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Training consultancy in Zimbabwe

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Thursday, May 24th, 2012 by Bev Clark

Request For Training Consultants: National Association Of Societies For The Care Of The Handicapped (NASCOH) WO 4/80
Deadline: 6 June 2012

NASCOH would like to invite consultants to conduct three-day workshop trainings in the following subject areas:
a. Leadership and Governance
b. Programme Management
c. Human Resources Management
d. Financial Management
e. Publicity, Fundraising and Resource Mobilisation

Training will be delivered to selected members from various Disabled Persons Organisations in the country.  Interested consultants are requested to submit their profiles highlighting their qualifications and experience in training in the respective subject area, consultation fees, and a short ½ page letter of motivation.

Submit your profiles and letters of motivation to elizabeth.nyambiri [at] nascoh [dot] co [dot] zw or liznyambiri [at] gmail [dot] com or dannygarwe [at] gmail [dot] com

Letters delivered by hand should be clearly labelled “Training Consultants Request” addressed to: The Executive Assistant, NASCOH, 93 Greendale Avenue, Greendale, Harare.

Get a job in Zimbabwe

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Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 by Bev Clark

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

Please note that the job vacancies we carry are related to the NGO and civil society sectors only.

Two (2) vacancies: local HIV and AIDS networking organisation
Deadline: 30 May 2012

1. Grants Manager

Roles & Responsibilities
Reporting to the National Director, the Grants Manager is responsible for some the following:

1.Coordinating the grants application process.
2.Monitoring the administration of post-award grants, coordinating inputs from the compliance, finance and programme teams and ensuring that budgeting,
administration policies and procedures are being adhered to.
3.Communicating information to member organisations regarding upcoming grant rounds.
4.Coordinating the planning and preparation of grant proposals.
5.Liaising with funding partners, including the Global Fund (GF) Principal Recipient regarding availability and allocation of resources.
6.Providing administrative support to the Grants Technical Review Committee.
7.Liaising with National Monitoring & Evaluation mechanisms to ensure appropriate reporting.
8.Developing and maintaining specialised databases and systems for appropriate grants management.
9.Overseeing all activities carried out by members of the department.
10.Any other duties related to the above, as assigned by the National Director.

Personnel Specification
A Degree in Social Sciences, Development Studies or related field.
A Finance/Accounting qualification would be an added advantage.
At least 5 years experience in NGO or HIV and AIDS related work.
Proven experience in grants management and reporting.
Experience in programme design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation.
Exceptional report writing skills and relevant computer skills.
Strong analytical skills and an ability to communicate effectively at all levels.
Ability to network with funding agencies and other stakeholders.
Ability to respond rapidly to emerging situations and meet regular deadlines.
Have leadership qualities and overall responsibility for the department.

2. Internal Auditor

Roles & Responsibilities
Reporting to the National Director, the Internal Auditor is responsible for some of the following:

1.Preparation of annual audit plans for ZAN and all its projects.
2.Conducting comprehensive audit of financial reports and projects and conducting special, surprise and operations audits when required.
3.Conducting financial audits of sub-grants and contracts with partner organisations.
4.Conduct pre-grant assessment and re-assessments of grant recipients.
5.Advising management on specific donor, taxation and government requirements.
6.Recommending improvements in the accounting procedures and internal controls in order to minimise risks of errors, losses and fraud.
7.Provide internal audit support to GFATM recipients and non-recipients within ZAN membership.
8.Ensuring that the accounting systems and procedures adopted for the safeguarding of assets, maintaining of records and accounting are adhered to.
9.Coordinating external audits.
10.Coordinating the following up of external audit recommendations.

Personnel Specification
A Bachelor of Accountancy Degree, a B.Com Accounting degree PLUS
Be a Certified Internal Auditor
At least 5 years experience preferably but not exclusively in an NGO environment
Proven experience in internal auditing
Strong analytical skills and an ability to communicate effectively at all levels.

NB: People living with HIV are encouraged to apply.

In return, the organization offers competitive salaries commensurate with qualifications and experience. Interested candidates who meet the stated specifications should submit applications, together with detailed CVs, indicating the position applied for, by the 30th May 2012 to:

The Human Resources & Administration Department,
No 154 Samora Machel Avenue West, Belvedere, Harare

Or email: recruitment [at] zan [dot] co [dot] zw

A quiet beer for dinner

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Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 by Brenda Burrell

It’s almost 10pm on a Tuesday night in Njiro, a mellow outlying suburb of Arusha, Tanzania. I’m staying at a B&B just down the road from Farm Radio’s office where we’re running a week-long technical training for a group of techies supporting community radio stations.

