The Southern African Development Community Groundwater Management Institute (SADC-GMI) was established in 2009 as a regional center of excellence on groundwater management hosted by the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa on behalf of and under the strategic guidance of the SADC Secretariat, Directorate of Infrastructure and Services – Water Division, in Gaborone, Botswana.
The Vision of the SADC-GMI is “To be a Centre of Excellence in promoting equitable and sustainable groundwater management in the SADC region”. The vision is brought to life through the following 6 Corporate Objectives:
- Create an enabling environment for groundwater management through the improvement, development and harmonization of policy, legal and regulatory frameworks.
- Lead and promote regional coordination, across various spatial scales, for groundwater management and development.
- Support infrastructure development for improved groundwater management and sustainable groundwater development.
- Promote and coordinate action-oriented research to support the development of regional understanding of groundwater resources.
- Promote impact-oriented capacity building and training to develop a growing cohort of groundwater expertise across the region
- Advocate, raise awareness and provide support regarding the understanding of sustainable groundwater management through the dissemination of data, information and knowledge products, supported by ongoing knowledge management.
SADC-GMI was established as a Section 21 not-for-profit company (NPC) under the South African Companies Act No. 71 of 2008, as amended. The Company was officially launched on the 20th September 2016 and has been operating with funding from implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management in SADC Member States Project supported by the World Bank (through the support of the Global Environment Facility and the Cooperation in International Waters in Africa trust fund). The company is run by an 8 Member Board of Directors composed of representatives from the SADC Member States (4No), University of the Free State (2No), an Executive Director and SADC Secretariat’s Water Division as the Chair. The Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Company stipulates that the Board of Directors should be made up of 10 Directors and currently only 8 have been appointed.
The SADC-GMI is expected to grow its brand and secure its business offerings in order to guarantee long term financial sustainability. A 5-year Financial Sustainability Plan (2018-2023) was developed and approved by the Board of Directors .More information about SADC-GMI can be obtained from www.sadc-gmi.org.
In order to enhance good corporate governance, the SADC-GMI Board of Directors seeks the services of a suitable, qualified and experienced professional to appoint as an Independent Non-Executive Director. The successful candidate shall among other oversight responsibilities assist the Board of Directors and Management of SADC-GMI to achieve financial sustainability particularly through the implementation of the Financial Sustainability Plan and other related measures.
The SADC-GMI Board hereby invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for appointment to the Board of Directors as Independent Non-Executive Director to lead the Business Development Strategy of the Company.