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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
  • 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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  • 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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  • Molo Songololo: Social Worker

    Molo Songololo
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Tuesday, June 24, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Molo Songololo’s programmes aim to advance the rights and protection of children. The organisation provides direct support to children in need of care and protection. The organisation empowers children with skills that builds their human dignity, self-esteem, social confidence, and increase their future prospects. Songololo also educates and trains those who work with children and raise awareness and advocate about children in difficult circumstances.

    Molo Songololo seeks to appoint a Social Worker as Manager of our Victim Empowerment Programme (VEP), based in Cape Town.

    The VEP aims to assist and empower children and youth who are victims of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and trafficking  and facilitate their recovery, healing and empowerment through direct support and assistance to children and their families. The successful candidate will be responsible for the overall management of our VEP programme including the satellite offices in Atlantis, Delft and Beaufort West.   

    Responsibilities:
    • Supervise  child support workers, casework, home-visits and prevention activities;
    • Provide statutory social work interventions as required - removals, placements and court support;
    • Provide Counselling and Therapeutic Interventions and Empowerment - for clients and family members;
    • Network and partnership  building with other role-players - referrals and strategic interventions;
    • Design and implement  community awareness initiatives and education programmes  in targeted areas.
    Requirements:
    • Social work degree: Registered with South African Council of Social Service Professionals;
    • Police Clearance;
    • Minimum of five years social work experience including case work, group work and community development practice;
    • Thorough knowledge of the legal and policy framework for the protection  and rights of children: Familiar with the Children’s Act, Sexual Offences Act,
    • The Child Justice Act; including all laws and policies related  to child trafficking, child labour and exploitation;
    • Management and Supervision  skills: project / programme management, staff  supervision / management  and  monitoring and evaluation;
    • Case Work:  Referrals ,  debriefing , reporting, systems  and statutory requirements;
    • Counselling and therapeutic skills;
    • Good command of the English language and at least one of the other  prominent languages spoken in the province (isiXhosa / Afrikaans);
    • Write up of client and court reports; compiling and writing of development and progress reports; 
    • Data Management: Data capturing, management, analysis and report generation;
    • Driver’s licence and willingness to travel;
    • Computer Literacy - Word, Excel, PowerPoint and ability to use the Internet as  a research tool.
    A competitive market related salary will be offered depending on experience.

    To apply submit a CV (maximum three pages) and a one page motivation letter to melda@molo.org.za.

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

    For more about Molo Songololo, refer to www.molosongololo.com.

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

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  • Central Gauteng Mental Health Society: Soweto Manager

    Central Gauteng Mental Health Society
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, June 25, 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 Soweto Manager, based in Johannesburg.

    Responsibilities:
    • Manage the office and staff in Soweto Office and Johannesburg Central in JHBMetro;
    • Provide support to staff;
    • Manage service delivery;
    • Control and manage finances and assests in the area;
    • Manage rendering of social work service, group work and community work;
    • Manage data base and statutory work service;
    • Perform administrative tasks;
    • Coordinate community awareness programmes;
    • Develop strategic partnership in the region and represent mental health interests on various platforms;
    • Fundraise and compile business plans and progress reports to donors and government departments.
    Requirements:
    • Degree in social work;
    • Registration with SACSSP;
    • Minimum of four years experience on management level in the NGO sector;
    • Experience in mental health/disability field will be an added advantage;
    • Statutory work experience;
    • Creative and innovative;
    • Valid driver's licence;
    • Strong leadership qualities;
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
    • Innovative and strategic thinking;
    • Good networking skills;
    • Resilience;
    • Positive attitude.
    To apply, submit a CV and motivational letter to Mariki at makiri@witsmhs.co.za or fax to: 086 212 4755.

    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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  • Midrand Child and Family Care Association: Director

    Midrand Child and Family Care Association
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, June 20, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment

    Midrand Child and Family Care Association works to protect, uplift and promote the well-being of children and their families through provision of essential social services, community development and livelihood projects and programmes in MIdrand and surrounding areas. The organisation is affiliated to Child Welfare South Africa, the largest non-governmental child protection organisation in the counrty.

