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  • SMMEs Need Skills Training: Zulu

    Small Business Development Minister, Lindiwe Zulu, says black people’s businesses are the ones that are falling apart.

    Addressing the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa summit on 29 October 2014, Zulu expressed concern over the statistics showing that almost 80 percent of small, medium, and micro enterprises (SMMEs) fail in their first year.

    Speaking on AM Live, the minister says SMMEs need skills training and access to markets to thrive.

    To read the article titled, “SMMEs need skills training: Minister,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • GE to Invest US$2 Billion in Africa

    GE (NYSE:GE) has announced that it will invest US$2 billion in facility development, skills training, and sustainability initiatives across Africa by 2018.

    GE made the announcement in advance of President Obama’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, where GE is hosting African and global government officials, policy experts, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), entrepreneurs and business leaders for a conference on investment, infrastructure, and innovation in Africa.

    GE chairman and chief executive officer, Jeff Immelt, points out that, “I am proud of our 100-year history in Africa. Through investments such as our new multi-modal manufacturing facility in Nigeria, Algeria gas turbine manufacturing, and our customer innovation centre in South Africa, we remain a committed partner to Africa’s sustainable growth.”

    To read the article titled, “GE to invest US$2 billion in Africa by 2018,” click here.

    Source: 
    Stock House
  • Symphonia for South Africa: PR and Communication Manager

    Symphonia for South Africa
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Thursday, May 15, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Symphonia for South Africa (SSA) is a non-governmental organisation working in the education and leadership development sector currently based in Bellville, Cape Town.

    Symphonia for South Africa seeks to appoint a dynamic and driven communications expert as PR and Communication Manager, based in Johannesburg.

    The person will assist in taking the Partners for Possibility Programme to greater heights.  This individual will work hand-in-hand with the media and critical stakeholders to create a brand that is synonymous with leadership development and revolutionary education transformation.  The selected candidate will also play a critical role in ensuring that the positive impacts and the success of the PfP Programme, in the schools and communities that they are situated in, are shared with a wide audience.  

    Key outputs:
    • Brand management;
    • Website content management;
    • Extensive media exposure;
    • Liaison with multiple stakeholder groups;
    • Participation in and coordination of staff participation in radio interviews, workshops and presentations;
    • Design and development of print, media and digital campaigns;
    • Managing of corporate identity and organisational image;
    • Design and implementation of communication strategies;
    • Copywriting, speech writing, online marketing and advertising.
    Requirements:
    • Degree or equivalent tertiary qualification in journalism, marketing or communications;
    • Experience in a PR, media and communications environment;
    • Pre-existing relationships with media and a proven track record of experience  across multiple media platforms;
    • Knowledge of CSI and  education leadership development would be advantageous;
    • Being up to date with developments in current affairs, economics,  and trends in marketing and advertising would be advantageous;
    • Social media and digital marketing experience;
    • Ability to think strategically and creatively;
    • Graphic design skills would be advantageous;
    • Ability to work independently;
    • Computer literacy essential;
    • Experience working with the Joomla website content management system would be advantageous;
    • Own transport;
    • Occasional travel.
    Remuneration: R240 000 per annum.

    To apply, submit a three page CV and salary expectations to louiseh@symphonia.net.

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

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

    Should you not receive a response within two weeks, consider your application unsuccessful.

    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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  • Govt Investing in the Youth - Zuma

    Jacob Zuma - at the Presidential Indaba on Youth Jobs and Skills - announced that the youth employment has grown and emphasises the importance of investing in the youth.

    Zuma states that youth employment has vastly increased since the adoption of the Youth Employment Accord.

    He adds that, "420 000 new jobs have been created… mainly in construction linked to our National Infrastructure Plan, the trade sector, government programmes, business services, transport and communication."

    To read the article titled, “Government is investing in education, skills for youth,” click here.

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian
  • Partnership to Empower Zambian Youths

    Zambia’s National Project for Poverty Reduction (NPPR) has signed an agreement with China Foundation for Peace and Development (CFPD), a Chinese NGO to sponsor about 600 youths in various skills training.
     
    NPPR board chairperson, Ngosa Simbyakula, says that 600 youths are already in various trades colleges across the country pursuing training in food production, cosmetology, Information Communication Technology (ICT) and auto-mechanics.
     
    Simbyakula says others were pursuing courses in power electrical, general agriculture, plumbing and metal fabrication.
     
