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  • Africa Urged to Invest in Young Leaders

    Kenny Dlamini writes that during the United States of America-Africa Leaders’ summit which took place on August 2014 in Washington, one of the shared commitments outlined by the United Sates and African governments is to increase investment in the next generation; investment in Africa’s youth.

    Dlamini says the call to invest in the youth was in line with the theme of the summit ‘Investing in the Next Generation’, which focused on ways of stimulating growth, unlocking opportunities and creating an enabling environment for the next generation.

    He says, “It is true that Africa cannot always rely on outside help for its future prosperity.  At the same time this does not mean that the continent must not welcome outside assistance that claims or seeks to help Africans to build a better and prosperous future.”

    To read the article titled, “Africa must breed its own young leaders,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • African Leadership Academy: Human Resources Associate

    African Leadership Academy (ALA)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, June 13, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    African Leadership Academy (ALA) seeks to transform Africa by developing thousands of leaders for the continent over the next few decades. The Academy is founded on the philosophy that a new generation of ethical, committed leaders is the key to Africa’s development. ALA seeks to become training ground for these future leaders and draws the most outstanding students from all 54 countries in Africa to its campus in South Africa. Here, they build a powerful intellectual foundation and develop their leadership capacity through ALA’s unique curriculum in Entrepreneurial Leadership. Our unique curriculum seeks to empower every young leader with the skills necessary to lead on the African continent in the 21st century.

    ALA seeks to appoint a Human Resources (HR) Associate, based at the ALA Campus, Johannesburg.

    African Leadership Academy is searching for an HR Associate to drive professional development, human capital strategies, and talent acquisition for ALA. S/he will ensure that ALA continually identifies and builds a team of world-class professionals that enables the organisation to achieve its audacious goals.

    Responsibilities:
    • Delivery on one or more key HR functions such as recruitment, onboarding or training and development;
    • Supporting the delivery of all other aspects of HR;
    • Evaluating reports and analysing data to inform the department and the wider Academy’s decision making;
    • Planning and co-ordinating community wide events, such as team off-sites and quarterly management meetings;
    • Resolving employee issues as and when they arise.
    Requirements:
    • Be smart people-person who is passionate about education and human capital development;
    • Have a minimum of three to five years of professional experience in an high paced Human Resources team;
    • Specialisation in an HR discipline particularly one of: recruitment, on boarding (including immigration), training and development, organisational design and payroll is highly desirable;
    • Dynamic, self-starter and are comfortable working in a fast changing entrepreneurial environment;
    • Pay attention to detail, are well-organized, plan ahead and are able to juggle multiple tasks;
    • Discreet and can manage high volumes of confidential information;
    • Demonstrate creative-problem solving and conflict resolution skills;
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills, are fluent in English, with knowledge of additional languages widely spoken on the African continent a plus;
    • Passionate about Africa and thrilled by the prospect of supporting organization wide efforts to identify African youth who have the potential to become transformative ethical leaders for the continent;
    • Embody the very type of leader the Academy aspires to create—you are an agent of positive change, and live up to our values of integrity, humility, compassion, excellence, curiosity, and diversity.
    Compensation: A competitive compensation package, commensurate with experience, will be provided.

    To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter to employment@africanleadershipacademy.org with “Human Resources Associate” as the subject line.

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

    For more about the African Leadership Academy, refer to www.africanleadershipacademy.org.

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

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  • UN Pays Tribute to President Mandela

    The United Nations (UN) secretary-general, Ban Ki-Moon, has described former president, Nelson Mandela as ‘a giant for justice’ whose ‘selfless struggle for human dignity, equality and freedom’ inspired many people around the world.

    Ban told reporters soon after Mandela’s death was announced by President Jacob Zuma that, "No one did more in our time to advance the values and aspirations of the United Nations."

    He says he was deeply touched when he met Mandela in February 2009, adding that, “When I thanked him for his life's work, he insisted the credit belonged to others."

    To read the article titled, “UN chief calls Mandela 'a giant for justice',” click here.

    Source: 
    News24
  • Gigaba Criticises Opposition Parties, NGOs

    African National Congress (ANC) national executive committee member and Minister of Public Enterprises, Malusi Gigaba, has criticised opposition parties and non-governmental organisations for telling foreign countries that South Africa has failed since democracy.

