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  • One in 10 Girls Sexually Abused Worldwide - UN

    A United Nations (UN) report finds that around 120 million girls around the world, close to one in 10, have been raped or sexually assaulted by the time they turn 20.

    Drawing on data from 190 countries, the global report by child welfare agency United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), entitled ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ also reveals that one fifth of all murder victims are children and teens, with homicide the leading cause of death among male youths in Latin American countries.

    UNICEF executive director, Anthony Lake states that, "These are uncomfortable facts - no government or parent will want to see them."

    To read the article titled, “One in 10 girls sexually abused worldwide: UN report,” click here.

    Source: 
    Sowetan Live
  • SOS Children’s Villages: Child & Youth Development Coordinator

    SOS Children`s Villages
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, August 20, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    SOS Children’s Villages is a social development organisation, focussing on the care, protection and development of children and youth who are orphaned or vulnerable. Our mission is to build families for children in need, help them to shape their own futures and share in the development of their communities.
     
    SOS Children’s Villages seeks to appoint a Child & Youth Development Coordinator (CYDC), based at its Pietermaritzburg Village, KwaZulu-Natal.

    The persons will provide guidance and leadership to a team of care givers, Social worker (s), Youth Leader (s) etc.

    Responsibilities: 
    • Work in co-operation with the Child and Youth Development (CYD) Team -  (SOS Caregivers, Youth Leader, Social Workers, Educator etc.) to plan and support each individual child and youth’s development programme (CDP & YDP) which should be reviewed continuously;
    • Champion and lead the way in terms of ensuring the rights of the children and ensure that child protection policies are always implemented;
    • Promote and support family relationships by conducting regular family house visits, providing advice, guidance and support to both the children and the SOS caregivers;
    • Ensure that relationships with the Social Welfare Department are excellent and that all submissions requirements to the department are complied with at all times, and that subsidies are correctly received and reconciled;
    • Lead the CYD department planning and budgeting process;
    • A strong leader of Family Based Care on the facility management team
    • Co-ordinate the compilation of progress reports on the children and youth for submission to the IS department;
    • Ensure timeous submission of child registration and departure notices to the IS department;
    • Participate in the recruitment of and oversee performance management of the CYD Team;
    • Participate in SOS Brand development activities to motivate community support of the organisation.
    Requirements: 
    •  Humanities degree  or similar qualification with at least three years hands on supervisory experience;
    • Social work background;
    • Excellent Communicator, with strong conflict management, counselling and report writing skills;
    • Sound knowledge of Child Protection laws and policies. Familiar with UNCRC and child care acts and other relevant national child care legislation and application of child rights-based approach;
    • Highly motivated and organised individual, able to work independently, use initiative and keep commitments;
    • Willingness to travel frequently and a valid driver’s licence is a must.
    • Must be prepared to reside in the village. 
    A detailed job description is available on request.
     
    To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter to the Village Director: Michelle.King@sos.org.za or fax to: +27 (0)33 386 9603.

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

    Only successfully shortlisted applicants will be contacted

    For more about SOS Children’s Villages, refer to www.sos.org.za.

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

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  • HIV Infection Rate in Children Declines

    According to a study conducted by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, looking into the global burden of disease with a particular focus on HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria, new HIV infections in South African children under five years old have dropped by more than three quarters between 2003 and 2013, from 56 000 to 7 600.

    The authors of the study argue that the decrease in HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths in this age group is likely a result of the country’s ‘expanded access to child-focused intervention’ such as the prevention of mother-to-child transmission programmes. 

    Christopher Murray, IHME director and an author of the study believes the global investment in HIV treatment is saving lives rapidly, but notes that the quality of antiretroviral programmes varies widely and in order to reduce HIV-related deaths even further, the country needs to learn from the best programmes and do away with the worst ones.

    To read the article titled, “HIV infections in children under five down by over three quarters,” click here.

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian
  • Teddy Bear Clinic for Abused Children: Operations Manager

    Teddy Bear Clinic for Abused Children (TTBC)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, August 1, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Teddy Bear Clinic for Abused Children (TTBC) is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to ensuring abused children are protected and rehabilitated. The organisation provides therapy, counselling, assistance, love, comfort, safety and ongoing support to children who have been abused. TTBC does not only work with children, but with parents and communities empowering them with knowledge and skills so that we can help put an end to child abuse.

    TTBC seeks to appoint an Operations Manager, based in Johannesburg.

    The person will reports to Board of the Teddy Bear Clinic. S/he will manage the Operations Division of the Clinic.

