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  • Govt Conducts Survey to Combat TB

    Zambia’s deputy minister of health, Chitalu Chilufya, states that the country is conducting a national tuberculosis (TB) prevalence survey to present evidence that will ensure effective TB programming in future.

    Speaking at a research dissemination meeting organised by the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ), Chilufya asserted that programme-based research will form a greater part of the national TB control programme.

    Chilufya is of the view that the fight against TB called for collaborative efforts between government and partners.

    To read the article titled, “Govt starts TB survey,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • Soccer Players Kick Out HIV

    Soccer players in Swaziland are not just kicking the ball, they are playing to kick out the HIV epidemic.

    The Knock Out Challenge is a soccer tournament organised by the Baphalali Swaziland Red Cross Society (BSRCS) to help combat HIV in Swaziland, which has the highest rate of the deadly epidemic in the world.

    26.5 percent of Swaziland’s population is living with HIV/AIDS, the stigma of living with HIV often results in citizens not getting tested for HIV/AIDS, for fear of being socially ostracised by their communities.

    To read the article titled, “Kicking off to kick out HIV,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • Activists March to Highlight HIV/AIDS Plight

    A group of activists have staged a silent march at the country's main World AIDS Day event in Piet Retief, Mpumalanga.
     
    Made up of representatives from a number of human rights organisations, the group marched with an aim to draw attention to the issues facing people living with HIV/AIDS. 
     
    "The intention is not to disrupt the event, but to make sure that people remember that the AIDS epidemic is still going on. We want to highlight the fact that there are still people who are dying without treatment. So, we want to make sure that World AIDS Day focuses on real issues, that it does not become a political event with no significance for the people who live with HIV," explains AIDS activist, Mark Heywood.
     
    To read the article titled, “Mpumalanga Activists March to Highlight HIV/AIDS Plight,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation: Marketing and Communications Officer

    Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, August 30, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa (HSF) was established in 1980, and is a non-governmental organisation. The HSF plays a leading role in the fight against preventable heart disease and stroke, with the aim of seeing fewer South Africans suffer premature deaths and disabilities. A future where fewer South Africans are affected by cardiovascular disease, and to encourage prevention at all levels, empower South Africans to adopt healthy lifestyles and make healthy choices easier.

    Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa seeks to appoint a Marketing and Communications Officer, based in Cape Town.

    The Marketing and Communications Officer, a key member of the management team, will be responsible for the development, implementation and management of the organisation’s communications and marketing strategy. This role will cover all aspects of branding, advertising, marketing, PR and communications.

    Responsibilities:
    • Marketing and brand management;
    • Stakeholder engagement and management;
    • Manage, create and design communications material;
    • Coordinate and implement communications plans for campaigns;
    • Event management;
    • Manage the PR and press office function of the organisation;
    • Manage social media;
    • Write newsletters, press releases and presentations;
    • Manage company websites and communications databases;
    • Develop strong relationships with journalists and other information sources.
    Requirements:
    • Minimum of five years documented work experience within the marketing and communications area;
    • Writing skills in English, other languages are an advantage;
    • Computer literacy;
    • Inter-personal, negotiating and  verbal communication skills;
    • Proactive and decisive with attention to detail;
    • Team player with a strong work ethic.
    To apply, sumbit a CV and a motivational letter to freddie@heartfoundation.co.za.

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

    For more about the Heart and Stroke Foundation, refer to www.heartfoundation.co.za.

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

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  • White Ribbon South Africa: Freelance Executive Assistant

    White Ribbon South Africa
    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 White Ribbon Campaign is the largest male led effort against gender-based violence, with activities in over 65 countries. It is based on the premise that most men are good and that good men abhor violence. The campaign also believes in the capacity of the individual to change and effect change in others.

    White Ribbon South Africa seeks to appoint a Freelance Executive Assistant, based in Pretoria.

    The successful candidate will work hand-in-hand with the Director, providing support in a wide range of administrative functions.

    Responsibilities:
    • Assist the Director in all matters of correspondence with both internal and external stakeholders such as donors, supporters, media etc;
    • Diary planning, setting up schedules and monitoring deadlines;
    • Manage all incoming and outgoing communications of the organisation;
    • Maintain database of funders;
    • Draft correspondence, advertisements, notices, flyers, newsletter items, etc;
    • Social media management.
    Requirements:
    • Demonstrated work experience in project and/or administrative support;
    • Advanced computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite);
    • High-level oral and written communication, representation and liaison skills;
    • Experience working in donor funded programmes will be a distinct advantage;
    • Communication and interpersonal skills;
    • Ability to work effectively as a team member and with minimal supervision.
    The successful candidate will initially work for one day a week, with the option of working from home.

