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  • NGO Merger Will Benefit Africa

    Merged non-governmental organisations (NGOs) say they need to pool resources if they are to make a significant difference.

    The merger of Irish NGOs, Gorta, and Self Help Africa has created one of the largest nonprofit agricultural organisations in Ireland and Britain.

    Gorta was set up in 1965 as an Irish response to a United Nations hunger campaign; Self Help Africa had its genesis in the Ethiopian famine of 1984 and together they will implement programmes in Ethiopia, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Burkina Faso.

    To read the article titled, “Development sector ‘shake-up’ will benefit Africa,” click here.  

    Source: 
    Irish Times
  • Govt Pledges Farms to Community, Co-ops

    North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo’s pledge to allocate all state-owned farms in the province to community and youth cooperatives has been greeted favourably, but details on how this will be implemented are sketchy.

    In his state of the province address, Mahumapelo stated: “Government will provide seeds and implements, and ensure that state hospitals procure all their required supplies from these cooperatives.”

    His spokesperson, Sam Mokaila, says that all young people and women who are organised under properly registered cooperatives will benefit from this initiative.

    To read the article titled, “North West Premier pledges state-owned farms to community, youth cooperatives,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • Joint Aid Management: Personal Assistant - CEO

    Joint Aid Management (JAM)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Thursday, May 29, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Joint Aid Management (JAM) is a South African founded humanitarian nonprofit organisation that works to empower Africans to create better lives for themselves.

    JAM seeks to appoint a Personal Assistant to the CEO, based in South Africa.

    The Assistant to the CEO and co-founder is responsible to the CEO for the performance of highly technical, responsible, and confidential executive office functions without recourse to a supervisor.  Responsible to the CEO for executing with minimal direction the management of the CEO’s Office.
     
    Responsibilities: 
    • Serve as  assistant to the CEO;
    • Represent the CEO and Co-founder of the Organisation in a professional and congenial manner in person, in telephone conversations, and in written correspondence and inter-staff communications;
    • Being able to lead discussions and take informed decisions in support of strategic objectives of the organisation
    • Consolidate reports for the CEO, and management;
    • Manage the handling of the logistics for the CEO;
    • Develop a quick and sound understanding of JAM and all JAM’s various activities;
    • Quickly assess each business/NGO contact and their environment and most effective ways of working/partnering;
    • Establish rapport with key people in the organization and consultants to JAM;
    • Understand key areas needing CEO’s attention and various programmes to meet these needs;
    • Telephone coverage, mail processing, ordering supplies, preparing and implementing bank deposits;
    • Draft letters and other correspondence for the CEO, including letters of gratitude, follow-up, agreement and letters of appreciation;
    • Discreet handling of confidential information;
    • Proofread and edit documentation;
    • Scan material for projects and publications;
    • Initiate effective and relevant inputs for high-end donors;
    • Participate in brainstorming sessions for various projects;
    • Assist with development and preparation of budgets for specific projects within the organization;
    • Update contacts and articles in the database, using database to export information, merge letters, make contact lists, produce labels, and prepare group emails;
    • Assist with filing and organization of information;
    • Maintain the office calendar, including the schedule for the CEO;
    • Maintain the CEO’s CV, training and technical assistance schedules, and notebooks;
    • Assist with travel arrangements for the CEO and Co-founder and maintain travel records;
    • Take notes and/or minutes at various meetings;
    • Prepare expense reports and reimbursement forms for the CEO and Co-founder;
    • Assist with general office administrative tasks as needed;
    • Assist with meeting planning as needed;
    • Attend and represent the CEO and/or Co-founder at seminars and conferences when they are travelling;
    • Assist with tasks related to marketing, registrations, development of the agendas and resource materials for meetings;
    • Assist with various personal tasks for the CEO and Co-founder. 
    Requirements:
    • Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent work experience;
    • Languages:  English is essential;
      • Portuguese will be an added advantage
      • Any of the other 11 languages is an advantage
    • Excellent interpersonal skills;
    • Excellent editing and proofreading skills;
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
    • Attention to accuracy and detail in all aspects of responsibilities;
    • Proficient computer skills, particularly with Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
    • Experience scanning photographs and slides preferred;
    • Experience in working with a database;
    • Experience performing research utilizing the Internet;
    • Excellent organizational skills and confidentiality;
    • Knowledge of basic filing and organizational protocols;
    • The ability to follow directions, sometimes from multiple sources, and determine priorities;
    • Flexibility and a willingness to perform other reasonable duties as requested, including willingness and availability beyond office work hours.
    Salary: R18 000 per month.