    Responsibilities:

    Operational management
    • Strategise, plan and implement the directives of the board as determined at formal board meetings. Manage the strategy and direction of the Operations Division;
    • Overall and day-to-day management of the Human Resource Manager, Fundraiser, Donor Liaison M&E Officer and Finance Consultant, including the coaching and mentoring of these managers;
    • Report on the developments of the Operations Division at the board meetings quarterly;
    • Participate in planning the direction of the clinic with the Board;
    • Strategise on how to achieve the direction with the Executive Committee.
    Financial management
    • Oversee the financial department and ensure the financial policy is fully implemented and adhered to;
    • Implement the directives of the Finance Committee as determined at formal Finance Committee Meetings;
    • Be actively involved in the development of the clinic budget, and monitoring of expenses according to the budget;
    • Be aware of the financial status of the TTBC on a monthly basis - this includes the cash flow. HR Management;
    • Lead the organisation into a staff centered, caring environment that facilitates a child-centered approach;
    • Oversee the HR management practices in the organisation;
    • Ensure sound labour practices are followed General Management;
    • To identify the skills gaps and growth potential of team members;
    • To involve management and staff in the planning and design of projects;
    • To provide on the job training, mentoring and assistance;
    • Conduct monthly meetings with all staff, for the purposes of giving and receiving feedback, and addressing any matters arising;
    • Conduct one performance review and one performance appraisal per annum with all staff.
    Requirements:
    • Business degree who is interested in working in the NGO sector, and making a difference in the lives of children;
    • Minimum of two years working experience;
    • Postgraduate degree, preferably a business management qualification or research qualification in the field of social sciences;
    • Minimum of five years middle to senior management experience;
    • Exposure to children’s issues;
    • Computer proficiency knowledge and skills;
    • Strategy and planning;
    • Business management practices;
    • HR and financial management;
    • Excellent people and networking skills;
    • Valid driver’s licence is essential Languages;
    • Fluency in spoken and written English (Additional languages are an advantage);
    • Leadership qualities;
    • Dedicated and committed;
    • Patient and persistent;
    • Ability to work under extreme pressure;
    • Good time management;
    • Ability to manage a team;
    • Self-motivated.
    Salary: Dependant of the level of experience.

    To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter to Hannelie Venter at hanneliev@ttbc.org.za.

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

    Enquiries: Tel: 011 484 4554.

    For more about The Teddy Bear Clinic for Abused Children, refer to http://ttbc.org.za.

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

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  • MaAfrika Tikkun: Development and Marketing Manager

    MaAfrika Tikkun
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, July 25, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    MaAfrika Tikkun is an international NGO that provides education, health and social services to children, youth and their families through centres of excellence in South African Townships. Its aim is to empower communities to develop new generations of productive citizens.

    MaAfrika Tikkun seeks to appoint a Development and Marketing Manager, based in Western Cape.

    This position will oversee, initiate and implement together with the team,  all marketing, communication, donor relations, events and public relations initiatives for the company,  positioning the company in the market and effectively promoting its efforts and value add to donors, public and employees.

    The person will be reporting to the General Manager.           
     
    Responsibilities:

    Team leadership 
    • Work with team to establish team vision, strategy and 2014implementation and Comms plan;
    • Coordinate the team and manage team members in the performance of team deliverables;
    • Allocate tasks to team members especially where tasks are unclear;
    • Represent team in Development Team meetings;
    • Manage team budget with team and responsible for submitting team related payment requisitions for sign off by GM Development;
    • Day to day management of team member requests;
    • Team motivation
    • Liaise with other Team Leaders to negotiate team relationships , working relationship and deliverables;
    • Management of Team Budgets with Team members;
    • Management of Service Providers issues from Team members;
    • Manage day to day activities of the Cape Town Fundraising and Marketing Office.
    Fundraising  
    • Research, solicit, cultivate and convert at least 6 new donors per annum;
    • Attend functions on behalf of the organisation with a view to identify donor prospects.
    Event management 
    • Oversee the effective implementation of: 
      • 7 Breakfasts meetings in Gauteng and WC;
      • 1 Sports Day;
      • 1 Golf day in Gauteng;
      • Sports related events ( 94.7 & Argus);
      • Mandela Day.
     Donor relations (donor retention and engagement)
    • Development of donor retention strategy;
    • Retention Strategy implemented;
    • Recognition of specific special events or occurrences in donor’s history or existence;
    • Donor employee engagement.
    Public relations and media
    • Identify and engage a PR Company to assist the organisation in its PR activities;
    • Develop a PR strategy and plan in conjunction with the PR company;
    • Monitor and evaluate the PR plan and ensure accurate and regular coverage of the organisation;
    • Profile of Afrika Tikkun and its activities amongst the public and stakeholders in key and strategicmedia channels;
    • Manage and monitor the service level agreement to ensure that the consultant’s perform in line with the agreement.
    Community marketing 
    • Marketing of benefits of participating inAfrika Tikkun programmes to Community Centre beneficiaries;
    • Signages in Western Cape communities, highlighting Afrika Tikkun’s work and impact;
    • Facilitating and securing appearance in community newspapers and radio stations.
    Requirements:
    • Grade 12 - Senior Certificate or Relevant certificate;
    • Tertiary qualification preferably in Marketing, Public Relations or Communication degree / diploma;
    • Minimum of three years or more experience in Public Relations, Marketing, Events  and Communications or similar;
    • Highly computer literate (Microsoft Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Outlook) and internet savvy;
    • Creative ability to communicate essential;
    • Excellent command of the English language;
    • Excellent writing and oral communication skills;
    • Information gathering;
    • Excellent interpersonal skills, an ability to communicate at all levels and handle stakeholder relationships (verbal, written, facilitation);
    • Organisational skills, an ability to plan and follow procedures;
    • Research skills and an ability to structure, organise and analyse information and processes in a logical & meaningful way (numeric/non-numeric);
    • Networking and building relationships;
    • Use of social media and digital media for marketing and fundraising;
    • Report writing, accurate data capturing;
    • Ability to take initiative and develop innovative resolutions to challenges;
    • A valid driver’s licence;
    • Competent, self-motivated, honest, integrity and highly creative;
    • Communication – internal and external;
    • Flexibility;
    • Assertive, diplomatic personality;
    • Innovative thinker and problem solver;
    • Must have the ability to clearly convey information and ideas both internally and externally;
    • Needs to be able to bridge communication gaps between departments with useful information from all departments collated and utilised;
    • Attention to Detail - Ensuring that work is 100% accurate and completed with care. Must have an eye for detail and be creative to capture attention;
    • Must have a basic understand of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E);
    • Initiative - Making active attempts to influence events to achieve goals; self-starting rather than accepting passively; taking action to achieve goals beyond what is required; being proactive;
    • Flexibility - Must be able to adapt to changes within the organisation and be willing to work outside of set duties in order to move forward as a team;
    • Creativity - Ability to think outside of the norm and construct innovative solutions and processes to achieve the required objectives;
    • Self-Motivated - Must have ability to prioritise workload and continue without instruction at times.
    Experience with
    • Information gathering;
    • Relationships with marketing, graphic design, advertising , media and PR houses;
    • Experience and connections with PR, media  and advertising houses essential;
    • Understanding of the use of social media and digital media for marketing and fundraising;
    • Report writing, accurate data capturing.
    To apply, submit a CV to Lamees Parker at lameesp@afrikatikkun.org or alternatively fax to: 086 6279134.

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

    For more about MaAfrika Tikkun, refer to www.maafrikatikkun.org.za.

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

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  • ASHA Trust: Trainer

    ASHA Trust
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, August 1, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    ASHA Trust is a nonprofit organisation that establishes and supports formal and home-based early childhood centres in poorly resourced communities in the greater Johannesburg area. 

    ASHA Trust seeks to appoint a Trainer, based in Johannesburg. 

    The person will work to improve access for pre-school children to safe and stimulating places of care within close proximity to their homes.

    This is an excellent opportunity to really make a difference to the lives of hundreds of pre-school children.

    Responsibilities:
    • Plan and prepare high quality ECD training and on-site mentoring programmes that meet the needs of home-based creche practitioners
    • Facilitate training courses with large groups of ECD practitioners
    • Monitor progress and provide regular feedback to various stakeholders
    • Assess and moderate practitioner portfolios 
    • Contribute to the development, evaluation and improvement of ECD training courses, materials and related services 
    • Engage with Department of Social Development and Department of Education officials at provincial and local levels. 
    • Coordinate certification events 
    Requirements: 
    • Education degree or ECD Level 5 certificate
    • Minimum of five years of ECD/foundation phase classroom experience;
    • Minimum of three years of teacher training experience;
    • High standard of English and at least two other South African languages;
    • Proven organisation skills;
    • Skilled in dealing with people;
    • Have good written and verbal skills;
    • IT proficient;
    • Organised in managing workload;
    • Have knowledge of the ECD sector;
    • Be able to use own initiative and work independently;
    • Valid SETA assessor and moderator registration;
    • Valid driver’s licence.
    To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter to asha@ashatrust.com.

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

    For more about ASHA Trust, refer to http://ashatrust.com.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.
     
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  • HIV Infected Children Not Aware of Status

    Research conducted by the Department of Health in 2012 revealed that over 400 000 South African children under the age 15 in South Africa were HIV-positive.

    The Alliance Against HIV/AIDs, a Northern Cape based non-governmental organisation (NGO), says over 80 percent of caregivers in the province are withholding this information from children.
     
