Community Development & Learning Lead | WWF South Africa

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Community Development & Learning Lead

Environmental Programmes Unit
(This is a two year contract position, based in, White River, Mpumalanga)
WWF is one of the world's largest and most respected independent conservation and environmental organisations, with almost 6 million supporters and a global network active in more than 100 countries.
Our mission is to stop the degradation of the Earth's natural environment and to build a future in which we all 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.
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 and helpful attitude.


Support program implementation activities in Khetha nodes
Closely support the work of the Community Projects Lead, and other field-based staff and consultants, in Khetha nodes as required. Participate in the development and roll-out of site-level community-engagement implementation plans.
Participate in routine data collection, reporting and learning activities as part of Khetha’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) system. Assist with a wide range of internal program administration – and management processes
Participate in Community Park Forums, People and Park and land claimant fora (as relevant to Conservation, Youth, Environmental Education, Wildlife Security matters, including possible institutional review/support to the implementation clusters) and identify opportunities for Khetha to strengthen the functioning of these fora.
Promote development of innovate tools and approaches to community development and youth engagement.
Participate in the development of program-design tools and methodologies such as Sensemaker and Wayfinder. Ensure lessons are distilled and shared about research - and community engagement tools and processes used by Khetha.
Learn from existing approaches with respect to community participation, human wildlife conflict, livelihoods, social policy compliance, scenario planning and ensure the learning is shared within Khetha team and partners (including DEA, SANParks, MTPA, private sector and community representatives.)
Arrange training to project partners on new knowledge on tools related to community participation, human wildlife conflict, livelihoods, governance, social policy compliance, Wayfinder, etc.
Support Khetha-approved university postgraduate students in field research relevant to Khetha objectives and in line with Khetha values.
Support and participate in research on the role of youth in conservation, community governance and decision-making, community relationships with wildlife, IWT and biodiversity.
Support information-sharing, learning and cooperation amongst a network of community-based practitioners
Facilitate strong levels of information-sharing and learning between community-based
Activities in South Africa and Mozambique.


  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in conservation and/or community development sector.
  • Tertiary education in conservation management or social science field.
  • Driver’s license and willingness to travel extensively, including travel in Mozambique
  • Ability to work within a team structure.
  • Ability to stay motivated and focussed without constant supervision
  • Ability to deal with a fast-changing and complex socio-political environment.
  • Knowledge of community governance systems, such as traditional authorities.
  • Experienced facilitator / trainer.
  • Experienced in developing capacity-building and/or training programs with a strong developmental focus.

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To apply please click here fill out the application form, and provide a detailed CV and covering letter (attach under “Documents”) fully motivating why you should be appointed, together with the names, current e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of three relevant references.
Applications close on 29 February 2020.
Applications sent via email 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.

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