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  • Child Labour Remains Rampant in Malawi

    Ministry of labour expresses concern over continued child labour practices in the country despite government's and development partners' efforts to stamp out the malpractice.

    Chief labour officer in the ministry, Paul Gondwe, states that the elimination of child labour remains a challenge in Malawi due to several factors such as poverty, social and cultural practices.

    Gondwe warns that, “The vicious circle of poverty which has been worsened by HIV and AIDS impacts negatively on child wellbeing and development as in some cases children have to fend for themselves.”

    To read the article titled, “Child labour still rampant in Malawi despite several interventions,” click here

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • Black Sash: Paralegal Fieldworker

    The Black Sash
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment

    The Black Sash aim is to enable the strengthening of a vibrant civil society, particularly at a local level, which observes, organises and acts, without political constraints, with an emphasis on the needs and experience of women and girls. 

    The aim of the Black Sash is to enable strengthening of a vibrant civil society, particularly at a local level, which observes, organises and acts, with an emphasis on the needs and experience of women and the girls, to:

    1. Recognise and exercise their human rights, particularly their social and economic rights; and
    2. Create a society that has effective laws and delivery systems, including comprehensive social protection for the most vulnerable.
    Black Sash want to ensure that all sectors of society take responsibility for reducing inequality and poverty. Our belief is that through individual and collective non-violent action, active citizens have the power to change their own situation and impact on society as a whole.

    The Black Sash seeks to appoint a Paralegal Fieldworker, based in Johannesburg.

    The person will conduct Regional Human Rights work as a central component of the overall strategy of the organization and in this context, to implement Black Sash programme activities in the Region, in collaboration with civil society organisations, with a focus on strengthening the role of community based organizations structures and networks.

    Responsibilities:
    • Building relationships with civil society and community structures in the region and to ensure good working relationships with partners and stakeholders;
    • Facilitating community processes to consult with community members, participate in dialogues and engagements, and to empower people and their structures to understand, claim, negotiate, advocate and take responsibility for their rights;
    • Conducting advocacy actions together with civil society organisations and community groups to achieve rights through a change in policy or practice;
    • Conducting and supporting monitoring activities by helping develop and giving input into monitoring tools, planning, implementing and co-ordinating monitoring activities, mentoring and couch monitor volunteers;
    • Conducting rights education including educational workshops, training courses, queue education, public displays and events;
    • Supporting advice giving in communities, through providing information and assistance, mentorship and guidance with case work strategy, and assisting with referrals;
    • Mentoring community organisations by maintaining a regular schedule of visits and communication to assess progress against goals identify and assist in overcoming impediments.
    Requirements:
    • Grade 12;
    • An accredited two year diploma or degree in community development, social work, paralegal studies, or an equivalent course;
    • Accredited training in adult education;
    • Valid driver’s licence;
    • Knowledge of the South African Constitution and Bill of Rights and International Human Rights Convention;
    • Updated knowledge of the laws and policies relevant to the protection of human rights, with an emphasis on social and economic rights, and the rights of women and girls;
    • Knowledge and understanding of the three spheres of Government, its departments and agencies, and chapter nine institutions;
    • Knowledge and understanding of local civil society networks and organisations;
    • Minimum of four years experience in one or more of the following: human rights advocacy at a local or regional level, community development, adult/community education, casework and advice giving and social justice-oriented project management;
    • Written and verbal communication – in English and at least one predominant Regional Language;
    • Ability to read and analyse simple numerical, graphical and tabular reports;
    • Report writing, presentation, facilitation, training, conflict resolution, interviewing, listening and time management skills;
    • Meeting and Workshop planning, basic budgeting, logistics and facilitation;
    • Conflict resolution (negotiating, arbitration and mediation);
    • Public speaking, computer literate (Microsoft Office, Email and Internet) and Data capturing would be an advantage.
    Candidate must be committed to human rights, access to justice, development and empowerment with integrity, honesty and has respect for confidentiality. The person should be able to work in a team and with a transparent, accountable and consultative style and embrace the values, vision, strategies and policies of the Black Sash. S/he should have knowledge on Northern/ Southern Sotho, Venda and or SeTshonga will be an added advantage.
     
