Senior Manager: Food Systems


Western Cape, South Africa


Oct 5

(Based in Cape Town or Johannesburg)WWF is the worlds 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 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. WWFs work is for nature, for you.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.Background:WWF is looking for a dynamic leader to drive engagement in the food and sustainable agriculture sector to deliver WWFs intended conservation impact. The Food Systems team will be responsible for designing, leading and or forming part of teams who work in pursuit of WWF South Africas environmental outcomes. The Food Systems team is composed of highly competent and dynamic individuals working across multiple themes, value chain building, Producer support, certification standards & stepwise improvement mechanisms, sustainable market access, nutrition, climate & water smart practices, producer incentives, urban & informal markets, food waste, Agroecology & farming with biodiversity.The successful candidate needs to be able to build productive and lasting partnerships, lead a diverse and dispersed team and co-develop innovative approaches at the interface of food, agriculture, and small holder farmers. The Senior Manager Food Systems will function within the organizations broader Environmental Programme and will report to the Programme Impact Lead and Programme Delivery Lead. The position will predominantly be based either at the WWF South Africa office in Newlands Cape Town or Braamfontein Johannesburg. Provide thematic leadership to WWF South Africas work on Food Systems, which includes the areas of sustainable agriculture and small-holder farmer support initiatives.In addition to understanding contemporary global developments and impact of Food and Agricultural production on natural systems, provide expertise on regenerative production and consumption practices related to food systems, including emphasis on smallholder farming practices.Work with multidisciplinary teams and provide strategic and technical content for policies work related to related thematic portfolios including freshwater, wildlife, climate & energy, biodiversity stewardship & land, and urban systems. Work with the Strategic Communications team to develop internal and external communication material regarding relevant support for the Food Systems work in order to meet project goals, broaden and engage constituencies.Participate in WWF Corporate partnership, Business Network and other corporate relations management processes that are linked to the thematic portfolio.Work with partners to build regenerative value chains including a developmental approach to market access while observing both Environmental and Social safeguards according to set guidelines.Build sustainable funding streams to support implementation of the plan of work on Food Systems.Assist with relevant and appropriate staff recruitment, development, and mentorship of associated staff and, where relevant, partners linked to the Food Systems theme.Oversee an effective project cycle management process and manage reporting and alignment processes for related projects Ensure alignment with the WWF 2025 Strategy Implement Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning approaches to support and enhance WWF-SA strategic impactServe as WWF-SAs spokesperson in engagement with media on matters of Food, Agriculture and Smallholder farmers.Perform further duties as necessary to achieve key outcomes of WWF Strategy for Food, Agriculture and Smallholder support projects.

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