    To apply, submit a CV and motivational letter to recruitment.sa@jamint.com.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

    For more about Joint Aid Management, refer to www2.jamint.com.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • SA Farmers Working to Avoid Labour Laws

    Reports have found that, agriculture in South Africa is doing well, however, South African farmers are working to avoid labour legislation such as land claims and higher minimum wages for farmworkers.

    As an indication of the health of agriculture, four state-of-the-art tractors, each costing R4.5 million, were sold on the first two days of the agricultural show, held from 13-16 May 2014.

    Political and economic analyst, JP Landman, stresses that although there are currently only about 37 000 farmers left from the 66 000 in 1990, commercial farming produces a third more food than in 1990, despite challenges like the collapse of local government, land reform and strict labour laws.

    To read the article titled, “SA farmers working around labour laws – report,” click here.

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian
  • NGO Trains Young Farmers in Delmas

    Farming is labour intensive and needs individuals with a passion for the industry, young farmers who are attending courses in Delmas said.

    Buhle Academy, a non-governmental organisation started in year 2000, has already produced more than 3000 farmers.

    One of the students, 20-year-old Thami Mthethwa from Soweto is attending a vegetable production course. Mthethwa attended a farmers’ expo last year in Nasrec and developed an interest in farming.

    To read the article titled, “Passion needed’ for farming sector,” click here.

    Source: 
    The New Age
  • NEPAD Business Foundation: Programme Assistant

    NEPAD Business Foundation (NBF)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, March 21, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The NEPAD Business Foundation (NBF) is a nonprofit company promoting sustainable economic development in Africa through the private sector.  The NBF is a 'Chamber of Business for Development', connecting the public and private sectors and development agencies, and implementing innovative and sustainable projects in partnership with each other.  In supporting African economic development and growth, NBF’s key focus areas mirror the NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency’s (NEPAD Agency) development themes of agriculture and food security; climate change and natural resources management; economic and corporate governance; human development and capacity building; and regional integration and infrastructure.

    The NBF seeks to appoint a Programme Assistant, based in Johannesburg.

    The Programme Assistant will report to the Africa Infrastructure Desk Programme Manager.

    This is a 12 months, renewable contract posiiton.

    The programme assistant will provide programme management, administrative and secretarial support to the Afri-ID Secretariat. The ideal candidate will have strong communication skills, demonstrate strong client orientation and the ability to work with and respond to members from diverse organisational backgrounds. Excellent organisation and time management skills, and the ability to work under pressure are a must.

    Hosted by the NEPAD Business Foundation, the Afri-ID will have strong links to African public and private sector infrastructure opportunities.  As a neutral and mandated body that brings private sector to the NEPAD Agency and African Union Commission, the NBF has access to emerging opportunities that have political support.
     
    The Africa Infrastructure Desk will provide research, business linkage and relationship services.  The Afri-ID will contribute to the development of investment and commercial opportunities for participating member companies, allow coordination on pursuing projects, provide leading information on development in infrastructure and allow engagement between the public and private sector.  This will have meaningful impact for spatial development and regional integration in SADC and the North-South Corridor.
     
    The programme assistant will provide programme management, administrative and secretarial support to the Afri-ID Secretariat.  The ideal candidate will have strong communication skills, demonstrate strong client orientation and the ability to work with and respond to members from diverse organisational backgrounds.  Excellent organisation and time management skills, and the ability to work under pressure are a must.

