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Inzwa - Doorway to Chibhanzi: Jobs, opportunities and resources
Kubatana.net
August 18, 2009

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

4 (Four) vacancies with Tariro Project
Deadline: 28 August 2009
The following vacancies have arisen at Tariro Project. Tariro Project is an HIV/AIDS respite, rehabilitation and educational center that is related to Africa University and is based in Mutare.

1. Project Manager

This position involves being overall in charge of the project and giving lecturers in the Faculty of Health Sciences. The Project Manager is responsible for the smooth running of the project ensuring that comprehensive activities are rendered at all times to patients/ clients and their care givers, training appropriate project staff in this program, outreach workers to support the HIV/AIDS respite, rehabilitation and educational project, the clients and their care givers to enable them to lead a quality life. The position also ensures availability of appropriate documents and assessing implementation and effectiveness of the project.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Ensure that Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, Departmental policies, rules and regulations are available and are adhered to
  • Plan, organize, lead, control and evaluate project activities at the center to ensure provision of quality care to clients and their caregivers
  • Ensure adequate staff coverage at all times, supervise and appraise staff
  • Monitor and supervise of income generating projects of PLWHA and their caregivers
  • Ensure that correct channels of communication are followed at times
  • Collects, compiles, analyses and utilizes data and disseminates data to relevant authorities
  • Ensure safe custody of material resources to include all drugs and equipment
  • Ensure confidentiality and privacy is maintained at all times
  • Promote human rights
  • Conduct group training for Home Based Care Volunteers on basic counseling and interviewing techniques, Outreach activities and Home Based Care
  • Participate in developing applied skills of PLWHA and their caregivers in income generating projects
  • Organise and attend meetings with other organizations and counseling.
  • Teach Undergraduate and Graduate students of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Theology, Agriculture, Humanities & Social Sciences and other faculties.
  • Recruit, screen and interview project staff
  • Advise project staff on polices that affect their Welfare such Occupational health and Safety policies, gender policy, HIV and AIDS policies and programmes
  • Conduct fund raising activities
  • Conduct meetings at the center and attend any relevant meetings, may attend Board meetings
  • Collaborate with other agencies/organizations
  • Conduct operational research
  • Any other duties assigned by the Project Director

Qualifications, Experience and Attributes

  • A Bachelors Degree in Nursing Science\
  • Possession of a Masters Degree in Nursing Science is an added advantage
  • Any other Post Basic Courses like Midwifery, Community Health or Nursing Administration
  • At least 10 years experience in nursing, administration, training , community health activities and management of projects
  • Knowledge of HIV/AIDS prevention and Care issues
  • Registration with the Zimbabwe Nurses Council
  • A valid practicing certificate
  • Honesty and impeccable integrity
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good at communicating at all levels
  • Sound knowledge of Home Based Care

Station: Old Mutare Mission Hospital

Accountability: Answerable to Project Director

Supervises: Nurse in Charge/Counselor, Nurse/Nutritionist, Nurse Aides, Support staff, Home Based Care Volunteers

2. Nurse in Charge/Counselor

This position involves being overall in charge of the nursing services department. The nurse in charge is responsible for the day to day smooth running of the nursing activities, ensuring that comprehensive nursing care is rendered at all times to patients/ clients and their care givers, training appropriate project staff, outreach workers to support the project, the clients and their care givers to enable them to lead a quality life. The position also encompasses providing counseling services to the clients and their care givers, documenting and assessing implementation and effectiveness of the project.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Plan, organize, lead, control and evaluate nursing activities at the center to ensure provision of quality care to clients and their caregivers
  • Ensure adequate staff coverage at all times and supervise staff
  • Monitor and supervise of income generating projects of PLWHA and their caregivers
  • Ensure that correct channels of communication are followed at times
  • Collects, compiles, analyses and utilizes data and disseminates data to relevant authorities
  • Ensure safe custody of all drugs with special emphasis on Antiretroviral drugs
  • Ensure confidentiality and privacy is maintained at all times
  • Promote human rights
  • Refer ill patients to Old Mutare Hospital for care and management
  • Conduct operational research
  • Conduct Health education programs to PLWHA and their caregivers
  • Offer Counseling services to clients and their families and refer them to Old Mutare Hospital Voluntary Counseling and HIV Testing Unit as necessary.
  • Conduct group training for Home Based Care Volunteers on basic counseling and interviewing techniques
  • Train HBC volunteers through the provision of Outreach activities and home visits
  • Develop applied skills of PLWHA and their caregivers in income generating projects
  • Teach Undergraduate and Graduate students of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Theology, Agriculture, Humanities & Social Sciences and other faculties.
  • May assist in recruiting, screening and interviewing outreach staff
  • Conduct fund raising activities
  • Any other duties assigned by the project manager

