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  • Mokonyane Urges Rand Water to Communicate Better

    Water and sanitation minister, Nomvula Mokonyane's office urges Rand Water to work closer and to communicate better with communities regarding water supply interruptions and other challenges.

    Speaking at a meeting with the board, Mokonyane reminds the board that “[as a member]… you have a responsibility towards the communities you serve."

    The board had to close the gap between their commitment to communities and what was eventually delivered, it also had to look at their current way of doing things, and how it could possibly be changed for positive results.

    To read the article titled, “Mokonyane: Rand Water must communicate better,” click here.

    Source: 
    News 24
  • Poor Sanitation Behind Diarrhoea Outbreak

    A nationwide diarrhoea outbreak attributed to rotavirus claims the lives of nearly 40 young children in Swaziland during the past month and highlights the need for better sanitation and clean water in schools and homes.
     
    Government social welfare officer in Manzini, Thab’sile Ndlovu, states that, “The link between poor water quality and child mortality is not a theoretical matter. We can see in the admissions rooms of hospitals how widespread the problem is.”
     
    Speaking at press conference, Prime Minister, Sibusiso Dlamini, declared that 3 042 cases had been recorded in the four regions of the country.
     
    To read the article titled, “Poor sanitation, poverty behind Swazi diarrhoea outbreak,” click here.

    Source: 
    IRIN News
  • Fracking May Destroy SA Water

    The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) says South Africa’s intention to go ahead with shale gas exploration and more coal mining could have a devastating effect on South Africa's water supply.

    In a press statement, WWF fresh water programme senior manager, Christine Colvin, states that critical water production areas and water systems are being threatened by coal mining.

    Colvin adds: "The explosion of shale gas exploration in the Karoo will similarly disrupt the social fabric of this fragile area and we do not have clarity on how negative impacts will be dealt with."

    To read the article titled, “WWF: Fracking may destroy SA water,” click here.

    Source: 
    News 24
  • Govt Views Water as Commodity - SAHRC

    The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says that government is not protecting water as a basic human right.

    In its report on water and sanitation in South Africa, SAHRC points out that, "...water is viewed mainly as an economic good or commodity by government departments and the private sector."

    The commission argues that the result is that most of South Africa's water is used by business, especially agribusiness, mining, and other industries, at a relatively lower cost per kilolitre than poor households.

    To read the article titled, “Gov't views water as commodity - SAHRC,” click here.

    Source: 
    News 24
  • NGO Donates Bore Hole to School

    Thyolo Active Youth Organisation has donated a bore hole to Nachipere Primary School that has stayed over a year and half without portable water.

    The donation follow a complaint by the head teacher, Foster Ligomeka, for the school that pupils at the school have been using rainwater and sand to clean cups after eating porridge.

    Ligomeka explains that, "In the absence of water the pupils were going for whatever works. Some cleaned their cups with sand while others used rainwater and each child has to bring their drinking water in a bottle."

    To read the article titled, “Youth NGO rescues Nachipere Primary School,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • Leaders Fail to Prioritise Water and Sanitation

    Millions of people in Southern Africa still lack access to latrines and clean drinking water, according to WaterAid.

    In its latest report titled ‘In From Promise to Reality’, the organisation states that the majority of southern Africans are living in an "unrelenting struggle against sanitation and water poverty."

    The report that accuses governments in the region of failing to prioritise their plight, adding that Southern African leaders have fallen behind on their promises to boost public spending on basic services, with the poorest and most vulnerable people hardest hit.

    To read the article titled, “Southern African leaders fail to prioritise water and sanitation,” click here.

    Source: 
    The Guardian
  • AWARD: Internship - Integrated Water Resource Management Support

    Association for Water And Rural Development (AWARD)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, January 9, 2015
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Association for Water and Rural Development (AWARD) is an NGO in South Africa that works on water supply in the broader context of managing water resources and their wise use, with a focus on learning about water security issues in the Sand River Catchment area.

