"My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness."
- Maya Angelou
So here we are. It's the end of June, and the time has come to say goodbye. As we look back on the last month since we broke the news to you that we'd have to lay low for a while, our hearts could not be more full. We asked, you answered - and our inboxes (all of them!) are overflowing with what Kubatana means to you. We now know what kind of a gap we will leave, and we also know without a shadow of a doubt that our work matters - to all of you. Thank you for taking the time to show up for us.
This is our last newsletter until further notice.
We're continuing to have important conversations behind the scenes, and to take some time to reflect, restrategize, and figure out what's next. We don't have all the answers, but you can be sure that once we know what our beloved Kubatana will do next, you will be the first to know.
Until the next time we meet . . .
The Kubatana Team
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Thank you Kubatana for the funky bite-sized news from Zimbabwe and the wider region. You will leave a gap in the weekly news updates and best of all, the link clicks that have seen many employment opportunities created, dreams realised, and office space occupied :-D Thank you for your inspired work and hope to see this giant rise again.
- Sammy, via WhatsApp
Personally, I enjoyed the way in which you deliver your content, it’s rich in vocabulary. Your newsletter not only covered local content, the international content also helped me to understand what’s going around in the world. There were always hints of humour which does help in this gloomy country of ours.
- Subscriber, via WhatsApp
Hello Kubatana, a big Thank You for all the information you have shared. I have been encouraged and inspired to be a more responsible citizen by you guys. The updates on a variety of Zim social issues were always refreshing and balanced, unlike others out there. Professionally I benefited from the opportunities you put up, including calls for proposals, professional openings, surveys, etc.
- Subscriber, via WhatsApp
What I’ll miss most is Ana. She just made me feel at home. I just wanted to know if Ana exists tho. If she does, tell her she is a friendly as a puppy, and she always makes me feel like I am in a sister-to-sister talk. Guys please stay!!!! Don't leave us.
- Subscriber, via WhatsApp
Thank you very much for the newsletter which we will truly miss. It was always insightful, well thought out and you would look forward to the WhatsApp message every Wednesday. Thank you so so much we truly appreciate all the hard work and resources that were being channelled to keep the Kubatana flame alight.
- Subscriber, via WhatsApp
when they rest you [today], perhaps your beloved Gandamasungo will sigh all your names in farewell. perhaps, the skies above it will darken from ancient Zimbabwean birds, resplendent in dresses of grief. perhaps the ongoing struggle for independence will bend its head and feel its soul sink once more. perhaps we will say, yet again, in our heads, the things we would have said when we could still say them. And perhaps, some day soon, we will all know to raise those heads and read between the lines of this wretched last act that which your brave, selfless, rare, true, tireless heart that so loved Zimbabwe, that so loved us, knew and lived by till the final heartbeat . . . for when we do, is when we, too, will sing your song, and we will sing it so loud you will hear us and know the better, the democratic Zimbabwe you believed in but did not live to see, would have come at last -- we would have found, in your song, a power greater than the people in power. it is time to say go well Mukoma Alex Tawanda Magaisa, and also to say, thank you. Thank you. for your unwavering Song.
(my deepest condolences to the family, friends, comrades-in-the-struggle, and students of brother Alex).
Source: NoViolet Bulawayo
Friends for life . . .
Kubatana has become that one best friend who’s been away for a few days, you are so eager to meet. That one friend you can’t even wait to tell that I love and missed you, you forget about everything and everyone around you but concentrate and give the whole attention to it so that you won’t miss any detail. That has become Kubatana for me. I haven’t got my job yet, but that’s not why I love Kubatana. It made me discover that we have so much talent not just country wide but Africa wide. If it’s not reminding us to go and register to vote, it’s keeping us updated on news that is happening in our country. I’m going to miss Kubatana. If I could I would sponsor you so that people like me and others will have home and dream again to have our jobs. I’m praying to God that you’ll get your sponsor anytime soon. God bless you.
- Subscriber, via WhatsApp
Started from the bottom now we're here . . .
As the multi-award winning band Mokoomba launches into yet another European tour, we found this interview that they gave to Kubatana in 2009, long before they had made it big on the international stage. Take a look at the whole thing, including audio snippets, in our archive here
Interview with Mokoomba
Zanele Manhenga, July 14, 2009
The band Mokoomba is billed "The Next Generation of Zimbabwean Hope" in recognition of their story of diversity and perseverance: they come from one of Zimbabwe's smallest rural villages and sing in Tonga, a language foreign to even the majority of Zimbabweans.
Mokoomba is . . .
Trustworth Samende - Guitar & Backing vocals
Mathias Muzaza - Lead vocal & Percussion
Donald Moyo - Keyboard & Backing Vocals
Abundance Mutori - Bass Guitar
Costa Ndaba Moyo - Drums
Mithi Mugande - Percussion & Backing vocals
How is life at the Zimbabwe Crossroads Centre in Hatfield?
