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  • ARESTA: Bookkeeper

    Agency for Refugee Education, Skills Training & Advocacy (ARESTA)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, January 23, 2015
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Agency for Refugee Education, Skills Training & Advocacy (ARESTA) a nonprofit organisation and an Implementing Partner for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). ARESTA fulfils a practical empowerment role in educating and providing skills to refugees and asylum seekers, helping them to become self-reliant during their stay under the protection of the South African Government.

    ARESTA seeks to appoint a Bookkeeper, based in Athlone, Cape Town.

    This position a twelve months contract, renewable subject to funding availability, adequate work performance and good conduct.

    The successful candidate will work under the direct supervision of the Executive Director. The Bookkeeper will perform all bookkeeping, accounting services and aspects of financial control and reporting required by the Agency. S/he will be responsible for handling all the fundamental aspects of ARESTA financial recordkeeping, including recording financial transactions, calculation of employees salaries and required payments to the Receiver of Revenue, managing accounts payable and receivable, reconciling bank statements, reports for funders, completing annual tax forms and preparing all relevant financial documents (trial balance,…) to be submitted to the Independent Auditors.
     
    Responsibilities:
    • Records all financial transactions into the correct journals and post the entries to the relevant ledger accounts;
    • Ensure that source documents (such as invoices, receipts, or deposit slips) and other relevant paperwork are filed correctly and safely;
    • Maintains historical records by filing documents;
    • Develops system to account for financial transactions by establishing a chart of accounts; defining bookkeeping policies and procedures;
    • Maintains subsidiary accounts by verifying, allocating, and posting transactions;
    • Balances general ledger by preparing a trial balance; reconciling entries;
    • Do monthly bank account reconciliations;
    • Prepares financial statements and reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing account information and trends;
    • Complies with the Receiver of Revenue requirements by enforcing adherence to requirements; filing reports; advising management on needed actions;
    • Prepare and complete the organisation’s tax returns;
    • Keep track of organization assets and provide inventory support, including maintaining office equipments, stationery and supplies;
    • Make sure that supplier invoices and accounts are paid on time;
    • Provide accountants and auditors with access to the relevant financial documents and records;
    • Make bank deposits (cash, cheques,..) and receipts of money;
    • Receive requests for materials and equipment and prepare purchase orders accordingly;
    • Collect and manage students tuition fees;
    • Manage the flow of petty cash;
    • Take charge of payroll administration; and
    • Support fundraising efforts - assist with budget preparations.
    Requirements:
    • Degree or National Diploma in Financial Accounting or Bookkeeping;
    • Minimum of five years accounting or bookkeeping experience including accounts management, payroll, general ledger, trial balance and financial reports;
    • Sound knowledge and working experience with accounting software (especially Pastel Accounting)
    • Knowledge of computerized accounting, but must be able to do a manual set of books;
    • Knowledge of regulatory requirements of processing payroll accounting transactions and payroll returns;
    • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, verbally and in writing, in English;
    • Ability to work under pressure and set priorities;
    • Must be able to keep staff and client matters strictly confidential;
    • Must have excellent interpersonal skills and customer service skills;
    • Computer literate – with advanced excel skills;
    • Prior experience in Business Management preferred;
    • Registration with Professional and Certified Bookkeepers Body will be an advantage.
    Remuneration: R16 500 per month for a minimum of 40 hours per week.

    To apply, submit a CV with a supporting motivation letter and two names of your referees at coordinator@aresta.org.za with “Reference:  Assistant Community Education Campaign Manager” in your subject line – no later than Friday 23 January 2015, 12:00 PM.
     
    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and those who have not heard from ARESTA by 28 January 2015, consider your applications unsuccessful.
     
    Qualified women and members of Refugee communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

    For more about the Agency for Refugee Education, Skills Training & Advocacy, refer to www.aresta.org.za.

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

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  • ARESTA: Assistant Community Education Campaign Manager

    Agency for Refugee Education, Skills Training & Advocacy (ARESTA)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, January 23, 2015
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Agency for Refugee Education, Skills Training & Advocacy (ARESTA) a nonprofit organisation and an Implementing Partner for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). ARESTA fulfils a practical empowerment role in educating and providing skills to refugees and asylum seekers, helping them to become self-reliant during their stay under the protection of the South African Government.

    ARESTA seeks to appoint an Assistant Community Education Campaign Manager, based in Athlone, Cape Town.

    This position is for a twelve months contract, renewable subject to funding availability, adequate work performance and good conduct.

    The successful candidate will work under the supervision of the Community Education Campaign Manager. S/he will (1) leads the administration and operational planning of the Community Education Campaign; - ensure that all logistics are attended to timely; (2) collect social data, statistics and all other relevant information for reporting and public awareness purposes; (3) work with schools and community-based structures to set up a Peace Network of Peace Clubs in schools; (4) develop and implement a sustainability strategy for social cohesion and peace building initiatives of trained Peace Ambassadors and Peace Monitors at community level; and (5) performs other duties as required. This position is for a twelve months contract, renewable subject to funding availability, adequate work performance and good conduct.