    To read the article titled, “Anti-poverty body, Chinese NGO to sponsor 600 youths,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • Symphonia for South Africa: Operations Manager

    Symphonia for South Africa
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, February 22, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Symphonia is a nonprofit organisational change practice that works with leaders to engage their stakeholders so that talent, human energy and creativity is maximised. Our mission is to ignite a sense of possibility everywhere we work.

    Symphonia  for South Africa seeks to appoint a person experienced in social change as Operations Manager, based in Cape Town.

    This is a unique opportunity to make a real contribution to education in South Africa. Partnerships for Possibility is a ground breaking project that is already impacting 40000 children after only two years. Symphonia  for South Africa is currently working with 90 principals. The potential of this position is to be a part of taking this work to the next level and making a difference for 2 000 schools in the next 10 years.

    The person will take responsibility for programme delivery and organisational management.

    The person should be able to lead a team and implement structures and processes for more effective working, be comfortable with financial management, have experience at planning and managing a virtual organisation.  The Operational Manager will promote and organise a shared understanding of the objectives, detailed plans, desired outcomes, tasks, roles and responsibilities, day to day activities and monitors progress of the project towards the vision.

    This is a full-time position.

    Responsibilities:
    • National programme coordination - manages launch plan and all administration in order to inform decision making and planning at national level; Implements systems and dashboards and manages the planning and roll-out of the programmes from a business perspective. Is the custodian of the project plan and action log;
    • Finance – facilitate budget vs.actual expenditure, cash flow projections, provides oversight regarding the bookkeeper’s preparation of trail balances and liaises with auditor for annual audit. Oversee payments, salaries etc.  Manages the finance team and works with the CFO;
    • Human resources - contracting; performance reviews; capacity planning for programme roll-out and operational events;
    • Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) – ensures that M&E processes are used and integrated into the organisation;
    • Legal and compliance – manage NPO compliance, auditor processes and any other compliance issues that are critical to and NPO and its funding.
    Requirements:
    • Relevant tertiary education qualification, preferably finance related or with significant financial experience;
    • Experience in project management;
    • Ability to work comfortably and effectively in a virtual environment;
    • High EQ and is able to deal with ambiguity and complexity;  
    • Ability to stay calm when things get busy and to hold clear boundaries;  
    • Organised and efficient;
    • Capable using computers and technologies that enable virtual working;
    • Have “can do” attitude and believes that things are possible and can be worked out;
    • Good track record of volunteering.
    Salary: R360 000 per annum.

    To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter to mignon@symphonia.net

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

    Candidates who do not hear back from Symphonia for South Africa should consider their application unsuccessful.

    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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  • Saide: Programme Specialist - Learning Technologies

    South African Institute for Distance Education (Saide)
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Sunday, December 7, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The South African Institute for Distance Education (Saide), is a non-governmental organisation based in Johannesburg conducting projects throughout South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. Saide's task is to contribute to the development of new models of open and distance education practice, that accord with and take forward the values, principles, and goals of the evolving education systems in the Southern African region. It has also paid particular attention to the appropriate use of technology in education and most recently established a Kenya-based initiative, OER Africa, to promote the development and sharing of OER on the African continent.

    Saide seeks to appoint a Programme Specialist for its Learning Technologies.

    The successful cnadidate should be passionate and knowledgeable about teaching and learning technologies and committed to achieving equity in education. The Specialist will contribute to various educational projects throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Saide, a well-established nonprofit organisation, works at a policy and systemic level with governments and other institutions, and supports educational programmes designed to increase equitable access to lifelong learning. Saide has particular interest in promoting the development and use of open education resources.

    Responsibilities:
    • Shape Saide’s strategic direction w.r.t. learning technologies;
    • Lead and contributing to development projects in learning technologies;
    • Contribute to the professional development and support of Saide educational staff;
    Requirements:
    • Minimum of an appropriate honours degree;
    • Minimum of ten years’ experience in higher or further education;
    • Ability to undertake and support research;
    • Good academic writing skills;
    • Effective workshop facilitation and oral communication skills;
    • Exercise initiative, be flexible, highly organised and hardworking;
    • Enjoy working in teams as well as independently;
    • Be prepared to travel locally and in the region.
    Remuneration will be commensurate with skills and experience.
     
    To apply, submit a CV with three work related referees with contact details and a one-page motivational letter to Maureen Madonsela, e-mail: vacancies@saide.org.za  

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

    Saide is committed to the principles of employment equity; previously disadvantaged individuals (PDIs) are encouraged to apply.

    or more about the South African Institute for Distance Education, refer to www.saide.org.za.

