Friday, August 22, 2014

New posts being advertised require systems understandings

Research Fellow (Monash Sustainability Institute)

Job No. 526947
Faculty / Portfolio: Provost and Senior Vice-President
Monash Sustainability Institute
Location: Clayton campus
Employment Type: Full-time
Duration: 12 month fixed-term appointment
Remuneration: $64,272 - $87,228 pa Level A
(includes 9.5% employer superannuation)
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The Opportunity

The Systemic Governance Research Program at the Monash Sustainability Institute brings a systems thinking approach to 'wicked' or 'messy' situations in order to identify and create the conditions for more effective governance performances. The program primarily deals with the governance of water, climate change adaptation, food security, research for development and organisational learning. Researchers in the program engage in transdisciplinary and collaborative action research with a range of organisations to enhance systemic awareness and performance in these fields. The program was established by Professor Ray Ison in 2008 to explore the practical and theoretical robustness of current water and climate change governance regimes, and to develop new models and strategies to make future governance fit for purpose in a climate-changing world. To learn more about our program, please visit our website. 

In this role, you will contribute to the development of a new 'learning laboratory' initiative and contribute to research inquiries into water governance in Australia. You will also contribute generally to the research activities of the Systemic Governance Research Program, including participating in inter and transdisciplinary research, preparing written publications, and seeking research funding.

If you believe you have the background to undertake this research role, we encourage you to apply.
This role is a full-time position; however, flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

Your application must address the selection criteria. Please refer toDownload File "How to apply for Monash Jobs"


Phil Wallis, +61 3 9905 8709

Position Description

Download File PD - Research Fellow

Closing Date

Monday 22 September 2014, 11:55pm Aus. Eastern Standard Time


South African Section 21 NPO. Muizenberg, Cape Town, South Africa.

Available position: Landscape Mobiliser / Project Manager

Senior and/or Apprentice Position
Living Lands invites applicants to fulfil the role of Landscape Mobiliser / Project Manager for Living  Lands  at  our  offices  in  Muizenberg  for  an  initial  period  of  12  months,  with the possibility of extending the contract to a permanent position.

Living Lands – The Organization

The vision of Living Lands is ‘collaborations working on living landscapes*’, which represents the connection amongst stakeholders and the undertaking of learning processes. These ultimately raise social awareness and lead to collective action towards more sustainable practices. Research and innovations act as an integrated part of the knowledge created for supporting stakeholders’ decision making.

*A ‘living landscape’ comprises a variety of healthy ecosystems and land uses and is home to ecological, agricultural and social systems which are managed so as to function sustainably.

Role Description

We are looking for a highly motivated and professional Landscape Mobiliser. The role of the mobiliser is to: work together with stakeholders, take a leading role in social learning/change processes on landscapes to build collective understanding of the current challenges and aspirations, and to create collective strategies and actions. The stakeholders usually include: landowners, communities, farmers, municipalities, universities, private and government agencies.

The  Landscape  Mobilizor  is  responsible  for  the  bottom  based  stakeholder  engagement process that forms the foundation of Living Lands’ approach. This approach is an integration of social learning, Theory U, ecosystem thinking and transdisciplinary knowledge production.

    Engage with local stakeholders to create understanding and build trust;
     Mobilize and connect divergent groups of stakeholders at the landscape level: land- users, communities, NGOs and government;
    Form and maintain mutually beneficial partnerships;
    Organise learning events and workshops;
    Implement and manage different projects on the landscape, incl. admin budgets, planning, logistics and reporting;
    Represent Living Lands at meetings and workshops;
    Proposal writing;
    Pick up and elaborate on new ideas;
    Embrace and align with Living Lands’ vision and strategy;

Experience, Knowledge and Skills
The  successful  candidate  will  need  to  be  able  to  multitask,  be  flexible  and  be  able to empathise and communicate effectively and responsibly with stakeholders. They will also need to be able to work effectively in teams.

In  general,  the  candidate  should  have  interest  in  social  change  processes  and  natue conservation/ restoration. The following criteria apply:
    At least an honours degree, master degree is preferred  ;
    Experience in (or interested in learning) managing stakeholder processes;
    Excellent communication and network skills, on all levels;
    Good project management skills - team player;
    Ability to listen and have empathy with stakeholder stories;
    Driver’s license;
    Previous experience is an advantage;
    IT proficiency to a self-supporting standard in Microsoft Office applications;
    Fluency in English is essential and Afrikaans is a plus;
    South African citizen or permanent resident.

Personal Attributes
    Passionate, results-orientated, keen eye for problem solving, responsible and a positive attitude.
    Flexible and enthusiastic attitude, able to get things done in a diplomatic way.
    Strong leadership ability and know how to handle problems quickly and efficiently.
    Appreciation for nature.
    Outstanding social interaction and inter-personal skills with the ability to motivate and inspire stakeholders, particularly project managers and staff.
    Excellent organisation and time management skills with the ability to work under pressure with changing priorities.
    Effective networker.
    Desire to continually develop and work outside of one’s comfort zone.
    Entrepreneurial spirit and ‘can do’ mentality.
    Independent working and proactive. Pioneer.


A salary will be based on the relevant skills and qualifications of the candidate.

To apply for the job please send your CV (including at least three references and their relevant direct contact details) and a motivational letter describing why you would be the ideal candidate for the position to Marijn Zwinkels,, by 5pm on Friday 5 September 2014. Please note that only emailed applications will be considered.

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