Executive Manager: Socio-Economic Development

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iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority, a renowned World Heritage Park where conservation, sustainable tourism and benefit sharing prevails, is looking for an experienced Executive Manager: Socio-Economic Development.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Executive Manager: Socio-Economic Development will be required to implement transformation programmes; assist in improving the economic conditions of local communities through strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation of programme objectives; facilitate land claims settlements as well as compilation of accompanying co-management agreements.

Requirements for the Job

Minimum qualifications: 3-year degree or equivalent of NQF 8 in relevant development fields i.e. social studies, community/social development, etc. A post-graduate qualification would be an added advantage. Should have 6 to 10 years’ experience in a similar environment; 10 years in a senior management role with extensive experience in developing strategy; managing budget; project management experience and a valid driver’s licence.


Skills: Proven leadership ability; excellent critical thinking, creative and analytical thinking; good decision making and problem-solving skills; excellent relationship management competencies, good human resources management skills and staff supervision.

Behavioural attribute: Influential, emotional intelligence, innovation and good judgement.

Key Performance Areas

A successful applicant will be expected to carry out the following key functions:

Planning and Implementation

Develop divisional strategic plans, policies and procedures that guide and support socio-economic transformation/development; strategically develop transformation programmes to facilitate access to socio-economic benefits through ownership, business opportunities, education, training and job creation; creates a culture conducive to the achievement of transformation goals and supporting business strategies that improve the corporate image; provides direction and facilitate the decision-making process of various stages in the project from conceptualization to implementation; ensures transformation programme targets are met by identifying and mitigating programme risks; provides direction on project execution through the regular review of project metrics and engagement with the project managers; promotes programme awareness through networking/convening conferences, workshops and seminars and identify donors and secure funding for bursary and skills programmes.

Stakeholder’s Relationship Management

Assures optimal performance of relationship management capability; effectively address all strategic operational issues with stakeholders to ensure sustainability; interacts with stakeholders to drive a coordinated approach to the development of a positive experience; encourage dialogue with stakeholders to aid in the achievement of iSimangaliso’s strategy. Develop and implement communities and stakeholder’s engagement model that will ensure all-inclusive participation on matters of parks operations and benefit distribution.

Budget Management

Analyse the business plan to determine the financial requirements; prepare budgets in line with prescriptions from the Finance division; determine financial allocations in accordance with deliverables; monitor expenditure against budget and ensures spending occurs within budgetary limits; explores opportunities to reduce costs.

Human Resource Management

Effectively lead and manage the Socio-Economic Development division with the aim of ensuring that it achieves set divisional objectives; ensure that management team’s roles and responsibilities are clarified, performance objectives are set and managed; conducts performance reviews in line with the policies and procedures and take necessary corrective actions where necessary; ensures identification of critical skills essential for sustainability of service delivery and development of succession plans.

Please send your application letter and detailed CV with certified copies of qualifications, ID and drivers licence attached to; before the close of business on 14th June 2019.

Appointment of candidates into positions will be made at the sole discretion of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority. It is the responsibility of the applicants to make sure that their applications have been received. Applicants who have not received any response within 60 days from closing date should consider their applications unsuccessful. In line with the Employment Equity policy and commitment to diversity, iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority welcomes applications from members of the designated groups.


Closing Date

14 Jun 2019

Contact Details

Nombuso Memela


R1,052,880 – R1,579,320

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