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  • Namibia Hard-Hit by Drought

    The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) says that desert-hardy Namibians, overwhelmed by the worst drought to hit their country in 30 years, are surviving off wild fruits with no harvest in sight until March 2014.
     
    IFRC’s Hanna Butler, who recently visited Kunene, one of the worst hit regions in northern Namibia, points out that, "A lot of the people I met had nothing in their food stores, absolutely nothing."
     
    Butler warns that the crisis is set to worsen since Namibia only has one harvest a year and the next is not due until March 2014.

    To read the article titled, “Red Cross appeals for worst drought in 30 years in nation - Angola also hit,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • UN Report Provides Roadmap to End Poverty

    At this September's meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, governments will discuss elements of the development agenda to succeed the Millennium Development Goals when they expire in 2015.

    In his article titled ‘UN report provides roadmap to end poverty’, Amoussouga Gero, points out that, “I believe that to realise the world that the report envisions, Africans must prioritise six of the panel's [High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda] recommendations.”

    Gero is of the view that Africa must achieve inclusive growth by connecting everyone to the modern economy by giving them access to quality infrastructure.

    To read the article titled, “UN report provides roadmap to end poverty,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • World Food Programme: Project Manager

    World Food Programme
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Monday, June 24, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The 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 Project Manager, based in Johannesburg.

    The African Risk Capacity (ARC) is a specialised agency of the African Union designed to improve current responses to drought food security emergencies and to build capacity within AU member states to manage drought risks. As an African-owned, continental index-based weather risk insurance pool and early response mechanism, ARC offers an African solution to one of the continent's most pressing challenges. By bringing together the concepts of insurance and contingency planning, ARC aims to create a new way of managing weather risk by transferring the burden away from African governments, and their vulnerable populations who depend on government assistance, to international financial markets that can handle the risk much better.  The ARC design and establishment phase is managed by the United Nations WFP on behalf of the African Union.
     
    Establishing contingency funding, or monies that become available automatically if an extreme drought, flood or cyclone occurs in a vulnerable area, ensures a more timely, appropriate, objective and transparent response. Because extreme weather events do not happen in the same year all across the continent, pan-African solidarity in the creation of a disaster risk pool could be financially effective.  The facility will provide participating African Union Member States immediate cash in the event of an extreme weather event in order to implement prepared response plans to assist vulnerable populations as part of a national disaster risk management strategy.  At the country-level the ARC Project Team is supporting ARC in-country working groups on several technical and political work-streams as they progress towards making an informed decision on participating in the ARC risk pool.

    Position Grade : NOC (fixed term).
     
    Responsibilities:
     
