Food security

Food security

  • Working Hand in Hand for Food Security in Soweto

    Development organisation Humana People to People in South Africa has partnered with Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) in efforts to work together with the people in Doornkop, Soweto to improve their food security.  

    For the past decade Humana’s Child Aid Doornkop project has worked side by side with community members to start vegetable gardens and the donation made by PPC makes it possible to continue this development at a new level. 

    Child Aid Doornkop has received funding of close to R150 000 from PPC to boost the project’s pilot vegetable garden initiative. The funding will be used to create a permaculture model garden at the project centre.  

    “The main aim is to create a standard garden that can be used for the training of the community members so that they can emulate it at their home gardens,” says Roland Ngoh, project leader at Child Aid Doornkop. “The community will be able to learn from the experiences of the project in gardening and permaculture.” 
     
    Permaculture is a sustainable and environmentally friendly way of farming. This can allow farmers to produce more food using fewer resources. Permaculture and agro-ecology improve soil fertility, adapt to climate change, and reduce farming input costs. 

    Twenty four project staff and community members will be trained in permaculture and agro-ecology. The project staff will then be able to train the 12 000 families in the area in permaculture. The primary vegetables will be spinach, tomatoes and green pepper which are the most preferred and staple vegetables in the community.

    - Ulrich Janse van Vuuren, Humana People to People in South Africa.

  • Global Warming Key to Food Security

    The United Nation World Food Programme (WFP) says global warming plays a big role in food security.
     
    WFP Southern Africa spokesperson, David Orr points out that there has been an increase in flooding in Southern Africa.
     
    Orr, who adds that the crop land has been pushed back by desert and drought has increased worldwide, says that the WFP is helping poor African nations with projects like building dams, irrigation canals and water harvesting systems, in the global fight against poverty.  
     
    To read article titled “Global warming plays key role in food security” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Food & Trees for Africa: Food Gardens for Africa Trainee Programme Manager

    Food & Trees for Africa
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, February 28, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) is South Africa’s pioneering social enterprise addressing sustainable development through climate change action, food security and greening, with a strong focus on environmental and climate change education and awareness.

    FTFA seeks to appoint a Food Gardens for Africa Trainee Programme Manager, based in Woodmead, Johannesburg.

    Reporting to the FTFA Management Committee, this Programme Manager will primary be responsible for ensuring effective delivery of the Food Gardens for Africa programme. This requires strong management of operations and team. Fundraising and sponsor relationship support is vital.

    Responsibilities: 
    • Programme administration which includes scheduling, budget management, data capture, analysis and reporting;
    • Communication with sponsors, beneficiaries, suppliers and in some cases mediaIdentifying funding opportunities and supporting proposal writing;
    • Sponsor relationships;
    • Management / leadership of a growing team, internal and external;
    • Strategic programme development.
    Requirements:
    • Blend of a professional and a passionate environmentalist, committed to healthier people on a healthy planet, with relevant qualification and experience in greening and food security;
    • Strong, dynamic leaders with five years management experience;
    • Can multi-task and be flexible;
    • Easily able to switch between our professional, fast paced, corporate sponsors and the realities of rural living - no internet, limited phone signal and pit toilets;
    • Meticulous administrative organisation and a knowledge of current green and food big picture happenings are needed;
    • Effective written and presentation communication skills, as well as an ability to listen and understand sponsors, beneficiaries and team needs is a must;
    • Solutions orientated, positive and creative when it comes to overcoming challenges with good time management and the capacity to organise others to ensure the job gets done in the most efficient way;
    • MS Office skills, report writing, sound permaculture experience and Google mapping knowledge are needed;
    • Experience in fundraising and a good network is a bonus;
    • wlexibility to travel nationally as and when required.

    The salary is that of a nonprofit and is negotiable.

    To apply, submit a CV and motivational letter to verena@trees.org.za.

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

    For more about Food & Trees for Africa, refer to http://trees.co.za.

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

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  • United Nations World Food Programme: Information Technology Assistant

    United Nations World Food Programme
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Monday, November 25, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the food aid branch of the United Nations, and the world's largest humanitarian organisation addressing hunger worldwide.

    The United Nations WFP seeks to appoint a Information Technology Assistant, based in Johannesburg.

