South African National Biodiversity Institute- Policy Advisor: Water and Ecological Infrastructure


Reference number: EIWS/2020/001

The South African National Biodiversity Institute requires a highly motivated team player to lead SANBI’s work on mainstreaming ecological infrastructure in policy and legislation in the water sector, including a focus on financial mechanisms for investment in ecological infrastructure for water security.

The work forms part of the Ecological Infrastructure for Water Security (EI4WS) project, a multi-stakeholder project being implemented over five years, nationally and in demonstration catchments in two provinces. The project is funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) through the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).

The position requires a postgraduate qualification in a relevant field including but not limited to natural sciences, water resource management, economics, finance, environmental management, sustainable development studies. A minimum of 8 years relevant work experience is required, including experience in providing complex policy inputs and advice, managing and facilitating workshops and communities of practice, and engaging and managing relationships with stakeholders. Experience in project management, including budgeting and procurement is required.

The incumbent must demonstrate good knowledge of the concept of ecological infrastructure and its application in policy, legislation and programmes to date in South Africa. Knowledge and understanding of policy and legislation in the environmental management and water sectors in South Africa, relating to, for example, water pricing, freshwater ecosystems and catchment management, is required.

In addition, the incumbent should have knowledge of institutional arrangements and key challenges in the biodiversity, natural resource management and water sectors in South Africa. Familiarity with spatial planning and prioritisation tools for water-related ecosystems and ecological infrastructure would be an advantage.

The successful candidate must demonstrate excellent analytical and conceptual abilities, advanced organisational skills, the ability to maintain sound interpersonal relations, problem-solving ability, and ability to communicate complex content clearly both verbally and in writing. The incumbent must have an excellent computer literacy as well as be in possession of a valid Code B (unendorsed) driver’s license with one year practical driving experience.

Key responsibilities:

  • Lead SANBI’s policy related work in the water sector;
  • Lead the implementation of the work on financial mechanisms for investing in ecological infrastructure for water security;
  • Direct and support implementation of ecological infrastructure-related policy at the level of the demonstration catchments in the EI4WS project;
  • Support linkages across the components of the EI4WS project, with other policy work in SANBI, and across partner institutions;
  • Reporting and project management.

Please Note:
1) An application form must accompany the CV together with a letter motivating why the applicant should be favourably considered for the position and confirming that the minimum qualifications are met (applicants lacking evidence of relevant experience will not be considered).

2) A skills test and competency assessment will be conducted as part of the selection process

3) Applicants must also provide the full names, addresses and telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of at least three referees.

4) Failure to submit the requested information may result in your application not being considered.

Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. SANBI reserves the right not to fill this position.

All applications will be considered with the understanding that, in terms of the SANBI Employment Equity Plan, preference will currently be given to candidates from the designated groups.

Contact Mr. Steve Mahlangu on 012 843 5217 or, preferably, forward the completed application form, a letter, certified copies of qualifications and concise CV via e-mail to recruitmentpta@sanbi.org.za or fax 012 843 5222.  Postal applications are to be addressed to the Assistant Director: Human Resources, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Private Bag X101, Silverton, 0001.

Candidates are expected to be available for interviews on a date and time as determined by SANBI. If no response has

been received within 30 days of the closing date, candidates may consider their applications unsuccessful.

Closes: Friday, 07 February 2020
Location: Pretoria
Job type: Contract Position ending 31 March 2023

Salary package: R707 557.00 to R990 581.00

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