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agriculture

  • 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
  • Despite Climate Change, Africa Can Feed Africa

    Climate change comes with never-before-experienced impacts. For example, crop yields and growing seasons will decrease even as changing rain patterns will worsen people’s access to water. Yet Africa’s population is projected to reach two billion in less than 37 years, and in 86 years three out of every four people added to the planet will be African.

    Decreasing crop yields and increasing population will put additional pressure on an already fragile food production system. That is why experts have warned that if the current situation persists, Africa will be fulfilling only 13 percent of its food needs by 2050. This situation will further threaten about 65 percent of African workers who depend on agriculture for their livelihoods including children and the elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to food insecurity.

    Hunger already affects about 240 million Africans daily. By 2050, even a change of about 1.2 to 1.9 degrees Celsius will have increased the number of the continent’s undernourished by 25 percent to 95 percent (central Africa +25 percent, East Africa +50 percent, Southern Africa +85 percent and West Africa +95 percent). The situation will be dire for children who need proper nourishment to succeed in their education. The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has estimated that African countries could lose between two and 16 percent of gross domestic product due to stunting of children as a result of malnutrition.

    Climate-Stressed African Agriculture

    Changes in climate such as higher temperatures and reduced water supplies, along with other factors like biodiversity loss and ecosystems degradation, affect agriculture. According to Science, a leading international research journal, by 2030 Southern Africa and South Asia will be the two regions in the world whose crop production is most affected by climate change. For example, while wheat varieties grow well in temperatures between 15ºC and 20ºC, in sub-Saharan Africa the average annual temperature currently exceeds this mark during the growth season. Therefore, if current climate trends continue, by 2030 wheat production is likely to decline by 10 to 20 percent from 1998 - 2002 yields.

    Food insecurity will likely lead to social unrest, as has been the case in the past. For example, between 2007 and 2008, riots took place in several countries when prices of staples peaked. In 2010, hundreds of protesters took to the streets in Mozambique after wheat prices went up by 25 percent due to a global wheat shortage caused in part by wheat-crop-destroying wildfires from record heats in Russia. The increase in bread prices led to fires, violence, looting and even death.

    Fears extend beyond wheat scarcity. The Africa Adaptation Gap Report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations (UN) organ responsible for promoting sustainable use of the environment, confirmed the World Bank’s recent findings that with warming of about 2ºC, all crop yields across sub-Saharan Africa will decrease by 10 percent by the 2050s greater warming which is more likely to cause crop yields to decrease by up to 15 or 20 percent.
    Further bad news for African agriculture is that by the middle of this century, wheat production could decrease by 17 percent, maize production by five percent, sorghum production by 15 percent and millet production by 10 percent. Additionally, if climate warming exceeds 3ºC, all present-day cropping areas for maize, millet and sorghum will be unsuitable for those crops. The question becomes, is Africa’s agricultural system ready to respond?

    Protecting Water Resources

    Increasing crop production amid climate change has been done before, and analysts believe that African countries need to incorporate this knowledge in their planning. They will also need to protect and fortify their water resources, which are critical to food security.

    In the coming years, water for agriculture will be stretched to a painful extent. According to UNEP, 95 percent of agriculture relies on rainfall for water in Africa. The World Bank notes that it is very likely that by 2100 the total availability of water in all of Africa could decline by more than 10 percent. In addition, climate change threatens biodiversity and ecosystems, which are the foundation of agriculture.

    Biodiversity losses and ecosystem degradation will affect the quality of the soil and the vegetation upon which livestock depends, states the World Bank, adding that potential reductions in water, biodiversity and crops should compel Africa to pay closer attention to its current food system. In short, Africa needs an approach that works with nature, not against it.

    New and Better Approaches

    There is a continuing argument as to whether the industrial agricultural revolution will solve some or all of Africa’s climate change problems. However, experts maintain that industrial agriculture currently accounts for one third of all greenhouse gas emissions - the very element most responsible for climate change. Additionally, they believe that the resources and infrastructure required to operate an industrial agricultural system in Africa are impractical for smallholder farmers.

