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- Stephen Jay Gould
Hello friends, 

It's been a week! We've been poring over Nick Cage's beautiful installations in the New York Subway, and wondering about installation art in our own cities. Can you point us to anything you love?

In other news, the Harare refuse crisis has come to a head amidst dodgy deals, prices of everything seem to be going up up and up, and investigators have finally got to the end of a long trail in search of a Rwandan fugitive. Meanwhile, If you want to know where we're at with the PVO Bill, we have a graphic for you to help make sense of it all.

We're feeling pumped by the successes of Zimbabwean entrepreneurs, and Spiderman appearing at Sudanese protests. Want to get the low down? You're in the right place! Read on. 

Catch ya later,
The Kubatana Team
Nick Cave's Soundsuits are now permanently available, in exquisitely crafted tile mosaics, to New York City subway goers as they pass through Times Square.
Source: The New York Times
What's up?

Between rising ZESA prices, toll gate fees, fuel prices, the ethanol blending ratio, the cost of mealie meal and the cost of living overally, the question isn’t so much what’s up but what isn’t going up? The salary of teachers, for one. Some teachers have even reported seeing their May salaries docked, possibly for not reporting to work because they were incapacitated. 
Deep dumpster dive

Last week, Harare’s mayor Jacob Mapfume was outraged when Harare City Council refuse collection trucks were turned away from the city’s Pomona dump site. The dump site is under new management by a Netherlands registered company, Geogenix BV, which is now charging the City USD $40 per tonne for rubbish dumped at the site. One private rubbish collector reported that the dump site is now refusing to accept payments in ZWL, demanding only USD cash with no negotiation. An opaque deal between Council and Geogenix was signed in February, under the direction of local government minister July Moyo, and conveniently during an hour in which Harare mayor Jacob Mapfume was at court for a routine remand hearing. Among those whose names appear on the signed document, is that of the infamous Delish Nguwaya, a close connection of the Mnangagwa family who rose in notoriety through the Covid-19 Drax scandal which eventually resulted in the arrest of the then Health Minister Obadiah Moyo. Snippets of the deal have been seen by various news agencies, and while much is still unclear, the deal stipulates that Geogenix BV will hold a 30 year free lease over the Pomona dumpsite in exchange for building and operationalizing a waste management plant which is supposed to generate 16-22 megawatts of energy per day. But there’s more than one catch. Through the deal, the City is mandated to provide a minimum of 550 tonnes of refuse to the plant a day (charged at USD $40 per tonne). Failure to meet the minimum requirements does not reduce the bill, but instead will put the city into immediate debt to Geogenix. Harare North legislator, MP Allan Markham, has filed an application to the High Court to review the deal between the Council and Geogenix. According to Markham’s founding affidavit: “The decision to approve the contract by and between Harare City Council and Geogenix was grossly unreasonable, irrational and extremely detrimental to residents, stakeholders, and ratepayers of the City of Harare.”

It’s no secret that Harare’s refuse collection system is in crisis. Producing over one million kilograms (1,000 tonnes) of garbage every day, Harare needs sixty fully functioning garbage compactors to process that kind of volume. Currently, the council has only five. Residents stack refuse bags for weeks on end, hoping for the sound of the Sunshine City’s rubbish collection crew approaching on the road outside. Flies swarm the ever increasing piles of garbage dumped at collection sites across the city, and the streets are strewn with litter. Illegal dumping on vleis and other protected green spaces has increased. Just last month, in a desperate attempt to force some action out of Council, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights gave the City 24 hours to collect rubbish or face legal proceedings for its dereliction of duty. But who is to blame? It depends on who you ask. Council employees bemoan the fact that many ratepayers' accounts are in constant arrears, some dating back to 2013. Ratepayers feel that there is no obligation to pay up when they never receive services: “If they collect garbage in good time then we can talk about bills,” one resident complained. “We will pay once we see they are doing something, we won’t pay until then.” Another resident questioned the assertion from council that they can’t provide services without people paying their rates: “If they don’t have money to operate because people are not paying their bills, then how do they get diesel to come here and destroy people’s structures as well as confiscate their wares?” In 2013, just before the elections, Government ordered all of Zimbabwe’s 92 rural and urban councils to write off outstanding rate payers debts dating back to February 2009. The order set the Council back a whopping USD $330 million dollars. Understandably, those who had paid up felt hard done by. Others have been holding out since then hoping for a similar amnesty. 

Learn more about Harare’s refuse crisis in Violet Gonda’s mini documentary: Garbage Politics
Home away from home 

The search for elusive Rwandan genocide fugitive Protais Mpiranya has finally come to an end, following the discovery of his remains buried under an assumed name in one of Harare’s cemeteries. Mpiranya was accused of “crimes against humanity, war crimes and conspiracy to commit genocide, genocide or alternatively, complicity in genocide.” While news of the discovery of his remains might have provided closure and relief to Rwanda and the international community, it has also put Zimbabwe in the limelight for the wrong reasons. There has been speculation that the fugitive had been given refuge in the country while the rest of the world was looking for him.

Reports suggest that after fleeing Rwanda in the aftermath of the genocide, Mpiranya fled to the Democratic Republic of Congo where he formed a rebel group known as the FDLR and he commanded a brigade that fought alongside Zimbabwe's army there. When the indictment for his Rwandan transgressions was made public in 2002, Mpiranya’s Zimbabwean allies are said to have organised refuge for him in Harare, where he ran a business with his sister-in-law.

According to the United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, "since October 2006, Mpiranya's family and associates have gone to great lengths to conceal his death and place of burial. They have repeatedly provided false statements to investigators, and coached those who knew of Mpiranya's presence and death in Harare to lie if questioned. His tombstone was purposefully designed to thwart its discovery." The Zimbabwean government has however stated that it has been cooperating with investigators and “as a law-abiding nation, Zimbabwe will never harbour criminals.” Foreign Affairs deputy minister David Musabayana has claimed that Mpiranya entered Zimbabwe on a Congolese passport and that government did not know his alias.

Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Minister Ambassador Frederick Shava has been quoted saying that the country was ready to extradite convicted Ethiopian genocide fugitive and former President, Mengistu Haile Mariam. “If the people of Ethiopia approach the government of Zimbabwe, appropriate steps will be taken by the Government of Zimbabwe in response to the request, to the legitimate request from the government of Ethiopia,” he said. So much for not “harbouring criminals.”
Resource alert

As Zimbabwe’s journalists come under increasing pressure from the government, A Survival Toolkit for Journalists: How to protect yourself against digital surveillance released by the Media Institute for Southern Africa is a must-read for anyone who needs to protect themselves from digital surveillance. Get equipped! 

Access the report here
Down home entrepreneurs . . . 

From the earth to your table: Fresh In A Box

A mathematician by qualification, Zimbabwean farmer Nomaliso Musasiwa decided to apply her logic skills to feeding Zimbabwean families. She is a co-founder of Fresh In A Box, a digital store using an e-commerce platform to sell vegetables they grow. Most of their customers are Zimbabweans in the diaspora who buy for their families in Zimbabwe. Fresh In A Box delivers the vegetables to your doorstep. Here is her story as told by local filmmaker Rumbi Katedza of MaiJai Films 

