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  • CDC Development Solutions: Senior Consultant

    CDS Development Solutions
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, July 17, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    CDC Development Solutions (CDS) leverages public, private and volunteer resources to strengthen Small and Medium Entreprises (SMEs) and the institutions, governments, and industries that drive economic growth in emerging markets. For over two decades, CDS, a nonprofit, non-governmental organisation, has provided innovative, market-driven solutions utilizing a variety of methodologies to create sustainable economic development in over 80 countries on five continents.

    CDS will be managing an International Corporate Executive Volunteer programme in Cape Town, South Africa scheduled to take place from 3-25 October 2013, and seeks to appoint a Senior Consultant, based in Cape Town.

    The Consultant will be the main contact for a project in South Africa, s/he will work closely with CDS SA Coordinator in providing project management and logistical support for an international executive-level corporate volunteer team working for three weeks with local government agency in Cape Town.

    The candidate will work closely with the teams prior to their arrival in South Africa by providing cultural context and guidance and on their arrival in South Africa as well as act as liaison between the team and local government entities. The selected Consultant will also perform CDS program and logistics management duties at the field level. The successful candidate will need to have prior experience working with senior level contacts within the local government and is able to demonstrate their ability to efficiently and successfully navigate and engage the local government.

    This is a part-time contract.

    Responsibilities:
    • Undertake preparatory work for the Executive Service Corps team in advance of the participants’ arrival in Cape Town;
    • Orient new Executive Service Corps participants upon arrival in Cape Town;
    • Manage assignment, work, and travel logistics for Executive Service Corps volunteers while they are in Cape Town;
    • Compile relevant and required reports, including program reports, work plans, and impact assessments, including providing a written final program report;
    • Act as the on-the-ground interface between CDS and our partners in Cape Town;
    • Act as a logistical and informational resource for Executive volunteers and troubleshoot problems they may face;
    • Correspond with CDS headquarters program staff and other stakeholders to assure satisfaction on the part of the Executive Service Corps volunteers and our partner/client firms;
    • Facilitate access by Executive Service Corps volunteers to local and provincial government agencies in Cape Town, local business, educational institutions and other entities as needed;
    • Monitor and advise on security arrangements for participants when they are in Cape Town;
    • Administration and monitoring of all field-based activities, including program and financial reporting;
    • Participate in conference calls in English with corporate volunteers;
    • Coordinate the Welcome and Final Event(s) for volunteer groups and participating clients;
    • Provide guidance with regard to local business and government culture;
    • Coordinate business meetings and events between the volunteers consultants and participating clients.
    Requirements:
    • Strong local government background and exposure;
    • Possess long-term senior level government and business relationships in Cape Town;
    • Be knowledgeable about and currently residing in Cape Town;
    • Ability to work across cross-cultural teams;
    • Experience working on development projects is a plus;
    • Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline with at least 10 years experience as a senior consultant;
    • English and local language.
    To apply, submit a CV with salary history, contact details of three professional references and motivation letter to jvanniekerk@cdc.org with  “Application for Cape Town Senior Consultant – ESC Programme” in the subject line.

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

    For more about  CDC Development Solutions, refer to www.cdcdevelopmentsolutions.org.

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

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  • Free Media Space to Assist NGOs and SMEs

    Towards the end of June 2012, Media24 donated R24 million worth of advertising space in its magazines, newspapers and online titles to help make the dreams of 12 nonprofit organisations and 12 small businesses in South Africa come true.

    The donation forms part of the group's 'Giving you space to Grow' project, aimed at community development and growth.

    This is a focused initiative to combine the efforts of the media company's myriad social investments under one umbrella and to make a difference in the visibility of these 24 organisations and businesses.

    To read the article titled, “Free media space to assist NGOs and SMEs,” click here.

    Source: 
    Biz Community
  • Two-Thirds of SA’s SMEs Fail

    Almost two-thirds of South African start-up businesses fail within the first two years, according to Peter Schlebusch, chief executive for personal and business banking at Standard Bank.

    Schlebusch blames some of the reasons for the failures on the inability to track accurately what is going on in the business, administrative and regulatory burdens and inadequate access to funding.

    He states that the bank is aggressively targeting the start-up business market as it sees start-up businesses and providing banking services for these businesses as a profitable business venture.

    To read the article titled, “Standard backs SMEs,” click here.

    Source: 
    The Citizen
  • Free Websites for Small Businesses

    The Woza Online initiative has successfully helped 11 200 South African small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) set up websites easily and for free, two months after it was launched.

    This was announced at a Woza Online roadshow in Durban, showing businesses in the city that having an online presence can expand their customer base.

    Woza Online, a joint initiative by Google, the Department of Trade and Industry (dti), Vodacom and the Human Resources Development Council, helps SMEs to create their own websites, in turn boosting their turnovers, job creation and economic growth.

    To read the article titled, “SMEs race to Woza Online: Over 10 000 new business websites created in 2 months,” click here.

    Source: 
    Lead SA
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