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 mission statements:
- 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 is established as a Section 21 not-for-profit company (NPC) under the South African Companies Act No. 71 of 2008, as amended. 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. Since its belated official launch on 20 September 2016, SADC-GMI has been funded 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). This project will officially end on 30 June 2019 with the possibility of a no-cost extension to compensate for the nearly 2-year delay in starting. More information about SADC-GMI can be obtained from www.sadc-gmi.org.
Through the 5-year Strategic and Financial Sustainability Plan (2018-2023), SADC-GMI is expected to grow its brand and diversify its income streams in order to guarantee long term financial sustainability. A key prerequisite in achieving this ambitious objective lies in upholding high standards in both financial management and the general operations of SADC-GMI. Although the Executive Director is charged with these latter responsibilities, there is insufficient oversight from the Board of Directors due to lack of skills.
The SADC-GMI Board of Directors therefore seeks to enlist the services of a suitable Independent Non-Executive Director to assist with the oversight and guidance of SADC-GMI’s financial management and operational issues at the level of the Board.
The SADC-GMI Board hereby invites applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill this new position of Independent Non-Executive Director – Finance & Operations Management.