Qualifications, Experience and attributes

  • Registered General Nurse
  • Degree/Diploma or Certificate in Counseling
  • Any other Post Basic Courses like Midwifery, Community Health or Nursing Administration
  • At least five years experience in nursing and counseling
  • Knowledge of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care issues is essential
  • Registration with the Zimbabwe Nurses Council
  • A valid practicing certificate
  • Honesty
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good at communicating at all levels
  • Sound knowledge of Home Based Care

Station: Old Mutare Mission Hospital

Accountability: Answerable to Project Manager

Supervises: Nurse/Nutritionist, Nurse Aides, Support staff, Home Based Care Volunteers

3. Nurse/Nutritionist

The nurse/nutritionist is responsible for providing comprehensive quality healthcare to promote the health of the patients/clients and their care givers, conducting nutritional assessment, planning and implementing appropriate programs on nutrition. The position also includes providing health education services to the clients and their care givers. Deputizes the nurse in charge

Duties and responsibilities

  • Plan, organize, lead, control and evaluate nursing activities at the center
  • Organise and supervise staff to do work, how and when to do it
  • Coordinate all activities at the center to ensure provision of quality care to clients and their caregivers
  • Conduct health assessment including nutritional assessment of patients/clients and their care givers
  • Manage common conditions
  • Collects clients, statistics on registration, attendances and conditions
  • Compiles and updates patients/clients progress reports
  • Refer seriously ill patients
  • Participate in developing applied skills of PLWHA and their caregivers in income generating projects
  • Monitor and supervise income generating projects of PLWHA and their caregivers
  • Supervises subordinates
  • Offer Counseling services to clients and their families
  • Refer clients for Voluntary Counseling and HIV Testing as necessary.
  • Conduct health education programs to PLWHA their care givers
  • Teaches PLWHA and their care givers on food safety and food security
  • Participate in training volunteers on Home Based Care
  • Maintain a stock control system for all medical supplies
  • Ensure proper reporting and record keeping
  • Collect, compile, analyse and utilize data and disseminates data to relevant authorities
  • Delegate responsibility according to capabilities, training and experience
  • Attend meetings and continuing education programs
  • Conduct operational research
  • Teach Undergraduate and Graduate students of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Theology, Agriculture, Humanities & Social Sciences and other faculties.
  • Conduct operational research
  • Conduct fund raising activities
  • Carry out any other duties as assigned by the nurse in charge from time to time

Qualifications, Experience and attributes

  • Degree/Diploma or Certificate in Nutrition
  • Registered General Nurse
  • Any other Post Basic Courses like Midwifery or Community Health
  • At least three years in Nursing and Nutrition
  • Knowledge of HIV/AIDS prevention and care issues
  • Registration with the Zimbabwe Nurses Council
  • A valid practicing Certificate

Station: Old Mutare Mission Hospital

Accountability: Answerable to Nurse in Charge

Supervises: Nurse Aides, Support staff, Home Based Care Volunteers

4. Driver

Duties and responsibilities

  • Carrying clients and their care givers to and from their homes for the project's activities at the Center
  • Carrying staff to and from the project's site
  • Driving staff for Home Based Care activities in the community
  • Picking visitors from identified locations to the Center
  • Carrying any other duties as may be assigned by the Nurse in Charge/Project Manager

Qualifications Experience and attributes

  • 5'O' Level passes
  • Driver's License - Classes 1, 2, 3, and 4
  • Defensive Driving Certificate
  • At least 5 years experience as a driver
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • High levels of integrity

To apply

Applications together with CV, 6 copies of certified certificates, academic transcripts and at least three names of referees with their e-mail and postal addresses should be forwarded to: Assistant Registrar, Personnel and Administration, Africa University, P. O. Box 1320, Mutare or email arpa@africau.ac.zw Correspondence will be made to short-listed candidates only. For more information visit www.africau.edu

Graça Machel Scholarship Programme
Deadline: 10 December 2009

The key aim of the Graça Machel Scholarship Programme is to help provide the female human resources necessary for economic, social and cultural development in the southern African region and to develop an educated and skilled workforce that can benefit the wider community. Scholarships that target women have long been recognized as an effective approach in addressing gender equality and eradicating poverty. By providing opportunities to study at postgraduate level, these scholarships aim to empower women and to equip them to take up leadership positions in order to have a direct impact in the communities, nations and region in which they live. Following in the footsteps of Graça Machel, these female scholars will be positive role models for other women.

The Graça Machel Scholarship Programme will provide a minimum of 60 postgraduate scholarships to female students from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe in both South Africa and the UK. The majority of the scholarships will be for study in South Africa.

One of the key concerns of Mrs Machel is giving a voice to rural women and the scholarship is therefore aimed at empowering rural women. The Graça Machel scholarship is for women who have experienced significant struggle in their life and who have sought to overcome those barriers, be they related to gender, disability, poverty, age or racial discrimination. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate clearly how their application fits within this vision of empowerment.