Banking coffee beans: Zimbarista

Just 15 years ago, 43 year old Tungamirai Musungwa had a comfortable nine-to-five job as a branch manager at a bank. Today, he owns Zimbarista, a mobile coffee business serving teas and a variety of espresso-based coffees with ten units across Harare. In 2009, Musungwa was asked to attend an on-the-job training with the Seattle Coffee Company in Johannesburg, and the experience gave him a new look at how the international coffee culture could become part of Zimbabwe’s culture. Here is his story.
Spotlight on corruption . . . 
The latest national bribe payers index study for 2021 by Transparency International Zimbabwe (TIZ) has ranked the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) as the country’s most corrupt government department, surprise, surprise! The index gathered citizens’ perceptions and experiences of corruption in the government sector. The findings demonstrate that citizens were losing an average of 10 percent of their monthly income to corruption and bribery as they seek services. Findings also reflect that “other bribes are in the form of sexual favours, food and gold or agreeing to join a political party among others.” According to the index, the three least corrupt institutions in the country are the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services and the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture. The Zimbabwe Republic Police, Registrar General’s office and Zimbabwe Revenue Authority emerged as the most corrupt institutions. TIZ notes that there has been a significant increase in systematic corruption with paying bribes before accessing services becoming the norm as evidenced by the fact that 49.2 percent of the respondents admitted to paying bribes before accessing public services. Elsewhere, Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee has released a report showing that government officials corruptly abused Covid-19 funds. The report details a number of ‘damning’ irregularities which led parliamentarians to conclude that officials might have benefited from public funds meant for the vulnerable. For example, the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Head Office paid Covid-19 allowances to the tune of RTGS $89 million to vulnerable communities country wide through NetOne. But it was difficult to verify whether the allowances had actually reached the intended beneficiaries, as reconciliations and confirmation reports were not prepared. Further, there had been about 600 confirmed cases of phone number replications which present the possibility of double payments. The committee’s recommendations include investigation by Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) and Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) with a view to prosecuting those found on the wrong side of the law.
Zimbabwe National Bribe Payers Index Study 2021 
Last year, Transparency International Zimbabwe surveyed 2,583 people in Zimbabwe’s ten provinces to assess their perceptions of corruption. 54.4% of the respondents indicated that they have been asked to pay a bribe in the last twelve months and 52.9% admitted to having paid a bribe to a public official in the last 12 months. Get more on the latest citizens’ perceptions and experiences of corruption within the country’s public sector here.

Dancing despite the war
In class or on stage, ballet dancer Kate Myklukha has an opportunity to take her mind off what is happening in her home country Ukraine and just dance. “I only think about dance,” she said. “It’s like therapy.” Myklukha is a product of Ukraine’s vibrant ballet scene, disrupted by the Russian invasion. The country had five major theaters with schools whose dancers perform on international stages under companies like the Royal Ballet in London and the Bolshoi in Moscow. To date, some of the students have taken up arms, while others help take much needed supplies to the frontlines, and one has been reported dead. Since Ukraine barred men of ages 18-60 from leaving the country, many of those who fled the country across Europe are women, and they left not only for safety but also to keep dancing. Dancers have short careers and many have looked for schools where they can train and keep in shape. Myklukha is one of the few to have found a new position at the Dutch National Ballet. She dances with her country-women, Polina Loshchylina (18), who was at Ukraine’s National Ballet in Kyiv before the war and Victoria Glazunova (19), who had just secured a contract at the Bolshoi in Russia. But she quickly decided she couldn’t face staying in Russia, got a bus to Finland, and stayed with friends in Italy before making it to the Netherlands. The Dutch National Ballet has started a fund to meet the increased costs of taking on the dancers of Ukraine. 

Calling on a superhero
In a sea of young Sudanese activists, the man in a red and blue costume resembling the Marvel’s superhero Spiderman (aka Spidey) stands tall, undeterred by the teargas and bullets. Spidey, who donned the costume to pay homage to his childhood friend who was killed by security forces, says he was inspired by the old story of the spider who protects the Prophet Muhammed and his companion by spinning a web across the mouth of a cave they are hiding in, so their enemies pass by without looking in. Spidey was part of the protests of 2019 that led to the fall of dictator Omar al-Bashir. “The military and counter-revolutionary parties, they stole Sudan’s revolution. They are like the former government of 30 years – there’s no difference between them and [Bashir’s] National Congress party,” he said. “They are dictators and they want only control.” The activists are united in their goal to overthrow the military, regardless of the violence used against them. “The night comes and the night goes, everyday is like this,” Spidey said. “With the will of God, we still come out. Until today we continue to try to liberate the country but we have no fear. The people of Sudan, all of them, will continue to face the security forces and their bullets.” The activists have lost trust in anyone in a position of power, including international negotiators. Since October, at least 95 people have been killed and Spidey stands as a symbol of resistance for the protestors.

‘An early marriage free Epworth’
Natsiraishe Matarise is the founder of Vulnerable Underaged People’s Auditorium, an initiative she started after watching her peers fall victim to child marriages and pregnancies, an ever-growing threat to children in her community, Epworth. At 18, Matarise uses taekwondo to bring girls to conversations where they discuss the reasons why they end up pregnant or married at a young age. “I want to create an early marriage free Epworth,” says Matarise. She believes that the tenets of taekwondo - courtesy, confidence, perseverance, integrity and self-control - are useful in empowering the girls and giving them the ability to say no. Matarise was selected to be part of the 2022 Accountability Lab Incubator Class. The Incubator is an Accountability Lab program for young civil society leaders to build sustainable, effective tools for accountability, participation and open government. Matarise will be trained on various accountability skills including participation in accessing and tracking government funding for women and children in her community. “There are funds the government has put aside to assist us in the fight against child pregnancies and marriages. We don’t really see where these funds go and I want to be able to ask the relevant authorities,” shares Matarise.
Know your CSOs . . .

Featured article . . .

Meet the Extraordinary Women Peacekeepers Tackling Global Conflict

As conflicts rage, an important sea change is afoot in the world of peacekeeping: the rise of women. 

With necks that can take them up to 8ft tall, an ostrich can see a threat coming from miles away. In the garden of the Executive Mansion in Monrovia, Liberia, Comfort Ero’s eyes flicker away from the giant birds prancing around and turn to the man sitting in front of her on a throne, surrounded by staff.

He is the president of Liberia, Charles Taylor. It’s 2003 and he’s wanted for war crimes and crimes against humanity, for atrocities committed during the horrors of the 1991-2002 Sierra Leone civil war, in which he stands accused of propping up a brutal siege of terror, supporting rebel groups who killed, raped and maimed, while forcibly recruiting thousands of child soldiers. He is unflinching. Referring to himself in the third person, he addresses her. “You believe the President should go to the court and face these charges?” Ero looks him in the eyes. She tells him yes.

As improbable as it may sound, this is all in a day’s work for the newly appointed CEO and president of the International Crisis Group, the Brussels-based non-profit committed to “preventing and resolving deadly conflict”. Ero, an analyst and advocate for peace in her fifties, has spent her decades-long career embedded in conflict zones talking to governments, NGOs, warlords, civilians and civil society groups, assessing the most fraught and dangerous of situations so as to recommend ways out of disaster. It is a job defined by seemingly impossible choices. Where peace is unrealistic, she suggests ways to reduce violence and stop it spreading. “The work is very complicated and nuanced,” she says when we meet in a café in London, during a brief return to her home city between missions. “You’ve got to be able to unravel the dilemmas of each of the conflict actors and speak to their issues.”

This pursuit of peace has occasionally drawn criticism from those who prioritise fast justice. Ero told Taylor she believed he should face the charges levelled against him, but, ever the realist, agreed with his decision to go into exile in Nigeria, believing that move would help kick-start the peace process. She was right. Eventually, in 2012, he was found guilty on 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity and sentenced to 50 years in prison, where he remains. “I was very clear in my mind that he would face his day in court,” she says, with her characteristic gentle firmness, “even if the path of getting there would twist and turn.”

The work is difficult and dangerous and brings a daunting degree of responsibility. The organisation she now heads, which was founded in 1995, monitors more than 70 fragile situations, while pressing for urgent action. She must find paths to peace at a time of immense global upheaval. Since taking over in December 2021, she has already attended the Munich Security Conference and testified before the US Senate on the escalating violence in Sudan, as well as the EU Political and Security Committee on countries facing deadly conflict in 2022.

Meanwhile, she’s worried about the brutal fighting in Ethiopia, the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and the US-China rivalry. And she’ll be readying the organisation to deal with emerging threats such as cyber and climate change. As if that wasn’t enough, she’s on a mission to make peacebuilding more inclusive and representative of the people it’s meant to serve.

“There’s a sense that there’s a certain type of person who holds these positions – and that type of person isn’t like me,” she says. We’re in Islington, half an hour from where she was born; her parents had intended to return to Nigeria to raise their family, before the 1967 civil war forced them to abandon that plan. As a Black British-Nigerian woman, she’s certainly unusual in senior foreign policy circles that tend to be reserved for white men from a certain class. She views her new position with a mixture of “pride and disbelief”, though she knows she’s more than qualified. Whatever her feelings, she was soon faced with the enormity of the job at hand following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The invasion wasn’t a surprise to the head of an organisation that assesses the risk of upcoming conflicts. “I wasn’t shocked,” she says, “I was sad.”