    Responsibilities:
    • To provide administrative and operational support to the Community Education Campaign Management;
    • To build capacity of Peace Ambassadors and Peace Monitors to prevent and diffuse social conflicts in host communities;
    • To work closely with Peace Ambassadors and Peace Monitors to identify and address their on-going peace building initiatives and distance support needs in order to consolidate their social conflicts prevention strategies;
    • To develop inclusive social mobilization strategies to increase the involvement of refugees in community activities and initiatives;
    • To facilitate workshops of tolerance in schools and broader communities;
    • To co-facilitate social cohesion and peace building trainings of Peace Ambassadors and Peace Monitors;
    • To lobby community for tolerance and conduct social dialogues between refugees and host communities;
    • To plan and administer sport and cultural diversity events in communities;
    • To target and increase the involvement of in and out of schools youth in efforts to promote tolerance and peace in communities;
    • To build and sustain partnerships with schools, government institutions, the South African Police Services (SAPS) and all other relevant stakeholders and community structures;
    • Attendance of stakeholders meetings, minutes taking and keeping proper filing system of the Community Education Campaign;
    • To position and build the campaign profile and brand with a range of local, provincial, national stakeholders and strategic partnerships;
    • To identify and lobby for new schools and stakeholders for workshops of tolerance and social cohesion building activities;
    • To collect social data, statistics and all other relevant information for reporting and public awareness purposes;
    • To ensure that all logistics (stationeries, pre and post-questionnaires, attendance registers, refreshments, transport,…) are ready timely;
    • To write articles for the newsletter, type all correspondences, submissions, memorandums and letters;
    • To prepare monthly and quarterly reports programme activities against work plan;
    • To develop strategic plans for the expansion of social cohesion activities in different areas;
    • To update existing and develop information and educational materials.
    Requirements:
    • Degree in Social Sciences, Peace building and conflict resolution or other relevant field experience;
    • At least three years relevant work experience in community outreach or social work;
    • Basic knowledge of key aspects of International and South African Refugee law and policies;
    • Sound knowledge of the history of Cape flats and townships, including social-economic challenges, community dynamics and social conflicts in Cape Town’s townships;
    • Proven ability to organise and facilitate workshops, trainings and/or seminars;
    • Proven ability to collect and analyse social data, statistics and write reports;
    • Excellent listening, strong communication, interpersonal, networking and advocacy skills;
    • Ability to work independently, with very limited supervision;
    • Computer literacy, including the ability to use a Word processor, Excel and Power Point to produce presentations, documents and to use e-mail and internet;
    • Fluency in written and spoken English with good report writing skills;
    • South African indigenous language as a second language will be an advantage.
    Remuneration: R12 100 per month for a minimum of 40 hours per week.
     
    To apply, submit a CV with a supporting motivation letter and two names of your referees at coordinator@aresta.org.za with “Reference:  Assistant Community Education Campaign Manager” in your subject line – no later than Friday 23 January 2015, 12:00 PM.
     
    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and those who have not heard from ARESTA by 28 January 2015, consider your applications unsuccessful.
     
    Qualified women and members of Refugee communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

    For more about the Agency for Refugee Education, Skills Training & Advocacy, refer to www.aresta.org.za.

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

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  • Cape Town Refugee Centre: Senior Social Worker

    Cape Town Refugee Centre (CTRC)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, January 16, 2015
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Cape Town Refugee Centre (CTRC) is a South African nonprofit, non-government organisation that works with vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers.  We strive to improve the quality of life of refugees and asylum seekers by meeting their basic needs on a short-term basis, and enabling them to become self-reliant and self-sufficient through various empowerment opportunities. 

    Cape Town Refugee Centre seeks to appoint a Senior Social Worker, based in Wynberg, Cape Town.

    The successful person will oversee the Psycho Social Intervention team within Cape Town Refugee Centre; and is accountable to the Programme Director/Coordinator for achievement of targets in this area. S/he is responsible for the day-to-day running of the psycho-social interventions.

