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Senior Manager

at World Wide Fund for Nature
Published August 9, 2023
Location Cape Town, South Africa
Category Management  
Job Type Full-Time  


WWF is looking for a leader to drive vibrant engagement in the water sector to deliver WWF’s intended conservation impact. The Senior Manager Freshwater will be responsible for designing, leading and/ or forming part of teams who work in pursuit of WWF South Africa’s environmental outcomes. The freshwater team is composed of highly competent and dynamic individuals working across multiple themes; water and risk, water and tools, water and finance, water and dairy, water and forestry, nature based solutions like alien clearing, water stewardship, water and agriculture, groundwater, community engagement. The successful candidate needs to be able to build productive and lasting partnerships, lead a diverse and dispersed team and co-develop innovative approaches at the interface of water availability and access to water. The Senior Manager Freshwater will function within the organisation’s broader Environmental Programme and will be based either at the WWF South Africa office in Newlands or Braamfontein.

Key Responsibilities

Provide strategic thought leadership to WWF South Africa’s Freshwater Programme.

Establish credible recognition for WWF South Africa as a thought leader across the broad range of issues in the water sector.

Lead and manage the freshwater thematic team to plan, integrate and collaborate with other thematic experts across the Environmental Programme portfolios.

Maintain key networks and participate in partnership processes.

Understand and engage in the complexity of sectors involved in freshwater conservation in South Africa, including government, private sector, other conservation bodies and civil society structures.

Maintain a strong collaborative and supportive approach with key partners and stakeholders, including national, provincial and international governments to ensure delivery on existing high impact projects to address freshwater conservation challenges.

Manage the proper functioning of the Freshwater Programme in line with set organisational policies, procedures and delegated authority.

Drive the management and implementation of key existing Freshwater work.

Oversee an effective project cycle management process and manage reporting and alignment processes for the Freshwater Programme.

Assist with staff development, mentorship and transformation of the staff and, where relevant, partners linked to the Freshwater Programme.

Oversee performance appraisal process for all Freshwater Programme staff and identify opportunities to incentivise performance.

Identify new and upcoming talent to accelerate transformation in the organization and support the development of an organisational talent management approach.

Postgraduate qualification (PhD level preferred, but Masters as the minimum) in water sciences, hydrology or related discipline.

A demonstrated understanding based on 10 years+ experience in the water sector, with the ability to network and build strong partnerships.

At least 7 years’ experience in managing staff and overseeing operational responsibilities of a team coordinating both professional and administrative staff members.

Ability to inspire people (in government, business and civil society) to act on the challenges that we face together in the water sector and to demonstrate thought-leadership.

Demonstrated track record of successful project management and oversight.

Widely acknowledged as a thought leader and strategist.

A sound understanding of the freshwater policy landscape, with high level strategic relationships in government.

A highly versatile and adaptable water sector professional who can grasp and communicate concepts quickly and well.

A clear understanding of the contemporary national and international policy imperatives to South

Africa’s environmental challenges and specifically related to the water sector.

Exceptional leadership skills, including the ability to contribute to teams led by others.