On Ukraine, her immediate concerns are the desperate humanitarian toll on Ukrainians, the “meteoric” rise in wheat prices that could destabilise other countries, as well as the diplomatic and humanitarian attention that will be taken from other parts of the world, such as Afghanistan and Yemen. There is also a more existential fear: the end of the rules-based liberal world order and the impact of that is very much on her mind. “I think this is a pivotal moment. If you didn’t believe it was already shattering and breaking, this is proof that it’s happened.”

Ukraine was at the centre of discussions at the Munich Security Conference in February, from where she has just returned. There she held bilateral meetings with foreign ministers, major non-profit leaders, and shared a stage with Bill Gates. She describes it, with a wry laugh, as “a bit like foreign-policy speed dating”. But the access to power is a privilege, she says.

As the three-day conference got underway, a photo of an all-white male CEO lunch went viral, with headlines such as “Business as Usual in Munich: White Men Rule the World”. The Munich Security Conference stressed that 45 per cent of speakers were women, but the truth is, she explains, wherever she is, whatever meeting she’s in, she’s aware she’s different. “You’re never allowed to forget it. Even if you try to. You’re constantly reminded by the way people treat and address you.”

There’s plenty of evidence that, at every level, diversity in conflict resolution and peacebuilding matters. When women’s civil society movements are engaged in peace processes, there is a much higher chance an agreement will be reached and when women participate meaningfully in those processes, the chances of the agreement failing decreases by 35 per cent.

But representation of women is still lacking. Between 1992 and 2019, women constituted, on average, 13 per cent of negotiators, six per cent of mediators and six per cent of signatories in major peace processes around the world. Those figures are even more disappointing when you consider that, according to the UN, women are more likely than men to take on the work of peacebuilding in their local communities.

Women such as Njomo Omam Esther, the founder of The Southwest / Northwest Women’s Task Force, a women’s peacebuilding organisation in Cameroon. The crisis in Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions began in 2017, after protests aimed at keeping their own legal and education systems exploded into armed rebellion. The conflict has so far killed some 6,000 and displaced hundreds of thousands more. Most of the displaced are women and girls – rape and sexual violence is common. Official peace processes are not yet happening, but Esther has wasted no time negotiating with separatists to tone down a prolonged school boycott and let children return to class. She has also helped ex-combatants reintegrate and get back to normal life after laying down their weapons, and mediated between rival separatists. But this is dangerous work. In deeply divided places, anyone who reaches across the front lines can be seen as a threat, with women peacebuilders particularly at risk of sexual attacks and violence towards their children.

“I’ve been physically and verbally assaulted, my staff have been kidnapped and my office ransacked,” Esther tells me. “All this because we want to peacefully tell conflict actors there is a need for dialogue.” She nearly reached breaking point when her children were kidnapped for three days in 2019. A lot of people around her wanted her to give up, but she went back to work. “I told them there must always be some people who sacrifice for the multitude to gain a normal life. Otherwise, we are doomed.”

“I worry about all our staff,” says Comfort, with a frown. “But there is an extra layer of concern for women on the front line.” It’s always been dangerous, she says, but it’s getting more so. A crackdown on free speech and growing authoritarianism means it’s increasingly hard to speak truth to power.

What’s lost when a diversity of perspectives is excluded is clear to Fawzia Koofi. In 2020, she was one of four women in a 21-person team representing the government of Afghanistan in negotiations with the Taliban. “I could see our expertise and knowledge were different,” she told me by phone. “At first, the Taliban wouldn’t meet our eyes, but eventually that changed. We could express different views. Our perspectives enriched the debate.”

Koofi, the first girl in her family to go to school, was the first female deputy speaker of Afghanistan’s parliament. A prominent advocate for women’s rights, who has survived two assassination attempts, she knows how risky and unpredictable this work can be. When I speak to her, Koofi is in Europe, having fled Afghanistan after the Taliban took power last year. “What’s happening in Afghanistan is heartbreaking,” she says. “I hope one day soon I can get back to work in my own country.”

For all the obstacles, Comfort never doubts the mission, even when it means talking to people with blood on their hands. “I come out of meetings and think, ‘I know how many people you’ve killed. I know people who are suffering as the result of the instructions you have given to torture them.’ But as an organisation we have to be able to understand them. So whether it was meeting Taylor or people close to [Robert] Mugabe, rebel leaders or army officials, I’ve got to win their confidence as well.”

Finding time for herself in this context is “difficult”, she admits. “It’s a 24-hour job,” she tells me. The organisation works across every time zone and things change fast. Over the next six months, Comfort will be travelling 75 per cent of the time. “It’s daunting, isn’t it?” she says, ordering another coffee. She snatches moments of tranquillity with her noise-cancelling headphones, which help her to feel like the world has slowed down for a few moments. She listens to lots of Nat King Cole and a selection of Nigerian highlife (though, she also confesses, a lot of foreign policy and global news podcasts, too).

The little downtime she does have she spends with close friends, many of whom Comfort has known her whole life. She sings with her local church choir and regularly sees her younger brother, who lives nearby. He was the first person she told about her new job, and she believes she owes her success to her roots: to her mother, once a nurse, who supported the young family while her father completed his doctorate; to her “formidable” anthropologist aunt, who nurtured her interest in global politics; and to her father, who encouraged her to be educated, ambitious and strong.

Now, she says, she knows it’s up to her to both fight for peace and inspire the next generation. And to keep hope alive. “I can’t ever lose hope. If I lose hope, I’ll fail. And I can’t afford to fail.”

Source: Charlotte Bailey, Vogue
Office space wanted . . .

A small NGO is looking for an office in the CBD or close to the Harare CBD area. The budget is $250, and we also don't mind sharing with another organization. To occupy as soon as possible. Contact +263 774 666 401.
Office space available . . .

Available is an office space to share for any small start up company or small NGO, to share with a social media management and content creation company based in Harare. Office has free parking space, borehole water and electricity. This space is located at Robert Mugabe Way and 5th Street, Exploration House, building opposite Roadport. It's on the 4th floor and there's no elevator, stairs only. For more information or site visits call or app +263 735 665 555 or +263 714 966 300.

Looking for an NGO to occupy a single office in Hillside, Harare. Rent $180 inclusive of electricity and water. Deposit $180. For more information call +263 772 404 212 or WhatsApp +263 713 061 052.
Call for services . . .

External Auditors: Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights)
Deadline: 10 June 2022 (close of business)

The Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) is Zimbabwe’s biggest grassroots movement of ordinary people for human rights formed in 1993. For the past 30 years, ZimRights has empowered communities through civic education, legal aid support, psycho-social support and community advocacy strategies to ensure the realization of basic rights especially for the most marginalized communities.

The organization is in the process of rotating its auditors in compliance with its policies and is seeking interested audit firms with experience in auditing non-governmental organizations to submit their proposals. The audits will be for the Institution and of its projects and will be done yearly. The objective of the assignment is for the auditor to carry out verification of expenditures claimed by the ZimRights has occurred, is accurate and eligible and to submit a report of factual findings with regard to the agreed-upon procedures performed. Eligibility means that the funds provided by the grant for the project specific audit have been spent in accordance with the terms and conditions of the project agreement. The objective is further to obtain reasonable assurance whether ZimRights’s financial reports are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error, thereby enabling the auditor to express an opinion on whether the financial reports are prepared, in all material aspects, in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in Zimbabwe.

To apply
Send in proposals which include Curriculum Vitae for senior partners, company profile, registration documents, tax clearance certificate, names of partners / directors and documents of work done to include for the NGO sector. Applications must be submitted in PDF format and clearly marked “Expression of Interest for external audit work” to

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
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Fellowships . . .

Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Genomics, Bioinformatics and Data Science: Biomedical Research and Training Institute (BRTI)
Deadline: 7 June 2022

The Biomedical Research and Training Institute (BRTI), a not-for-profit research and training institution building health research capacity in Zimbabwe and the SADC region, is inviting applications for a Post-doctoral Fellowship sponsored by the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 
The Fellowships which are on offer seek to provide multi-disciplinary training to middle level scientists to promote high quality, innovative, and locally relevant community-based research on HIV using critical skills in genomics, bioinformatics and data science to analyze behavioural and biologic interventions for the prevention and treatment of HIV and opportunistic infections. Two Post-doc Fellowships are on offer for a maximum duration of two years. 

