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  • SA Urged to Investigate Soweto Lootings

    The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in South Africa says it is concerned about the recent spate of violence and looting in Soweto that mainly affects foreigners and asylum seekers.

    UNHCR spokesperson, Tina Ghelli, says they will together with their non-governmental organisation (NGO) partners be speaking to community leaders as well undertaking a study of the shops affected by the looting.

    Ghelli says it is vital that government get it is head around the matter and address the problem, adding that, "I think the primary responsibility lies with the South African government. We also need to do a lot more to explain to South Africans why refugees and asylum seekers are in the country.”

    To read the article titled, “Govt needs to find root cause of Soweto lootings: UNHRC,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Minister Favours SAHRC Office at Lindela

    Following numerous reports of abuse, Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba, has asked the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to establish an office at the Lindela Repatriation Centre.
     
    This month the home affairs portfolio committee convened a meeting at which parliamentarians called for ‘a special meeting’ with the department and the SAHRC to deal with issues regarding Lindela Repatriation Centre.
     
    Gigaba says he will not like to see an ‘antagonistic’ relationship with the commission, adding that he visited the Centre to gather first-hand information about reported abuses at the centre before a special meeting with the committee.
     
    To read the article titled, “SAHRC invited to set up shop in Lindela,” click here.

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian
  • Food Aid Needed for Refugees in Africa

    The World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have launched an urgent appeal to address a funding shortfall that has already resulted in food ration cuts for a third of all African refugees.

    In light of nearly 800 000 refugees in 22 African countries having their monthly food allocations reduced, most of them by more than half since mid-June, WFP appeals for US$186 million to maintain its food assistance to refugees through the end of the year, while UNHCR asks for US$39 million to fund nutritional support and food security activities to refugees in the affected countries.

    A joint report by WFP and UNHCR warns that the failure to prevent continued ration cuts will lead to high levels of malnutrition, particularly among children and the most vulnerable. 

    To read the article titled, “New thinking needed on food aid for refugees in Africa,” click here.

    Source: 
    IRIN News
  • UNHCR Commends SA’s Refugee Legislation

    The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says South Africa has the best refugee legislation in the world.

    UNHCR representative for Southern Africa, Clementine Nkweta-Salami, says the South African government has taken great strides to meet its international obligations towards refugees.

    Nkweta-Salami explains: "I think for the vast majority of refugees, they would acknowledge that they do receive good treatment from both the authorities and the South Africans in the communities. But at the same time we are all aware that we do continue to face incidents of violence, refugees being attacked.”

    To read the article titled, “SA has best refugee legislation: UN,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Refugee Family’s Grant Card Rejected

    A Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) family, who are refugees in South Africa, were left cash-strapped for months after their children’s social grant card was rejected several times at South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).

    The father, who is concerned that someone was fraudulently collecting his family’s grants, says his five South African-born children aged between 10 months and 10 years were approved to receive the grants, but have not received anything for months.

    Meanwhile, SASSA spokesperson, Kgomoco Diseko, points out that, “The money was not collected until June and it lapsed. If a grant is not collected for three months, it lapses.”

    To read the article titled, “DRC family’s grant card rejected,” click here.

    Source: 
    The Citizen
  • Court Slams DHA Treatment of Refugees

    The high court had harsh words for the department of home affairs because it took seven years to finalise an asylum application by a Congolese national who fled persecution in his homeland.

    The court described as ‘deplorable’ the treatment of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) citizen, Christian Bolanga, who fled to South Africa in 2005.

    Acting Judge Guido Penzhorn declared that Bolanga is a refugee entitled to asylum and ordered Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, to issue to Bolanga a written recognition of refugee status within 10 days.

    To read the article titled, “Court lambasts Home Affairs Department for treatment of asylum seeker,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • Rights Group Assists the Stateless

    “The back of a police van is the only place that feels like home.”

    This is the plight of a young man, Singejeje Adel, who has no family and no country that regards him as theirs and is stateless.

    Adel, 23, was born in a refugee camp in Tanzania in 1992 and has never been recognised as a citizen of any country. His mother, his only known relative, died when he was 10 and left him with no documentation to prove his identity.

    When he arrived in South Africa at the age of 16 he was quickly picked up by police for not having any documentation.

    To read the article titled, “Human rights group looks to help those with no state and no future,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • ARESTA: Bookkeeper

    Agency for Refugee Education, Skills Training & Advocacy (ARESTA)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, January 23, 2015
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Agency for Refugee Education, Skills Training & Advocacy (ARESTA) a nonprofit organisation and an Implementing Partner for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). ARESTA fulfils a practical empowerment role in educating and providing skills to refugees and asylum seekers, helping them to become self-reliant during their stay under the protection of the South African Government.