    Responsibilities:
    • Provide all levels of Social work Services, especially statutory services;
    • Oversee and effectively manage the Psycho Social Intervention Programme within CTRC including, but not limited to:
    • Develop an annual work plan and ensure that interventions are on time, within budget and achieving targeted results;    
    • Oversee of psycho social intervention team;
    • Technical and administrative supervision of Programme implementation, including budget reporting and monitoring;
    • Regular report writing for donors;
    • Provide social work advice to management on changes to existing programme and developing innovative programmes;
    • Oversee administration, case work and service provision to special needs groups;
    • In coordination and consultation with the Social Cohesion team, develop and implement community interventions, conduct group sessions and trainings;
    • Coordination and maintenance of networking relationships with various organisations in the Western and Eastern Cape;
    • In conjunction with other relevant stakeholders including designated child protection organisations providing statutory services, initiate, refer, write reports and follow up on cases of children in need of protection and care; oversee provision of services by social worker to unaccompanied minors.
    Requirements:
    • Social Work, work degree post-graduation degree preferred;
    • Minimum of 5-8 years experience as a Social Worker within South Africa;
    • Minimum of three years working experience in statutory work;
    • Registered Social Worker in South Africa (submit registration number);
    • Fluency in written and spoken English. Excellent written and oral communication skills;
    • Valid code B driver’s licence;
    • Significant and demonstrable experience guiding and mentoring social workers and support staff;
    • Excellent management and organizational skills as well as written and oral communication skills;
    • Experience conducting training;
    • Familiar with legal issues, social services and human rights issues surrounding refugees and asylum seekers;
    • Experience in statutory services for children, beneficial.
    To apply, submit a CV with three contactable references to info@ctrc.co.za.

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

    If we have not contact you within two weeks after the closing date, consider your application unsuccessful.

    For more about Cape Town Refugee Centre, refer to www.ctrc.co.za/mc/home.html.

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

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  • Cape Town Refugee Centre: Programme Director / Coordinator

    Cape Town Refugee Centre (CTRC)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, December 10, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Cape Town Refugee Centre (CTRC) is a South African nonprofit, non-government organisation that works with vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers.  We strive to improve the quality of life of refugees and asylum seekers by meeting their basic needs on a short-term basis, and enabling them to become self-reliant and self-sufficient through various empowerment opportunities. 

    Cape Town Refugee Centre seeks to appoint a Programme Director/Coordinator. This is a renewable one-year contract based in the CTRC Wynberg office in Cape Town.

    Reporting to the Board, the Programme Director/Coordinator will be responsible for leading the internal operations of the organisation. Other key areas of responsibility include: strategic and operational planning; ensuring overall operational coherence; evaluation; resource mobilisation and capacity building.

    Responsibilities:
    • Ability to lead and supervise staff;
    • Develop programme strategies, lobbying and advocacy pertaining refugee issues;
    • Develop and write funding proposals, including reports to donors;
    • Ensure qualitative service delivery;
    • Liaising with relevant stakeholders;
    • Accountable to the Board on the management and co-ordination of the organisation.
    Requirements:
    • Postgraduate in Social Science, preferably in Social Work will be an advantage;
    • Minimum of ten years management experience, of which five years should be in an NPO setting;
    • Valid driver’s licence;
    • Good project management and organizations skills;
    • Strong communication, interpersonal, networking and advocacy skills;
    • Experience in fundraising and ability to work with budgets;
    • Fluency in written and spoken English with good report and proposal writing skills;
    • South African indigenous language as a Second Language;
    • Ability to work under pressure and set priorities;
    • Knowledge of Children’s Act and Statutory services, preferably knowledge of the Refugee Act;
    • Passion to work with refugees, in a multicultural and multidisciplinary approach.
    To apply, submit a CV with three contactable references to info@ctrc.co.za.

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

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    For more about Cape Town Refugee Centre, refer to www.ctrc.co.za/mc/home.html.

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

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  • Refugee Aid Organisation: Social Worker

    Refugee Aid Organisation (RAO)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Sunday, November 30, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Refugee Aid Organisation (RAO) is an organisation that assists refugees and asylum seekers with social assistance. RAO is dedicated in integrating their clients into society and to promote the awareness on the plight of refugees and asylum seekers using a human rights approach.

    RAO seeks to appoint a Social Worker, based in Pretoria.

    Responsibilities: 
    • Provide all levels of social work services, especially statutory services;
    • Work within a multi-disciplinary team;
    • Participate in all RAO programmes.
    Requirements: 
    • Recognised BA Social Work degree with Honours;
    • Valid proof of registration with SACCSP;
    • Minimum of three years working experience in statutory work;
    • Fluency in spoken and written English;
    • Understanding of other African languages (e.g. French, Swahili) will be to your advantage;
    • Prepared to work with Foreign Nationals;
    • Ability to take initiative and work independently;
    • Good administrative skills;
    • Computer literacy (Microsoft Office) is essential;
    • Valid Code 08 driver's licence will be to your advantage.
    To apply, submit a CV, motivation letter and registration with SACSSP to admin@refugeeaidorganisation.com.

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

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    For more about the Refugee Aid Organisation, refer to www.refugeeaid.co.za.