Applicants must be: Zimbabwean nationals or permanent residents; Affiliated to a local institute of higher learning or reputable research institute; Age should be 40 years old or below.

The applicant is expected to: Develop research proposals for local and international funding; Collaborate with other scientists to conduct community-based HIV research projects; Present / publish the results in scientific conferences / journals; Train short courses on key research topics; Mentor students within their field of expertise.

PhD in Genomics / Bioinformatics / Virology / Statistics / Biology / Data Science / Biostatistics; More than 2 publications in peer reviewed journals; Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Special considerations
The candidates should have an employment contract within Zimbabwe or have an employment guarantee by the legal entity in which they express the intention to continue working at least for the next 3 years after training.

To apply
Please email your CV, two representative publications, completed application form and contact details for three references to and

Incomplete application forms without the required support documents will not be considered.

2023-2024 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program
Deadline: 17 June 2022

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a one-year, full-scholarship program offered to mid-career professionals working at the policy level who have a record of leadership, a commitment to public service, and the initiative to take full advantage of a self-defined program of independent study at a leading American university.

Priority areas
Technology policy and management; Communications and journalism; Law and human rights; Natural resources, environmental policy, and climate change; HIV & AIDS, policy and prevention; Higher education administration

Eligibility requirements
A Bachelor's degree or higher; Five years of substantial professional experience; Demonstrated leadership qualities and a record of public service; Fluency in English; A Zimbabwean citizen living and working in Zimbabwe at the time of application; Limited or no prior experience in the United States.

Grant provisions
Round-trip economy international travel for the grantee; Tuition and university fees, medical insurance, and a stipend for the grantee only.
To apply
Apply online here
Volunteer . . .

Volunteers: Destiny for Woman and Youth Empowerment (DWYET)
Deadline: 2 June 2022 

DWYET is a duly registered non profit making organization committed to uplifting the lives of women and youth towards sustainable social and economic regeneration, through empowerment forcing an end to unemployment and poverty. It offers projects that cover sporting, behavior change, and home based care facilities, counseling sessions and business management towards our developmental goal of empowering communities. The organization seeks to promote socio-economic development through the introduction of the anti-drug campaign.

In a bid to attain our goals we are therefore inviting volunteers towards this cause.

Abilities and qualification
The volunteers should have the following abilities and qualifications: Online communication strength; Able to develop a project; IT skills; Collect data and present it.

To apply
Interested people to forward their CVs to
Internships . . .

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Volunteer Intern - Finance: Special Olympics Zimbabwe 
Deadline: 27 May 2022

Reporting to: Finance and Admin Officer
Duration: 1 year
Terms: This is an unpaid temporary position

Special Olympics Zimbabwe, a not for profit sporting organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities has a volunteer position for an intern.

Should be working towards an accounting degree.
To apply
Email applications to

Graduate Intern - Content Creator: Young Africa International (YAInt)
Deadline: 31 May 2022

Young Africa International (YAInt.) is looking for a Graduate Intern - Content Creator, responsible for gathering and creating, reviewing and editing content for the organization which will be published in the organization’s website, social media platforms and reports. The role is based at YAInt. HQ in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Duties and responsibilities
Work with the programmes team to get an understanding of the short term and long-term visibility and communications targets and then develop content strategies accordingly; Creating content which will generate interest among the variety of the organisation’s audiences; Writing and reviewing content for websites, social media pages, reports, fundraising pitches and other communications platforms; Promote the correct use of YA branding specifications across the confederation; Measuring and monitoring the organization website and social media traffic statistics, and where necessary, take action/suggesting new ways to improve traffic; Ensure that the content generated and distributed is compliant with the copyright and data protection laws; Update the website, social media and content pages periodically; Maintain a content-bank for stories, pictures, video clips etc for use from time to time for communications purposes.

Do you have the profile described here? Then you are the person we are looking for: A Bachelor’s degree in communications, English, journalism, literature, digital marketing or other related fields; Experience as a content creator in prior roles, creating strong and engaging content is an added advantage; A creative mind; Familiar with web traffic metrics, HTML and web publishing; Proficiency with content management systems and analytics software; Excellent writing, proofreading, and verbal communication skills; Detail oriented work style with good time management, planning and organizational skills; Knowledge of various analytics platforms; Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, specially excel and PowerPoint; Ability to lay-out text and creativity in graphic design are an advantage; Ability to work efficiently maintaining high quality and accuracy; Ability to pay attention to detail; Ability to communicate messages in concise, creative and clear language.

To apply
Are you interested in this fascinating opportunity? Submit the following to - A motivation letter (1 page) through which you show off your writing skills; Detailed CV with at least 3 contactable referees; 2 samples of content that you have produced.
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New Narratives for Accountability in Zimbabwe Project - Mid-Term Evaluation: Accountability Lab (AL)
Deadline: 27 May 2022

AL Zimbabwe seeks the services of experienced project evaluators of democracy, rights and governance projects to conduct a mid-term evaluation of its New Narratives on Accountability in Zimbabwe (New Narratives) project. Interested learning specialists with at least seven years experience evaluating similar projects are encouraged to apply using the procedure detailed below.

AL Zimbabwe is part of a global trans-local network that makes governance work for the people by supporting active citizens, responsible leaders, and accountable institutions. Our goal is a world in which resources are used wisely, decisions benefit everyone fairly, and people lead secure lives. Established in 2020, AL Zimbabwe works with women, exemplary civil servants, and youth to advance peaceful development, encourage citizen participation and inclusion, and develop more accountable institutions through the following flagship initiatives: Integrity Icon, Civic Action Teams, Accountability Incubator, Voice2Rep, Film Fellowship, amongst other initiatives. Accountability Lab Zimbabwe implements the preceding initiatives as part of the New Narratives for Accountability in Zimbabwe (NNAZ) Project. The project, which commenced in April 2020, addresses entrenched political, social, and economic dynamics around accountability by incentivizing communities to try new, innovative approaches to change governance outcomes from the bottom up. Accountability Lab Zimbabwe is implementing this project in collaboration with six other partners with Kubatana and Magamba Network as key collaborators

To apply
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Production of Street Mural: National Transitional Justice Working Group (NTJWG)
Deadline: 30 May 2022

The National Transitional Justice Working Group (NTJWG) is a platform established to provide the interface between transitional justice stakeholders and the official transitional justice processes in Zimbabwe. Memorialisation is a tenet of transitional justice and a cultural depiction of the past. Memory-related initiatives can serve as a platform to transform hegemonic discourses where past experiences come from rather than being limited. Memorialisation supports the identification of current legacies with past constraints and works as a precondition for social acceptance and future processes of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Street art is a symbolic tool for historical knowledge. Whereas the building of public monuments is important, unofficial projects may serve an equally important role. An arts-driven approach to drive memorialisation in Zimbabwe may be an effective strategy to facilitate and reimagine reconciliation in our country. Street art may be a tool to educate the public and ignite social dialogue about the past.

Therefore, we seek the services of a well-qualified consultant to undertake the following tasks: Identify a public location in Harare to put the street mural where it's visible to a lot of people; Attain the necessary approvals and clearances to paint the street mural; Provide a sketch mural for approval by the organisation and the proposed dimensions; Paint the mural; Seal the mural after painting until its unveiling.

Time frame of deliverables
The mural should be painted and completed over 30 days or less. Specific work plan to be agreed upon between the consultant and the organisation.

Outputs and deliverables
The following specific outputs are expected: A painted street mural in Harare with a justice and accountability theme.

Terms of references of consultant
It is against this background that the NTJWG seeks to engage a consultant who will provide and perform the following services: Identify a public location in Harare to put the street mural where it's visible to a lot of people; Get the necessary approvals and clearances to paint the street mural; Provide a sketch mural with a transitional justice theme for approval by the Forum and the proposed dimensions; Prepare the wall on which the mural shall be painted; Paint the mural; Seal the mural after painting until its unveiling

The suitable consultant must possess the following: Demonstrable experience in painting murals; Relevant qualifications in arts and design programs would be an added advantage; The consultant should have at least five years of experience in creative design.

To apply
Interested candidates should submit an application to with a clearly labeled email heading and include the following: A brief technical proposal, including financial costs; a detailed CV, with at least 3 traceable references where similar services have been rendered; and sample (s) of similar previous street murals painted; Late applications will not be accepted.

