Best and Worst cities for drivers around the World

According to WAZE, The Netherlands, Slovakia, Sweden, and Czech Republic all reported an easy, breezy driving experience in the Top 5. Believe it or not, the U.S. and France have some of the lightest traffic in the world thanks to smaller cities with appropriate infrastructure that’s easy to navigate.

On a city level, Manila reported the worst traffic on Earth, with Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and Jakarta not far behind.

In fact, Indonesia had the most cities on the list (8!) inferring a dreadful driving experience country-wide.

Mkwara wa barua ya maombi: Kusimamia kituo cha kupigia kura

Job: Vector Control Specialist - Malaria Consortium

Closing date: 03 Nov 2015
We are recruiting for a Vector Control Specialist. The job holder will provide high quality technical support to Malaria Consortium projects in different areas of disease prevention, particularly those related to vector biology and control related projects. The post holder will provide technical support to develop and expand the organisation’s work in vector control globally, including the Africa and Asia regions, and to support the development of studies on innovative vector control strategies.
The successful candidate will have:
  • A post-graduate degree or a postgraduate qualification in Medical Entomology
  • Extensive field experience in planning and implementation of malaria prevention and control, especially ITN programmes
  • Experience in prevention of other vector-borne diseases desirable
  • Experience in managing or supporting multi-country health projects
  • Substantial experience in designing, implementing and managing operational research projects and in data analysis and writing scientific publications
  • Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to collaborate with a range of partners
  • Language fluency in English is essential and working knowledge of French is an advantage
Travel involved: Up to 40% international travel
For full job description please click here.
How to apply:

Job: Biodiversity Conservation Biologist/Wildlife Trafficking & Poaching Specialist