    Remuneration: R300 per day.

    To apply, submit a two-page CV and motivational letter to info@whiteribbon.co.za.

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

    For more about White Ribbon Campaign, refer to www.whiteribbon.co.za.

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

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  • South African History Archive: Office Administrator

    South African History Archive (SAHA)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, March 14, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    ​The South African History Archive (SAHA) is an independent human rights archive committed to recapturing lost and neglected histories, documenting past struggles against apartheid, as well as ongoing struggles in the making of democracy in South Africa.

    SAHA seeks to appoint a Office Administrator, based in Constitution Hill, Johannesburg.

    The candidate should be politically aware, trustworthy and flexible, committed to streamlining systems and processes to better support the SAHA team in promoting archives for justice in South Africa. This person should be able both to work well with others, and to manage his or her workload independently, and should demonstrate innovative thinking and integrity in the work place.

    This is a contract post starting as soon as possible, until end December 2014, renewable depending on funding and performance.

    Responsibilities:
    • Finance and accounting: Coordinate the financial administration of SAHA through the timely processing and acknowledgement of incoming and outgoing funds, the payment of bills through online banking, petty cash control, maintaining records of transactions (including online payment and donation systems) and assisting with budget and report preparation, in line both with SAHA policies, and those of SAHA’s funders;
    • Reception: Performing reception functions, including fielding incoming telephone calls and general email, welcoming visitors, answering enquiries from the general public, and keeping a record of calls, visitors, and incoming / outgoing postage;
    • Record keeping: Maintaining files and systems for record keeping effectively, including managing SAHA contacts, filing all administrative and human resources records in a systematic manner (electronic and hard copy) and backing up computer files as required;
    • Meetings and logistics: Taking and distributing minutes of meetings as required; managing the office calendar; providing efficient logistical support for the planning and delivery of SAHA workshops, dialogue forums, etc;
    • Administrative support:  provide office support, including managing the timely and responsible use of office equipment, stationery and supplies; ensuring printing and IT services are in working order and maintained; and monitoring the distribution of SAHA’s publications and products.
    Requirements:
    • Relevant higher education qualification and at least five years’ experience in administration;
    • Prior experience managing financial and human resources records in line with relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures;
    • Writing skills, including the ability to draft professional documents and correspondence in English;
    • Demonstrable IT skills, including advanced use of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook, preferably with experience working independently in a web content management system and with GoogleApps;
    • Prior experience maintaining and implementing organisational filing systems, both in physical and digital environments;
    • Organisational and time-keeping skills and the ability to prioritise work effectively;
    • Interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team;
    • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions;
    • Demonstrable knowledge of human rights issues.
    • Valid driver’s licence;
    • Prior experience within the NGO sector will be an added advantage;
    • In addition to English, fluency in one of South Africa’s other official languages will be an added advantage.
    Remuneration: The remuneration is competitive and is proportionate to experience. While this role is intended to be a fulltime position, working hours may be negotiable for the right candidate. 
     
    To apply, submit a CV (no longer than three pages), motivational letter (no more than 1 page), and contact details of at least two professional referees to catherine@saha.org.za.

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

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    For more about South African History Archive, refer to www.saha.org.za.

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

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  • HSF Paints the Town Red for Healthier Hearts this Valentine’s Day

    This February, the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa (HSF) is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a difference with its Dress Red campaign to raise awareness of the risks of heart disease and stroke for women and children. Funds raised will go towards combating heart disease and stroke in various communities around South Africa.

    By purchasing a R5 sticker from the HSF or making an online donation and dressing in red this Valentine’s Day, organisations, individuals or schools will not only help this worthy cause, but also stand a chance to win a Frédérique Constant ‘Hearts of Children’ watch to the value of R20 000.

    Programme director: projects at HSF, Ashleigh Kuttner, says that while awareness of heart disease and stroke in women and children is growing around the world, people in developing countries such as South Africa are simply not aware of the risks, causes, and treatments:

    “In South Africa, heart disease and stroke kills more women than men, but there's very little awareness around this. Added to this statistic is that two out of three women are overweight or obese, which heightens the risk. In fact, breast cancer is often perceived as the biggest health threat to women, when in fact, heart disease and stroke are the greatest threats globally, killing more people each day than all cancers combined.”

    Kuttner says that children are vulnerable too, with 23 percent of children in South Africa overweight or obese, therefore increasing their risk for heart disease and stroke from a younger age: “Across the world we are facing a crisis, with more and more children overweight due to leading sedentary lifestyles. In South Africa, we also have many babies born with a low birth weight and 26 percent of our children one to three years old are stunted, not reaching their full potential height for their age. Research has shown that these factors also increase the risk for heart disease and stroke later in life. So a child’s risk can even begin before birth – during foetal development, and increases further during childhood with exposure to unhealthy diets, lack of exercise and smoking.

