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Inzwa - Doorway to Chibhanzi: Jobs, opportunities and resources
August 04, 2009

Each week, Inzwa features jobs, scholarships, opportunities and other resources.

Resource Mobilisation Manager with Plan International
Deadline: 14 August 2009
Plan is an international humanitarian, child centred community development organisation dedicated to working with and for children in need in developing countries including Zimbabwe. Plan offers equal opportunity employment to suitably qualified applicants for vacant positions within the organisation. The Zimbabwe program is seeking services of a suitably qualified candidate to fill the following vacant position on renewable 2-year Fixed Term Contract basis.

Job Purpose:

Provides leadership in identifying and sourcing funding and resource opportunities from multiple sources and to coordinate and manage the grants and sponsorship systems. Responsible for the design and implementation of the Resource Mobilisation Strategy; Management and coordination of grants and sponsorship activities for the country; Representation and building relations with donors and embassies at the country level; Manage corporate sponsorship and grants transactions; provision of technical support and advice on grant proposal development to the program support teams at the CO and PUs; Responsible for the development of innovative approaches in mobilising resources locally and with the National Offices.

Entry Qualifications and Experience:

  • A Degree in Development Studies or related discipline
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in a similar position
  • Demonstrated record of excellence in sponsorship and grants management
  • Experience developing and writing grant proposals and grant reporting
  • Knowledge of various donor agencies
  • Knowledge of program design and development

Other Requirements:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proven ability to work in a multidisciplinary team environment
  • Good negotiation and facilitation skills
  • Good proposal writing skills
  • Excellent people management skills

Candidates who meet the above requirements should submit a motivational letter and comprehensive CV to: Reference & background checks will be performed for successful candidates including clearances on child related offences in conformity with Plan's Child Protection Policy. Please note that this position is open to Zimbabwean nationals/and or people with the right to live and work in Zimbabwe only. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Regional Director (UN Millennium Campaign)
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Deadline: 16 August 2009

Working under the direct supervision of the Director of the UN Millennium Campaign and supporting the campaign as a whole, the Regional Director is responsible for the analysis of political, social and economic trends and leads formulation, management and evaluation of programme activities within his/her portfolio, provides policy advice services as well as identifying new partners and strengthening of established partnership with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Media, Youth Organizations, Faith Based Organizations (FBOs), Local Governments, Parliamentarians, UN Country Teams, and Private Sectors.

The Regional Director's role is to lead the regional presence of the UN Millennium Campaign in Africa, with emphasis on Campaign co-ordination with connection to the Millennium Campaign's global experiences. The Regional Director's functions are fully integrated in the regional structure, results planning and delivery.

In addition, the Regional Director will (i) Lead and oversee the management, both substantively and operationally, of large regional, sub regional and national programmes; (ii) Manage a large volume of financial resources being invested in the region from multiple sources with a high degree of accountability for delivery of those resources; (iii) Manage, lead and coordinate several policy advisors, media and communications, operations staff at various levels; (iv) Manage the substantive area of work in a politically complex environment; and (v) Lead the Campaign in the region ensuring its credibility to deliver on a highly visible programme which in turn links to delivering on the MDG by 2015.

Summary of Key Functions:

  • Contribute to the design and formulation of national/sub-regional/regional programmes drawing upon lessons from programmes and other initiatives in and out of the region and from global experiences\
  • Contribute to the design and formulation of national/sub-regional/regional programmes drawing upon lessons from programmes and other initiatives in and out of the region and from global experiences
  • Develop regional policy and guidance in MDG advocacy related areas with the UN Millennium Campaign Director in NY;
  • Provide substantive inputs to national/international fora to help shape global and regional strategies on campaigning for the MDGs;
  • Lead advocacy on the MDGs in the region including promotion of the MDGs, targets, progress towards the achievement of the MDGs, and the sharing of the Campaign's global experience
  • Coordination and formulation of programme strategies
  • Management of the Campaign programme in Africa;
  • Creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy
  • Provision of top quality policy advisory services to the Director and other UN Millennium Campaign staff as well as the facilitation of knowledge building and management within the Campaign.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • A Masters degree or higher in the social sciences, such as political science, sociology, economics or a related discipline.
  • 15 years of overall relevant professional experience as well as a proven professional record in MDGs advocacy. Work experience from a developing country context is a necessity. A track record of extensive national/international working experience with increasing managerial responsibilities in the development arena. Experience in programme management. Experience in leading/managing knowledge product development and dissemination.
  • Fluency (both written and verbal) in English and knowledge of a regional language is an asset.

Find out more and apply here

The 2009 One Africa Award
Deadline: 21 August 2009

ONE invites innovative individuals, civil society organizations or advocacy groups based in Africa that demonstrate a commitment to and success in advancing one or more of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to apply for the 2009 ONE Africa Award.

This award is designed to honor, celebrate and recognize Africa-driven and African-led efforts that are changing lives, communities, and countries one step at a time.

The recipient will receive an award up to $100,000 USD to help advance and expand upon its outstanding work. ONE will honor the awardee at an international conference in Africa in November, 2009 and, together with the top four finalists, will be invited to share success stories and lessons learned through The ONE Blog.

Find out more and apply here

Funding for African Women's Organisations

The African Women's Development Fund (AWDF) funds local, national, sub-regional and regional organisations in Africa working towards women's empowerment. In addition to awarding grants, the AWDF attempts to strengthen the organisational capacities of its grantees.

The AWDF funds work in six thematic areas:

  • Women's Human Rights
  • Political Participation
  • Peace Building
  • Health, Reproductive Rights
  • Economic Empowerment

The AWDF prioritises programs that develop and promote women's leadership and advocacy across all these themes. These thematic areas have been selected because they feature very highly on the agenda of African women and their organisations. Find out more

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