    Gigaba told the South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) that, "All around us, the opportunists, the pessimists, the opposition and the counter-revolutionists are telling us what we have achieved in the last 19 years has been nothing and this revolution faces its inevitable doom."

    He further states that some opposition leaders have went to countries like the United States and spoke ill of development in South Africa in aims of getting money from them.

    To read article titled, “Gigaba criticises doomsayers,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Women Leadership Key to Reconciliation

    Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of United Nations Women says the leadership of women is central to reconciliation and conflict resolution.
     
    Mlambo-Ngcuka, addressed the United Nations Security Council moments after the body unanimously adopted a resolution reaffirming the central role of women in the peaceful resolution of conflicts and peace building.
     
    She pointed out that gains in women’s participation are neither consistent nor as sustained as they should be, furthermore, women’s leadership and collective action has changed the world by combating violence against women and building equality.

    To read the article titled, “Women leadership key to reconciliation: UN,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Green Ultra Right Bombers

    So if you are wondering why the long silence since the post last week, well…I am in Durban after all, where things tend to move a little slower than Joburg and about as fast as Cape Town. And it has been busy: the ‘People’s Space’ at University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), mostly at the initiative of Patrick Bond, has taken off and is always buzzing with energy, people and a whole herd of news crews from local and international media. There are activists, socialists, NGO people, more activists and a whole bunch of artists as well, mostly thanks to the Climate Train initiative and the great crew that was on board that long trip around South Africa to Durban.

    The ‘occupy space’ has also been buzzing and you should take a look at the video post from the Ambush Collective who descended upon it and built a wonderful garden for the future. Which brings us neatly to another aspect of the ‘occupy space’ in Durban. It is not your classic people-driven occupy, but rather a city approved space for people to occupy during COP17, which was negotiated with the city by the civil society representatives on the C17. It is in that sense a new kind of occupy, a government approved and temporary allowance for people to express and engage.  While there are so many ideological issues with such a concept, I am trying to be brave and creative enough to let go off those issues and ideas of occupy as we know it from OWS and focus on what has been happening there and maybe, some thinking about what may come of it post COP17. So far, nothing has come of the ‘occupy space’ since the march on Saturday, 3 December 2011 and in the words of my colleague, John Treat, it is now de-funked, which may go some way towards debunking the myth that international NGOs (INGOs) are capable of hijacking the occupy idea. That is something we should all be very grateful for.

    And that is pretty much where I feel we can leave this blog as it seems that my assertion that NGOs and other movements in civil society will try to co-opt and cannibalise the ideals and methods of occupy for their current agendas was in fact prescient – but, I feel that maybe I am being too harsh on the people and processes in SA. And there is good reason to be kinder to our levels of (dis)organisation and the nuances of our political history which make engagements with the SA government a challenge fraught with tensions and high-drama instead of a simple critical intellectual engagement and consensus building on moving forward.

    The how and why we are here mired in this stalemate is the subject of not just another blog but of several issuances from academics to cartoonists, locally and across the know universe. Yet, we as people of this nation and across all sectors seem unwilling to be brave enough to change or are too content with this divided society we are building. Or maybe it is simply that we do not care enough about how we work or fail to. Almost all conversations with locals and visitors alike tend to lead back to the question of leadership and lack thereof among civil society organisations as the key weakness in our ability to engage critically and effectively with government. And I tend to agree, though I still hold that the concept of an apex representative structure for civil society that is recognised by government is not just outmoded but also potentially harmful to the growth of ideas that manifest as ideals and changes to the stark poverty and inequality in SA. But going back to agreeing with the notion that there is a lack of leadership in the sector and what some sober and principled leadership can achieve: for a start it may help with my desire to see a better engagement process than the current hobbled together rigmarole of government doing things, civil society organisations responding negatively to it and inevitably a court process to find a better solution. I find it baffling that, in a country with a globally lauded Constitution and a rich pool of intellectual talent, we are seemingly constantly finding ourselves at loggerheads with each other over things that, at first glance at least, seem pretty obvious or common sense. A good example is the demands around climate secrets by Right2Know and while the demands themselves make for interesting reading, the fact that we must demand these things, seems to me that the ideals of the Freedom Charter are somehow being lost in this transition to a form of capitalist sanctioned democracy we are building… but maybe that is a blog for another day.
     