It is brilliant though far from home.
Are you in contact with your families?
We contact them everyday; we have not lost contact with families.
To the married guys - how are you ensuring that your marriages stay alive?
We assure our wives that we hard at work so that we can support them. They are secure and are not worried as we talk to them on a daily basis.
What does the name Mokoomba mean?
Mokoomba means the vibrant life that the Zambezi River gives to the baTonga people and their culture.
How did you come together to form the band
We stay in the same hood, so we knew each other before we started the band so it was easy for us to come together and form a group. When we heard about the Zimbabwe Crossroads we decided to go as a team.
What was your prize?
The prize was a European tour.
As bread winners in Zimbabwe how has life been for you?
Its very difficult coz there is no money; we just do the shows because we want to build a name.
Do you as males get preference as opposed to female artists?
I don't think it has anything to do with male or female. If you are playing something nice music people will like your music. It is about what you give the people.
What genre is your music?
Afro fusion of Tonga music that has a Zambian groove mixing it with a Zimbabwean feel and a bit of a Spanish feel.
What is the theme of your music?
We sing about HIV and AIDS. Most of our music is about teaching people about diseases.
What is your greatest fear as musicians?
I think the worst that would happen to Mokoomba would be to separate and the other thing is that musicians in Zimbabwe do not have insurance. The government should ensure that the arts people should have insurance so that they can live off their money as a musician even if they can no longer do music.
How often do you perform and where?
At the Book Café in Harare every Tuesday.
How do you handle the pressure of being musicians?
There is no pressure if you know what you are doing. So when you are playing you will not be afraid coz you are playing something that you like, that you sure of, that you believe in and you are good at.
What advice would you give other upcoming artists that want to start a band?
They should have confidence in what they are doing and have confidence about the music that they do. Practice, and listen to other people and then come with your own groove.
What advice would you give the fans?
Things are difficult but in everything you do you must put God first. And whatever you start working on you must finish it and don't give up.
What is the catch factor about Mokoomba?
Mokoomba has a different style. We are trying to show people that there is that part of Zimbabwe that can shine. We want to show that Zimbabwe does not have mbira music only but Tonga music can also be explored and we sing in a lot of languages.
Is it worth it to be in the music industry?
Yes it is. You can't run away from being what you are; you just have to push until it's all right.
What would you change in the music industry given the chance?
The Zim style people want to follow mbira music, Thomas Mapfumo and Oliver Mtukudzi.thats why we are trying to introduce this music so that people don't think that mbira music is the only one in Zimbabwe.
Do you think promoters and producers are doing their jobs?
I think they are not doing their jobs and I think I will put the blame on the government that does not look out for the arts industry. And promoters still push artists that are already established and not upcoming musicians in the country.
Who is who in the band?
Matthias and Trust come up with the basic structure of the songs. The rule is that if one of us comes with an idea the whole band now owns it.
Why where you denied visas to your European tour?
We don't know what happened there because there are people who deal with that. We were delayed; the embassies said it was now too late for the visas to be processed. Partly because we are Zimbabweans, but we are surprised because the group that came second managed to go on their tour.
Inside and out . . .
Do you remember Kubatana's Inside / Out interviews? Inspired by the Proust Questionnaire in Vanity Fair, Kubatana has put its own set of questions to many different people over the years. You can stroll through our archive and learn a little bit more about Beatrice Mtetwa, Mary Robinson, Taurai Maduna, Blessing Miles-Tendi and many others. But today, read these words from writer Percy Zvomuya:
Inside / Out with Percy Zvomuya
Describe yourself in five words?
Five words are not enough!
What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
It was from my high school English teachers Tasiyana Jabangwe, Manyakaidze and Kudzai Ngara who encouraged me to read, read and read.
What's the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
Turning up at a cousin's wedding in jeans when everyone was dressed formal. Afterwards I had to buy a suit.
What is your most treasured possession?
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
When someone you love is in trouble and you can't do anything to help.
Do you have any strange hobbies?
People always find it strange that I can play golf. They say "what are you doing in a sport divorced from the ‘people'?" I am a soccer guy, an Arsenal and Caps United fan who happened to frequent the golf course and learnt to play.
What do you dislike most about your appearance?
I wear specs, they make me look nerdish.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Buying replica shirts of obscure football teams, even from South America, I guess.
What have you got in your fridge?
Water, milk and yoghurt and lots of tomatoes, I have not done much cooking lately. You will almost never find fizzy drinks.
What is your greatest fear?
Being unable to write, perhaps what the literary folks call a writer's block.
What have you got in your pockets right now?
An empty wallet and my house keys.
What is your favourite journey?
It would be this journey of life.
Who are your heroes in real life?