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

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  • Adonis Musati Project: Coordinator - Peer Support Group Programme

    The Adonis Musati Project (AMP)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Monday, September 1, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Adonis Musati Project (AMP) was named after a young Zimbabwean man who died of starvation on the streets of Cape Town while queuing to get his asylum papers. The project strives to empower marginalised refugees and migrants in South Africa through fostering sustainable support networks and encouraging personal development that achieves lasting change.

    The AMP Peer Support Group Programme offers psychological support and practical resources to disenfranchised refugee and asylum seeker communities within Cape Town and builds sustainable support systems within the community. Through this intervention the Project empowers individuals and equip them with the skills needed to transition to self-reliance and to lead positive, meaningful lives.

    AMP seeks to appoint a Coordinator for its Peer Support Group Programme, based in Cape Town.

    The candidate will oversee and manage AMP's Peer Support Group Programme and will report to the Director. Working hours: Currently a 25 hour per week role but could increase in future.

    Responsibilities:
    • Oversee and coordinate Peer Support Group Programme (PSGP);
    • Management of peer counsellors;
    • Engagement with other npo’s and stakeholders;
    • Training;
    • Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)
    • Administration of PSGP;
    • AMP team participation and representation.
    Requirements: 
    • Degree in psychology or other social sciences;
    • Minimum of two years in similar position;
    • Experience of group facilitation;
    • Experience of working with refugees and migrants will be prefered;
    • Excellent interpersonal and conflict resolution skills
    • Written and verbal communication skills
    • Flexible and team player
    • Comfort working closely with higher management
    • Administrative and computer skills
    • Balanced and self-sufficient;
    • Fluency in English with at least one other African language will be preferred;
    • Must have driver’s licence and own car;
    • Must be willing to travel to different local areas and communities.
    Attitudes
    • Can-do attitude;
    • Open-minded and non-judgmental attitude and approach towards people of varying cultures and backgrounds;
    • Passion for people and strong care for plight of refugees and migrants;
    • Patience.
    The candidate must be legally able to work in South Africa.

    For full job description, contact Miranda du Toit, e-mail: admin@adonismusatiproject.org.

    To apply, submit a CV (once you have read the full job profile) and motivation letter clearly stating why you are suitable for the role to admin@adonismusatiproject.org.

    Only short listed candidates will be contacted. If you do not hear from AMP by Wednesday 10 September 2014, consider your application to be unsuccessful.

    AMP reserves the right not to fill the role if no suitable candidates are found within a round of applications.

    For more about the Adonis Musati Project, refer to www.adonismusatiproject.org.

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

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  • Abuse of Asylum System in South Africa

    The well-intended objects sought to be achieved by the South African government via the Refugees Act 130 of 1998 (the Act) are not immune from abuse by fraudsters masquerading as asylum seekers. The Act articulates government’s objects as being to: give effect within the Republic of South Africa to the relevant international legal instruments, principles and standards relating to refugees; provide for the reception into South Africa of asylum seekers; regulate applications for and recognition of refugee status; provide for the rights and obligations flowing from such status; and provide for matters connected therewith. 

    Although equally well-intended, the presumption per paragraph 39 of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Handbook and Guidelines on Procedures and Criteria for Determining Refugee Status (UNHCR Handbook) that an asylum claim is well-founded until it is rebutted by the relevant Refugee Status Determination Officer (RSDO) has its own difficulties. And so is the inviolable international proscription endorsed in Section 2 of the Act that a host country cannot refuse entry into the Republic; expel; extradite or return an asylum-seeker to home country before the asylum claim is fully determined by the relevant administrative and or judicial bodies.

    Section 4 of the Act allows RSDOs to deny refugee status to a person in respect of who there is reason to believe that s/he has committed a crime against peace, a war crime or a crime against humanity, as defined in any international legal instrument dealing with any such crimes; or has committed a crime which is not of a political nature and which, if committed in the Republic, would be punishable by imprisonment; or has been guilty of acts contrary to the objects and principles of the United Nations Organisation or the Organisation of African Unity; or enjoys the protection of any other country in which he or she has taken residence. However, a conclusion by the RSDO that a person is ineligible for refugee status on any of the grounds under Section 4 of the Act only follows after state resources and time have already been exhausted. Nonetheless and no doubt, the status determination process remains a necessary endurance.

    The asylum application process

    The asylum application process is described under sections 21, 22; 24, 25 and 26 of the Act, read together with section 6 of the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act 2 of 2000. As the custodian and administrator of the Refugees Act [including the Immigration Act 12 of 2002], the Department of Home Affairs has established and entrusted the Refugee Reception Offices to deal with asylum applications. Within Refugee Reception Offices are designated Refugee Reception Officers (RROs) and RSDOs (Section 8(2)).  The role of RROs is generally described under Section 21 to receive and process asylum applications. Under this process an asylum seeker completes an Eligibility Determination Form for Asylum Seekers and in it must state, inter alia, ‘information on country of origin; the reasons why he seeks asylum; information on previous criminal convictions, the date and nature of the crime(s) committed; whether he is already recognised by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees; and finally, a declaration that the information provided in the Form “is to the best of my knowledge true and correct.”

