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NGO job vacancies in Zimbabwe: apply now!

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Thursday, December 13th, 2012 by Bev Clark

Two (2) Infrastructure Project Managers: UNFPA
Deadline: 12 noon on 27 December 2012

Duty Station: UNFPA; Harare, Zimbabwe

Overall Responsibility
Under the guidance and supervision of the Programme Specialist, Reproductive Health (UNFPA), effectively coordinates refurbishment of Maternity Waiting Homes under the EU MDG initiative. The officer will work closely with the Operations Specialist, the Deputy Director Reproductive Health in the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare and the Department of Public Works

Specific Duties and Responsibilities
·Implement MWHs refurbishments in the MDG initiative under the guidance of the Operations Manager and Programme Specialist, RH in collaboration with Deputy Director Reproductive Health in the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare and the Department of Public Works.
·Prepare work fiscal and delivery/construction program in line with  project objectives
·Come up with works specifications for individual health facilities and generate bills of quantities and approximate cost for the repairs per facility.
·Participate in the tendering process and evaluation of  technical bids, submitted by construction companies, and make recommendations
·Advise on contract preparation and award procedure ensuring conformity with UNFPA procurement and financial rules and regulations
·Handing over of works to contractors
·Regular site visits at all stages of refurbishment in order to verify and confirm quality of the refurbishment work. Quality control to  be verified using proven instruments particularly on reinforced concrete, finishes, wiring, plumbing, framing and joinery
·Through site visits guide the site supervisors in construction/refurbishment supervision and contract administration in accordance with relevant contract conditions and specifications
·Certifying completion of the work
·Handover of works to Ministry of Health and Child Welfare
·Assist with preparation of monthly and quarterly reports and submit summary of relevant information with recommendations to the supervisor
·Represent the project as required in Inter-Agency mechanisms, with appropriate Government authorities and donors
·Ensure effective coordination with all stakeholders

Minimum requirements for the post
Only candidates satisfying all of the following should apply:
·At least a Diploma in Quantity surveying and Construction Engineering or equivalent.  Degree in infrastructure related discipline; Civil Engineering, Quantity survey or equivalent and added advantage. Relevant demonstrated experience can be substituted for academic qualifications.
·Experience in in quantity surveying and construction project management.
·Minimum 5 year experience out of which preferably 3 at managerial level
·Hands-on experience working with  Government structures
·Strong communication skills, both spoken and written and ability to work with various implementing partners at national , provincial and district  levels
·Computer literacy skills in MS Office applications

Please send your CV and cover letter no later than 12 noon on 27 December 2012  to: UNFPA Representative, Ref: Infrastructure Project Manager, Block 7, 1st Floor, Arundel Office Park, Mt. Pleasant, PO Box 4775, Harare; or by e-mail to: mailzwe [at] unfpa [dot] org


Essence of change

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Thursday, December 13th, 2012 by Bev Clark

Job vacancy: Administration Assistant

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Thursday, December 13th, 2012 by Bev Clark

Administration Assistant: Zimbabwe Opportunities Industrialisation Centres (ZOIC)
Deadline: 12 noon on 20 December 2012

Duty Station: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
One year contract, with possibility of renewal

Zimbabwe Opportunities Industrialisation Centres (ZOIC) is in the process of expanding its offices to cover Matabeleland specifically in Bulawayo, therefore the need to employ an Administration Assistant.

Duties and Responsibilities

Administration Duties
·Provide the Administration and Accounting support necessary to support the Zimbabwe OIC   Bulawayo office
·Ensures proper filing of all ZOIC documents, including e-filing
·Receiving and passing on tele messages, reception duties and carrying out assigned duties from the Project Officer and Head Office
·Relieve Project Officer of office duties
·Petty cash handling
·Cash keeping, recording and reconciling

Program Duties
·Assist the Project Officer to review the work plans
·Assist the Project Officer in the development and production of reports
·Ensures that all data is collected and submitted to the Head Office timely
·Support the Project Officer and Head Office during planning and implementation of the organisation’s programs
·Ensure strong visibility of the ZOIC in Matebeleland
·All other duties assigned by the Project Officer

Qualifications and Experience

Only candidates satisfying all of the following should apply
·A Degree in Social Sciences, Political Administration, Business Studies or Social Work (must be registered with the Council of Social Workers)
·Fluency in English, as well as Ndebele and/or Shona.
·Ability to write clearly and concisely
·Proficiency in computer use
·Initiative, sound judgment and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with other staff members and members of the society from different national and cultural backgrounds
·Be a Zimbabwean national

Please send your CV and cover letter stating expected salary no later than 12 noon on 20 December 2012 by email to:
vchikwavarara [at] oici [dot] org
nmasikati [at] oici [dot] org
pbohwasi [at] oici [dot] org

Decriminalisation of gold panning in Zimbabwe

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Thursday, December 13th, 2012 by Lenard Kamwendo

ZANU PF’s 13th National People’s Conference held in Gweru pulls the curtain down on some of the major political highlights of 2012. The conference, which was declared a resounding success, came up with resolutions, setting the tone for elections in 2013.

