WWF-SA: Project Officer-CSO Engagement

Company WWF-SA
Reference # Project Officer: CSO Engagement 1#
Published 22/04/2021
Contract Type Contract
24 Months
Location Braamfontein, Gauteng, South Africa
(2-year contract position with a possibility of extension Based in Braamfontein, Johannesburg)

WWF is the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organisation, with over 6 million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the Earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans 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.

WWF South Africa (WWF-SA) is a national office that is part of the WWF network. We are a local NGO that has worked for 50 years with the aim of inspiring all South Africans to live in harmony with nature, for the benefit of our country and the wellbeing of all our people. 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 attitude.


The objective of this role is to enhance capacity and collaboration amongst South African Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) for effectively participating in climate change governance for enhancing climate policy ambition, action and accountability and ensuring that South Africa’s contribution is consistent with the requirements of the Paris Agreement. The position will take on the specific role of the Secretariat and Activities Coordinator in a European Commission funded project and will report directly to Senior Policy Analyst, Climate and Plastics.

Job Functions Environmental Services,Other Research Development, Science and Scientific Research
Industries Environmental / Horticulture / Agriculture,Ngo / Non-Profit
•Provide strategic and tactical leadership in capacitating and coordinating South African CSOs (including labour), as key actors in climate change governance
•Facilitate the creation and functioning of innovative multi-stakeholder partnerships
•Coordinating with CSOs and existing networks, particularly with the South African Climate Action Network (SACAN)
•Capacitating the next generation of climate activists and climate policy advocates by supporting the functioning of Youth Climate Champions (YCC) Programme for facilitating strong youth engagement in climate policy processes
•Building strategic alliances with CSOs, youth and gender-based organisations.
•Responsible for organising project activities.

Specific Responsibilities:

Build a strong cross-cutting civil society community, including social partners (labour)
•Develop the CSO engagement strategy
•Identify and engage with CSOs to build a community of climate activists and policy advocates to ensure enhanced climate ambition, implementation, and accountability in South Africa
•In collaboration with existing CSO networks, establish and run the CSO Climate Action Secretariat (CCAS)
•Establish a financial support mechanism to facilitate participation of CSO representatives in climate relevant policy engagements, in-person or virtually
•Engage key stakeholders within and beyond the CSO affiliates to explore partnerships for ensuring accountability of climate action
•Establish a digital platform for linking organisations
•Set up and operationalise Thematic Working Groups (TWGs) on issues of strategic relevance
•Extend technical and financial support for conceptualisation of innovative partnership models that contribute towards climate governance, mitigation and adaptation.

Support the capacitation of a cohort of Youth Climate Champions
•Working closely with YCC coordinator, support the launch of YCC programme
•Support establishment of YCC steering committee
•Support hosting of workshop series and activities with youth leaders, youth and climate CSOs, to assess the current role of South African youth in climate activism.
•Contribute towards development of training module(s) on climate policy, politics and participation for wider youth community.
•Facilitate youth bootcamp attendees’ participation in climate policy processes.

Mainstream the cross-cutting issues into national climate policy
•Support development of a guide on mainstreaming cross-cutting issues such as rights, gender equality, and economic justice in South African climate processes and policy
•Organise Policy Dialogues between the Government and civil society
•Support organising of symposium on climate change and cross-cutting issues
•Organise intergenerational dialogues series
Stakeholder engagement
•Work closely with YCC Coordinator to develop workshops and training for CSOs
•Develop capacity of CSOs through knowledge building webinars, seminars and workshops along the themes identified by TWGs
•Dissemination of research and policy proposals in accessible format for wider dissemination
•Build, maintain and strengthen stakeholder relationships
•Conduct Annual Stocktaking Workshop (ASW) for reviewing the action
•Organise online training workshops for action partners for internal capacity building on various aspects of the project
•Identify funding opportunities and support proposal development in South Africa, particularly in close collaboration with project partners.

•Post-graduate level qualification in Environmental Science, Environmental Politics, Development Studies, African Studies or equivalent
•5 – 7 years of professional work experience in climate advocacy or climate activism, with at least 4 years of experience working with CSOs
•Knowledge of institutional landscape, domestic politics, and climate policy in South Africa
•Prior experience of civil society and labour engagement
•Familiarity with international climate policy landscape
•Ability to build, nurture, and maintain strategic relationships with a number of organisations
•Prior experience of setting up organisational systems would be an advantage
•Articulate and a confident communicator in English (Verbal and written), fluency in any other South African language would be considered an advantage
•Ability to efficiently and effectively manage budgets would be considered an advantage
•Soft skills: Team player, Excellent interpersonal, networking and communication skills, self-starter, systematic in approach, attention to detail, ability to manage multiple priorities and stakeholders in crunch situations and comfortable with presenting and public speaking.
Job Closing Date 09/05/2021