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  • Adequate Funding Needed for Poverty Survey

    Statistics South Africa's (Stats SA) poverty survey will cost taxpayers R120 million, with the biggest chunk to be spent on the salaries of 551 temporary field workers, and on printing and transport.

    Stats SA manager for household surveys, Moses Mnyaka, says the agency has asked the Treasury for R200 million for the Living Conditions Survey 2014-2015 but, because of austerity measures, a lesser amount had been approved.

    "Because we did not get the amount we requested, we had to down-scale on our methods for this survey," which began on 13 October 2014 to collects data on poverty and what households spend their money on.

    To read the article titled, “Poverty survey feels pinch,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • Malawi the 8th Poorest Country in Africa

    New data by the Richest Lifestyle magazine, which captures the outlook of the gross domestic product (GDP) in each country as of 2014, reveals that Malawi is ranked the eighth poorest country in Africa.
     
    The ranking takes into account the total market value of goods and services produced by the national economy during the last year in regards to each person in the country.

    Malawi joins three other Southern African Development Community member states on the list, namely: Madagascar on number nine as well as Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of the Congo which are the two poorest countries of all.
     
    To read the article titled, “Malawi is number eight on the list of poorest countries,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • Witkoppen Health and Welfare Centre: Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist

    Witkoppen Health and Welfare Centre
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, October 10, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Witkoppen Health and Welfare Centre is a nonprofit organisation that promotes and provides comprehensive preventative and curative health and welfare services in response to the changing needs of our community.

    Witkoppen Health and Welfare Centre seeks to appoint a Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Specialist - Project Based, based in Witkoppen, Gauteng.

    The person will be developing M&E workplans with projections and forecasts, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of WHWC data and manage the data personnel team.

    Responsibilities:
    • Responsible for developing M&E workplans/logframes with projections and forecasts;
    • Responsible for entire data management process (data source and collection; data collation/compilation; indicator reporting; data analysis and programme alerts; and data transfer and storage);
    • Develop M&E frameworks for internationally funded programmes;
    • Responsible for the successful implementation of all required action plans of the M+E system to ensure successful achievement of the M&E goals;
    • Maintain the M&E system;
    • Provide M&E support;
    • Responsible for quality assurance and integrity of the M&E system;
    • Responsible for monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the data;
    • Manage the data personnel team.
    Requirements:
    • Tertiary qualification in Health, public social sciences or related field. 
    • Training in M&E principles and techniques
    • Strong knowledge/understanding of HIV/AIDS
    • Minimum of two years experience in managing integrated HIV/AIDS related data, including data verification;
    • Analytical, excellent presentation skills, attention to detail and logical thinking;
    • Good Communication (verbal and written) and Networking (liaison) abilities;
    • Good Computer Literacy (Microsoft Word and advanced Excel).
    To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter to recruitment@witkoppen.co.za.

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

    For more about Witkoppen Health and Welfare Centre, refer to www.witkoppen.co.za.

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

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  • ‘Structural Problems Create Poverty’

    Senior researcher within the Humanity Faculty at the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA), Leslie Dikeni, believes it is structural problems within societies that create poverty, ‘people are not born poor’.

    Speaking on SAfm’s Forum@8, Dikeni argues that although government has clear policies that seek to eradicate poverty, the debate of whether those policies are effective or not still needs to continue.

    According to social development minister, Bathabile Dlamini, South Africa has made significant strides in reducing poverty and hunger over the past 20 years.

    To read the article titled, “'Economy restructuring needed to reduce poverty',” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • MIET Africa: Programme Officers

    MIET Africa
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Tuesday, October 7, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment

    MIET Africa is a not-for-profit organisation based in South Africa, with a strong presence in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Region.

    MIET Africa seeks to appoint two Programme Officers for its Care and Support for Teaching and Learning (CSTL) Regional Programme, based in Durban.

    The programme officers will support its regional coordinators to successfully implement the CSTL Programme in SADC Member States. CSTL is an intervention that, through the education sectors in SADC Member States, addresses the host of vulnerabilities faced by children and youth - vulner­abilities that would otherwise compromise their right to education.

    These are six-month fixed-term contract positions, and would suit candidates who can start immediately.