Organization: Engility Corporation
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 21 Nov 2015
The PROTECT Project is a five-year USAID-funded initiative implemented by International Resources Group (IRG). The objective of PROTECT is to address the dynamics that threaten biodiversity conservation and inhibit private sector-led growth in Tanzania’s natural resource sector. PROTECT will achieve these objectives by implementing activities in four specific areas: 1) policy, research, and advocacy; 2) institutional strengthening; 3) nature-based economic strengthening; and 4) combating wildlife poaching and trafficking.
The illegal trade of Tanzanian wildlife is a complex problem with many roots. These roots include insufficient political will, conflicting policies, dysfunctional organizations and institutions, poorly hatched economic schemes to incentivize best practices in wildlife management, cultural antipathy toward wildlife, and inadequate capacity in technical areas related to wildlife conservation. That heavily armed militias are poaching wildlife with apparent impunity speaks to the poor management and economic viability of the reserves, wildlife management areas (WMAs), and other wildlife areas. And the frequent emergence of Tanzania’s wildlife contraband in foreign consumer markets suggests collusion by private and public sector actors from the wildlife area to all downstream points of sale. Stamping out the illegal trade of Tanzania’s wildlife will therefore require a clear-eyed understanding of the complexity of the problem and the ability to address it at all levels working with all stakeholders at all control points of the supply chain.
Recognizing the many government agencies and levels of government that are implicated and complicit in the illegal wildlife trade, the PROTECT project will take a whole-of-government approach to implement anti-poaching and anti-trafficking interventions. Project activities will stem from a “supply chain” understanding of the problem. PROTECT’s Biodiversity Conservation Biologist/Wildlife Trafficking & Poaching Specialist will implement and oversee efforts under Activity 4: Combat Wildlife Poaching and Trafficking.
Biodiversity Conservation Biologist/Wildlife Trafficking & Poaching Specialistwill be responsible for implementing, managing and providing oversight to achieve the objectives of the project – on time, on scope and on budget - and will specifically be responsible for activities identified for Activity 4. These activities include, but are not limited to:
  • Adhere to, and implement, the Activity 4 work plan and budget – meeting all target deliverables (as referenced in the approved 18 month work plan and GANT chart; the Monitoring and Evaluation plan, and TNZ PROTECT Task Order) - over the life of the project.
  • Lead efforts to map out the illegal wildlife supply chain, including the main control points, transit routes, and financial flows, and prioritize subsequent interventions.
  • Support the Government of Tanzania, – in particular, the MNRT, TANAPA, and TAWA, WMAs, game reserves, national police, customs, ports, airports, and courts – to more effectively combat wildlife poaching and trafficking in Tanzania.
  • In close collaboration with the COP and Institutional Strengthening Lead, develop a plan to increase the capacity of select organizations and institutions related to wildlife poaching and trafficking.
  • Liaise regularly with other USG agencies and augment their work in providing technical assistance to the GOT.
  • Engage also with other groups working in the area of anti-wildlife poaching and trafficking (other bilateral missions, BINGOs, national NGOs, private sector, etc.) to harmonize work plans and leverage efforts.
  • Support research in the area of biodiversity inventories.
  • Mitigate the threat of poaching through a range of interventions with may include increasing the number of game rangers, increasing the frequency of patrols, increasing the enforcement capability of game rangers and WMA officials, sniffer dogs, the use of appropriate tracking/monitoring technologies, and the improvement of a more efficient fee collection system.
  • Increase the detection capacity of the Airport Authority, Port Authority, customs and transport sectors to detect movement wildlife contraband.
  • Increase the capacity of the enforcement, prosecution, and judiciary authorities to detain, prosecute and appropriately sentence wildlife poaching and trafficking offenders. Technical areas for capacity strengthening may include, but are not limited to:
  • Training judges and paralegals in laws and regulations on the illegal use and trafficking of wildlife;
  • Training enforcement personnel in wildlife crime forensics and investigation; and
  • Enhancing coordination among and between legal entities engaged in supporting wildlife enforcement.
  • Command the respect of a diversity of stakeholders such as national level and local level officials and people.
  • Comply in a timely, compliant fashion with the achievement and reporting of the expected results – within budget and across the applicable indicators – as specified in the monitoring and evaluation plan.
  • Promote interactions and cross-team exchanges through the mobilization of in-house expertise.
  • Support initiatives to promote effective project visibility.
  • Contribute to the promotion of a collaborative work environment and team spirit.
  • Facilitate effective orientation of new technical staff.
  • Complete any other duties/activities as directed by the COP in line with the Project’s objectives and the Employee’s abilities.
The Biodiversity Conservation Biologist/Wildlife Trafficking & Poaching Specialistwill report to the Chief of Party.
  • Minimum of 10 years of managerial and/or technical experience biodiversity conservation and combatting wildlife trafficking and poaching.
  • Proven experience in undertaking activities aimed at improving wildlife conservation, protected area management (including community-based conservation), wildlife laws and policies.
  • Experience working with protected area authorities and wildlife ministries.
  • 3-5 years of experience with developing and delivering training or other institutional capacity building experience to wildlife law enforcement officials.
  • Ability to liaise and coordinate effectively with senior officials within the Government of Tanzanian.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in environmental or ecological sciences, environmental law, enforcement.
  • USAID donor experience, a plus.
  • Must be fluent in English with strong report writing ability.

How to apply:
Please send Resumes and Cover Letters to [email protected]

Mambo 4 yanayomkwamisha kijana aliyehitimu Chuo Kikuu kufanikiwa

1. Kutafuta mafanikio ya haraka

Fikra nyingi za vijana wanaomaliza vyuo mbalimbali huwa zimejikita kwenye kutaka mafanikio ya haraka. Kwa hakika hili limekuwa tatizo kubwa ambalo kwa bahati mbaya wengi huwa hawalioni kirahisi, lakini limekuwa likipelekea mipango na malengo yao mengi kukwama. Kutokana na hili hujikuta wakiwaza njia nyingi za mikato za kupata pesa ikiwemo hata rushwa na kusahau kutafuta mafaniko hatua kwa hatua. Unapokutana na kijana kama huyu awe amesoma au hujasoma na unapokuja kumwambia kuwa maisha ni hatua na mipango kwa kweli hawezi kukuelewa ni nini unachokiongea. Hili ni moja ya tatizo kubwa sana linalowakabili vijana wengi wa Kitanzania na kusababisha kushindwa kupata mafanikio.