    Once the Eligibility Determination Form is completed, the RRO will review its contents, ensure that it is properly completed; may conduct such enquiry as s/he deems necessary in order to verify the information furnished in the application; make preliminary comments and then submit the application to the RSDO who will in turn deal with it in terms of Section 24 of the Act. Section 22(1) provides that the RRO must, pending the decision of the RSDO on the application, issue to the applicant an asylum seeker permit in the prescribed form allowing the bearer to sojourn in the Republic temporarily, “subject to any conditions, determined by the Standing Committee, which are not in conflict with the Constitution or international law and are endorsed by the [RRO] on the permit.”

    Section 21(4) proscribes the institution or continuation of proceedings against a person in respect of unlawful entry into or presence within the Republic “if – 
    1.    such person has applied for asylum .... until a decision has been made on the application and, where applicable, such person has had an opportunity to exhaust his or her rights of review or appeal in terms of Chapter 4; or
    2.    such person has been granted asylum.”
    Section 24 provides that the RSDO may upon receipt of the asylum application from the RRO and in order to make a decision, request any information or clarification s/he deems necessary from the applicant or the RRO. The RSDO may also, where necessary, consult with and invite a UNHCR representative to furnish information on specified matters; and may with the permission of the asylum seeker, provide the UNHCR representative with such information as may be requested. At the conclusion of the interview the RSDO must  grant asylum; or reject the application as manifestly unfounded, abusive or fraudulent; or reject the application as unfounded; or refer any question of law to the Standing Committee for Refugee Affairs (SCRA)(s.24(3)).

    Section 24(4) requires that the RSDO furnish written reasons to the applicant within five working days after the date of the rejection or referral, if an application is rejected as manifestly unfounded. The RSDO must also submit the record of proceedings and a copy of the reasons of the decision to SCRA within 10 days after the date of rejection or referral. Through its supervisory and monitoring role over the work of RROs and RSDOs, SCRA has a duty to review a decision submitted to it by the RSDO. It may invite the UNHCR representative to make oral or written representations; request the attendance of any person who is in a position to provide it with information relevant to the matter; on its own accord make such further enquiry and investigation into the matter as it may deem appropriate; and request the applicant to appear before it to provide such other information as it may deem necessary (s.25). SCRA may confirm or set aside the RSDO decision; and must decide on a question of law referred to it by the RSDO; and refer the application back to the RSDO with the necessary directives in line with which the RSDO must decide it. It also has a duty to inform the RSDO of its decision in a prescribed manner and within the prescribed time. 

    Examples of Potentially Fraudulent or Abusive Asylum Claims

    Fraudulent or abusive nature of the asylum claims is almost obvious to the RROs and RSDOs for all the officials can immediately notice is a story or information that is far divorced from the definition of refugee status under Section 3 of the Act. Less complicated examples of fraudulent applications include when an asylum seeker simply states that the reason they left their country to South Africa was to improve their economic situation. It is fraudulent because the applicant joined and clogged a wrong queue of otherwise legitimate asylum seekers when the correct queue was within reach in the country of origin, where s/he ought to have applied for a passport, and then a visa via a South African embassy there before embarking on an illegal trip to the country. That process is regulated under the Immigration Act 13 of 2002. Another example is of someone who came to South Africa on a valid passport and visa, but who for reasons unconnected for fear of persecution, is unwilling to return to their home country when the visa expires, but decides to apply for asylum purely to remain in the country to undermine the objects of the Refugees Act and circumvent the objects of the Immigration Act (that being namely, to provide for the regulation of admission of persons to, their residence in, and their departure from the Republic; and for matters connected therewith).

    In his book ‘Of Myths and Migration: Illegal Immigration into South Africa (2003 Edition, page 110)’ author, Hussain Solomon, shares what I consider to be a perfect example of the fraudulent or abusive nature of some asylum applications, and equally, of the unintended effects of the presumption that an asylum seeker is considered to have a legitimate asylum claim until proven otherwise by the RSDO. Solomon’s example is as follows:

    “Soon after Mobutu Sese Seko and the capture of Kinshasa by Kabila’s forces, four generals loyal to Mobutu arrived in South Africa claiming refugee status. While their appeal for refugee status was still being processed, Aziz Pahad, South Africa’s Deputy Foreign Minister, announced that Kabila’s government wanted these generals back to stand trial for corruption. South Africa’s human rights obligations under the 1951 UN Convention, however, prevented Pretoria from handing them to Kinshasa until their claim to refugee status was proven to be unfounded.