James Baldwin, an American writer for the grace of his prose and the clarity of his vision, the French soccer team, people like Patrick Vieira, Lilian Thuram, Zinedine Zidane, Titi Henry and all those people whose parents arrived on the French shores and worked hard on the docks and elsewhere to be what they are now and people out there, market people, vendors on street corners, Bob Marley and others who try to give a better life to their families and Arsene Wenger, as an Arsenal fan, for what he has done for the club.
When and where were you happiest?
A recent experience would have been in the Drakensberg at the source of the Tukela river, so natural, so tranquil that I slept on a rock as a flood of water ran down from a cliff nearby.
What's your biggest vice?
As I know a bit about European soccer I do the occasional soccer bet and win.
What were you like at school?
At once bookish, fun loving, naughty and sometimes difficult. But when I meet some of my teachers now they like me so I could not have been that naughty.
What are you doing next?
Try to make some films, there are 12 million stories to be told out there.
Do you want to read more where this came from? We've got plenty for you to look through here
Thoughts about the closure of Kubatana
I have been reflecting about the news that Kubatana might close after 21 years with a mixture of feelings. The one feeling is some sort of grief, losing an old friend. I was there at the beginning when Bev and Brenda raised the idea and got the funding to start, and I was excited about the creation of civil society information hub. Information was so polarised (and still is), and the notion that a hub that would convey the concerns of civil society from an independent position seemed so necessary (and still is).
The second feeling was anger. Anger that such a valuable resource would not longer be here. I think few really appreciate just what a service Kubatana has (and still) plays in the life of Zimbabwean civil society. From providing a resource on who’s who in the zoo of civil society to providing a platform for organisations wanting staff or needing consultants; from providing information about grants through to having a huge archive of reports on a wide range of civic issues (this must now run to thousands of documents); and keeping the wide community aware of all the current issues of concern. Never mind the newsletter that goes out to over 70,000 followers, and in a beautiful, readable format. Small wonder that Kubatana has received awards.
A wise donor once pointed out to me that it not only what an organisation does with the money that they are granted, it is also what it does voluntarily to add value. Here think about how much money Kubatana has saved organisations (and donors) by having a space to advertise for jobs, for consultants, for grants that might be available, and I bet in 21 years that service has saved hundreds of thousands of dollars that might have had to spent on paying for space in the press!
Think about the archive of reports. Finding reports about Zimbabwe is no small task, as there are literally tens of thousands of reports on the country since 2000 and crisis that has been ongoing. Here I will point out that on organised violence and torture alone there are close to 600 individual reports, and any researcher faces the monumental task of searching the internet for a particular document. Too often you can cut the burden by just going to Kubatana!
And then there is all the news that Kubatana brings to your doorstep. Not just about current issues or politics or human rights, but about art and culture, and particularly about Africa and Africans: poets, writers, artists, musicians and on and on.
Kubatana is a unique window on Zimbabwe and has become an institutional part of civic life. I can’t imagine how this space will be filled and if you think that it should be saved, say something, get AVAAZ to start a petition, but don’t be passive. At least 70,000 people should say something.
- Tony Reeler, via email
Zimbabwe to build $300m Disneyland in Africa
David Smith, Mail and Guardian (SA)
August 27, 2013
The formula has worked in California, Florida and Paris. Now officials in Zimbabwe, eager to re-brand a country notorious for economic collapse and political controversy, want to build a "Disneyland in Africa". Walter Mzembi, the tourism and hospitality minister, told news agency New Ziana, that the government was planning a $300-million theme park near Victoria Falls, the country's top tourist attraction. Read more here
Letter to all PVOs/NGOs
N T Goche (MP)
June 04, 2008
It has come to my attention that a number of NGOs involved in humanitarian operations are breaching the terms and conditions of their registration as enshrined in the Private Voluntary Organisation Act [Chapter 17:05], as well the provisions of the Code of Procedures for the Registration and operations of Non Governmental Organizations in Zimbabwe (General Notice 99 of 2007). Read the rest here
Participate . . .
Survey on the Prevalence and Impact of Corruption in the Education Sector in Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe Women Against Corruption Trust (ZWACT)
Zimbabwe Women Against Corruption Trust (ZWACT), whose mandate is to campaign against corruption and increase women's participation in anti-corruption initiatives, is carrying out research on the prevalence and negative impact of corruption in the education sector in Zimbabwe. Participate in their survey, and share your views to help them improve their advocacy. Take the survey here
Office space available . . .
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Call for suppliers . . .
Baby Supplies: Adult Rape Clinic
Deadline: 8 July 2022
The Adult Rape Clinic (ARC) is looking for suppliers for products including baby care, baby toys and games.
Get the full list of items and quantities, and instructions for submitting your applications here
Invitation to bid . . .
