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Project Coordinator Regenerative Wool Project for the North Eastern Cape Grasslands Protected Area

Company WWF -SA
Reference # Project Coordinator Regenerative Wool Project for the North Eastern Cape Grasslands Protected Area1#
Published 18/01/2022
Contract Type Contract
4 Years
Location McClear, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Duration 4 Years
Introduction
(4 years fixed-term contract position based in Maclear (Nqanqarhu), Eastern Cape Province)

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. WWFs 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.

Background:

WWF-SA invites applications for the position of Project Coordinator to support and facilitate the work of the Land and Biodiversity Stewardship Programme within the Grassland Biome focus area. The Land and Biodiversity Stewardship Programme vision of success is:

A connected, representative, secure & well-managed resilient landscape incorporating priority biomes providing economic and socio-environmental benefits for South Africa
Project Aim:

This project initiative aims to facilitate scaled up regenerative wool production by communal and commercial sheep farmers in the Grasslands biome, thereby assisting in securing the Eastern Cape Drakensberg Strategic Water Source Area, protecting biodiversity corridors, and enhancing the buffer zone for the national park. It also aims to facilitate regenerative wool production at the landscape level in the South African Grasslands biome, with a focus on improving biodiversity and social development within the context of supporting H&M’s net-positive biodiversity ambition.
Job Functions Environmental Services,Other
Industries Environmental / Horticulture / Agriculture,Ngo / Non-Profit
Specification
1)Provide support to small scale communal farmers and thereby facilitate access to markets that focus on regenerative grazing practices and certification, resulting in improved livelihoods for communities.
•Facilitate processes to ensure local communities have access and benefit from the natural resources of the region.
•Map viable economic, nature-based ventures, heritage, tourism and cultural ventures and implementation thereof.
•Support and strengthen existing cooperative governance and administration systems.
•Facilitate mentorship, training and capacity-building programmes for sustainable natural resource use, regenerative farming resource use, regenerative farming practices, flock welfare and access to market for communities.
•Capacitate communal farmers to provide preventative care for livestock, ensuring improved resilience and welfare of the herd and improve quality of the wool.

2)Oversee and facilitate clearing of alien and invasive plant species in Grassland Biome, resulting in improved water release, and restoration of key biodiversity areas.
•Facilitate and implement clearing of priority hectares of alien and invasive plant species in the Eastern Cape Drakensberg Strategic Water Source Area, in the Grassland Biome.
•Facilitate investigation of the use of alien invasive biomass for beneficiation opportunities, such as, mulching, energy, charcoal, etc. to ensure ongoing economic incentives for clearing work.

3)Facilitate formal commitment by commercial and communal farmers to secure their land under improved regenerative grazing practices.
•Ensure that conservation agreements are put in place with grazing associations to ensure planned rotational grazing.
•Support the development of the land management plans, including determining appropriate stocking rates, determined by carrying capacity of the grassland ecosystem as well as areas of high conservation value, Grasslands National Park buffer zones and corridors.
•Map and secure critical areas under stewardship or other effective area-based conservation measures including important corridors, buffer zones and habitats on both privately and communally owned land towards improving biodiversity and connectivity in the landscape.

4)Facilitate sustainably managed land that results in support for the establishment of ecological corridors through an integrated biodiversity/ecologically focused approach to farming.
•Facilitate learning exchanges and strengthen partnerships between commercial and communal farmers.
•Facilitate training sessions and workshops for commercial and communal farmers in terms of wildlife conflict on livestock.
•Support expansion of grasslands under formal protection (Protected Area expansion) in order to secure key biodiversity areas.

5)Oversee and facilitate the adoption of the responsible Wool Standard by commercial farmers.
•Initiate dialogues with the Responsible Wool Standard to support improved biodiversity indicators and wildlife conflict management.
•Facilitate research connections between meat and wool supply chains in terms of certifications which addresses the issue of biodiversity loss.
•Through working with farmers and key partners, support farmers to implement the plans and actions required to become RWS certified.

6)General project administration.
•Track Programme Technical and Financial reporting in association with Project Executants (incoming reports).
•Manage Project finances against budgets.
•Ensure adherence to WWF & Funder’s reporting on a quarterly basis and Technical Progress Reports.
Requirements
•Relevant agricultural or conservation degree/qualification.
•Minimum of 3 years’ experience in Rangeland Management, Protected Area Management, Environmental or Biodiversity Management.
•Experience in stakeholder engagement and facilitation skills with rural and agricultural farming communities will be an added advantage.
•Knowledge of alien invasive species management and control
•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.
•Excellent administrative and project management skills and experience.
•Ability to think and work independently as well as the ability to engage across organisation and hierarchical levels.
•Ability to self-manage with good planning and prioritizing skills in the context of a varied and pressurized working environment with a focus on delivering project objectives and outcomes..
•Valid driver’s license with substantial experience driving off-road and valid South African citizenship or resident status.
•Computer literacy - in word processing (MS Word), spread sheets (Excel), databases for recording and reporting (Access), email and presentations (MS PowerPoint) including working knowledge of GIS.
•Ability to work with a team and to accept additional responsibility, show initiative, and proactively work to exceed targets.
•Excellent presentation, interpersonal and communication, skills.
•Fluency in English and two other local African languages (IsiXhosa, Sesotho or Afrikaans).
Job Closing Date 31/01/2022
   
   
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