    Midrand Child and Family Care Association seeks to appoint a Director, based in Midrand.

    The preferred candidate should be a professional and paasionate about the welfare sector, with a minimum of seven years management experience inthis field.
    Strong leadership capabilities, innovation and excellent inter-personal skills are a prerequisite.

    Responsibilities:
    • Strategic and creative planning and innovation;
    • Ensure that social work services are delivered by the organisation;
    • Organisational management including fincances and fundraising;
    • Liaise with other welfare providers, boards and funding bodies about measure to improve social services facilities;
    • Represent the organisation in negotiations, at conventions, serminars, public hearings and forums.
    Remuneration: Commensurate benefits within the NGO Sector

    To apply, submit a CV and motivational letter to info@cwmidrand.org

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

    No late applications will be considered after the closing date.

    For more about Midrand Child and Family Care Association, refer to www.childwelfaremidrand.org.za

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

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  • REPSSI: Regional Training Coordinator

    REPSSI
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Monday, June 2, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI) is a leading African psychosocial support organisation working in thirteen countries in East and Southern Africa. REPSSI’s vision is that all communities and families nurture, protect and empower their children and youth.

    REPSSI seeks to appoint a Regional Training Coordinator.

    In consultation with and reporting to the Head: Programmatic Affairs, the Regional Training Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring that REPSSI has adequate technical capacity to deliver quality, accredited and effective psychosocial support training within the East and Southern African social, political and economic context.
    S/he will oversee and quality assures all staff activities related to training and accreditation, and will have direct line management responsibility for Regional Training Officers(s). S/he will be required to work in close collaboration with the Country Teams, Manager: Knowledge Development and Learning, Regional Coordinator: Certified Courses, Advisor: Children’s New Business and the Head: Research.

    Responsibilities:
    • Develop and implement REPSSI Training Strategy;
    • Develop and manage annual operational plans and budgets to meet agreed targets;
    • Develop REPSSI training quality standards and ensure the quality of training delivery and assessments meet those standards (compliance);
    • Lead and coordinate the REPSSI training team, inclusive of national training officers and affiliated trainers;
    • Ensure adequate capacity within the REPSSI training team through the development and implementation of a routine capacity sustainability plan;
    • Coordinate national and regional accreditation of REPSSI training resources / materials and courses/workshops;
    • Orient and mentor all REPSSI staff on new REPSSI programming and training resources, as well as those developed by others and endorsed by REPSSI;
    • Identify and implement new training courses / workshops to respond to evolving regional PSS requirements;
    • Manage and support all training related activities, nationally and regionally;
    • Facilitate and manage REPSSI endorsement of PSS training programmes and manuals developed by REPSSI partners and/or affiliated individuals;
    • Collaborate with technical subject master experts to customise curricula to developing contexts;
    • Establish and manage affiliations or short-term technical assistance providers;
    • Recruit and manage contracted trainers and assessors in line with operational standards;
    • Establish, maintain and review profitable and viable external training partnerships to generate income;
    • Monitor and report on the progress and outcomes of REPSSI training operation.
    Requirements:
    • Advanced degree in Education, Social Sciences, Public Health or a related field;
    • Minimum of five years’ successfully experience designing, implementing and coordinating multi-country training programmes;
    • Should be fully conversant with national skills development legislation and associated qualifications authorities;
    • Registered with at least one national education and/or training authority as an accredited trainer / facilitator;
    • Excellence in written English;
    • Practical and theoretical understanding of mental health and/or psychosocial support;
    • Competence in designing, delivering and reporting on multi-year training programmes;
    • Excellent oral presentation, communication and networking skills.
    To apply, submit a CV and motivational letter to the HR Officer at jobs@repssi.org.

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

    For more about the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative, refer to www.repssi.org.

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

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