Supply of Android Mobile Phones: Legal Resources Foundation (LRF)
Deadline: 1 July 2022 (2pm)
The Legal Resources Foundation (LRF) is a locally registered PVO that began its operations in 1985, with the establishment of the Harare Legal Projects Centre to produce publications of the Zimbabwe Law Reports to document cases advancing jurisprudence in Zimbabwe and a pilot paralegal programme designed to take the law to the people. The organisation has expanded its programmes and reach over the past 37 years, with 5 provincial centres and 13 Legal Advice Centres spread across the country. For more information on the LRF and its operations, please visit https://lrfzim.com/
The LRF is inviting bidders for the supply of Android Mobile phones (309 units) that will be used by Community Rights Resource Persons (CRRP’s) in the various districts of Zimbabwe where they operate - Samsung A13 Android Phones with the specifications below:
Please note that quotations should only be made for brand new phones ONLY. No reconditioned phones will be accepted. Units originating from and / or produced in China, will not be considered.
- Android OS: Android 12, One UI 4.1
- Display: 1080 x 2408 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~400 ppi density) Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Platform: Octa-core (4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55 & 4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
- Memory: 64GB 4GB RAM
- Accessories: Screen Guard, Pouch
The bids must include the following documents: Certified Copy of Certificate of Incorporation, Valid Tax Clearance (ITF 263 Form), 3 Trade References, and a detailed company profile. Payment will be in USD therefore please include your FCA banking details and the terms of payment.
Submission of bids
Bids must be submitted either electronically to email@example.com or physically to LRF, 16 Oxford Avenue, Avondale, Harare.
Proof of sending is not proof of reception. Late delivery will result in your offer not being considered. All information provided must be perfectly legible.
Bids must be submitted not later than 1 July 2022 at 14:00hrs. Late bids will not be considered.
Internship . . .
Yo! Please say that you found out about this internship through Kubatana
Attachment / Student Intern - Programmes: Zimbabwe Women’s Resource Centre and Network (ZWRCN)
Deadline: 6 July 2022
The Zimbabwe Women’s Resource Centre and Network (ZWRCN) is a non- governmental organization committed to promoting women’s social and economic justice in Zimbabwe and globally, through the power of information, networking, and strategic advocacy. ZWRCN was established in 1990.
We are looking for an intern to undergo one year of work-related learning in our Programmes department. This internship will provide the Intern with the opportunity to give back to the community while gaining exposure to practical application of knowledge, develop relevant skills and establishing professional networks. Candidates should be willing to serve the Internship in Harare. Female candidates studying towards a social science degree such as Social Work, Psychology, Developmental Studies or related field are encouraged to apply.
Interested candidates can submit their applications to firstname.lastname@example.org Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Consultancies . . .
Yo! Please say that you found out about these consultancies through Kubatana
Tax Consultant to Provide Tax Advisory Services: Zimbabwe Health Interventions (ZHI)
Deadline: 1 July 2022 (5pm)
Zimbabwe Health Interventions (ZHI) is a not-for-profit human development organization as a Trust under the Zimbabwe Deeds Registries Act (Chapter 20:05). ZHI’s mission is to develop and deliver innovative and sustainable high-impact integrated health interventions with local communities while working with and strengthening existing institutions.
ZHI is seeking the services of a certified tax consultant to perform a tax health check and provide tax planning advice on payroll-related taxation. As a non-governmental organization (NGO), ZHI is exempted from corporate tax. In accordance with the agreement between the USG and the Government of Zimbabwe (GoZ), ZHI is also exempt from Value Added Taxes (VAT) and customs duties for the USG-funded programs. ZHI is liable for the payment of Pay As You Earn (PAYE) and other employee-related taxes for staff salaries and benefits. ZHI is seeking the services of a certified tax consultant to perform a tax health check and provide tax planning advice on payroll-related taxation.
Get full request for proposals and application instructions here
The Student Academic Freedom Regional Advocacy Program (SAFRAP) 2.0 Student Situational Analysis Research 2022: Youth Empowerment and Transformation Trust (YETT, Zimbabwe)
Deadline: 1 July 2022
A call for Expression of Interest (EOI) is made to consultants who wish to undertake a Student Situational Analysis of higher and tertiary level students in Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe under the Student Academic Freedom Regional Advocacy Program (SAFRAP) 2.0 and facilitated by the Youth Empowerment and Transformation Trust (YETT, Zimbabwe), the Zambian National Education Coalition (ZANEC, Zambia) and The Swaziland Youth Empowerment Organization (Luvatsi, Swaziland). The Analysis broadly aims to capture and establish a Southern African student profile that helps deepen our understanding of this demographic group. The key assumption that this study is based on is that with accurate and current information higher and tertiary education students and stakeholders can create opportunities that are tailored to address their lived experiences and realities.