    Responsibilities:
    • Provide support to regional coordinators in the implementation of the CSTL programme in the SADC region;
    • Provide support in the management and monitoring of budgets;
    • Provide support in the maintenance of partnerships in the participating Member States;
    • Provide support to the data collection and reporting process for the CSTL programme;
    • Provide support to Member State reporting on the programme to CSTL partners;
    • Assist and work closely with the project managers and focal persons in the Member States.
    Requirements:
    • Relevant tertiary qualification;
    • Excellent communication skills in English, both verbal and written;
    • Sound knowledge and understanding of education-related programmes in support of orphans and other vulnerable children and youth;
    • Experience in organising logistics for events and workshops;
    • Sound knowledge and experience in the implementation of development programmes;
    • Sound office and logistical administrative skills;
    • Availability to travel in the SADC region, when required;
    • Possession of own vehicle and a driver’s licence, as well as the ability to communicate in French or Portuguese, will be an advantage;
    • Non-South Africans need a valid work permit.
    To apply, submit:
    • A letter of application, clearly stating “CSTL Programme Officers” 
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • ID or passport
    • Driver’s licence
    • Qualifications
    • (In the case of non-South Africans) Work permit
    The remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful applicants.

    To: HR Department, MIET Africa, Email: applications@miet.co.za.

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

    Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    MIET Africa reserves the right not to fill the post, or to re-advertise to widen the pool of applicants. It also reserves the right to do a complete verification of all information supplied.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    For more about MIET Africa, refer to www.miet.co.za

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

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  • Angola’s Poverty Programme Commended

    Fernando Pontes Pereira, the State secretary for local Administration within Angola’s Ministry of Territorial Administration, states that the development works, in the framework of the integrated programme to fighting hunger and poverty are in a good path.

    Pereira asserts that among the programmes in execution, greater attention has been given to the projects in education and water supply.

    He further adds that, the quality of works must be taken in account - the human resources and other factors - as a situation that guarantees the materialisation of infrastructures.

    To read the article titled, “State secretary praises works of programme against poverty,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • S Sudan, Worst Food Crisis in the World - UN

    The United Nations (UN) Security Council is calling for urgent funding to step up deliveries of desperately-needed aid as South Sudan's food crisis is now the worst in the world. 

    The agency says that approximately 3.9 million people - a staggering one in three people throughout the country - are going hungry as fighting continues in that country.

    The UN Security Council describes a “catastrophic food insecurity situation in South Sudan that is now the worst in the world” saying the country is on the threshold of a full-blown famine if fighting continues. 

    To read the article titled, “S Sudan ‘food crisis worst in the world’,” click here.

    Source: 
    IOL News
  • Mandela Institute for Development Studies: Executive Assistant

    Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, August 29, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) is a continental institute that seeks to address the short, medium, and long-term development challenges in Africa in a holistic and comprehensive manner.

    MINDS  seeks to appoint an Executive Assistant to the Executive Chairman, based in Johannesburg.

    The Executive Assistant/Persona Assistant will report to the Executive Chairman (EC) of MINDS which is temporarily based in South Africa. The position covers a variety of duties within the organisation including, Partnerships management, the governance of the organisation, communication, programmatic work, administration and staff liaison.

    Responsibilities:
    • Manage executive chairman’s office email;
    • Organise and maintain the calendar activities of the chairman;
    • Prepare all travel itineraries and accounts for the EC;
    • Develop and maintain a data base of High level partners and stakeholders;
    • Help to disseminate information about the organisation's knowledge to internal and external audiences which will include tasks such as translation, minute taking, summarising, drafting and editing etc;
    • Help the EC write or commission accounts or brief papers for internal and external audience about MINDS’ work by reading, summarising and drafting responses as directed by EC;
    • Help the EC with tracking reports from the programme team;
    • Develop and maintain an office management system including filing of documents;
    • Create, maintain and update a non-media contacts database;
    • Assist the EC with immigration/visa and other administrative work;
    • Assist the EC in addressing all legal compliance requirements for the organisation;
    • Organise board meetings,  follow up on board decisions and undertake a  full range of activities including managing forward plans, scheduling meetings, setting deadlines, preparing accurate agendas, reports, minutes of meetings and action sheets, notifying and monitoring actions arising and decisions from meetings within set time frames;
    • Liaison with the programme and Administrative team on reporting requirements and deadlines;
    • Liaison with the Board on behalf of the EC;
    • Assist Programme team in programme implementation and reporting;
    • Support the development of relationships and strategies with existing and new partners working in areas directly related to MINDS’ objective.
    Requirements:
    • Significant and proven organisation skills developed through three to five years in similar positions;
    • Excellent communication skills.
    • Graduate degree - in social sciences, organisational management or a related discipline;
    • Experience in start-up organisations, management, law, politics and knowledge of academic, policy and research institutions would be an advantage;
    • Analytical skills and understanding of development trends and African affairs would be an advantage.
    • Experience working in a multicultural environment;
    • Working knowledge of other international languages.
    To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter to recruitment@minds-africa.org.

