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  • Bala Appointed UNAIDS Ambassador

    Gospel and RnB musician, Loyiso Bala, has been appointed as the national Goodwill Ambassador for the joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
     
    UNAIDS coordinator, Catherine Sozi, says that Bala would use the position to speak out about the stigma and discrimination suffered by HIV-infected people and on gender inequality and gender-based violence.
     
    Sozi points out that, “He [Bala] has a powerful role to play in helping us highlight critical issues in the HIV response, there is still a lot to be done to achieve the goal of reducing the disease by 2015."
     
    To read the article titled “Loyiso Bala s, UNAids Ambassador” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation: Social Science Interviewer

    The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, April 5, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) is a NGO that focuses on the pursuit of excellence in research, treatment, training and prevention of HIV and related infections in Southern Africa.

    The DTHF seeks to appoint a Social Science Interviewer, based in Masiphumelele, Fish Hoek near Cape Town.

    This is a two-year contract position.

    Responsibilities:
    • Administer the data collection instruments related to product adherence and correlates in a microbicide trial;
    • Ensure non-biased, consistent, complete and accurate data collection across all study participants and over time.
    Requirements:
    • Tertiary qualification in Social Sciences or related Tertiary education;
    • Fluency in English and isiXhosa;
    • Minimum of two years experience involved in a research study;
    • Comfortable with discussing topics related to sexuality.
    • Preferred:
    • GCP certification;
    • Prior interviewing experience.
    To apply, submit a CV (no certificate), motivation letter indicating ‘Social Science Interviewer’ in the subject line and two contactable referees to the Human Resource Manager at Jobs@hiv-research.org.za or fax to: 021 633 0182.

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

    Enquiries: Dr Gill, Tel: 021 785 5486/3310.

    If you are a foreign national applying for this position, attach a copy of your work permit to your application.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    If you are a foreign national applying for this position please attach a copy of the documents that allows you to work in South Africa legally.

    The DTHF is committed to equity in our employment practices. It is its intention to appoint individuals with the aim of meeting our equity objectives. The organisation reserves the right not to appoint if no suitable candidates are identified.

    If you have not heard from us within two weeks after the closing date, consider your application unsuccessful.

    For more about the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, refer to www.desmondtutuhivcentre.org.za.

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

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  • Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation: Grants and Business Administrator

    Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, December 19, 2012
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) is a NGO that focuses on the pursuit of excellence in research, treatment, training and prevention of HIV and related infections in Southern Africa.

    The DTHF seeks to appoint a Grants & Business Administrator, based at its Emavundleni research facility in Crossroads, Cape Town.

    Responsibilities:

    Financial Administration of the business unit

    Ensuring cash flow
    • Monthly reporting and debtor invoicing grantors, involves knowing grant compliance regulations;
    • Ensuring high levels of efficacy of the administration systems supporting the process ensuring compliance to organisational policy, GAAP, VAT regulations, grantor regulations;
    • Developing cost allocation methodologies to ensure grant compliance and full utilisation of budgets;
    • Allocating costs/creditor invoices to budgets.
    Purchasing
    • Responsible for supplier relationships;
    • Managing relationship with procurement officer;
    • Validate and adherence and compliance to payment procedures.
    Ensuring site is adequately financially resourced and managed
    • Understanding the resources required, especially staffing, to run a pluri-potent, multi-network, multi-protocol clinical trial site;
    • Writing and submitting annual and periodical budgets timeously within different legal structures i.e. as a consortium member, as a sub-contract, as a primary awardee;
    • Managing budgets in foreign currency i.e. in a volatile exchange rate environment.
    Daily cash management
    • Coordinating participant incentives;
    • Reconciling and approving the petty cash.
    Coordinate and manage external and internal government and project related audits

    Other site administration
    • HR Administration (Coordinate and manage staff recruitment with HR manager; Coordinate and manage staff disciplinary issues with HR manager);
    • IT Administration - ensure fully functional IT systems.
    Requirements:
    • Finance degree with minimum of three years experience preferably with a business administration post graduate qualification;
    • Cost and management accounting - donor fund management is an asset;
    • High levels of numeracy and accuracy;
    • Intermediate to advanced excel;
    • SAP Business One;
    • Resourcing and budgeting skills;
    • Ability to develop and implement administrative systems;
    • Entrepreneurship, intercultural competence, team working, analytical thinking and flexibility.
    This contract post is renewable subject to funding availability and acceptable work performance.