Objectives of the student situational analysis
The overall objective of the research is to empower higher and tertiary education students and stakeholders to drive change, strengthen student activism, advocacy and oversight at multiple levels, and to empower student led and focused organizations to advance student rights. Specifically, YETT and its SAFRA partners would like to develop a comprehensive understanding of the context in which higher and tertiary students in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Swaziland are thriving and struggling in, including identifying the key issues affecting students, their priorities in life and for the future, and the ways in which they participate in (or do not participate in) the pursuit of quality education. The analysis will provide the opportunity to identify gaps, opportunities and challenges as well as changes in trends and issues upon which current information needs to be collected. The information from the analysis will enable YETT and its partners to better plan, implement, monitor and evaluate its student empowerment interventions, including policy advocacy initiatives.
This is a desktop and field based assignment that involves consultation of both secondary and primary data. The fieldwork will involve the collection of primary data from targeted informants in pre-selected areas and Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) and may be carried out virtually. Although analysis will draw information from existing studies, it should have practical issues from students by capturing voices based on lived realities. The fieldwork will involve the collection of primary data in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Swaziland.
Inception report upon hosting of an inception meeting; Student Situational Analysis Framework for carrying out the Student Situational Analysis as defined in the ToRs; Data collection tools; Data collection covering Zimbabwe, Zambia and Swaziland (a data collection plan to be agreed during inception meeting); Student Situational Analysis report, which establishes a comprehensive picture of key issues to student development and pursuit of inclusive, quality and equitable higher education in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Swaziland; The final report should be less than 25 pages with emphasis placed on communicating key findings and recommendations, rather than long presentation of existing literature (a structure to be agreed on during the inception meeting)
The Consultancy will run from the 11th of July to the 5th of September 2022.
Consultant technical requirements
YETT requires the effort to be carried out by consultants with the following expertise: Appropriate qualification and proven experience in research; Demonstrated knowledge and experience in quantitative data analysis; Knowledge and experience in using existing and new data to draw up conclusions; An understanding of the higher and tertiary education system and context in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Swaziland respectively
Interested consultants should contact email@example.com for the full Terms of Reference for the Student Situational Analysis and detailed instructions for the application procedure. All final Expressions of Interest should be submitted no later than Friday, July 1st.
Strengthening the Provision of Child Eye Health Services at Tertiary Eye Units in Zimbabwe: Christian Blind Mission (CBM)
Deadline: 4 July 2022
Consultancy period: 20 days
Background of project
Christian Blind Mission (CBM) International in partnership with Zimbabwe Council for the Blind is implementing a project titled “Strengthening the Provision of child eye health services at tertiary eye units in Zimbabwe”. The project sought to complement ongoing eye health projects and to strengthen the provision of child eye health services at the two tertiary eye units in Zimbabwe that are Sekuru Kaguvi Eye Unit at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals and Richard Morris at United Bulawayo Group of Hospitals. The support will ensure that children with visual impairments are afforded the best services for various eye conditions.
The purpose of the evaluation is to establish and document the impact and effectiveness of childhood eye care interventions and to render accountability to the donor. The evaluation is expected to provide data on the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, coherence and sustainability of project interventions in the two provinces of Bulawayo and Harare.
The end-of-term evaluation will assess and analyse the overall implementation of the P4015 Strengthening the Provision of child eye health services at tertiary eye units in Zimbabwe project. It will assess if activities were carried out according to the project plan from the project commencement in June 2020 up to June 2022. The end-of-term evaluation shall cover 2 provinces of Zimbabwe that is Harare and Bulawayo. The project evaluation shall focus on Childhood eye care health service delivery, and equipment provision as well as on the capacity-building interventions supported by the project.
The consultant must have: Master’s degree or higher academic degree related to Social Sciences, Clinical Social Work, Public health, economic and social development-related studies, Organisational Development or similar (at least the Team Manager); Proven working experience with NGOs or INGO and the Government sector in the field of public health, disability inclusion or eye health; Proven consultancy experience of at least 5 years with a record of providing high-quality, creative expert advice; Proven experience in the evaluation of projects/programmes by International donors (BMZ, EU, DFAD, DFID, etc.); Experience in evaluation of similar programmes and sound knowledge of Project Cycle Management and evaluation criteria; Experience in participatory approach is a must as well as facilitation skills; Good analytical skills, proven working experience in the field of disability and inclusive development; Knowledge about local culture, policies, and laws to understand the reality for persons with disabilities in Zimbabwe; Working knowledge in Zimbabwe is necessary; Excellent writing skills, ability to write in a structured and concise manner; Proactivity and persistence will be required; Proficiency in written and spoken English and corresponding country language(s) essential; Ideally teams should consist of men and women and should include persons with disabilities
Technical proposals are invited from suitably qualified and experienced consultants and should submit three copies of the following: A proposal, including a proposed methodology and a detailed work plan; A cover letter of no more than 2 pages in word introducing the researcher(s) and how their skills and competencies would meet the above expectations, specifying availability; A CV detailing relevant skills and experience, including contactable referees; A preliminary all-inclusive budget. Applications must be submitted via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org indicating “Strengthening the Provision of child eye health services at tertiary eye units in Zimbabwe” on the subject of the email. Selection will be done on a rolling basis. Only successful candidates will be contacted.