    Through funding from the campaign, HSF will be able to continue its work in the communities, where awareness of the risk of diseases of lifestyle is especially low. The Foundation offers free services such as awareness and education workshops, distributes pamphlets containing vital information, and offers free blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index and blood glucose screenings tests – all funding dependant.

    “Women in developing countries who develop cardiovascular disease (CVD) are more likely to die from it than comparable women in developed nations. In South Africa, the proportion of heart disease and stroke-related deaths in women aged between 35-59 years is 150 percent higher than that of women in the United States. Most of the population of the communities we work in are not aware of the risks they are facing – which is why our work is so important,” said Kuttner.

    To ensure eligibility for the competition, entrants can visit the HSF website to view the terms and conditions. Winners will be announced on 17 March 2014.

    A spokesperson for Swiss luxury wrist watch manufacturer Frédérique Constant, which along with the World Heart Federation has partnered with the HSF to run the campaign, say that the organisation is passionate and proud to support the fight against CVD – the world’s number one killer.

    “The partnership is a joint commitment to raise global awareness of CVD and focuses on women and children as vulnerable populations. We share a passion to educate people about their risk and help avoid the millions of needless deaths that occur each year. By uniting our efforts we strive to give families more quality time together.”

    For more information on the competition go to the HSF website, visit the Facebook page, or follow them on Twitter @SAHeartStroke. Contact person: John Scharges, Tel: 021 448 5941, Email: john@rothko.co.za
  • South African History Archive: Internship - Freedom of Information Programme

    South African History Archive (SAHA)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Monday, February 17, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment

    The South African History Archive (SAHA) is an independent human rights archive committed to documenting and raising awareness of past struggles against apartheid, as well as ongoing struggles in the making of democracy in South Africa. In line with this central mission, the Freedom of Information Programme (FOIP) at SAHA is dedicated to using South Africa's Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 (PAIA) to extend the boundaries of access to information in South Africa.

    SAHA seeks to appoint two Interns, based in Constitution Hill Johannesburg.

    The Interns should be dedicated and dynamic individuals interested in learning more about building a career in human rights advocacy, to join its Freedom of Information Programme (FOIP) for a 6 - 12 month internship starting from March 2014. Internships are on a full-time basis.

    FOIP Interns will report to the FOIP Advocacy and Training Outreach Officer.

    Responsibilities:

    • Support the work of the FOIP team through;
    • Submit and track requests made of public and private bodies under PAIA;
    • Assist in the delivery of SAHA’s PAIA training to NGOs and CBOs;
    • Conduct research, as directed, into national and regional use of access to information;
    • Support a retrospective analysis of PAIA requests submitted by SAHA from 2001 to 2011, in particular through data collation and analysis.

    Requirements:

    • Degree in law, political science, public administration, journalism or other relevant field;
    • Demonstrable commitment to social justice;
    • Ability to plan, prioritise work, and meet deadlines;
    • Ability to show initiative within a collaborative working environment;
    • Written communication skills;
    • Competency with Microsoft Office software.

    Interns will receive a modest monthly stipend for the duration of the internship.

    To apply, submit a CV, contact details of atleast two references and a one-page motivational letter addressing the following questions:

    • What is the purpose of Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 (PAIA)?
    • What were the motivating factors behind the development of PAIA?
    • Provide an example of how you think PAIA could be used to support struggles for justice in South Africa.
    to Kathryn@saha.org.za.

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

    Late applications will not be accepted.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. For more about South African History Archive, refer to www.saha.org.za.

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

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  • Treatment Action Campaign: Researcher

    Treatment Action Campaign (TAC)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, February 21, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) engages in monitoring, advocacy and campaigning within the health system to ensure that every person with HIV and/or tuberculosis (TB) has access to quality comprehensive prevention, treatment, care and support services to live a healthy life. With members in more than 170 branches located across seven provinces, and offices with staff in each key province, TAC is a social movement campaigning to bring about improved policy and implementation in the public sector at national, provincial and local level.

