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Vacancy Notice – Human Resources Officer – United Nations Children’s Fund

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Friday, December 23rd, 2011 by Amanda Atwood

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you. For 60 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.

Vacancy Notice No.Zim/2011:42 – Human Resources Officer – NOA Level (Fixed Term Post)
Position being re-advertised and previous applicants will be considered, no need to reapply.

The successful candidate will be responsible for a variety of human resources activities within the Human Resources Unit, with particular focus on the staff welfare and development component of the human resource function in the country office.

  • Participate in the identification of training needs, preparation of training proposals, arrangements for implementation and evaluation of impact on staff/office performance.
  • Undertake the planning, implementation and administration of country office training activities e.g. workshops, seminars, group learning activities; making sure of the appropriateness of participants, determining objectives based on a training needs analysis and evaluation of training impact.
  • Participate in the Local Learning Committee and ensure timely implementation of the annual training plan and   follow-up actions.  Maintain files and records on all learning activities and materials.
  • Ensure that relevant materials and documentation on learning and career development are circulated to staff. Inform and update staff on policy changes and instructions related to learning and career development.
  • Carry out the recruitment process of all categories of staff according to UN/UNICEF rules, regulations, procedures and policies.  Review appropriateness of job descriptions, arrange internal and/or external advertisement(s) and, in consultation with supervisors, undertake the short-listing of candidates for   reviews by appropriate bodies.
  • Advise and inform all staff on the correct application and interpretation of UN/UNICEF personnel rules, regulations, procedures and policies.  Provide on-going counselling to all categories of staff in the office.

Qualifications and Competencies

  • Advanced University degree in Business Administration, with specialization in Personnel Management or Training.
  • Three years of professional work experience in the field of Human Resource or personnel administration.
  • Work experience in an international organization is desirable.
  • Good judgment, initiative, tact and discretion.
  • Good analytical, negotiating, writing and communication skills.
  • Fluency in English.  Knowledge of the local languages would be an asset

If you have experience of working in a similar capacity, meet the above profile and want to make an active and lasting contribution to build a better world for children, send your application letter and curriculum vitae quoting vacancy notice number to the following address.

HR Specialist
(Vacancy Notice: Zim-2011:42)
UNICEF, 6 Fairbridge Avenue,
P O Box 1250
Belgravia, Harare

or email: hararevacancies [at] gmail [dot] com

Applications should be received by 5 January 2012. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Job Advertisement: M&E Officer – HWA-Zimbabwe

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Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 by Amanda Atwood

HWA-Zimbabwe has been implementing humanitarian relief and long-term development projects in Zimbabwe for 12 years. The objectives of the trust are to promote social, economic, democratic and ecological development, alleviate destitution, poverty and hunger and to create livelihood opportunities in order to improve food security.

We respect the culture, history, structures, traditions and customs of the communities and countries where we are active. We provide help for all people regardless of their heritage, gender or religion. The planning and realization of our projects always take place in conjunction with our local partners. HWA-Zimbabwe is a dynamic and innovative organization that believes in mobilizing local potentials and local knowledge.

Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.  This is a local position.

Starting Date: Mid-January 2012
Duration: 3 months contract with possibility of extension


Assist in all project related activities (implementation as well as administration) such as:

  • Monitor current projects (data collection, data entry, data analysis, etc.)
  • Establish M&E Frameworks, baseline studies, mid-term and final evaluations
  • Provide regular reports on the project activity implementation status against the project goals and objectives to the director
  • Ensure collection of relevant and appropriate data which is needed for an effective M&E system
  • Generate project related research data / lessons learned to inform future programming
  • Assist in preparing new project proposals
  • Coach and train partner staff and field officers on M&E related issues

B. Overall Requirements

  • University degree in management or relevant discipline from a recognized institution
  • Minimum of 3 years proven experience in a similar position
  • Experience in M&E of development projects, preferably in the sector of pro-poor economic growth
  • Project Management skills in development aid and humanitarian projects
  • Analytical and report writing skills
  • Ability to work independently and part of a team
  • Excellent communication skills and interpersonal relations
  • Willingness to travel to the field and possession of Drivers License
  • Prior USAID and EC program management experience is a plus
  • Must be a good organizer, pro-active and dynamic with the right portion of common sense

To apply, please send CV, Motivational Letter, Salary History and Three References to Head of Mission at silvia.weninger [at] drei [dot] at

Application Deadline: 9 January 2012

Project Manager – Governance

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Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 by Amanda Atwood

Job Title: Project Manager – Governance – Action Aid International Zimbabwe (AAIZ)
Location: Harare, Head office
To Commence: ASAP (contract ends 31 December 2012)

Purpose of the Position:

Action Aid International Zimbabwe (AAIZ) is seeking a project manager for the Governance theme to ensure that the program and projects within the given theme are effectively and efficiently implemented to achieve set goals and objectives.

Key Performance Areas:

The project manager will assist the Governance thematic coordinator in the following key activities;

  • Supervision of the implementation of the program/projects, ensuring that it/they adhere/s to the proposal or donor guidelines
  • Monitoring, implementation and evaluation of the program/projects on a daily basis
  • Ensuring budget tracking of the program/projects
  • Contribution to the development of reports to the donor as required on specific objectives of the program/project
  • Provision of support to and building the capacity of partners in program planning, implementation and monitoring & evaluation to effectively and efficiently implement program and project activities
  • Facilitation of the implementation of strategic issues relating to other thematic areas

A detailed Job Profile will be made available to short listed candidates.