    Within delegated authority, and under the guidance of the ARC Director General, the Project Manager will:
    • Coordinate all project management and administrative aspects of the Africa Risk Capacity (ARC) including project documents, budgeting, work planning, briefings, operational manuals, tenders, liaising with other stakeholders internally and externally including donors, other UN agencies, development partners and the private sector. The result of this should be a well-managed project with effective coordination between different parts of the project team and with internal and external partners;
    • Act as staffing coordinator, facilitating recruitment, transfers, extensions and promotions;
    • Oversee selection and recruitment and management of consultants, contractors and interns through liaising with ARC Senior Management, Admin staff and HR;
    • Monitor contract end dates and ensure timely extension/reappointment/separation (in consultation with senior staff);
    • Provide seasoned technical advice to managers and provide guidance, work direction and support to staff;
    • Manage various multi-million dollar trust funds and liaise with donor relations, private sector fund raising, finance, contributions management, treasury and external donors on processing of donor contracts and programming of funds, maintaining correct levels of funding in various Internal Orders and ensure project documents and financial and narrative reports are correct and submitted to donors as per their individual deadlines and that all stakeholders receive updates as required;
    • Provide guidance to staff on all matters relating to budget ensure that the project remains liquid and that various items are billed to the correct trust funds as per donor agreements, in order to achieve this, the Project Manger should advise administrative staff on which funds to bill various expenses to and create or advise on the creation of various Funds reservations as necessary;
    • Monitor funds to ensure there are no unnecessary staff commitments or pre-commitments or unused purchase requisitions or funds reservations balances blocking funds;
    • Create funds reservations for WAE Consultants and decrease these to release funds for payroll as timesheets are received;
    • Ensure use of funds is prioritised according to funding validity dates;
    • Coordinate with ARC Legal consultants, WFP Legal and ARC pro bono lawyers and HR (as required) on issues of intellectual property rights, donor contracts, trust fund decision memos, service agreements, and other legal issues and documentation;
    • Act as the ARC’s IT focal point;
    • Facilitate the maintenance and continued development of custom built Africa Risk view desktop and online applications as well as the ARC project informational web site, @WFP.org and africanriskcapacity.org email user accounts and Teamworks access in consultation with ARC management, contractors, consultants, VAM and WFP IT;
    • Monitor the ARC’s evolving information systems requirements and translate these into detailed business specifications bearing in mind systems integration and intellectual property and liability issues;
    • Monitor implementation of changes, error fixes and upgrades to the software, ensuring IT policy compliance;
    • Ensure preparation of manuals, IT documentation and training materials;
    • Oversee the roll-out and training of custom built Africa Risk view software (desktop and online version) as required;
    • Monitor budgets and funding/reporting related deadlines and drafting work-plans and new budgets;
    • Act as ARC’s budgetary, IT and HR focal point;
    • Manage the delivery of ARC services at the WFP HQ, regional or country level  as required;
    • Interface with partner agencies, governments, NGOs, donor partners, lead institutions in early warning, climate change and disaster risk management, and actors in the international risk markets and assist in the development of joint work-programmes and partnerships;
    • Oversee and facilitate workshop planning and logistics as required;
    • Contribute to, lead or participate in project team meetings, presentations, discussions and write ups;
    • Outreach to partners both internally and externally as required;
    • Represent the ARC Project at international meetings and conferences as necessary;
    • Other duty travel, as necessary; and
    • Perform other related duties as requested by the senior ARC staff.

    Requirements:

    • Advanced university degree or university degree with experience and/or advanced courses/training in the one or more of the following disciplines: business administration, finance, computer science, international development or a field relevant to international development assistance;
    • Minimum of five years postgraduate progressively responsible professional experience in public sector management, development projects, emergency assistance, and/or operational aspects of national, bilateral or multilateral food aid or commercial transactions;
    • Experience in project management;
    • Working knowledge (proficiency/level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate/level B) of another UN official language or WFP’s working language, Portuguese;
    • Computer skills, including at least intermediate skills in windows based word processing, spreadsheet, database and other standard WFP software packages and systems;
    • Working knowledge of basic statistics and data collection, treatment, and manipulation techniques typically associated with it;
    • Knowledge of UN system policies, rules and regulations and procedures governing administration;
    • Communication, organisation and teamwork skills;
    • Demonstrated effectiveness in developing projects and bringing new strategic thinking into the project context;
    • Understanding of the international humanitarian aid, donor and development communities, particularly WFP policies, procedures and operations;
    • Experience working in an international organisation or multicultural environment, particularly experience with WFP in the field and/or Headquarters;
    • WINGS experience – funds management and transactions related to budget and position management;
    • Knowledge (level C) of a second official language, preferably French. Experience in a developing country, preferably in the area of food aid or development, contingency planning and disaster preparedness;
    • Experience in financial commodity risk management and alternative risk transfer;
    • Experience in natural disaster (preferably weather) risk management in developing countries and working knowledge of risk modelling techniques and approaches; and
    • Quantitative experience in the fields of finance, risk management or agricultural commodities. 
    Salary: As per UN salary scale.

    To apply, submit a CV, motivation letter and/or a United Nations Personal History Form (P.11) to HR.Johannesburg@wfp.org, quoting Announcement No: OMJ/VA 011/2013.

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

    No other documents will be reviewed at this stage.

    Only short-listed candidates shall be contacted.                                                  

    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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  • Africare: Senior Finance Officer

    Africare
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Thursday, June 6, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
     Africare is an international nonprofit organisation that works to improve the quality of life of the people in Africa. It specialises in helping Africa by alleviating hunger, building water wells, treating childhood diseases, and supporting social empowerment.
     
    Africare’s Injongo Yethu Project provides technical support and assistance as a contribution to the South African Government’s response to HIV/AIDS in the Chris Hani, Cacadu and Amathole Districts of the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.  Funded by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the project aims to strengthen and scale up prevention, treatment, care and support for people living with HIV and AIDS, their caregivers, family members, and community including orphans and children made vulnerable due to HIV/AIDS.