Strengthening the Provision of Inclusive Eye Care Services to Children and Young Adults in Masvingo Province: Christian Blind Mission (CBM)
Deadline: 6 July 2022
Consultancy period: 49 days
Background of project
The Reformed Church in Zimbabwe (RCZ) and CBM would like to propose a project to the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), which shall contribute toward strengthening the provision of inclusive eye care services to children and young adults in Masvingo Province of Zimbabwe. The project is currently in its design phase and CBM is seeking to recruit a consultant to conduct a feasibility study.
The requested consultancy aims to assess the feasibility of a proposed project of CBM and the Reformed Church in Zimbabwe and to systematically check the extent to which the project approach can plausibly achieve the planned objectives under the existing framework conditions.
The study will determine the feasibility of the proposed project by assessing whether it is well founded and meets the demand identified. The prerequisites, opportunities and risks because of the development and the implementation of the project shall be identified to inform decision-makers. The study is also expected to provide baseline information and give recommendations for the project design to achieve the project results. The feasibility study is expected to provide concrete recommendations for improving the project concept. The study will be submitted to BMZ together with the project proposal.
The feasibility study should consist of four components: Context and problem analysis (4.1.1); Assessment of target groups and other relevant actors (4.1.2); Assessment of the project against the OECD/DAC criteria (4.2); Recommendations (based on findings on the three points above).
The consultant should have the following attributes among others: The team leader should possess at least a Master's degree or higher academic degree in Public health, Social Sciences, economic and social development-related studies, Organisational Development or related field; Proven working experience with NGOs or INGO and the Government sector in the field of public health, disability inclusion or eye health; Proven consultancy experience of at least 5 years with a record of providing high quality, creative expert advice, provide a sample of previous similar work; Proven experience in conducting feasibility studies of projects/programmes by International Donors (BMZ, EU, DFAD, DFID, etc.); Experience in conducting feasibility studies of similar projects and sound knowledge of the Project Cycle Management; Experience in participatory approach is a must as well as facilitation skills; Track record in designing and conducting quantitative and qualitative studies; Experience in undertaking research with remote and marginalized communities; Good analytical skills, proven working experience in the field of disability and inclusive development; Knowledge about local culture, policies, and laws to understand the reality for persons with disabilities in Zimbabwe; Working knowledge in Zimbabwe is necessary; Excellent writing skills, ability to write in a structured and concise manner; Proactivity and persistence will be required; Proficiency in written and spoken English and the local language is essential; Ideally, teams should consist of men and women and should include persons with disabilities.
The consultant is expected to submit both the technical and financial proposal including a description of the consultancy firm, a CV of suggested team members, an outline of the understanding of these TORs and suggested methodology and a detailed work plan for the entire assignment. A detailed budget for the expected assignment shall include all costs expected to conduct a disability-inclusive and participatory study, and taxes according to the rules and regulations of the consultants’ local tax authorities. All expressions of interest should be submitted by email to: email@example.com (or delivered physically to The Country Director, Christian Blind Mission International, No. 99 Nursery Road, Mt Pleasant, Harare).
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Job vacancies . . .
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Laboratory Technician: Population Services Zimbabwe (PSZ)
Deadline: 1 July 2022
Location: Epworth Centre Laboratory
Established in 1987, Population Services Zimbabwe (PSZ) is an affiliate of MSI Reproductive Choices, and is one of the largest specialised Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) organisations in Zimbabwe. PSZ complements the Ministry of Health and Child Care in the provision of quality, and affordable general health and SRH services in all provinces of Zimbabwe. In line with its expansion strategy, PSZ seeks to expand its talent pool to include the following: Laboratory Technician.
The laboratory technician is the technical lead for the laboratory services within PSZ. The incumbent will oversee all the operations of the clinical laboratory while being the lead in performing the various laboratory test. S/he will be responsible for internal and quality assurance of the various laboratory tests offered. The Laboratory Technician will be responsible for client data privacy. Moreover, s/he will be required to input the strategic business planning for the unit as the technical lead. The role also involves analysis of data over time including generating income vs. costs reports and analyses and developing recommendations as appropriate.