End of Project Evaluation: Zubo Trust
Deadline: 31 May 2022

Empowerment of Women in Rural Areas in Binga: Project No: A-ZWE-2019-3230

Zubo Trust invites applications from suitably qualified consortiums or individuals to carry out an end of evaluation on an empowerment of women in rural areas in Binga. The project aims at improving the profitability of the Income Generating Activities (IGAs) in a sustainable way through improved marketing. It also facilitates access and utilization of natural resources for businesses by rural women, use of simplified business plans and enhancing rural women’s skills through training. The consultancy is with immediate effect and shall run for a period of 30 working days from date of commencement. 

Main tasks 
The main tasks are as detailed in the terms or reference obtainable from Zubo offices at the address given below.

A Master’s degree; PhD preferred, in any social sciences, preferably Marketing, Business Management, Economics, evaluation or social research; Technical expertise and experience in marketing, marketing strategies and business management; A minimum of 8 years of working experience applying qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods; Excellent analytical, planning, presentation and report writing skills; Strong ability to translate complex data into effective, strategic well written reports; Experience in gender analysis and human rights; Knowledge of Bread for World and its programming is desirable; Excellent English communication skills, both oral and in written are essential.

Terms of reference
These can be collected at our offices Stand 29, Light Industry, Binga; Mobile No: 0783 132 381 or by email request to

To apply
Collect TORs from Zubo and submit your application to The Finance / Administration Officer, Zubo Trust, Stand 29, Light Industry, Box 119, Binga, Zimbabwe or email 

Report on the State of Human Rights in Zimbabwe: Local NGO
Deadline: 31 May 2022

A registered apolitical and citizen’s rights focused organization established by a group of human rights defenders and activists coming together to defend, promote and empower marginalized and disenfranchised community groups in its diversity to fully enjoy their rights seeks to develop a report on the state of human rights and human rights defenders in Zimbabwe. The organization was formed after the realization that marginalized community groups are being left behind in the socio-economic empowerment programs, democracy and governance; and national development discourses of several Southern African countries owing to lack of specific targeted interventions and investments for vulnerable groups particularly youth and women. The team who established the organization also recognized the low solidarity levels and movement building crisis in most southern African countries and how this has affected the ability of civil society to actively and positively contribute to democratic developmental states in Southern Africa. The organization was established immediately to provide oversight and think tank around the welfare and rights of marginalized groups with a sole purpose of ensuring progressive realization and enjoyment of rights by all. The organization works with citizens in low living standards where social harmony for marginalized youths and women is threatened and where access to basic social services such as water and sanitation, health and education have turned from being a right into a privilege in both rural and urban areas. The organization is therefore influencing the policies as it relates to the rights of youths, women, LGBTIQ communities in their diversity and advance the rights-based and pro-people approach to political, social and economic empowerment through well-thought citizens or community driven and led reforms premised under the pinnacles of transparency, accountability, democracy and good governance. The organization is there to create and facilitate space for citizens and communities to have a collective voice to challenge oppressive systems and structural barriers and in turn effectively participate in key decision-making processes across the cultural, political, social, environmental, technological and economic spectrum. 
Background and contextual analysis
Concerned by the significant deterioration of both the environment and the situation of human rights defenders in Zimbabwe. Throughout the past months, the situation of multiple and particularly violent physical assaults against HRDs as acts of reprisals for their legitimate human rights work. These attacks are part of a more global context of systematic abuse against civil society. The authorities use all means at their disposal to muzzle HRDs, from threats to surveillance, arbitrary arrests, prolonged detention and even the use of solitary confinement. Court Hearings of HRDs are systematically postponed, creating a sense of constant pressure on them to intimidate them into abandoning their human rights activities. Furthermore all these abuses have dramatic consequences on the physical and psychological integrity of HRDs, raising serious concerns for the future of the human rights movement in Zimbabwe. 

Moreover, the Zimbabwean Parliament is currently discussing the adoption of the Private Voluntary Organizations (PVO) Amendment Bill, introduced by the government on November 5, 2021. The bill aims at regulating civil society organizations and restricting civic space by proposing a much wider definition of the PVO, leading to mandatory re-registration of organizations already existing under different legal regimes, and by preventing PVO to engage in political activities. Without defining the ‘political involvement’ while imposing harsh penalties, including jail times, to those who would not respect this prohibition, the Bill exposes civil society organizations to systematic arbitrary detention and criminalisation. In the context of the public hearings for this bill, ruling party militants have been violently attacking anyone raising their voices against it, with multiple instances of threats and beatings being reported. 

The political context also plays a key role in the abuses against human rights defenders. The run-up to the 26 March 2022 parliamentary and local government elections saw an increase in attacks against opposition activists and human rights defenders. Police violently dispersed peaceful rallies, arbitrarily arrested and tortured activists and ruling party militants even killed an opposition activist on at a rally. This situation is expected to worsen in the run-up to the 2023 harmonized elections. The very real possibility of increased violence against human rights defenders makes this report especially timely and necessary. 

The organization has therefore decided to devote a comprehensive report to the situation of human rights defenders in Zimbabwe. The document will inter alia address the root causes of human rights defenders vulnerability to human rights violations; the structural causes of the lack of accountability at the local level for such violations; and the impact of these attacks on civil society in general.

Objectives of the report
At the moment, there is only sporadic documentation of cases of violence and abuses against HRDs in Zimbabwe. This report will aim to assess the situation of civil society in Zimbabwe, in order to identify and expose the patterns of systematic harassment and violations against HRDs as well as the torture and ill-treatment they face. The ultimate goal is to mobilize greater international support from influential stakeholders to prevent and respond to infringements facing HRDs and to fight against the prevailing impunity in the country. 

Main objectives 
To investigate and document the serious violations and attacks against human rights defenders in Zimbabwe, including torture, ill treatment, and arbitrary detention; To collect first-hand testimonies from HRDs on the type of harassment and challenges they face and document the profiles of victims, the circumstances surrounding the abuses and the profiles of the (alleged) perpetrators; To investigate as well as the lack of accountability at the local level for violations against their rights, notably by looking into the types of judicial processes undertaken, and whether / how investigations into the attacks on HRDs have been / are conducted for selected cases; To analyse the psychosocial cost of the pattern of systematic attacks against human rights defenders at the individual and collective levels; To analyse the legal framework for the protection of human rights defenders in Zimbabwe as well as restrictions to freedoms of association, peaceful assembly and expression; To analyse the impact of anti-torture legal framework on the protection and redress protection of human rights defenders in Zimbabwe including those in detention; To look into the political commitment of Zimbabwe both in terms of the protection of human rights defenders in the light of its legal instruments and its ratification of regional and international conventions; To follow-up on previous recommendations formulated by UN and ACHPR bodies in relation to the protection of HRDs in Zimbabwe; To contribute to the protection of human rights defenders and to a more enabling environment for civil society in Zimbabwe; To address recommendations to the authorities of Zimbabwe, non-State actors and the international community in order to improve the working environment of HRDs in Zimbabwe and strengthen their protection.

A 15 page public report in English drafted on the basis of field research and interviews with HRDs undertaken. The report will also address recommendations to the authorities, non-State actors and the international community. 

All materials / documents arising from this research shall remain the property of the publishers and their partners. 

Experience and qualifications
The organization is looking for a person (s) with knowledge and a clear understanding of Democracy, Governance and Human Rights Reporting in Zimbabwe. The individual(s) must be in possession of a University graduate degree in Law, Economics or Social Sciences. A minimum of 7 years of professional experience in undertaking similar or related tasks; adequate familiarity with broad Human Rights issues in Zimbabwe and excellent writing and oral communication skills in English language.

To apply
All those interested should send a CV, expression of interest (EOI) with budget, timeframe and at least 3 samples of similar work completed to The deadline for submissions is 31 May 2022. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Partnerships & Development Consultant: Urgent Action Fund-Africa (UAF-Africa) 
Deadline: 2 June 2022

Urgent Action Fund-Africa (UAF-Africa) is a consciously feminist and womn’s human rights pan-African Fund, registered in Kenya and Zimbabwe. Operating as a virtual organization, the Fund boasts of strategic presence in Africa’s five sub-regions - East Africa: Nairobi-Kenya, Kampala-Uganda and Addis Ababa-Ethiopia; North Africa: Cairo-Egypt; Central Africa: Bujumbura-Burundi; Southern Africa: Harare-Zimbabwe, Lilongwe-Malawi, Antananarivo, Madagascar, Johannesburg & Capetown-South Africa, Francistown-Botswana; and West Africa: Benue State-Nigeria and Parakou-Benin and Yaoundé and Doula Cameroon and Lomé, Togo. 