    Africare seeks to appoint a Senior Finance Officer, based in East London, Eastern Cape.

    Responsibilities:
    • Ensure finance policies and procedures are adhered to by Head Office (HQ) and field office staff;
    • Assist with training of Africare staff on policies and procedures as required;
    • Conduct internal control checks to ensure compliance;
    • Oversee the preparation of financial and management reports;
    • Ensure filing and archiving system is used correctly and that all filing is done in time;
    • Ensure that all statutory returns are prepared correctly and submitted in time;
    • Oversee month-end procedures and HQ Finance liaison;
    • Oversee the procurement process to ensure compliance;
    • Liaise with bankers regarding routine matters;
    • Assist with internal and external audit preparation;
    • Oversee sub-awards and assist with capacity development of sub-award staff as required;
    • Provide support to field office Finance and Administration staff to ensure optimal program support.       
    Requirements: 
    • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office;
    • Working knowledge of a computerised accounting package;
    • Tertiary accounting qualification (graduate degree with accounting or minimum national diploma with accounting and internal auditing);
    • Valid driver’s license, and ability to travel extensively;
    • Minimum of six years working experience in an accounting environment.
    To apply, submit a CV, three contactable referees and motivation letter forwarded to the Administrative Manager at mchingono@africare.org or fax to: 043 721 3421.

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

    Only shortlisted employees will be contacted.
     
    Africare is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer committed to workplace diversity.

    For more about Africare, refer to www.africare.org.

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

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  • Trees to Sustain Feeding Programme

    For 11 years, the international NGO, Mary’s Meals, has been feeding young learners in 421 selected primary schools in Malawi.
     
    The organisation, which puts the number of beneficiaries at 593 000, states that each day they usually receive hot porridge made from maize flour mixed with salt and sugar.

    It argues the aim of the feeding scheme is to increase enrolment for children who fail to attend classes because of hunger in their families.
     
    However, the organisation’s communications and child protection officer, points out that, “The challenge," she says, "is that a lot of schools especially in the urban areas struggle to access firewood because in a lot of townships within the cities there is no space for trees, there is no space for vegetation.”

    To read the article titled, “Malawi primary school plants trees to sustain school feeding programme,” click here.

    Source: 
    Voice of America
  • World Food Programme: Programme Officer / Project Analyst

    World Food Programme (WFP)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Sunday, April 21, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The 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 Programme Officer/Project Analyst, based in Sunninghill, Johannesburg.

    The Regional Bureau in South Africa provides oversight and support for about 50 projects assisting 12 million beneficiaries and worth USD 600 million. The candidate will be under supervision of the Sr. Regional Programme Advisor.

    Responsibilities:
    • Facilitate, monitor and help oversee the processing of  project documents creation and project revisions through the entire process from inception to approval, maintain and update status of programme documents for both Executive Board submissions and internal delegated approval;
    • Oversee follow-up actions so that all documentation is in line with the Programme Review Committee (PRC) recommendations and ensure data in WFP corporate systems is accurate;
    • Design and maintain databases on WFP projects and WFP project data;
    • Provide assistance to country offices  in their design and  formulation of Country Programmes, Country Strategies, Emergency Operations (EMOPs), Protracted Relief Operations (PRROs), Development Projects, and Special Operations to help ensure compliance with WFP’s policies, criteria and procedures;
    • Assist in the preparation and dissemination of other timely analytical and critical reports; Oversee accuracy of data in operational reports prepared by Regional Bureau and review country office reports and briefs, providing feedback where necessary;
    • Assist in the monitoring analysis on project performance and financial surplus/deficit and recommend appropriate actions to be undertaken by RB/CO management;
    • Supervise other programme staff;
    • Travel to countries in the region in relation to the above task and to provide training and technical guidance;
    • Any other duties as required.
    Requirements:
    • Preferably Master's degree in economics, business administration, public administration, social sciences, development studies or a field relevant to international development assistance;
    • Minimum first level university degree with most relevant additional training;
    • Minimum of three years of relevant professional experience;
    • Knowledge of MS Office including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Experience with ERP and databases an advantage;
    • Fluency in spoken and written English, working knowledge of Portuguese and/or French would be an added advantage.
    Salary: As per UN salary scale.