    While the tedious process of the verification of refugee status continued, the generals set up the National Front for the Liberation of Congo from the sale of R32 million worth of cobalt which they had had in their possession shortly before fleeing Kinshasa. The group aimed to hire mercenaries and to launch military attacks from the Southern Congo, Zambia and Angola in order to get these to secede from the rest of the DRC [Democratic Republic of Congo] by military means. The planning for this intervention and the hiring of mercenaries were done while the generals were in South Africa awaiting verification of their refugee status claim.

    The end-result was that the generals were denied refugee status, but before they could be repatriated to Kinshasa, they had left the country.”
     
    The allegations of criminal activities made against Donovan Krejcir on page 21 of Zondo J’s judgment in Mail and Guardian Media Ltd and Others v Chipu N.O. and Others (CCT 136/12) [2013] ZACC 32, paragraph 36, if found to be true, would render his application for asylum in the country fraudulent and an abuse of South Africa’s asylum system. The same would apply to former Rwandan general, Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa’s asylum claim if the Court in the ongoing matter of CoRMSA [Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa] v the President of the Republic of South Africa & Others, Case No. 30123/11 (Gauteng Provincial Division of the High Court), agrees with CoRMSA’s argument over his unfitness to be accorded refugee status in the country.

    Lukombo v Minister of Home Affairs and Others (2013/13552) [2013 ZAGPJHC 142 (13 June 2013]), offers another practical example of fraudulent asylum applications. In this case the court found that Lukombo had applied for asylum three times, each time using different names as Samuel Papi (his father’s name); Ardy Mukula; and finally as Mankula Lukombo. On the first two occasions, he was successively issued with new asylum seeker permits, but was thwarted on the third attempt and warned that he had committed fraud. He had immediately fled and evaded arrest until he was finally captured and sent to Lindela for deportation. The court dismissed an urgent application for his release with an adverse costs order.

    I am tempted to agree with CoRMSA in arguing (in its written submissions to the Court in the abovementioned case) that:

    Preserving refugee status for only those who are in genuine need of protection is integral to maintaining the credibility of the refugee protection regime, if not its sustainability.”

    The converse would in my view otherwise likely fortify the lay public’s perception and others’ argument that South Africa is a banana republic, a safe haven for even fugitives from justice or fraudsters. Excluding such persons from refugee status, irrespective of their social or other standing would go a long way in preserving the sanctity of refugee protection in the country. If Hussain Solomon’s example; and that of CoRMSA and Mail and Guardian Media Ltd cases above are anything to go by, South Africa could as well be hosting warlords; perpetrators of human rights violations; or assassination squads masquerading as victims of persecution.  
     
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    Lesirela Letsebe (BIuris LLB (University of Limpopo), LLM (University of Pretoria) is an attorney at Lawyers for Human Rights in Johannesburg.
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    Lesirela Letsebe
  • Refugee Aid Organisation: Social Worker

    Refugee Aid Organisation (RAO)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, June 27, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Refugee Aid Organisation (RAO) is an organisation that assists refugees and asylum seekers with social assistance. RAO is dedicated in integrating their clients into society and to promote the awareness on the plight of refugees and asylum seekers using a human rights approach.

    RAO seeks to appoint a Social Worker, based in Pretoria.

    Responsibilities:
    • Statutory Interventions;
    • Home visits and assessments;
    • Counsel and group work;
    • Develop training sessions for children and adults;
    • Fundraising.
    Requirements:
    • Degree in Social Work;
    • Registration with SACSSP;
    • Knowledge of Refugee Law is essential;
    • Computer skills with Microsoft Office and data capturing.
    To apply, submit a CV and registration with SACSSP to admin@refugeeaidorganisation.com.

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

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    For more about the Refugee Aid Organisation, refer to www.refugeeaid.co.za.

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

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  • Cape Town Refugee Centre: Social Worker - Port Elizabeth

    Cape Town Refugee Centre (CTRC)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, April 30, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Cape Town Refugee Centre (CTRC) is a South African non-profit, non goverment organisation that works with vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers.  We strive to improve the quality of life of refugees and asylum seekers by meeting their basic needs on a short-term basis, and enabling them to become self-reliant and self sufficient through various empowerment opportunities. 

    The Cape Town Refugee Centre seeks to appoint a Social Worker, based in Port Elizabeth.

    The Social Worker will work on a part-time basis for three days per week. The Social Worker will be responsible for providing intake, assessments, case management, education, advocacy, referral and counseling services to vulnerable refugees. In addition, he/she is responsible for upholding the organisations vision and mission statement as well as funder requirements. The Social Worker advocates on behalf of clients and implements services to the most vulnerable population of refugee’s and asylum seekers for both adults and children and is accountable to the Director and Senior Social Worker for achievement of targets in this area.