    TAC seeks to appoint a Researcher to join the organisation's policy, communications and research (PCR) department, based in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

    Responsibilities:
    • Research and write policy papers and scientific briefs
      • Support TAC campaigns through researching and developing policy and campaign briefs.
      • Researching latest scientific evidence and international best practices related to HIV and TB.
      • Research and communicate conditions and work done in areas where TAC is active.
    • Contributing to media interaction as part of the PCR team:
      • Support the PCR department in developing printed and online materials.
      • Liaise with the media, not just in Gauteng but in other provinces too as required.
      • Represent TAC at strategic forums and share / utilise such information as it impacts TAC overall strategy
    • Support the PCR department with training and development initiatives:
      • Conduct training and partner meetings to support TAC campaigns.
      • Do Presentations and Facilitate internal and external policy and HIV related workshops to provinces, to develop their own policy and political analysis for optimal engagement.
      • Monitor, receive and respond to adhoc requests from the public/and or the our provincial offices.
    Requirements:
    • Tertiary qualification: in Public Health, Sciences, Medicine, or Social Sciences;
    • High level research and writing skills;
    • Facilitation and presentation skills;
    • Understand how scientific evidence is generated;
    • Advanced ability with Microsoft Office  (experience with online publishing is preferred but not required);
    • Knowledge and understanding of the science of HIV and TB, treatment and care;
    • Fluency in English, including speaking, reading and writing;
    • Verbal communication in isiZulu or a related South African language;
    • Sufficiently knowledgeable and understanding provincial dynamics for maximum and informed support to provinces;
    • Communication skills - confidence to speak in public and with strategic stakeholders and partners;
    • High work-rate and excellent attention to detail;
    • Ability to work in a pressurised environment with short deadlines;
    • Be proactive and taking initiative – monitoring the changing environment;
    • Able to trouble shoot and deal creatively with challenges;
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.;
    • Motivate and develop others;
    • Passion for social justice, especially health;
    • Free to travel to provinces at short notice;
    • Excellently managed Health.
    To apply, submit a CV, listing qualifications, prior work experience, atleast three references and a motivational letter (approx 1 000 words) to The Human Resource Manager at hr@tac.org.za.

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

    The organisation is particularly interested in considering women and people living with HIV.
     
    If you do not get a response from the Treatment Action Campaign us within four weeks of the closing date, you should consider that your application was not successful.

    For more about the Treatment Action Campaign, refer to www.tac.org.za.

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

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  • Treatment Action Campaign: Bookkeeper

    Treatment Action Campaign (TAC)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, February 7, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) is a membership-based civil society organization that campaigns for quality healthcare for all in South Africa – with a particular focus on people living with and affected by HIV and tuberculosis.

    TAC engages in monitoring, advocacy and campaigning within the health system to ensure that every person with HIV has access to quality comprehensive prevention, treatment, care and support services to live a healthy life.

    TAC seeks to appoint a Bookkeeper, based at the National Office, Cape Town.

    Responsibilities:
    • Ensure that TAC’s Financial and Procurement Policies are followed;
    • Ensure that TAC’s provincial files are received timeously;
    • Checking and Coding all the Finance Files according to expenditure, VAT  and programme;
    • Reconciling books to Trial balance on a monthly basis;
    • Enter cheque requisitions and internet disbursements into Pastel Evolution cash books according to expenses;
    • Reconcile the files according to the bank statement – Bank Reconciliation;
    • Liaise with Senior Finance Officer for funding allocations;
    • Enter cash advances into journals and reconcile these on a monthly basis;
    • Make a list of outstanding invoices for provinces and follow up receipts and queries;
    • Completing VAT returns and submitting them to SARS;
    • Raise debtors and follow up on receipt of monies owed to TAC;
    • Assist Senior Finance Officer with Funding reports when necessary;
    • Perform additional duties as delegated by the Chief Finance Officer.
    Requirements:
    • Bookkeeping, accounting and finance;
    • Experience  in VIP and pastel programmes;
    • Excellent Knowledge and experience of Pastel Evolution specifically;
    • Excellent Knowledge and experience of Microsoft Word and Excel;
    • Record keeping, report preparation and record management techniques;
    • Complete fluency in speaking, reading and writing English;
    • Minimum of three years relevant experience in a similar environment.
    Underpinning competencies:
    • Organisation and administration to work effectively;
    • Analytical and technical ability;
    • Accuracy, attention to detail and high level of confidentiality;
    • Adaptable and flexible;
    • Commitment to the overall aims and values of TAC;
    • Excellently managed health.
    To apply, submit the following to the Human Resource Manager at hr@tac.org.za  or hand post to the 3rd floor Westminser House, 122 Longmarket Street,Cape Town, 8001:
    • A short resume listing qualifications, prior work experience and at least three referees who can attest to your ability and success in this function 
    • A letter of motivation, outlining your interests in this position
    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    The organisation is particularly interested in considering women and people living with HIV.

    Please note that if you don’t get a response from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, you should consider that your application was not successful.

    For more about the Treatment Action Campaign, refer to www.tac.org.za.

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

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