The incumbent will be responsible for the following among other duties: Oversees the day-to-day operations of the clinical laboratory; Collects client specimens which include blood, non-blood specimens and performs specialized procedures at point of contact with patients as and when necessary; Registers client information in the Laboratory Information System (LIS) as needed; Performs and documents daily equipment function by checking and calibrating to ensure that it is operating efficiently and providing accurate results, ensuring that all equipment meets safety standards; Runs prescribed routine and high complexity assays on manual and on automated platforms in line with Standard Operating Procedures and adhering to quality control to include IQC and proficiency testing; Monitors test quality, accuracy, timely testing and release of results through tracking turnaround times, pending tests and updating daily work; Validates test results through correlation with test parameters (e.g. Hb/HCT, anion gap, etc.), to ensure accuracy and determine reasonableness of results prior to reporting of test results; Reports test results via phone or electronic mail to ensure timeous dispatch of data required by health and medical professionals; Participates in external quality assurance programs by conforming internal testing processes and quality against other laboratories; Assures that the department has adequate supply of testing materials by placing orders on time and ensuring cost-effective utilisation; Communicating with supervisory clinical director and team leaders regarding laboratory services; Implementing new programs, testing procedures, methodologies, and laboratory equipment; Growing laboratory business operations through marketing of services and finding clients; Managing other clinical laboratory staff as appropriate
To succeed in this role, you must have: Diploma in Medical Laboratory Sciences; Valid practicing certificate with Medical Laboratory and Clinical Scientists Council of Zimbabwe; At least five years working experience and as lead laboratory technician; Ability to work with wide variety of modern laboratory equipment; Experience in all departments of Laboratory services; Excellent skills in MS-Word and excel; Excellent communication skills written and oral communication including report writing; Good data analytics and customer care skills; Short courses (in-class or online) in public health focusing on SRHR an added advantage; Excellent business acumen and marketing skills.
Applications, quoting job applied for - e.g. Laboratory Technician in the email subject section should include a cover letter and a curriculum vitae with three (3) referees. Emails should be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Early applications are encouraged as shortlisting and interviews will be on a rolling basis. Only shortlisted applicants being considered for interview will be contacted.
PSZ is an equal opportunity employer promoting gender, equity and diversity. Our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of vulnerable persons and safeguarding employees and communities from sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse. PSZ does not solicit for payments in any form at any stage of the recruitment process.
The successful candidate will undergo relevant background checks and will be required to commit in writing to comply with the MSI safeguarding guidelines.
3 (Three) x Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Assistants: GOAL Zimbabwe
Deadline: 1 July 2022
GOAL is an international non-denominational, non-governmental and non-political humanitarian organisation dedicated to work towards ensuring the poorest and most vulnerable in our world and those affected by humanitarian crises have access to the fundamental rights of life, including but not limited to adequate shelter, food, water and sanitation, healthcare, and education. GOAL has operated in Zimbabwe since 2002 and currently focuses on Emergency response, Livelihoods, Nutrition and WASH activities. GOAL is an equal opportunities employer to all individuals seeking employment. We are looking for suitably qualified, highly competent, and motivated individuals to be part of GOAL Zimbabwe’s diverse team on a fixed term basis.
General description of the role
Reporting to the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer, the MEAL Assistant is responsible for supporting evidence-based programming and strategy through developing and implementing quantitative and qualitative research activities within GOAL’s programmes. Build M&E capacity of GOAL project staff and support the implementation of an M&E framework.
The ideal person should possess the following
A Minimum of a Degree in Economics, statistics, Monitoring and Evaluation or any other relevant discipline; A post graduate qualification is added advantage; Post-graduate qualification in Monitoring and Evaluation of cash voucher/transfer interventions a distinct advantage; At least 3 years’ experience in both urban and rural development programmes working for an NGO; Strong appreciation of the importance of urban and rural livelihoods components, monitoring and evaluation techniques, and community participation in project activities; At least 3+ years of implementing surveys and other research activities within an NGO environment; Demonstrated experience in applying quantitative and qualitative /participatory research methods; Outgoing personality with excellent communication skills; Ability and willingness to travel to rural locations and live in sometimes basic conditions; Understanding of mainstreaming principles i.e., Gender, HIV/AIDS & Child Protection, and experience of working on mainstreaming activities; Confident presentation and facilitation skills, proven record in provision and facilitation of trainings; Knowledge of Sphere and commitment to humanitarian principles; Proficiency in using standard computer software, especially MS office as well as data entry/statistical packages, such as MS Access, SPSS, Minitab, Epi Info.
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All applicants should be prepared to upload an industrial application letter; and a current CV with full contact details of at least three contactable references.
Accountability within GOAL
A commitment to GOAL values and GOAL’s integrity framework is critical to working with GOAL. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to the following key areas of accountability: Comply with GOAL’s policies and procedures with respect to safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behaviour protocols; Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area; Report any concerns about inappropriate behaviour of a GOAL staff or partner.
Children and vulnerable adults who come into contact with GOAL as a result of our activities must be safeguarded to the maximum possible extent from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury and any other harm. One of the ways that GOAL shows this on-going commitment to safeguarding is to include rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.
