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  • ProBono.Org: Attorney

    ProBono.Org
    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
    ProBono.Org is a young, dynamic non-governmental organisation (NGO) that works with the private legal profession to provide pro bono legal services to the poor. The organisation harnesses the enormous skill, might and strength of the South African private legal fraternity to cases and clients that we identify.

    ProBono.Org seeks to appoint a Attorney, based in Johannesburg.

    The Attorney will extend access to justice and promoting our Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

    Responsibilities:
    • Direct and manage the family law and general law departments at ProBono.Org, Johannesburg;
    • Manage all cases in the family and general law departments in accordance with ProBono.Org’s management system. This includes ensuring that clients are interviewed, screened and where necessary referred to private legal professionals;
    • Have a thorough knowldege of all cases that have been referred to attorneys, advocates and mediators and monitor the progress of such cases;
    • Set up, manage and monitor all legal clinics that fall within your department;
    • Maintain and build strong relationships with legal professionals that render pro bono services and to actively recruit additional lawyers on an ongoing basis;
    • Create pro bono opportunites for pro bono legal professionals;
    • Conceptualise, prepare, plan and implement special projects;
    • Report pro bono hours on behalf of attorneys to law societies when required;
    • Maintain and build strong relationship with NGOs, CBOs, law clinics and other pro bono or public interest initiatives;
    • Undertake financial planning, budgeting and management of your own cost centre;
    • Prepare funding proposals, budgets, implementation plans for donors and to ensure compliance with donor agreements;
    • Ensure that all information pertaining to your department is recorded and stored correctly on the electronic data management system;
    • Manage, train and monitor the performance of interns in your department;
    • Write up reports on cases, events and the work of ProBono.Org for newsletters, the website, social media, newspapers and other media;
    • Organise workshops and seminars throughout the year for attorneys and other legal professionals, and for CBOs and NGOs.
    Requirements:
    • Organisational and adminstrative excellence, and project management skills;
    • Ability to write reports, publicity materials and other required documents;
    • Ability to asses cases, determine the merits and prepare memoranda on cases for attorneys and mediators, and briefs for advocates;
    • Ability to evaluate and monitor success / failure of your work;
    • Management, financial and fund-raising skills;
    • Financial skills that include the ability to budget and prepare financial reports;
    • Excellent communication and networking skills;
    • Drivers licence and own car;
    • Attorney’s admission.
    To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter to phumi@probono.org.za.

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

    For more about ProBono.Org, refer to www.probono.org.za.

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

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  • South Africans Should Continue Mandela's Work

    Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) states that South Africans could best remember former president Nelson Mandela by working to continue his life's work.  

    LHR believes Nelson Mandela's renowned legacy is what has kept civil society's eye focused on human rights in South Africa and across the continent.

    LHR considers the international peace icon as a role model who shared many of his aspirations of upholding the rule of law and championing the rights of those who did not have the voice to fight for themselves.

    To read the article titled, “Complete Mandela's goals: Lawyers for Human Rights,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • Studies in Poverty & Inequality Institute: Intern

    Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, November 13, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) is an independent, non-profit think tank, committed to the eradication of poverty and inequality in South Africa and the sub region. Through research they seek to develop innovative, evidence-based solutions that address the causes and consequences of poverty. SPII is rooted in the values of the South African constitution. The organisation believes that poverty undermines democracy and inhibits the development of society as a whole.

    SPII is currently undertaking a 24 month project entitled 'Social Protection and local economic development (LED): Graduation Pilot Programme.' The project seeks to link the child support grant (CSG) and local economic development by targeting small, micro and survivalist enterprises that have a recipient of a CSG within the household in Evaton. The aim is that through targeted sequenced interventions at an enterprise level, small, micro and survivalist enterprises will graduate after 24 months from their survivalist nature into resilient enterprises.

    SPII is seeks to appoint an Intern to be based in Evaton, Gauteng.

    The incumbent will assist the project manager on this project. A bachelor’s degree is a prerequisite for this position. The internship is for a period of six months starting as soon as 25 November 2013. SPII will provide the successful candidate with a stipend.

    Responsibilities:
    • Assisting the project coordinator;
    • Capturing and data analysis.
    Requirements:
    • Computer skills are necessary;
    • Language proficiency: English, and preferably an African language;
    • Stakeholder management and field worker support;
    • A driver’s licence will be an advantage.
    For more information, call: 011 833 0161

    To apply, submit a CV with contactable references and a motivational letter to fortunate@spii.org.za and brian@spii.org.za 

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

    Shortlisted candidates will be requested to make a presentation as part of their interview process.

