GreenCape is recruiting a Water Sector Desk Analyst
  14/03/2017     Careers, GreenCape, vacancy, News


The Western Cape is a water scarce region, and there is a growing need for technologies and solutions that improve the efficiency of water use and management of water quality. The role of the Water Sector Desk is to assist water sector stakeholders in overcoming barriers to such investments in the water sector. A more detailed description of the role can be found below.

Role Description

The Water Sector Desk Analyst’s primary role will be to interact with stakeholders in the industry to understand the opportunities and barriers to investment in green technology, systems or processes, which contribute to the sustainable water use within the Western Cape and South Africa; and where possible assist in overcoming such obstacles. This will be achieved through meeting with various water industry players, participating in industry events and a variety of government forums, and through contributing to relevant water sector project steering committees and water research reference groups.

The Water Sector Desk Analyst will gather and disseminate information required by investors to make informed investment decisions. The Water Sector Desk Analyst needs to possess the analytical skills required to assess the market potential that these opportunities represent, and to prioritise time and effort towards high-potential opportunities.

The Water Sector Desk falls within GreenCape’s Water Programme and the analyst will report directly to the Water Programme Lead. Reporting requirements include brief weekly updates as well as quarterly reports detailing the progress made in developing and disseminating knowledge, details of industry events attended, research conducted and key insights emerging from this.

A secondary focus area of the Water Sector Desk will be assistance with sector engagement, research and writing for the GreenCape Industrial Water Reuse and Recycling Project. Key activities will include guiding, or assisting the Water Sector Junior Analyst, with:

  1. Compiling a technology fact-book on water reuse.
  2. Developing a high-level database of references and case-studies.
  3. Identifying and initiating prefeasibility studies for water exchange networks or industrial reuse opportunities.
  4. Selecting key examples or references to further research, capture and promote.
  5. Developing and applying competencies in high-level project and financial analysis for water reuse.
  6. Capturing policy, legislation and procurement understanding for further discussion.
  7. Identifying barriers from research and engagement with businesses

Other short-term research projects may be initiated (either from external parties or through the prompting of the Water Sector Desk) for which the Water Sector Desk Analyst will be responsible for managing.

Overall, the primary deliverable of the Water Sector Desk Analyst will be writing the Water Sector Market Intelligence Report. This annually released document serves to (1) highlight investment opportunities and insights into how to overcome any potential or perceived barriers related to these, (2) provide potential investors with a thorough overview of the sector landscape, (3) detail the latest developments and trends within the sector, and (4) highlight local case studies where successful innovation implementation has resulted in investment into the sector over the course of the year.

Requirements for the role

This position is targeted at candidates with at least 3 years working experience in the water sector. A successful candidate for the position of Water Sector Desk Analyst will:

  1. Through a combination of studies (preferably at Masters level in engineering, economics, finance, resource management or environmental sciences) and/ or relevant work experience, have acquired knowledge and experience of the water sector, business development and/or green technologies;
  2. Be able to confidently initiate and foster productive, professional relationships with a large variety of stakeholders, including business, investors and government;
  3. Have the ability to work as an individual as well as in a team;
  4. Have strong communication skills (written and verbal), with confidence in both formal and informal public speaking engagements; and
  5. Possess problem solving skills, and an ability to identify, understand and quantify the viability and size of water sector opportunities.
  6. Possess a valid SA driver’s license

The following will be an advantage:

  1. Fluency in Afrikaans, isiXhosa or isiZulu.
  2. An existing network of key stakeholders in the water sector (such as technology providers, consultants, government, catchment management agencies, NGOs and academia).
  3. An existing understanding of water related technologies.
  4. Implementation experience in developing the circular economy.

In addition to the specific role, the candidate will also be required to work with the rest of GreenCape’s team and contribute their knowledge and experience to other relevant projects.

Contract length and remuneration

The position is available initially as a contract until 31 March 2018. The contract will then be converted to a 3 year contract subject to performance and the availability of funding for on-going or related work.

Remuneration will be between market-related, with recognition that GreenCape is a not-for-profit organisation. Medical aid is offered as an employee benefit (subject to some conditions).

Offers made will take qualifications, experience and level of responsibility into account.

Employment equity will be a consideration in the selection of candidates.

Application details

Applications and queries can be submitted via email.

The deadline for the application is 5 p.m. Wednesday 22 March 2017. Interviews will be held in late March and early April 2017.

The successful candidate will start as soon as available, ideally on 1 May 2017.

Applications should include:

  1. A detailed curriculum vitae (CV)
  2. Copies of academic transcripts.
  3. Proof of eligibility to work in South Africa (SA ID or work permit).
  4. Electronic copies or links to any water-related research, writing or publication work that the candidate has produced.
  5. A letter of motivation indicating:
  • What motivated the applicant to apply for the role;
  • What the candidate feels he/she brings to the role that would make him/her a suitable (and the preferred) candidate;
  • An indication of salary expectations;
  • An indication of when the candidate would be available to commence work.

Only candidates who are shortlisted for interviews will be contacted.

Please note that an application that does not contain a motivational letter will not be considered.

Candidates who have not heard from GreenCape by 31 March 2017 should consider themselves unsuccessful.