    New machines also mean fewer hands, which may increase joblessness while reducing wages, affecting many who depend on agriculture. Because current practices cannot meet future demands, Africa must apply new and better approaches.

    In July 2013, African leaders made an ambitious pledge to end hunger by 2025. They mean to do this by encouraging farmers to move away from cash crops, fragile cropping systems and heavily fertilizer- and pesticide-dependent systems and to adopt sustainable and climate-resilient practices. According to findings by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) nutrient depletion alone accounts for US$1 billion to US$3 billion per year in natural capital losses.

    Ecosystem-Based Adaptation

    Unlocking Africa’s potential requires that policy makers in agriculture and the environment join forces with civil society and non-governmental organisations to consider options that will enable the environment and farmers to cope with climate change. One of the options being advocated is the ecosystem-based adaptation, which is to mitigate climate change impact through the use of natural systems such as drought-resistant varieties, more efficient methods of water storage and more diversity in crop rotation, says UNEP.

    In Zambia, 61 percent of farmers who applied an ecosystem-based adaptation, such as natural resource conservation or sustainable organic agricultural practices, reported surplus yields. Some yields even increased by up to 60 percent, while sales of surplus crops grew from 25.9 percent to 69 percent.

    In Burkina Faso, farmers are using indigenous methods to rehabilitate land. By digging small pits (locally referred to as zaï) on barren plots and filling them with organic matter, some Burkinabe farmers are able to add nutrients to the soil while enhancing groundwater storage to improve crop productivity. These farmers have reclaimed 200 000 to 300 000 hectares of degraded lands and have produced an estimated 80 000 to 120 000 additional tonnes of cereal.

    Other options include protecting watersheds and reinforcing their capacity to hold water and carry it to those who need it most, using integrated pest management, which is a natural and cost-effective way of protecting crops using agroforestry, intercropping and crop rotation, which bring nutrient diversity to fields and ensure continued and improved production yields in a natural way maintaining forests and using forest foods using natural fertilisers like manure and using natural pollinators like bees, which, according to a recent study, could increase fruit yields by five percent. These alternatives are cost-effective: the project in Zambia costs only US$207 per person. Similar projects in Uganda and Mozambique cost just US$14 and US$120 per person, respectively.

    A Ray of Hope

    The most pessimistic forecast about the impact of climate change suggests that Africa may lose 47 percent of agricultural revenue by 2100, while the most optimistic predicts a loss of only six percent. The latter scenario depends on the assumption that climate change adaptation practices and infrastructure are already in place. But the difference between six and 47 percent is huge, which itself is a strong argument for investment in adaptations that will unlock Africa’s vast natural resources.

    Analysts believe that if Africa is to fortify agriculture and curb hunger, it will need to work with the natural environment, making it more resilient and productive under climate change.

    The changing climate does not have to mean greater food insecurity in Africa. Many communities across the continent are already building resilience by stimulating their existing ecosystems and available natural resource bases. Building on such good practices, and properly managing the unavoidable effects of climate change, will unlock Africa’s potential to feed itself. The future need not be a future of want. 

     - Dr. Richard Munang is UNEP’s Africa regional climate change coordinator. He tweets at @MTingem. Jesica Andrews is ecosystem adaptation officer with UNEP’s Regional Office for Africa. This article first appeared in the Africa Renewal Magazine – Special Edition on Agriculture.
    Author(s): 
    Dr. Richard Munang
  • 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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  • Eastern Cape Project Transforming Lives

    East London based rural development project, gains recognition for its pioneering work.

    Indibano, an economic development implementation organisation, is achieving significant results across the Eastern Cape by creating opportunities that enable underprivileged people to support and sustain themselves. Indibano’s collaborative efforts with the Kula Investment Group, Phambili Vuma Investments and   PriceWaterHouse Coopers, has initiated several agriculturally-focused projects that promise to have a lasting impact in rural parts of the region.