    For more about the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute, refer to www.spii.org.za.

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

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  • ProBono.Org: Staff Attorney

    ProBono.Org
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, October 25, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    ProBono.Org is a young, dynamic NGO that works with the private legal profession to provide pro bono legal services to the poor. The organisation harnesses the enormous skill, might and strength of the South African private legal fraternity to cases and clients that we identify.

    ProBono.Org seeks to appoint a Staff Attorney, based in Durban.

    Responsibilities:
    • Interview persons seeking legal assistance or any person acting on their behalf;
    • Assess matters in terms of the ProBono.Org criteria;
    • Undertake relevant legal research;
    • Prepare detailed briefs for legal practitioners;
    • Manage and participating in pro bono projects;
    • Write reports as part of ProBono.Org’s reporting and communications functions;
    • Contribe to the advancement functions of ProBono.Org;
    • Maintain strong relationship with NGOs, CBOS, law clinics and other institutions;
    • Maintain and building strong relationships with legal and other professionals.
    Requirements:
    • LLB degree;
    • Admitted attorney;
    • Minimum three years post-admission experience rendering general legal advice and assistance to individuals, communities and nonprofit organisations;
    • Knowledge / experience of constitutional and/or human rights matters and issues;
    • Established network and contacts with various NGOs;
    • Commitment to and interest in public interest law;
    • Computer literate (MS Office);
    • Valid driver’s licence, own transport.
    To apply, submit a CV, motivation letter and three contactable references to michelle@probono.org.za.

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

    Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

    For more about ProBono.Org, refer to www.probono.org.za.

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

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  • Censorship by South African Film and Publication Board

    The Film and Publication Board's rigid and simplistic interpretation of the law seems to mean that even a film that exposes and opposes child abuse might be banned. We are in a Catch-22 situation: we want to discuss whether this film promotes or helps prevent abuse, but we are prevented from seeing it to decide that. We are expected to simply trust the Board and, given our history of the abuse of censorship powers, that is not going to happen.

    If the organisers of a reputable film festival deemed it worthy to open their proceedings, then there is an argument for the merits of this film. But that is an argument we cannot have, unless the Board allows us. It is vital that the Board's ham-handed decision be challenged, and they be made to show that this film is so dangerous and harmful that it cannot even be shown before the limited audience of a film festival.

    We have to deal with and confront issues of child abuse, not hide from them. The danger is that a ham-handed and conservative Board might impose its own predilections on the nation and try and sweep this kind of film under the carpet.

    Anton Harber
    Chair, Freedom of Expression Institute

     

  • ActionAid International: Project Manager - Young Urban Women Project

    ActionAid International
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Monday, August 5, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The vision of ActionAid International is a world without poverty in which every person can exercise their right to a life of dignity.

    Action Aid International seeks to appoint a Project Manager - Young Urban Women Project, based in Johannesburg, South Africa or Nairobi, Kenya.

    Lead ActionAid’s innovative project on young urban women’s life choice and livelihoods! Over the next three years ActionAid will implement a ground-breaking project that focuses on young women from the age of 15-25 who are living in poor urban areas in Ghana, India and South Africa. The project will explore the intersection between women’s sexual and reproductive health rights and their right to decent work. The aim of the project is to support young women to organise and mobilise so that they can address the barriers that are affecting their life choices and livelihoods such as early marriage, access to contraception, unemployment and unfair working conditions.

    ActionAid is looking for a dynamic project manager with considerable experience working with young women on issues such as sexual and reproductive health and workers’ rights or managing projects on similar or related themes.  The project manager will provide leadership and guide the project’s implementation in Ghana, India and South Africa.  A key part of this project will be to collaborate with international policy makers, civil society organisations and research institutes working on youth rights, SRHR and workers’ rights. The project manager will also have budgetary and reporting responsibilities. This is a perfect role for an experienced project manager with proven expertise working with young women, the ability to support work in diverse settings and the ability to build new partnerships across different countries and policy contexts.
     
    For full job description, refer to http://www.actionaid.org/jobs/project-manager-young-urban-women-project.

    To apply, submit an up to date CV and motivational letter highlighting specifically how you meet the criteria for this role to programmes.jhb@actionaid.org. Applications that do not meet these criteria will not be considered. 

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.
     
    Due to high volumes of applications received, ActionAid International can only correspond with shortlisted applicants. 

    Should you not have received feedback on your application within two weeks of the closing date, consider your application unsuccessful. 

    ActionAid International will not consider candidates from recruitment agencies.  ActionAid reserves the right to withdraw any of our vacancies at any time.