Recognising the need to move resources rapidly on a continent where opportunities and threats arise and decline quickly, UAF-Africa uses a Rapid Response Grant making mechanism to support unanticipated, time sensitive, innovative, and unique initiatives that promote women’s agency in democratic governance, economic, environmental and climate justice, natural resources governance and conflict transformation while protecting their personhood, integrity, and rights.

Position overview
UAF-Africa seeks a Partnerships & Development Consultant who will translate UAF-Africa’s strategic plans into effective social justice initiatives and results. Guided by feminist principles and values, the Fund advocates for womn’s equality, not only as a matter of human rights, but also as a fundamental prerequisite for social change, global security, and sustainable peace. In addition to her core business of Rapid Response Grantmaking, UAF-Africa also runs alliance building and advocacy initiatives in collaboration with other social justice organizations.


Partnership building
Working closely with the Executive Director, develop and implement a partnership strategy to expand the reach and impact of on-going efforts in advancing UAF-Africa’s focus areas; This will be achieved by utilising social marketing, strategic communications, resource mobilization, donor engagement and compliance among other strategies; Participate in networking activities to identify potential partners; Network with local, regional, international non-profit organizations (women’s rights and mainstream social justice), donor institutions and actors, private sector actors and organisations and state and national agencies among other potential partners for future partnership building; Conceptualize new strategic initiatives that could be built around or benefit from diverse philanthropic actors; Manage on-going activities, including reviewing all programmatic opportunities; Developing relationships with partners and potential partners; managing the partnerships pipeline as issues arise; Researching programmatic and funding opportunities and selecting the most appropriate to be advanced; Creating and implementing realistic project plans and timelines; Coordinating and managing multiple projects; Serve as the primary liaison person within UAF-Africa for partnership building and development initiatives; Implement strategies to strengthen relationships with key external partners, including donors, grantees, community organizations, individual philanthropists among others; Develop and track measures of success and create progress reports for all partnerships; Develop and maintain a database of partners and prospective partners; Develop and implement a process for evaluating opportunities and ideas in terms of mission / goals fit and organizational capacity; Work closely with the Fund’s Finance, Legal, Programmes and Human Resources Managers to draft and negotiate partnership contracts.

To apply
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Midterm Project Evaluation: Contact Family Counselling Centre (Contact)
Deadline: 3 June 2022

The evaluation is commissioned by CONTACT in Bulawayo. CONTACT’s vision is to be the leading counselling organisation offering quality counselling and training programmes and services that are responsive to the needs of clients. The mission is to empower people, especially disadvantaged individuals of women and men, children and families to lead productive and fulfilling lives. The organisation is implementing a three-year project covering the period 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2023 funded by Misereor titled: Strengthening counselling and training services of Contact Family Counselling Centre in Bulawayo. A midterm evaluation is to be conducted to gauge the extent of achievement of the objectives and with what successes, challenges, lessons learnt and the recommendations to inform the future programme and projects.

Project objectives
12,000 clients (mostly women, children and adolescents, but also men) facing social and / or emotional challenges receive professional systemic counselling that enables them to identify viable solutions to their problems and live more satisfying lives; 1,200 children, adolescent girls and boys, and young adults living with HIV as well as their caregivers have received group counselling that enables them to understand, accept, cope and manage their HIV positive status; Sensitisation talks and educative meetings have raised awareness about the effectiveness of counselling in strengthening the rights of women, adolescents, children and men as well as family cohesion; At least 810 persons involved in counselling work such as police, health personnel, teachers, Church and NGO staff have acquired systemic counselling knowledge and skills.

Objectives of the evaluation
It is to assist CONTACT and Misereor to learn from the project implementation so that lessons can be drawn that can be the basis for instituting improvements to further project management. Furthermore, it is to measure progress towards achievement of the expected outcomes and to assess the measures that the project has put in place in order to create a positive impact in the future.

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MEL and CLA Manager: TechnoServe
Deadline: Rolling

Everyone deserves the opportunity to build a better future. This simple idea has been at the heart of TechnoServe’s work around the world for over 50 years. TechnoServe is a pioneer in leveraging the power of business and markets to create sustainable pathways out of poverty.

The low-income communities in which we work are full of enterprising people. Their small-scale farms and businesses are the keys to economic development. But they face many challenges: low literacy, lack of access to jobs and markets, unpredictable political dynamics and, increasingly, the effects of climate change. For many women and young people, the challenges are even more daunting. 

Working with TechnoServe staff, people around the world are lifting themselves out of poverty. The results are amazing… when incomes increase and living conditions for families get better, they are able to access health care and education previously out of reach. Communities and even whole countries are better off.

Job summary
TechnoServe seeks a Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) and Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) Manager for an anticipated agricultural development program in Zimbabwe. The MEL & CLA Manager will have the exciting opportunity to work at the intersection of the environmental conservation and economic development sectors in Zimbabwe, and facilitate sustainable progress for individuals, communities, and market systems. The MEL & CLA Manager will manage the day-to-day monitoring, evaluation, learning (MEL) as well as lead initiatives that foster ongoing CLA activities. S/he will be responsible for enabling evidence-based decision-making processes by program leadership, providing the necessary data and information to improve performance and effectiveness as well as inform planning and management decisions. S/he will also be responsible for timely development and progressive implementation of the program’s MEL systems. The manager will facilitate continuous learning and adaptive management by applying the principles of CLA.

To apply
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Senior Finance and Compliance Manager: TechnoServe
Deadline: Rolling

Everyone deserves the opportunity to build a better future. This simple idea has been at the heart of TechnoServe’s work around the world for over 50 years. TechnoServe is a pioneer in leveraging the power of business and markets to create sustainable pathways out of poverty.

The low-income communities in which we work are full of enterprising people. Their small-scale farms and businesses are the keys to economic development. But they face many challenges: Low literacy, lack of access to jobs and markets, unpredictable political dynamics and, increasingly, the effects of climate change. For many women and young people, the challenges are even more daunting. 

Working with TechnoServe staff, people around the world are lifting themselves out of poverty. The results are amazing! When incomes increase and living conditions for families get better, they are able to access health care and education previously out of reach. Communities and even whole countries are better off.

Job summary
TechnoServe seeks a highly qualified Finance and Compliance Director to ensure efficient operations and compliance of the Support for Commercializing Non-timber Forest Products (NTFPs) in Zimbabwe program. S/he will be responsible for overall management of finance and procurement as well as compliance with USAID regulations, policies, and local law.

Primary functions & responsibilities
Ensures efficient operations of program operations, including finance, procurement and personnel, compliance, policies, and procedures; Ensures that financial functions support the timely and effective implementation of the program’s technical scope of work; Oversees the overall administration of the program, including working with local Financial Controller and TechnoServe’s HQ support units managing operations, sub-awards & sub-contracts issued by TechnoServe, procurement of commercial goods and services and accounting; Ensures that resources are allocated and used in compliance with contractual requirements, applicable regulations, and appropriate standards and procedures; S/he also ensures that all budgets, expenses, and program procurement activities are carried out according to USAID and TechnoServe’s policies and regulations; Oversees the management of sub-awards and sub-contracts issued by TechnoServe; Provides guidance to local and subcontractor staff on compliance agreements and procurement standards / requirements; Supervises project administration staff, including the Accountant, Procurement Officer, and the Regional Human Resources and Operations Manager.

To apply
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Programmes Manager: Terre des Hommes Italia
Deadline: 29 May 2022

Location: Harare

Terre des Hommes Italia (TDH-It) is seeking the services of a Programmes Manager (PM) to provide strategic leadership, business development and drive quality innovative programming across country projects. TDH-It is a child centered organization delivering integrated programming that bridges humanitarian and development interventions. The Zimbabwe country office is implementing projects focusing on Education, Resilience Building, Health, Food Security, Protection and Disaster Preparedness. Working with support from the European Union, Italian International Development Cooperation, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP), Terre des Hommes Italia empowers vulnerable populations, including refugees, to recover from crisis. 

