The Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (EWSETA) is on the lookout for a visionary Water Sector Manager to lead and innovate within South Africa’s vital water sector.

This position extends beyond mere employment; it represents a chance to make a meaningful impact on the management and preservation of water resources throughout our country. Offering an attractive annual salary between R1,118,540 and R1,398,185, we are on the hunt for a dedicated individual. This person will be eager to foster strategic alliances, strengthen connections with stakeholders, and guarantee the provision of innovative skills programs.

Water Sector Manager Role Brief

As a Water Sector Manager, your mission will be multifaceted, focusing on building robust partnerships and fostering valuable stakeholder relationships. Your key objectives will include:

  • Facilitating collaboration across stakeholders and internal EWSETA functions to engage in productive EWSETA activities.
  • Leveraging sector data to identify trends, anticipate skills needs, and enable proactive solutions.
  • Influencing decision-making within EWSETA through insightful sector-specific information.
  • Advocating for EWSETA’s contribution as a thought leader in the water sector.
  • Demonstrating thought leadership by sharing knowledge and insights across various platforms.
  • Creating value for stakeholders by linking deep sector insights to EWSETA’s opportunities.
  • Building commitment and driving sustainable, ethical results.
  • Contributing technical expertise to support organisational outcomes.
  • Expanding networks to enrich solution delivery and achieve EWSETA’s vision.
  • Managing the Water Sector function effectively and innovatively.

Key Responsibilities

  • Craft and refine strategic plans specifically tailored to address the current and future needs of the water sector, ensuring alignment with national policies and objectives.
  • Implement strategies effectively across various initiatives, ensuring that all projects are aligned with the broader vision for water resource sustainability and efficiency.
  • Monitor and evaluate the success of implemented strategies, using key performance indicators to measure impact, adapt approaches as necessary, and report on progress to stakeholders.
  • Build and maintain robust relationships with a wide array of stakeholders including government entities, non-profits, educational institutions, and industry leaders to foster collaboration.
  • Organize and facilitate stakeholder meetings and workshops to ensure open lines of communication, gather feedback, and encourage participation in EWSETA initiatives.
  • Engage with communities to understand their needs and perspectives, integrating this feedback into program designs and strategies.
  • Plan, oversee, and evaluate the impact of sector events, campaigns, and functions designed to promote water conservation, awareness, and skills development.
  • Collaborate with marketing and communications teams to ensure events are well-publicized, targeting the relevant audiences, and successfully executed.
  • Innovate and introduce new event formats that can effectively engage stakeholders and the public in water sector challenges and opportunities.
  • Develop and implement research projects to gather critical data on water resources, usage patterns, and conservation effectiveness, aiding in decision-making processes.
  • Analyze sector data to identify trends, challenges, and opportunities, leveraging this information to inform strategic planning and policy development.
  • Share findings with stakeholders through reports, presentations, and discussions to drive awareness and inform future strategies.
  • Establish partnerships with key organizations and thought leaders within and outside the water sector to advance EWSETA’s goals and objectives.
  • Contribute to the discourse on water management and conservation through articles, speeches, and participation in forums, establishing EWSETA and oneself as thought leaders.
  • Leverage these partnerships for mutual benefit, facilitating knowledge exchange and supporting the development of innovative solutions to water sector challenges.
  • Lead and inspire the water sector team by setting clear objectives, providing regular feedback, and fostering a culture of continuous improvement and innovation.
  • Develop talent within the team through mentoring, training, and providing opportunities for professional growth.
  • Ensure a collaborative team environment that encourages open communication, creativity, and a high level of engagement.
  • Oversee the governance structures within the water sector operations, ensuring compliance with national laws and regulations.
  • Identify and mitigate risks associated with water sector initiatives, including financial risks, regulatory compliance risks, and operational risks.
  • Manage the budget for the water sector division, ensuring resources are allocated efficiently and effectively to support strategic objectives and maximize impact.


  • Minimum: B Degree in a relevant field (NQF level 7).
  • Advantageous/Ideal: Honours degree in a relevant field (NQF level 8).
  • Essential: Eight years’ experience as a specialist in the Water Sector.
  • Desirable: 2-3 years’ experience in a managerial role, with a background in Water Resource Management and Environmental Sciences, specializing in water.
  • Proficient in MS Office; project management skills; and preferable additional certifications such as Advanced Project Management or Management Development Programmes.
  • Membership with professional bodies like the Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) or The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) is beneficial.
  • Building client loyalty, aligning performance for success, coaching, and building successful teams.
  • Continuous improvement, stakeholder orientation, collaborative relationships, driving for results, continuous learning, quality orientation, and demonstrating personal integrity.
  • A thorough understanding of EWSETA’s mandate, operations, applicable South African legislation, sector policy mandates, and stakeholder management frameworks.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication, consulting, research, presentation skills, and the ability to build and maintain relationships.

Application Process

Qualified candidates are invited to forward their CVs and certified qualifications to by 12 April 2024, 16:30 PM. Please reference the position title in your application’s subject line.

For further enquiries, contact the HR Manager at 010 109 3250 or Mthenjwa Radebe at

Note that correspondence will be limited to shortlisted candidates, and EWSETA reserves the right not to make an appointment. Appointments will align with EWSETA’s Employment Equity targets.

Don’t miss this chance to make a lasting impact in the water sector. Apply now to lead change, inspire innovation, and drive strategic growth within EWSETA and the broader water industry.