    ActionAid International promotes diversity and welcomes applications from all section of the community.
     
    For more about ActionAid, refer to www.actionaid.org.

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

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  • Dignified Service Delivery

    The concept, 'dignified service delivery', emerged from the scenario development discussions initiated by the Unit for Human Rights Mainstreaming and Capacity Building (Stellenbosch University). According to the Oxford English Dictionary, dignity refers to ‘the state of being worthy of respect’ as well as ‘a sense of pride in oneself’.

    When service delivery is dignified we would expect that those who benefit from the service will feel that they are being treated with respect and those who provide the service will feel a sense of pride in themselves and their work. When thinking of the work of government, there are two areas where politicians and public officials can facilitate dignified service delivery. One area would be when developing policy, the policy tools can be chosen based on whether they will bring dignity.

    To assess whether a policy instrument would facilitate feelings of dignity -  those who plan policy responses may ask whether their proposed policy solutions carry the message that they view beneficiaries as people who are worthy of respect. Another area for intervention is how public officials interact with people they provide a service to. To evaluate their own behaviour, public officials should ask themselves whether their behaviour shows that they respect those who they are meant to serve and that they are proud of themselves.

    For more information on the scenarios or to obtain a copy of the discussion document 'Human Rights Scenarios for the Western Cape Province', e-mail to wcscenarios@iafrica.com or Website, Facebook or Twitter
    page.

    - Dr Ubanesia Adams-Jack (D.Phil, University of Sussex, United Kingdom) is a lecturer in Political Science at Stellenbosch University.

     

  • UNICEF: Senior Procurement Assistant

    United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, July 12, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. Guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF strives to establish children's rights as enduring ethical principles and international standards of behaviour and action towards children.

    In South Africa, UNICEF supports national efforts to realize children’s rights by promoting evidence-based policy advocacy and strategic partnerships as a means to leverage policies and resources for children, giving special attention to vulnerable children and disparity reduction. It works in the areas of health and nutrition, early childhood development; basic education; child protection and social policy, planning, monitoring and evaluation.

    UNICEF seeks to appoint a Senior Procurement Assistant, based in Pretoria (Grade: GS - 7).

    Under general supervision of the Supply Specialist, the successful candidate will be responsible for all shipping and forwarding documentation and related follow-up activities.

    This is a two-year, fixed-term contract with possibility of extension.
     
    Responsibilities:
    • Receives and reviews requisitions for clarity, adequacy of specifications and completeness, confirms availability of funds, and obtains additional information considered necessary;
    • Compiles lists of local and BNLS (Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho & Swaziland) sources of Procurement of services, contracts vendors for price quotations, prepares summary of bids including information on price and conditions of offer;
    • For more costly procurements of services required under the procurement procedures, drafts request for proposals/invitation to Bid or requests for price quotations and related correspondence;
    • Coordinate CRC (contract review committee) documentation for signature and archive documents accordingly as well as preparing and distributing files containing the cases to be presented;
    • Once adjudication is done, issue contracts, compile purchase order documents for supervisor’s signature, ensures distribution of purchase document to all required offices and vendors, follow up on receipt of signed contracts and ensures obligation of funds is recorded;
    • Extracts procurement information from VISION logs and templates and summarizes for use into the MTR presentations and CRC (contract review committee) reporting;
    • Develops and maintains Printer supplier database by visiting new and old printers periodically and update the printer database on suitability and assist with printer evaluation in BNLS (Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho & Swaziland) countries;
    • Maintains the UNICEF South Africa Supply website in coordination with the website designer to facilitate tender and vendor application postings and advertisements;
    • Process and review the monthly forecast for payment of goods and services for SACO (South Africa Country Office and BNLS (Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland) countries;
    • Maintains manual and automated procurement files and records; to provide purchase information to receiving offices;
    • Perform any other duties as assigned by the Supervisor or Chief of Supply & Procurement.
    Requirements:
    • Completion of secondary education (Grade 12) or equivalent, supplemented by courses in purchasing methods, contracting and/or accounting;
    • Minimum of five years of progressively responsible clerical or administrative work, with experience in purchasing a variety of materials and services
    • Experience with computer database and SAP system is a requirement;
    • Strong follow-up and monitoring skills;
    • Ability to work well in a team environment;
    • Ability to work independently;
    • Ability and willingness to work in a multi-cultural environment.
    • Sharing UNICEF core values of: Commitment, integrity, diversity and Inclusion.
    Proficiency in UNICEF core competencies of: Communication, working with People and drive for results.