    Responsibilities:
    • Proactivey participate in the day to day activities that ensure the smooth operations of the Afri-ID;
    • Capture minutes and writing summary reports, action items and following up on action items resulting from Steering Committee and Working Group meetings;
    • Developing project management plans and timelines to achieve deliverables and working with team members and working group members to provide and deliver actions according to deadlines;
    • Draft quarterly update reports as well as financial expenditure reports on the activities of the Afri-ID for submission to Afri-ID sponsors;
    • Schedule calendar of Afri-ID Steering Committee and Working Group meetings for 12 month period in advance and be responsible for all coordination and preparation for these meetings including - drafting of the agenda, printing and preparing the packs, dissemination of packs and relevant information, venue etc.
    • Provide general administration support to the Afri-ID team including making travel arrangements for missions;
    • Maintain an accurate database of members and programme documents - electronic and paper;
    • Support the marketing and communciations functions of the programme including contribution to or proof reading of materials for publication and dissemination (including newsletters and website);
    • Act as personal assistant to the Afri-ID manager;
    • Any other duties as directed by Management.
    Requirements:
    • Tertiary qualification;
    • Three years experience in administration and project management;
    • Proficiency in computer skills ie. Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and MS Project;
    • Some marketing, business development and client relationship skills, track record and ability to focus on partners’ needs effectively;
    • Communication and co-ordination skills across different levels of stakeholders;
    • Ability to work within a team context;
    • Relevant knowledge / experience in the subject of infrastructure (rail, ports, pipeline sectors) in Africa will be an added advantage;
    • Versatility - ability to work across the board, changing functions as necessary;
    • Team orientation - working in an integrated team environment;
    • Consultative capabilities - ability to work with all levels of people;
    • Resilience - maintaining composure and dealing effectively with pressure;
    • Flexible and adaptable - changing opinions / behaviour in the light of changing situations;
    • Methodical and systematic, with a strong attention to detail and accuracy;
    • Proactive and action-oriented, confident and show initiative;
    • Operate with integrity and ethics;
    • Delivery and deadline orientated.
    To apply, submit a CV and a one-page motivation cover letter along with salary requirements to afri-id@thenbf.co.za.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Only those with South African work permits need apply.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No phone calls will be accepted.

    For more about the NEPAD Business Foundation, refer to www.nepadbusinessfoundation.org.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • NEPAD Business Foundation: Chief Financial Officer

    NEPAD Business Foundation (NBF)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, April 19, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The NEPAD Business Foundation (NBF) is a non-profit company promoting sustainable economic development in Africa through the private sector. Through its Project Management Unit, the NBF is implementing the Removing the Barriers in Agriculture (RtB) Programme which is aimed at removing barriers constraining private sector investment in the agricultural sector in order to increase participation of smallholder farmers and entrepreneurs’ in agricultural production, agribusiness, and agricultural value chains throughout Southern Africa.

    The NBF seeks to appoint a Chief Financial Officer (CFO), based in Johannesburg, South Africa (only those with South African work permits need apply).

    The CFO is responsible for the administrative, financial, human resources, stakeholder relations: communications, events and marketing, programmes, technology and risk management operations of the organisation, to include the development of a financial and operational strategy, metrics tied to that strategy, the on-going development and monitoring of systems and report accurate financial results.

    S/he will report to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

    This is a one-year, full-time renewable contract position.
     
    Principal duties and responsibilities:

    General management
    • Management and administration: coordinating the day-to-day operation and management functions of the organisation;
    • Assist in formulating the organisation’s future direction and supporting tactical initiatives;
    • Monitor and direct the implementation of strategic business plans;
    • Develop financial strategies;
    • Designing, improving and implementing the systems the company uses to deliver its services;
    • Develop and administering operational administrative policies, processes and procedures;
    • Managing the risks of the NBF as set out in the risk management strategy, including the risk management framework and fraud prevention plan;
    • Develop performance measures that support the organisation’s strategic direction;
    • Provide information for evaluation of the organisation's activities;
    • Management of the risks of the NBF as set out in the risk management strategy, including the risk management framework and fraud prevention plan.
    Operations
    • Manage and monitor  the finance and administration team, human resources, stakeholder relations:  communications, events and marketing of the organisation, programmes, technology and risk management operations of the organisation;
    • Implement operational best practices;
    • Participate in key decisions as a member of the executive management team;
    • Maintain in-depth relations with all members of the management team;
    • Ensuring operational diligence;
    • Supervise acquisition due diligence and negotiate acquisitions;
    • Maintaining and administering the Board-approved personnel policies;
    • Providing adequate supervision and evaluation of all staff Overseeing the recruitment, management and disciplinary procedures of personnel, including legal and labour-related matters;
    • Developing, monitoring and evaluating Key Performance Indicators and management of the Performance Appraisal system for staff and devising incentives/rewards appropriately;
    • Managing staff employment contracts and renewals and/or non-renewals
    • Ensuring operational diligence;
    • Managing the different business units and programs and ensuring effective delivery of services and streamlining of efforts and communication. 
    Financial management 
    • Oversee the issuance of financial information;
    • Managing external accountants;
    • Collating and reporting monthly management accounts for presentation to Operations Committee;
    • Submitting and reporting quarterly financial statements to Board meetings;
    • Preparing the annual financial statements and integrated annual report;
    • Overseeing and managing annual internal and external audit procedures with the auditors;
    • Ensuring effective audit trails;
    • Implementing recommendations from internal and external audit reports;
    • Tracking and complying with grant fund reporting requirements for funds received by NBF;
    • Oversee and provide guidance to business units in the development and management of programme budgets and expenditure;
    • Compiling grant funding reports on financial expenditure;
    • Approving and overseeing organisation expenditure;
    • Preparing, collating and tracking annual budgets for the organisation and business units and related programmes;
    • Provide proper fiscal record-keeping and reporting;
    • Maintain banking relationships;
    • Invest funds.
    Company secretarial
    • Ensure the organisation’s compliance with good corporate governance;
    • Ensure the organisation’s compliance to CIPC, SARS and other legal requirements;
    • Maintain and implement the organisation’s policies and procedures manual;
    • Liaise with appointed legal firm on legal issues such as MOI, trademarks etc;
    • Develop and implement a detailed risk assessment and management tool for the organisation;
    • Preparation of notices and legal requirements for the organisation’s Annual General Meeting and compliance to the MOI and other statutory requirements.
    Board and director relation liaison
    • Assist the Chairs in planning the agenda and materials for the Annual General Meeting, Board, Operations Committee and Audit & Risk Committee meetings;
    • Initiate and assist in developing policy recommendations and in setting priorities for the organisation;
    • Provide input regarding the organisation strategy and operational implementation implications.
     Public relations
    • Ensure appropriate representation of company/organisation by all employees;
    • Deliver presentations on behalf of the organisation and standing in for the CEO as and when required;
    • Understand the broader vision and objectives of the organisation and bring in relevant partners / organisations that may assist or partner with the organisation in achieving its goals.
    Requirements:
    • Tertiary qualification in accounting or business administration, or equivalent business experience, backed by a B Com, CIMA, CTA or CA (SA) and minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible work experience within an organisation of at least 30 staff;
    • Knowledge of nonprofit company’s accounting in accordance with IFRS accounting principles, management accounting, financial reporting, auditing, risk management, SARS tax legislation, King 3 Corporate Governance and the Company Act;
    • Create and assess financial statements and budget documents;
    • Recognize and be responsive to the needs of all stakeholders of the organisation, including donor organisations, the Board of Directors, local community advocates, and employees;
    • Organisational development, human resources, and program operations;
    • Ability to foster and cultivate business opportunities and partnerships;
    • Supervise staff, including regular progress reviews and plans for improvement;
    • Understanding of NEPAD, the African Union and current initiatives/developments NBF’s five focus areas, namely:
      • Agriculture and food security
      • Climate change and natural resource management
      • Economic and corporate governance
      • Human development and capacity building
      • Regional integration and infrastructure
     Behavioural qualities
    • Consultative capabilities – ability to work with all levels of people;
    • Resilience – maintaining composure and dealing effectively with pressure;
    • Methodical and systematic, with a strong attention to detail and accuracy;
    • Action-oriented, confident and show initiative;
    • Operate with integrity and ethics;
    • Delivery and deadline orientated.
    To apply, submit a CV, a one-page motivation letter to support your application along with salary requirements to sandra.pires@thenbf.co.za.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.  No telephone phone will be accepted.

    For more about the NEPAD Business Foundation, refer to www.nepadbusinessfoundation.org.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • Food Security: Not Simply a Matter of Access to Food

    In its fourth CSI That Works breakfast on 25 June 2014 in Johannesburg, FirstRand Foundation shared its research findings collated from a desktop survey and several case studies on food security programmes entitled: the ‘South African Food Security Paradox’. FirstRand Limited chief executive officer, Sizwe Nxasana, expressed the view that ‘knowledge-sharing among public and private sector as well as civil society will enhance collective efforts to alleviate food insecurity in the country’.
     
    “Food security is a multi-faceted challenge which is not simply a matter of ensuring that every citizen has access to food. A weakening economy, job losses and rising food costs undoubtedly exacerbate the plight of poverty-stricken households who already battle to maintain their daily food basket.  We need to draw from interventions designed to alleviate food (in)security and apply best practice to ensure that we effectively reduce the number of people suffering from hunger or malnutrition, as well as those who are at risk,” said Nxasana.
     
