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Friday, December 8, 2017

Africa Regional Research - Monitoring and Evaluation Manager

by Juma Mzuri  |  at  1:22 AM
Position Overview:
The Africa Research Monitoring & Evaluation (RM&E) Manager’s primary responsibility is to provide strategic direction, technical guidance, and on-the-ground support to RM&E projects taking place in Africa, and secondarily support global RM&E strategies and initiatives. The Manager provides support and assistance to Room to Read’s Country Office teams in South Africa and Tanzania, and Global Office staff based in Africa. The Manager will also take a lead role in research and technical assistance activities in Rwanda.
This position is based in Kigali, Rwanda, Pretoria, South Africa or Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, depending upon where the successful applicant is currently based, and is legally eligible to work. This position requires frequent travel to countries in Africa where Room to Read operates. The desired start date for this position is March 1, 2018.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Travel regularly to provide hands-on support and coaching to Country Office colleagues on the implementation of research and evaluation projects.
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data, synthesize findings, and write summary reports.
  • Provide technical support to Country Office colleagues on research design.
  • Support Country Offices in strengthening their program monitoring systems, and effectively communicating and utilizing data for program improvement.
  • Train and mentor Country Office RME staff to develop the necessary knowledge and skill sets to run methodologically strong evaluations and research studies.
  • Work with Global, Regional, and Country Office colleagues to identify research needs and develop research designs and proposals. Contribute to global research, monitoring and evaluation strategies and operational plans.
  • Stay informed about research and trends in education and in research and evaluation to inform our strategy accordingly.
  • Identify and build a regional professional network to increase collaboration with organizations engaged in research, monitoring and evaluation in programmatic areas aligned with Room to Read’s focus.
  • Represent Room to Read’s research, monitoring and evaluation work in external forums such as conferences, government and community meetings, etc.
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Master’s degree in a related field (e.g. education, social sciences, economics)
  • A minimum of 7 years of professional experience, with at least 3 years of experience (based internationally or in-country) leading research, monitoring and evaluation activities in low income countries, including designing and managing data collection efforts
  • Strong technical competence in research, monitoring and evaluation methods
  • Strong analytical and writing skills, as demonstrated by the ability to produce high quality reports
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative analysis skills, with proven ability to work with data software packages such as Stata/SPSS/SAS and qualitative data analysis software such as NVivo
  • Experience with digital data collection platforms and protocols
  • Ability to travel frequently within Africa
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Prior experience living and/or working in one or more African countries
  • Prior experience living and/or working in rural areas
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish productive working relationships both internally and externally
  • Familiarity with measurement strategies for early grade reading and life skills preferred
  • Compensation:
  • Room to Read offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits. The non-monetary compensation includes a unique opportunity to be part of an innovative, meaningful, fun, and rapidly growing organization that is changing the world through literacy and gender equality in education.
https://osv-rtr.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/RoomToRead/job/Global-Office-Africa---Pretoria/Africa-Regional-Research--Monitoring-and-Evaluation-Manager_R-00421 . You can also go to our website at roomtoread.org and click on the careers section for more information.

Research Associate – Pan African University

by Juma Mzuri  |  at  1:21 AM
Research Associate – Pan African University (Re-advertised)



LOCATION: Tlemcen, Algeria

Timezone: UTC +1

CLOSING DATE: 2017•12•14

United Nations University Objectives:

The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars, engaged in research, postgraduate teaching and capacity development and dissemination of knowledge in furthering the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. The mission of UNU is to contribute, through research and capacity building, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems that are the concern of the United Nations and its Member States. For more information.