    To apply, submit a CV, motivation letter and/or a United Nations Personal History Form (P.11) to HR.Johannesburg@wfp.org, quoting Announcement No: OMJ/VA 006/2013

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

    No other documents will be reviewed at this stage.

    Applicant must be a South African national.

    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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  • World Food Programme: Programme Assistant

    World Food Programme (WFP)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, June 14, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The World Food Programme (WFP) is the food aid branch of the United Nations, and the world's largest humanitarian organisation addressing hunger worldwide.
     
    The UN WFP OMJ seeks to appoint a suitably qualified candidate as Programme Assistant in support of the Regional Bureau for Southern Africa, based in Johannesburg.

    This position is open to both male and female candidates. Qualified female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.
     
    Responsibilities:

    Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Government Affairs and Policy, the Programme Assistant will be responsible for the following duties: 
    • Prepare projections of budget requirements based on incoming data from country offices and regional programme officers and input data into the WFP Information Systems;
    • Monitor budgetary requirements and initiate remittance action through the WFP Information Systems;
    • Draft correspondence pertaining to programmatic support to Governments and country offices;
    • Maintain a selected number of administrative control records, such as for commitments and expenditures, travel, insurance, procurement and other;
    • Analyse and process requests for a variety of data; Input, review for accuracy and file a variety of data from computer files, records, reports or from other sources for external use;
    • Make computations, calculations and estimates and prepare reports including forms, tables, charts and other;
    • Design and update charts and tables utilizing graphic software, design hard copy and computer resident forms; initiate, update and track computer assisted processing of administrative actions;
    • Review and reconcile a variety of financial and operational reports;
    • Using WFP’s Information Systems, enter new and revised data such as fund reservations, purchase requisitions and cost information;
    • Monitor on-going government partnerships, cost sharing arrangements, fund reservations and other data;
    • Initiate and process administrative actions such as those found in human resources, travel, procurement and disbursement;
    • Review supporting documentation, verify claims for action and conformance with administrative rules and regulations and liaise with other offices as appropriate;
    • Respond to queries from a variety of sources by providing available information and provide advice and guidance on rules and regulations related to area of work or direct to the most appropriate source;
    • Arrange meetings such as workshops and seminars;
    • Make travel arrangements in line with administrative rules and procedures;
    • Liaise with other units to resolve issues and clarify or obtain additional information;
    • Assist in conducting training of field staff on programme and budget management, as necessary;
    • Draft correspondence relating to the area of responsibility;
    • Set up, classify and maintain accurate records and files within the field of work;
    • Initiate and modify automated transactions;
    • Perform other related duties, as required.
    Results expected:
    • Processing of work and related follow up done under general supervision. Use of own discretion to address unforeseen situations seeking advice from and/or reporting to supervisor as applicable. Produces organised, accurate and well documented records conforming to required format with well analysed data.
    Requirements:  
    • Completion of secondary school education (Grade 12 or equivalent), preferably supplemented by courses in a field related to WFP programmatic activities;
    • Minimum of four years experience 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. At least one year at G4 level or equivalent;
    • Experience utilizing computers including word processing, spreadsheet and other standard WFP software packages and systems;
    • General knowledge of UN systems policies, rules, regulations and procedures governing human resources administration;
    • Ability to spell and write correctly in English;
    • Ability to communicate moderately complex matters clearly and concisely;
    • Ability to maintain accurate and precise records and to interpret and analyse a variety of data and resolve discrepancies;
    • Ability to work accurately and systematically to identify and resolve data discrepancies and operational problems;
    • Ability to perform detailed work and to handle a large volume of work quickly and accurately under time constraints;
    • Courtesy, tact and the ability to work effectively with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
    • Fluency in both written and oral English;
    • Proficiency in French and/or Portuguese;
    • Formal training in administration;
    • Knowledge of WFP administrative manual in the area of finance, budget, human resources, transport, procurement and travel;
    • Experience with WINGS.
    Salary: As per UN salary scale.

    To apply, submit a CV, motivation letter and/or a United Nations Personal History Form (P.11), via email to: HR.Johannesburg@wfp.org, quoting Announcement No: 009/2013.  Please note that no other documents will be reviewed at this stage.

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

    No other documents will be reviewed at this stage.

    Only shortlisted candidate will be contacted.

