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September 08, 2009

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

Finance and Administration Manager - Human Rights NGO Forum
Deadline: 18 September 2009

Main Purpose of the role

This position is responsible for the overall financial management (planning, budgeting, accounting and reporting) and human resource and administrative management of the organization. The role will provide strategic leadership and guidance in developing and implementing guidelines and procedures governing finance, human resources and administration support systems. The incumbent must have experience in managing and dealing with multi-donors.

Key responsibilities

  • Accurate financial accounting and Bank Accounts management
  • Planning and budgeting on financial aspects of the organization's programmes
  • Accurate reporting to Executive Director, Management Committee and funding partners
  • Overall accountability of organizational finances and compliance with the organization's policies and guidelines and donor requirements
  • Prepare financial reports in line with organizational and donor reporting requirements.
  • Co-ordinate and maintain a cash forecasting system to ensure that adequate funds are available to meet the working requirements of the programmes
  • Monitor ongoing levels of expenditure on individual programmes as against budget, and provide timely advice of likely over or under-spends.
  • Manage payroll and income tax payments

Qualifications, experience and competences

  • Accounting or Finance-related Degree, and/or fully qualified member of a recognised Accounting Professional Association such as ACCA and CIS
  • Substantial post qualification experience and demonstrable understanding and experience of finance management, preferably within an NGO
  • Strong communication skills, with excellent written and spoken English

To apply please send your application letter and CV to

Please note, on submitting your application, you are agreeing to the Forum holding and using the information that you have given for the purposes of recruitment and employment - should an offer be made.

Gender Support Programm - 2009 Second Call for Proposals - UNIFEM
Deadline: 13 September 2009 (12pm)

The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) is pleased to announce the second call for proposals for the Gender Support Programme (GSP), a multi-donor initiative dedicated to the advancement of gender equality, equity and women's empowerment in Zimbabwe at local and national levels. GSP is currently funded by the European Commission (EC) and The British Department for International Development (DFID).

A Secretariat manages the Fund's activities at UNIFEM. The Secretariat is guided by a Steering Committee comprised of representatives from the donor community and the Women's Coalition of Zimbabwe. Proposals are assessed by a Technical Committee comprised of a rotating group of experts in gender, development and women's empowerment.

Grants from the Gender Support Programme are highly competitive. The Fund will prioritize innovative, impact-oriented programmes that exhibit joint initiatives involving multi- stakeholder groups, and fostering collaborations and partnerships between well established and community based orgnisations from around Zimbabwe.

The call for proposal is initially for a one year period, with possibility of extension based on availability of resources and achievement of expected results.

The key areas of interventions are guided by the thematic areas contained in the National Gender and Women's Empowerment Strategic Action Plan (NGWESAP). These areas were prioritized and selected by stakeholders during the national consultative process. Prioritization was based on areas that required immediate attention in order to narrow the identified gaps and areas of common interest to the majority of the stakeholders. The selected thematic areas are;

  • Women and Economic Empowerment -The main objective of this thematic area is to "Facilitate the creation of an environment that is conducive for women to generate, own and control wealth".
  • Women and Education thematic area seeks to promote women's access to education, through advocacy and lobbying for the review of the educational curricular and girl empowerment.
  • Women in Decision making thematic area seeks to enhance leadership, participation and representation of women at all levels of decision-making through capacity strengthening of women and women's groups as well as through advocacy.
  • Women and Health thematic area aims at promoting women's access to health services through increased access to primary health care including sexual and reproductive health services and HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment and care for women and girls.
  • Women migration, forced displacement, trafficking and slavery thematic area seeks to promote safe and legal migration by women and raise awareness on women's legal rights and challenges encountered in migration. It also seeks to reduce incidences of slavery and trafficking of women across or within borders.
  • Cross-cutting themes to be mainstreamed through all the strategic thematic areas outlined above include:
    • Legal Reform which seeks to promote constitutional reform, the promulgation of gender sensitive laws and the repeal of gender discriminatory legislation, which does not promote gender equality and equity.
    • Gender Budgeting whose objective is to promote gender sensitive budgeting so that the special needs of women are catered for in national and sectoral budgeting.
    • Disability whose objective is to empower and involve all women living with disability in the different sectors.
    • Gender and Labour to ensure that women in all spheres of life have access to equal pay for comparable work, family benefits, financial credit and the right to own and inherit property.
    • Institutional Capacity Strengthening to strengthen the institutional capacity of the sector which has been observed to be lacking technical capacity in gender equality and women's empowerment programming.
    • Strategic Partnerships between the women's sector and already existing institutions with expertise in women's human rights issues is encouraged to achieve women's human rights in Zimbabwe.
    • Programmatic or Operational Cross-cutting Issues to be mainstreamed in all the thematic areas include capacity building of stakeholders, lobbying and advocacy, information dissemination, research and documentation, targeting and male involvement