    To apply, submit a CV, motivation letter indicating ‘Grants & Business Administrator’ in the subject line and two contactable referees to Jobs@hiv-research.org.za or fax to: 021 633 0182.

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

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    The DTHF is committed to equity in our employment practices. It is its intention to appoint individuals with the aim of meeting our equity objectives. The organisation reserves the right not to appoint if no suitable candidates are identified.

    If you have not heard from us within two weeks after the closing date, consider your application unsuccessful.

    It is illegal to employee foreign national without documentation which would allow them to work in South Africa legally. If you are a foreign national applying for this position please attach a copy of the documents that allows you to work in South Africa legally.

    For more about the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, refer to www.desmondtutuhivcentre.org.za.

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

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  • Research Highlights Progress in HIV Prevention

    United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), among others, has released research studies which provide evidence that safe, high quality voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) services performed by trained healthcare professionals in low resource settings can be implemented and sustained at scale and have the potential to significantly prevent new HIV infections in adolescent and adult men.

    The research studies, which focus on five African countries, point out that providing VMMC services offers a unique opportunity to reach men as never before, and often for the first time in their lives, with critical sexual and reproductive health services and to link them with HIV care and treatment when necessary.

    PEPFAR, as of the end of 2013, has supported countries in eastern and Southern Africa to perform more than 4.7 million VMMC services for HIV prevention.
     
    To read the article titled, “New research highlights progress in HIV prevention in Eastern and Southern Africa,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • WHO Warns of Return of Child Killer Polio

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that polio has re-emerged as a public health emergency - new cases have surfaced in and spread across the borders of Syria and Pakistan, among other countries.

    WHO assistant director-general, Bruce Aylward, points out that, "The conditions for [declaring] a public health emergency of international concern have been met," following crisis talks on the virus long thought to be nearly extinct in Geneva.

    Between January and last month - usually considered the low season for polio transmission - three new importations of the virus were detected: from Pakistan to Afghanistan, Syria to Iraq, and Cameroon to Equatorial Guinea.

    To read the article titled, “UN warns of return of child killer polio,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • The Other Side of the Female Condom

    Female condoms are not just for the ladies as some gay men in KaMsogwaba Township outside Nelspruit have found, but nearby clinic nurses are still not sold on the idea.

    “We get asked why we are using female condoms if we are men.”

    While not originally designed for use in anal sex, female condoms can be used by men who have sex with men (MSM) during sex in lieu of traditional male condoms.

    Now, some gay men in KaMsogwaba, like Zweli Masinga, have caught on to the trend, but he says nurses are unwilling to hand out the female condoms to men looking for an alternative to male condoms.

    “We face a lot of discrimination from health professionals when we ask for female condoms,” he tells OurHealth. “Health professionals have no respect for us because we are gay.”

    To counter some of the stigma faced by MSMs at some clinics, the HIV nonprofit Anova Health runs special MSM-friendly clinics in both Cape Town and Johannesburg. While the organisation notes that female condoms may be more likely than male condoms to slip during anal sex, they can be a viable alternative for HIV prevention, according to its website.

    But in KaMsogwaba, clinic staff attitudes and a refusal to dispense the condoms to men may be putting men at risk.

    “We get asked why we are using female condoms if we are men,” Masinga says. “Health professionals need to be educated about different sexual orientations and start treating everyone equally.”

    “Being discriminated against by health professionals is dangerous if you are indirectly denied services,” he adds.

    Nhlanhla Mzimkhule from Ermelo was diagnosed with HIV 13 years ago. While learning how to use a femidom was difficult for him at first, he says eventually it allowed him to enjoy sex more.

    “Using the female condom wasn’t easy at first because I was used to the male condom,” Mzimkhule remembers. “After about four months, I started enjoying sex much more because I was safe from HIV re-infection and other sexually transmitted infections.”

