications Officer to ensure Circular Economy initiatives related to waste recovery and reuse are profiled on the website
  • Coordination with other networks that are involved in the promotion and development Circular Economy initiatives
  • Identify and management of partners to execute trainings and PR events related to Circular Economy.
  • Drive membership of the Circular Economy Network via the online hub
  • Budget management. Ensure cost-effective local delivery of donor commitments;
  • Ensure high quality and timely reporting to the UK based Network Director;
  • Ensure participation and compliance with all WasteAid and client corporate processes.
  • Adherence to WasteAid’s Safeguarding and Participatory Protection Policy 


  • Establish and foster relationships with a broad network of stakeholders, community groups, potential entrepreneurs and activists, local and regional government representatives and business leaders, assimilating and contributing to new developments relevant to the programme and ensuring WasteAid is well represented at all times;
  • Maintain a strong and engaging relationship with Huhtamaki’s local operations.
  • Work closely with Project Managers in Vietnam and India, sharing best practice and learning from other project sites. 

Person specification

  • Eligibility to work in Johannesburg and South Africa
  • Excellent knowledge and experience of working in Johannesburg  
  • Education to first degree level in a relevant discipline, particularly desirable are qualifications which include community based approaches to community waste management and the Circular Economy
  • Minimum of 4 years’ experience in the field, preferably in similar waste management community-based project management roles; Experience with selection management local partners, working in coordination with NGOs, local government, and private sector
  • Experience in designing, running and convening events and conferences
  • Demonstrable experience in networking, and creating networks from scratch
  • Excellent project management skills, planning, budget and logistics management, organization, interpersonal and communication;
  • Excellent English language writing and communications skills; proficiency in locally relevant languages is essential;
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • Flexibility, ability to easily overcome the pressure, ability to improvise, flexibility and sensitivity to cultural diversity;
  • Proficient on MS Office
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of the WasteAid programme and all policies including Health and Safety and Safeguarding.


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