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

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  • Saide: Education Information Systems Specialist

    South African Institute for Distance Education (Saide)
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Sunday, December 7, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The South African Institute for Distance Education (Saide), is a non-governmental organisation based in Johannesburg conducting projects throughout South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. Saide's task is to contribute to the development of new models of open and distance education practice, that accord with and take forward the values, principles, and goals of the evolving education systems in the Southern African region. It has also paid particular attention to the appropriate use of technology in education and most recently established a Kenya-based initiative, OER Africa, to promote the development and sharing of OER on the African continent.

    Saide seeks to appoint a Education Information Systems Specialist, based in Johannesburg.

    The successful candidate shouls be passionate and knowledgeable about teaching and learning technologies and committed to achieving equity in education. The Specialist will contribute to various educational projects throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Saide, a well-established nonprofit organisation, which works at a policy and systemic level with governments and other institutions, and supports educational programmes designed to increase equitable access to lifelong learning. Saide has particular interest in promoting the development and use of open education resources.

    Responsibilities:
    • Lead and/or contribute to educational technology projects;
    • Strategy management and support of Saide’s IT systems;
    Requirements:
    • Honours degree in Information Systems or cognate discipline;
    • Minimum of five years’ appropriate experience;
    • Good academic writing skills;
    • Effective workshop facilitation and oral communication skills;
    • Exercise initiative, be flexible, highly organised and hardworking;
    • Enjoy working in teams as well as independently;
    • Be prepared to travel locally and in the region.
    Remuneration will be commensurate with skills and experience.

    To apply, submit a CV with three work related referees with contact details and a one-page motivational letter to Maureen Madonsela, e-mail: vacancies@saide.org.za  

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

    Saide is committed to the principles of employment equity; previously disadvantaged individuals (PDIs) are encouraged to apply.

    or more about the South African Institute for Distance Education, refer to www.saide.org.za.

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

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  • Symphonia for South Africa: Operations and Process Leader

    Symphonia for South Africa - Partners for Possibility
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, November 21, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Symphonia for South Africa (SSA) is a nonprofit organisation (NPO) working in the Education and Leadership Development sector, with a bold vision: Quality Education for all children in South Africa by 2022. The Partners for Possibility Programme is a bold initiative that works with business leaders and school principals in a year-long programme to improve leadership and education in South Africa. The programme is supported by hundreds of South African corporations and business leaders as leading edge in its ability to transform leadership in South African schools. Please visit our website for more comprehensive information on the exciting work we are doing.

    Symphonia for South Africa seeks to appoint a Operations and Process Leader for its Partners for Possibility Programme, based in Durbanville, Cape Town.

    The successful candidate should be a experienced manager with a passion for education and leadership development. The selected individual will work as the leader of an operational and coaching team in Cape Town. The role is both inspiring and challenging. The individual will take full accountability for the smooth running of the Cape Town operation, running the process, measurement, supervisory coaching and events coordination team. The work involves close team work, while also extensive independent work. The individual required needs to be comfortable in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial and virtual environment that demands hands-on work as well as astute strategic thinking. If you love education, are super organised, are an enabling manager, are excellent at building relationships, and have experience in different business functions, then this role could be for you!

    Requirements:
    • Certification as a leadership coach or facilitator preferrable, with extensive experience;
    • Business degree;
    • Experience at a senior management level across multiple function areas;
    • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal;
    • Outstanding people management and relationship building skills;
    • Own transport essential.
    Remuneration: R40 000 per month.

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

    To apply, submit a three page CV to louise@symphonia.net

    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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  • Youth Service as a Solution

    Many countries around the world are struggling with the ‘how to’ in implementing effective policies and interventions to address the multitude of challenges facing young people today, particularly the poor and marginalised who are generally out of school and out of work. From high levels of youth unemployment to increasing rates of alcohol and drug abuse, teenage pregnancy and growing rates of new HIV/AIDS infections, these challenges represent enormous economic and social costs to society.
     
    As a country, we are no different from the rest of the world in addressing these challenges efficiently and effectively. Promoting youth service as a strategy for youth and national development offers a meaningful and sustainable solution to these challenges.
     
    While there is no silver bullet to address the triple challenge of poverty, inequality and unemployment, it is important to consider effective weapons of mass development such as the national youth service.
     
    Many countries have made use of their national youth service programmes to build decent houses, fight HIV/AIDS and improve literacy.
     