2. Kutokuwa na mipango na malengo imara

Vijana wengi wamekuwa wakiishi kwa kuwa na mipango ya muda mfupi sana au hakuna kabisa. Kikubwa kinachowapoteza hapa ni kuangalia kwao mambo ya sasa ikiwemo starehe za muda mfupi. Ni muhimu sasa kujua kwamba mafanikio yanahitaji malengo. Kama ajira kweli hakuna ni kitu gani kinachofanyika cha mbadala ili kupata kitu cha kukuingizia kipato? Vijana wengi wamekuwa wakiwaza tu ajira ajira na mwisho wa siku wanajikuta wakikosa kitu cha kufanya kabisa. Kwa hiyo kukosa malengo ni tatatizo linalowakwamisha vijana wengi kufikia ndoto zao.

3. Kutokujiamini

Kama upo kwenye safari ya mafanikio halafu hujiamini, elewa kabisa huwezi kufikia mafanikio hayo. Mafanikio yoyote yale yanahitaji ujiamini wewe kwanza kuwa unaweza. Vijana wengi wanakosa kujiamini na matokeo yake hujikuta wakishindwa kuchukua hatua za kubadili maisha yao. Na kutokana na tatizo hili la kutokujiamini hupelekea wao kushindwa kuzitumia fursa zilizopo nchini kama vile biashara ndogondogo za kujiajiri, kilimo cha kisasa na hata ufugaji wa kisasa pia. Kitu cha kujiuliza je, ni kweli ajira peke yake ndiyo chanzo cha kipato? Jibu bila shaka ni hapana. Tatizo kubwa linaloonekana hapa kumkwamisha kijana huyu wa Kitanzania kufanikiwa ni kutokujiamini kwake.

4. Kukosa mtaji

Vijana wengi wenye elimu ya juu na kawaida, wote kwa pamoja kilio ni hiki hiki kwamba hakuna mtaji. Ni kweli wanakuwa wanatamani kufanya bishara fulani, lakini hakuna mtaji wa biashara hiyo. Na hili ni jambo ambalo serikali na wadau wengine wanatakiwa kuliangalia kwa jicho la pili ili kuwasaidia vijana hawa kuweza kutoka walipo na kujenga taifa imara lenye mafanikio. Lakini si hivyo tu hata vijana wenyewe wanaweza kuungana ili kupata mitaji na kuanza kuwekeza kwenye miradi ya kuwafanikisha.

Ni wako rafiki katika mafanikio, 
Imani ngwangwalu,
Simu; 0713 048 035,
E-mail; [email protected]

Ufafanuzi wa Serikali kuhusu ukomo wa madaraka ya Rais na uhai wa Baraza la Mawaziri

Serikali imetoa ufafanuzi kuhusu ukomo wa madaraka ya Rais wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania na mwisho wa uhai wa Baraza la Mawaziri kwa kadri Tanzania inavyoelekea kwenye Uchaguzi Mkuu unaofanyika Jumapili, Oktoba 25, mwaka huu, 2015.

Taarifa iliyotolewa jioni ya leo, Jumatano, Oktoba 21, 2015, Ikulu, Dar es Salaam na Ofisi ya Katibu Mkuu Kiongozi Balozi Ombeni Yohana Sefue imesema kuwa Serikali imetoa ufafanuzi huo kuwasaidia wananchi kuelewa maelekezo na matakwa ya Katiba na Sheria kuhusu ukomo wa madaraka ya Rais na mwisho wa Baraza la Mawaziri kufuatia mijadala ya karibu katika vyombo vya habari na mitandao ya kijamii.

Taarifa hiyo imekariri Ibara ya 42(3) ya Katiba ya Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania ya mwaka 1977 ambayo inasema kuwa ukiacha sababu nyingine, mtu anayechaguliwa kuwa Rais atashika madaraka ya kiti cha Urais hadi Rais Mteule atakapoapishwa.

Ibara hiyo ya 42(3) inasema: ”Mtu anayechaguliwa kuwa Rais, atashika kiti cha Rais hadi – (a) siku ambako mtu anayemfuatia katika kushika kiti hicho atakula kiapo cha Rais.”