The United Nations University Vice-Rectorate in Europe (UNU-ViE):

UNU-ViE concentrates on relationships between advancing science and technology for human security. In addition to its scientific core mandate, it administers the central units providing service to UNU entities in Bonn.The central administration units include Finance, Human Resources, Information Communication Technology, Communication Services, Procurement and General Administration. These units also assist with the administration of new UNU initiatives in Europe and Africa. For more information on the organization, please visit the following websites: www.vie.unu.edu 

PACET (Pan African Cooperation and Educational Technologies) :

aims to strengthen research, educational and institutional capacities of UNU-EHS in Africa. The program fosters the cooperation between UNUs and African institutions in higher education, research, policy and practice to develop innovative methods and appropriated solutions to address challenges particularly in the frame of the Agenda 2063 of the African Union and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The cooperation with the Pan African University as culmination of continental initiatives of the African Union Commission to revitalize higher education and research in Africa represents a main aspect of the programme. The programme particularly supports the institutional development of the Pan African University Institute for Water and Energy Sciences (incl. Climate Change – PAUWES) in Algeria by enhancing its teaching and research activities in water, energy and climate change thanks numerous projects (Water and Energy Security in Africa – WESA; Risk Assessment and Reduction strategies for Sustainable Urban Resource Supply in Sub-Saharan Africa – RARSUS; Higher Education Cooperation with PAUWES, etc.).

The Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (including Climate Change) (PAUWES):

PAUWES is hosted at the University of Tlemcen, Algeria. The institute is part of the Pan African University – a project initiated by the African Union to revitalize higher education and research in Africa. It is a project that will exemplify excellence, enhance the attractiveness and global competitiveness of African higher education and research, and establish the Pan African University at the core of Africa’s development as part of a broad, integrated system of higher education across the African continent.

Germany supports as the „Key Thematic Partner“ of the Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES) the establishment of the PAU hub in Tlemcen. The support is based on a trilateral agreement between the African Union Commission (AUC), the Algerian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MESRS) and the Federal Republic of Germany. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is supporting PAUWES in founding the research dimension of the institute.

In the frame of the projects “Water and Energy Security in Africa (WESA)” and “Risk Assessment and Reduction strategies for Sustainable Urban Resource Supply in Sub-Saharan Africa (RARSUS)” aims to support the development of PAUWES by enhancing its research activities in water and energy sciences. Results of the projects are the first steps towards the implementation of a research agenda at PAUWES. Support of young scientists plays a central role in the PAUWES research agenda with the goal to develop and implement scientific results.

Beside the institutional and scientific objectives, the integration of PAUWES into scientific networks and the establishment of PAUWES as Pan African (and beyond) hub/platform on the topic of Energy, Water and Climate Change is another important objective of the project.

For the creation of a favorable research environment and the coordination of research projects/activities, PAUWES has established this position funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the research associate position announced is to support the PAUWES research coordinator in his activities.

Under the overall authority of the Director of UNU-EHS / Vice-Rector in Europe, and the co-supervision of the Director of PAUWES and the research coordinator at PAUWES the successful candidate will:

• Support activity for the implementation of the research agenda at PAUWES
• Support to the creation the appropriate framework for research at PAUWES, which includes the establishment of the legal framework for research at PAUWES (PAU statutes)
• support the integration PAUWES in African and international research networks
• Support the development of PhD Programmes of PAUWES
• Support the development of concepts for the acquisition of third party funding
• Support capacities building activities in the area of research management
• Organise scientific meetings, seminars and conferences
• Support outreach activities to relevant stakeholders in research and research policy
• Prepare status and management reports and other information as required by the donors
• Take up other related duties as required.

Qualifications and Experience Requirements:

• Master degree with minimum of two (2) years of working experience in environmental sciences, natural sciences, research or educational management preferably in an international and multi-cultural environment Experience in networking with research and research policy stakeholders
• Administrative and financial management skills
• Ability to build good working relationships with individuals of different national and cultural backgrounds
• Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to approach relevant stakeholders, team leaders and donors
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and French
• Working experience in Africa
• Willingness to be based in Tlemcen

Applications from suitably qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged.


Remuneration will commensurate with qualifications and experience, using local salary scales for Algeria as a basis.

Duration of Contract:

This is a full-time employment on a one (1) year Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) contract with the possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory work performance and availability of funds, with the combined duration of appointments not exceeding six (6) years.

