Public Sector Partnership Support | WWF South Africa

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Public Sector Partnership Support

Business Development Unit 
(Permanent position based in 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.

WWF works in partnership with the global public sector to leverage support from bilateral and multilateral finance institutions for global conservation, through fostering multi-sectoral partnerships, influencing policy frameworks to guide public investment in sustainable development, and mobilizing funds. The global WWF Public Sector Partnerships (PSP) Network aims to influence how public sector funding is allocated and distributed within countries. PSPs are hugely influential for environmental and conservation outcomes and impact, both positive and negative, and therefore considered a driver in WWF’s global framework. WWF South Africa (WWF-SA) is looking for a passionate, results-orientated and positive person to support the growing body of work in this area.


Resource Mobilisation: supporting the Public Sector Partnerships Coordinator.

  • Develop comprehensive and large funding proposals, while also building partnerships and exploring further opportunities. Build and manage proposal development timelines and strategies, ensuring that the proposal development team meets strict deadlines. Revise timelines as necessary in line with priorities.
  • Develop a diverse range of smaller funding opportunities across different themes, working with multiple internal WWF-SA programme teams.
  • Raise funding for WWF-SA’s highest priority conservation work.
  • Liaise with the Environmental Programmes Unit and Policy and Futures Unit to develop projects and proposals in reaction to calls, as well as building up a project pipeline.
  • Monitor opportunities and calls, while building up a database of funders. Manage intelligence gathering, research, data collection, and competitive analyses related to funding opportunities.
Partnership Development: Supporting the Public Sector Partnerships Coordinator.
  • Align, influence and strengthen WWF-SA’s agenda with key public sector, public finance and multilateral finance institutions.
  • Establish and nurture relationships with funders.
  • Manage and ensure the quality of applications and contract delivery.
  • Facilitate an improved understanding of the public sector and finance environment within WWF-SA in order to grow opportunities and partnerships in this area.


  • Appropriate tertiary qualification, preferably in biological, conservation or environmental sciences, international relations, or a similar field.

  • Proven track record of at least 5 years’ experience in proposal writing and fundraising applications. Specific preference will be given to candidates with experience in engaging with public sector, finance institutions, or fundraising.

  • Excellent writing skills and technical capacity to translate conservation and sustainability approaches and complex funding needs into appealing donor proposals.

  • Fluency in spoken and written English is a prerequisite and fluency in another African language would be an advantage.

  • Proficiency in MS Office.

  • Good interpersonal skills.

  • Excellent planning and organising skills, and outstanding attention to detail.

  • Accurate, self-starter.

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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 28 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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