To apply for the grant please refer to the detailed UNIFEM Application Guidelines on how to send in proposals. These guidelines are available on request from the address below (emails are more preferable).

The operational guidelines include UNIFEM's project proposal format, criteria for organisations who may wish to apply, pre-selection, selection and approval process, and reasons why a proposal might be rendered inadmissible.

All completed proposals should be submitted, by Sunday 13 September 2009, 12:00pm clearly marked GSP 2009 Second Call for Proposals to the following: UNIFEM, 7th Floor Takura House, 67-69 Kwame Nkurumah Avenue, Harare e-mail Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered.

Call for Expressions of Interest - Individual Consultants - World Bank Zimbabwe Country Office
Deadline: 14 September 2009

The Zimbabwe Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) was set up by a group of donors to support analytical work and is administered by the World Bank. The MDTF seeks Expressions of Interest from qualified Zimbabwean, regional and international consultants to undertake the following research studies in the social protection sector:

1. An analysis of Government and NGOs Public Works / Food for Work approaches

2. Feasibility Study for adapting the Public Works Approach in private sector projects, government and municipal civil works.

Only those with a post-graduate qualification and relevant experience should respond to this call.

Only electronic submissions will be considered.

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The Penguin Prize for African Writing
Deadline: 30 January 2010

Entries are invited for the Penguin Prize for African Writing. The Penguin Prize for African Writing will be awarded to writers of a previously unpublished, full length adult work in two categories: Fiction and Non-fiction. The winner in each category will be awarded a prize of R50 000 as well as a publishing contract with Penguin Books (South Africa) that will include worldwide distribution via Penguin Group companies.

Through this award Penguin aims to highlight the diverse writing talent on the African continent and make new African fiction and non-fiction available to a wider readership.


The shortlists will be announced in April 2010 and the prize in each of the two categories will be awarded in September 2010.

Criteria for entry and rules for the fiction prize

  • Novels of freshness and originality that represent the finest examples of contemporary fiction out of Africa will be considered
  • Submissions must be typed full-length works of fiction (generally between 60 000 and 100 000 words);
  • Poetry, plays, and short story collections will not be considered
  • Submissions in the children's literature, science fiction or fantasy genres will not be considered
  • Submissions should be previously unpublished works and the rights available to Penguin Books (SA) for worldwide publication and distribution
  • Submissions must be original works, from established or new writers
  • Submissions must be in English
  • Translations into English will be accepted, as long as the rights to publish in English around the world are not held by another publisher
  • Entrants must be citizens of an African country, where Africa is defined as continental Africa and the associated islands The competition is not open to Penguin employees, screeners or judges for the prize, nor to members of their families
  • The judging panel will be convened by Penguin Books (SA)
  • The shortlist of entries will be communicated to the successful entrants
  • The judges' decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into
  • Submissions must preferably be emailed to:

Hard copy submissions will only be accepted under exceptional circumstances after formal correspondence with the Prize Administrator on or addressed to The Prize Administrator, Penguin Books, PO Box 9, Parklands 2121, South Africa

  • Entrants may submit only ONE entry
  • Entrants must keep copies of their work as manuscripts will not be returned
  • Entries must reach Penguin Books (SA) by 30 January 2010

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