Green Skills Research Officer | WWF South Africa

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Green Skills Research Officer (Newlands, Cape Town)

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.

Job Overview

Environmental Leaders Programme
(1 year contract position based in WWF Newlands Office, Cape Town)

WWF-SA has a vision of a future which is sustainable and equitable. Through championing the earth’s capacity as a source of inspiration, sustainable food, water and energy for all, its work is structured around ensuring that ecological integrity is valued and is foundational to human well- being and promoting social and economic practices that ensure benefits for healthy ecosystems and people. 
The Environmental Leaders Programme supports the development of green skills that enable these environmental objectives and South Africa’s transition to a green economy. It supports the development of capacitated governance for the environment, through a three-tiered focus on the development of individual green skills, building a stronger environmental sector through improved sector skills planning and development interventions and supporting the integration of green skills into the national system of skills planning and development.
Reporting to the Senior Manager, the Green Skills Research Officer provides a research support role across all areas of work, including:


Researching the demand and supply of specific green skills, by:

  • Supporting the planning and implementation of appropriate research programmes;
  • Developing data collection and management tools;
  • Engaging with key stakeholders to plan research, collect required data and interpret findings;
  • Supporting data analysis and reporting on key findings.

Supporting monitoring and evaluation of specific areas of work in the programme, for example green career guidance, internships and work-based learning, through:

  • Supporting the development of appropriatemonitoring and evaluation frameworks;
  • Engaging key stakeholders in the sector and associated contexts; and
  • Supporting data analysis and reporting.

Co-ordinating specific green skills initiatives that emerge from research recommendations, through: 

  • Engaging various stakeholders in developing green skillsinitiatives;
  • Implementing, managing and evaluating initiatives;
  • Supporting the ongoing strategy planning for green skills initiatives.

Supporting policy initiatives for planning and developing green skills, by:

  • Engaging key stakeholders, such as the Department of Higher Education and Training, the Sector Education and Training Authorities, universities and sector partners;
  • Researching specific areas for green skills planning and development;
  • Preparing the necessary documentation and reports to facilitate inputs into policy processes;
  • Participating in sector engagements for skills planning and development

Supporting all Environmental Leaders Programme initiatives as required, including, but not limited to:

  • Participation in or leading key programme events;
  • Representing the programme in different stakeholder contexts.


  • A post graduate qualification in education, training and development and / or environmental science or a related field;
  • A minimum of two years’ experience, working in an environmental education, skills planning and development and / or human capital development context;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the South African environmental sector, role players and respective mandates;
  • Knowledge of the South African skills planning and development context will be an added advantage;
  • Independent thinking and working capabilities as well as the ability to engage across organisations and hierarchical levels;
  • Ability to deliver meticulous work, with considered attention to detail;
  • Ability to deliver results while managing competing priorities under tight deadlines;
  • Collaborative spirit and ability to work in teams across diverse organizational settings, as well as work individually;
  • Strong administrative and project management skills;
  • Stakeholder engagement skills;
  • An openness to engaging difference and diversity;
  • Computer literacy in word processing (MS Word), spread sheets (Excel), databases (Access), email and presentations (MS PowerPoint);
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, both orally and written;
  • Fluency in at least two South African languages;
  • Valid driver’s license and own transport essential.

Apply Now

To apply please click here, fill out the application form, and provide a detailed CV together with the names, current e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of three relevant references and a covering letter motivating why you should be considered for this position. Applications close on Thursday, 31st January 2019.
An application submitted via email, will not be considered.
WWF promotes diversity among its staff.
Candidates who have not received a response within three weeks of the closing date are to assume that their application has not been successful. 
WWF-SA reserves the right not to fill this position.

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