SADC Groundwater Management Institute Director

UNOPS / SADC | Apply By 19 March 2011

Vacancy Announcement

The Southern African Development Community’s (SADC) mission is to promote sustainable and equitable economic growth and socio-economic development through efficient productive systems, deeper co-operation and integration, good governance, and durable peace and security, so that the region emerges as a competitive and effective player in international relations and the world economy.  SADC has the goal of fostering cooperation and mutual benefit from the resources of the region amongst its members.  In an effort to promote organizational excellence UNOPS on behalf of SADC seeks highly qualified individuals for the position of SADC Groundwater Management Institute Director:

Post Location

Bloemfontein, Republic of South Africa


3 years (probation period up to 3 months)


Responding to the issues and challenges facing groundwater management in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), SADC identified the need for an institution to raise the understanding of groundwater management through research, knowledge management, coordination, awareness and capacity building. This Institution established is the SADC Groundwater Management Institute (GMI) and will address issues of concern and become a center of excellence in groundwater in the SADC region and internationally. This institution’s vision is to “ensure the equitable and sustainable use and protection of groundwater, as well as being a centre of excellence in the areas of groundwater drought management and management of groundwater dependant ecosystems in the region”.


Duties and Responsibilities

The Incumbent is to interpret the institutional mandate of the GMI into strategic/operational objectives and to provide leadership, management and oversight to all programs and operations of the GMI. The Incumbent will design, develop and implement the strategic plan for the Institute and is responsible for both the day-to-day running of the Institute and developing business plans for the long term future of the organization.   In addition the Incumbent is legally responsible for the Institute’s affairs, so they must comply with the appropriate rules and regulations set out in laws under which the Institute is registered. The Incumbent reports to and is accountable to the GMI board and the Members of the organization.

The incumbent will:

  • Provide strategy and policy direction, including alignment of operations to outputs;
  • Drive the functional and organisational development process of the GMI in line with the strategic business plan;
  • Manage operations of GMI, providing internal leadership and supervision of the functioning of all GMI divisions;
  • Act as a custodian of corporate governance for the GMI and as the accountable officer;
  • Responsible for sound financial management for GMI;
  • Coordinate and manage the decision making processes;
  • Develop the GMI as a regional SADC institution;
  • Drive the organisational and individual performance management;
  • Report to the Board and advises SADC member states on strategic and operational issues relating to groundwater management

Required Selection Criteria


  • Management: Business management, strategic and business planning, performance management, change management, and finance management;
  • An understanding of groundwater and the issues facing its management;
  • Ability to interact effectively with and represent an organization to a wide range of clients and stakeholders in multiple organizations and cultures;
  • Excellent negotiation, multi-cultural, and inter-personnel skills, with experience and demonstrated; skills in networking with Ministry level-partners, donors, private sector, national and international NGOs, and local community-based organizations;
  • Ability to fundraise (private and public sector and donor community);
  • Extensive knowledge of SADC legal framework and operating environment;
  • Excellent written, analytical, presentation and reporting skills, with proven skill in writing reports and project management plans;
  • Use of a range of management tools to ensure effective running of the programmes;
  • Excellent organizational, record-keeping and decision making skills;
  • Team working, flexibility and good inter-personal skills;
  • Problem solving skills in day-to-day and crises situations. Calm under pressure;
  • Be able and willing to travel extensively regionally; and,
  • Self-motivated, versatile and ability to motivate diverse teams.


  • Post Graduate/Advance degree in hydrogeology, natural sciences, business, or related field;
  • Minimum of 6 years in Senior Managerial or Leadership Positions;
  • Must have a strong knowledge of and prior experience in financial operations, financial management, human resources and recruitment, procurement, logistics, and other administrative functional areas;
  • Experience developing programmes, business plans, work plans and budgets;
  • Knowledge of strategic planning, project/programme cycle management, and performance management.  
  • Proven representational, negotiation, communication, networking and fundraising skills.  
  • Strong interpersonal and diplomatic skills and experience in dealing with politically sensitive matters
  • Previous work in the SADC Region;
  • Experience with groundwater and natural resources is a benefit;
  • Excellent knowledge of English (oral and verbal); and,
  • Fluency in SADC Languages (French, or Portuguese) is desirable.

Submission of Applications

Qualified candidates may submit their application, including a letter of interest, complete Curriculum Vitae and an updated United Nations Personal History Form (P.11) ( via e-mail to semakalengh [at] unops [dot] org cc: to gro.sponu@bpilihp. Kindly indicate the vacancy number and the post title in the subject line when applying by email.


A competitive package commensurate with the level of qualification and experience, similar to comparable positions in regional institutions

Additional Considerations

-   Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

-   Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.

-   Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

-   SADC reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level below the advertised level of the post.

-   SADC residents are encouraged to apply