The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds, a leading marine conservation non-profit organisation, seeks to employ a Preparedness and Response Manager to join their dynamic team in Table View, Cape Town. The Preparedness and Response Manager will be responsible for the management of SANCCOB’s oiled wildlife preparedness and response portfolio and will report to the Chief Executive Officer of SANCCOB.

Key responsibilities:

  • Lead and coordinate the oiled wildlife response department at SANCCOB.
  • Ensure that SANCCOB is ready to respond to an oiled wildlife response both nationally and internationally.
  • Assist other environmental stakeholders and seabird management authorities with oiled wildlife preparedness and response.
  • Promote the development of oiled wildlife preparedness and response plans and source consultancy contracts from governments and/or the oil industry.
  • Develop oiled wildlife preparedness and response plans for SANCCOB and persons or companies who have contracted SANCCOB.
  • Ensure alignment of the oiled wildlife preparedness and response plans with the incident command system.
  • Develop and facilitate training and exercises for SANCCOB and persons or companies, who have contracted SANCCOB, to be able to respond to an oiled wildlife incident.
  • Facilitate the identification and purchase of oiled wildlife response equipment, and ensure the equipment is audited and serviced according to policy.
  • Develop and maintain a robust knowledge of relevant conservation legislation and the institutions and processes necessary for the effective implementation and enforcement of relevant laws and processes.
  • Remain up to date with oiled wildlife preparedness and response strategy, policy and legislation.
  • Maintain and develop effective working relationships with key partners including NGOs, science and policy experts, government(s), oil industry, and shipping industry both nationally and internationally.
  • Assist with the organisation of events and conferences when required.
  • Write information articles for SANCCOB and other media as may be required from time to time.
  • Supporting efforts to raise public awareness about oiled wildlife response through, for example, presenting at conferences or media interviews.
  • Where required, engage in fundraising support activities including developing concepts and proposals for funders and assist with activity reports.



  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in the environmental, conservation or environmental law field. A post-graduate qualification in these fields will be an added advantage.


  • Minimum 5 years working experience in the environmental, conservation or environmental law field.


  • Leadership capabilities.
  • Ability to develop high quality written content.
  • Ability to help lead response teams in an emergency situation.
  • Passion for seabirds and/or marine conservation, with a mission-driven work ethic and a positive attitude.
  • Ability to represent and promote SANCCOB at meetings, stakeholder working groups and public events.
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a small team but also to execute work independently and take the initiative when required.
  • Emotional intelligence, including strong interpersonal skills and self-awareness.
  • Computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite).
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Presentation and negotiation skills.
  • A strong command of English as a working language is essential, and a written and spoken capability in at least one other official South African language is preferred. French or Portuguese language skills are also desirable.
  • Valid Code 8 drivers licence.
  • Ability to travel independently nationally and internationally.

Please send your CV (max. 3 pages) with contactable referees and a letter of motivation for attention: the Business Manager to

Closing date for applications: 26 July 2019 by 17h00

Management will not accept telephonic applications and will only correspond with applicants chosen for interviews.