Programme Coordinator – WWF

WWF-SA invites applications for the position of Programme Coordinator to support the work of the Fynbos Succulent Land Programme (FSK). The FSK Programmes has four predominant focal areas of work:

  • Supporting & mobilising civil society participation in conservation (via The Table Mountain Fund, and the WWF-Nedbank Green Trust);
  • Growing our Protected Area Estate through land purchase and other innovative means (driven by the Land Programme);
  • Demonstrating that ecosystem management and restoration efforts in priority habitats can be better achieved and financed over the long-term through developing potential carbon projects that also promise high water and/or biodiversity returns, and
  • Testing new ideas and concepts around building socio-ecological resilience in key landscapes within the Fynbos (the Resilient Landscapes Programme).

This position will support the entire FSK Programme, but particularly the work of the Land Programme, the Resilient Landscapes Programme, and aspects of the FSK civil society engagement work undertaken via the Green Trust portfolio of projects.

The Land Programme is a national protected area expansion programme but with a predominant focus within the Fynbos and Succulent Karoo biomes (Western and Northern Cape). The programme is structured to secure the ‘high value ecological assets of South Africa’, and ensures that ecosystems and their associated services underpin socio-ecological wellbeing and address the risks and opportunities associated with climate change. The Programme has achieved significant successes in the last 5 years, and is expanding its impact and scope of work significantly.

The Resilient Landscapes Programme is focused on building socio-ecological resilience within the Garden Route, and is engaged with corporate partners in Forestry, Insurance, Dairy and other sectors that are exposed to significant environmental drivers of risk within their businesses. The Programme also participates in a range of novel and exciting research projects that are attempting to understand how to build resilience at biophysical, economic, social and governance levels within the context of a working landscape.

The civil society engagement is undertaken through two vehicles, namely The Green Trust and The Table Mountain Fund, both of which are independent trusts managed and operated by WWF South Africa. The FSK portfolio of Green Trust projects is growing and requires close attention and monitoring to ensure the maximum leverage and value for WWF, the Green Trust itself, and ultimately the project executants, is achieved.

Reporting to the Senior Programme Manager: Fynbos and Succulent Karoo, the Programme Coordinator will be responsible for:


Support the work of the Land Programme:

    1. Support to the Land Programme Manager with key performance indicators related to operational delivery of the Programme;
    2. Provide superior administrative and coordination support for all land acquisition processes;
    3. Support the Land Programme Officer to track, manage and report on progress on all keystone projects, namely (presently) the WWF-CapeNature Biodiversity Stewardship project, and WWF-DENC Capacity Building project;
    4. Handle all land Trust administration and coordination functions, and support institutional liaison with land management partners, predominantly statutory conservation agencies.

Support the Resilient Landscapes Programme & Civil Society engagement within the FSK Programme:

    1. Support the FSK Senior Programme Manager in delivery of key performance indicators associated with the Resilient Landscapes Programme;
    2. Provide operational support for the keystone aspects of the Resilient Landscapes Programme; namely:
Institutional liaison with corporate partners;
Setting up and coordinating collaborative meetings;
Project contracting;
Project and progress reporting, both internal and external;
Finance tracking and progress reporting;
    3. Participate closely in all new project development activities in this arena, and direct any operational aspects of the project as required.

Requirements & Competencies

  • Relevant conservation degree/qualification;
  • Minimum of 4 years experience in Protected Area Management, Environmental or Biodiversity Management, Biophysical Research sectors;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the South African environmental sector, role players and respective mandates; specifically the South Africa’s Protected Areas Network and Stewardship Programmes
  • Independent thinking and working capabilities as well as the ability to engage across organisation and hierarchical levels;
  • Ability to deliver results while managing competing priorities under tight deadlines;
  • Collaborative spirit and ability to work in team settings across diverse organizational settings;
  • Excellent administrative and project management skills and experience;
  • Stakeholder engagement and facilitation skills;
  • Computer literacy in word processing (MS Word), spread sheets (Excel), databases (Access), email and presentations (MS PowerPoint) including working knowledge of GIS
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, both orally and written;
  • Fluency in at least two South African languages
  • Valid driver’s license and own transportation essential and valid South African citizenship or resident status
  • An ability to work both independently as well as in a team

Further Information

If you have these attributes and are seeking a career development opportunity to strengthen your experience and capacity in the environmental sector as a programme coordinator, please click here to apply and send an abridged curriculum vitae of no more than three pages, including the names and current contact details of three references. Applications close on 30th May 2014.

WWF seeks to promote diversity among its staff. Candidates who have not received a response within three weeks of the closing date are kindly requested to assume that their application has not been successful in this instance. WWF-SA reserves the right not to fill this position.