    Preference will be given to women in line with our Employment Equity Plan. The candidate will be based at the Black Sash Gauteng Regional Office 25 Anderson Street, 1st Floor, Kotsho House, Johannesburg, 2001 and must be prepared to travel to North West, Limpopo and Gauteng.
     
    Starting date: Immediately.

    Employment Type: Fixed term for a period of one year from commencement date.

    Monthly Remuneration: R12 670 per month including benefits (negotiable based on experience and track record).
     
    To apply, submit a CV, contact details of three referees and motivation letter to jobs@blacksash.org.za or fax to: 021 686 7168.

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

    Enquiries: Mr.JS Marques, Tel: 021 686 6952.

    Only short listed candidates will be contacted. Should you not hear from us within a month from the closing date, please accept that your application was unsuccessful.

    For more information about the Black Sash, refer to www.blacksash.org.za.

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

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  • Linawo Children's Home: Operations Manager

    Linawo Children's Home
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, April 11, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Linawo's vision is to raise abandoned, neglected and orphaned children in a loving functional context to become well equipped, independent adults who can make a contribution to South African society.

    Linawo seeks to appoint a Operations Manager based in Pinelands, Cape Town.

    Duration: Minimum period of six months.

    This is a full-time position with the potential to be extended beyond the initial six month contract.

    The successful candidate will be highly organised, able to work independently with minimum supervision while at the same time operate within a small team, problem-solve, be comfortable interacting with a diverse range of supporters and volunteers and have a passion for working with children.

    Responsibilities:
    • manage, coordinate and expand the Linawo volunteer and supporter network
    • Manage and coordinate Linawo information, website, newsletter and social media
    • Oversee the implementation of Linawo communications and all reporting requirements
    • Effectively manage the Linawo team ensuring the implementation of policies and procedures, recruitment of team members, employee development and performance management
    • In partnership with the programme manager lead the implementation of the strategic direction for the organisation
    • Be accountable for budget, resources and assets, ensuring financial controls and cost effectiveness are paramount
    • Liaise with relevant government departments and entities to ensure statutory compliance
    • Undertake administration and support functions within the home as required
    • Provide a support function to the programme manager in terms of house maintenance, discipline and schedule coordination
    Requirements:
    • Experience in similar positions and/or working in the children’s sector;
    • Tertiary qualification or equivalent;
    • Computer literacy especially in Word and Excel;
    • Proficiency in the English language;
    • Excellent communication skills in both oral and written English is a must; additional African language is a strong advantage;
    • Ability to oversee and manage groups of people;
    • Ability to work flexible hours;
    • Excellent administrative and organisational skills;
    • Driver's licence and own car;
    • Available to start as soon as possible.
    Resources are limited but salary is negotiable depending on qualifications and experience.

    To apply, submit a CV and motivational letter to admin@linawo.org.za.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited for interviews.

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

    For more about Linawo, refer to www.linawo.org.za.

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

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  • MIET Africa: Programme Consultant - Care and Support for Teaching and Learning Programme

    MIET Africa
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment

    MIET Africa is a not-for-profit organisation based in South Africa with a strong presence in the SADC Region. It realises its purpose of improving the lives of children by contributing to quality teaching and learning. MIET Africa prides itself on being an African NGO and an innovator of education approaches that focus on the challenges faced by children in rural areas. It has pioneered many new models and programmes, and its influence now extends beyond South Africa and into Africa.

    MIET Africa seeks to appoint a Programme Consultant for the Care and Support for Teaching and Learning (CSTL) Regional Programme, based in Pretoria.

