Thursday, 18 June 2015

WWF-SA Internship Programme Co-ordinator 2015

WWF-SA invites applications for the position of Internship Programme Co-ordinator to support the work of its Environmental Leaders Programme that aims to support the development of new and current leaders for the environment.

WWF-SA aims to inspire people to live in harmony with nature for the wellbeing of all and the sustainable development of South Africa.  In line with this vision its programmatic work is structured around the key strategic objectives of securing the ecological assets of South Africa, ensuring that ecosystems and its associated services underpins socio-ecological wellbeing and addressing the risks and opportunities associated with climate change. To support these conservation objectives, the Environmental Leaders Programme, works towards securing and developing the necessary human resource capacity for the sector to ensure progress towards its environmental objectives.

The Environmental Leaders Programme focuses on supporting the development of future and current leaders.  With a focus on future leaders for the environment, the programme aims to attract, enable access and support the development of new graduates into and through productive careers for the environment. This programme vision is supported through career guidance, research fellowships and internships.  The focus on current leaders is enabled through supporting skills planning and development at an organisational as well as sector level.

Key Responsibilities:
The focus of this position as an Internship Programme Co-ordinator, is to support the placement of post graduate interns in key mentoring positions, both within WWF-SA and its partner organizations, and support mentoring and their development through an 18 month internship placement.
Reporting to the Senior Manager of the  Environmental Leaders Programme, the Internship Programme Co-ordinator’s responsibilities will include:

  1. Supporting the placement of post graduate interns, through:

    • Identifying potential host programmes and institutions to foster appropriate career development of interns;

    • In consultation with host programmes and institutions, identify appropriate mentoring, growth and development opportunities;

    • Support host programmes and institutions in the recruitment and selection of interns.

  2. Supporting the induction of post graduate interns, through:

    • Convening regular induction interactions across the group of interns

    • Conceptualising an appropriate programme, securing resources for this programme and facilitating the workshops;

    • Support interns in exploring possible career development pathways;

    • Support interns in exploring potential placement towards the end of the internship period;

    • Managing a social network platform that supports their development.

  3. Supporting the strengthening of mentoring practices amongst host institutions and identified mentors, through:

    • Convening regular interactions across host programmes, institutions and mentors to explore improved mentoring practices;

    • Conceptualising an appropriate programme, securing resources for this programme and facilitating the workshops;

    • Co-ordinate feedback from mentors and the sharing of lessons learnt through mentoring processes.

  4. Project administration:

    • Support contracting processes for the placement of interns in host programmes and institutions;

    • Financial management and reporting associated with the programme;

    • Develop and maintain appropriate  databases to support the programme;

    • Support communications of the programme.

  5. Cross-sectoral collaboration in human capital development initiatives, that involves 

  • Liaising with multiple stakeholders in identifying and placing interns.

Competence Requirements:

  • A post graduate qualification in education, training and development and / or an environmental management or related field;

  • A minimum of five years’ work experience, in an environmental and / or human capital development context;

  • Knowledge and understanding of the South African environmental sector, role players and respective mandates;

  • Independent thinking and working capabilities as well as the ability to engage across organisations and hierarchical levels;

  • Ability to deliver results while managing competing priorities under tight deadlines;

  • Collaborative spirit and ability to work in team settings across diverse organizational settings;

  • Strong administrative and project management skills;

  • Stakeholder engagement and facilitation 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 transportation essential

Further Information:
If you have these attributes and are seeking a career development opportunity to strengthen your experience and capacity in human capital development in the environment sector, please click here to apply and create or update your profile and attach an abridged CV of no more than three pages with names, current e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of three relevant references and a covering letter fully motivating why you should be appointed.

Applications close on 5th July 2015. emailed applications will not be

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