Regional Vice President’s Executive Advisor job with World Vision - Kenya

To provide a wide range of management and administrative support services for the office of the Regional Vice President that ensures efficient functioning of the office and effective communication with stakeholders.

Key Relationships

Regional Vice President, Office of WVI President, Offices of WVI Senior Vice Presidents (SVP), Offices of WVI Vice Presidents (VP), Offices of other Regional Vice Presidents(RVP), Regional Leadership Team & relevant sub-teams, Regional Staff, Office of Senior Director of Operations (SDO), National Directors (ND)
Government officials, Officials of regional and sub-regional agencies, Diplomatic corps, Church leaders, Senior executive of peer organisations

Management - 15%
Manages the Administrative Officer providing work assignments, performance management with matrixed managers, and ensuring minimum standards
Develop, set up, and document office secretarial systems related to: filing of documents, records management, communications (email, fax, and correspondence), supplies management, and basic office services
Manage procurement, finance, travel advance requisitions and settlement for RVP Office in coordination with Support Services
Conduct approvals on behalf of RVP as designated

Communication - 20%
Prioritizing RVP's confidential mail, email, faxes ensuring that urgent and sensitive matters are handled promptly and efficiently
Communicate on behalf of the RVP with key constituents
Respond to routine Partnership Office and Field issues on behalf of RVP as appropriate. Determine which issues need to be referred to supervisor or delegated to others and provide appropriate briefing and pertinent documentation
Take initiative to meet needs relative to the field / Global Centre for information / guidance
Facilitate effective information dissemination from the RVP Office
Prepare reports from the RVP Office
Prepare speeches and presentations for the RVP in consultation with communications
Facilitate regular communication for RVP with Support Office CEOs and key Global Centre VPs

Coordination and Accountability - 10%
Provide leadership to program planning, and administrative and logistics functions for Regional Forums and Annual Directors' Conferences and related events
Provide synthesis and analysis of documentation submitted to the RVP providing relevant recommendations
Provide communication link between the RVPs, GOLT and SVPs
Provide communication and coordination link between RVP and various VPs at Global Centre
Coordinate Regional-based meetings
Coordinate team meetings for RVP direct reports
Coordinate administrative support towards organization of meetings convened by the RVP
Follow up on key processes from the relevant Regional Leadership Team working group meetings.
Assist RVP in providing line management support to the teams of his/her direct reports

Coordination of Itineraries / Schedules and Travel - 10%
Maintain travel and leave schedule for RVP direct reports
Maintain RVP appointments, meetings, tele conferences and telephone calls
Arrange for RVP's travel including preparation of meeting dossiers
Plan RVP field visits in consultation with the respective National Directors
Coordinate approval of leave and travel for RVP direct reports

Information Management - 15%
Coordinate the screening and submission of new National Office (NO) Board / Advisory Council member documentation for approval by the VP
Maintain NO Board / Advisory Council records
Coordination of Coaching for Performance Activities for RVP direct reports
Provide research and documentation for RVP internal and external presentations
Receive and compile quarterly management reports and biannual reports to the WVI Board on behalf of the RVP Office
Review Field Financial Reports(FFR)/Audit reports from each National office. Note items of concern requiring the VP/ Ex Advisor's attention
Facilitate the collection of data for RVP's information needs
Record meetings and follow up action item
Contribute / update to RVPs' Team Room / database
Develop and maintain database for key contacts for RVP Office

Reporting - 10%
Work with RVP's direct reports (ie. Senior Director Operations, Finance Director, People&Culture Director, Strategy Director) to analyse and report on accomplishment of objectives in the RVPs office on a quarterly basis
Work with SDO's office and NDs to provide quarterly reports for Africa to the partnership
Provide biannual reports to WVI Board in consultation with SDO's Office

Stewardship - 10%
Provide support to RVP in his role of approving the strategic allocation of resources across the region
Provide support to the RVP in his role to lead Category III emergency responses
Ensure that RVP is appraised of audit performance across the region
Oversee budgeting and financial reporting for positions that report to the RVP
Coordinate Regional Core Peer Review

Promote the World Vision Way - 5%
Facilitate RVP engagement with internal WV stakeholders
Facilitate opportunities for the RVP to inspire WV staff in the field

Other - 5%
Be up-to-date on the status of key projects, tasks and responsibilities of RVP
Plan and manage special projects as assigned
Use personal initiative to ensure efficient and effective functioning of the RVP's Office
Carry out additional responsibilities and projects as assigned
Attend and participate in Christian devotional meetings and weekly chapel services
Support initiatives outside the region as required
The following may be acquired through a combination of formal or self-education, prior experience or on-the-job training:

Educational level required:
A university degree in administration, communications or related and transferable field of study required.
Technical Training qualifications required: Additional qualifications in secretarial or business studies will be a plus
Experience: At least 3 years' experience in a leadership or management role or approx 5-8 years experience in supporting senior executives. Experience working in Africa will be preferred.

