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Sanctions are not just travel bans

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Thursday, March 31st, 2011 by Upenyu Makoni-Muchemwa

The first time I heard about sanctions, back in 2005, I thought it was a lie fabricated by Gono et al to justify his heavy handed printing of currency and the resultant inflation as a necessary evil.

No one can deny that this worked in the favour of those with connections and in high office to profiteer off the situation without regard for the plight of the general mass of Zimbabweans. My resentment was always especially directed at ministers and such who casually drove past me in their government issue air conditioned Benz as I stood in a round-the-block queue waiting to get my money from the bank for the Kombi home.

Later in the evening, they would be on ZBC news, well dressed and rotund, emphatically telling a ragged, sinewy audience just in from their drought-stricken fields that ‘we live in poverty because of sanctions”… some of us more than others.

Last week a newsreader on radio was saying that hospitals and are ill-equipped because of sanctions and let loose a diatribe about the effects of poor health care on Zimbabweans. There was little mention of the facts: diagnostic machinery has fallen into disrepair because the companies that sold it to us cannot or will not honour their service agreements because their home countries either make no effort to encourage trade with Zimbabwe, or at worst actively discourage it. A little while ago Natpharm declared that they had run out of stocks for the Malaria TB programme in the height of the malaria season. Again without reference to the fact that the programme is largely funded by the Global Fund, which is heavily influenced by the US government and has for several years rejected applications by Zimbabwe for funding of this and other programmes because of mismanagement by the government and the effects of ZIDERA.

Much has been made by the government of ZIDERA. But the strategy of speaking the name of its demon possessor fails government again. They do not explain that while the act does makes provision for targeted sanctions against individuals, it also empowers the US to use its voting rights and influence (as the main donor) in multilateral lending agencies, such as the IMF, World Bank, and the African Development Bank to veto any applications by Zimbabwe for finance, credit facilities, loan rescheduling, and international debt cancellation. This basically means that the Government of Zimbabwe is not only broke but it is in massive debt, following not only from the governments own over expenditure, corruption and mismanagement but also from the structural adjustment programmes it was ‘encouraged’ to implement by the IMF and the World Bank in the 1990s.

For the ordinary Zimbabwean this means that the government is unable to carry out it’s essential services. It is unable to bring electricity to rural houses, fix potholes in the roads, supply clinics and hospitals with drugs, build dams or increase the capacity of the water delivery system. This in turn means that we have places in Zimbabwe that saw better times in the stone age, and health crises such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and cholera will always be a rainy season away.

Land reform may have been successful, but there is no way to protect people from random acts of nature. In times of drought, such as this year, sanctions mean that the government cannot buy maize to feed its own population. Even without an act of nature the government is unable to fully support farmers as is the policy in more developed countries.

The anti sanctions propaganda fails to explain how exactly sanctions affect the average person living an ordinary life. Our government in its poor application of propaganda fails to understand that they have educated their population beyond their simplistic reasoning, and the contradictions and omissions in the information they liberally propagate on the state broadcaster are not lost on us. Reading Marko Phiri’s blog on the views of the people in Gwanda, I am not surprised to find that many people understand the sanctions to be merely about travel bans.

Wild assumptions

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Thursday, March 31st, 2011 by Mgcini Nyoni

I spent most of my life in Mutare even though I was born in Bulawayo and I am now a permanent resident of Bulawayo. This places me at a distinct advantage: I am very familiar with both the Shona and Ndebele worlds. There are a lot of things that both sides do not know about each and wild assumptions that damage relations are made.

Considering the history of Matabeleland: The slaughter of about twenty thousand people, there is always suspicion between Ndebele and Shona and a number of times I have to pull two warring sides apart as I happen to see things in a clearer light than a person who is exclusively Shona or Ndebele. I have a friend who believes every Shona person in Matabeleland is an enemy, planted in Matabeleland as part of the Gukurahundi agenda (the total disempowerment of the Ndebele people by flooding the region with Shona people and making sure that Ndebeles do not get any opportunities).

I cannot say for sure that the Gukurahundi agenda does not exist, but I believe individuals should be judged on individual merit not broadly based on the sins of a few mad people who did not have the people’s mandate to do what they did.

