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Project Coordinator

Closing Date: 21 March 2024

Position Description

The Waterberg Wild Dog Initiative (WWDI) is looking to appoint a Project Coordinator to join its small but growing pack. The WWDI is a non-profit African wild dog conservation organization based in the Waterberg, South Africa. The WWDI works closely with the community to conserve the free-roaming, Endangered African wild dog population across a wide range of privately-owned game farms, livestock farms, and nature reserves in the region.

This position is based in the Waterberg, South Africa. The purpose of the position is to strengthen the WWDI’s implementation of innovative strategies designed to mitigate threats facing the free-ranging population of African Wild Dogs in the Waterberg and promote their co-existence in the region. The dynamic role requires regular travel in remote areas for fieldwork, meetings, and other engagements throughout the Waterberg as well as attending meetings and workshops throughout South Africa.

This position reports to the Board of Directors of the Waterberg Wild Dog Initiative and will be integral in promoting the WWDI’s strategy and operation in the area. The position is open to South African Citizens or Residents qualified to work in the Republic of South Africa.


Responsibilities and Duties

Conservation Work

  • Work with partners and collaborators to design, implement, and manage projects to conserve free-ranging African wild dogs.

  • Support, facilitate, and oversee research, monitoring, and tracking of the free-ranging African wild dog population.


  • Build and maintain relations with all stakeholders in Waterberg Wild Dog conservation efforts, including community members, NGO partners, donors, sponsors, and government organizations.

  • Manage grants, sponsorships, and donor relations.

  • Manage the WWDI’s social media accounts, including Facebook and Instagram.


  • Management of project finances.

  • Fundraising for the finances to maintain the WWDI. 

  • Supervise staff, volunteers, and students.

  • Ensure timely delivery of reports.

  • Manage and oversee the maintenance of assets and equipment.


Required Qualifications, Experience, and Characteristics:

  • MSc degree in natural sciences (preferred) OR BSc Honours degree in natural sciences with 3 years of relevant work experience (required).

  • Strong project management skills, including delivery, data management, reporting, budget management, monitoring, and evaluation.

  • Fluent in English (required), Afrikaans and Northern Sotho (preferred)

  • Strong communication skills across a wide variety of audiences and platforms.

  • Strong leadership skills, including team collaboration and stakeholder engagement.

  • Previous experience in a supervisory role.

  • Computer literate, with excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite Products

  • Strong writing skills for a variety of audiences.

  • Attention to detail and excellent time-management skills.

  • Motivated, passionate, and able to work independently with minimal supervision.

  • Must be qualified to work in South Africa.



  • Previous experience working with human-wildlife conflict.

  • Previous experience with telemetry tracking and field monitoring of wild carnivores.

  • Basic understanding of qGIS mapping software.

  • Knowledge of social media platforms, including Facebook and Instagram.

  • PDP Driving Permit.

  • FGASA registered.



Salary and package will be dependent on experience and will be discussed during the final rounds of interviews.



Please submit a CV (including three contactable references) and a motivation letter of why you will be successful in this role to

All applications will be treated confidentially. Correspondence will only be conducted with short-listed candidates. Should you not receive correspondence from the WWDI within three months after the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful. The WWDI reserves the right not to make an appointment.

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