    AWARD works on systemic and social learning approaches to water issues at local and catchment-scales at both national and international levels (mainly water-sharing between South Africa and Mozambique).  Some examples of key areas of focus have included:
    • Understanding the relationship between wetlands and livelihoods;
    • Understanding factors that enable and constrain water resources management in the Lowveld rivers;
    • Guidelines for the Catchment Management Strategies that are to be developed by all CMAs in South Africa;
    • Understanding the role of social learning and collective action in water resources management;
    • Developing and testing approaches to examining water-related ecosystems services;
    • Developing and testing a Wise Use approach for wetlands within the context of Working for Wetlands.
    AWARD has recently been awarded a five year grant from USAID known as RESILIM (Resilience in the Limpopo Basin). The objective of the programme is Improve trans-boundary management of the Limpopo River Basin resulting in enhanced resiliency of people and ecosystems. This will be addressed through:
    1. Reducing vulnerability to climate change through improved water resource management;
    2. Conserving biodiversity and ecosystems; and
    3. Building stakeholder capacity to undertake and sustain (i) and (ii).
    We will focus specifically on the Olifants Basin which is an international watercourse shared between South Africa and Mozambique.

    AWARD seeks to appoint an Intern in the Integrated Water Resource Management Support.

    This is a one-year, fixed term internship.
      
    The internship opportunity: Supporting a systemic approach to integrated water resource management in the Olifants River Basin –Theme 2.

    The intern will support work on Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) in the Olifants River Basin in South Africa and Mozambique, with a focus on:
    • Developing a systemic understanding of water security in the Olifants River Basin;
    • Participatory understanding of water-related ecosystem services;
    • Establishing and testing bio monitoring initiative for citizen science.
    Furthermore, this position includes the following tasks:
    • Providing support to the USAID RESILIM-Olifants project team;
    • Contributing towards the objectives of enhancing resilience in the Olifants River basin, specifically through supporting IWRM;
    • Desktop research and writing literature reviews;
    • Taking notes (scribing for meetings);
    • Assisting in writing project reports (deliverables);
    • Minor support on facilitation activities;
    • presenting about the RESILIM-O project at meetings with strategic partners;
    • Collecting field data and providing support for the data analysis;
    • Administrative related tasks: coordination of meetings and workshops, organizing materials for field visits, etc.
    Location and duration: The internship is based at the AWARD offices in Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province, close to the Kruger National Park. The incumbent(s) will be provided with accommodation together with other interns at AWARD and will be provided with transport to and from work. The expected duration is one year or 12 months.
     
    Requirements:
    • Undergraduate degree with Honours in natural resource management or a related field is a minimum requirement, preferably in water resource management;
    • Master's degree and/or work experience will be an added advantage;
    • Good communications and interpersonal skills;
    • Interest in water and in participatory systemic approaches;
    • Attention to detail and high level of accuracy;
    • Adaptability;
    • Ability to engage with a wide range of stakeholders and sectors;
    • Liaise with project partners;
    • Teamwork and collaboration;
    • Proven computer literacy and knowledge of office software packages (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Outlook);
    • Good planning and project skills;
    • Fluency in English (read, write and understand);
    • Prepared to travel;
    • Show initiative in terms of understanding and responding to research needs;
    • Valid Driver’s licence (EB) and at least more than two years driving experience would be an advantage.

    Duration of contract: February 2015 – January 2016.
     
    To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter including at least two references to kelvin@award.org.za. Please clearly indicate in your application the following reference: “Internship: IWRM”
     
    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    For more about Association for Water and Rural Development, refer to www.award.org.za/home.

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

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  • AWARD: Internship - Support to Natural Resource Management

    Association for Water And Rural Decvelopment (AWARD)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, January 9, 2015
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Association for Water and Rural Development (AWARD) is an NGO in South Africa that works on water supply in the broader context of managing water resources and their wise use, with a focus on learning about water security issues in the Sand River Catchment area.

    AWARD works on systemic and social learning approaches to water issues at local and catchment-scales at both national and international levels (mainly water-sharing between South Africa and Mozambique).  Some examples of key areas of focus have included:
    • Understanding the relationship between wetlands and livelihoods;
    • Understanding factors that enable and constrain water resources management in the Lowveld rivers;
    • Guidelines for the Catchment Management Strategies that are to be developed by all CMAs in South Africa;
    • Understanding the role of social learning and collective action in water resources management;
    • Developing and testing approaches to examining water-related ecosystems services;
    • Developing and testing a Wise Use approach for wetlands within the context of Working for Wetlands.
    AWARD has recently been awarded a five year grant from USAID known as RESILIM (Resilience in the Limpopo Basin). The objective of the programme is Improve trans-boundary management of the Limpopo River Basin resulting in enhanced resiliency of people and ecosystems. This will be addressed through:
    1. Reducing vulnerability to climate change through improved water resource management;
    2. Conserving biodiversity and ecosystems; and
    3. Building stakeholder capacity to undertake and sustain (i) and (ii).
    We will focus specifically on the Olifants Basin which is an international watercourse shared between South Africa and Mozambique.