    The Consultant will assist the Department of Basic Education (DBE) with the successful implementation of the CSTL Programme.

    This is a three year contract position.

    Responsibilities:

    • Assist with coordinating the implementation of policies, strategies, frameworks and programmes related to care and support for teaching and learning;
    • Work with MIET Africa’s CSTL country coordinator in the management and monitoring of CSTL business plans and budgets;
    • Assist with coordinating and facilitating social mobilization and advocacy campaigns;
    • Liaise and cooperate with departmental units, provincial education departments, district offices and schools, national government departments, universities and research organisations, as well as NGOs and civic organisations;
    • Monitor implementation of the CSTL programme at provincial, district and school levels and report on progress;
    • Report to the relevant authorities in the DBE and to MIET Africa on progress;
    • Represent the directorate within the DBE, both internally and externally, as required;
    • Assist with managing internal and external partnerships. 

    Requirements

    • Relevant tertiary qualification in education, public health, social work or related fields;
    • Sound knowledge and understanding of the education and development sectors;
    • The ability to work with officials across all levels of government as well as with key stakeholders in the field;
    • Experience in implementing large-scale projects;
    • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written;
    • Strong organisational skills;
    • Willingness to travel extensively.
    The salary will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

    To apply, submit a CV with atleast two reference, motivational letter clearly stating “SA Consultant CSTL”, copy of ID, drivers licence and and copy of qualifications to: HR Department, MIET Africa applications@miet.co.za with “SA Consultant CSTL” as the email subject.

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

    Interested applicants should email the following documents, stating “SA Consultant CSTL” as the email subject:

    Incomplete applications will not be considered, Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    MIET Africa reserves the right not to fill the post, or to re-advertise to widen the pool of applicants. It also reserves the right to do a complete verification of all information supplied.

    For more about MIET Africa, refer to www.miet.co.za

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

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  • help2read: Receptionist / Administrator

    help2read
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Monday, March 17, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment

    help2read is a non-governmental organisation that recruits and trains volunteers before placing them in primary schools to help children learn to love reading and improve their literacy skills.

    help2read seeks to appoint a Receptionist, based in Cape Town.

    The Receptionist will be responsible for the day to day organisation of the front desk and to assist with general administration duties. The successful applicant will demonstrate a friendly and professional manner in this position. Personality is hugely important for this role.

    Responsibilities:

    • Meet and greet internal and external visitors;
    • Answer and direct all calls;
    • Take telephone messaged and deal with general enquiries;
    • Diary management, coordinate meetings and prepare meeting rooms;
    • Provide general administration support in the form of, but not limited to:
      • Update of monthly learner data;
      • Assist with monitoring and evaluation tasks;
      • Basic data capturing;
    • Maintain welcoming reception area.

    Requirements:

    • Matric certficate;
    • Secreterial/data capturing diploma / course advantage;
    • Own vehicle with drivers licence;
    • Minimum of two years reception job experience, coupled with data / information capturing experience;
    • Advanced level of computer literacy;
    • Articulate - excellent verbal communication skills (English a must);
    • People person - engaging, friendly;
    • Enthusiatic, professsional and always considerate;
    • Multi-tasker;
    • Have a positive attitude.

    To apply, submit a two page CV, three contactable references, motivational letter, copy of South African ID and availability to mandy@help2read.org.

    Please indicate in your cover note in which media you first saw this advert - NGO Pulse Portal.

    For more about help2read, refer to www.help2read.org.

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

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  • Saartjie Baartman: Child Counsellor / Social Worker

    Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, March 7, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children requires the services of a single person or a couple to live on the premises. The position would suit a single person or ideally, a couple trying to get ahead as the possibility exists for the spouse to assist with driving and maintenance.