    Key objectives of the research study included: 
    • An assessment of the state of food insecurity in urban and rural areas and its implications on business, the economy and society;
    • A review of government’s response and interventions to improve food security in the country;
    • An evaluation of current initiatives promoting agriculture, food security and livelihoods; and
    • The identification of emerging opportunities for high-impact corporate social investment (CSI) in eliminating food insecurity in the country.
    Nxasana explained the importance of the research: “In order for us to create and implement sustainable solutions, we need to understand why chronic food insecurity persists for 57 percent of the population while South Africa produces adequate food to feed the entire population1.
     
    Improving the effectiveness of the of school feeding programmes will play an integral role in alleviating this burden as they give children from poor communities the opportunity to access food while simultaneously acquiring an education.
     
    What is encouraging though, according to Nxasana, is that the high rate of urbanisation has not resulted in the decline of subsistence agriculture as a livelihood option for rural communities - an option that enhances access to food as well as the opportunity to earn an income2. However, reliance on social grants to supplement livelihoods remains a stark reality in rural areas3  and urbanisation has put additional strain on housing, health and provision of energy, water and waste management services.
     
    The research indicates that in both rural and urban communities, food gardens are still being developed as a means to contribute to household food security. But while most mothers and grandmothers are involved in food production, there are only limited skills training opportunities for women seeking to formalise their involvement in farming.

    There are still many prospects for donors to partner with small-scale farmers on the food supply chain and to assist them with access to markets. And while government has made an immense effort to enact various pieces of legislation to address food security, major challenges in the agricultural sector still remain.
     
    In 2013, the country’s total CSI spend amounted to R7.8 billion of which R468 million was allocated to food security and agriculture: 35 percent was channelled towards food relief and feeding schemes, 29 percent on subsistence farming, 18 percent of small-scale farming and commercial agriculture, 15 percent on infrastructure, facilities and equipment and two percent on various donations.
     
    The research study revealed key learnings and proposed actions for the implementation of CSI interventions in agriculture and food security: 
    • Shift funding from food relief programmes to training and skills development interventions;
    • Promote initiatives that promote gender equity in agriculture and the food security sector;
    • Support the design and implementation of educational programmes linked to community development;
    • Support the use of technology in improving monitoring and evaluation of food security programmes;
    • Engage in structured public-private partnerships to optimise impact; and
    • Support small-scale commercial farmers linked to the business supply chain. 
    “At the FirstRand Foundation, we recognise that the magnitude of the issue of food security demands effective public-private partnerships to pool resources and expertise, to increase efficiency in implementing programmes aimed at alleviating food insecurity in the country,” offered Nxasana.
     
    Food Security panelists included Kelvin Glen, director of the Tiger Brands Foundation, Rob Small founder of the Farm & Garden National Trust, and Dr Danny Simatele from University of the Witwatersrand.

    [1] South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (SANHANES-1), 2013.
    [2] Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). 2004. Food Security in South Africa: Key policy issues for the medium term. Position Paper. (http://www.hsrc.ac.za/research/outputDocuments/2394_DeKlerk_FoodSecurityinSA.pdf
    [3] de Klerk et al., 2004. Food Security in South Africa: Key Policy Issues for the Medium Term. Position Paper: Human Sciences Research Council.
     
  • Joint Aid Management: Warehouse Manager

    Joint Aid Management (JAM)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Joint Aid Management (JAM) South Sudan is a christian relief and development non-government organization (NGO) dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty. JAM is committed to the protection of children and does not employ people whose background is not suitable for working with children.

    JAM seeks to appoint a Warehouse Manager, based in South Sudan.

    The incumbent will primarily be responsible for developing and maintaining the best warehouse practices and reporting to support achievement of the strategic objectives of JAM South Sudan in Lakes State.
     
