Corporate Supply Chain Engagement Manager (WWF Mondi Wetlands Programme)



Posted on 21 October 2015
Background:
 
This position will be based in WWF’s Hilton office in KwaZulu-Natal and housed in the WWF Mondi Wetlands Programme (WWF-MWP), which is one of WWF’s Freshwater Programmes (www.wwf.org.za/what_we_do/freshwater/mwp). The WWF-MWP is the South African component of a much larger WWF-Mondi Global Partnership that includes work in Eastern Europe and Russia (www.wwf.org.za/?10121/Mondi-partnership). Under this Partnership, the WWF-MWP work supports achievement of the Ecosystem Workstream goal: “Ecosystem stewardship activities clearly demonstrate shared value for business and society in three Mondi-related production landscapes and relevant supply chains”.
 
The corporate engagement manager will support the WWF-MWP in achieving its objective to strengthen the resilience of six selected priority sub-catchments in the upper uMngeni and upper Umvoti catchments. This will be achieved through engaging with key corporate and other supply chain stakeholders in the agriculture sectors of these sub-catchments. Amongst others this will include the dairy, forestry, sugar, potato and pork sectors, as well as relevant organisations that are signatories to the uMngeni Ecological Infrastructure Partnership (http://biodiversityadvisor.sanbi.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/umngeni-ecological-infrastructure-partnership_summary-doc.pdf). The manager will act as the conduit between WWF, the corporate stakeholders and other value chain actors to facilitate a deeper understanding of the shared risks and the importance of increasing shared value of freshwater ecosystem stewardship. This will enable role-players to contribute positively to improved fresh water ecosystem resilience in these catchments.

Environmental Outcomes:
 
Effective engagement and relationships developed with key agricultural sector supply chain actors and local commercial farming communities, on water stewardship practices that lead towards increased landscape resilience and improved water security.
 
Objective:
 
To provide a conduit between and within key corporate supply chains, facilitating a deeper understanding of the shared risks and the importance of increasing shared value, of freshwater ecosystem stewardship amongst stakeholders in the agriculture sectors of the priority sub-catchments. 
 
Responsibilities:
 
The manager will be solely responsible to lead and drive the supply chain and corporate engagements of the Resilient Landscapes work, complimenting  existing operations of  the WWF-MWP and in particular the baseline  agricultural scoping study private finance research. The key responsibilities  to strengthening supply chain sustainability are: 
  1. Conducting a scoping level commodity supply chain analysis for the dairy, forestry, pork, potato and sugar sectors (and others if applicable) in the upper Umgeni and Umvoti priority sub-catchments with emphasis on:
  1. identifying the key corporate role players and their positioning in the whole market supply chain, including input suppliers, processors, retailers and the finance and insurance sectors,
  2. identifying and analysing the direct and indirect risks of freshwater ecological degradation and reduced water security to these key role players in the supply chain, and identifying opportunities for positive change,
  3. recommending which key corporate role players the WWF-MWP should further actively engage.
  1. Identifying appropriate leverage points and engaging with the different corporate actors to determine and foster corporate supply chain willingness to enter into change management practices with producers and other supply chain actors relevant to the priority sub-catchments.
  2. Identifying and begining to engage with corporates on appropriate actions that supply chain corporate actors agree to collaborate with each other on, as well as with producers in the priority sub-catchment projects, to strengthen freshwater ecosystem stewardship and water security, and enabling a community of practice within the supply chain. 
  3. Facilitating and maintaining an on-going stakeholder engagement processes with private sector, government and civil society for collaboration around issues of interest to WWF with the aim of ensuring transparency, shared value and greater impact. 
Skills and Experience: 
  • Extensive experience (10 years or more) in corporate engagement focused on sustainability issues with a good understanding of private sector market transformation.
  • Understanding of drivers in agriculture and food supply chains in relation to organisational change for improved sustainability.
  • Masters Degree degree in the social sciences (Economics, Marketing) or management disciplines  (Business Science, MBA) will be advantageous.
  • Negotiation and diplomacy skills, as well as demonstrated experience in engaging with corporates at senior management level in particular, and ability to establish networks at senior management and strategic levels within corporates.
  • Technical capacity to translate conservation and sustainability approaches into supply chain risk assessments and related research, design terms of reference for outsourced areas of work and related communication products.
  • Ability to critically review corporate sustainability reports and core business operations in particular.
  • Ability to manage contracts and overall project management experience.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary and diverse working environment.
  • Strategy development expertise as well as knowledge of key issues in conservation and sustainability crucial for productive corporate engagements.
  • Self-starter with ability to initiate new working relations and areas of work critical to achievement to deliverables.
  • Excellent interpersonal, writing, presentation and communications skills.
  • Fluency in English. 
  • Computer literacy essential.
 Further Information:
To apply please click here and create or update your profile, and attach a detailed CV with a covering letter under the “Documents” section of your profile, fully motivating why you should be appointed. Please make sure you upload your CV and cover letter as one document (pdf/doc). Make sure you have names, current e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of three relevant references on your CV. 
 
Applications close on 8th November 2015 emailed application will not be considered.
 
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.