This is a locally recruited post and no relocation allowances apply. The duty station for this position is Tlemcen, Algeria, which is deemed as a non-family duty station. The successful candidate will be employed under a local contract and will not hold international civil servant status nor is he/she a “staff member” as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations.

Starting Date:
As soon as possible

To apply:

Interested applicants should submit their applications by e-mail (to hrbonn@vie.unu.edu), and must include the following:

• A cover letter setting out how the qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position;
• A curriculum vitae and a completed and signed unu personal history (p.11) form downloadable from the unu website. Please avoid using similar forms provided by other united nations organizations;
• An indication of the reference number of the vacancy announcement (2017/unu/ehs/psa/ra/105).

Note: Those applicants who had applied for the initial announcement must apply once again if they are still interested in the position.

Brand Engagement Manager at Oxfam International

by Juma Mzuri  |  at  1:20 AM
Dependent on location, Oxfam International is unable to guarantee a work permit for this position.
One person in three in the world lives in poverty. Oxfam is determined to change that world by mobilizing the power of people against poverty.
Around the world, Oxfam works to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. We save lives and help rebuild livelihoods when crisis strikes. And we campaign so that the voices of the poor influence the local and global decisions that affect them. In all we do, Oxfam works with partner organizations and alongside vulnerable women and men to end the injustices that cause poverty.
Oxfam is an international confederation of 20 organizations networked together in more than 90 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty. The Oxfam International Secretariat is currently headquartered in Oxford, with advocacy and campaigns offices in Washington DC, New York, Brussels, Geneva, and a liaison office with the Africa Union in Addis Ababa.
This post will be part of the Oxfam International Brand team and based in the Public Engagement department.
The Role
Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty. Critical to achieving our goal is inspiring people to be part of that. Oxfam International is looking for a Brand Engagement Manager who will help make Oxfam’s work famous, motivating people to join and participate. This new, exciting role will help develop and implement the global brand strategy, collect and share audience insights, and work with Oxfam countries and project teams to increase brand awareness, understanding, affection and the intention to support.
We are looking for an outstanding branding professional who has the ability to deploy her/his experience in branding to support and advise Oxfam countries and teams. The successful candidate has significant experience in digital first brand management and brand engagement, has experience with trend analysis and audience research, and has a deep understanding of digital brand building techniques in various cultures and markets, in particular in the global south. Exceptional influencing skills are essential to the job – the ability to achieve agreed goals and to drive change without direct authority or budget. Fluency in English is required and competence in French and/or Spanish is desirable.
How to apply
To view the job description and for information on how to apply please go to the Oxfam International Website, found at: https://recruitment.oxfam.org/  