When my friend suggested that I happen to get opportunities because I have one leg in the Shona world and the other in the Ndebele world I knew the Shona-Ndebele thing had gone too far; I happen to have worked abnormally hard and continue to do so to get to where I am.  The so-called Gukurahundi agenda is now being used by lazy people who do not exploit opportunities as a crutch.

Whilst it is important to address past and current injustices, we have to remember that were we come from matters less than where we are going.

Our positive Zimbabwe

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Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 by Bev Clark

So often we are hit by a barrage of bad, bad news leaving us wondering where does all the good go? We asked Kubatana subscribers to email us their experiences of what’s positive about Zimbabwe. Here’s what we got – enjoy!

My Zimbabwe is about all the unemployed young people who make it happen, against the odds, and do it with innovative style.  It is the young woman, pictured recently in a weekly publication, who needs to make a living to raise her daughter but is unable to afford a babysitter.  So everyday she takes the toddler with her to work and places the girl in an enormous cardboard box.  While the mother sells her wares at the corner of a busy city street, she keeps an eye on her child who frolics about in the safety of her makeshift playpen.

Despite the harsh economic conditions and the uncertain political future, Zimbabweans still have the spirit of ”Ubuntu”. My Zimbabwe is a country in which women came to assist during our bereavement in early March in Bulawayo. They cooked for others on a fire in the blistering heat, washed all the plates and still had the energy to go back and do their household chores. The men braved the evening chill to keep my brother and cousins company. These people were saying to my family: ‘‘we cannot reverse your loss but we are here for you, we share in your grief.”  It is this spirit of ”Ubuntu” that makes me proud to be Zimbabwean. No matter how bad things may get, our neighbours and others around us are there for us, they give us shoulders to cry on. The mere feeling of belonging makes each day easier to bear.

My Zimbabwe is the young man who offers me his seat in a bus from Kwekwe to Harare because I am pregnant and he stands all the way to Kadoma. It is the police officers and the eyewitnesses, both men and women, who rush to the scene of the accident without protective gloves to assist the injured before the ambulance arrives.

It is a politician who decentralised education from the scenario of the pre-Rhodesia era by establishing day secondary schools to equip black children with literacy. My Zimbabwe is a local legal practitioner who defended the hairstyle which those pre-independence, half pint advocates said was illegal to sport when attending the House of Assembly. Let’s face it, constitutionally; a hairstyle is of no importance in the House.

The women who in their diversity tirelessly contribute to family, community and national development despite being marginalized, embody my Zimbabwe. They always ensure that there is food, water, love and care at home even in times of power and water cuts or any social, economic and political crisis.

It is a country where the literacy rate is very high meanwhile teacher wages are some of the lowest in the region. From tattered uniforms in rural areas, we produce internationally recognised graduates yearly.

My Zimbabwe is the street vendor in Victoria Falls who wanted to pay me for the airtime I didn’t need and was trying to give to her. The political leader who had the courage to try to work with the people who had beaten him close to death. The people who voted for change in 2005 and 2008 when they knew they could suffer for their stand for freedom in their country. And apart from all that, my Zimbabwe makes the best cakes in the world in the Vumba.

It is the people in Gutu South whose families were decimated at an attack during a pungwe in the 1970s at Kamungoma Farm.  (More than 50 were killed in one night.) They have kept on going, with their physical and emotional wounds, without asking for compensation or sympathy from anyone, let alone the government. They took it that the liberation struggle was for us all.

It is a woman called Precious Nyamukondiwa who runs a small organisation in Chinhoyi. She and her colleagues have gone a long way in assisting people living with HIV/AIDS. Their work has long gone unnoticed while affected and infected little children have been taught ways of positive living. It is Mai Zenda, a volunteer at Felly’s Orphanage at Stodart Hall in Mbare. Felly’s orphanage is a place where orphans in Mbare are fed one meal a day. These orphans live with their relatives who are too poor to feed them. Mai Zenda currently cooks for an average of 69 children from Monday to Friday all on her own. If there is no relish, she goes to Mbare musika to ask on behalf of the orphans. She has been a volunteer there for 4 years for no income. Mrs Zenda is determined to support these children as best she can.