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Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program
Deadline: 3 September 2009

The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society's Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program provides nonprofit sector leadership training through seminars, applied research and mentorships. The program is open to young scholars and practitioners interested in building Third-Sector capacity in their home countries or regions. Fellows are based at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, where they design and pursue an individualized research project and participate in a seminar with Third-Sector leaders. The Center determines the program's topics of focus each year.

Fellows will participate in a 3-month seminar (Monday March 1 to Friday May 28, 2010) on the U.S. and international voluntary sectors. They will learn about the work of key agencies and meet with foundation leaders and other nonprofit representatives. They will also attend selected workshops or conferences.

Fellows are expected to produce a 25-page research paper on their findings, which will be presented in the seminar. The research topic for applicants to the 2010 Emerging Leaders Program is community foundations. A limited number of fellowships for research on diaspora or corporate philanthropy may also be available.

Each fellowship award covers the cost of tuition. As part of the award, the Center will also provide single-room dormitory accommodations with shared facilities at International House (adjacent to Columbia University), economy round-trip air travel to and from New York City and a generous stipend (taxable) to help cover research-related and additional living expenses. Tuition-based appointments may also be made, pending approval by the selection committee. Tuition information is available upon request.

Please note that due to a high volume of applications received, research proposals that address topics other than community foundations, diaspora philanthropy, and corporate philanthropy will not be considered.

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John Manyarara Investigative Journalism Awards
Deadline: 1 September 2009
The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) is inviting entries for the MISA John Manyarara Investigative Journalism Awards 2009. The awards seek to recognize excellence in investigative journalism in any form of media in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Two awards will be given:

  • The MISA John Manyarara Investigative Journalist of the Year Award whose winner will receive a cash prize of 2500 USD.
  • The MISA John Manyarara Upcoming Investigative Journalist of the Year Award whose winner will walk away with 1500 USD in cash.

The awards are given for an article or series of articles that demonstrate investigative journalism skills and presentation of facts.

Judges will be looking for work which:

  • Demonstrates investigative journalistic skill and methodologies like source building, data searching as well as depth and insight.
  • Is newsworthy, with the news value clearly derived from investigative methodologies as above
  • Concerns an issue of interest to the public in all its diversity
  • Interrogates society from all angles
  • Required perseverance or bravery to realize Is the product of the reporter's own initiative and effort
  • Uncovers facts that someone or some agency may have tried to keep from public scrutiny
  • Tells the story in a clear and balanced manner
  • Was broadcast or published between 1 January and 31 December 2008

MISA and the judges of the John Manyarara Investigative Journalism Awards do not maintain a narrow focus on investigative journalism to mean 'corruption stories' but include those stories that investigate Africa in all its diversity. Another 11 journalists who enter the completion stand a chance to win a fully sponsored trip to participate in a 3 day training workshop on investigative journalism convened by the Investigative Journalism Workshop (IJW) at the University of the Witwatersrand in partnership with the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ), the London Centre of Investigative Reporting (CIJ), Investigative Reporters and Editors in the US (IRE) and the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). The event will offer training workshops and panels by and for investigative reporters from Africa and further afield. Find out more

Scriptwriting Competition on Smallholder Farmer Innovation
Deadline: 1 November 2009
Farm Radio International is launching a scriptwriting competition on smallholder farmer innovation in sub-Saharan Africa. The competition is open to organisations and individuals that work with radio in Africa, including radio stations, broadcasters, production organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) with a radio project, farmers' associations with a radio show, etc.

Competitors are invited to submit a radio script that tells the true story of a knowledgeable and inspiring smallholder farmer (or farmers) from their region who has developed an innovation in one of the following categories:

  • Agricultural production, harvesting, or storage (including livestock and fisheries);
  • Agricultural processing or food preparation;
  • Marketing;
  • Cooperation (collectives, cooperatives, community groups, partnerships, social networks); and
  • Other innovations related to smallholder farmers and not listed above, for example, agricultural tools, agroforestry, plant varieties, on-farm production, or use of renewable energy.

To assist participants with writing the radio scripts, a free, two-month online scriptwriting training course will be offered, starting on August 24 2009, through the competition website. For those with limited internet access, the course will be available on a CD-ROM.

Top entries will be eligible for a variety of prizes, ranging from digital audio recorders to training opportunities. The winners will be announced in January 2010. Winning scripts will be published and distributed to radio stations across sub-Saharan Africa and made available on Farm Radio International's website. All entrants will receive feedback on their script.

The script is to be prepared by talking with local farmers. Scripts can take a variety of formats - for example, dramas, interviews, or two-host conversations. The script must be an original piece of work written specifically for this competition. It must be in English or French, be between 500-2,000 words, and include references to information sources used to prepare the script (e.g., farmers, agricultural institutions, NGOs, documents). Participants are encouraged to include an audio file with their script; however, this is not a requirement. These may be in the local language, which, if used for recording, should be identified.)

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