    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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  • World Food Programme: Programme Officer - Capacity Building of Small Holder Farmers

    World Food Programme (WFP)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Sunday, April 21, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The 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 Programme Officer - Capacity Building of Small Holder Farmers, based in Sunninghill, Johannesburg and Out-posted to FAO, Pretoria.

    The Government of South Africa has recently decided to contribute up to USD 20 million to support vulnerable people in Lesotho following recent droughts. In this connection, WFP will utilise up to 40 percent of this contribution towards procurement of food from South African small holder farmers. The Programme Officers will work with farmers unions and cooperatives of emerging farmers in strengthening their capacity to offer quantity and quality bids that can be considered for export to Lesotho and future WFP food procurement tenders.

    Responsibilities:
    • Help in the design of the project, in partnership FAO, WFP Lesotho and Regional Bureau programme and procurement staff, which will promote South African smallholder farmers in their efforts in producing commercially viable for food crops meeting WFP standards;
    • Ensure proper coordination with relevant partners in the design and implementation of the project;
    • Liaise with the FAO, RB and WFP HQ for general guidance on programme implementation and strategic direction;
    • Make recommendations on implementation based on this guidance and adjust programme accordingly;
    • Help design the project’s logframe and ensure proper monitoring of processes and evaluation of results as stated in the logframe;
    • Ensure monitoring of programme outputs, process and outcomes;
    • Ensure provision of quality and accurate information and information management for both internal (data storage and management) and external (reports, PI) purposes;
    • Coordinate with relevant units to ensure timely exchange of information and reports;
    • Provide support to the Procurement unit in terms of managing work to meet the goals of the Programme i.e., smallholders to deliver on time and implement risk management to prevent pipeline breaks;
    • Ensure proper engagement with several RSA Government entities and participate in relevant sector meetings and ensure that WFP’s activities are aligned to sectorial policies and plans;
    • Prepare, monitor and implement MoU and agreements as needed with government, partners and suppliers as required;
    • Disseminate results, best practices and lessons learned from the project among partners and the government;
    • Seek opportunities for capacity development of government institutions and supply side partners to ensure proper support to smallholders targeted by the programme;
    • Supervise other programme staff;
    • Perform any other duties as assigned.
    Requirements:
    • Preferably Master’s degree in agriculture, agro-economics or similar field.  Minimum Bachelor’s degree with most relevant additional training;
    • Minimum of three years of most relevant professional experience in the South African agriculture sector. (Must be post degree experience);
    • Experience and skills in conducting commodity market and price analysis;
    • Experience in providing technical support and guidance to farmers, farmer cooperatives or similar;
    • Experience as a trainer and in organising and facilitating workshops;
    • Communication and networking skills, proven ability to relate to people of different backgrounds;
    • Knowledge of Microsoft Office;
    • Fluency in Engish (written and verbal), knowledge of additional South African languages highly advantageous. 
    Salary: As per UN salary scale.

    To apply, submit a CV, motivation letter and/or a United Nations Personal History Form (P.11) to HR.Johannesburg@wfp.org, quoting Announcement No: OMJ/VA 005/2013. 

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

    No other documents will be reviewed at this stage.

    Applicant must be a South African national.

    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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  • Oxfam Criticises Rich Nations Over Aid

    Oxfam has warned that millions of poor people will go without life-saving food and medicines as donor aid pledges to poor countries are breached.

    Responding to figures from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that shows aid from rich countries was US$125.586 billion in 2012 - a real terms fall of US$5.36 billion.

    Jeremy Hobbs, executive director of Oxfam International, points out that this cut in aid is going to cost lives since poor countries' reserves have been depleted by the global economic crisis.

    To read the article titled, “Donor aid plunges - promises to support poor nations crumbling,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • Agriculture Best Way to Reduce Poverty - ONE

    ONE Campaign says that increasing agriculture investment is one of the best ways to reduce poverty in Africa.

    ONE Campaign's deputy director, Nachilala Nkombo, says Africa has the potential not only to feed itself but also to become a major food supplier for the rest of the world.

    Nkombo points out that unlocking Africa's potential will also unlock its development, adding that farming is Africa's predominant lifestyle with more than two-thirds of Africans depending on agriculture for their incomes.

    To read the article titled, “Agriculture best way to reduce poverty - NGO,” click here.

    Source: 
    Post Zambia
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