Taarifa hiyo imesema: “Hivyo, kwa mujibu wa Katiba ya Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania, Rais anaendelea kuwa Rais, akiwa na madaraka na mamlaka yote na kamili yanayoambatana na nafasi hiyo, hadi Rais Mteule anakapokula kiapo cha Urais. Hivyo, ni vyema wananchi waelewe kuwa hakutatokea wakati wowote ambapo hakuna Rais na Amiri Jeshi Mkuu mwenye mamlaka kamili na aliye tayari kuyatekeleza mamlaka hayo. Lengo ni kuhakikisha kuwa haitokei wakati wowote nchi yetu ikakosa Rais na Amiri Jeshi Mkuu.”

Imesisitiza taarifa hiyo: “Madaraka na mamlaka ya Rais yapo, na hayapugui kwa namna yoyote ile, hata baada ya Uchaguzi Mkuu, mpaka Rais Mteule atakapoapishwa.”

Kuhusu ukomo wa Baraza la Mawaziri, taarifa imefafanua kuwa kwa mujibu wa Ibara ya  57(2) ya Katiba, Waziri na NaibuWaziri ataendelea kushikilia mamlaka ya nafasi yake hadi, ukiacha sababu nyingine, Rais mteule atakapoapishwa.

Ibara hiyo 57(2) inatamka: “Kiti cha Waziri au NaibuWaziri kitakuwa wazi litokeapo lolote kati ya mambo yafuatayo – (f) Ukiwadia wakati wa Rais Mteule kushika madaraka ya Rais, basi mara tu kabla ya Rais Mteule hajashika madaraka hayo.”

Taarifa hiyo imeongeza kuwa Mawaziri na NaibuMawaziri wanaendelea kushikilia nafasi zao, wakiwa na madaraka na mamlaka kamili yanayoambatana na nyadhifa zao hadi mara tu kabla ya Rais Mteule hajashika madaraka.

Imemalizia taarifa hiyo: “ Naomba vyombo vya habari, vyenye jukumu la kuelimisha jamii, kuwaelewesha Watanzania kuhusu utaratibu huu wakubadilishana madaraka kati ya awamu moja ya uongozi wa nchi na nyingine. Madaraka na mamlaka ya Rais yapo, na hayapungui kwa namna yoyote ile, hata baada ya uchaguzi Mkuu mpaka Rais Mteule atakapoapishwa.”

Imetolewa na:
Kurugenzi ya Mawasiliano ya Rais,

21 Oktoba, 2015

BBC: Zuhura Yunus katika mahojiano na Edward Lowassa

Zuhura Yunus alimhoji mgombea Urais wa Tanzania, Edward Lowassa akiwa nyumbani kwake Monduli, Arusha na kwa kuanza alitaka maelezo zaidi kuhusu kipaumbele chake cha elimu.

Job: Technical Manager II - Workforce and Youth Programs

Organization: Creative Associates International
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 21 Nov 2015
Position Location:Washington, D.C.
Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic institutions and stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 15 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.
Position Summary:
The Technical Manager II – Workforce and Youth Programs is a Headquarters position with both administrative, technical and program research responsibilities. The position will support programs in workforce development, youth employment, community and household economic strengthening, conflict economies, economic governance, and livelihoods.
Reporting & Supervision:
This position is housed in the Economic Growth Division, reporting to the Practice Area Director of the Workforce Development and Youth Employment Practice.
Primary Responsibilities:
  • Provides technical, administrative, financial, and operational support to project teams, maintaining working knowledge of company systems and procedures;
  • Provides technical input for project and activity design and implementation, including development of annual work plans;
  • Prepares, tracks and re-aligns budgets, including quarterly financial reviews;
  • Reviews and processes project-related documentation, including invoices, ensuring transactions are properly documented and in compliance with contractual requirements and budget;
  • Monitors subcontractor performance, including contracts, budgets and deliverables;
  • Contributes to the preparation of quarterly, annual, final and progress reports, project success stories and other project material as required;
  • Supports consultant engagement and deployment, developing and monitoring agreements, coordinating travel and logistical arrangements, and processing payments;
  • Creates and maintains well-organized, up-to-date electronic and paper filing system;
  • Supports key personnel in field projects;
  • Supports project team in ensuring responsiveness to and ensuring good relations with client.
  • Supports business development efforts, participating in drafting proposals and budgets, personnel recruitment, research, etc.;
  • Supports and participates in pre-capture and capture activities, including in-country trips as needed; and
  • Supports Practice Area activities, as necessary.
Required Skills & Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in Economic Development or related field;
  • At least 3 years of experience backstopping programs, preferably for USAID;
  • Experience contributing to successful business development efforts and proposals, in areas such as economic development and workforce development;
  • Excellent communication and writing, analytic and problem-solving skills;
  • Demonstrated organizational and administrative skills;
  • Ability to develop and monitor program/project budgets, work plans and other management and reporting instruments;
  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office);
  • Ability to manage and execute multiple concurrent tasks with minimal supervision; and
  • Ability to work well in team environment and under tight timelines.
Desired Skills & Qualifications:
  • Proficiency in Spanish strongly preferred;
  • Knowledge and experience working with USAID structure and assistance mechanisms;
  • Field experience in international development settings;
  • Subject matter expertise in workforce development, at-risk youth and/or disadvantaged children; and
  • Familiarity with basic research methods, database management, and statistical analysis.
How to apply:

Job: Manager of Programs - Global Health Action, Inc. (GHA)

Organization: Global Health Action
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 06 Nov 2015
Global Health Action, Inc. (GHA) is seeking an experienced Manager of Programs to build on the organization’s 42-year foundation of improving health and development in under-served areas of the world. GHA is an established, impactful international health and development nonprofit organization with a dynamic new staff team charting the organization’s future. This is an opportunity for a proven program leader to expand the program outreach of a highly respected international organization.
Fluency in English is required. Ability to communicate on a professional level in French is strongly preferred.
We're looking for the right person to embrace our mission and philosophy and join our team in making a difference in the world.
About GHA
GHA is a nonprofit international health and development organization, headquartered in Atlanta. GHA’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities in under-served parts of the world through community-based health programs and livelihood opportunities.
Throughout its 42-year history, GHA has trained more than 8,800 health professionals, health care workers, and community leaders from 97 countries around the globe. Currently, GHA has on-the-ground programs and staff in Haiti and delivers programs in rural China in partnership with national, provincial and municipal Chinese organizations and agencies. The Manager of Programs will work with the CEO to develop new strategies and additional partnerships to expand programs into new areas and regions.
GHA believes in the power of people and communities to identify and address their own health needs and improve their quality of life. GHA works as a collaborative partner with (local, national, and international) government agencies, universities, national and community-based non-governmental organizations, faith-based organizations, and communities.
For more information about GHA, visit us online at
Manager of Programs Position
GHA operates with a small number of key staff members at its headquarters, and the Manager of Programs (MP) is primarily responsible for planning, managing, implementing, and evaluating GHA’s programs. This includes
  • Designing, developing and updating program materials
  • Maintaining, adapting and expanding current programs
  • Identifying, developing and implementing new programs and partnerships, in alignment with the organization’s mission and philosophy
The MP must be able to work independently, multi-task, wear multiple hats, problem-solve, and be well-versed and comfortable with common software applications and technological solutions. The MP will be a big-picture thinker who also addresses the nuts-and-bolts realities. The MP reports directly to the CEO.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
  • Supports the CEO in ongoing, short-term, and long-term project and program strategy development and implementation
  • Forges and maintains key strategic program and organizational partner alliances
  • Manages all aspects of GHA programs, including
  • program design
  • proposal development
  • program content
  • report writing
  • income and expense budgeting and monitoring
  • program evaluation
  • communication with program partners, overseas staff, and program donors
  • Participates in the drafting of GHA’s operating budget by coordinating the creation of the program budget for program initiatives
  • Develops and prepares content for grant proposals, contracts, and program marketing materials to fund program activities
  • Presents before a variety of groups and organizations
  • Develops, oversees and maintains written instructions and policies regarding program procedures
  • Implements programs and conducts courses to reinforce and complement the knowledge and expertise of other program staff or consultants
  • Determines relevance of information based on research of best practices in international health
  • Supervises program staff (primarily in other countries), program interns, volunteers, and related consultants
  • Guides program staff on report writing and data collection from the field
  • Serves as the primary staff liaison to the GHA Program Committee
  • Works with the entire GHA staff on projects and tasks, as needed
  • Travels to current and potential program sites, as needed
  • Master’s degree in the health field (or related discipline) required; a health degree preferred
  • Expertise in group facilitation skills, both for planning and training purposes
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in a related mid-level management position
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of international health programs
  • Successful program grant writing and grant management experience
  • Ability to work collaboratively with GHA’s staff and with partner organizations
  • Ability to relate well to people of various cultures and backgrounds and to executive level professionals and other people of influence
  • Prior international work experience is required
  • A demonstrated passion for the mission and work of non-profit health organizations
This is a full-time position with a competitive salary and benefits package.
How to apply:
Go to Submit your resume, a thoughtful cover letter and your salary requirements as one single document in the field that requests you to upload your resume in the form in the column along the right side of the web page. Please indicate how you learned of this opportunity. No phone calls please.