It’s a bit noisy as at the moment – Phil Collins is playing on a radio up at the owner’s house and a man is talking loudly on a mobile phone nearby. Actually, that makes it quieter than usual!

Earlier today Tich & I forgot to make dinner arrangements at our B&B. Thanks to a hearty lunch when suppertime came round we weren’t  hungry enough to go in search of a proper meal. Instead, we walked up the road to the neighbour’s duka - a small hole-in-the-wall kiosk that sells an eclectic assortment of goods including Cold Beer.

Dinner Duka

Dinner Duka - friendly hole-in-the-wall kiosk

Dinner ended up being a shared Kilimanjaro beer with Bart, our host at Farm Radio. The 3 of us sat in the dark shadows cast by the kiosk’s light, side by side on the wooden bench against the wall.

A beautiful night sky sky provided a starlit canopy as we chatted quietly about life in Africa. Next to us a stranger sipped a beer and smoked a cigarette. All of us looked out onto the  dusty, uneven road in front of us and watched the dark forms of passersby.

An hour later we got up to pay for our drinks. Waiting my turn to pay, I leaned against the burglar bars separating shopkeeper from customer. Inside, sitting atop a table drawn up to the counter, a little boy concentrated on his homework, oblivious to the passing trade in front of him.

UNICEF consultancy in Zimbabwe

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Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 by Bev Clark

Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Engineers (2 positions): UNICEF
Deadline: 3 June 2012

Consultancy Notice No. Zim/2012:07
Duration period: 6 months


UNICEF is supporting the local authorities in Zimbabwe in rehabilitation of water and sanitation systems in urban areas with the objective of reducing the risk of cholera and or other diarrheal diseases cases through enhancing the equitable access of safe water and improved sanitation services to the most vulnerable population groups.  In this context, UNICEF is seeking a motivated and qualified Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Engineer to support the implementation of urban water and sanitation rehabilitation programme.


The consultancy is designed to provide technical support to UNICEF’s urban water and sanitation rehabilitation programme through assessment, supervision and monitoring of all programme elements and supporting implementing partners to ensure effective and timely interventions in the target urban centers.

Specific responsibilities will include
1. Undertake technical and financial evaluation of proposals and bids from implementing partners/consultants/contractors and make recommendations
2. Review designs, technical reports, cost estimates, bills of quantity, drawings, specifications, bidding documents and certification documents prepared by the partners/consultants and advise accordingly
3. Provide guidance on technical/contractual aspects of the programme
4. Undertake rapid assessments of water and sanitation infrastructure in urban areas, prepare bill of quantities and provide guidance on implementation as required
5. Undertake monitoring of works, advise implementing partners and ensure works done are implemented as per acceptable standards and specifications
6. Provide support to the local authorities for development and implementation of strategies for enhanced cost recovery
7. Advise on management of supply component of the urban rehabilitation programme and ensure implementing partners are procuring the correct materials and equipment for the particular projects

Qualifications Requirements

-    A degree in Civil Engineering or other related field
-    At least ten years of practical experience of design and supervision of urban water supply and sewage works
-    Experience in contract management would be an added advantage
-    Strong interpersonal skills, organisational networking, the ability to communicate efficiently and effectively with a range of government and civil society partners
-    Demonstrated communication skills in English (both written and verbal)


The position will be initially for a period of 6 months.

Expressions of Interest

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 addressing each of the qualifications and skills above and curriculum vitae, quoting Consultancy Notice number to the following address.

Human Resources Manager
(Consultancy Notice No. 07: Zim-2012)
UNICEF, 6 Fairbridge Avenue,
P O Box 1250

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

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

Let go

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Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 by Bev Clark

Women activists … apply now!

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Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 by Bev Clark

Head of Communication: FEMNET
Deadline: 27 May 2012

The African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), is a pan African women’s rights network based in Nairobi-Kenya. Established in 1988, FEMNET has been at the forefront of championing gender equality, equity and women’s rights through the delivery of critical information, strengthening linkages and collaboration among women’s organizations. FEMNET has three programmes namely Advocacy, Communication and Capacity Building.

FEMNET is seeking to recruit a suitable person to fill the position of Head of Communication. This position will offer the position holder an opportunity to work on very exciting development communication initiatives and campaigns at pan-Africa level in a very stimulating, multicultural and dynamic environment. The Head of Communication will report to the Program Manager of FEMNET who will be the immediate supervisor and ultimately report to the Executive Director. The Head of Communication will work in collaboration with the Head of Advocacy and Information Manager to ensure relevant information that contributes to improving the status and quality of life of women in Africa is disseminated to FEMNET members spread out in 37 African countries and African women in general.

Get more here and good luck with your application!