My Zimbabwe can certainly look bleak on the surface but a closer look shows a myriad of rainbows. It is a place where black people have discovered the value of entrepreneurship. Everyone is thinking of how to set up a business whether informally or formally. We have started changing the colonial mindset where we were groomed to be worker bees that strive for someone else.

My Zimbabwe is the once a year visit to Honde Valley in the Eastern Highlands. Eating bananas, roasted maize cobs, pineapples and mangoes in my grandparents homestead.

It is a place where you can send children to school on their own and not have to worry about kidnapping and abuse. A place where they can go about visiting their friends and being children without having to grow up too fast for their age.

My Zimbabwe is a place where we have time to stop talk and enjoy meeting friends and family in the streets because we still hold relationships dear and understand the value of maintaining them.

This article was co-authored by Zimbabweans believing in the positive: Thandi, Yeukai, Cherish, Sally, Peter, Ethel, Farai, Donald, Chirikure, Tabitha and Nomqhele

Sanctions meet streetwise commonsense

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Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 by Marko Phiri

I was in Gwanda the weekend when the anti-petitions roadshow was in town with “party youths” in full swing enjoying alfresco rides in party trucks busy risking life and limb. I found long distance commuter omnibus drivers mad as hell as they had been forcibly removed by police from their usual pick-up points because – the drivers were told – they were interfering with people who were heading to the open space where the signatures were being collected. As we sat in the kombi impatiently waiting for it to fill up, the irascible driver could not stop complaining about “how unfree” Zimbabweans still are despite independence. Siyahawula elizweni leli. Abantu laba bafuna senzeni nxa singafuni ukuyasayina? Akusamelanga sisebenze? (We are suffering in this country. What do these people want us to do if we do not want to go and sign? Are we not supposed to work?) . . . the driver complained and it went and on and on. Then one chap who had been silently sitting, lost in his reverie suddenly said: Ungatshiswa lilanga usiyasayinela ukuthi omunye umuntu ahambe amzweni? (How can anyone stand the scorching sun just to sign something so that someone may travel overseas). That was how he understood all the ruckus about petitioning America and Britain to lift sanctions “that are hurting ordinary Zimbabweans.” It somewhat captured the mood among some people about this latest crusade to garner the support of ordinary folk ahead of elections. And obviously it would be asked if the people of Matebeleland who have suddenly become favourites of Newsnet vox pox understand the gibberish they are made to utter on national television about how sanctions are affecting their lives. The other day a bloke in Plumtree speaking in SiNdebele spoke about the removal of sanctions as if they were something that had been left at the border that needed urgent removal and one couldn’t help laugh out loud but still be ashamed at how the intelligence of rural folk was being mocked by the anti-sanctions lobby. It suspiciously looks like these Newsnet hacks simply persuade these obviously unsophisticated folks to stand in front of the camera “and say anything against sanctions” but the result is clumsy propaganda. You come to understand that old cynicism that if you tell a lie for a long time you sure end up believing it to be true, and many wish to be around to see the anti-sanctions propaganda turned against its sponsors.

Job vacancies in Zimbabwe

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Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 by Bev Clark

Hello out there . . .

Work in and for Zimbabwe. Help grow our nation. Check out the vacancies below. If you’d like to receive this sort of information, as well as civic and human rights updates, by email each week drop us a note saying “subscribe” to info [at] kubatana [dot] net

Programme Officer (Markets and Business Development):CAFOD
Deadline: 1 April 2011 (4pm)

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package
Contract: 6 month
Based: Harare, Zimbabwe
Post status: National

CAFOD works with partner organisations to combat poverty and injustice and to build a strong and dynamic civil society. We are currently recruiting for the position of Programme Officer – Markets and Business Development who is needed to:
·    Work closely with the Livelihoods Programme Manager in managing and developing CAFOD’s programme in Zimbabwe in as far as markets, business and micro enterprise development are concerned,
·    Take forward relationships with key stakeholders and partners at both operational and strategic level, contributing to the formulation of CAFOD’s strategies and goals, developing programmes to achieve those goals, and carrying out the programme appraisal, monitoring and review needed to implement and manage programmes in line with CAFOD’s values and working principles.
·    Capture learning from this work and feed this back into the wider organisation
The ideal candidate should have a first degree in Business Studies, Agricultural Economics; Agribusiness management (or a related qualification) and three years post qualification experience preferably in NGO sector.

