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  • 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
  • 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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  • IUCN: Technical Officer - BIOPAMA Programme

    International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Saturday, February 15, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment

     
    International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organisation, with more than 1 200 government and NGO members and almost 11 000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by over 1 000 staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world. IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. IUCN works on biodiversity, climate change, energy, human livelihoods and greening the world economy by supporting scientific research, managing field projects all over the world, and bringing governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.

    The Biodiversity and Protected Area Management Programme (BIOPAMA) aims at improving the long-term conservation of biodiversity in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands region and enhancing the capacity of existing institutions and networks involved in biodiversity conservation and protected area management. By improving access to and availability of relevant data and information on biodiversity, climate, natural resource management, governance and socioeconomic issues, the BIOPAMA programme aims to enhance the management of protected areas (terrestrial and marine) and national systems of protected areas. A Regional Observatory will be established in the Eastern and Southern African region to enable the provision of relevant data and information to assist in improved planning and decision-making as well as exchanging knowledge.

    IUCN Regional Office seeks to appoint a Technical Officer, Protected Areas Observator for the BIOPAMA Programme, based in the Eastern and Southern African region.
     
    Responsibilities:
    • Work closely with the BIOPAMA Coordinator for the ESA region;
    • Contribute to bridging what is often viewed as a gap between science and technology supply and protected area policy and management demand;
    • Build strong relationships within the region, in particular with the technical staff within key decision-making and supporting bodies to support the development of a sustainable Observatory for Biodiversity and Protected Areas;
    • Support the uptake of data and information through user-centered design, the evaluation of product use;
    • Foster an open environment for data sharing and knowledge exchange;
    • Contribute high-level technical GIS and database know-how, decision-support tool development skills and a good network in the geo-spatial and conservation sector in the Eastern and Southern African region and beyond.
    For full job description, applicants are requested to apply online through the IUCN HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the "Apply" button: https://hrms.iucn.org/iresy/index.cfm?event=vac.show&vacId=766.
     
    Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST).

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.
     
    This position is open to all interested candidates on local terms and conditions of employment.   
     
    If you have not been contacted within one month of the closing date, please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Regret letters will only be sent to interviewed candidates.
     
    IUCN is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified men, women and members of ethnic minorities or disadvantaged groups are encouraged to apply. Other job opportunities are published on the IUCN website: http://www.iucn.org/involved/jobs/

    For more about IUCN, refer to www.iucn.org.

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

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  • IUCN: Regional Technical Coordinator - Business, Economics & Biodiversity

    International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, January 31, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organisation, with more than 1,200 government and NGO members and almost 11,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world. IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. IUCN works on biodiversity, climate change, energy, human livelihoods and greening the world economy by supporting scientific research, managing field projects all over the world, and bringing governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.

    IUCN’s Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) operates across twenty four countries in the Horn of Africa, East Africa, southern Africa and the Western Indian Ocean.

    The IUCN Eastern and Southern Africa Business, Economics and Biodiversity Thematic Programme (BEB) works closely with the private sector, development agencies, governments, NGOS and communities to:
    • Minimise the environment footprint of the private sector and enhancing its contribution to biodiversity conservation;
    • Create and influence enabling institutional environments for business-conservation collaboration;
    • Develop green enterprises that build economic value on natural capital; and
    • Help companies mitigate and off-set their impacts on biodiversity.
    IUCN ESARO seeks appoint a Regional Technical Coordinator for the Business, Economics and Biodiversity Thematic Programme (BEB), based in Pretoria.
    The Regional Technical Coordinator shall be responsible for providing overall leadership to the thematic programme – both in terms of strategic direction and oversight as well as the management and coordination of day to day operations of projects within the thematic portfolio.  S/he shall work closely with the Director of Programmes and the IUCN Global Business and Biodiversity Programme (BBP) particularly with regards to the strategic management of the thematic programme.  With respect to operational management, including day to day implementation of projects, the Regional Technical Coordinator shall closely collaborate with the Heads of Country Offices with the support of Programme Officers.

    For full job description, applicants are requested to apply online through the IUCN HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the "Apply" button: https://hrms.iucn.org/iresy/index.cfm?event=vac.recReq.show&vacId=759
     
    Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST).

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.
     
    This position is open to all interested candidates.   
     
    If you have not been contacted within one month of the closing date, please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Regret letters will only be sent to interviewed candidates.
     
    IUCN is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified men, women and members of ethnic minorities or disadvantaged groups are encouraged to apply. Other job opportunities are published on the IUCN website: http://www.iucn.org/involved/jobs/

    For more about IUCN, refer to www.iucn.org.

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

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  • Rich Pay Less for Water - WWF

    World Wide Fund South Africa (WWF SA) says that the cost of water is unevenly distributed in South Africa as the wealthy pay far less for quality water than they should.
     
    Christine Colvin - a hydrogeologist - senior manager of fresh water programmes at the WWF SA, states that, "The rich are…paying relatively little for very reliable drinking quality water, and meanwhile the poor are paying an inordinate cost…”
     
    Colvin further notes that South African tap water is widely recognised to be of an acceptable drinking standard, adding that the picture of quality drinking water is not uniform across the country.
     
    To read article titled “Rich paying too little for water, says WWF” click here.

    Source: 
    News 24
  • FAO Calls for G20 Action on Food Prices

    The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says the world's top farm producers in the Group of 20 countries must agree on a coordinated action to ease worries about food prices, as FAO and other experts bemoan a huge global waste of food and water.

     FAO director-general, Jose Graziano Da Silva, says that he will not characterise the current food price rise as a crisis, but it could reach that level next year if harvests in the southern hemisphere were disappointing.

    Da Silva believes that any coordination should involve avoiding unilateral export bans and encouraging substitution of foods, for instance the eating of beans in Latin American and of casava in Africa.

    To read the article titled, “UN body urges G20 action on food prices, waste,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
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