AWARD Action Researcher South Africa

AWARD (Association for Water and Rural Development) is an NGO working in Bushbuckridge and the Sand River Catchment in Mpumalanga Province.

It endeavours to develop and test new and appropriate ways of managing water to address water security in the Catchment.

This is done through research-based enquiry to implementation, and commitment to equitable water allocation and the livelihood needs of the poorest inhabitants.

AWARD seeks to appoint an Action Researcher to work on the Village Water Security Programme.

The programme promotes collaborative, participatory planning to increase water security to contribute to more sustainable livelihoods.

The Action Researcher will work with villagers and local structures as well as other stakeholders and officials, to facilitate the planning and implementation of water-related interventions.

The work will also entail working with people on building, upgrading and maintaining water infrastructure for village and household systems - from boreholes to rainwater tanks.

The research orientation requires that you work as part of a team to plan, implement, reflect on and document processes and progress to develop collective understanding and informed action.


  • At least 2 years experience in rural development, agriculture or water;
  • Relevant diploma or degree
  • Good oral and written skills;
  • Ability to liaise with local communities and stakeholders - proficient in English and either isiZulu, Sepedi, XiTsonga or isiSwati, and understanding of all;
  • Driver's licence;
  • Care about water, environmental and social justice issues;
  • Be happy to live and work in rural Mpumalanga.


    R8 500.00 - R10 500.00 per month, depending on skills and experience.

    To apply, submit CV (maximum 5 pages), the names of three referees and a motivation letter to Private Bag X483, Acornhoek, 1360 or e-mail to info[at]

    Deadline: 12th June

    For more information and application, visit: AWARD Action Researcher South Africa Website

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