This is a great opportunity for a fast-learner that wants to start immediately.

Please Note That This Is A Local Post Where National Terms And Conditions Apply.

To apply please visit this link http://www.cafod.org.uk/about-us/jobs/international

Programme Support Officer- Water and Infrastructure: CAFOD
Deadline: 1 April 2011 (4pm)

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package
Based: Harare, Zimbabwe
Contract: 6 month
Post Status: National

CAFOD works with partner organisations to combat poverty and injustice and to build a strong and dynamic civil society. We are currently recruiting for the position of Programme Support Officer – Water and Irrigation Development who is needed to support partners working on a Short Term Food Security programme with a particular emphasis on water, infrastructure, irrigation development, and Programme Cycle Management.

The ideal candidate should have a first degree in Water and irrigation development (or equivalent) and two years post qualification experience preferably in NGO sector.

This is a great opportunity for a fast-learner that wants to start immediately.

Please Note That This Is A Local Post Where National Terms And Conditions Apply.

To apply please visit this link http://www.cafod.org.uk/about-us/jobs/international

Communications and Outreach Manager: Africa Centre for Holistic Management
Deadline: 1 April 2011

Supervisor: The incumbent will report directly to the Executive Director

Required qualifications, skills and work experience
- BSc Degree in Journalism or equivalent
- A minimum of two years work experience as a writer or communications specialist
- Experience in making presentations, co-ordinating and facilitating meetings
- Knowledge of Holistic Management a plus, commitment to gaining it essential
- Possess excellent writing skills in English
- Possess excellent speaking and public relations skills
- Possess excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word Excel, Outlook, Explorer, PowerPoint)
- Fluency in Ndebele (Fluency in Nambya, Tonga & Shona a plus)
- Knowledge and experience of proposal development a plus
- Knowledge and experience of advertising and marketing a plus
- International work experience a plus

- Manage communications and outreach for Africa Centre
- Oversee production of advertising and communication information
- Organize and coordinate Outreach program
- Work closely with Development Director and technical team to develop proposals for funding
- Work closely with all sections to understand activities on the ground to create accurate feedback to stakeholders at all levels (community, Trustees, College Advisory Board, local, regional and international donors and funding agencies):
- In promoting College activities and programmes through speaking assignments and written materials (brochures, flyers, quarterly reports, editorials for magazines and newspapers etc)
- General correspondence, mainly via email with international clients
- Develop a program to improve the dissemination of Africa Centre’s work to the local, regional and international communities
- Liaise with funding organizations locally, regionally and internationally and follow up communications and opportunities for funding directed towards our core programme
- Research and identify opportunities to submit proposals to support organization’s programs on the ground

Salary: Salary offer and benefits commensurate with experience. ACHM is an equal opportunity employer.

For consideration, please submit cover letter, a sample of an article or paper you have written, C.V. and references to: rbikwa [at] achmonline [dot] org or hmatanga [at] achmonline [dot] org

Human Resources Assistant: Concern Worldwide
Deadline: 1 April 2011

Concern Worldwide, an Irish non-governmental organisation, is looking for an individual for the following position:

Profile specific to the post:

- Graduate Degree in Social Sciences, communications, human resources or other related discipline
- Diploma in Personnel Management/part will be an added advantage
- Minimum of 2 years experience in the Human Resources function
- Experience in NGO sector will be an added advantage
- Experience in organizing and co-ordinating training function
- Experience in managing complex industrial relations systems
- Experience with managing an employee medical scheme
- Knowledge of Zimbabwe labour law will be an added advantage
- Excellent skills in Microsoft Office package (Outlook, Word, Excel)

Interested candidates should send their CVs as well as the following (Only candidates who meet the person profile above may be short listed)
- Details of two professional referees of persons to whom they reported
- A covering letter outlining reasons for applying and suitability for the post
- Details of their current or most recent salary
- Dates of availability

Applications should be sent to: The HR Manager, Concern Worldwide
Email: Lucille.tapfumaneyi [at] concern [dot] net

Concern encourages female candidates and people living with HIV to apply. A competitive salary will be offered according to qualifications and experience.

