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  • Oxfam Designs Strategies to Develop Africa

    Oxfam, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has announced its upcoming developmental strategies to ensure good health, water, sanitation and better livelihood among the needy and vulnerable in Africa.

    Oxfam West African Regional Director, Aboubacry Tall, points out that the organisation has plans to ensure that the poor and needy had access to food, clothing, shelter, potable water, good health care and education in Ghana and Africa as a whole.

    Tall says that about 28 million pounds was raised in 2014 from private bodies and bilateral donors including the British, German and United States governments to assist Ebola affected countries of Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Mali.

    To read the article titled, “Oxfam designs strategies to develop Africa,” click here.

    Source: 
    Ghana Web
  • Japan Donates to NGO Projects in Mozambique

    The Japanese ambassador in Mozambique, Akira Mizutani, and representatives of the three NGOs - Fondazione Terre des Hommes, of Italy, OIKOS - Cooperation and Development of Portugal, and the Mozambican organisation Kulima - signed the financing agreements in Maputo.

    85 337 dollars will be invested in a project implemented by Fondazione Terre des Hommes in Boane district, in Maputo province, which seeks to improve education, water supply and sanitation in four schools.

    To read the article titled, “Japanese donation to NGO projects,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • 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 - Natural Resource Management

    Association for Water and Rural Development (AWARD)
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, March 6, 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 - Natural Resource Management, based at the AWARD offices in Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province, close to the Kruger National Park.

    In the second year of the research phase, AWARD will continue building an integrated systemic picture of natural resources in the Olifants River Basin to inform 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 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. AWARD calls this 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 organizations governing water resources. This support includes coordinating meetings and workshops, assisting in writing reports, and presenting about the USAID RESILIM-O project at meetings with strategic partners. The successful applicant will work as part of a broader team.
     
    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;
    • Assisting with the development of research and resilience assessment;
    • Contributing towards the objectives of enhancing resilience in the Olifants River basin;
    • Conducting desk-top research;
    • Collecting field data, through interviews and the VSTEEP process;
    • Coordinating meetings and workshops
    • Organizing materials for field visits;
    • Scribing or note taking for planning, meetings, workshop activities and various other activities;
    • Minor support on facilitation activities;
    • Providing support for the data analysis;
    • Supporting the report writing process (deliverables) and presentation of reports;
    • Plus any duties as assigned by the project manager or senior researchers.
    Requirements: 
    • Master’s degree in natural resource management or a related field or an honours degree with an exceptional academic record is a minimum requirement;
    • Specializing in water resource management, studying towards a PhD degree and/or work experience will be an added advantage, along with an exceptional academic record;
    • 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 a biophysical);
    • Good communication and interpersonal skills;
    • Interest in water and participatory systemic approaches to natural resource management;
    • Attention to detail and high level of accuracy;
    • Adaptability;
    • Ability to engage with a wide range of stakeholders and sectors;
    • Ability to 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), command of other local languages would be an advantage;
    • Prepared to travel;
    • 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: March 2015 – February 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: NRM”
     
    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Applicants that have not been contacted by 19 March, 2015 must be considered unsuccessful. 

    Only short listed candidate with be considered.

    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 - 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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