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  • IkamvaYouth: Branch Coordinator - Masi

    IkamvaYouth
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, October 31, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    IkamvaYouth is a township-based volunteer programme that gets learners out of poverty and into university has once again shown that transformation is possible, despite the odds.

    IkamvaYouth seeks to appoint a Branch Coordinator, based in Masiphumelele, Western Cape.

    The social entrepreneur must be passionate about the power of education to transform lives and communities, and wants to make a difference. This is an exciting opportunity to play a pivotal role in a by-youth for-youth educational movement that empowers young people to take their futures into their own hands.

    As an organisation that supports community development, the candidate must be South African and ideally reside in the Masiphumelele or surrounding areas.

    Responsibilities:
    • Coordinate the branch, after-school sessions and weekend tutorials;
    • Ensure policies and processes are implemented for successful programme delivery;
    • Recruit, coordinate and support volunteer tutors and mentors;
    • Contract and agreement negotiation with community stakeholders
    • Community liason; with the schools, community centres, CBOs and NGOs;
    • Fundraise to build and sustain the branch (meeting with funders, writing proposals and reports, reporting, monitoring and evaluation);
    • Manage an office and ensure accurate and up-to date data collection and administration for monitoring and evaluation;
    • Budgeting, financial management and reporting;
    • Coordinate branch communication (social media, website, group e-mail discussion lists, newsletters, etc.) together with other ikamvanites;
    • Lead a team of volunteers to implement the supplementary tutoring, career guidance and mentoring and holiday programmes.
    Requirements:
    • Well-developed management skills to manage a branch, staff, donors, sponsors, funders, learners, and community expectations;
    • High level of stakeholder relationship management and negotiation skills
    • Highly organised and efficient;
    • Impeccable time management, data collection and reporting ability;
    • High level of attention to detail;
    • Ability to work alone and take initiative;
    • Facilitation and presentation skills- the incumbant will be required to address large groups of learners, volunteers, parents and chair stakeholder meetings
    • Adept at using computers (Microsoft Office, social media and internet);
    • Ability to work virtually (many discussions, meetings  and document development occur collaboratively online);
    • Passion for working with young people, a pro-active energy and an outgoing personality will be most suitable for this role;
    • Minimum of three year degree and two years work experience or five years relevant work experience (ideally in youth development; project planning, implementation and management);
    • Own transport will be an advantage.
    Gross salary: R11 950 per month.

    To apply, submit a CV and a motivation letter with “Branch Coordinator - 'Masi' in the subject line to careers@ikamvayouth.org.

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

    For more about IkamvaYouth, refer to http://ikamvayouth.org.

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

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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
  • Foundation for Human Rights: Internship

    Foundation for Human Rights
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, October 31, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Foundation for Human Rights (FHR), Braamfontein, Johannesburg, is a grant maker to the human rights sector. It is currently implementing a programme in partnership with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, which is aimed at strengthening civil society organisations to promote and facilitate increased awareness, respect, protection and fulfillment of the rights contained in the Constitution. The programme prioritises vulnerable and marginalised groups to help address issues of poverty and inequality. This programme is currently funded through the EU Sector Budget Support.
     
    The Foundation seeks to appoint appropriately qualified individuals for its internship programme, based in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

    Duration: 12 months, January 2015 - December 2015.

    Responsibilities:
    • Internship Objectives
      • Encourage those interested and committed to working in strengthening human rights based approaches to building civil society;
      • Contribute to addressing the problems relating to skills shortage, by increasing the skills level of those entering the labour market;
      • Improve the chances of employment in the chosen field by enhancing the capacity of the interns, while at the same time and in return, getting some value for the Foundation;
      • Contribute to the job-readiness of interns by exposing them to a practical working experience/environment;
      • Inculcate human rights values in interns and strive to ensure that such values become part of their work ethic;
      • Enhance the capacity of the FHR with an increased number of staff available to take on a range of administrative and programmatic functions.
    • Generic management/staff objectives
      • Participate actively in assigned programme work, ensuring that systems, processes and outputs are grounded in FHR values;
      • Participate in internal communication and teamwork;
      • Work within the programme team to ensure the effective implementation of organisation’s objectives;
      • As and when required within reason, work beyond the scope of any job description.
    Requirements:
    • Working knowledge of and commitment to human rights, especially in a South African context;
    • A postgraduate degree in social sciences such as: Development Studies, Economics, Political Science, History, Public Policy, Social Science, International Relations, Law and Sociology;
    • Excellent verbal and written communications skills;
    • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and responsibility for areas of work;
    • Fluency in English;
    • Additional language skills and project work experience are a plus.
    To apply, submit a CV (without certificates), motivational letter and the details of two contactable referees to Yolanda Radu at intern@fhr.org.za or fax to 088 011 72 4813 by 12h00.

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

    Only shortlisted and successful candidates will be contacted.

    For more about the Foundation for Human Rights, refer to www.fhr.org.za.

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

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  • 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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