Regional Technical Advisor – Monitoring and Evaluation: Catholic Relief Services
Deadline: 2 April 2011

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an organisation that promotes human development by responding to major emergencies, fighting disease and poverty, and nurturing peaceful and just societies.

CRS seeks to appoint a Technical Advisor: Monitoring and Evaluation, based in Lusaka, Zambia, to provide leadership within Southern Africa to strengthen organisational and staff capacity to design and implement effective monitoring and evaluation systems.
S/he will provide technical assistance to Southern Africa Country Programmes, their partners and staff to ensure that projects and programmes are monitored as needed; scopes for evaluation reflect key learning questions; high quality external or internal evaluators undertake evaluations; recommendations are adopted and lessons learned are disseminated; and ICT4D is strategically coordinated and advanced in Southern Africa. S/he will work closely with other Regional Technical Advisors (RTAs) in Southern Africa, and be part of a network of technical advisors for M&E within CRS, liaising with counterparts to develop and disseminate tools, best practices and policies.

This is a unique position to work with other TAs to develop and strengthen systems for monitoring and evaluation, both within specific projects, across programme areas and organisationally at the Country Programme level. Equally, the other RTAs are well-equipped to contribute to the development of effective monitoring and evaluation systems and tools within their sectors. CRS has a good set of project related guides, tools and resources including: ProPack I, II and II, focusing on project design, implementation and monitoring, respectively. In addition, CRS has a set of M&E standards for its projects and Country Programmes.

S/he will also assist Country Programmes in helping strengthen the capacity of local partners’ monitoring and evaluation systems, and will work closely with the DRD/PQ and other TAs to advance a learning agenda for the Region.

·    Provide leadership in their portfolio consisting of M&E, learning and ICT4D;
·    Develop and implement a strategic plan for strengthening capacity of Country Programme and Regional staff to design, implement and utilise CRS M&E systems to improve programme quality;
·    Assist Country Programmes to strengthen capacity of Local Partner staff to implement and utilize M&E standards and systems to improve program quality;
·    Assist Country Programmes and the Regional team in project design and the development and review of strategies;
·    Collaborate with Regional and Country Programme staff to realise a learning agenda rooted in evidenced-based approaches;
·    Develop M&E resources that benefit Southern Africa staff primarily, but that also have wider agency resonance;
·    Actively lead the Southern Africa M&E community and participate in the agency M&E community to strengthen CRS M&E globally.
·    PhD preferred, or Masters degree and equivalent experience, in a field relevant to a senior M&E position in an international NGO;
·    Minimum of 7-10 years of progressive responsibility in overseas relief and development programmes;
·    Minimum of 5 years experience working for an international agency on monitoring and evaluation;
·    Thorough familiarity with principles and current approaches to monitoring and evaluation of relief and development programmes using both quantitative and qualitative methods;
·    Experience in data collection, including survey design and training enumerators;
·    Understanding and experience with data management, including database design;
·    Strong experience analysing data, including both qualitative and quantitative methods, and experience with appropriate software;
·    Experience training others in M&E, including developing and leading workshops;
·    Understanding of donor expectations and trends for M&E, especially by key donors, FFP, and PEPFAR;
·    Demonstrated ability to transfer knowledge to diverse audiences through training, mentoring, and other formal and non-formal methods;
·    Excellent written and verbal communication;
·    Willingness and ability to travel approximately 30% of her/his time;
·    Prior experience in sub-Saharan Africa preferred;
·    Skilled in working collaboratively with others;
·    Able to work with diverse groups of people in a multicultural, team environment;
·    Excellent interpersonal communication skills;
·    Self-motivated and able to work without close supervision, including prioritizing work and multi-tasking to meet deadlines;
·    Excellent organisation, planning and analytical skills;
·    Detail oriented.
For a detailed job description and to apply, please refer to www.crs.org/about/careers

Three (3) vacancies: Africa University
Deadline: 20 April 2011

Africa University, an International Pan African and United Methodist Church Related Institution in Zimbabwe, invites applications from suitably qualified and well experienced persons to fill the following positions:

1. Soil Science Laboratory Technician

- At least a Degree in Agriculture
- Possession of a Diploma in Applied Chemistry, or City & Guilds Part II or equivalent is an added advantage