    Responsibilities:
    • Commodity tracking and pipeline management:
      • This person is expected to be COMPASS savvy and or Knowledgeable in Commodity Tracking System (CTS).
    • Inventory Management:
      • Control inventory levels by conducting physical counts, reconciling with data storage system i.e. COMPAS/CTS;
      • Ensure Warehouse records (Ledger books, stack cards, loss reports, PI sheets, warehouse inspection forms and control ledgers) are accurately filled and updated regularly;
      • Work with the field coordinator to develop periodic reports.
    • Warehouse Management and Distribution Management:
      • Maintain all the general rules of warehouse management policies and procedures, as stipulated in the JAM modules, manuals and SOPs;
      • Safeguard warehouse operations and contents by implementing and/or monitoring security procedures / protocols.
    • Maintain physical condition of warehouses by planning and implementing new design layouts, inspecting equipment, issuing work orders for repair and requisitions for replacement;
    • Ensure that pallets and floor space are adequate for commodity receipts;
    • Work closely with the Field Coordinator to coordinate food distributions and food allocations to other partners and or locations;
    • Offer technical support and management to all subordinates in Mingkaman and the Kalthok warehouse team.
    • Supervision and Capacity building of warehouse staff:
      • Provide on-the-job training for the employees and casuals that work in the warehouse;
      • Work in liaison with the Field Coordinator to provide warehouse management and control training to all field staff;
      • Make sure that all Warehouse staff including the Casual labourers undertake training in commodity minimum standards including safety in the warehouse environment;
      • Mentor and supervise all warehouse supervisors.
    • Reporting:
      • Ensure that warehouse and distribution reports are submitted to Juba by the 5th of every month;
      • Prepare monthly Commodity Receipt Summary, Dispatch summary, Loss Status Reports, commodity in transit to other locations, Physical Inventory Reports, narrative reports with challenges, successes, risks and recommendations  on the 5th day of each month.
    Requirements:
    • Bachelor’s degree in procurement and logistics management, stores management, business administration or related discipline;
    • Postgraduate qualification in stores management or warehouse management;
    • At least three years’ experience, preferably with a busy international NGO or United Nations agency, in commodity and or NFIs handling, tracking and accounting;
    • Extensive knowledge of warehouse, freight and forwarding, transport and shipping operations is desirable;
    • Possess a clean driver’s licence.
    Salary: To be advised.

    To apply, submit a CV and motivational letter to recruitment.sa@jamint.com.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    All employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of all applicable background checks, including criminal record checks where possible. ‘Helping Africa Help itself’

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

    For more about Joint Aid Management, refer to www2.jamint.com.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • Joint Aid Management: Field Coordinator

    Joint Aid Management (JAM)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment

    Joint Aid Management (JAM) is a South African founded humanitarian nonprofit organisation that works to empower Africans to create better lives for themselves.

    JAM seeks to appoint a Field Coordinator, based in South Sudan.

    Responsibilities:

    • Provide the necessary strategic community leadership and management support to JAM SS through coordination, integration and overseeing implementation of efficient and effective area projects / programmes and support services / field activities in South Sudan;
    • Link to build and strengthen relationships in the field with communities, local leaders, GoSS, NGOs and other partners;
    • Build relationships and linkages with local authorities and communities in the areas JAM SS is operating and other prospective areas in Lake State;
    • Build relations with other NGOs that are working in and around Lake State JAM SS is operating;
    • Strengthen / build relationships with NGOs;
    • Provide leadership to JAM Mingkaman and Kalthok team, build and maintain team spirit;
    • Participate in community, GoSS and NGO meetings and give JAM SS programme updates if and when necessary;
    • Arrange meetings for JAM SS teams with stakeholders (communities, local authority, GoSS and NGOs) and collaboration with JAM SS, Area Manager, programme sector specialists and support services - coordinate JAM SS activities at all levels in the area;
    • Give support to sector specialist by ensuring that all logistic arrangements are in place for field activities;
    • Oversee and coordinate warehouse and transport management in the field;
    • Ensure that staff visiting the field are accommodated;
    • Host visitors from other JAM HQ, partners and donors;
    • Additional responsibilities:
      • Operational supervision and coordination of activities’ implementation;
      • Security management;
      • Internal and donor reporting;
      • Representation of JAM in the field with all relevant stakeholders.
    Requirements:
    • Excellent English written and verbal communication skills (Arabic advantage);
    • Demonstrate leadership, coaching, mentoring, and team building skills;
    • Strong people management skills;
    • Strong problem identification, analytical and solving skills;
    • At least ten years’ experience in humanitarian related work especially in Africa;
    • Practical management experience preferably in relief or development work with rural communities;
    • Experience of working through systems of community participation and good analytical skills;
    • Prioritisation skills and the ability to follow procedures are necessary;
    • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members in a cross-cultural environment is critical;
    • Sensitivity to staff from different educational and national backgrounds and ability to advise and mentor staff and partner organisations is required;
    • Experience working with donors is required;
    • Ability to live and work in remote areas and travel extensively, work in difficult situations.
    Salary: To be advised

    To apply, submit a CV and motivational letter to recruitment.sa@jamint.com.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

    For more about Joint Aid Management, refer to www2.jamint.com.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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