    Responsibilities:

    Service Provision
    • Complete assessments of most first-time applicant refugees and asylum seekers who approach CTRC for assistance and document all client interactions;
    • During intake assessment or while conducting follow-up interactions with returning clients, assist refugees seeking assistance to determine what assistance would be most beneficial to the client. This is based on vulnerability and sustainability. In addition, ensure that all documentation required to process the request is present. Assistance can include but is not limited to: food assistance, shelter placement, rental assistance, non-food item distribution as well as internal and external referrals. Documentation needs to accompany all requests for assistance as set forth by the Standard Operating Procedure manual;
    • Provide casework, case management  and community development services to refugees and asylum seekers;
    • Subject to training, conduct Best Interest Assessments, Best Interest Determinations, and best assessments for children as identified by UNHCR and submit required documentation;
    • Where necessary, refer vulnerable refugee children, including unaccompanied minors, for statutory intervention to DSD, and other child welfare organizations in order to secure 'places of safety' and provide appropriate documentation and reports;
    • Provide basic counselling and human rights counselling to refugees and asylum seekers;
    • Provide educational, supportive and informative groups to vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers;
    • Conduct home visits, as assigned and subject to funding restrictions, and complete appropriate paperwork including recommendations;
    • Supervise interns and volunteers;
    • Participate in case review discussions with other Service Provision staff for particularly difficult cases as scheduled;
    • Attend and actively participate in program and staff meetings when scheduled;
    • Assist in the development of an annual work plan and ensure that interventions are on time, within budget and achieving targeted results;
    • Provide social work advice to management team on changes to existing programmes and developing innovative programmes for subsequent years to come;
    • Other duties as assigned by the Senior Social Worker or special projects assigned by Director.
    Administrative duties
    • Provide written and verbal reports as required for the completion of documentation pertaining to clients and the organisation;
    • Answer emails and phone enquires, as directed, by Receptionist, Director, or Senior Social Worker;
    • Provide feedback to appropriate individuals and report back thoroughly at staff meetings on all external and internal meetings and workshops attended;
    • Responsible of faxing, filing and making copies for client files and documentation;
    • Regular weekly, either telephonically or in person, feedback sessions with Senior Social Worker;
    • Schedule and adequately document external and internal referral appointments, if necessary, for clients;
    • Chair and scribe for bi-monthly meetings, as assigned;
    • Contribute to the annual review and revision process of Standard Operating Procedures for the Service Provision Programme;
    • Responsible for data capturing information related to service delivery on a monthly basis.
    Advocacy efforts
    • Where appropriate and as required, lead panel discussions, workshops, training, etc. concerning the education, development and improvement of refugee services;
    • Be conversant and know networking partners for external referrals. This includes regular attendance to Social Workers Forum and similar organisations to ensure a strong network of referral;
    • Where services are not being provided to refugees, act as an advocate for inclusion in service delivery. Meet with SASSA, DSD-funded partners, soup-kitchens, crisis shelters and others to develop a strong referral network in Eastern Cape. Arrange for advocacy and outreach meetings when the CTRC Senior Social Worker and Director come to Port Elizabeth on monitoring trips.
    Governance and reporting
    • Liaise and maintain networking relationships with relevant statutory, private, independent and implementing partner’s organisations;
    • Attendance to relevant in-house, community and donor meetings; disseminating relevant information to CTRC staff and volunteers as scheduled;
    • Contribute to the development and delivery of the organisation’s governance framework, quality of and service improvements agenda. This includes contributing to the development of work plans, annual plans, strategic plan and organisational assessments;
    • Contribute to reviews of the organisation’s policies and procedures relating to services to clients;
    • Narrative report writing, contribute to funding proposals, etc., as assigned and requested;
    • Contribute to needs assessments and service development.
    Record keeping
    • Responsible for programme management in the Eastern Cape Office, reporting to the Director and Senior Social Worker;
    • Capture all relevant statistics, including those for support groups facilitated, and submit statistics on or before due date to appropriate individuals;
    • All employees at CTRC are legally responsible for all records held, created or used as part of their business within the organisation, whether paper-based or electronic (including emails) for client, corporate and administrative records;
    • All employees are required to be conversant with the CTRC policy and procedure on records management and to seek advice if in doubt.
    Requirements:
    • Honours degree in Social Work;
    • Registered with South African Council for Social Service Professions;
    • Minimum of five to eight years experience as a practicing Social Worker;
    • Minimum of three years experience with project management at supervisor level;
    • Knowledge and experience rendering statutory services for children;
    • Fluency in written and spoken English. Excellent written and oral communications skills, a second language would be advantageous;
    • Experience working with refugees or in the area of human rights is desirable;
    • Management and leadership capacity, organizational skills;
    • Experience conducting training for social workers and other groups;
    • Computer literacy with basic proficiency with the Microsoft Suite, include Excel;
    • Valid code 08 driver’s licence;
    • Friendly personality and enjoys working with people;
    • Ability to take initiative, work independently and has great attention to detail;
    • Ability to complete complex assignments and tasks, as assigned, meeting prescribed  deadlines;
    • Able to work constructively in a stressful environment and plenty of resilience;
    • Ability to work independently as well as a team player;
    • Observational skills;
    • Fast-learner;
    • Willingness to work three days a week only.
    To apply, submit a CV with three contactable references to info@ctrc.co.za

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

    If you have not been contacted within two weeks after closing date, consider your application

    For more about Cape Town Refugee Centre, refer to www.ctrc.co.za/mc/home.html.