-    Prepare, conduct & supervise practical sessions for undergraduate and post graduate studies
-    Provide soil science support services to researchers in the University
-    Supervise soil and foliar analysis services
-    Operate and maintain soil science laboratory equipment
-    Maintain health and safety procedures  in the use of laboratory chemicals and equipment
-    Order and control inventory of laboratory equipment
-    Order, maintain stocks and supervise the use of laboratory chemicals
-    Assist in field based advice and practicals in soil science
-    General maintenance of the soil science laboratory
-    Supervise other soil science laboratory personnel
-    Operate specialized laboratory equipment such as atomic absorption/emission spectrophotometer, ultra violet visible spectrophotometer, nitrogen distillation unit and other allied equipment
-    Any other duties as assigned by the responsible office
-    At least five years experience in a relevant laboratory
-    Good verbal and written communication skills

2. Archivist

The successful candidate, who will report directly to the University librarian, will be responsible for the Kent M Weeks Archives section of the Jokomo / Yamada Library.

-    Appraising, describing, classifying, arranging and preserving materials of Africa University and the United Methodist Church
-    Assessing of the audio visual materials and making any preservation priorities from the inventories, further guiding the cataloguing and preservation of the collections
-    Protecting any original materials; creating preservation masters, and providing reference copies of materials at risk in the collections
-    Arranging and cataloguing still and moving images and recording sound holdings in the Kent Weeks Archives
-    Maintaining records in accordance with accepted standards and practices that ensure the long-term preservation and easy retrieval of the documents
-    Planning for the Archives physical expansion project
-    Optimising use of the archival storage space
-    Participating actively in providing service to clients including access to the Kent M Weeks Archives, and any other educational activities as determined by the Africa University’s mission and policies
-    Assisting with reference, acquisitions, and exhibits in the Kent M. Weeks Archives and any other outreach activities

-    BSc. in Archives and Records Management or
-    B.A. in History / BSc. in Information Science plus Archival training
-    Knowledge of print and photographic history, recording technology and audio visual collection
-    At least 3 years of experience in Archives / Records management
-    Experience of working with computerized archival database an added advantage
-    Evidence of excellent organisational and communication skills
-    Ability to work with minimum supervision.

3. Nurse

The successful candidate will be responsible for the provision of high quality health care to the University community through promoting good health, preventing illness, curing the sick and rehabilitating the recuperating.

Specific Responsibilities
-    Providing quality nursing care
-    Prevention of infections
-    Counseling of clients
-    Maintain a stock control system for all medical supplies
-    Offering first aid management on gatherings like graduation and sporting activities
-    Processing medical aid forms

-    At least a Diploma in general Nursing
-    Registered General Nurse
-    At least two years experience in the nursing profession
-    Registration with the Zimbabwe Nurses Council
-    Good at communicating at all levels

To Apply

Applications together with six (6) copies of CV, certified copies of certificates, academic transcripts and at least three names of referees with their e-mail and postal addresses should be forwarded to:

Assistant Registrar, Personnel and Administration
Africa University
P. O. Box 1320

Email: arpa [at] africau [dot] ac [dot] zw or arpasec [at] africau [dot] ac [dot] zw

Several vacancies: Institute of Peace Leadership and Governance (IPLG)
Deadline: Until positions are filled

The Institute of Peace Leadership and Governance (IPLG) at Africa University seeks to contribute to a culture of peace, good governance, security and socio-economic development in Africa through research, teaching, networking and community-level action. IPLG provides a focus for training, research and documentation in the areas of peace, leadership and governance in Africa with a view to developing the skills of students and practitioners in these areas. IPLG invites applicants for the following positions:
Lectureship Positions

1. Lecturer / Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor / Professor in Human Rights

Duties and responsibilities
This position involves a mix of teaching and administrative responsibilities.
-    Develop and update curricula in Human Rights and Rule of Law and related fields.
-    Teach the theory and practice of Human Rights.
-    Contribute to the core research programme in Human Rights and other areas.
-    Mentor, supervise and train students in Human Rights promotion and policy development.
-    Supervise students’ research projects and dissertations.
-    Engage in scholarly research academic activities in the broader fields of Human Rights and Rule of Law.
-    Promote public and outreach events in the discipline of Human Rights and Rule of Law.
-    Facilitate training, workshops, seminars and executive courses in Human Rights and Rule of Law.
-    Attend IPLG meetings and University Committee meetings.
-    Develop and coordinate projects on Human Rights and related areas.
-    Perform any other functions from time to time as required

Qualifications and Experience
University doctorate degree in Law, Social/Political Science, International Relations, International Law/Humanitarian Law or a related field.