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

    For more about the Mandela Institute for Development Studies, refer to www.minds-africa.org.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.
     
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  • Witkoppen Health and Welfare Centre: Facility and Maintenance Officer

    Witkoppen Health and Welfare Centre
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Thursday, July 24, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Witkoppen Health and Welfare Centre is a nonprofit organisation that promotes and provides comprehensive preventative and curative health and welfare services in response to the changing needs of our community.

    Witkoppen Health and Welfare Centre seeks to appoint a Facility and Maintenance Officer with applicable experience and skills to run the repairs and maintenance of the facilities at Witkoppen Health and Welfare Centre including the land and buildings, small fleet of vehicles, housekeeping and administration, based in Fourways, Johannesburg.

    Responsibilities:
    • Attend to repairs of facilities e.g. plumbing, electricity, carpentry and other general maintenance;
    • Supervise major repairs and maintenance (R&M) of land and buildings;
    • Supervise and maintain small fleet of vehicles;
    • Supervise external service providers e.g. security, cleaning, R&M of equipment;
    • Supervise and manage internal cleaning staff and gardeners;
    • Attend to general housekeeping
    • Liaise with insurance assessors;
    • Sit on the Health and Safety Committee;
    • Administration of R&M office e.g. daily inspection of facilities, planning, schedules, reporting;
    • Procurement process;
    • Attend Procurement Committee meetings.
    Requirements:
    • Grade 12;
    • National Diploma or any other NQF level 5 qualification;
    • Minimum of 10 years experience in the above field;
    • Attention to detail
    • Interpersonal skills;
    • Logical thinking;
    • Dedicated, responsible and committed;
    • Good communication skills and time management;
    • Applicant must be accurate and consistent and show initiative;
    • Proficiency in English and the local African language at the site;
    • Computer literacy, including Microsoft Excel.
    To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter to recruitment@witkoppen.co.za.

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

    For more about Witkoppen Health and Welfare Centre, refer to www.witkoppen.co.za.

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

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  • ASHA Trust: Trainer

    ASHA Trust
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, August 1, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    ASHA Trust is a nonprofit organisation that establishes and supports formal and home-based early childhood centres in poorly resourced communities in the greater Johannesburg area. 

    ASHA Trust seeks to appoint a Trainer, based in Johannesburg. 

    The person will work to improve access for pre-school children to safe and stimulating places of care within close proximity to their homes.

    This is an excellent opportunity to really make a difference to the lives of hundreds of pre-school children.

    Responsibilities:
    • Plan and prepare high quality ECD training and on-site mentoring programmes that meet the needs of home-based creche practitioners
    • Facilitate training courses with large groups of ECD practitioners
    • Monitor progress and provide regular feedback to various stakeholders
    • Assess and moderate practitioner portfolios 
    • Contribute to the development, evaluation and improvement of ECD training courses, materials and related services 
    • Engage with Department of Social Development and Department of Education officials at provincial and local levels. 
    • Coordinate certification events 
    Requirements: 
    • Education degree or ECD Level 5 certificate
    • Minimum of five years of ECD/foundation phase classroom experience;
    • Minimum of three years of teacher training experience;
    • High standard of English and at least two other South African languages;
    • Proven organisation skills;
    • Skilled in dealing with people;
    • Have good written and verbal skills;
    • IT proficient;
    • Organised in managing workload;
    • Have knowledge of the ECD sector;
    • Be able to use own initiative and work independently;
    • Valid SETA assessor and moderator registration;
    • Valid driver’s licence.
    To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter to asha@ashatrust.com.

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

    For more about ASHA Trust, refer to http://ashatrust.com.

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