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  • Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation: Senior Psychosocial Professional

    Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) is an innovator in preventing violence and building peaceful societies. The Centre adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to understand and prevent violence, heal its effects and build sustainable peace locally, continentally and globally.

    CSVR seeks to appoint a Senior Psychosocial Professional, based in Johannesburg.

    The successful candidate will provide an oversight of clinical system, ensure quality assurance of clinical work and provide psychosocial/therapeutic interventions to individuals, families and groups who are affected by violence and torture.

    This is a 12 month contract.

    Responsibilities
    • Provide clinical interventions to survivors of violence and torture;
    • Ensure adherence to clinical systems and procedures;
    • Engage with M&E and model refinement processes;
    • Ensure the continual improvement of the clinical systems and process;
    • Oversee case management within the clinic;
    • Capacity building activities for students and other relevant service providers;
    • Participate in developing a referral network for service providers;
    • Coach, mentorship and quality assurance of the clinical staff;
    • Liaise with external supervisors and ensure the clinical team’s adherence to individual and group supervision;
    • Facilitate linkages between clinical and community work .
    Requirements:
    • Qualified psychologist or social worker, registered with the relevant professional body;
    • Master’s Degree in Social Work or Psychology;
    • Experience in clinical work with previous exposure to the field of traumatic stress;
    • Minimum for five years’ experience with non-governmental organisations;
    • Experience in overseeing of clinical systems, protocols and procedures;
    • Experience and exposure to M&E protocols;
    • Prior experience in providing therapy and counselling to survivors of violence and torture;
    • Good Verbal and written communications skills;
    • Experience in providing support and mentorship to other mental health/psychosocial professional;
    • Facilitation skills;
    • Analysing and problem solving skills;
    • Service orientated;
    • Counselling skills;
    • Leadership skills                  
    • Conflict Management Skills
    • Basic Human Resource Management                          
    • Planning and Organising skills
    To apply, submit a CV and motivational letter with contactable references to mharry@csvr.org.za.

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

    For more about the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, refer to www.csvr.org.za

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  • Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture: Project Manager

    The Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, April 24, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture (The Trauma Centre) is a human rights-based organisation providing prevention and early intervention services to people, organisations and communities affected by violence and torture. The organisation focused on self-directed, interpersonal and collective violence offering psychosocial support to survivors.

    The Trauma Centre seeks to appoint a Project Manager for its Trauma Response Project, based in Woodstock, Cape Town

    Responsibilities:
    • Manage crisis interventions and trauma response call outs;
    • Manage volunteers working in the project;
    • Provide initial containment and on-going trauma counselling to victims affected by violence;
    • Liaise with clients’ Human Resource Management, EAP officers, community leaders and frontline workers;
    • Update intake registers and compile reports
    • Train volunteers as Trauma Support Officers
    • Provide on-going mentorship to Trauma Support officers
    • Manage general administration of the project
    Requirements:
    • Psychology or social work qualification at Honours level;
    • Registration with the HPCSA or SACSSP;
    • Minimum of one year experience in trauma counselling experience;
    • Ability to organise and prioritise competing demands;
    • Attention to detail, good judgment, strategic and critical thinker;
    • Be a team player and be willing to contribute to the broader programme of the organisation.
    Starting date: 6 May 2013.

    To apply, submit a CV, contact details of two referees and motivation letter to info@trauma.org.za.

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

    For more about the Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture, refer to www.trauma.org.za.

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

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  • Childline South Africa: Social Worker - East London

    Childline South Africa
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Thursday, September 18, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Childline South Africa is a nonprofit organisation that works collectively to protect children from all forms of violence and to create a culture of children's rights in South Africa.

    Childline Eastern Cape seeks to appoint a Social Worker, based in East London, Eastern Cape.

    The person will provide therapeutic services to abused children, families and care givers, as well as to children with abusive or inappropriate sexual behaviour.

    This is a one-year contract position.