    ARESTA seeks to appoint a Bookkeeper, based in Athlone, Cape Town.

    This position a twelve months contract, renewable subject to funding availability, adequate work performance and good conduct.

    The successful candidate will work under the direct supervision of the Executive Director. The Bookkeeper will perform all bookkeeping, accounting services and aspects of financial control and reporting required by the Agency. S/he will be responsible for handling all the fundamental aspects of ARESTA financial recordkeeping, including recording financial transactions, calculation of employees salaries and required payments to the Receiver of Revenue, managing accounts payable and receivable, reconciling bank statements, reports for funders, completing annual tax forms and preparing all relevant financial documents (trial balance,…) to be submitted to the Independent Auditors.
     
    Responsibilities:
    • Records all financial transactions into the correct journals and post the entries to the relevant ledger accounts;
    • Ensure that source documents (such as invoices, receipts, or deposit slips) and other relevant paperwork are filed correctly and safely;
    • Maintains historical records by filing documents;
    • Develops system to account for financial transactions by establishing a chart of accounts; defining bookkeeping policies and procedures;
    • Maintains subsidiary accounts by verifying, allocating, and posting transactions;
    • Balances general ledger by preparing a trial balance; reconciling entries;
    • Do monthly bank account reconciliations;
    • Prepares financial statements and reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing account information and trends;
    • Complies with the Receiver of Revenue requirements by enforcing adherence to requirements; filing reports; advising management on needed actions;
    • Prepare and complete the organisation’s tax returns;
    • Keep track of organization assets and provide inventory support, including maintaining office equipments, stationery and supplies;
    • Make sure that supplier invoices and accounts are paid on time;
    • Provide accountants and auditors with access to the relevant financial documents and records;
    • Make bank deposits (cash, cheques,..) and receipts of money;
    • Receive requests for materials and equipment and prepare purchase orders accordingly;
    • Collect and manage students tuition fees;
    • Manage the flow of petty cash;
    • Take charge of payroll administration; and
    • Support fundraising efforts - assist with budget preparations.
    Requirements:
    • Degree or National Diploma in Financial Accounting or Bookkeeping;
    • Minimum of five years accounting or bookkeeping experience including accounts management, payroll, general ledger, trial balance and financial reports;
    • Sound knowledge and working experience with accounting software (especially Pastel Accounting)
    • Knowledge of computerized accounting, but must be able to do a manual set of books;
    • Knowledge of regulatory requirements of processing payroll accounting transactions and payroll returns;
    • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, verbally and in writing, in English;
    • Ability to work under pressure and set priorities;
    • Must be able to keep staff and client matters strictly confidential;
    • Must have excellent interpersonal skills and customer service skills;
    • Computer literate – with advanced excel skills;
    • Prior experience in Business Management preferred;
    • Registration with Professional and Certified Bookkeepers Body will be an advantage.
    Remuneration: R16 500 per month for a minimum of 40 hours per week.

    To apply, submit a CV with a supporting motivation letter and two names of your referees at coordinator@aresta.org.za with “Reference:  Assistant Community Education Campaign Manager” in your subject line – no later than Friday 23 January 2015, 12:00 PM.
     
    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and those who have not heard from ARESTA by 28 January 2015, consider your applications unsuccessful.
     
    Qualified women and members of Refugee communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

    For more about the Agency for Refugee Education, Skills Training & Advocacy, refer to www.aresta.org.za.

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

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  • ARESTA: Assistant Community Education Campaign Manager

    Agency for Refugee Education, Skills Training & Advocacy (ARESTA)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, January 23, 2015
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Agency for Refugee Education, Skills Training & Advocacy (ARESTA) a nonprofit organisation and an Implementing Partner for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). ARESTA fulfils a practical empowerment role in educating and providing skills to refugees and asylum seekers, helping them to become self-reliant during their stay under the protection of the South African Government.

    ARESTA seeks to appoint an Assistant Community Education Campaign Manager, based in Athlone, Cape Town.

    This position is for a twelve months contract, renewable subject to funding availability, adequate work performance and good conduct.

    The successful candidate will work under the supervision of the Community Education Campaign Manager. S/he will (1) leads the administration and operational planning of the Community Education Campaign; - ensure that all logistics are attended to timely; (2) collect social data, statistics and all other relevant information for reporting and public awareness purposes; (3) work with schools and community-based structures to set up a Peace Network of Peace Clubs in schools; (4) develop and implement a sustainability strategy for social cohesion and peace building initiatives of trained Peace Ambassadors and Peace Monitors at community level; and (5) performs other duties as required. This position is for a twelve months contract, renewable subject to funding availability, adequate work performance and good conduct.