Requires excellent communication skills; writing and editing concise, clear letters, reports, articles or e-mails.
Strategic thinking, decision-making, analyses and problem-solving abilities.
Strong analytical and critical thinking skills to identify problems and develop innovative solutions.
Requires good interpersonal, negotiation and administrative skills. Treating others with respect, regardless of position or function. Good listener
Ability to deal with others in order to reach an agreement or solution; for example, consensus building.
Able to establish and maintain a good rapport and cooperative working relationship with Partnership stakeholders, Regional Leadership and National Directors.
Proven skills in working effectively cross-culturally.
Requires ability to maintain confidentiality.
Strong documentation skills including report writing and minute taking.
Ability to appropriately handle competing requests for the RVPs attention.
Skill at negotiating with various personalities and developing internal and external network of contacts.
This requires strong organizational skills, independent judgment, and the ability to be flexible as the demands and priorities change.
High level of computer literacy / proficiency
Able to travel up to 25% - 30%.
Fully Fluent in English.

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MSc Scholarships for Palliative Care

I believe we have East African health professionals in the UK who can utilize this opportunity, this is why I am posting it here. Good luck and don't forget to pass it on!

The Samuel Sebba Trust
Applications are invited for these new scholarships to enable UK-based students with an interest in conducting research into pain to study for the MSc in Palliative Care at King’s College London, part-time over two years, commencing January 2010.

King’s College London is committed to opening doors to excellence for gifted and talented students and these scholarships will benefit students who for financial reasons would otherwise be unable to attend. Each scholarship will fund the course tuition fees, travel, accommodation and books.

The scholarships are generously supported by the Samuel Sebba Trust through Cicely Saunders International (CSI). CSI was established in 2002 and is the only charity dedicated to research, education and support in the field of palliative care.

The course information booklet and a flier about the scholarships are downloadable at the foot of this page.

Deadline for applications
16 November 2009

Application Criteria

The MSc in Palliative Care is open to UK-based doctors, nurses, and health and social care professionals working with patients with advanced disease. 

To apply for the scholarship you must fulfil the following criteria:
  • You must have a first degree in medicine, nursing, life sciences, social sciences or other approved subject awarded by a United Kingdom university or a recognised overseas university.
  • You must be currently working in palliative care or a related field (clinical or social care, in practice or research) in the United Kingdom
  • You must have an interest in conducting research into the assessment and management of pain associated with advanced disease (cancer or non-malignant conditions e.g. MS, MND or heart failure).

To Apply

Please apply online and then send the following documentation to us here in the department:
  • Your CV
  • A letter of support from your current employer
  • Personal statement (500-800 words) in support of your application, explaining your reasons for applying, what you hope to gain from the MSc, your ability to complete the programme of study, and your interest in pain research.
Please send these documents to:

Sian Best
Education & Finance Manager
Department of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation
King’s College London
Cutcombe Road
London SE5 9RJ
Tel +44 207 848 5584

Attached files:
Samuel Sebba Trust flier (pdf, 66 KB)
Course Information Booklet entry January 2010 (pdf, 200 KB)


Today's event at SOMA Book Cafe - 10 yrs after Mwalimu: Roles and Challenges of Youth in Leadership

Dear AllI would like to remind you on today's event at SOMA Book Cafe.

10 years after Mwalimu: Roles and Challenges of Youth in Leadership

SOMA Book Café in collaboration with Wanazuoni Network would like to invite to you at event of remembering the life of Mwalimu Nyerere.

Topic of discussion: 10 years after Mwalimu: Roles and Challenges of Youth in Leadership.

We will have three young person who are in different leadership role to share with us their experience.

There will be song performance and following poems will be recited:
  • The Days of Mwalimu by Kenneth Kolowa
  • But Dear Mwalimu by Neema Ndunguru
  • Mwalimu Wewe ni Nani? by Adam Foya
When: Friday 16th October 2009.

Time: From 5pm

Where: SOMA Book Café, located Mlingotini Close, Plot no 53 Regent Street off Chato Street Regent Estate.

Drinks and food will be available at affordable price.

Few of Mwalimu publication will be provided for free.


Adam Jackson Foya
P.O.Box 42329 Dar Es Salaam,Tanzania
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Noti mpya zachapishwa, kuanza kutumika mwezi Juni mwakani

The Bank of Tanzania (BoT) has appointed two foreign firms to print new bank notes.
Ten companies tendered for the job, nine of them were qualified for the job and two were awarded the deal. 

BoT Governor, Prof Beno Ndulu said that the new notes would be in circulation by June next year. The new notes will be used together with the old ones, until the old ones disappear in the circulation. "The old ones would still be a legal tender," he stressed.

Prof Ndulu said the Swedish company Crane Currency AB, would print notes with denomination of 10,000, 5,000, 2,000 and 500, while the UK-based De La Rue would print the 1,000 notes. Final discussions with the two companies on the designs and security features of the new notes and the printing would start soon. Some of the salient features in the new notes would be introduction of new signatures of the Governor and the Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, replacing those of the late Governor Daudi Ballali and former Finance Minister, Basil Mramba.