    Responsibilities:
    • The assessment of the therapeutic needs of the children and their parents/caregivers referred to Childline SA (Eastern Cape);
    • Planning and providing treatment programmes according to the identified needs of the identified children and families;
    • Pre and post-test HIV and AIDS counselling;
    • Referring and following up referrals to other service providers as needed by the child and family;
    • Conducting focus groups on Child Protection and related matters with children and communities.
    • Working with communities on prevention and early intervention programmes;
    • Evaluating the outcomes of interventions and programmes;
    • Following up the child and family to track progress;
    • Writing professional reports as required;
    Requirements:
    • Qualified as a social worker and registered with the SACSSP;
    • Minimum of five years experience in child protection, with specific experience in therapeutic methods;
    • Computer skills particularly in MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, email, internet and electronic communication;
    • Valid driver’s licence;
    • Enthusiasm for work in this field;
    • Ability to communicate with children and adults;
    • Belief in the capacity of children and adults to heal and develop;
    • Knowledge of and skills in applying therapeutic programmes that are appropriate for work with children who have experienced abuse and with children whose behaviour is abusive/sexually inappropriate;
    • Good working knowledge of HIV/AIDS and pre and post test counselling;
    • Ability to write reports in English;
    • Knowledge of law and policy as it applies to children, child protection and family life;
    • Ability to work with different sectors and disciplines;
    • Ability to speak and understand the nuances of the isiXhosa language and work within the culture and context of the Eastern Cape.
    Salary: To be negotiated
     
    To apply, submit a CV with contactable references and certified copies of qualifications to admin@childlinesa.org.za or officemanager@childlinesa.org.za. 

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

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    For more about Childline South Africa, refer to www.childlinesa.org.za.

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

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  • LifeLine/Childline Western Cape: Registered Social Worker - Training

    LifeLine/Childline Western Cape
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, September 5, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    LifeLine/Childline Western Cape is an organisation of skilled lay counsellors who are there to assist callers and clients facing a crisis in their lives. The role of organisation is to create a safe space for people to share what is happening in their lives.
     
    LifeLine/Childline Western Cape seeks to appoint a Registered Social Worker focusing on training, based in the Wynberg.
     
    This is a fixed-term contract position.

    Start date: as soon as possible.

    Requirements:
    • Degree in Social Work;
    • Registered with the SACSSP;
    • Clean record on the Child Protection and Sexual Offences registers;
    • Minimum of three years experience in training and facilitation of community programmes;
    • Experience in the following fields would be an advantage: 
      • Development and design of training programmes for children, youth and adults;
      • Training and facilitation of programmes for children, youth and adults;
      • Monitoring and Evaluation of relevant Programmes;
      • Be knowledgeable of the South African Child Protection field and relevant legislation;
      • Community development;
      • Research of community trends;
      • Networking with welfare and other agencies;
      • Knowledge of referral processes and services;
    • Excellent communication and written Skills;
    • Language proficiency: English and Xhosa;
    • Excellent administration skills including statistical reporting;
    • Fully computer literate;
    • Public speaking skills;
    • Valid drivers licence essential.
    To apply, submit applications including a CV with certified copies of qualifications, proof of registration and salary expectation to sandy@lifelinewc.org.za or fax to 086 732 7022. 

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

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

    For more about Lifeline/Childline Western Cape, refer to www.lifelinewc.org.za.

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

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  • LifeLine/Childline Western Cape: Registered Social Worker - Courts

    Lifeline/Childline Western Cape
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, September 5, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment

    LifeLine/Childline Western Cape is an organisation of skilled lay counsellors who are there to assist callers and clients facing a crisis in their lives. The role of organisation is to create a safe space for people to share what is happening in their lives.
     
    LifeLine/Childline Western Cape seeks to appoint a Registered Social Worker, based in the Western Cape.

    This is a fixed-term contract position.

    The Social Worker will work in five courts as part of their Child Witness Project, offering therapeutic support to child cictims and their families.

    Start date: as soon as possible.