    The Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children seeks to appoint a Child Counsellor/Social Worker, based in the Western Cape

    This is full-time contract position to work with the children and adolescents.
    Responsibilities:
    • Provide individual and group counselling to the children and adolescents;
    • Liaise with the children’s schools;
    • Provide parenting guidance to the mothers.
    Requirements:
    • Minimum of two years experience of counselling children and adolescents;
    • Knowledge of the effects of trauma on child development;
    • Specific training in child and adolescent counselling would be an advantage;
    • Fluency in at least two of the official languages;
    • Computer literate and have good communication skills;
    • Valid driver’s license.
    To apply, submit a CV (copies of degrees are not necessary), three references and motivation letter to Shaheema@womenscentre.co.za or fax to: 021 637 3487.

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

    Enquiries: Shaheema McLeod, Tel: 021 633 5287.

    Only shortlisted applicants will be notified.

    For more about Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Childrens, refer to www.saartjiebaartmancentre.org.za.

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

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  • Central Gauteng Mental Health Society: Stimulation Centre Manager

    Central Gauteng Mental Health Society
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Thursday, January 30, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment

    Central Gauteng Mental Health Society is a voluntary nonprofit, non-governmental organisation providing various services to persons affected bt mental disabilities (psychiatric and intellectual disabilities), and those experiencing life crises. Tshepong  Stimulation Centre is presently a day care facility for children with severe and profound intellectual disability.

    Central Gauteng Mental Health Society seeks to appoint a Stimulation Centre Manager, based in Katlehong.

    Responsibilities:
    • Manage personnel at Tshepong Stimulation centre;
    • Provide support to parents , children and staff;
    • Fundraise for the sustainability of the centre;
    • Control and manage finances and resiurces of the centre;
    • Facilitate and render social work as well as group work in the centre;
    • Manage clientbase;
    • Perform administrative tasks;
    • Develop strategic partnership and represent mental health interests on various platforms;
    • Compile business plans and progress reports to donors and government departments.
    Requirements:
    • Social Work Degree;
    • Registration with the SACSSP;
    • Minimum of 4-5 years experience in management in the NGO sector;
    • Minimum of 4-5 years experience in the social workfield;
    • Experience in the mental health / disability field anddealing with children with intellectual disability will be an added advantage;
    • Valid driver's licence;
    • Leadership qualities;
    • Interpersonal and communication skills;
    • Innovative and strategic thinking;
    • Networking skills;
    • Resilience; positive attitude.
    To apply, submit a CV and motivational letter to Mariki at makiri@witsmhs.co.za or fax to 011 614 5503.

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

    Only successful applicants will be contacted.

    For more about the Central Gauteng Mental Health Society, refer to www.cgmhs.co.za.

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

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  • ‘Black and White’ Disparities in SA Children

    Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) says that huge disparities in the living conditions of black and white infants in South Africa.

    In its report, South Africa's Young Children: Their Parents and Home Environment 2012, statistician general, states that there are 5.3 million in South Africa, representing about 10 percent of the population, of which 85 percent of them are described as ‘black African’.

    Lehohla argues that, "The results highlighted that children from the black African and the coloured population groups are perpetually disadvantaged when compared to those from the Indian/Asian and the white population."

    To read the article titled, “South African children face big black and white disparities: Stats SA,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • Childline On The Rocks

    When families and communities fail children, the government is left with the job of caring for them. Often non-governemental organisations (NGOs), such as Childline, carry out this responsibility - but they are struggling to survive.
     
    In Diepsloot, where the bodies of cousins Yonelisa Mali, two and Zandile Mali, three, were found in a public toilet this week - Childline could only field one social worker.
     
    The cousins' bodies were found near the spot where Anelisa Mkhondo, five, was found dumped and murdered last month.
     
    Joan Van Niekerk, advocacy and training manager for Childline, says the situation was dire. The organisation works to protect children from all forms of violence.
     
    Though it is ‘grateful’ for government funding, Van Niekerk says it covered only a third of the organisation's services nationally.
     
    "There is money in this country, it just doesn't go to the services that are so urgently needed," said Van Niekerk.
     