Prof Ndulu added that BoT was collecting various comments from the stakeholders on the quality of notes, which would be considered in designing the new bills. He dismissed claims that Tanzanian notes were susceptible to forgery because of poor quality. "Our notes were printed by a competent company (GND) which also prints Euro notes," he said.

PhD Fellowship in systems biology of human metabolism

The Center of Systems Biology, University of Iceland is looking to recruit a highly motivated PhD students to join a growing effort focusing on systems biology of human metabolism. The research at the CSB UoI focuses on 1) human metabolism and 2) industrial biotechnology. The Center is an interdisciplinary center with the Schools of Medicine, Engineering and Natural Sciences participating.

The CSB UoI aims to characterize human disease using a systems biology approach. This research effort includes on 1) expanding the currently available human metabolic reconstruction, 2) discovery of new functions and pathways in human metabolism using computational and experimental techniques, 3) phenotyping of human cell lines using metabolomic techniques, 4) computational and experimental analysis of metabolic changes associated with disease, and 5) high-throughput drug screening. We use the state-of-the-art computational methods to guide and design human cell culturing experiments as well as metabolomic measurements. These technologies are embedded in a biologically driven research program that aims at systematic understanding of human metabolism, disease manifestation and drug target identification.
  • Expansion and refinement of the human metabolic reconstruction.
  • Identification of missing metabolic genes using bioinformatics and modeling tools (gap filling)
  • Development of cell type specific metabolic models from experimental data and the human metabolic reconstruction.
  • Databases and literature mining for genomic information.
  • Computational modeling of human metabolism in health and disease.
  • The project will thus include key technologies used in computational systems biology and bioinformatics.

Your qualifications:
  • Master´s degree (or equivalent) in Bioinformatics, (Molecular) Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology or Medicine.
  • Strong interest in human biology and computational modeling.
  • Basic skills/ experience in programming and statistical data analysis.
  • Communication skills and team orientated work.

Our Offer:
  • Working in a scientifically stimulating, innovative, dynamic, well- equipped, and international surrounding.
  • In-depth training in cutting edge technologies used in systems biology.
  • Numerous training opportunities in (molecular) biology, systems biology and bioinformatics.
  • Initial short-term employment contract for three years.

The position is available immediately. Please send a cover letter, a brief description of research experience and interests, a curriculum vitae and contact information for three references in pdf file form to Professor Ines Thiele ( [email protected] )

All applications will be answered and applicants will be informed about the appointment when a decision has been made. Salary for the positions will be according to collective wage and salary agreement.

Appointments to the University of Iceland do take into account the Equal Rights Project of the University of Iceland.


SUBIRA: Neno la Uzima - Focolare Movement

Nimepokea maneno haya ya busara toka kwa Padre Franco nikaona si vyema kula na kushiba peke yangu bali kuwapa na wengine pia.

P. Franco ni mwanzilishi wa kituo cha Faraja Centre na maelezo yake niliandika kwa ufupi katika posti iliyopita (bofya hapa kusoma) kumhusu yeye na huduma za pekee zinazotolewa kwa wananchi wa vijiji na vitongoji kadhaa vya mkoa wa Iringa.

FREE ONLINE COURSE: Fundamentals of Social Filmmaking (12 weeks)

The course is offered completely online and is free of charge. Corse organizers use a web based virtual class room and deliver teaching materials, tutorials and assignments via that. Video conferencing can also be used if needed. This course does not lead to any academic degree or students do not get any credits which they can transfer into their university degree. However, upon successful completion of this course they will get acquainted with the fundamentals of social film making and, in particular,  its use for social transformation. All successful students will also receive a certificate of completion.

Important Dates
  • Application Deadline: 01.08.2009 - 31.10.2009 (late applications will not be entertained.)
  • Notification of Selection and further information: 10 - 20 December 2009 (All applicants will be notified by email)
  • Training Period: 02.02.2010 - 31.03.2010

An applicant's guide
Application form (word format)
Application form (pdf format)

Course Contens

Week 1
- Learning agreement 
- Study Guide
- How the course is delivered, roles and responsibilities of participants  

Week 2 and 3  
What is social filmmaking?
The use of Films and Videos for social purposes,
Case studies from different countries 

Week 4 and 5:
Script writing, why and how? Where do ideas come from?
Good scripts and lousy scripts, language and its use,ethical considerations
Academic English, words and their selection 
A project work on script writing.

Week 6 and 7:
Video/Film shooting and Editing, what to choose: film or video? 
Technology and recent developments. How to find the audience for your work?
Short films and social impact

Week 8 and 9
Basic Introduction to video editing programmes, how to edit images?
Consumer, prosumer and professional standpoints
Ideas or technology: what is more important? 
Week 10,11,12 
Final project work: a short film/documentary (5-30 mins) or an alternative written work.

For more information, please send an email to: [email protected] or visit