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Consultancy with ActionAid for Livestock Project

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Friday, April 26th, 2013 by Bev Clark

Consultant: Livestock Project Baseline / ActionAid
Deadline: 1 May 2013 at 1700 hours

Location: Harare/Mbire
To Start: 6 May 2013
Contract: 1 – 2 weeks

Purpose of the Position
To carryout baseline for proposed livestock development project in Mbire district

Key Strategic Performance Areas
-Quantitative and qualitative benchmarks for the    indicators outlined in the log frame.
-Provide business plans for sale pens, abattoir and the tannery.
-Review current practices that contribute to livestock production and marketing looking at the policy/legal framework governing this sector.

A detailed Terms of Reference will be made available to shortlisted candidates.

Minimum Requirements

Minimum MSC in the following areas Social science , Agriculture, Veterinary science, with experience in livestock and social science research.

Other Essential Requirements
-Substantial experience in livestock issues, policy analysis and development programming in Southern Africa. .
-Experience working in rural areas in areas of livelihoods.
-Proven experience in livestock business, development, policy analysis and value addition initiatives.
-Experience in conducting reviews employing participatory methodologies
-At least 5 years relevant experience in livestock development issues
-Research companies and organizations that might be interested should have the required personnel with requisite skills.

To apply submit your updated CVs, work plan and detailed budget and at least three referees to The Human Resources and Organizational Development Manager, Action Aid International, 16 York Avenue, Newlands, Harare

Or email: jobs.zimbabwe [at] actionaid [dot] org

NB: Whilst all applicants will be assessed strictly on their individual merits, qualified women are especially encouraged to apply.

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

A good chef is hard to find

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Friday, April 26th, 2013 by Bev Clark

Zimbabweans want to come home. The Government of Zimbabwe needs to resuscitate our local industry and create jobs. If you need a chef, maybe Obvious is your man … let us know and we’ll put you in touch.

Hi guys please am looking for a chef position. Am here in Cape Town, South Africa but I really need a chef job in my home country and I need to make a difference in hospitality industry. I believe I do have all it takes to make a change for our country. Am ready to come down to my home country as soon as you guys got something for me.


Job vacancy in Kenya: Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)

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Friday, April 26th, 2013 by Bev Clark

Helpdesk Engineer: Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)
Deadline: 25 June 2013


Salary: 30k-40k

The Helpdesk Engineer is part of a small, high-performing IT team supporting 800 users in over 25 countries. Our goal is to ensure that our systems are reliable, secure, and robust to support CHAI staff, volunteers, and partners fulfill their mission of expanding access and care to health care services in underserved areas. Located at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) office in Nairobi, Kenya the Helpdesk Engineer will play a key role on the IT team supporting our worldwide staff.  The person in this position is focused on Microsoft Windows-based technologies, with a heavy emphasis on WindowsXP/7, creating and maintaining user accounts in Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, and Blackberry Enterprise Server and providing remote support to our worldwide staff. This position requires a self-starter who is knowledgeable, meticulous, and resourceful to be successful and effective in a fast-moving and entrepreneurial environment.  Must be excited by the challenge of tackling projects in new areas, quickly building knowledge and skills and effectively applying them.

-Maintain Exchange 2010, BES and AD user accounts
-Proactively support staff in field offices.
-Provide end-user support with SharePoint 2010
-Provide training and assistance to users as needed
-Interface with vendors to place orders for new equipment and software
-Ability to design and install systems on a limited budget
-Create and maintain updated documentation
-Must be excited about learning new things, patient in dealing with staff in complex and sometimes high-pressure situations
-Must have excellent attention to detail
-Providing hardware and software support for local users in person, and coordinating and providing support, via phone and email, for our users worldwide through our helpdesk system
-Collaborate well in a small team environment

-Three or more years of experience supporting users in WindowsXP/7 using Office 2007/2010 in a Windows 2008 environment
-Experience with supporting remote staff across slow or unreliable Internet connections
-Three or more years experience supporting Outlook in an Exchange 2007/2010 environment
-Bachelor (4-year) degree with a technical major such as engineering or computer science, or equivalent demonstrated work experience and proficiency in technical analysis and written technical reports
-Strong analytical ability and problem solving skills are very important
-Comfort with, and patience for, users of varying levels of expertise
-Basic understanding of networking technologies such as LAN, CAT5e, patch panels, switches, routers and firewalls
-Experience in hardware/software troubleshooting and in providing hands-on training
-Experience supporting users across multiple sites, countries and time zones
-SharePoint 2010 experience a plus
-Microsoft Access or SQL experience a plus
-Proficiency with a scripting tool such as VBScript or PowerShell a plus
Some international travel is required

Email the CHAI Recruitment Team on: recruitment [at] clintonhealthaccessinitiative [dot] org

Love trumps hate

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Friday, April 26th, 2013 by Bev Clark

Boston cover

Then our design director, Brian Struble, and deputy design director, Liz Noftle, came up with the concept of taking shoes worn during the marathon and arranging them so that the negative space is in the shape of a heart.

Read more about this inspiring magazine cover here

Signs of life

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Thursday, April 25th, 2013 by Lenard Kamwendo

Lenard 1

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Thursday, April 25th, 2013 by Bev Clark

and I am waiting
for forests and animals
to reclaim the earth as theirs
and I am waiting
for a way to be devised
to destroy all nationalisms
without killing anybody
and I am waiting
for linnets and planets to fall like rain
and I am waiting for lovers and weepers
to lie down together again
in a new rebirth of wonder

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, “I Am Waiting”