    Internal Vacancy Announcement: OMJ/VA 26/2013

    Position Grade: G5 (fixed term)

    Responsibilities:
    • Assist in training and support of users of technology and systems, such as audio / videoconferences, meetings, databases, registries, networks, etc;
    • Assist in the deployment / dissemination of standard material, such as, computer hardware and/or software, applications, programs, directories, telephony, web content, publications, database content, training material, etc;
    • Assist in the maintenance of systems and equipment by carrying out routine tasks, such as backing up data, monitoring network and systems, servers and peripherals, running systems diagnostics, patch management and systems optimisation, removing viruses and bad data, etc;
    • Administer user access to systems and databases, monitor system and application usage;
    • Assist in resolution of problems by monitoring inboxes and responding to queries, identifying and forwarding issues to the appropriate person;
    • Perform other related duties as required.
    Requirements:
    • Completion of secondary school education (Grade 12 or equivalent), supplemented by technical training in electronic or telecommunications, computers technology or other related fields;
    • Minimum of four years of progressively responsible support in Information Technology such as WAN/LAN networking, operating systems or similar;
    • Experience in client support, such as, a Help Desk or User Support Unit, web design team, telephone maintenance service or similar;
    • Alternatively, recent graduate with relevant degree / Higher diploma with limited working experience;
    • Knowledge of standard computer applications including word processing and spreadsheets and knowledge of common basic software packages;
    • Knowledge of commonly used office equipments;
    • Fluency in both written and oral English. 
    To apply, submit a CV, motivational letter and a United Nations Personal History Form (P.11), to: HR.Johannesburg@wfp.org, quoting Announcement No: 26/2013.

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

    For more about the World Food Programme, refer to www.wfp.org.

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  • United Nations World Food Programme: Logistics Assistant

    United Nations World Food Programme
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Monday, November 25, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the food aid branch of the United Nations, and the world's largest humanitarian organisation addressing hunger worldwide.

    The United Nations WFP seeks to appoint a Logistics Assistant, based in Johannesburg.

    Internal Vacancy Announcement: OMJ/VA 21/2013

    Position Grade: G4 (fixed term)

    The Logistics Assistant will be under the direct supervision of Senior Regional Logistics Officer.

    Responsibilities:
    • Update Logistics Unit Leave plans and calendar;
    • Prepare daily attendance and absence record for HR (attaching leave slips or other documentation)  as required;
    • Update and maintain a reliable filing system;
    • Arrange travel for the unit (in liaison with administration) and preparing TA’s and TEC’s as required;
    • Maintain and regularly update inventory of Logistics Unit items;
    • Assist the Head of Unit with organising all the Logistics Workshops, Meetings including hotel and conference bookings, transport, ticketing, workshop materials and all administrative work required. Request for security clearance from United Nations Security office for the visiting staff members;
    • Take Minutes of the Logistics meetings and disseminate the same once approved by relevant officer;
    • Maintain and regularly update 'Invoice Tracking System';
    • Provide overall admin assistance to the Logistics Unit;
    • Assist when needed to process invoices for contractors including Clearing and Forwarding Agents, Transporters, and other services providers;
    • Assist to create Service Entry Sheets for cross-border cargo in WFP corporate system (WINGS – which is SAP based);
    • Follow-up with WFP vendors regarding credit notes or any outstanding documentation for payments;
    • Prepare Commodity Tracking reports (i.e. the Consolidated Delivery Report generated from the corporate system, COMPAS) and other supporting documents required for invoice processing;
    • Assist when needed to capture waybill data, vessel discharges, physical stock in WFP commodity tracking system;
    • Provide daily dispatch reports to Country Offices;
    • Prepare periodic reports showing status of Logistics commitments posted in WINGS;
    • Prepare periodic reports showing Vendors Payment Status;
    • Perform other related duties as required.
    Requirements:
    • Completion of secondary school education (Grade 12 or equivalent), preferably supplemented by courses in a field related to Logistics activities;
    • Minimum of three years of progressively responsible support or secretarial work experience including at least two years in the field of accounting, transport, insurance, statistics, operations or other related field;
    • Minimum of one year at G3 level or equivalent;
    • Knowledge of standard computer applications including word processing and spreadsheets;
    • Knowledge of ERPs (SAP, Oracle or similar software packages and systems) and/or use of data base an advantage;
    • Fluency in both written and oral English. 
    To apply, submit a CV, motivational letter and a United Nations Personal History Form (P.11), to: HR.Johannesburg@wfp.org, quoting announcement No: 21/2013.

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

    For more about the World Food Programme, refer to www.wfp.org.

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  • United Nations World Food Programme: National Programme Officer

    United Nations World Food Programme
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Monday, November 25, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the food aid branch of the United Nations, and the world's largest humanitarian organisation addressing hunger worldwide.