Pan-African Governance Advisor for EC PANAF Project

by Juma Mzuri  |  at  1:19 AM
ActionAid Denmark seeks an experienced regional Pan-African Governance Advisor, who would be an important member of the core project management team for the EC funded Pan-African project “Mobilizing Civil Society Support for Implementation of the African Governance Architecture”.  The project is led by AADK and implemented in eight ActionAid countries by ActionAid country offices and with regional partners from the CSO media fraternity.
The project is aiming to develop a Citizen’s Report methodology bringing together results from community scorecards; citizen perception data (Afrobarometer); and legal analysis into national and regional overviews on implementation. The Advisor would play a key role in advising on development and implementation of this methodology as well as subsequent advocacy at national, regional and continental levels.  A significant focus is to train and build capacity of the ActionAid national offices and partners within this methodology as well as support advocacy.
Specific objectives: 
  • Develop tools and guidelines that allow the AA offices to be confident in implementing the Citizen Report methodology at national level
  • Providing coaching and capacity building to ensure that partners feel confident and are independently engaging effectively in advocacy activities  at national, regional and international levels.
  • Mentor partners and support development of training curricula that they can utilise to deliver training to other CSOs on advocacy to implement the ACDEG (the African Charter on Democracy, Elections & Governance).
  • Develop guidelines to support regional implementation partners to successfully advocate for the implementation of the ACDEG and more effectively buildg CSO alliances at regional level for advocacy on ACDEG especially with governance, youth and women’s rights oriented CSOs 
Key result areas:
The Advisor’s support will help to ensure: 
  • A methodology guide has been developed for producing national Citizen’s Reports on implementation of the ACDEG and revised to reflect lessons-learned
  • Coaching is provided to AA offices on implementation of Citizen’s Report methodology, especially legal analysis and Community Scorecard approaches
  • Training curriculum has been developed for ½ day, 1 day, and 2 day versions of introduction to advocacy for implementation of the ACDEG, and programme staff in all 8 AA offices familiarized with training contextualization and delivery
  • All partners have confidently developed and implemented their own campaign and advocacy strategy and are engaged in concrete advocacy activities.
  • At least 4 tangible and realistic advocacy initiatives have been carried out in cooperation between two or more partners by December 2018
  • Regional implementing partners have contextualized training courses for CSOs on ACDEG
  • Regional implementing partners have provided regional reports and briefing materials on implementation of ACDEG
  • AU level advocacy events and knowledge products have been informed by Technical briefing on evidence and issues regarding ACDEG implementation
  • Lesson learned and best practices related to the implementation of the AGA and Citizen Report methodology have been developed and distributed
  • Tangible advocacy strategies and linkages between local, national and international levels have been implemented 
Required qualifications: 
  • At least 5 years of experience working on governance programming and/or advocacy in Africa
  • Extensive field experience in capacity building and an in-depth knowledge of governance trends and preferable in the areas of electoral accountability, civil political rights in a cross section of African countries
  • Application of human rights based approach to development and theoretical knowledge in the design, management and support of complex, multi-disciplinary capacity building programmes involving various stakeholders
  • Demonstrated abilities and contributions to participatory monitoring tools, policy guideline formulation, coalition building, team building and advocacy, preferably in the NGO sector
  • Demonstrated abilities and contributions to policy and guideline formulation, organizational capacity development and advisory support, preferably in an INGO sector
  • Experience in working with partners in different intervention levels and a partnership approach 
Personal qualifications: 
  • Strong negotiation and advocacy skills
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Patient, flexible and approachable
  • Resistance to adversity
  • Diplomacy and respect
  • Track record of developing strong working relationships across organizational boundaries with a wide variety of CSO actors and government representatives
  • Ability to work independently and adapt to easily to different situations
  • Excellent skills at working in distributed international teams, including communicating appropriately combining face to face, videoconferencing, emails, social media effectively
  • Pro-activeness.
  • Strong sense of solidarity and commitment to development issues.
  • Ability to work quickly and effectively under pressure. 
Application procedure and deadline:
Forward a letter of motivation and an updated CV (totalling no more than 4 pages) by email to advisor1@ms.dk with a subject line Ref: Pan-African Governance Advisor. The application package should not exceed 2 MBs.
Deadline for application submission is:  December 12th, 2017
Contract start is subject to approval of work and residence permit, which can be a lengthy process. Therefore, the expected start date is 1st February 2018. The assignment is for 24 months, with the possibility for renewal.
Estimated recruitment process: 
  • 13th December: Shortlisted candidates are contacted
  • 15th December: Skype interviews with shortlisted candidates
  • 18th December: Second round Skype interviews with two final candidates 
Due to the large number of applications received for these positions, it is not possible to provide feedback for all applications. Therefore, only shortlisted candidates will be notified at each stage of the recruitment process. If you have not received any reply to your application by 23rd December, then you should consider yourself unsuccessful for this position.
More information:
A comprehensive job description is available for download at: www.actionaid.org The job description includes thorough information about the job content, basic salary, and background for the placement. All interested candidates are strongly recommended to go through the detailed job description before applying. For more information on the People4Change program, please visit the ActionAid Denmark website: www.ms.dk
The Advisor is placed through ActionAid Denmark’s People4Change program; a people-to-people programme providing development support to ActionAid Country Programs and their partner organisations. People4Change is a cross-national program, aiming at building tolerance, respect and expertise across cultures and borders.
For practical questions related the advertised position, please contact: Dorte Tietze, Senior Programme Manager ActionAid Denmark, dti@ms.dk   

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