    To apply, submit a CV and completed P11 Form to safpretoriavacancy@unicef.org with “Senior Procurement Assistant, GS-7” in the subject line.

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

    Only South African nationals will be considered.  If you have not been contacted within one month of the closing date, consider your application was unsuccessful. Regret letters will only be sent to interviewed candidates.

    UNICEF is a smoke free environment.

    UNICEF is committed to gender balance and diversity without distinction as to race, sex or religion, and without discrimination of persons with disabilities. Well qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

    For more about the United Nations Children’s Fund, refer to www.unicef.org.

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

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  • ActionAid International: Human Rights Based Approach M&E Advisor

    ActionAid International
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Monday, July 15, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The vision of ActionAid International is a world without poverty in which every person can exercise their right to a life of dignity.

    Action Aid International seeks to appoint a Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Advisor, based in Johannesburg.

    Responsibilities:

    The position focuses on the setting of monitoring standards, developing guidelines, processes and tools for monitoring ActionAid’s International Strategy.
    • Build the capacity of M&E specialists based in countries;
    • Coordinate the provision of peer support across the AAI federation;
    • Provide technical advice as part of a horizontal working group to specific programmes of work (including campaigning and policy) as outlined in AAI’s International Strategy and depending on their knowledge area and interest, ranging from governance, women’s rights, education and youth, sustainable livelihoods and emergency response;
    • Support a wider network of M&E Specialists working on programmes within other directorates and countries.
    Requirements:
    • Masters’ degree (or equivalent experience) in development related social sciences with a research component;
    • Minimum of five years’ work experience in international development/human rights programming, having preferably worked internationally in more than one region;
    • Understand and committed to the human rights based approach (including women’s rights) with knowledge of methodologies that are effective in quantitative and qualitative M&E of HRBA Programming currently deployed in the sector;
    • Experience in HRBA Programming and Monitoring, including working with partners and social movement and/or designing and monitoring campaigns internationally (both southern and northern contexts) are crucial;
    • Multi-media/on-line communication and training skills is highly desirable;
    • Excellent, proactive communicator and facilitator with fluency in English (French, Spanish or Portuguese fluency will be an advantage);
    • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships and provide technical support and working effectively with diverse working styles at a distance internationally in an environment of complexity and change
    • Cross-cultural awareness and a highly flexible approach;
    • Analytical and conceptual skills and be able to work both independently and as part of a team;
    • Personal commitment to strengthening and building the vision, mission and values of ActionAid International.
    Salary: R546 629.33 per annum, national terms and conditions of employment will apply.

    To apply, submit a CV and motivational letter highlighting specifically how you meet the criteria for this role to orgeffectiveness.jhb@actionaid.org.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.
     
    Due to high volumes of applications received, ActionAid International can only correspond with shortlisted applicants. 

    Should you not have received feedback on your application within two weeks of the closing date, consider your application unsuccessful. 

    ActionAid International will not consider candidates from recruitment agencies.  ActionAid reserves the right to withdraw any of our vacancies at any time.

    ActionAid International promotes diversity and welcomes applications from all section of the community.

    For a full job description, refer to www.actionaid.org/jobs.
     
    For more about ActionAid, refer to www.actionaid.org.

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

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  • SECTION27: Chief Operating Officer

    SECTION27
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, May 31, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    SECTION27 is at the forefont of human rights activism in South Africa. It operates as a public interest law centre and seek to influence, develop and use the law to protect, promote and advance human rights.

    SECTION27 seeks to appoint a Chief Operating Officer, based in Johannesburg.

    If you are passionate about human rights, self-motivated and would like to be part of a dynamic team working to challenge legal, political and social systems and positively influence society, working at SECTION27 could be the challenge you have been looking for.

    The Chief Operating Officer will provide strategic direction, planning and management of the organisation.  The successful candidate must be meticulous, systematic, methodical and organised with demonstrable problem-solving ability.  S/he is expected to be able to prioritise and manage several projects concurrently, is diplomatic, dedicated and committed.

    Requirements:
    • Graduate business qualification;
    • Relevant managerial and financial experience;
    • Financial literacy, including the ability to assess control systems;
    • Prior human resource management experience and qualifications;
    • Knowledge of NGOs, the donor environment and the requirements for successful grant proposals; Excellent networking skills and the ability to communicate and interact with partners at a high level; Excellent writing, computer and communication skills;
    • Excellent time management.
    Advantageous: Knowledge of human rights issues, particularly as they relate to healthcare and education.

    To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter to seboko@section27.org.za.

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

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    For more about SECTION27, refer to www.section27.org.za.

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

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