    "What you have is [President Jacob] Zuma spending R238-million on his Nkandla residence while he earns a president's salary. But just 10 kilometres from his home you have children who do not have enough to eat."
     
    Childline recently cut its staff complement. North West had the highest retrenchment rate but there were also job losses in other provinces such as Northern Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
     
    In Western Cape, Childline had to sell its property just to survive.
     
    Van Niekerk says Diepsloot was not the only Childline office with only one worker. Many small offices in KwaZulu-Natal are in the same situation.
     
    According to a summary report by the Financial and Fiscal Commission, there are about 900 000 orphans in South Africa and the state has an obligation to provide them with social services.
     
    "Many NGOs are facing serious financial difficulties as a result of the increase in the demand for their services, coupled with a decline in external and government funding in recent years," the report says.
     
    "Delays in transfers from the government threaten their very existence and their ability to deliver services."
     
    Social Development spokesperson Lumka Oliphant says R5 billion had been budgeted for NGO funding this year.
     
    The police have offered a R100 000 reward for information about the whereabouts of the suspected killer of the Mali children.
     
    Police spokesman Brigadier Neville Malila said the suspect, who is in his 30s, is about 1.7 metres tall and light-skinned.
     
    This story has been updated to reflect the correct amount budgeted bythe Department Social Development for NGO funding this year.
     
        - Nashira Davids is a journalist for The Times, and Graeme Hosken is a senior reporter at Sunday Times. This article first appeared on the Times Live website, www.timeslive.co.za.

  • James House: Managing Director

    James House
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, September 27, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
     
    James House was established in 1986 in Hout Bay, Cape Town, and has served mostly as a place of safety for the vulnerable children of Hout Bay. Over time, the organisation developed capacities and responses in keeping with the transformation of the child and youth care sector, and with broader imperatives within the community it served – particularly the impact of HIV/AIDS on families. The result has been the development of four programs that encompass a broad range of services at the early intervention, prevention and statutory levels.

    James House seeks to appoint a Managing Director, based in Cape Town.

    The Managing Director (MD) is responsible for vision and oversight of all James House programmes and administrative functions. The MD is the public face of the organisations and must be able to represent the values and ethos of James House.

    Starting date: The position is available immediately.

    Responsibilities:
    • Fundraising, developing and adhering to a fundraising strategy, writing funding proposals and reports, developing creative funding strategies, recruiting and maintaining donors through excellent relationships;
    • Financial management, planning and oversight of organisational finances, maintaining spending within approved budget, ensuring financial systems are efficient and audits are clear;
    • Marketing and Public Relationships, positioning James House as a professional, relevant child care organisation and a field leader in excellent models of care, developing and adhere to a marketing strategy;
    • Programmes, providing strategic vision, direction and support to overall organisational development as well as individual teams and team leaders, ensuring that monitoring and evaluation plans are developed and adhered to and performance targets are achieved;
    • Team Leadership, ensuring that all staff are equipped to fulfil their portfolio and that team dynamics remain healthy and cohesive.
    Requirements:
    • Minimum of four years tertiary qualification in an appropriate field, eg: community development, psychology, social work, project management;
    • Experience working in NGO environments;
    • Experience working in child and youth development / community development;
    • Experience with fundraising and proposal writing;
    • Previous management experience at a senior level (minimum of five years);
    • Proven people management skills;
    • Experience working in developing communities;
    • Loves working with vulnerable children and families;
    • Consultative leadership that respects the expertise of all team members;
    • Willingness to reflect and learn and be part of a learning organisation.
    To apply submit a CV including supporting documentation and contact details for two referees to jameshouse.applications@gmail.com.

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

    Suitable applicants will be invited to interview.
     
    Enquiries: Brian Morris, Chair of board, Tel: 083 299 8711

    For more about James House, refer to www.jameshouse.org.za.

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

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