    AWARD seeks to appoint an Intern to provide support to the Natural Resource Management.

    This is a one-year, fixed term internship.
      
    The internship opportunity: Supporting an integrated systemic resilience approach natural resource management.

    In the second year of the research phase, AWARD will continue building an integrated systemic picture of natural resources in the Olifants River Basin as a basis to strengthen natural resource management practices that build resilience. AWARD has commissioned research on drivers of change of the natural resources in the Olifants, ranging from climate change and the political economy to mining, agriculture, and waste water treatment works, to understand how these drivers affect natural resources, ecosystem services, and human well-being. The intern will analyze and synthesize some of this commissioned research to be incorporated into an assessment about which natural resources and related livelihoods are vulnerable, which AWARD calls a resilience assessment. The intern will further support the resilience assessment tasks by developing and narrating diagrams showing the casual links between characteristics of the natural resources, ecosystem services, and outcomes in the basin and determining the likely impact of various future scenarios. This support includes desk-top research, scribing for meetings, and organizing materials for field visits. The final two aspects of the internship are: reporting regularly on current practices of natural resource management and providing support for the organizations governing water resources. This support includes coordinating meetings and workshops, assisting in writing reports, and presenting about the RESILIM-O project at meetings with strategic partners. They will work as part of a broader team.
     
    Location and duration: The internship is based at the AWARD offices in Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province, close to the Kruger National Park. The incumbent(s) will be provided with accommodation together with other interns at AWARD and will be provided with transport to and from work. The expected duration is one year or 12 months.

    Responsibilities:
    • Providing support to the USAID RESILIM-Olifants project team, specifically in Theme 1;
    • Contribute towards the objectives of enhancing resilience in the Olifants River basin, specifically through supporting the Political Economy assessment and improved water governance;
    • Coordination of meetings and workshops;
    • Organising materials for field visits;
    • Taking notes (scribing for meetings);
    • Assisting in writing project reports (deliverables);
    • Taking notes on various activities;
    • Minor support on facilitation activities;
    • Support the report writing process;
    • Conducting desk-top research;
    • Collecting field data, through interviews and the VSTEEP process;
    • Scribing or note taking for planning and workshop activities;
    • Providing support for the data analysis;
    • Support the report writing and presentation of reports;
    • Assist with the development of research and resilience assessment;
    • Plus any duties as assigned by the project manager or senior research assistants.
    Requirements:
    • Undergraduate degree with Honours in natural resource management or a related field is a minimum requirement, preferably in water resource management;
    • Master’s degree and/or work experience will be an added advantage;
    • Skills required: Microsoft Office proficiency - Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; ability to work in teams; show initiative in terms of understanding and responding to research needs; written skills and report writing; interest in the inter-relationships between multiple factors (e.g. social, economic an biophysical);
    • Communications and interpersonal skills;
    • Interest in water and in participatory systemic approaches;
    • Attention to detail and high level of accuracy;
    • Adaptability;
    • Ability to engage with a wide range of stakeholders and sectors;
    • Liaise with project partners;
    • Teamwork and collaboration;
    • Planning and project skills;
    • Fluency in English (read, write and understand);
    • Prepared to travel;
    • Show initiative in terms of understanding and responding to research needs;
    • Valid driver’s licence (EB) and at least more than two years driving experience would be an advantage.

    Contract duration: February 2015 – January 2016. 

    To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter including at least two references to kelvin@award.org.za. Clearly indicate in your application the following reference: “Internship: NRM”
     
    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    For more about Association for Water and Rural Development, refer to www.award.org.za/home.

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

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  • Water Misery Intensifies in Zimbabwe

    According to Takudzwa Munyaka, Zimbabweans in city centres are resorting to digging wells for water and even hospitals face a major crisis.

    While the major focus has been on economic problems, Zimbabwe has been faced with a severe liquidity crunch, which has led to company closures and massive job loses, a huge humanitarian disaster is emerging. This as the government fails to provide social services, including clean water.

    Munyaka states that a weekly internal report by the ministry of health and childcare on epidemic-prone diseases, deaths and public health events says
    328 people have died nationwide of common diarrhoea since the beginning of the year and more than 190 500 have been treated for the condition.

