CSA: Restoration Manager

Conservation South Africa (CSA)
Opportunity closing date: 
Sunday, 20 September, 2020
Opportunity type: 
Employment

Conservation South Africa: Restoration Manager
K2C Hoedspruit, Limpopo

Conservation South Africa, as a local affiliate of Conservation International, is committed to helping societies adopt a more sustainable approach to development—one that considers and values nature at every turn and improves human well-being through the conservation of healthy ecosystems and the goods and services they provide.  Conservation South Africa seeks to influence policy, develop markets, engage the private sector, and support communities to develop and implement conservation- based economic growth models and long-term human well-being.

CSA’s Rangeland Restoration Programme combines restoration best practice, planned grazing, job creation, market access and integrated freshwater through land stewardship to enable restoration and sustainable rangeland management at scale within Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany Hotspot. This position provides for dedicated capacity to carry out management of the restoration activities in line with the Herding 4 Health guidelines as well as managing the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of ecological interventions and restoration activities in existing project areas.

The following activities will be required from the successful applicant:

  • Familiarize themselves with Herding 4 health guidelines protocols by attending a start-up training and self-study;
  • Provide technical expertise on erosion control, bush thinning, alien removal and planned grazing to CSA’s and partner NRM projects in Kruger to canyons and participating farmers
  • Design, negotiate and oversee implementation of grazing management plans and restoration plans for participating land users linked to Conservation Agreements
  • Provide training and mentorship to Ecotrainers and Herd Monitors on relevant topics (restoration, livestock grazing, livestock health, monitoring and evaluation)
  • Manage Ecotrainers and herd monitors to assist practical implementation of restoration activities
  • Supervise stewardship coordinator on technical matters and ecological input into Conservation agreements
  • Guide NRM partners with information on restoration needs in rangelands and follow up work
  • In collaboration with the Research Director and M & E Manager, conduct and oversee all M&E on restoration activities pertaining to restoration and livestock management
  • Oversee quarterly online survey using the CSA M&E framework;
  • Manage field surveys as required
  • Coordinate the secure data management of GIS and other data according to an agreed data management plan
  • Participate in presenting findings from the online survey to CSA during quarterly reports and bi-annual MERL (Monitoring Evaluation and Learning) sessions
  • Assist the M&E Manager to refine existing M&E frameworks of both CSA and partners;

Requirements: 

  • Masters degree in natural sciences, Ecology / Botany / Restoration Ecology / Agriculture ecology or relevant science discipline;
  • Proficiency using Excel and preferably R data software;
  • Proficiency in using GIS software such as QGIS and ArcGIS;
  • A supporting qualification in M&E and NRM measurement is preferred;

This position will be on a 24-month renewable contract, based in the CSA Landscape offices in Hoedspruit, Limpopo.

Please submit your abbreviated CV (no longer than 3 pages) with contact details of three referees with a cover letter by 20 September 2020 to: csa-jobs@conservation.org using the reference (Restoration-K2C-CSA) Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

CSA is an affirmative action employer, Wherever possible, selection will favour previously disadvantaged individuals, provided they are in possession of the required skills, knowledge and experience.

The selection process will include a practical GIS skills assessment and an online interview.
Candidates who have received no response within 14 days of the closing should kindly assume that their application was unsuccessful. CSA reserves the right not to fill this position.

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