    Requirements:

    • Degree in Social Work;
    • Registered with the SACSSP; 
    • Clean record with the Child Protection and Sexual Offences register;
    • Experience in the following fields would be an advantage: 
      • Providing therapeutic counselling to (sexually abused) children and their families
      • Be knowledgeable of South African legislation regarding children and the Child Protection field;
      • Compilation of statistics and report writing;
      • Research and understanding of community issues and trends;
      • Networking with welfare and other agencies;
      • Referral Services;
    • Excellent Communication and Written Skills;
    • Excellent Administration Skills;
    • Language proficiency: English and isiXhosa;
    • Fully computer literate;
    • Public Speaking Skills;
    • Valid drivers licence and own vehicle essential.
    To apply submit applications with the reference number SWC2014 including a CV with certified copies of qualifications, proof of registration and salary expectation to sandy@lifelinewc.org.za or fax to 086 732 7022.

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

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    For more about Lifeline/Childline Western Cape, refer to www.lifelinewc.org.za.

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

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  • Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation: Senior Researcher

    Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, August 6, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) is an innovator in preventing violence and building peaceful societies. The Centre adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to understand and prevent violence, heal its effects and build sustainable peace locally, continentally and globally.

    CSVR seeks to appoint a Senior Researcher, based in Johannesburg.

    The Senior Researcher will be responsible for planning and implementing research relating to community intervention projects aimed at preventing violence and healing its effects. The projects relate to state violence, collective violence, gender-based violence, xenophobia and torture.  The research will seek to strengthen CSVR interventions, document their impact, and help build our society’s understanding of violence. 
     
    Responsibilities:
    • Design appropriate learning, monitoring and evaluation processes for community intervention projects;
    • Conduct and oversee LME research;
    • Feed research findings back to intervention and strategic teams;
    • Write up and publish research findings
    • Mentor staff and build research capacity among staff;
    • Network with other intervention projects and build LME capacity in the sector;
    • Contribute to funding proposal development
    • Contribute to strategic thinking regarding CSVR research and community intervention work.
    Requirements:
    • Master’s degree, preferably in social sciences;
    • Expertise in learning, monitoring and evaluation methodologies;
    • Minimum of five years experience in conducting research, particularly within NGO environment;
    • Demonstrated knowledge of violence prevention, psycho-social intervention, gender violence, torture, and/or political violence;
    • Strong communication, training and presentation skills;
    • Ability to mentor and build capacity in a team;
    • Report writing skills, and record of publications;
    • Fluency in English and preferably in at least one African language
    • Ability to be innovate, to manage workload and work independently with little supervision.
    CSVR offers a competitive salary that is commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience.
     
    To apply, please send your CV, a writing sample and the names and contact details of three references to Angie Emmett at aemmett@csvr.org.za.

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

    For more about the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, refer to www.csvr.org.za.

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

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  • FAMSA Upington: Financial Officer

    Families South Africa Upington
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, July 25, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Families South Africa (FAMSA) is a nonprofit organisation which believes in healthy relationships and well-functioning families as the key to the well-being of the community. FAMSA's focus areas are violence and trauma, HIV/AIDS, abusive relationships, poverty, women and children and relationship breakdown.

    FAMSA Upington seeks to appoint a Financial Officer, based in Kimberly.

    The Officer willo render support services to the Child Welfare South Africa Northern Cape Provincial Office.

    Requirements:
    • Excellent knowledge of Pastel;
    • 3-5 years in the Financial Services Field;
    • Knowledge of all relevant statutory requirements (UIF, PAYE, etc);
    • Knowledge of Internet Business Banking;
    • Ability to work independently and religiously stick to return dates;
    • Salary in accordance with NGO subsidy levels.
    To apply, submit a CV with contactable references, copy of ID/permanent residence permit and a copy of a valid drivers license to bettien@childwelfaresa.org.za

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

    No correspondence allow and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    For more about Families South Africa, refer to www.famsaupt.co.za.

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

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  • Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre: Researcher

    Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre (TLAC)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Tuesday, August 5, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre (TLAC) to end violence against women is a multi-disciplinary NGO that promotes the right of women to live lives free from violence through research, advocacy, capacity building and impact litigation. TLAC has been identified as a national partner to focus on medico-legal barriers to realisation of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) rights.