    To read the article titled, “Water misery intensifies in Zim as new humanitarian crisis takes shape,” click here.

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian
  • Africare: Chief of Party

    Africare
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, March 28, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    fricare's Injongo Yethu Project provides technical support and assistance as a contribution to the South African Government's response to HIV and AIDS in the Chris Hani, Cacadu and Amathole Districts of the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Funded by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief ( PEPFAR), the project aims to strengthen and scale up prevention, treatment , care and support for people living HIV and AIDS , their caregivers, family members and community including oprhans and children made vulnerable due to HIV and AIDS.

    Africare seeks to appoint a Chief of Party, based in East London.

    Responsible for the strategic leadership and direction of all of Africare’s programmes of technical assistance and support in South Africa. Manages all aspects of the country programme including technical, programmematic and operational aspects while ensuring optimal use of human, financial and physical resources and for full compliance with donor regulations and requirements and Africare policies. Leads the implementation and monitoring of Africare’s portfolio of work in-country and provides administrative supervision to South Africa-based Africare staff who work at national, provincial and district level in support of Africare’s work in South Africa. Develops and maintains highly collaborative working relationships with representatives from the Government of South Africa (SAG), academic institutions, donors, supporters and other implementing and collaborating partners.

    Reporting to the Director of OHHA at Africare Headquarters, the Chief of Party of Africare South Africa operations serves as the primary Africare representative in South Africa.

    Responsibilities: 
    • Provide strategic leadership to the design and implementation of the country programmes, projects and activities and oversees programme planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluation;
    • Ensure optimal use of human, financial, and physical resources to successfully meet project milestones and technical quality standards, and to achieve project objectives, deliverables and targets;
    • Provide leadership and manages to ensure that all projects and activities are executed in line with and meet the technical standards and expectations of Africare and its donors and supporters; Oversee and coordinate the successful completion of planning and budgeting requirements of the project office;
    • Ensure mechanisms are in place to monitor the implementation of projects, including progress toward achieving objectives and targets with high quality and on-time performance;
    • Provide effective oversight to all financial and administrative functions undertaken by the country office to ensure efficient and effective and the provision of sufficient administrative support to all projects;
    • Ensure that all activities are undertaken in full compliance with Africare standard operating procedures, and donor policies and regulations, and national policies and laws;
    • Develop and maintain highly collaborative working relationships with representatives from the Government of South Africa (GOS), academic institutions, donors, supporters and other implementing and collaborating partners;
    • Ensure documentation and dissemination of findings, impact, innovations, and lessons learned;
    • Lead in-country efforts for development and mobilization of new resources and donor commitments;
    • Perform other duties, as assigned.
    Requirements:
    • MD (or international equivalent), PhD, MPH, or other relevant advanced degree in the fields of public health;
    • Minimum 8 -10 years of experience managing large international public health programmes with at least 8 years of experience in managing public health programmes in resource limited settings;
    • Experience in HIV & AIDS, TB programme development, implementation and monitoring in resource-limited settings;
    • Demonstrated knowledge of technical content areas relevant to the current projects within the Africare South Africa country portfolio;
    • Proven record of leading donor-funded projects, which consistently meet objectives and targets;
    • Experience working on or leading health and development projects supported by the US Government, the Global Fund, the UN system agencies, foundations or other bilateral donors;
    • Demonstrated knowledge of rules, regulations and requirements of USG and other major international donors;
    • Demonstrated experience and skills in public health diplomacy, negotiations and cross-cultural communications;
    • Excellent oral presentation and writing skills;
    • Demonstrated ability to identify, analyse and resolve problems, constraints and issues relevant to project implementation and performance;
    • Proven ability to lead, manage and mentor a culturally diverse team operating in complex environments;
    • In-depth knowledge of the South African public health sector and national and provincial health systems;
    • Demonstrated experience overseeing the design and implementation of public health evaluations and health and community systems strengthening programmes;
    • Valid driver’s licence;
    • Ability to travel and make at least 2-4 International trips annually  and very frequent national trips (1-2 per month lasting 2-4 days each).
    Closing date of advert: Advert will remain open till Post is filled. 

    To apply, submit a CV and details of three contactable employment references must be forwarded to the Administrative Manager at mchingono@africare.org.

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

    Africare is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer committed to work place diversity.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    For more about Africare, refer to www.africare.org.

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

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