    The march on 3 December was a great show of both strength and courage from a range of people and organisations not willing to be boxed into corners by a government that is increasingly moving further right in the way it treats its people. The use of what Rehad Desai calls the “Green Bombers” to intimidate other allegedly anti-government civil society groups was an appalling act of machismo and it is worth reading Rehad’s post about the incident on Facebook.

    I am reminded of the outburst from former President Thabo Mbeki about the ‘ultra-leftists’ and how perceptions of political allegiance and positioning are really just perspectives. Maybe Mbeki did not realise how far right he had moved and thus some people did seem to him to be ultra left. Which is pretty much where we seem to be going with the COP17 process. The current deal period is about to expire in 2012 and with no deal here in Durban, it just means that we will have to deal with what is left, instead of doing what is right.

    - Rajesh Latchman is the Coordinator of the National Welfare Forum, Volunteer Convenor of GCAP South Africa, guerrilla gardener, cyclist and an unreformed recycler. He writes in his personal capacity.

  • African Leadership Academy: Finance Manager

    African Leadership Academy (ALA)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Monday, December 15, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    African Leadership Academy (ALA) seeks to transform Africa by developing thousands of leaders for the continent over the next few decades. The Academy is founded on the philosophy that a new generation of ethical, committed leaders is the key to Africa’s development. ALA seeks to become training ground for these future leaders and draws the most outstanding students from all 54 countries in Africa to its campus in South Africa. Here, they build a powerful intellectual foundation and develop their leadership capacity through ALA’s unique curriculum in Entrepreneurial Leadership. Our unique curriculum seeks to empower every young leader with the skills necessary to lead on the African continent in the 21st century.

    ALA seeks to appoint a Finance Manager, based in Johannesburg.

    The Finance Manager who will oversee the services of the Finance Department to the entire organisation, addressing any issues and providing the relevant information to meet external and internal demands. These services may include, but are not limited to: budget setting, reporting and control, income management, financial reporting and annual accounts preparation.

    The Finance Manager fulfils an integral transactional, monitoring and reporting function within the department as described below:

    Reporting 
    • Ensure the monthly financial close process is completed accurately and on time, monitoring key items and signing of on journals and reconciliations;
    • Prepare, analyse and distribute accurate and complete IFRS compliant financial reports to enable senior managers, executives, and the Board of Trustees to  make informed decisions;
    • Provide outstanding financial reports to ALA donors while adhering to restrictions and administrative requirements.
    Budget 
    • Actively participate in the budget planning process, providing business performance insights to stir discussions about past performance, areas of efficiencies, assumptions for future projections (in line with set priorities) and business operations.
    Audit and statutory compliance 
    • Liaise with external auditors on matters concerning IFRS compliance and manage year end audit process;
    • Deliver statutory filings and annual reports for submission to the department of social development.
    Management and support 
    • Provide ongoing guidance, support and training to account payable and receivable associates
    • Ensure financial controls and processes are in place and adhered to;
    • Make recommendations to streamline workflow and process, and utilize new technologies to automate tasks and reporting. 
    Other
    • Special Strategic Projects as identified by the CFO.
    Requirements:
    • B.Com Honours degree (CA or CIMA qualification an added advantage);
    • Minimum of five years experience in financial management, planning and reporting; previous NGO experience a plus;
    • Knowledge in accounting principles, accounts payable and accounts receivables/ fund accounting, preparation of financial statements & financial reports and an understanding of relevant legislation, policies and procedures;
    • Experience of Financial consolidation, financial reporting including production of month end and production of the statutory accounts and managing the end year process;
    • Proficient in Pastel Evolution or Partner and Microsoft Office Suite with Advanced Microsoft Excel and intermediate financial modelling;
    • Loves working with young people and is excited about an organization that seeks to shape Africa’s future;
    • Effective leadership, team management and interpersonal skills;
    • Strong analytical, problem solving, decision making and time management skills;
    • Effective verbal and written communications skills;
    • Demonstrated ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment while maintaining attention to detail and high level of accuracy.
    This role reports directly to the Chief Financial Officer.

    Starting date: January 2015.

    To apply submit a CV with cover letter by email to employment@africanleadershipacademy.org with ‘Finance Manager - Your Name & Surname’ in the subject. The submission should include contact information for at least three professional references. Interviews and background checks will occur upon receipt and screening of application.

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

    Selected candidates will be invited to submit additional materials as part of the assessment process.

    For more about the African Leadership Academy, refer to www.africanleadershipacademy.org.