    What sets them apart from the many similar projects doing good work is Indibano’s use of a three-fold partnership between the community, corporate role-players and government. This model has proven well-suited to rural solutions that require long-term commitment, entrepreneurial energy and meet a real market need. The ethos behind this rural self-help model is that: 
    • If community members become aware of their problems and are given sufficient information on which to base their decisions (awareness);
    • Are allowed to plan and implement projects for themselves (action planning);
    • Are given the space to experiment to find the most appropriate solution (resourcefulness);
    They will take responsibility for their situation (responsibility); and thereby gain confidence in their ability to solve their own problems (self-esteem).

    "Our main objective is to provide strategic planning and collaboration skills that will enable an effective delivery vehicle for wealth creation within rural communities. This is underpinned by an entrepreneurial approach, which helps to ensure sustainable results,” explains Indibano’s Sibongile Tabata.

    Although Indibano is making strides in helping the historically-disadvantaged, the reality is that just like many similar organisations, it is faced with constant challenges that make it difficult to carry out its agendas. Chief among these is a lack of proper support and funding. “Equipping community-based enterprises to develop, operate, compete and maintain a commercial business is an overarching challenge to poverty alleviation, wealth creation and economic growth and development in South Africa,” says Catherine Wijnberg, founder of enterprise development agency, Fetola, and also director of Indibano,.

    Indibano is inspired by business models in South Africa where communities and their chiefs have capitalised on commercialising their natural resource endowments, including land, minerals and livestock. The Bafokeng Community in Rustenburg (mining), the Ncera Communities in East London (macadamia nuts) and the Zulukama communities in Queenstown (livestock) are some of the communities that have inspired the Indibano model for development.

    As a result, Indibano has strong relations with various traditional leaders around the Eastern Cape and the capacity to design, fundraise and implement large scale projects, using communities’ natural resources, where communities partner with the private sector in owning and operating these projects.

    “Traditional leaders own stretches of undeveloped land, so we try to work with them for wealth creation, and the idea is to  go for large-scale agricultural development projects and set-up abattoirs, shearing  and dairy facilities,” explains Lindiwe Hendricks, founding member of Indibano.

    Since Indibano started operating, at least seven villages now have shearing sheds. Furthermore, there are currently another seven projects providing young people from the region with training in sheep shearing, corporate governance and skills development.

    “We hope the youth we support make agriculture their career of choice, in which case they will look at how they can process wool and build a bigger industry. It must not be just something they fall back on,” concludes Hendricks with a smile.

    Indibano expects to achieve the upgrade of 36 Operational Shearing Sheds, empowering the youth with their own stock and full training for youth shearers and sorters, leading to 72 permanent job opportunities, 648 seasonal jobs and the production of quality wool for commercial trading by the youth cooperatives. A South African, if not a world first, and one that will hopefully encourage rural youth to remain in the wool-producing industry!

    To learn more about Indibano or to offer support contact Sibongile Tabata at sibongile@indibano.za.org.

    - Abram Molelemane is media coordinator at Fetola.
    Author(s): 
    Abram Molelemane
  • Call to Scale-Up Policies to Eliminate Hunger

    International Food Policy Organisation suggests in a report that hunger could be eliminated by 2025 if enough resources are committed and countries scale up policies proven to work.
     
    In the 2013 Global Food Policy Report, Shanggen Fan, director general of International Food Policy Research Institute, points out that, "Based on the successful experiences of several developing countries, we see the clear potential for ending hunger and under-nutrition by 2025 if the necessary policies and investments are adopted.
     
    Hunger is a continuing concern in many parts of the world, particularly with food prices rising, population growth continuing and extreme weather associated with climate change affecting harvests.
     
    To read the article titled, “Scale up policies that work to eliminate hunger by 2025 - food expert,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • Joint Aid Management: Communications Officer

    Joint Aid Management (JAM)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Tuesday, March 18, 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 Communications Officer, based in South Africa.

