• US$50-bn Development Bank for BRICS

    The largest emerging economies will push ahead with a US$50 billion development bank to provide alternative funding for the BRICS [Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa] countries.

    According to a summit statement, BRICS countries reached an accord to push ahead with a US$50 billion development bank by granting China its headquarters and India its first rotating presidency.

    BRICS leaders also formalised the creation of a US$100 billion currency exchange reserve, which member states can tap into case of balance of payment crises.

    To read the article titled, “BRICS development bank a go,” click here.

    Mail and Guardian
  • UN Laments Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa

    The United Nations (UN) says that Sub-Saharan Africa is the only developing region that saw the number of people living in extreme poverty rise steadily over the last two decades.

    In its findings of the latest Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) report launched by secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, the UN argues that while progress has been made globally on a number of targets, including across Africa - population growth, conflicts and declines in aid to poor countries has made reaching many MDG targets unlikely by next year's deadline.

    The report notes that that remarkable gains have been made in the fight against malaria and tuberculosis, with a decline of 42 percent in malaria mortality rates globally, among others.

    To read the article titled, “UN laments extreme poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Youth Should Play in Developing Africa

    The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Luwellyn Landers, says that young people should play a pivotal role if Africa’s envisaged development is to be realised.

    Addressing a national youth consultative forum on the African Union’s Agenda 2063, Landers affirmed that, “We are fully cognisant that the young people of today are the main players and partners if we wish to move the process of the development of the continent forward.”

    He added that the vision projected in Agenda 2063 can only be achieved through the active engagement and participation of the African youth who will deliver to the younger generations 50 years from now.

    To read the article titled, “Africa’s hope is its youth - Luwellyn Landers,” click here.

    City Press
  • Ndlovu Care Group: Human Resources Manager

    Ndlovu Care Group
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, July 18, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Ndlovu Care Group is a South African non-governmental organisation based in a rural environment, Elandsdoorn, Limpopo Province which provides comprehensive integrated health / community development services as part of a large scale HAART/TB programme.

    Ndlovu Care Group seeks to appoint a Human Resources Manager for the Head Office, based in Groblersdal, Limpopo.

    • Oversee recruitment and Selection process and induction of new employees;
    • Time and attendance management;
    • Disciplinary matters;
    • Dismissals and retrenchments;
    • Performance management;
    • Contract administration;
    • Maintaining personnel files;
    • Leave management;
    • Employment Confirmation;
    • Full Payroll Function on VIP Payroll for 200 employees;
    • Ensuring adherence to HR policies and procedures;
    • CCMA company representative;
    • Submitting EE reports;
    • Submitting workplace skills plan;
    • Compiling comprehensive HR policies and procedures/HR manual;
    • Training & Management of HR Assistant;
    • Development of strategic objections for HR.
    • Grade 12;
    • VIP Payroll Premier experience;
    • Human Resource (HR) Degree or relevant qualification;
    • Minimum of five years experience in a similar position;
    • Working knowledge of labour law, employment law;
    • Attention to detail;
    • Time management skills;
    • Organised;
    • High level of integrity;
    • Good communication skills;
    • Interpersonal skills
    • Full command of the English language;
    • Computer literacy;
    • Must have a driver’s license.
    To apply, submit a CV to Tania Bornman, HR Manager at or at fax to: 086 604 4426.

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

    Submission of a CV does not automatically entitle the applicant to an interview and if you have not had a response from us within five days of the closing date, then you can deem your application as unsuccessful.

    Only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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  • MDGs Could Fall Flat - Reinl

    Ambitious United Nations (UN) targets for addressing poverty, climate change, inequality, joblessness, weak governance, discrimination, shabby schools and crumbling hospitals, are being drafted and are expected to be called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) when they are signed by world leaders in New York in September 2015.

    According to James Reinl, a multimedia journalist who has reported from 30 countries and won awards for covering Haiti’s earthquake, Sri Lanka’s civil war and human rights abuses in Iran, the SDGs will succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the poverty-reduction targets that reach their deadline next year after 15 years in place.

    Reinl states that like all examples of UN idealism, the initiative looks good on paper but the problem is not that the new goals are too ambitious but that the world cannot handle watching another round of important multilateral negotiations do a belly flop.

    To read the article titled, “UN’s ambitious new development goals could fall flat,” click here.

  • Sustainability Institute: Operations Administrator - iShack Project

    Sustainability Institute
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, May 30, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    The Sustainability Institute is an international living and learning centre located outside Stellenbosch.The Sustainability Institute provides a space for people to explore an approach to creating a more equitable society that lives in a way that sustains rather than destroys the eco-system within which all society is embedded.

    The iShack Project is a large-scale enterprise and capacity building program of the Sustainability Institute that delivers household solar electrification in an informal settlement in Stellenbosch. We are seeking to employ an efficient and highly organised team-worker with good administrative and systems skills to maintain and develop the daily operational systems, procedures and databases. This includes stock and client-data management, recordkeeping, basic bookkeeping and database management. The Operations Administrator will be based at the Sustainability Institute in Stellenbosch and will work closely with the Operations and Field Managers in the execution of this function. 

    The iShack Project is a well-funded enterprise-based development project. A small team of residents, called “iShack Agents” from within the target community (Enkanini, an informal settlement in Stellenbosch), are recruited, trained and supported to deliver pay-for-use solar electricity services to residents living Enkanini. The project aims to develop technical capacity and enterprise skills in informal settlements in order to support a process of bottom-up incremental improvements in housing and services over time. The iShack Agents are undergoing a long-term program of training (technical, marketing and business skills, etc), with a view to eventually graduating to become iShack “Hub Operators”. These Hub Operators will eventually run their own iShack micro-franchise, each servicing a designated group of iShack Clients to provide a durable energy service to the community.

    Solar Home Systems (SHS) are installed, by the iShack Agents, in the shacks of iShack Clients. The clients pay a joining fee and a monthly fee for the energy service. The revenues from the project ensure the sustainable maintenance and operations of the energy service. Each SHS can generate sufficient energy to power basic household appliances such as lights, TV’s, radios and DVD players.

    The Sustainability Institute seeks to appoint an Operations Administrator - iShack Project, based in Stellenbosch.

    The person will report to the Operations Manager.

    This is a 36 hours per week (4.5 days x 8 hours per day) contract with possibility of working on weekends and after hours.  

    This is a renewable, one-year contracted position.

    The Operations Administrator will manage a set evolving systems and procedures that keep track of client information, stock and sales and other financial records. The Operations Administrator is also responsible for various operations and quality management tasks. The project is highly reliant on accurate and up to date information which is the responsibility of the Operations Administrator.

    The Operations Administrator role is well suited to an energetic, highly efficient and focused person with strong attention to detail and excellent organisational, multi-tasking and time management skills in order to prioritise tasks whilst juggling a demanding workload; and an ability to meet and adapt positively to the changing administrative needs of an exciting and innovative project. The successful candidate will have a proven ability to work intelligently with systems that are still in development, understand the purpose of these systems and ensure that they are well implemented to meet the needs of the project. Accurate data-capturing, while vital, is not the only function of the role.

    The successful candidate will be able to track information across a system; to draw up reconciliations and reports and to identify gaps or inconsistencies in data and to efficiently resolve these. A very strong working knowledge of Excel is thus essential.


    There are six main areas where the Operations Administrator has responsibilities:
    1. Database Management and Recordkeeping – management of key project databases with accurate hardcopy records ensuring up-to-date information integrity across client and inventory databases.
    2. Stock Control – oversight over the receipt and dispatch of stock, and the troubleshooting and reconciliation of any differences, to ensure that all project stock is always accounted for.
    3. Client Sales – daily oversight over client electricity sales on an internet-based platform and the rapid resolution of any problems (please note that during the first few months of the appointment this role will require updating transaction databases for a few minutes each morning and afternoon - including weekends - until such time as this function is automated).
    4. Financial Administration – managing project petty cash and preparing a set of basic month-end general journal entries and reports; reconciling monthly sales data and drawing up agent commission reconciliations.
    5. Project Support – preparing and arranging any necessary items that the field or office team may require (e.g. spares, documents, stationery); scheduling regular and ad hoc meetings and preparing venues.
    6. Reporting Function – collating weekly and/or monthly data from systems and databases and producing simple reports in order to monitor trends, identify system weaknesses and risks and suggest possible improvements or interventions.
    The overarching goals of the role are to a) accurately and efficiently manage the information across the project in a way that ensures its integrity and reliability for operations needs and decision making purposes; and b) to support the daily operational needs of the project in a way that ensures its smooth and efficient running.

    • Tertiary education;
    • Excellent English spoken and written communication skills;
    • Minimum of five years relevant work experience;
    • Excellent organisational and multi-tasking skills and the proven capacity to juggle a demanding workload towards achievement of deadlines;
    • Exceptionally high level of accuracy in record keeping and managing information across a system;
    • High level of competence in Microsoft Office, specifically Excel and Word;
    • Understanding of basic accounting;
    • Ability to problem solve and to design effective responses to any gaps within a system or process to make them more efficient and more effective;
    • Ability to work productively with a continually adapting set of operational systems and procedures and to contribute to and respond to these adaptations enthusiastically and professionally;
    • Valid South African or International driver’s licence.
    Preferred Criteria
    • Working knowledge of isiXhosa (not essential);
    • Experience in database management;
    • Experience in operations and logistics;
    • IT skills;
    • Experience with Quality Management Systems.
    Salary: R180 000 - R216 000 per annum depending on experience and qualifications.

    Commencement: As soon as possible.