Job: Global Security Director

Organization: Democracy International
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 22 Nov 2015
Democracy International (DI) seeks a Global Security Director to support current and future programs in both stable and transitional environments around the world. The Global Security Director will establish operational standards for safety and security based upon expertise in industry best practices. The Director will provide leadership on all security-related procurement, and hands-on support and training to project security managers and personnel. Working in coordination with the programmatic country teams and headquarters management the Global Security Director will ensure that DI’s employees around the world are provided with risk-management platforms which will enable them to deliver complex programs in challenging environments.
This is a full-time position based in DI’s home office in Bethesda, Maryland. All interested applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. at the time of application.
Job Responsibilities:
The Global Security Director will be responsible for:
  • Overall management of DI’s safety and security program;
  • Evaluation of security practices and procedures in place to make recommendations for improvement;
  • The development, training, and implementation of guidelines and procedures for safety and security measures to manage risks on projects worldwide;
  • Periodic inspections and evaluations of safety and security protocol, systems and procedures of current projects to recommend ways to mitigate risk;
  • Ensuring field staff are trained, knowledgeable of, and compliant with project and country specific security protocols;
  • Ensuring compliance with USAID regulations and DI systems and procedures, including the security plan, communication protocols, and crisis response plan. Recommend updates to strengthen systems as needed;
  • The drafting and development of country-specific security plans as part of the proposal process for new business, which includes:
  • the identification of new risk factors or project specific exposure;
  • establishing relationships with reputable firms and individuals operating locally or regionally; and
  • assisting in developing safety and security implementation-oriented budgets;
  • Identification of security personnel needs and roles, and recruitment of vacant positions;
  • Development of Requests For Proposals (RFPs) for local and global security and operational services and evaluation of responses;
  • Maintain relationships with partners and donor groups;
  • Provide timely reports to senior management to keep them abreast of the security status and risks;
  • Maintain regular communications with field staff, including updates on security issues or events; and
  • Travel to post-conflict and high-risk environments for security assessments and reviews, training of field security personnel, and security operations set up.
Required Skills and Qualifications:
  • BA degree and a minimum of ten (10) years’ professional experience;
  • Minimum five (5) years of overseas experience in post-conflict and/or high-risk environments;
  • Minimum five (5) years of supervisory experience;
  • Previous field experience managing global security operations for international company required;
  • Extensive experience in setting up and managing safety and security systems and protocols and provide training to staff and partners;
  • Demonstrated understanding of complex emergencies, related security concerns, and appropriate responses to such emergencies;
  • Experience with USAID-funded programs as security personnel highly preferred;
  • Ability to solve complex technical, managerial, or operational problems and evaluate options based on relevant information;
  • Exceptional communication skills for explaining complex security concerns, policies, protocols, and procedures to senior management, employees, consultants, volunteers and consistently apply them at all levels;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others in challenging environments;
  • Written and spoken fluency in English required;
  • Willingness to travel to post-conflict and high-risk environments for extended periods of time and in some cases with minimal advance notice.
DI provides technical assistance, analytical services and project implementation for democracy, human rights, governance and conflict mitigation programs worldwide for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. State Department and other development partners. Since its founding in 2003, Democracy International has worked with civil society organizations, political parties, election-management bodies, government agencies, legislatures, justice-sector institutions, and others in 70 countries. DI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
How to apply:
Interested candidates should submit their CV, cover letter along with three references at We will only contact those candidates who best meet our needs. No phone calls or additional emails please.