Among some of the resolutions which may come as sweet to music the ears of those who have been carrying illegal mining activities is the resolution to decriminalize gold panning.

At the People’s Conference, the party has resolved to “spearhead the decriminalisation of mining operations undertaken by the gold panners (“makorokoza”) and implores Government to give them mining licences so that they operate lawfully”.

This resolution falls under National Economy Indigenising & Empowerment. Call it electioneering strategy or whatever you like but soon running battles with the police under “Operation Chikorokoza Chapera” will be a thing of the past as panners will be awarded with licenses to legitimize their operations.

Recently MDC came up with JUICE for the electorate. Since JUICE is just on paper ZANU PF was not to be outdone with paper strategies of the other parties but promised real papers to legitimatize the illegal activity of gold panning. Well to a young person with the potential to put an X in the next ballot maybe the resolution fell short of also decriminalizing diamond panning.


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Thursday, December 13th, 2012 by Bev Clark

Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.
- William S. Burroughs

Vacancy: Marketing & Communications Manager

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Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 by Bev Clark

Marketing & Communications Manager: Africa Centre for Holistic Management (ACHM)
Deadline: 15 January 2013

Position Summary
ACHM’s Marketing & Communications Manager is responsible for developing and managing a marketing and communications plan that results in increased participation in ACHM’s programmes and profit-making activities, and sufficient revenue to keep the organisation growing in quality, influence and impact. Make presentations, manage, identify and coordinate activities at marketing platforms nationally, and at key exhibitions regionally. Work with the ACHM team to develop an understanding of our activities on the ground and in turn assist them to explain those activities meaningfully. Identify, approach and follow up on potential fundraising opportunities that are in line with ACHM’s core focus.

ACHM is an award-winning organization that is restoring land to health while enhancing livelihoods (and profits) and reducing conflict. We seek a mature, dynamic, results-orientated individual with passion who values working in a learning organization.

Key Challenge
To develop and implement a successful marketing strategy for ACHM’s business ventures and a communications strategy that will make ACHM and its land and water restoration efforts well known in Zimbabwe and the Region

Supervisor:  Executive Director

Required Qualifications & Work Experience
-BSc Degree or higher in Marketing, Journalism, or related field
-A minimum of five years work experience in leading marketing, communications, and public relations efforts
-Experience in making presentations, co-ordinating and facilitating meetings
-Experience in social media marketing and communications
-International work experience
-Knowledge of Holistic Management a plus; commitment to gaining it essential

Required Skills
-Ability to develop and lead the implementation of a successful marketing and communications strategy or plan
-Results orientation; ability to close on sales
-Outstanding public speaking and presentation skills
-Excellent writing skills in English
-Leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills
-Proficiency in website management and updating
-Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
-Fluency in Ndebele

Preferred Qualifications
-Knowledge and experience of proposal development a plus
-Fluency in Nambya, Tonga & Shona a plus

Duties & Responsibilities
1. Lead and manage ACHM’s marketing and communications efforts
a. Oversee production of advertising and communication information materials.
b.  Develop a program to improve the dissemination of Africa Centre’s work to national, regional and international communities.
c.  Work closely with organisation’s various sections to understand activities on the ground to create accurate feedback to stakeholders at all levels (communities, Trustees, Scientific Liaison Committee, NGO partners throughout the region, and local, regional and international donors and funding agencies) through speaking assignments, written materials (brochures, flyers, newsletters, quarterly reports, editorials and articles for relevant media etc), and social media (website, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc).
2. Liaise with funding organizations locally, regionally and internationally and follow up communications and opportunities for funding of our core programme.

Organizational Responsibilities
-Build the skill base in marketing and communications within the senior management team, so they can in turn enhance the knowledge and skills of their staff
-Produce regular reports for the Executive Director (monthly), Donors (quarterly), Trustees (quarterly) and other key stakeholders (as needed).

Application Process
ACHM is an equal opportunity employer. Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience.

For consideration, please email a cover letter, C.V. and references to:
hmatanga [at] achmonline [dot] org with a copy to: ejanuary [at] achmonline [dot] org

For more information on the Africa Centre for Holistic Management visit: