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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.

    Source: 
    Aljazeera
  • 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: 
    Employment
    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.

    Responsibilities:

    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.

    Requirements:
    • 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 andreas@sustainabilityinstitute.net. 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: andreas@sustainabilityinstitute.net.

    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.

    For more about the iShack Project, refer to www.facebook.com/iShackproject.org.

    For more about the Sustainability Institute, refer to www.sustainabilityinstitute.net.

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

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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: 
    Employment
    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.
    Requirements:
    • 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, careers@ikamva.org.za

    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.

    For more about Ikamva Labantu, refer to www.ikamva.org.za.

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

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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 www.ngopulse.org/blogs/npos-democracy-and-service-delivery.

    Source: 
    SANGONeT
  • 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.

    Source: 
    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: 
    Employment
    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.

    Requirements: 
    • 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 gauteng@childwelfaresa.org.za.
     
    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    For more about Child Welfare South Africa, refer to www.childwelfaresa.org.za.

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

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  • Mindset Network: Broadcast Scheduler Intern

    Mindset Network
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Tuesday, April 8, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment

    Mindset Network is a nonprofit organisation that aims at personal, social and economic development of all people in Africa. Mindset uses information and communication technologies (ICTs) to support education in the schooling and health sectors.

    Mindset Network seeks to appoint a Broadcast Scheduler Intern, based in Johannesburg.

    The successful candidate will be responsible for the final input of schedules into the ITX system as well as the scheduling of on air promos, commercials and other support material as per the brief supplied by Channel Manager and/or Client.

    Salary: R6 000 total cost of employment per month. 

    To apply, refer to http://bit.ly/1heujb5

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

    If you have any difficulty accessing the link contact, recruitment@mindset.co.za (Subject 'Broadcast Scheduler Application') and Mindset Network will tend to your query.

    For more about Mindset Network, refer to www.mindset.co.za.

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

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  • Call for Enhanced Poverty Fight in Zambia

    Pertti Anttinen, Zambia’s Finnish ambassador, states that the fight against poverty should be enhanced as Zambia celebrates 50 years of independence.

    Anttinen argues that it is important for Zambia to address the high poverty levels and make economic growth all inclusive for citizens.

    He further maintains that, “Zambia has been a long-time friend and one of the seven priority countries for Finland development." 

    To read the article titled, “Envoy calls for enhanced poverty fight,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • HOPE Africa: Finance Officer

    HOPE Africa
    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
    HOPE Africa, based in Cape Town is the social development organisation for the Anglican Church of Southern Africa.

    HOPE Africa seeks to appoint a Finance Officer, based in Cape Town.

    The successful candidate should be a dynamic individual who will assist in the management of the finances of the organisation.This position has the primary responsibility for the performance of all accounting functions for the organisation. This includes review, timely recording and filing of all payment documentation related to the programmes; the timely submission of all financial reports and ensuring compliance with all financial regulations and requirements.

    Responsibilities:
    • Perform all Accounting functions using Pastel Accounting including but not limited to,  Income Statements, Bank Reconciliations, Petty Cash reconciliation, Cash book and Trial Balance;
    • Preparing budgets as required including annual programme budget;
    • Prepare and submit monthly Management  Reports, in the prescribed format, by the due dates;
    • Maintain a register of all organisation assets in compliance with HOPE Africa’s regulations, policies and procedures;
    • Maintain accounting procedures which will enable and enhance transparency, accuracy, appropriateness and completeness of all financial transactions relating to the organisation;
    • Accurate monitoring of Actual vs. Budgeted Income and expenses;
    • Creditors Reconciliations and preparing and processing Creditors’ payments;
    • Liaise with Creditors re queries on their accounts;
    • Analyse and check invoices submitted by suppliers against purchase requisitions and orders;
    • Maintain systems that accurately  track  a variety of different programme expenditures;
    • Liaise with staff  for  financial transactions pertaining to their respective duties;
    • Process Payroll and of VAT returns and PAYE to SARS and processing UIF;
    • Prepare books for auditors at year-end including drafting of trial balances and bank reconciliation;
    • Maintain an orderly, complete, effective and accessible filing system of accounting and financial records and documents;
    • Ensure accurate classification and recording of funds disbursement transactions.
    Requirements:
    • Degree / diploma in accounting and at least three years experience in a similar position;
    • Experience working in the donor-funded environment will be an advantage;
    • Proven ability to work as part of a diverse team is essential.
    To apply, submit a CV and references, academic transcripts, proof of experiential training or any other relevant experience to mari@hopeafrica.org.za.

    Tel: 021 763 1300021 763 1300.

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

    For more about Hope Africa, refer to www.hopeafrica.org.za.

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

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  • Ndlovu Care Group: Programme Manager

    Ndlovu Care Group
    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

    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 Programme Manager, based in Free State.

    Ndlovu Care Group is involved in supplying Technical Assistance in the Department of Health (DoH) clinics. The Free State OMTK Implementation Team will consist of a Programme Manager and four teams each dedicated to initially train and assist with the implementation of Operations Management Tools in 36 clinics in Mofutswanyane district, Maluti a Phofung sub district, Free State .

    The Programme Manager will represent NCG at the District or Sub-District Office and coordinate the facility training and implementation of the OMTK. The Programme Manager will guide the NCG TA Team for the OMTK implementation. The Programme Manager will work in cooperation with the RtC Leadership and Governance Team and the DoH FIT teams. The Programme Manager continues to support Provincial DoH, District and Sub-District health authorities in activities aimed at programme and service delivery planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

    Responsibilities:

    • Oversee implementation of Operations Management Tool Kit (OMTK) in all the clinics;
    • Strengthen pharmacy management capacity amongst the staff at the clinics;
    • Data; M&E and Reporting mentoring and support;
    • Provide financial program supportOversee Baseline audits and follow-up measurements at the clinics.

    Requirements:

    • Professional nurse or similar clinical background;
    • Five years Programme / Clinic Management experience;
    • Insight into the DoH and its structures;
    • Ability to negotiate on Senior Level;
    • Extensive computer skills required;
    • Extensive M&E experience;
    • Fluency in English and good writing skills;
    • Excellent organisational skills;
    • Driver licence essential.

    To apply, submit a CV and motivational letter to Tania Bornman, HR Manager, at fax number 086 604 4426 or by e-mail to taniab@ndlovu.com.
     
    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Note: Submission of a CV does not automatically entitle the applicant to an interview and if you have not had a response from us within 5 days of the closing date, then you can deem your application as unsuccessful.

    For more about Ndlovu Care Group, refer to www.ndlovucaregroup.co.za.

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

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