    Youth service programmes provides an opportunity for young people to address social ills in their communities while gaining valuable skills, assuming responsibility, learning a work ethic and interpersonal skills.
     
    Through volunteering, youth become part of a national solution and are able to identify strategies to alleviate problems in their communities.
     
    Youth service is often defined as a range of activities that enable young people to participate in civic life for community and self-benefit. The range of youth service programmes can span from formal service through structured programmes in exchange for minimal or no monetary compensation to informal service, which is often the result of an ethic of service to others that is passed on through families, schools, civic organisations and popular culture.

    Fundamentally, youth service is about ensuring that young people are at the forefront of promoting development in their communities. Youth should not be regarded as victims or burdens to society but rather as vital assets in promoting development and delivering services. Youth are agents of change and youth service programmes such as the National Youth Service programme run by the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) helps to empower youngsters to play an active role in improving their lives and that of others.
     
    Investing in programmes that promote youth service can have many returns. In fact, national youth service is an effective strategy for youth and national development. In the past we have often debated whether to legislate National Youth service or not.
     
    However, a better option may be to mainstream youth service into all aspects of society so that all government departments, private sector, labour and community organisations start to think more about developing and implementing youth service programme that coincide with their day-to-day work.
     
    Mainstreaming youth service is critical to the country’s development agenda and therefore every department should develop and implement youth service programme. The NYDA currently implements the YouthBuild Youth Service programme in partnership with the Department of Human Settlements, which allows young volunteers to be involved in building and maintaining community amenities and RDP houses.
     
    Theses volunteers are involved in an infrastructure development project for the period of one year and then receive certified training in bricklaying, carpentry and electrical work. Many youth exit this programme and gain employment as artisans, while others start their own businesses. It is therefore imperative that other government departments start considering similar youth service programmes for young people to participate in different aspects of development.
     
    Mainstreaming youth service offers many returns to the individual, the community and society as a whole. One of the most important advantages is the value it provides to the participant in the form of valuable experience, knowledge and skills that will facilitate the transition into paid employment. In this way, being part of a youth service programme can improve a young person’s ability to successfully make the transition from school to work. Whether acquiring skills through on-the-job training the will serve their in the future careers or simply adapting to the workplace environment, service can help young people be absorbed into the open labour market. Therefore enhancing the overall employability of youth.
     
    Youth service also provides constructive alternatives to risky behaviour and can provide a means for reintegrating out-of-school and unemployed youth. These groups are at a much greater risk of behaviour that is harmful to themselves and their communities. A sense of hopelessness from being out of school or out of work leads many people into a life of crime, social unrest or alcohol and drug abuse. These programmes provide a structured environment while reducing the space and time to think about risky behaviour.
     
    Participating in youth service programmes empowers young people to become active citizens in addressing a wide range of community needs. Many young people are actively involved in cleaning up their communities, tutoring and mentorship or particular forms of social work. This helps in positioning young people as active agents for community development as opposed to passive recipients or being part of the problem.
     
    The programmes can also serve as cost-effective tool for addressing a wide range of development priorities. With limited budgets and staff, they can be used to mobilise and organise young people to build infrastructure, fight HIV/AIDS, improve literacy rates and facilitate green economy interventions foo protecting the environment. Decisive measures must be taken to mainstream youth service in order for the development of local communities and society as a whole.
     
    The NYDA convened a Youth Volunteer Summit from 7-9 October 2014 in partnership with the Flemish Government. The summit was aimed at promoting the spirit and culture of volunteering among the youth by bringing together different stakeholders to exchange ideas on how best to mainstream youth service. The summit developed an action plan for the youth of Flanders and South Africa to work together in promoting youth service.
     
    This initiative adds to the already existing partnership between South Africa and Namibia, which has allowed for 20 young Namibians to participate in youth service work in South Africa, while a group of 20 young South Africans has just departed for Namibia to participate and learn more about youth service in that country. This exchange programme allows for the promotion of a global culture of youth service. They are provided with an opportunity to gain work experience and gain exposure to different cultures while enjoying the prospect of travel.
     
    Opportunities to volunteer are plentiful and youth can actively contribute in the various fields they find themselves in. Young South Africans need to take more of interest in youth service while on the other hand more structured opportunities need to be created to help them develop the skills, knowledge and values necessary to become productive members of society.
     
       - Yershen Pillay is executive chairperson at the National Youth Development Agency. This article first appeared in the New Age newspaper.

     
    Author(s): 
    Yershen Pillay
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