    The United Nations WFP seeks to appoint a National Programme Officer, Resource Management Analyst, based in Johannesburg.

    Internal Vacancy Announcement: OMJ/VA 20/2013

    Position Grade: NOC (fixed term)

    The National Programme Officer will be under the direct  supervision of the Regional Resource Management Analyst, the National Programme Officer: Resource Management Analyst will be accountable for the below duties.

    Responsibilities:
     
    Budget Planning
    • Review budget and revised budget plans for new and ongoing projects to provide expert advice on budgetary adjustments required for effective utilisation of funds by COs;
    • Recommend follow up actions in respect to approval process for all projects so that all documentation is in line with the Programme Review Committee (PRC) recommendations and data in WFP corporate systems is accurate; and
    • Provide comprehensive analysis on project performance and financial surplus / deficit, and recommend appropriate actions to be undertaken by CO management.
    Funds Management
    • Monitor level and conditions for unassigned funds in projects to alert Fund Managers on approaching deadlines and actions to be taken;
    • Monitor the use of resources assigned to projects and provide expert advice to Fund Managers on actions to be taken in case of potential shortfalls and surpluses;
    • Provide input into the design of tools to facilitate monitoring of resource utilisation and identification of surpluses and shortfalls;
    • Support the preparation of advance financing requests by providing recommendations; monitor and provide advice on all internal and external borrowing and repayment arrangements;
    • Advise on actions required for closure of operations; and
    • Provide expert advice on regulations and procedures related to resource management and financial reporting.
    Operations Implementation Planning
    • Support the preparation of various documents, e.g. funding proposals and assignment plans, budgets for donor proposals, import parity forms and presentation of costs versus benefits of local purchases, etc;
    • Monitor commodity and cash requirements, availability and shortfalls (pipeline) for all operations in the region;
    • Ensure that CO pipeline submissions are accurate and reflect project requirements and situation on the ground;
    • Collate operational pipeline data and prioritise operations within the RB according to severity of pipeline shortfalls;
    • Advise RB management and Headquarters (HQ) on resource allocations;
    • Support the preparation of pipeline reports and strategy definition for the utilisation of resources during emergencies;
    • Coordinate or advise on coordination of commodity loans and borrowings between countries within the region and between regions; and,
    • Provide food-demand plan aggregated by common corridors to support management of the Forward Purchase Facility (FPF) and provide information to guide Regional Bureau decision-making when multiple projects compete for the same FPF stock;
    • Prepare and disseminate comprehensive regular / ad hoc analytical reports related to resource management to facilitate forecasting and decision making process;
    • Oversee accuracy of data in all operational reports prepared by COs or HQ;
    • Develop staff capacity in budget planning, fund management and operational planning through training and coaching ;
    • Contribute to corporate initiatives in support of funds and budget management and corporate system enhancements; and,
    • Perform other duties as required.
    Requirements:
    • University degree in business administration, finance, accounting, economics or other related field with advanced training / courses in management of resources or other related field. Advanced university degree in the above-mentioned fields is an asset;
    • Minimum of five years of postgraduate progressively responsible professional experience in   financial, budgeting and accounting systems in commercial enterprises, national governments or international organisations;
    • Knowledge of standard computer applications including word processing and   spreadsheets;
    • Knowledge of ERPs (SAP, Oracle or similar software packages and systems) and/or use of database;
    • Knowledge of financial and budgetary principles and practices and understanding of resources planning, monitoring and reporting including the linkages to operational effectiveness;
    • Knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures;
    • Fluency in written and oral English. Knowledge of French and/or Portuguese an advantage.
    To apply, submit a CV, motivational letter and a United Nations Personal History Form (P.11), to: HR.Johannesburg@wfp.org, quoting announcement No: 20/2013.

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

    For more about the World Food Programme, refer to www.wfp.org.

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

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  • United Nations World Food Programme: Staff Assistant

    United Nations World Food Programme
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Monday, November 25, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the food aid branch of the United Nations, and the world's largest humanitarian organisation addressing hunger worldwide.

    The United Nations WFP seeks to appoint a Staff Assistant for the Programme unit, based in Johannesburg.

    Internal Vacancy Announcement: OMJ/VA 18/2013

    Position Grade: G5 (fixed term)

    The Staff Assistant will be under the direct supervision of the Senior Regional Programme Adviser.