Position summary
The Programmes Manager is an innovative and visionary leader responsible for resourcefully developing and managing all programming and operations in Zimbabwe to deliver impact, harness innovative solutions and influence lasting and systemic change. The PM will oversee the delivery of high-impact, multi-sector programming that is accountable to both program participants and donors, while prioritizing strategies for thoughtful growth, external influence and partnership building. Placing a high value on innovative solutions to development issues and creative partnerships, the PM will position Terre des Hommes Italia to drive forward strategic programming connecting programs into a cohesive country portfolio. The Programmes Manager has full supervisory responsibility for the country delegation and is responsible for building a cohesive team that works together to deliver high-impact programming across the country.


Strategy, vision and business development 
Refine and articulate a clear and compelling vision of Terre des Hommes Italias’ strategy in Zimbabwe that inspires team members, donors, government stakeholders and partners to support the country’s initiatives and develop impactful and relevant programming within our partner communities; Develop grant winning proposals and secure resources for high-impact programs that are aligned to community priorities; Remain current with development thinking, including resilience approaches, systems thinking, nexus approaches, social impact, value for money, etc; Set direction for the country team by prioritizing and organizing integrated multi sectoral actions and resources to achieve set objectives; Build strategic partnerships and relationships, recognize opportunities for innovative action resulting in unique intervention models. 

Commit to preserving an organizational culture of trust, transparency, diversity, equity, and inclusion across the team; Uphold a culture of integrity through ethical decision-making, safeguarding and compliance with the Code of Conduct; Lead by role modelling self-awareness to foster an environment of mutual respect, diversity and inclusion so that all team members are included, supported and can thrive; Create a culture of accountability for highly effective communication systems and relationships to ensure every voice matters.

Human resources 
Recruit, manage, motivate, and onboard an informed, skilled and efficient team with an emphasis on high quality impact, creativity & innovation, inclusion incorporating a culture of continuous feedback, development and performance management; Establish credibility within the team by demonstrating personal accountability, flexibility, resilience and dedication to quality programming by creating positive relationships and having composure in complex situations; Ensure people-focused human resource systems are in place and consistent with TDH-It policies, position descriptions, team member onboarding, performance management, professional development plans and reporting mechanisms; Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem-solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.

Program impact, monitoring, evaluation and learning 
Oversee program quality and impact by ensuring programs are based on sound design principles and utilize donor required M&E systems; Facilitate and coordinate implementation of multi-sectoral thematic areas covering health, education, protection, food security, disaster preparedness etc; Review periodic donor & partner reports and continuously mentor staff to produce high quality results-oriented reports; Ensure that implementation of cross cutting thematic areas is measurable and clearly articulated in the project’s logic of intervention; Ensure all interventions adhere to TDH-It Gender Policy, Do No Harm principles, and program participant accountability standards, including an effective Community Accountability Reporting Mechanism and safeguarding mechanisms across all programs.

Influence and representation
Lead TDH-It’s outreach and engagement with key donors, partners, think tanks, government, UN bodies and private sector in order to pre-position the organisation for funding; Build partnerships with leading organizations, private sector, government, foundations, community representatives, and other critical partners to enhance collective impact, voice, and opportunities for securing funding; Set up systems to stay abreast of contextual changes, anticipate needs, and contribute to shaping donors’ views on humanitarian and development priorities in ways that are responsive to changes in the context.

Program operations and compliance 
Coordinate overall country budget; Manage budget within approved spending levels and establish an annual cash flow plan to ensure a steady and adequate supply of funds for program activities; Build and maintain operational structures that ensure proper segregation of duties between finance, administration and logistics and enable the timely, compliant and effective delivery of field programs; Build and maintain an environment of collaboration among program, finance & administration team members resulting in optimal support for program activities; Ensure program implementation is on time, target and budget, using effective M&E systems to reach desired impacts; Create and maintain systems ensuring effective and transparent use of financial resources for timely and informative reporting in line with donor and TDH-It policies and procedures; Ensure compliance with donor and TDH-It regulations, policies and procedures, and the implementation of appropriate risk mitigation measures to reduce TDH-It’s exposure to potential risk.

Qualifications and experience 

Training: Master’s degree in a field related to Project Management, International Development / Development Economics and / or social sciences; Training in Public Health / Protection / Livelihoods / Law / Disaster Preparedness / Education / will be valued.

Experience: At least 10 years of field experience in international relief and development programs, including demonstrable success in managing large and complex programs multi-sectoral projects; Have at least 5 years of senior-level leadership, capacity building and field management experience; Must have previously developed and managed an EU, ECHO, BHA, UNHCR and AICS funded project.

Skills: Proficient in project management and team management, demonstrate strong knowledge in donor requirements and expectations, particularly ECHO, BHA, EU, WFP, UNHCR, AICS, UNICEF and have excellent writing skills (especially for proposals and reporting).

Qualities: Strong leadership skills and ability to make decisions, a sense of analysis (discernment, pragmatism) and synthesis. A good negotiator and communicator, both in writing and orally. Able to demonstrate organizational skills, rigor, flexibility, capacity to remain calm and level-headed.

To apply
Interested candidates must submit their application letters and CVs as one document (not more than 4 pages) clearly stating expected salary and earliest start date. Applications must be addressed to

Relief Communications Officer: Local NGO
Deadline: 30 May 2022

Duration: 4 months
Location: Harare

An international human rights organization with a local office in Zimbabwe is looking for a dynamic individual with a strong track record in journalism, media and communications to support the organization for 4 months.

Duties and responsibilities
Develops and delivers an effective media relations and engagement strategy, which includes pitching the organization’s work, organizing interviews, providing media briefings, writing op eds and responding to media requests; Develops and delivers media strategies for the organization’s campaigns; Develops and delivers, with the appropriate internal teams, long-term and ongoing media, and PR strategies to engage target groups with human rights stories; Develops and delivers effective advocacy media and PR strategy to ensure the organization’s target audiences are engaged with the organization’s issues via the media; Media lead for the organization’s proactive and reactive human rights work; Develops communication plans for all organization initiatives; Develops digital campaigns content work in collaboration with the local and regional team; Manages organizational social media platforms; Produces quarterly newsletter and other IEC material for members and staff; Researches, prepares fact-checking, edits, and produces professional media and communications materials for various audiences and ensures their timely dissemination and amplification.

Skills and competencies
Excellent communication skills (oral and written); Excellent research skills; Exceptionally good technical affinity for media contexts including knowledge of a wide range of multimedia, web, and digital tools; Outstanding news writing and editing skills; Proficiency in design and publishing software; Social media and multimedia skills; Advanced understanding of the country media and communications environment; Ability to produce effective quick and reactive news lines for breaking stories.

Qualifications and experience
Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, journalism, or related field; Master’s degree in the relevant field is an added advantage; 3 years’ experience working in communications in the NGO sector. 

To apply
Interested applicants to direct their applications and CVs to

2 (Two) x Field Officers: Caritas
Deadline: 1 June 2022

Location: Gokwe North and Gokwe South 
Reporting to: The Programme Officer

Knowledge of WASH and interactive hygiene; Facilitate WASH Project activities in schools in the district; Identification of gaps in schools on different issues like hygiene; Ability to interact with school health coordinator and school children; Facilitate formation and training of school health clubs, drama groups, sanitation action groups through song and related activities; Facilitate training of school health teachers, hygiene promoters; Facilitate rehabilitation or repair of existing or establishment of new point source water supply infrastructure and rehabilitation of existing small piped water supply systems; Working knowledge of Core Humanitarian Standards; Production and submission of relevant periodic progress and evaluation reports; Other duties consistent with the position. 

