Vacancy: SWPN Programme Manager

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Deadline: 16 September 2016

Location:  Johannesburg, South Africa (only those with South African work permits need apply)

Duration: 1 year, renewable 



The Strategic Water Partners Network (SWPN) is a dynamic and cutting-edge partnership between the public sector (primarily the Department of Water and Sanitation – DWS), the private sector and civil society working collectively to close a 17% gap between water supply and demand that is anticipated to manifest by the year 2030 in South Africa. The partnership was established in 2011 and strives to contribute to efficient, equitable and sustainable water supply and access to water for all South Africans through the identification and application of innovative and cost effective solutions and programmes. These projects and programmes are developed and administered under 6 work streams or working groups namely Agriculture and Supply Chain Water (ASC), Effluent and Waste Water Management (EWWM), Water Use Efficiency and Leakage Reduction (WELR), Skills Development and Transformation (SDT), Sanitation (SANI) and Water Stewardship (WS) which are in line with the key strategic national imperatives. The NEPAD Business Foundation hosts the SWPN secretariat.


Function and Purpose

The SWPN Programme Manager should exhibit knowledge of and experience on water and sanitation development projects and initiatives in South Africa. The Programme Manager will coordinate all activities and initiatives of the SWPN and its associated working groups, assist in identifying and preparing projects, drive and manage relationships with various stakeholders at senior levels, provide project support and oversight and deliver on performance objectives and build linkages with stakeholders.

The Programme Manager would report administratively to the CEO of the NBF and would report functionally to the Management Committee of the SWPN and in turn, to the Steering Committee of the SWPN.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

 Maintain or improve support for the programme by managing relationships with project partners and financiers, ensuring that reporting and communication is effective and goes beyond contractual requirements 

 Timely and resource efficient project and programme development ensuring that working groups implement projects to close the water gap in South Africa 

 Prepare, ensure implementation and review global partnership work plans for thematic working groups in line with financier requirements.

 Manage and provide guidance to the SWPN Programme Assistant, Project Managers and Secretariat staff 

 Project management including scoping, procurement, management of project finances, consultants and other resources 

 Budgeting, budgetary control and financial reporting according to contractual agreements and other rules and regulations applicable to project and donor funds 

 Technical and financial reporting on projects and the full programme

 Seizing opportunities for securing financing from existing and new funding partners and effective follow-up that includes proposal development of financing requests as may be required

 Create and seize opportunities to communicate and showcase the work of the SWPN through an approved communication plan

 Represent the SWPN at events as may be assigned by the Management Committee, Steering Committee or thematic working groups 

 Within the NBF and SWPN structures, ensure that due governance, procurement and project management processes are followed, programme and project decision-making principles or criteria are clear and consultation is effective


Essential skills and capabilities

 At least a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with Masters preferred:  A specialisation in water or public-private partnerships will be an added advantage

 At least seven years working experience relevant to the post. Specific experience and networks in any of the SWPN fields will be an added advantage

 A water management professional with expert knowledge of at least one of the focus areas of the SWPN; or a water management professional with cross-disciplinary experience 

 Excellent communication skills – both written and oral presentation

 Stakeholder engagement and process management expertise including the ability to manage multi-stakeholder groups 

 Project management expertise 

 Proven record on programme delivery and relationship management 

 Proven ability to develop, document, maintain and write project proposals and reports and manage project timeframes/budgets

 Ability to show initiative, self-manage and meet deadlines

 Ability to work within a team context

 Experience in dealing with governments, private sector, civil society and development agencies


Behavioural Qualities and Other Requirements

 Operate with integrity and ethics

 Performance, delivery and deadline orientated

 Team orientation – working in an integrated and diverse team environment

 Resilience – ability to produce results under pressure and working with uncertainty

 Flexible and adaptable – changing opinions / behaviour in the light of changing situations

 Methodical and systematic, with a strong attention to detail and accuracy

 Action-oriented, confident and show initiative

 Motivated and ability to work without clear guidelines


The NEPAD Business Foundation (NBF) is a non-profit company promoting sustainable economic development in Africa through the private sector. The NBF is a “Chamber of Business for Development”, connecting the public and private sectors and development agencies, and implementing innovative and sustainable projects in partnership with each other. In supporting African economic development and growth, NBF’s key focus areas mirror the NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency’s (NEPAD Agency) development themes of agriculture and food security; climate change and natural resources management; economic and corporate governance; human development and capacity building; and regional integration and infrastructure.


Qualified applicants are to send a CV and a brief cover letter (no longer than one-page) to support their application along with salary expectations and availability to commence duties to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  The closing date for submission of applications is Wednesday, 16 September 2016. Please be advised that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Enquiries by telephone will not be accommodated.


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