-    Demonstration of ability to contribute to the Institute’s research profile and an outstanding record of research and publication in the broader fields of Human Rights.
-    Teaching experience at graduate level.
-    At least 5 years international experience working in human rights arena will be considered an advantage.
-    Experience in human rights practice including experience of working with multi-lateral, government or non-government human rights organisations.

Key Attributes
Applicants must have strong networking skills in order to work with the local, regional and international, human rights, peace and justice organisations. Be conversant with human rights instruments and institutions in Africa as well as internationally. Ability to work as team and respect for diversity.

2. Lecturer / Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor / Professor in Leadership and Governance

Duties and responsibilities
This position involves a mix of teaching and administrative responsibilities.
-    Develop and update curricula in the discipline of Leadership and Governance.
-    Teach the theory and practice of Leadership and Governance.
-    Contribute to the core research programme in field of Leadership and related areas.
-    Mentor, supervise and train students in Leadership Development and Analysis.
-    Supervise students’ research projects and dissertations.
-    Engage in scholarly research and academic activities.
-    Promote public and outreach activities in the discipline.
-    Facilitate training, workshops, seminars and executive courses in Leadership Development and Governance.
-    Attend IPLG meetings and University Committee meetings.
-    Develop and coordinate projects in the area of Leadership Development, Governance and related fields.
-    Perform any other functions from time to time as required.

Qualifications and Experience
-    University doctorate degree in any of the following areas of discipline Management, Leadership, Administration, Governance, or a related field.
-    Proven ability to contribute to the institutes’ research profile and an outstanding record of research and publication in human rights.
-    Teaching experience at university graduate level.
-    At least 5 years experience working in Leadership Development, Management or Governance.
-    Experience working in a leadership position.

Key Attributes
Applicants must have strong networking skills in order to work with the local, regional and international public and private sector organisations as well as civil society. Strong candidates will be conversant with Leadership development in Africa. Other desirable skills are the ability to work in a team and respect for diversity.

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Lectureship positions are full-time and appointment will be made at an appropriate level based on qualifications.

All positions report to IPLG Director.  These Terms of Reference are approximate, and in no case limited to the functions hereby specified. IPLG and the University authorities reserve their right to include the modifications they consider necessary to optimize the implementation of the project.

To Apply:
The following submissions are required:
- 6 copies of a cover letter stating how the applicant meets the requirements of the post and addressing each of the elements of the job requirements and personal specifications.
- 6 copies of full curriculum vitae, including particulars of qualifications, employment history and current salary, and the names and contact details of three referees who may be contacted immediately.
- 6 sets of certified academic and professional certificates and degree transcripts.

Applicants together with CV, 6 copies of certified certificates. Academic transcripts and at least three names of referees with their email and postal addresses should be forwarded to:

Assistant Registrar – Personnel and Administration
Africa University
Box 1320

Closing date: Until the positions have been filled

Correspondence will be made to short listed candidates only.

Marechera wrote the future

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Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 by Bev Clark

Exciting new title available from Weaver Press

Marechera and the Colonel
By David Caute

Price US$20

Today Zimbabwe’s suffering shocks the world. Warning lights flash through Marechera ‘s exuberant fiction, drama and poetry. Here was a young writer whose challenging questions constantly provoked the authorities. As Nadine Gordimer admiringly remarked, he stuck his neck out while others were reluctant to open their mouths. Marechera’s writing blisters every totem pole. He took delight in satirizing the “chefs” of the post-liberation years. One of them, the incensed Colonel of the title, beat him up in a hotel lavatory. The political arm of the police, the CIO, locked him up without charge.

The author’s personal encounters with Marechera offer an affectionate but unblinking portrait of the writer and his self-destructive lifestyle. Tracking his writing, published and not. Caute explores his childhood, education and tumultuous years in Britain. In this freewheeling report, the man and his art, the reality and the myth, merge within an exhilarating imagination tragically extinguished by death in 1987

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