Knowledge and skills
National Diploma in Environmental Health and Water Resource Management; Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Health or BSc Water Resources management; At least three years in implementing Water and Sanitation Projects; Knowledge of Microsoft office; Clean class 3 or 4 driver’s license and ability to ride a motorcycle; Ability to relate and adapt to communities of project implementation 

To apply
All interested candidates may submit their detailed Curriculum Vitae and their copies of certificates to the Ex-Officio Director - Caritas Gokwe Office, Stand Number 3830, Nyaradza, Gokwe (Office Number 7) or through email:

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Specialist: CeSHHAR Zimbabwe
Deadline: 3 June 2022 (4.30pm)

Duty Station: Harare 
Contract Duration: 1 year Renewal subject to availability of funding 

CeSHHAR Zimbabwe is an organisation that specialises in Population health research and programming, including on sexual and reproductive health and HIV / AIDS. CeSHHAR has an extensive national, regional, and international academic and community partnership. CeSHHAR has a diverse range of funders which include the Wellcome Trust, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, United States NIH, UK Medical Research Council, Templeton World Charity Foundation, USAID, Global Fund for AIDS TB and Malaria, UNICEF and UNFPA. We partner very closely with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (UK; opportunities for joint appointment exist), Zimbabwe's Ministry of Health and Child Care and international and regional centres of research excellence to rigorously evaluate national programmes and determine the impact, uptake, and cost effectiveness of novel reproductive health interventions. See more of CeSHHAR’s work on our website:
Job role
Under the overall and direct supervision of the ICT / Data Lead, the ICT Specialist will be responsible for supporting all nationwide information and communications technology requirements of CeSHHAR; The incumbent will be required to perform the following key tasks: Assisting the ICT / Data Director in budgetary planning and implementation of short and long-term projects; Producing detailed reports on the effectiveness of the technology; Keep abreast of technology trends and discern which offer solid, appropriate, cost-effective ICT solutions to the organization; Making recommendations for improvements and growth of IT systems and infrastructure; Supervising the installation, maintenance and repair of all computer hardware; Configuration of server hardware, access points, routers and ensuring a secure and efficient physical and virtual network; Manage system infrastructure including databases, testing computer equipment, firewalls, malware and other related software and hardware; Provide organizational technical support for both hardware and software issues that may arise; Monitor the system daily and respond quickly to any security breaches or usability concerns; Scheduling regular preventative maintenance to safeguard ICT equipment (personal computers, servers, printers, and other related equipment); Back up systems and verify that backups have been completed and can be restored for disaster recovery; Design, installation and maintenance of the organization’s network infrastructure (LAN, WLAN and VPN and all network related devices); Implementing, enforcing network controls and monitoring performance; Undertakes additional duties at the discretion of the ICT/Data Lead and Executive Director.

Qualifications and experience
Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering, Information Technology or Computer Science; 5 years relevant experience working at a similar level; Cisco certified network professional (CCNP); Certification in IT Security / Cloud Computing added advantage for example Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert; PowerShell/Linux scripting. 

Skills, knowledge and ability
Ability to maintain the confidentiality of client profiles; Evaluate, plan, migrate, deploy, and manage Microsoft 365 services including O365 security and threat management; Proven experience exercising leadership functions with increasing responsibility in Information Technology; Strong knowledge of implementing and effectively developing helpdesk and IT operations best practices, including expert knowledge of security, storage, data protection, and disaster recovery protocols; Linux OS, open-source software setup and customization; Microsoft domain controller & active directory server, setup, and administration; DHIS2 and REDCap installation and customization a distinct advantage; Flexibility and ability to manage change and cope with work pressure; Good organizational skills, communication, interpersonal skills and self-motivated.

To apply
If you are interested in the above position, please email your CV and application cover letter addressed to the Human Resources Manager and send to Indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

Finance Manager: Local NGO
Deadline: 3 June 2022

A leading creative and digital media organization based in Harare, Zimbabwe, is looking for a candidate to fill the role of Finance Manager in their finance department. 

Position summary
The Finance Manager shall be responsible for ensuring smooth implementation of the organisation’s accounting systems, distributing of financial resources, budget planning, and supporting executive management team in financial decisions in compliance with the organisation policies and procedures.

Job description

Funds Management
Forecast cash flow positions, related borrowing needs, and available funds; Ensure that sufficient funds are available to meet ongoing operational and capital investment requirements; Ensure transparent system in place for management of the organisation’s Financial & Admin Consultancy funds for external organisations; Assist in determining the organisation's proper capital structure; Coordinate both internal and external audits.

Manage the preparation of the organisation's budget; Report to senior management on variances from the established budget, and the reasons for those variances; Assist senior management in the formulation of its overall strategic direction; Produce quarterly projections and share with Management and Board.

Financial analysis
Coordinate financial reporting for the organisation and its external partners; Engage in ongoing cost reduction analyses in all areas of the organisation; Engage in benchmarking studies to establish areas of potential operational improvement; Interpret the organisation's financial results to management and recommend activities for improvement; Create additional analyses and reports as requested by management; The analysis may furthermore look at review of Pastel reports, and other donor reports done by the Finance Officer.

Maintain a documented system of accounting policies and procedures; Manage outsourced functions; Oversee the operations of the Finance department, including the design of an organizational structure adequate for achieving the department's goals and objectives.

Supervise the finance department; Present financial report to the Board at quarterly meetings; Ensure procurement and compliance with partners and internal requirements; Support the management and administration of financial records; To keep proper set of books for the organization; Provide leadership in project finances; Oversee the management of grants.

Audit preparation
Candidate to ensure they possess skills to do final accounts in preparation for the annual final audit.

A minimum of Accounting Degree or related from a reputable tertiary institution; Should have a full professional qualification such as ACCA, CIMA, CIS, CA (Z) or similar; Minimum of five years’ relevant working experience in a similar position preferably acquired in a non-profit making or related environment; Good experience in Pastel and Belina Payroll; Must have excellent interpersonal management and relationship building skills; At least a clean Class 4 Drivers’ licence is an added advantage.

To apply
Interested candidates who meet the job requirements should forward a Cover Letter and CV with subject title "Finance Manager” to: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Program Compliance Assistant: Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA)
Deadline: 5 June 2022 (12 noon)

Reports to: Program Compliance Officer

About CNFA and Amalima Loko
CNFA is a US-based non-profit nongovernmental organization (NGO) that works to stimulate economic growth and improve rural livelihoods in the developing world through five core capabilities: Productivity, Food Security and Nutrition; Input Supply and Farm Services; Economic Resilience and Rapid Recovery; Value Chain Development; and Volunteer Technical Assistance. Amalima Loko is a new USAID-funded 5-year program implemented by CNFA and 5 partner organizations which applies community-driven approaches to improve food security, nutrition, and natural resource management in over 80 communal wards in Matabeleland North.
Position summary
The Program Compliance Assistant will support the Amalima Loko program, a USAID-BHA funded program that operates in Matabeleland North province of Zimbabwe covering the districts of Binga, Hwange, Lupane, Nkayi and North of Tsholotsho. The Amalima Loko program aims to improve food security through increased food access and sustainable watershed management. S/he will support the Amalima Loko program team in tracking and monitoring progress across the various program purposes, ensuring commitments and compliance with donor and government requirements. S/he will work under the Program Compliance Officer and coordinate with the CLA Lead, Environmental Specialist and Asset Manager. The compliance assistant will ensure Amalima Loko program compliance in the districts of Hwange and Binga based in Hwange or in Lupane and Nkayi districts based in Lupane.

Ensure environmental and other program trackers are up to date; Audit program files to ensure supporting documentation is accurate and complete; Support in the compilation of crosscutting indicator data collection (Environment, Resilience, SBC) with respective program teams; Support program teams with addressing any issues or gaps identified; Conduct field verifications and spot checks as required; Support Cash for Assets (CFA) checking for compliance on set out guidelines and procedures; Verify Cash for Assets documentation before payment of workers; Tracking and collation of CFA documentation for all sites; Support in collection of stories, program photos for various activities as directed; Preparation and dissemination of learning material; Assist in program research including story development and data collation; Support the Technical Coordinators and M&E department with tools development and information collection as directed; Assist in dissemination of research and routine program results and lessons learnt locally (Community, District); Perform other tasks as assigned by the Program Compliance Officer and CLA Lead.

University degree in operations research, social science, computer science, agriculture, environmental science, or a related field with a strong background in research, analysis, and information management; A minimum of 2 years of relevant experience.

Knowledge, skills and abilities requirement
Strong technical skills managing and presenting information using spreadsheet (Microsoft Excel) and database software, report writing; Familiarity with rural Matabeleland cultures and languages strongly preferred; Must be highly organized, detail oriented, diplomatic, and able to work within a large and diverse team.

To apply
Qualified candidates, especially women, are encouraged to send their applications. To apply please send a cover letter and CV to with “Program Compliance Assistant” in the subject line.
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