    To apply, submit a CV, contact details of referees and motivation letter to The motivation letter should be no more than two sides of A4 paper and should:
    1. Set out clearly and specifically how you meet each requirement in the Person Specification –based on real work or life experiences and referring to your previous training and qualifications. Please be as detailed as possible, providing examples and evidence where relevant, as this will be the main method that we use to assess your suitability for the position.
    2. Provide contact details of at least two referees and state your relationship with your referees
    3. State your salary expectations and the value of your last or current salary.
    4. State where you heard about the job advertisement.
    Enquiries: Andreas Keller, e-mail:

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

    The Sustainability Institute is an equal opportunity employer. Preference may be given to candidates whose appointment will promote representivity.
    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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  • Ikamva Labantu: Programme Head of Health

    Ikamva Labantu
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, May 9, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Ikamva Labantu - the Future of our Nation - is a NGO that provides services in the delivery of health services, learning, development and resources. Ikamva Labantu works through local communities so that they can become self-sufficient and sustainable.

    Ikamva Labantu seeks to appoint a Programme Head of Health, based in Cape Town.

    This management post reports to the Programme Director of the organisation and is a member of the Programme Executive Committee.

    Key performance Areas:
    • Design and manage an integrated primary health care programme;
    • Oversee the day to day management of the health department including the wellness centre;
    • Networking and Liaison with key partners and stakeholders;
    • Monitoring, evaluation and reporting on progress of health programmes;
    • Managing the professional nurse in the following areas:
      •  Understanding and exploring the extent of services currently being rendered by the organisation;
      •  Developing a needs analysis of services for beneficiaries and staff;
      •  Presenting a health intervention strategy;
      •  Representing the organisation at Health Forums and relevant Indabas;
      •  Developing and implementing pilot projects;
      •  Dovetailing and developing partnerships with existing organisations and service providers;
    • Overall management of the Seniors / Older Persons division.
    • Bachelor’s degree in Health/Relevant medical qualification;
    • Relevant Public Health qualification;
    • Proven administration and management experience (preferably in an NGO environment);
    • Proven relevant experience of health-related program management and service delivery;
    • Proven relevant experience in strategic development, programme, financial, and relationship management;
    • Computer literacy (MS Office);
    • Ability to communicate effectively (verbal and written) in English and isiXhosa;
    • Decision making;
    • Team leadership ability (decision making, conflict and performance management, development and management of staff);
    • Displays the following in all interactions in this position: Commitment, integrity, teamwork, embracing diversity, self-awareness, self-regulation and managing resources
    To apply, submit a comprehensive CV with a motivational letter to: Ikamva Labantu Human Resources Department,

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

    Enquiries: Christelle Cornelius (Programme Director), Tel: 021 461 8338

    Ikamva Labantu is committed to the principles of employment equity.

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  • Civil Society Key to Any Democracy - Sekoba

    The South African National NGO Coalition (SANGOCO) says that there will be no government without civil society in South Africa.

    SANGOCO secretary general, Ndivhuwo Sekoba, noted that powerful regimes worldwide rely on civil society to further their development agendas.

    Sekoba reminded delegates, who gathered under the theme ‘Making Service Delivery Work for the People’, that the ANC liberated ‘us’, and urged civil society to act against anything that will tarnish the image of our young democracy.

    For more about the National NPO Summit on Service Delivery, refer to

  • Banda Targets Rural and Urban Poor

    Malawi President of Malawi, Joyce Banda says that her country has no boundary of urban and rural as far as poverty is concerned, one of the reasons why she has directed the Mudzi Transformation Trust to renovate and construct new houses for the needy in both areas.

    Banda believes that, "…I am well informed that there are also people living in poverty in urban areas according to what I have seen at Chikanda," further wishing that her administration could make sure that people are sleeping in houses that do not leak when it rains.

    She reminds Malawians that when her party took over government two years ago, there were fuel shortages, forex scarcity, media repressive laws and police search in individual houses without warrant which she has reversed.

    To read the article titled, “Malawi: Mudzi Transformation Trust to target the urban poor - JB,” click here.

    All Africa
  • Child Welfare South Africa: Chief Social Worker – Sharpeville

    Child Welfare South Africa (SWSA) - Sharpeville
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Monday, April 14, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Child Welfare South Africa (CWSA) is an umbrella body that represents more than 263 member organisations and outreach projects in communities throughout South Africa. Together with its member organisations, forms the largest nonprofit, non-governmental organisation in the country in the fields of child protection and child care and family development.

    CWSA Sharpeville seeks to appoint a Chief Social Worker, based in Gauteng.

    • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work;
    • Registration with the SACSSP;
    • Valid code B (08) driver's licence;
    • Minimum of five years experience as a Social Worker;
    • Previous supervision experience will be an advantage.
    To apply, submit a CV and certified copies of qualifications to
    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

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