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Archive for September, 2012

Shit here, shit there, everywhere shit, shit

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Friday, September 28th, 2012 by Marko Phiri

Walk through the footpaths of Bulawayo townships where a little shrubbery still survives and you are met by a chorus of flies having what must be an unending Christmas. Crap all over as open latrines flourish, and you see, indeed smell, how the water crisis has turned shitting into a very public affair.

When you see a well-dressed  dandy disappearing into the bush, be warned: he is taking a nature walk of a turd kind!

NGO job vacancies in Zimbabwe

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Thursday, September 27th, 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.

Information and MEAL Coordinator: Oxfam
Deadline: 5 October 2012

Job Reference no. INT5722
Contract Length: 3 years
Interviews: To be conducted week ending 12 October 2012

The vacancy is open to candidates with the right to work in Zimbabwe

Job Purpose
To increase programme effectiveness through working to support quality improvement processes with countries and providing regional technical leadership on Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL), with a specific focus on increasing our ability to demonstrate the impact of our work.

Please click here for more information and to apply

Compliance Officer: Oxfam
Deadline: 5 October 2012

Job Reference no. INT5725
Contract Length: 1 year
Interviews: To be conducted week ending 12 October 2012

The vacancy is open to candidates with the right to work in Zimbabwe

Oxfam Purpose
To work with others to overcome poverty and suffering

Team Purpose
To work with others to improve programme quality and impact on poverty through the provision of coherent and coordinated support the country and regional programmes

Job Purpose
To ensure that operations of Oxfam are in compliance with the regulatory, donor and with the internal policies and procedures.

For more information and to apply please click here

A beautiful place

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Thursday, September 27th, 2012 by Bev Clark

Here, and far away

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Thursday, September 27th, 2012 by Bev Clark

Add the Internet, sms, Twitter and Facebook.

The secret of a full life is to live and relate to others as if they might not be there tomorrow, as if you might not be there tomorrow. It eliminates the vice of procrastination, the sin of postponement, failed communications, failed communions. This thought has made me more and more attentive to all encounters. meetings, introductions, which might contain the seed of depth that might be carelessly overlooked. This feeling has become a rarity, and rarer every day now that we have reached a hastier and more superficial rhythm, now that we believe we are in touch with a greater amount of people, more people, more countries. This is the illusion which might cheat us of being in touch deeply with the one breathing next to us. The dangerous time when mechanical voices, radios, telephones, take the place of human intimacies, and the concept of being in touch with millions brings a greater and greater poverty in intimacy and human vision. – Anais Nin (found on Brainpickings.org)

Work experience for students in Zimbabwe

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Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 by Bev Clark

Hey, students in Zimbabwe … check out these opportunities to get some work experience.

Six (6) Interns: Interns of Zimbabwe
Deadline: 3 October 2012 (midnight)

The above construct is looking to recruit up to six interns to assist in a short-term initiative – up to six months.

In short, the work will involve: Internet and document research, analysis of papers, developing synopses and drafting papers contextualised for Zimbabwe. There will be a requirement to set up and run a data room, to set up workshops and focus groups. This will be a high-pressure job involving long hours.

Successful applicants will be working in the Production Office.

Oversight to this office will be given by a task force of senior and experienced people and alongside them will be part-time experts that cut across all aspects of life in Zimbabwe.

These posts are for three months commencing no later than mid-October 2012 with the possibility of a 3-month extension.

These posts will be remunerated.

Applicants must have the following:
-Bachelor’s Degree in one of these disciplines: economics, social sciences, agriculture, engineering, entrepreneurship, development, human rights, leadership/management, commerce
-A Master’s Degree will be an added benefit
-Strong communication skills
-Excellent report writing
-Strong IT skills – Word, Excel, Power Point and internet savvy
-Team player and respect for diversity
-Self motivated and a high level of common sense
-Proven resilience and ability to manage stress
-Sense of humour

Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please email your CV to ziminterns [at] gmail [dot] com
Note the spelling is ziminterns.

Two (2) Students on Attachment: Local NGO

A local NGO is seeking for 2 Accounting Students on attachment for 1 year. The students must be studying towards an Accounting Degree and will be based in Harare.

If interested, drop your CVs in person at the following address:

National Finance Officer
76 Queen Elizabeth Road

Telephone: 04-492143/7 or 0772-160405

Internship Program: African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF)
Deadline: 5 October 2012

The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) is an autonomous Foundation, sponsored by the African Development Bank (AfDB), World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It enjoys support from a wide range of bilateral donors and African states as full partners to the development of human and institutional capacities.

The Foundation is seeking applications from interested students for a six-month Internship opportunity.

Desired qualifications and competencies

To be considered for this program, applicants must meet the following selection criteria:

1.Enrolled for a Master’s program in a recognized university or graduate school at the time of application studying for Economics, Development Studies, Public Administration or International Development
2.Application letter together with current CV
3.A recommendation letter from your university confirming enrolment
4.A personal statement setting out the reasons why you are interested in seeking internship with ACBF and your expectation(s) from the experience
5.Fluency in English and/or French language skills
6.Computer literate with data entry skills being an added advantage

How to apply
Applications, quoting ‘Internship Program,’ including names of three (3) referees should be received at the address below. Only candidates meeting the Foundation’s requirements will be contacted.

The Manager, Human resources
The African Capacity Building Foundation
P.O. Box 1562
Harare, Zimbabwe
Fax: (263-4) 702915; 738520
Email: root [at] acbf-pact [dot] org

For more details on the Foundation, please visit the ACBF website

Youths in Zimbabwe use empowerment funds to pay lobola

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Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 by Lenard Kamwendo

A noble youth empowerment initiative, which kick-started amid much pomp and fanfair has now taken a new meaning in Zimbabwe. Youths who received loans under the Old Mutual Youth empowerment fund have decided to re-write the project proposals they used to apply for the loans and give the initiative a new meaning of “personal empowerment”.

70% of the youths who got the loans have diverted the funds to pay for lobola and other personal things. Livingston Dzikira, Director of the Zimbabwe Youth Council, revealed this at a workshop organized by UNICEF in Nyanga. Lack of capacity building and to some extent also creativity and innovation has resulted in many youths submitting proposals for chicken rearing which the council director said they are now rejecting.

Under the programme Old Mutual issued US$11 million dollars to youth so that they can start livelihood projects but it seems like chicken rearing is what youths in this country are good at. Though some may complain that the funds were little but when one goes on to pay lobola and get a wife it really shows it was enough to start something

In a poll conducted on the Zimbabwe Youth Council website, 44.1% of the people who took part in the poll say the Youth Fund is not accessible in a friendly way and 19.6% don’t even know about the Youth Fund. To cap it all even the director of the youth empowerment body does not have the figures of the actual number of youths who benefited from the fund.