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

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  • Cape Town Refugee Centre: Administrator - PE

    Cape Town Refugee Centre
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, March 19, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Cape Town Refugee Centre was established in 1994. In light of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, many of the South African exiles whom had gone to Angola and Zimbabwe during Apartheid began to return 'home'. A large number of Angolans flooded into South Africa during this same period of time (1992-1996) in order to escape the Angolan Civil War. Both displaced groups were assisted by the Cape Town Refugee Centre, though aid then was primarily material: food, rent, and clothing. The continued occurrence of political conflicts across sub-Saharan Africa (such as those of the DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, and Somalia) has displaced yet more individuals into South Africa, and resultantly the Cape Town Refugee Centre has extended assistance over the past 1.5 decades to an entire range of asylum populations The Cape Town Refugee Centre is a humanitarian organisation established with the aim of devising ways to address problems facing the growing number of refugees and asylum seekers in the Western Cape. Organisations such as the Red Cross Society of South Africa, the Trauma Centre, Catholic Welfare and Development, Catholic Justice and Peace, the Salesians and others, as well as representatives of refugees and asylum seekers and a number of concerned local individuals also played an important role in the development of the Centre.

    The Cape Town Refugee Centre seeks to appoint a Administrator,  based in Port Elizabeth.

    The Administrator will work on a part-time basis three days per week.

    The Administrator is responsible for maintaining day to day financial, accounting, and administrative services in order to meet donor / funder requirements and support of CTRC operations. The Administrator is responsible for assisting with the preparation of the organisation’s financial accounting, see to the upkeep of company property; and perform many ad hoc office tasks ensuring the organisation runs smoothly.

    Requirements:
    • Diploma in business / office administration or any similar field
    • Two-three years’ experiences in an administration function within an organisation;
    • One - two years finance administration experience;
    • Prior working experience within a NPO;
    • Knowledge and experience of office equipment management;
    • Computer literate, including mid-level Microsoft Excel capabilities;
    • Valid code 8 drivers licence.
    Responsibilities:

    Administrative Services and Controls
    • Assist with administrative services within the Finance Department;
    • Manage the filing, storage and security of financial documents;
    • Respond to inquiries regarding beneficiary payments;
    • Manage the repair and maintenance of computer and office equipment;
    • Manage the repair and maintenance of CTRC vehicles;
    • Negotiating with applicable suppliers and service providers;
    • Managing inventory;
    • Coordinate and ensure insurance coverage’s of equipment.
    M & E Financial Reporting
    • Prepare and submit weekly NFI and Food vouchers collection lists for authorisation;
    • Compile and submit monthly NFI and Food vouchers assistance received datasheets to Director;
    • Provide ad hoc advice to other staff on the basics of Microsoft Excel.
    Manage Accounts Payable
    • Oversee accounts payable system in order to ensure complete and accurate records of all moneys paid;
    • Ensure the safeguarding of all donor / funder programme funds, including compliance with open, fair and transparent procurement;
    • Verify, code and reconcile payment documentation;
    • Reconcile the payment receipts and supporting documentation to monthly cashbook;
    • Maintain and manage filing system for audit and verification of financial payment transactions.
    Purchasing
    • Assist with the purchasing of equipment, furniture and stationery as required according to budget allocation;
    • Research availability of required equipment  /service;
    • Organise quotes and present to Finance Manager;
    • Coordinate order, delivery and distribution of equipment / services;
    • Oversee the ordering, collection/delivery, and monitoring of NFI;
    • Oversee the ordering, purchase, and monitoring of Food vouchers;
    • Coordinate and manage Self Reliance business client purchases, deliveries and respond to client inquiries
    Vehicle Management
    • Oversee general maintenance of the vehicle
    • Management of vehicle logbooks and ensure that all trips are recorded;
    • Manage and ensure payment of traffic fines by the relevant employee / driver;
    • Manage Vehicle permits and ensure that vehicles are licenced.
    To apply, submit a CV with three contactable references to info@ctrc.co.za

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

    If you have not been contacted within two weeks after closing date, consider your application

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

    For more about Cape Town Refugee Centre, refer to www.ctrc.co.za/mc/home.html.

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

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