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

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  • Symphonia for South Africa: Business Developer

    Symphonia for South Africa
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, December 10, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Symphonia for South Africa (SSA) is a nonprofit organisation working in the education and leadership development sector, with a bold vision: Quality education for all children in South Africa by 2022. 

    Symphonia for South Africa seeks to appoint a Business Developer / Sales, based in Durbanville, Cape Town.

    If you are a persuasive, personable business development expert who knows how to build business relationships with senior executives in Corporate, this could be an exciting opportunity for you.  If you are energetic, passionate, outgoing and an excellent communicator who has some understanding of the CSI world, this could be your opportunity to contribute to South Africa in a significant way. You need to be absolutely comfortable fundraising, doing compelling presentations and building key relationships to ensure the growth of our programme.  You also need to be comfortable drafting well-written proposals.  This role is well suited to graduates with a flair for sales or a professional business development person looking for a career change in a profound industry.
     
    Requirements:
    • Preferably PR, sales or corporate business development training;
    • Experience fundraising, business development and high-level sales in a corporate environment;
    • Degree will be a distinct advantage;
    • Outstanding written and verbal communication;
    • Own transport essential.
    To apply, submit a three page CV to merlinda@symphonia.net.

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

    Only applicants who match these requirements should apply. Reviewing CV's takes time and we only will only consider those applicants who meet all the requirements.

    For more about Symphonia for South Africa, refer to www.symphonia.net.

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

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  • African Leadership Academy: Marketing and Communications Assistant

    African Leadership Academy
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Thursday, December 4, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    African Leadership Academy (ALA) seeks to transform Africa by developing thousands of leaders for the continent over the next few decades. The Academy is founded on the philosophy that a new generation of ethical, committed leaders is the key to Africa’s development. ALA seeks to become training ground for these future leaders and draws the most outstanding students from all 54 countries in Africa to its campus in South Africa. Here, they build a powerful intellectual foundation and develop their leadership capacity through ALA’s unique curriculum in Entrepreneurial Leadership. Our unique curriculum seeks to empower every young leader with the skills necessary to lead on the African continent in the 21st century.

    ALA seeks to appoint a Marketing and Communications Assistant, based in Johannesburg.

    The Marketing and Communications Assistant’s role will span all work streams in the marketing and communications department with particular responsibility for developing content for publication; daily management of the Academy’s social media accounts; overall maintenance of the website; managing communication with key stakeholders and conducting research. The position reports to the Director Marketing and Communications.

    Start date: January 2015.

    Responsibilities:
    • Take the lead in developing content for communicating with all Academy stakeholders, this content includes newsletters, blog posts, articles, brochures, posters and social media posts;
    • Liaise with staff, faculty and students of the Academy to compile content for publication;
    • Design and deliver customer satisfaction and feedback surveys on the Academy’s initiatives in multiple countries around the world;
    • Conduct research to inform the Academy’s marketing and sales activities;
    • Respond to and monitoring incoming emails and social media particularly for the info@mail box;
    • Ensure that the Academy’s web content is up to date and relevant particularly for the Academy’s main website;
    • Represent the Academy externally at partner events, in the media or at information sessions;
    • Support other team members as required in delivery of key Academy events including but not limited to the Anzisha Prize Gala, Enterprise Festival and alumni reunions;
    • Coordinate overall logistics for the team particularly relating to travel and finances;
    • Other duties as required;
    • ALA fellowship: As a fellow of the Academy, the Marketing and Communications Assistant will also be required to complete the following:
      • Residential duty in accordance to the schedule drawn up by the Senior Master;
      • Other duties and responsibilities as specified in the Fellowship Agreement.
    Requirements:
    • Strong written communication skills with the ability to produce quality communication materials for various social and conventional media outlets;
    • Fluency in English and one or more of French, Portuguese or Arabic;
    • Highly organised with the ability to self-direct and manage several streams of work;
    • Knowledge of widely used graphic design, content management or video editing software is desirable;
    • Prior experience in managing social media is desirable;
    • Team player with people skills and the ability to build rapport and relationships with a range of stakeholders;
    • Enthusiasm and willingness to learn;
    • Key metrics for success
      • Self (growth in technical skills, professional conduct); impact (high quality deliverables, content quality, revenue and awareness generated); team (contribution to others and to Academy culture).
    To apply submit a CV, motivational letter outlining why you are interested in the position and a writing sample to employment@africanleadershipacademy.org, with application for Marketing Assistant - Your Name & Surname as your subject line.

