Water Risk Finance Analyst

Company WWF -SA
Reference # Water Risk Finance Analyst1#
Published 17/01/2022
Contract Type Contract
24 Months
Location Newlands, Western Cape, South Africa
Duration 24 Months
(This is a 2-year Contract Position Based in Cape Town or Johannesburg)

WWF is the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organisation, with over 6 million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries. WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the Earth's natural environment and to build a future in which humans 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 consumption.

WWF South Africa is a national office that is part of the WWF network. We are a local NGO that has worked for 50 years with the aim of inspiring all South Africans to live in harmony with nature, for the benefit of our country and the wellbeing of all our people. WWF's work is for nature, for you.

Our work is challenging and exciting and we love what we do. To join our team, you need to be brilliant at what you do, passionate, results-orientated and have a positive attitude.

Our finance practice focuses on working with Financial Institutions to support the development of green and sustainable financial solutions based on science-based criteria. Sustainable financial solutions must create measurable environmental and social impacts alongside competitive financial returns. Our freshwater practice focuses on the improvement of water quantity and quality for ecological systems and downstream communities working within the strategic water source areas.
The WWF Water Risk Filter is the only tool that evaluates both basin risk driven by location as well as an operational risk which reflects management actions. This enables businesses and financial institutions to reduce their water risk exposure through better investment choices and the implementation of best practice water stewardship. WWF’s objective with the creation of this position is to support both the comprehensive rollout and uptake of the WWF Water Risk Filter locally as well as the development of additional functionality which can be applied globally.
Job Functions Finance,Other
Industries Ngo / Non-Profit
•The primary focus of this position will be providing support for the implementation (uptake), coordination and further development of the WWF Water Risk Filter and other similar innovative tools that relate to environmental financial risk assessment, working with both the finance practice and the environmental programmes.
•Engage with relevant bodies of work in the WWF International Network and its Practices to gather available information and research that can be applied in the South African corporate and finance sector with a particular focus on the development of the Water and Value (WAVE tool).
•As part of the WWF Sustainable Finance team and operating within the WWF-SA strategic framework, constructively help to deliver Financing for Ecological Infrastructure, Bankable Nature Solutions, Corporate Engagements across the relevant environment, water and development sectors.
•Collaborate with partners in WWF-SA’s sustainable finance-related work, such as Development Finance Institutes private and public sector partners, and private banks.
•A basic undergraduate degree in Environment/ Ecology and/ or environmental economics
•A postgraduate qualification (Honours and above) in Finance, Business, Economics.
•At least 5 years working in a water-related and/or finance field.
•Strong expertise in sustainable finance and how to leverage for greater sustainable environmental impact.
•Ability to understand the key elements of the investment, lending, and insurance processes, as well as development, and how to influence these through due diligence and negotiation.
•Interest, understanding and awareness of the key drivers of public policy and corporate strategy applicable to water and climate risk in emerging markets.
•A good understanding of how investment decisions are undertaken in a variety of contexts – nationally and internationally, and the ways in which ecosystems and the environment can be reflected in this decision-making. In particular, this person must have a good understanding of the processes relating to investment decisions in infrastructure development to ensure the promotion of investment in Ecological Infrastructure and to make essential linkages between the built and ecological infrastructure.
•Demonstrated knowledge of environmental and climate-related risks in South Africa – a particular emphasis on the water sector would be a strong recommendation.
•Application of environmental, social governance considerations to the assessment of water risk and environmental issues within an investment, lending, and insurance context.
•An understanding of environmental economic and ecosystem services – with an appreciation of the value and costs and benefits of water and the environment
•Ability to review large quantities of water risk related environmental information and identify material issues.
•Provide technical analysis primarily using the WWF Water Risk Filter tools as well as other globally recognised tools and frameworks to support climate risks, agricultural risk and opportunities, and biodiversity risk and opportunities within strategic landscapes.
•Excellent oral and written communication and advocacy skills.
•Ability to put complex environmental (in particular water) risk-related and social issues into concise terms for non-specialist audiences in finance, insurance and investment and vice versa.
•Experience in establishing partnerships with the corporate/finance sector and supported by the ability to freely communicate and build relationships with a collaborative outlook.
•Experience in synthesizing and analysing complex information, regulations and policies and translating these into clear advice and compelling communications.
•Able to work without supervision, self-driven and innovative thinker.
•Competent in Excel and statistical analysis (ability to programme an advantage).
Job Closing Date 26/01/2022
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