    TLAC seeks to appoint a Researcher for the ‘Making Sexual and Reproductive Rights Real in South Africa’ programme, based in Johannesburg.
     
    This is an eight (8) months post renewable subject to funding and performance.

    Responsibilities: 
    • Developing and implementing a research, policy and intervention project on SRH, HIV and gender equality;
    • Conducting and managing fieldwork;
    • Design, implementation and management of research projects
    • Dissemination including: writing academic articles, conference attendance & papers, Policy Briefs, lay publications, reports;
    • Networking with key players in the area;
    • Qualitative research skills with an emphasis on case study methods;
    • Supporting the work of the Gender Equality and HIV Prevention Programme.
    Requirements: 
    • Master’s degree in gender studies, anthropology, psychology, development studies, public health or related field with research modules
    • Knowledge of the Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Bill (‘DNA Act’)
    • One academic article (accepted or published) in accredited journal
    • Demonstrated experience of undertaking research and analysis, particularly qualitative research and case study methods
    • Experience working on any of the following areas: women’s rights, gender equality, LGBTI, sexuality and/or HIV/AIDS.
    Advantage 
    • Knowledge of key issues regarding Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) rights;
    • Awareness of Medico-legal barriers to effective prosecution of sexual violence and assault cases;
    • More than one academic article published;
    • Quantitative skills.
    To apply, submit a CV, motivation letter and one article authored by you to Towera Sichinga at towera@tlac.org.za.
     
    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    If you have not received a reply within four weeks of the closing date, kindly consider your application as unsuccessful.

    For more about TLAC, refer to www.tlac.org.za.

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

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  • Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation: Psycho-Social Professional

    Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, July 18, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
                                                                                                       
    The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) is a multi-disciplinary institute concerned with policy formation, implementation, service delivery, education and training, as well as providing consultancy services. The primary goal of the CSVR is to use its expertise in building reconciliation, democracy and a human rights culture and in preventing violence in South Africa and in other countries in Africa.

    CSVR seeks to appoint a Psycho-social Professional, based in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

    The Psycho-social professional will provide psychosocial support to individuals, families, children and groups who are affected by violence and torture.
     
    Responsibilities:
    • Provide clinical interventions to survivors of violence and torture;
    • Adhere to clinical systems and procedures;
    • Engage with M&E and model refinement processes;
    • Support the continual improvement of the clinical systems and procedures;
    • Capacity building for students and other relevant service providers;
    • Participate in developing a referral network for service providers.
    Requirements:
    • Ability to document own work and link it to the model development processes, advocacy work and knowledge generation;
    • Ability to understand and deal with the complexities of being a mental health clinician and working with clients who been exposed to severe trauma;
    • Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team setting;
    • Ability to deal with critical or constructive feedback;
    • Continuing professional development;
    • Commitment and passion;
    • Ability to multi-task;
    • Good work ethic and professional conduct;
    • Qualified psychologist or social worker, registered with the relevant professional body;
    • Prior experience in working with survivors of violence and torture will be an advantage.
    To apply, submit a CV and a motivational letter clearly stating why you believe that your skills and experience make you a suitable candidate to SCombrink@csvr.org.za.

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

    For more about the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, refer to www.csvr.org.za

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

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  • Gangs Making Killers Out of Our Children

    The issue of gang violence in the Cape Flats and the townships of Cape Town is a very serious one and it is one that has plagued communities for a very long time. Lives and whole communities have been destroyed by the mere presence of the gangs and the crime and violence that come along with it. People, and not least of all the children in these communities, are being held hostage by the ruthless gang leaders.
     
    Many public conversations have taken place to etch out ways of tackling this problem and on Tuesday, 1 April 2014, the Cape Argus published a story about the gangs and their ever increasing recruitment of children and their subsequent use in committing crimes ranging from theft to murder.
     