    The organisation’s spokesperson, Mpho Lekgetho, warns the affected people of the dangers of withholding such information.
     
    To read the article titled, “'Stigma' blamed for not disclosing HIV status to infected children,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Bethany Home: Director

    Bethany Home
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, July 18, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment

    Bethany Home Place of Safety provides residential care and support for orphaned, abandoned, neglected and abused children from birth to six years of age. This organisation was founded in 1998 by the Sisters of the Precious Blood initially to support young expectant mothers. Due to the need in Mthatha for a place of safety for abandoned children with the involvement of other crucial stakeholders; Social Services and the Victim Support Unit (SAPS) it evolved to be what it is today. Bethany Home is a Place of Safety registered to care for 80 children aged 0-6 years.

    Bethany Home seeks to appoint a  Director, based in Mthatha, Eastern Cape.

    The Director is responsible for all aspects of the day to day management and operation of the Place of Safety and is accountable to the Management Committee.  Ideally the successful candidate should have some management experience and experience in working with children.

    Requirements:

    • Ability to think strategically about the future development of the organisation and to generate broad objectives consistent with such development;
    • Ability to inspire and motivate others to commit to and work towards organisational objectives;
    • Possess excellent interpersonal relationship skills to establish and build on working relationships effectively;
    • The ability to manage the cost effective utilisation and maintenance of physical resources;
    • Ability to problem solve, and manage situations involving change, stress and conflict;
    • Possess technical knowledge and commercial acumen relevant to the position, and a commitment to continuously updating business awareness;
    • Possess well-developed advocacy, negotiation, and facilitation skills;
    • Demonstrate an understanding for the welfare and not-for-profit sector.

    Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s Degree / Diploma in Social Sciences, or Administration/Personnel Management, or any equivalent qualification to the above mentioned.

    The salary is negotiable and will be discussed with the successful applicant.

    To apply, submit a CV and motivational letter to the Bethany Home office, or e-mail: office@bethanymthatha.co.za, Tel: 047 535 7296.

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

    For more about the Bethany Home, refer to www.bethanychildrenshome.org.za.

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

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  • Machel Ends Period of Mourning

    The Graça Machel Trust says former President, Nelson Mandela's widow, Graça Machel, has returned to public life after six months of mourning.

    In a press statement, the organisation points out that, "After six months of retreat, mourning the death of Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela, Mrs Graça Machel will now return to her active role as a global advocate for women's and children's rights."

    Machel, whose husband died in December at the age of 95, says her other priority is to continue advocating for women in Africa to access better opportunities in economic, political and social spheres.

    To read the article titled, “Graça Machel ends period of mourning,” click here.

    Source: 
    News 24
  • Childline South Africa: Social Worker - Durban

    Childline South Africa
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, July 4, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Childline South Africa is a nonprofit organisation that works collectively to protect children from all forms of violence and to create a culture of children's rights in South Africa.

    Childline South Africa seeks to appoint a Social Worker, based in Durban.

    The Social Worker will provide therapeutic services to abused children, families and care givers, as well as to children with abusive or inappropriate sexual behaviour

    Responsibilities: 
    • Assessment of the therapeutic needs of the children and their parents/caregivers referred to Childline SA;
    • Plan residential treatment programmes according to the identified needs of the identified children and families;
    • Provision of psycho-social care and therapy to these children and caregivers;
    • Pre and post test HIV/AIDS counselling;
    • Referrals to other services needed by the child;
    • Evaluate the outcomes of interventions and programmes;
    • Follow up the child and family to track progress;
    • Write professional reports as required.
    Requirements:
    • Enthusiasm for work in this field;
    • Ability to communicate with children and adults;
    • Belief in the capacity of children and adults to heal and develop;
    • Knowledge of and skills in applying therapeutic programmes that are appropriate for work with children who have experienced abuse and with children whose behaviour is abusive/sexually inappropriate;
    • Working knowledge of HIV and AIDS and pre and post test counselling;
    • Ability to write reports in English;
    • Knowledge of law and policy as it applies to children, child protection and family life;
    • Ability to work with different sectors and disciplines.
    • Qualified as a social worker and registered with the SACSSP;
    • Five years experience in child protection;
    • Computer skills particularly in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, email, internet and electronic communication;
    • Valid driver’s licence;
    • Ability to communicate and write in a Southern African Language is essential and non-negotiable.
    Salary: Negotiated.

    To apply, submit a CV, with traceable and contactable references and certified copies of qualifications to admin@childlinesa.org.za  or officemanager@childlinesa.org.za.

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

    Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.  

    For more about Childline South Africa, refer to www.childlinesa.org.za.

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