The applicant in their online application will need to respond to six (6) Core Competencies - these are outlined below. At least  (3) Environmental Impact Assessment case studies must be submitted together with the application. The application should make reference to the three case studies. An Applicant Guideline Manual has been compiled to assist the applicant in completing the online application.

 

 

Core Competency 1
Demonstrate conceptual understanding of the environment, sustainable development, environmental assessment, and integrated environmental management.

  • Demonstrate that you have knowledge and understanding of the concept of environmental management including its history, purpose and role in promoting sustainable development, the cycle of activities (plan, implement, check and review), the tools used, and the legal/administrative context for integrated environmental management in South Africa.
  • Demonstrate that you have knowledge and understanding of the concept of environmental assessment in terms of its history, purpose and role in promoting sustainable development, including Environmental Impact Assessment, Strategic Environmental Assessment and/or Sustainability Assessment.
  • Demonstrate that you have knowledge and understanding of the systems and processes of the environment and its complex interlinkages; and the principles and requirements that facilitate sustainability within these systems.
  • Demonstrate that you have knowledge and understanding of the mutual reliance between human well-being and the integrity of the natural environment, and how you would use interdisciplinary approaches to deal with these interdependencies.


Core Competency 2
Demonstrate the ability to think critically, holistically, systemically, systematically, spatially and in an integrative manner and to discern what is relevant to decision-making.

  • Show how you have analysed inter-relationships between the component parts of the environment and applied this in environmental assessment, in determining limits of acceptable change and establishing the resilience or vulnerability of the environment and affected persons.
  • Discuss how you have critically evaluated and synthesised information from various sources to determine the effects/impacts of a development proposal, in order to inform decision-making or in preparing a decision.
  • Demonstrate how you have interpreted the relevance of environmental and planning legislation, policies and processes to specific EIA cases.


Core Competency 3
Demonstrate the ability to identify and apply environmental assessment and management procedures and methods.

  • Describe a scoping process that you conducted or reviewed, to identify potential impacts and alternatives. Indicate how you judged which specialist inputs are required for a scoped assessment, including the compilation or review of specialist terms of reference.
  • Describe how you applied procedures and methods, or reviewed the adequacy thereof, in Environmental Impact Assessment, Strategic Environmental Assessment and/or Sustainability Assessment.
  • Demonstrate that you have knowledge and experience of which methods are appropriate in specific contexts.
  • Show how you have predicted and assessed anticipated impacts and their significance, or reviewed the adequacy thereof.
  • Show how you have formulated measures to mitigate and manage impacts, or reviewed the adequacy thereof, applying the impact mitigation hierarchy, i.e. impact prevention, reduction, rehabilitation and restoration, and compensation.
  • Demonstrate that you have prepared reasoned opinions and made recommendations on the need and desirability of a development proposal and its alternatives, based on an evaluation (either qualitatively or quantitatively, or both) of sustainability, including consideration of impacts, risk to physical, ecological, social and economic systems, mitigation options and likely benefits.


Core Competency 4
Demonstrate the ability to manage and review environmental assessment and management procedures and methods, and manage and monitor the implementation of development proposals.

  • Demonstrate that you have effectively organised your own activities and managed the activities of others, in defining tasks, setting and meeting timeframes and deadlines, and working within budgetary requirements, or reviewed the adequacy thereof.
  • Demonstrate that you have conducted managerial/internal, peer, public or authority reviews, to determine the adequacy of environmental assessment procedures, processes, methods and reports;
    for quality assurance and to determine whether they provide the information necessary for recommendations and decision-making.
  • Demonstrate that you have identified, specified and/or implemented management, monitoring and enforcement procedures related to Environmental Management Programmes or Environmental Management Systems, including but not limited to procedures, protocols and environmental audits, or reviewed the adequacy thereof; to ensure compliance with the recommendations of an environmental assessment and/or conditions of approval in an environmental authorisation, towards the achievement of adaptive environmental management.


Core Competency 5
Demonstrate the ability to conduct applied research in a specific context.

  • Demonstrate that you have conceptualised an environmental problem to be assessed, or reviewed the adequacy thereof, in order to specify topics for investigation.
  • Show that you have formulated key questions to guide an investigation and data gathering, or reviewed the adequacy thereof.
  • Show how you have developed a methodology for the environmental assessment or problem to be addressed, including the identification and selection of methods and techniques to gather, analyse and interpret data, or reviewed the adequacy thereof.

 


Core Competency 6
Demonstrate the ability to meet specific communication requirements at all levels through environmental reporting processes, stakeholder engagement and conflict management.

  • Show how you have identified and used written and verbal communication, using language that is simple, clear and appropriate to audience needs.
  • Demonstrate that you have planned and conducted inclusive, enabling, impartial and transparent stakeholder (including the public) engagement processes that are meaningful, or reviewed the adequacy thereof.
  • Demonstrate that you have written reports by synthesising information from various sources, including but not limited to literature reviews, specialist studies, research findings, public input; or reviewed the adequacy thereof.
  • Demonstrate that you have prepared environmental assessment reports and/or environmental decisions or authorisations, in accordance with legal requirements and ethical norms, or reviewed the adequacy thereof.