    This year (2014) saw the release of the movie, Four Corners written by Terrence Hammond, Hofmeyr Scholtz and Ian Gabriel (who also directed it). It tells the story of the on-going gang war that has been taking place in the Cape Flats for over a century through the experiences of a young coloured boy living in the Flats and his estranged father, who have both been confronted with the seemingly inescapable fate of falling into gang life.
     
    What both the article and the movie have managed to do is capture the realities and implications that gang culture have on children. Although it is the community at large that suffers from this war mongered by crime warlords and drug merchants, it is the children who suffer the most as their future is violently ripped out of their hands by the gangs who recruit them and condemn them to a life of crime, a fate of being a criminal and many times a premature death.
     
    The recruitment of children into gangs in Cape Town is nothing new at all as it is something that has been happening for decades. Children are generally vulnerable to exploitation because they are physically, mentally and emotionally easier to manipulate, intimidate and take advantage of, however, they become even more vulnerable to being coerced or seduced into criminal activity not only because of the reasons I have given there but also because they can be used as scapegoats in the event. The criminals’ plans are foiled because children, under the Child Justice Act, are seldom sent to prison but are instead enrolled into a diversion programme.
     
    Poverty and inequality are challenges that communities like those in the Flats and the Townships still face today and it is predominantly because of this that a lot of young people in the area are finding themselves joining the gangs and are being exploited by the adults and older kids in these gangs and in a lot of instances, in the community at large.
     
    Children being used in such a way is detrimental to their well-being and development and condemns them to a life of crime that will almost be impossible to leave, not only physically but also emotionally and mentally. In addition to that, it perpetuates the continuation of the cycle of poverty in their lives and reduces any chances they might have at a better life.
     
    The exploitation and hindrance to realising a positive and holistic development are the exact things that make this child labour. There is generally very little understanding of what exactly child labour is in the country and as a result most people do not think that it is a serious problem in our communities and they definitely do not know to make the connection between child labour and the recruiting of children into the gangs.
     
    The national Child Labour Programme of Action (CLPA) defines child labour as:
     
    “…work by children under 18 which is exploitative, hazardous or otherwise inappropriate for their age, detrimental to their schooling, or their social, physical, mental, spiritual or moral development.”
     
    The term ‘work’ is not limited to work for gain but includes chores or household activities in the child’s household where such work is exploitative, hazardous or inappropriate for their age or detrimental to their development.
     
    Under the general definition of child labour, we also have what are known as the Worst Forms of Child Labour (WFCL) and it is under this that children being used by adults or older children to commit crimes (CUBAC) and as well as children being used in armed conflict can be classified and it is within these classifications that we find children in gangs.
     
    Although there is general consensus that children being recruited into violent gangs qualifies as CUBAC, there is still a debate about whether or not this qualifies as children in armed conflict. When one looks at the images of children in the Cape flats brandishing all sorts of weapons, including fire arms, or learn the military jargon used within the gangs or even when you take into account the Premier of the Western Cape’s reported calls for the national government to deploy the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) into the Flats to deal with the gangs, it is hard to deny that those opposed to this classification may need to reconsider their position, particularly when it comes to budgeting and planning around child protection and rendering services to these vulnerable children.
     
    It cannot be denied that the violence in the Cape Flats including townships like Khayelitsha, can be classified as war or at the very least conflict and the calls for military intervention have been necessitated by the allegations that it has become apparent that the police are not equipped to effectively deal with this scourge.
     
    Resorting to military intervention is not a decision people should come to lightly as the implications of this can be grave for the civilians in these communities and most especially the children. Whatever the course of action turns out to be regarding the eradication of gangs, one thing remains certain, gangs have waged a war on our communities and they have enlisted our children in the Flats and in the townships. They are being trained to become assassins and guns for hire and this problem does not appear to be dissipating but instead, it appears to be worsening and we need to come together as civil society and government to end this reign of terror on our children and protect their future.

    - Doreen Gaura is Anti Child Labour Programme coordinator at Anex. 
    Author(s): 
    Doreen Gaura
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