    Responsibilties:
    • Update Programme Unit Leave plans - on a weekly basis;
    • Prepare daily attendance and absence record for HR (attaching leave slips or other documentation) - (by end of first week of every month);
    • Update Unit Calendar on a daily basis;
    • Maintain various mailing lists (in consultation with IT) so that they are always up to date;
    • Arrange travel for the unit (in liaison with administration) and preparing TA’s and TEC’s as required;
    • Arrange meeting rooms / conference calls as required;
    • Make the administrative arrangements for workshops:
      • Prepare budget
      • Source venues ensuring Admin and Procurement requirements are followed
      • Liaise with HQ / facilitators
      • Prepare logistics note
      • Prepare participants and itinerary lists
      • Organise accommodation and airport transfers
      • Prepare documentation and providing assistance during the workshops
    • Raise PR’s and following up on invoice payments - as required;
    • Prepare Unit Procurement Plan (organising stationary) - every quarter;
    • Maintain project documents/project cycle filing by country - on daily basis;
    • Post documents on SharePoint or other corporate IT knowledge transfer tool;
    • Perform liaison duties with other units by supporting supervisor in consolidating documents and reports, following up on the deadlines for various correspondence and on a range of assignments to ensure timely response to all clients;
    • Perform other related duties as required.
    Requirements:
    • Completion of secondary school education (Grade 12 or equivalent), preferably supplemented by courses in a field related to WFP programme activities;
    • Minimum of four years of progressively responsible support or secretarial work experience including at least two years in the field of accounting, transport, insurance, statistics, operations or other related field;
    • Minimum of one year at G4 level or equivalent;
    • Knowledge of standard computer applications including word processing and spreadsheets. Knowledge of ERPs (SAP, Oracle or similar software packages and systems) and/or use of data base an advantage;
    • Fluency in both written and oral English.
    To apply, submit a CV, motivational letter and a United Nations Personal History Form (P.11), to: HR.Johannesburg@wfp.org, quoting announcement No: 18/2013.

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

    For more about the World Food Programme, refer to www.wfp.org.

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

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  • One in Eight People Chronically Undernourished - UN Agencies

    One in eight people around the world are chronically undernourished, states the United Nations (UN) food agencies’ report. The agencies warn world leaders that some regions would fail to halve the number of hungry people by 2015.
     
    The agencies further state that the countries which have previously experienced conflict during the past two decades are more likely to have witnessed significant setbacks in reducing hunger.
     
    “Policies aimed at boosting agricultural productivity and food availability were crucial in reducing hunger even where poverty was widespread” the UN agencies said.
     
    To read the article titled, “One in eight people chronically undernourished, Africa tops list: UN,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • Food & Trees for Africa: Community Trainers

    Food & Trees for Africa
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, October 30, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment

    Food & Trees for Africa is the first and only South African social enterprise addressing sustainable development through climate change action, food security and greening, with a strong focus on environmental and global warming education and awareness.

    Food & Trees for Africa seeks to appoint qualified and experienced Community Trainers, based in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.

    Requirements:
    • Formal training qualification or at least three years experience in conducting agri training;
    • Exposure to sustainable farming methods particularly organic farming and / or permaculture;
    • Familiar with AgriSETA requirements and compliance;
    • Ability to work under minimal supervision;
    • Ability to work under pressure;
    • Valid and clean code 8 driver’s licence;
    • Computer literate;
    • Team player; and
    • Have traceable references.
    To apply, submit a CV to quinton@trees.org.za.

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

    For more about Food & Trees for Africa, refer to http://trees.co.za.

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

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  • Food & Trees for Africa: Agriculture Officers

    Food & Trees for Africa
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, October 30, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment

    Food & Trees for Africa is the first and only South African social enterprise addressing sustainable development through climate change action, food security and greening, with a strong focus on environmental and global warming education and awareness.

    Food & Trees for Africa seeks to appoint qualified and experienced Agriculture Officers, based in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.

    Requirements:
    • Formal training and qualification in agricultural science; or at least three years working experience preferably in a commercial farming environment;
    • Formal training or practical exposure to sustainable farming methods particularly organic farming and / or permaculture will be an added advantage;
    • Familiar with AgriSETA requirements and compliance;
    • Ability to work under minimal supervision;
    • Ability to work under pressure;
    • Valid and clean Code 8 driver’s licence;
    • Computer literacy;
    • Communication skills – verbal and written;
    • Team player; and
    • Have traceable references.
    To apply, submit a CV to quinton@trees.org.za.

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

    For more about Food & Trees for Africa, refer to http://trees.co.za.

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

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