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

    Selected candidates will be invited to submit additional materials as part of the assessment process.

    For more about the African Leadership Academy, refer to www.africanleadershipacademy.org.

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

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  • African Leadership Academy: Anzisha Programme Manager

    African Leadership Academy (ALA)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, October 15, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    African Leadership Academy (ALA) seeks to transform Africa by developing thousands of leaders for the continent over the next few decades. The Academy is founded on the philosophy that a new generation of ethical, committed leaders is the key to Africa’s development. ALA seeks to become training ground for these future leaders and draws the most outstanding students from all 54 countries in Africa to its campus in South Africa. Here, they build a powerful intellectual foundation and develop their leadership capacity through ALA’s unique curriculum in Entrepreneurial Leadership. Our unique curriculum seeks to empower every young leader with the skills necessary to lead on the African continent in the 21st century.

    The Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) is a dedicated department within ALA that provides a powerful experiential learning environment to our students and stakeholders across Africa. It is also the home of the Anzisha Prize (www.anzishaprize.org), the preeminent youth innovation prize on the continent.

    The Anzisha Prize has received a new mandate to be accelerating the development of the youth entrepreneur support ecosystem across the continent through a network of programmes that will stimulate, nurture, celebrate and scale the various stakeholders within the youth entrepreneur ecosystem. The management of the programme has now been broken up into two clear areas – “Entrepreneur Search & Selection” and “Entrepreneur Support”.

    ALA seeks to appoint Anzisha Programme Manager – Search & selection, based in Johannesburg.

    This position will focus on marketing, brand building and partner brokering role that also has to manage the delivery of youth learning outcomes through the search process for all applicants and stakeholders.

    This role reports directly to the Director - Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership, with a dotted-line to the Director of Marketing.

    Responsibilities:
    • Manage and execute strategy within the programme budget; actively using best-in-class software tools for project management, CRM, reporting, analytics and media management;
    • Work with the Director CEL and Director of Marketing to develop and implement the Anzisha Programmeme marketing plan across traditional, online and social media – managing both internal human capital and external service providers; and to actively build the Anzisha brand through personal social media profile activity;
    • Manage the Anzisha Country Partners Programme (NGOs, Schools, Universities and Brand Ambassadors), broker agreements and ensure contractual obligations are met;
    • Organize the annual Anzisha Prize Tour to launch the programme regionally each year;
    • Lead the applicant “nurture programme” - providing on the ground support, training and programming to the applicants in host countries through ALA students and local partners;
    • Manage the finalist selection process with ALA’s admissions team;
    • Deliver the Anzisha Week programme including logistics, working jointly with the Anzisha Programme; Entrepreneur Support Manager, CEL Faculty and ALA LifeLong Engagement teams;
    • Provide appropriate reporting (weekly, monthly, quarterly) on relevant marketing, programme activity, budget and monitoring and evaluation impact metrics;
    • This position may require significant amounts of travel throughout the year (about 30%).
    Requirements:
    • Track record of delivering effective marketing strategies with a minimum of five years experience in the field, and exposure to campaign-based thinking and strategy.
    • Experience with email marketing, web analytics, CRM/sales-pipeline, and social media management tools is essential.
    • On-the-ground experience in brokering partnerships and contracts in Africa and a personal network of contacts across the continent.
    • Project and event management experience, handling logistics, travel, equipment suppliers.
    • Competent budget management and tracking with strong MS-Excel skills to keep track of project costs.
    • Passion for Africa and the potential of its youth; and the desire to make a significant impact on the continent;
    • Keen interest in entrepreneurship and how it can be leveraged for economic opportunities for youth;
    • Self-motivated and innovative within broad guidelines;
    • Independent, able to travel and to navigate foreign environments easily;
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills; report writing experience required;
    • Competence in other languages spoken widely in Africa (e.g. French, Arabic, Swahili) is a plus.
    Starting date: September/October 2014.

    To apply, submit a CV and a brief motivation letter to Mr. Chris Cheney, Dean for Admissions, African Leadership Academy at employment@africanleadershipacademy.org with Anzisha Programme Manager - Your Name & Surname’ in the subject line. The submission should include contact information for at least three professional references. Interviews and background checks will occur upon receipt and screening of application.

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

    For more about the African Leadership Academy, refer to www.africanleadershipacademy.org.

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

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