    Responsibilities:
    • Facilitate, channel, produce and support all relevant corporate communication, donor and affiliate as well as marketing-related outcomes to the division and its internal and external stakeholders;
    • Produce a range of communications resources / materials linked to donor engagement, media relations and coverage, internal communications processes and products, publications (internal and external), social media, corporate website, administration, public relations and events, and ad hoc tasks assigned to the Communications division;
    • Function under the guidance and supervision of the JAMSA Donor Relations Manager;
    • Contribute to the success of a high-performance communications function for productive and quality work that speaks of consistent, pro-active, timely and effective communication to all its constituencies;
    • Develop and maintain key media contacts within South Africa focusing on SA projects;
    • Productive writing and packaging of feature and other stories, as well as issues-oriented reports that are focused on children and communities where JAMSA is present, and utilised for web-based, electronic, print and other materials that ensure effective stakeholder and donor engagement by JAMSA;   
    • Contribute stories, photos and information to the production of various internal communication channels and communiqué, which reflect comprehensive information about the organisation, its activities, staffing issues, and social news and decision processes of JAMSA;
    • Submit Monthly reports to Donor Relations Manager;
    • Donor proposals and timely reporting is essential. (Stories, financial reports, planning and monitoring);
    • Produce content and material for JAMSA publications, brochures, flyers and other marketing collateral, and manage the design and layout of such products;
    • Participate in the writing of marketing-related proposals and reports;
    • Manage JAMSA website and its viral presence on social networks;
    • The Communications Coordinator may from time to time be required to perform duties not specifically stated in this job description, provided that such duties are related to JAM operations.
    Requirements:
    • First degree in Communications Studies and/or Marketing;
    • English-language fluency (written and verbal). A superior command of the English language is essential;
    • Computer skills (additional skills in word processing, Excel, PowerPoint and desktop publishing are advantageous);
    • An energetic, analytical, self-starting approach to projects that involve significant responsibility and fixed deadlines;
    • Interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills;
    • Team player, with a proven track record of working harmoniously within teams;
    • Functioning well under pressure;
    • Independent and responsible worker, driven by successful and quality outcomes;
    • Ability to travel and work in the field from time to time;
    • Willing to work overtime from time to time;
    • Valid driver’s licence;
    • Minimum three years experience within a Communications environment;
    • Experience within an NGO environment will be a major advantage.
    Salary: R20 000

    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.

    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: Global Marketing Administer Manager

    Joint Aid Management (JAM)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, February 5, 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 Global Marketing Administer Manager, based in Honeydew, Gauteng.

    The person will be responsible for all the administration and implementation of JAM Global Marketing  and promotions, working alongside JAM’s Donor Relations and Communications as well as planning and arranging marketing events.
     
    Responsibilities:

    Indicators 25%
    • Marketing
    • Work with internal and external resources to capture video, photo and media materials on JAM’s programming, to tell the JAM story, abiding by our Corporate Identity;
    • Implement Global Marketing Campaigns and give inputs to the Annual Plan of Action;
    • Provide input for corporate tools such as customer brochures and e-tools such as intranet and social media;
    • Oversee and provide inputs to those representing JAM for the effective development of donor partnerships.
    Administration 25%
    • Oversee effective storage libraries for all media materials as well as those capturing video footage, stories and photographs in the field.        
    Management 25%
    • Day-to-day management of videographer, library overseer, field capturers, writer and sales personnel;
    • Assist with annual budget preparation;
    • Coordinate monthly commitment budget request;
    • Manage day-to-day budget expenditure;
    • Oversee graphic and print production of marketing and promotion clothing and materials.
    Reports 25%
    • Weekly activity report;
    • Bi-monthly expenditure report;
    • Monthly activity overview;
    • Compilation of the JAM Reporter magazine bi-annually.
    • Manage JAM Annual Report project including compilation, editing, printing and distribution       
    The candidate may be required to perform duties not specifically stated in your job description from time to time provided that such duties are related to JAM operations.