    People living with HIV should use condoms to prevent being re-infected with the virus from their partners. Contracting additional strains of HIV may complicate antiretroviral treatment for those living with the virus and lead to drug resistance.

    - Cynthia Maseko is an OurHealth Citizen Journalist reporting from the Gert Sibande health district in Mpumalanga. This article first appeared on the Health-e
    Author(s): 
    Cynthia Maseko
  • Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation: Financial and Project Administrator

    Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, November 8, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) is a NGO that focuses on the pursuit of excellence in research, treatment, training and prevention of HIV and related infections in Southern Africa.

    The DTHF seeks to appoint a Financial and Project Administrator, based at its DTHF Research Centre in Masiphumelele, Cape Town.

    This full time two-year fixed term contract position.

    Responsibilities:

    Financial administration
    • Acquire comprehensive knowledge of the donor’s financial requirements;
    • Ensure that all financial requirements are adhered to;
    • Ensure compliance to budget requirements;
    • Monthly bank reconciliations
    • Manage and reconcile petty cash
    • Draft income and expense reports
    • Journal entries;
    • Prepare bank transfers;
    • Assist with preparation for annual project audit.
    Project administration
    • Project procurement;
    • Sourcing quotes and vendors where applicable;
    • Assist with event planning: Booking of venues, catering;
    • Travel arrangements for project staff;
    • Basic office equipment maintenance.
    Requirements:
    • Minimum of four years work experience in a NGO environment;
    • Minimum of three year accounting/ finance related diploma or certificate;
    • Fully computer literate including advanced excel skills;
    • Experience in SAP/ related accounting package would be an advantage;
    • Valid driver’s licence;
    • Good communicator – written and oral.
    To apply, submit a CV, motivation letter indicating ‘Financial and Project Administrator’ in the subject line and two contactable referees to the Human Resource Manager at Jobs@hiv-research.org.za or fax to: 021 633 0182.

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

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We are committed to equity in our employment practices. It is our intention to appoint individuals with the aim of meeting our equity objectives. We reserve the right not to appoint if no suitable candidate is identified.
     
    If you are a foreign national applying for this position please attach a copy of your work permit to your application.
     
    If you have not heard from us within two weeks after the closing date please consider you application as unsuccessful.
     
    Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation is a child friendly organisation committed to the protection of children.

    For more about the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, refer to www.desmondtutuhivcentre.org.za.

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

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  • UN Bemoans Falling Use of Condoms in Africa

    The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) says that people in several African countries are using fewer condoms and have sex with more than one partner, threatening efforts to fight HIV.

    In its annual report, UNAIDS notes that new infections in sub-Saharan Africa dropped 34 percent between 2001 and 2012.

    However, the region last year still accounted for 70 percent of the estimated 2.3 million new infections with the virus.

    If further states that there is evidence that the number of people who have more than one sexual partner was rising in many African countries.

    To read the article titled, “Falling condom use in Africa undermines efforts to fight HIV: UN,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • ARV Pill Prevents HIV Study

    A study has found that if people at high risk of contracting HIV take antiretrovirals as a preventative measure daily, they get almost total protection from the virus.

    The results of the study, which have been published in the online journal, Plos, found that of the 750 HIV-negative Ugandans who had HIV-positive partners and took ARVs for over a year, not one contracted HIV.

    In the control group of 404 Ugandans who had been given a placebo, 14 became infected with the virus.

    To read the article titled, “ARV pill prevents HIV: Study,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • UN Hails Drop in AIDS Deaths in Africa

    The United Nations' AIDS agency is hailing what officials describe as significant progress in the fight against the epidemic in eastern and Southern Africa.
     
    The report says AIDS-related deaths have declined dramatically and that the number of new infections has decreased - a direct result of more available treatment. But, they warned, challenges remain.
     
    Top health and aid officials praised the gains in the fight against AIDS in Southern and Eastern Africa - among them, a nearly 40 percent drop in AIDS-related deaths since 2005, and a 50 percent drop in new infections among children since 2001.
     
    To read the article titled, “UN hails drop in AIDS-related deaths in Africa,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
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