Education & Qualifications:  A bachelors degree in Social Sciences, Development Studies and/or other relevant fields

Experience: 3 years experience in governance work, including supporting local partner organizations and working with community based organizations/local associations.

Other requirements & competences:

  • Demonstrated commitment to working with AAIZ target groups i.e. poor and marginalized groups at community and national levels
  • Understanding of local governance issues including accountability, citizen empowerment, participatory planning and budget tracking processes and mainstreaming of peace building activities.
  • Understanding of political and socio-economic factors that impact on local governance and program development
  • Good organizational and planning skills including program/projects budget tracking in line with contractual obligations
  • Ability to work in partnerships with service providers/policy makers from both voluntary and statutory sectors
  • Ability to write concise, analytical and accurate reports to agreed deadlines
  • Knowledge and understanding of monitoring and evaluation processes and the ability to collate and analyze data
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and Good written English and local languages relevant in areas of work
  • Clean Class 4 driver’s license

Applications: To apply submit your curriculum vitae with an application letter to Human Resources, ActionAid International, 16 York Avenue, Newlands, Harare or jobs.zimbabwe [at] actionaid [dot] org

Closing date: 31st December 2011

Although we value all applications, we can only respond to short listed candidates.

NB: Please note that this is a NATIONAL position. Whilst all applicants will be assessed strictly on their individual merits, qualified women are especially encouraged to apply.

Intern – Finance

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Saturday, December 17th, 2011 by Amanda Atwood

A Church based organisation in Harare is seeking the services of an Intern for a period of 12 months commencing January 2012. The position is only available to students undergoing degree programmes in related fields.

JOB PURPOSE:  Strengthens the operations of the Finance Unit to deliver its mandate in the most effective and efficient manner at Diocesan and National levels.

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS: Studying towards a University degree in Finance, Accounting or Business Administration, Audit or related fields.


  • At least one year experience in Finance, Accounting, Audit or Business Administration in a Church or NGO field.
  • Ability to prepare analytical financial and management reports.
  • Having worked with donor funded programmes.


  • Analytical skills, ability to link faith and justice
  • Communication skills – writing, presentation and facilitation
  • Creativity in programme design and management
  • Ability to combine office and field work
  • Ability to work in a team and also provide leadership at own level
  • Self supervision
  • Commitment to the Christian values of the organisation on and off work.


  • Student currently enrolled for a degree programme in Accounting, Finance or Business Studies
  • Experience in cashbook and bank reconciliation preparation
  • Excellent skills in Microsoft Office package (Outlook, Word, Power Point, Excel, Access)
  • Knowledge in Pastel Accounting Software will be an added advantage
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet cut-off dates or deadlines.


  • Assisting in financial reporting processes.
  • Assisting in field audit visits.
  • Assist in administrative record keeping.
  • Any other assigned duties.

All interested interns candidates who meet the requirements listed above are to send in their applications enclosing the following:
Motivation Letter

  • Candidate’s Curriculum Vitae
  • Certified copies of current educational and any professional certificates
  • Details and contact numbers of two referees
  • Dates of availability to commence work if offered position
  • Letter of recommendation from your university, stating that you are currently enrolled and your expected date of graduation.

The full remuneration package and other conditions of service will be disclosed to shortlisted candidates only. Due to the large numbers of applications communication will only be made to shortlisted candidates. Applications should be sent to: ahr54 [at] ymail [dot] com   not later than 23 December 2011.


Job opening with Tumbuka Dance Company … get artistic!

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Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 by Bev Clark

Acting Artistic Director: Tumbuka Dance Company
Deadline: 30 December 2011

The Artistic Director:

-Is responsible for developing the Company’s profile, represent and promote Tumbuka’s work, both nationally and internationally.
-Is responsible for providing an appropriate and extraordinary artistic vision for the company and be able to implement suitable strategies to attain this vision.
-Is responsible for Company discipline, motivation and inspiration.
-Needs to show strong leadership qualities, so the dancers are secure in the knowledge of where the Company is headed and what is expected of them.
-Is responsible for maintaining technical growth and artistic excellence.
-Is responsible for producing performances that meet and exceed the expectations of Tumbuka’s audiences.
-Hold Company auditions in early January and select dancers (along with a panel of 3 dance teachers/theatre practitioners).
-Will organise rehearsal venues and teachers for daily class.
-Timetable Company activities for the 6-month period.
-Will work alongside the Company Manager and fund raise to ensure the long term survival of the Company.

Initially this posting is for 6 months commencing early January 2012.

All interested applicants must submit full CV, share his/her vision for the Company, justification for his/her application.

Applications must be lodged before Friday 30th December, those who are selected will be interviewed by The Management Committee. The decision of the Management Committee is final.

Email: tumbukadanceco [at] yahoo [dot] com

No stopping

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Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 by Bev Clark

Banksy in Bristol. Check out www.unurth.com for some very cool street art.