    Requirements:
    • Bachelor’s degree in marketing/communications;
    • Valid driver’s licence;
    • Minimum of three years experience in marketing and administration management;
    • Experience in managing library databases preferable;
    • Knowledge of English is essential;
    • Computer literacy is essential;
    • Excellent office administration and organizational skills;
    • Excellent written and spoken communication. A superior command of the English language is essential;
    • Even-tempered, highly confidential individual;
    • Team player;
    • Independent worker;
    • Must be willing to work overtime. 
    Salary: R30 000 CTC per month.

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

    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: Website / Social Media Officer

    Joint Aid Management
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, February 5, 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 Website / Social Media Officer, based in Honeydew, Gauteng.

    The Officer will be responsible for all the population and update of the JAM international and specified affiliate websites Interaction with donors and potential donors through social networking and management of email marketing function
     
    Responsibilities:

    Populating and updating jam international websites: 40%
    • Development of website content and blog entries;
    • Search for relevant news articles for publishing on JAM websites;
    • Update existing web content as required;
    • Manage newsletter subscription lists from website;
    • Respond to website queries.
    Social Networking: 40%
    • Provide input into the development of a JAM social media policy;
    • Development and delivery of social networking content and messaging on FB, twitter, Google, Instagram and U-Tube;
    • Respond to social networking requests and interactions;
    • Manage social networking comments, complaints and compliments;
    • Work with marketing to deliver campaign relevant material to social media and provide input into social elements of marketing campaigns;
    • Capacity building (training) of JAM staff around the use of social media.
    Email marketing: 15%
    • Work with marketing, donor relations and affiliates to develop marketing emails (writing and graphics);
    • Manage email marketing lists;
    • Report on email marketing success, click through and delivery failures;
    • Perform duties not specifically stated in your job description from time to time provided that such duties are related to JAM operations.
    Requirements:
    • Languages: English is essential, German is an advantage;
    • Computer literacy is essential. An intermediate or advanced knowledge of MS office is required;
    • Office administration and organisational skills;
    • Written communication;
    • Passion for social networking, blogging and use of the internet;
    • Preferable, ability to write very basic HTML code;
    • Even-tempered, highly confidential individual;
    • Team player;
    • Independent worker;
    • Must be willing to work overtime from time to time;
    • Degree in communications or language specifically will be an added advantage;
    • Post high school certificate or diploma;
    • Minimum of two years experience in related field preferable;
    • Preferable, experience using Wordpress;
    • Knowledge of spreadsheets and excel.
    Limits of authority: subject to the limits of authority as described in the strategic document.

    Salary: R14 000 CTC per month.

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

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

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

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  • Thanda: Agriculture Manager

    Thanda After-School
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, January 24, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment

    Thanda is an award-winning grassroots NGO that supports orphans and vulnerable children in rural South Africa through educational after-school programs and agriculture projects.

    Thanda seeks to appoint an Agriculture Director, based in Umtwalume, South Coast of  KwaZulu-Natal. 

    Responsibilities:

    • Teach organic permaculture vegetable farming to a group of high school students through hands-on after-school lessons each day;
    • Accomplish other goals of the Thanda high school curriculum, including rural development, entrepreneurship, emotional support, history, English, science, and HIV prevention;
    • Oversee agriculture income generation projects including seedling nurseries, egg-laying chickens, vegetables, and goat cheese;
    • Record and calculate profit on income generating activities, with the goal of developing activities as models for community entrepreneurship; 
    • Assist with youth entrepreneurship programmes;
    • Assist in development of local co-op for vegetable sales; 
    • Assist with community agriculture, renewable energy, and nutrition projects; 
    Requirements: 
    • Agriculture knowledge and experience; 
    • Understanding of business practices and accounting; 
    • Ability to take initiative and work alone; 
    • Ability to meet project deadlines and create monthly reports;
    • Ability to speak isiZulu preferable.
    Remuneration based on experience.

    To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter to info@thanda.org.

    For more about Thanda, refer to www.thanda.org/.

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

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