    Responsibilities:
    • To provide administrative and operational support to the Community Education Campaign Management;
    • To build capacity of Peace Ambassadors and Peace Monitors to prevent and diffuse social conflicts in host communities;
    • To work closely with Peace Ambassadors and Peace Monitors to identify and address their on-going peace building initiatives and distance support needs in order to consolidate their social conflicts prevention strategies;
    • To develop inclusive social mobilization strategies to increase the involvement of refugees in community activities and initiatives;
    • To facilitate workshops of tolerance in schools and broader communities;
    • To co-facilitate social cohesion and peace building trainings of Peace Ambassadors and Peace Monitors;
    • To lobby community for tolerance and conduct social dialogues between refugees and host communities;
    • To plan and administer sport and cultural diversity events in communities;
    • To target and increase the involvement of in and out of schools youth in efforts to promote tolerance and peace in communities;
    • To build and sustain partnerships with schools, government institutions, the South African Police Services (SAPS) and all other relevant stakeholders and community structures;
    • Attendance of stakeholders meetings, minutes taking and keeping proper filing system of the Community Education Campaign;
    • To position and build the campaign profile and brand with a range of local, provincial, national stakeholders and strategic partnerships;
    • To identify and lobby for new schools and stakeholders for workshops of tolerance and social cohesion building activities;
    • To collect social data, statistics and all other relevant information for reporting and public awareness purposes;
    • To ensure that all logistics (stationeries, pre and post-questionnaires, attendance registers, refreshments, transport,…) are ready timely;
    • To write articles for the newsletter, type all correspondences, submissions, memorandums and letters;
    • To prepare monthly and quarterly reports programme activities against work plan;
    • To develop strategic plans for the expansion of social cohesion activities in different areas;
    • To update existing and develop information and educational materials.
    Requirements:
    • Degree in Social Sciences, Peace building and conflict resolution or other relevant field experience;
    • At least three years relevant work experience in community outreach or social work;
    • Basic knowledge of key aspects of International and South African Refugee law and policies;
    • Sound knowledge of the history of Cape flats and townships, including social-economic challenges, community dynamics and social conflicts in Cape Town’s townships;
    • Proven ability to organise and facilitate workshops, trainings and/or seminars;
    • Proven ability to collect and analyse social data, statistics and write reports;
    • Excellent listening, strong communication, interpersonal, networking and advocacy skills;
    • Ability to work independently, with very limited supervision;
    • Computer literacy, including the ability to use a Word processor, Excel and Power Point to produce presentations, documents and to use e-mail and internet;
    • Fluency in written and spoken English with good report writing skills;
    • South African indigenous language as a second language will be an advantage.
    Remuneration: R12 100 per month for a minimum of 40 hours per week.
     
    To apply, submit a CV with a supporting motivation letter and two names of your referees at coordinator@aresta.org.za with “Reference:  Assistant Community Education Campaign Manager” in your subject line – no later than Friday 23 January 2015, 12:00 PM.
     
    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and those who have not heard from ARESTA by 28 January 2015, consider your applications unsuccessful.
     
    Qualified women and members of Refugee communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

    For more about the Agency for Refugee Education, Skills Training & Advocacy, refer to www.aresta.org.za.

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

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  • Refugee Aid Organisation: Social Worker

    Refugee Aid Organisation (RAO)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Sunday, November 30, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Refugee Aid Organisation (RAO) is an organisation that assists refugees and asylum seekers with social assistance. RAO is dedicated in integrating their clients into society and to promote the awareness on the plight of refugees and asylum seekers using a human rights approach.

    RAO seeks to appoint a Social Worker, based in Pretoria.

    Responsibilities: 
    • Provide all levels of social work services, especially statutory services;
    • Work within a multi-disciplinary team;
    • Participate in all RAO programmes.
    Requirements: 
    • Recognised BA Social Work degree with Honours;
    • Valid proof of registration with SACCSP;
    • Minimum of three years working experience in statutory work;
    • Fluency in spoken and written English;
    • Understanding of other African languages (e.g. French, Swahili) will be to your advantage;
    • Prepared to work with Foreign Nationals;
    • Ability to take initiative and work independently;
    • Good administrative skills;
    • Computer literacy (Microsoft Office) is essential;
    • Valid Code 08 driver's licence will be to your advantage.
    To apply, submit a CV, motivation letter and registration with SACSSP to admin@refugeeaidorganisation.com.

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

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    For more about the Refugee Aid Organisation, refer to www.refugeeaid.co.za.

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

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