Please note that applications received outside the stated channels will be disqualified. GOAL does not charge a fee to prospective employment seekers for accessing adverts, interviews, or recruitment related travel.
Procurement & Administration Clerk: Organization for Public Health Interventions and Development (OPHID)
Deadline: 4 July 2022 (4pm)
Reporting to: Procurement & Logistics Officer
Location: Harare – Central Office
Type of Contract: Fixed Term Contract
The Organization for Public Health Interventions and Development (OPHID) PVO 31/16 develops and implements innovative approaches and strategies to strengthen HIV Care and Treatment services in Zimbabwe, by providing enhanced access for communities to comprehensive HIV prevention, care and treatment. OPHID, works with the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC) in implementing these interventions.
Assist the Procurement & Logistics Officer to execute procurement plans through liaising with users on specifications of goods and services to ensure that RFPs and RFQs will have accurate and complete information; Issue requests for quotations and requests for proposal in compliance with the OPHID policies and procedures; Prepare procurement packages and submit to Procurement Officer for review; Receive goods that would have been purchased physically inspect the goods to ensure they are of the right quantity and quality and reconcile the purchase order with the delivery note and tax invoice; Maintain the procurement and logistics records such as requisitions, purchase orders, CBAs, GRVs, invoices in compliance with the P&L records management SOP to ensure confidentiality, accuracy, and completeness; Support the Procurement & Logistics Officer in the development, modification, review and deployment of internal and external electronic Procurement and Logistics Systems (Asset Management, Pastel Evolution Procurement Module); Follow up with suppliers to get outstanding tax invoices and receipts; Prepare GRVs and submit the packages to finance as per the Procurement and Logistics SOP; Update the asset register upon receipt of assets and submit to the Procurement and Logistics Officer for review; Perform monthly and spot stock takes for supplies that are kept in the storeroom under the custody of the receptionist; Compile the loss or damage to property report for approval by the Procurement and Logistics Officer.
At least a degree in Procurement or Supply Chain Management or equivalent; At least 2 years’ experience in a similar position; Knowledge of USAID Rules and Regulations; Organisational skills and the ability to meet deadlines; High level of numeracy and ability to pay attention to detail; Good communication and interpersonal skills; Good computer skills in Excel, MS Word, Outlook, and Pastel.
For a detailed advert with the application process, visit our website
Step 1: Complete the application form here
Step 2: Submit your cv, certificates and application letter via email to: email@example.com clearly indicating the position you are applying for on the subject of the email.
OPHID and its Consortium partners are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, political affiliation, religion, tribe, national origin, gender, physical or mental disability, health status (including HIV status) or age.
OPHID does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, technical test, oral interviews, processing, training, or any other fees).
While OPHID may from time to time engage external consultants for the facilitation of the recruitment process, only OPHID has the right to offer employment to candidates. No third parties have been authorised to offer employment on behalf of OPHID.
Only shortlisted candidates will be responded to. If you do not receive any communication within a month from the date of closing, consider your application as unsuccessful.
Associate Construction Management Engineer (Contracts Management): UNOPS
Deadline: 14 July 2022
Vacancy code: VA/2022/B5303/24165
Department/office: AFR, KEMCO, Kenya MCO
Duty station: Chimanimani, Zimbabwe
Contract type: Local ICA Support
Contract level: LICA-6
Duration: Open-ended contract (subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance)
Background information – Zimbabwe
UNOPS Office in Zimbabwe falls under the purview of the UNOPS KEMC (Kenya Multi-Country Office). Located in Nairobi, Kenya, the KEMC manages a growing portfolio of engagements, including associated strategic and operational risks. The KEMC sub-region currently consists of an established Operation Centre in Nairobi / Kenya which manages a portfolio of engagements in multiple countries in East and Southern Africa. This includes a large portfolio of infrastructure, procurement, and project management service projects in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and several Island states. UNOPS manages a range of infrastructure projects in Zimbabwe in different sectors including education, health, agriculture, and transport applying different implementation approaches such as labor-based and outsourced designers/contractors but always with direct supervision from UNOPS. Following the devastation caused to life, livelihoods, and property by tropical storm Idai in March 2019, the WB has allocated up to US$ 75 million to finance a recovery project for Zimbabwe and the African Development Bank has allocated US$ 25 million. The projects address both early and mid-term recovery needs in multiple sectors (livelihoods, health, education, agriculture, transport). UNOPS manages the WB funds and has established a Project Implementation Unit (PIU) to engage multiple UN partner organizations to deliver specific components of ZIRP. UNOPS is the Implementation Agency for the AfDB project.
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Project Manager, the Associate Construction Management Engineer (Contracts Management) is responsible for the day-to-day contract management and timely delivery of the project and associated outputs in accordance with agreed timelines, standards, and budget.
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