The Nature Conservancy Director of Water Funds for South Africa, Louise Stafford, is inviting invasive species teams, mentors and experts to submit proposals for an invasive species clearing project in Atlantis, Western Cape.

The Nature Conservancy is interested in contracting appropriately experienced and skilled service provider(s) for the following three (3) services:

1.   Specialist invasive plant control services in combination with employment & mentorship of a local community team consisting of individuals from the communities of Atlantis, Mamre and Pella;

2.   Skills development and training of the local community team;

3.   Establishment of a local invasive plant control small business.

Interested service providers have the options of submitting a proposal for (a) any one of the three services, or (b) a combination of any two, or (c) all three services.

Due Date for Submissions: Monday 29 January 2018, 12pm


Project Details

1.  Purpose

The purpose of this service is to develop and establish a small local community based business, skilled in providing the service of invasive plant control while clearing 50 hectares of invasive plants on the Atlantis Aquifer Protection Zone (A map will be provided).

2.   Objectives

The objectives of the service are:

       *   To employ, supervise and mentor a local community team,

       *   To provide skilled labor and start-up equipment for clearing 50 hectares of invasive plants on the Atlantis Aquifer Protection Zone.

       *   Set up a local community-led invasive plant control team

       *   To mentor and train the local community-led invasive plant control team


Three services are required:     

* Service 1

Specialist invasive plant control services in combination with employment & mentorship of a local community team consisting of 10 individuals (women) from the communities of Atlantis (6), Mamre (2) and Pella (2).

                - Timeframe:     Invasive plant control & team mentoring services - from the date of signing until December, 2018.  The invasive plant control services will be contracted on a daily-needs basis, not exceeding 50 days in total.

                - Expected Outcome: A local labor team employed under a specialized service provider, receiving fortnightly wages, covered for injuries on duty, registered for UIF and receive on-the-job skills development and transport to-and-from work, preparing them for independence.

* Service 2

 Skills development and training of the local community team

         - Timeframe: March – October 2018

         - Expected Outcome:  A fully capacitated and skilled team able to operate independently

* Service 3

Establishment of a local invasive plant control small business.

          - Timeframe: July to December 2018

          - Expected Outcome:  A fully independent invasive plant team established representing the Atlantis, Mamre & Pella communities


The consultancy(s) will be required to submit bi-weekly progress reports to the Director Water Funds, South Africa, Louise Stafford at

The tender enquiry can be downloaded below...  

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The Nature Conservancy has advertised a brand new post:  Communications Manager, Africa Region. Knowledge of invasive species and water would be an asset in this post. See details below: 
Job Title:  Communications Manager, Africa Region, The Nature Conservancy 
Job ID:    46095
This is a full-time position. 
Deadline for submissions: 11h59 - 12 February, 2018 (Eastern Time, USA)
Nairobi, Kenya or Cape Town, South Africa 
The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.
The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.
The Communications Manager, Africa Region, develops, manages, and implements communication that facilitates comprehension, adoption, and advancement of the organization’s goals and objectives.  
The Communications Manager will be part of the Africa region’s marketing and communications team and will be based either in Nairobi, Kenya, or Cape Town, South Africa.  S/He will:
     * Report to the Senior Associate Director of Communications based in the United States.
     * Be responsible for creating communications tools for use with targeted, influential audiences across the Africa region, including programs in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Gabon, Seychelles, and South Africa. S/he will stay abreast of regional communications needs and develop materials, including fact sheets, video scripts, event displays, presentations for executive staff, and messaging documents. S/he will manage product development with vendors, often remotely.
     * Travel to regional offices and project areas to meet with program staff, liaise with partners, photographers, or other visitors, conduct field reporting, or provide event support.
     * Develop co-promotion agreements with select partners, and manage distribution of content to them for use in social media and other communications platforms. 
     * Work with the Communications Director to design and implement marketing initiatives in local markets to directly reach and cultivate relationships with influential audiences, such as VIP events, paid advertisements in niche media, or targeted social media activations.
• Manages and serves as project lead on assigned communication initiatives.
• Creates marketing materials within program’s brand guidelines.
• Manages certain vendor and partner relationships.
• May serve as a lead or support role for regional events, including communications, promotion, and day-of support.
• Develops and implements regional social media strategies and promotions.
• Works within a budget, evaluates results, and develops recommendations for corrective strategies as needed.  
• Resolves complex issues independently within program area or within program team.
• Multiday travel to TNC offices and project sites in Africa and the United States will be required several times each year. Travel may include rugged conditions and/or to remote locations.
• Bachelor’s degree in related field and a minimum 7 years’ related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Experience writing, editing, and proofreading printed or online content for targeted audiences.
• Experience designing presentations, brochures, or other materials within visual brand guidelines. 
• Experience using social media, ideally as a professional communications tool.
• Experience cultivating and managing client, vendor, and/or partner relationships. 
• Experience implementing and managing multiple complex projects.
• Experience working in Africa and communicating with African audiences. 
• Fluency in English required, both verbal and written. 
• Superior writing skills and a rigorous attention to detail. (Writing samples will be required of all final candidates.)
• Multilingual skills appreciated, chiefly Swahili.
• Multicultural or cross-cultural experience in multiple countries in Africa. 
• Basic proficiency in Photoshop and InDesign software. 
• Strong organizational skills and the ability to work cooperatively. 
• Ability to work with a diverse team across different office locations and time zones. 
• Knowledge of current and evolving trends in marketing, social media, and nonprofit communications. 
• Experience working for a mission-driven organization preferred. 
* To apply to position number 46095, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. 
* All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 12th February 2018.
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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer
* Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture.
* Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.
* The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process.
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