Job: IDIQ Manager, Dexis Consulting Group

Organization: Dexis Consulting Group
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 30 Nov 2015
Dexis Consulting Group is seeking an Indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) Manager with at least 10 years or more of progressively responsible work experience managing and implementing activities that support the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) program cycle, including project design, country development strategies; program assessments; organizational development; operations management; monitoring and evaluation; and data quality assessments in support of USAID missions overseas.
The IQC manager will directly supervise professional and administrative support staff; assemble teams to respond to complex assignments; oversee task order management; and ensure staff performance and quality deliverables.
Responsibilities are expected to include:
  • Ensure access to and recruitment of appropriate personnel to administer and respond to technical staffing needs specified in awarded task orders
  • Supervise the selection, preparation, placement, and support for all technical experts carrying out task order requirements
  • Monitor all task orders to ensure quality control and timely deliverables
  • Serve as the primary contact point between the contractor and contracting officer (CO)/COR, and oversee key personnel in awarded task orders
  • Serve as technical expert for relevant task orders
  • Ensure quality of task order response and information flow to USAID and implement quality control for all work performed in a consistent and transparent manner for all contracted tasks and functions
  • Report to USAID technical and contract personnel in accordance with USAID reporting requirements
  • Perform any other necessary technical and management functions that may be required by USAID to successfully implement and manage the IDIQ contract and all task orders that may be awarded
The ideal candidate will meet the following qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in international development or related field
  • Expertise with USAID’s program cycle and related policy and practice (ADS 200)
  • Strategic planning, performance management, and training experience
  • Prior knowledge of USAID contractual mechanisms and compliance
  • Demonstrated management, communications, and coordination skills
  • At least 10 years of experience with USAID programming, including expertise in one or more of the following areas: democracy and governance, economic growth, education, global health, environment, and post-conflict assistance
  • Written and spoken fluency in English is required

How to apply:

Job: Tanzania HUBs Operations Manager

Organization: Youth Challenge International
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 03 Nov 2015
Tanzania HUBS - Operations Manager
Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Project Title: EQWIP HUBS: Powering Youth Innovation for Sustainable Livelihoods
Start: As soon as possible
Status: Manager Level, contract
Schedule: Full-time
Salary:Competitive Salary and Benefits
Initiative Description:
EQWIP HUBS will be a dynamic platform of diverse actors and young people working together to develop solutions to both local and global social, economic and environmental challenges in six countries around the world. EQWIP, an innovative youth serving partnership between Canada World Youth (CWY) and Youth Challenge International (YCI) has brought together a global consortium including UN-HABITAT, TakingITGlobal (TIG) and the Education Development Centre (EDC) to collaborate on this initiative.
Through 17 youth centered HUBS in urban areas, participatory programming will support young people in accessing a sustainable livelihood. Through the engagement of a multi-stakeholder HUB Network, EQWIP HUBS will foster a supportive and responsive enabling environment for youth livelihood activities by providing mentorship, coaching and access to capital. The HUB Network will strengthen the capacity of public and private sector stakeholders and civil society related to youth mainstreaming for policies, products and services.
EQWIP HUBS is building a team of energetic, skilled and passionate individuals who are motivated by the prospect of exploring new and creative approaches to solving complex global challenges.
Position Description:
The Operations Manager, reporting to the Country Manager, will provide operations management of the HUB project across the three (3) national HUB locations, including coordination of personnel, project activities and financial and material resources. S/he will establish and maintain positive, collaborative and productive relationships with project staff and implementing partners.
· Support the Country Manager with daily project management, contributing to project decision-making by providing input on the financial health and status of the project
· Coordinate with headquarters to ensure appropriate financial and administrative management and compliance with donor rules/regulations
· Identify areas of risk and take steps to reduce vulnerabilities
· Ensure preparation and submission of financial reports, manage and monitor cash flows related to project expenses
· Lead annual budgeting exercise and collaborate with the Country Manager and other technical team leaders to ensure program activities are in accordance with the project budget and work plan
· Maintain and refine policies and procedures for the procurement and disposal of project goods and services, in compliance with project policies and procedures and regulations, and provide training to admin and finance staff on proper procurement procedures
· Review, negotiate, and approve all field office contracts (including service agreements, office leases, contracts), ensuring all required contractual terms and conditions are included and obtaining the best value to the project
· Oversee the process for renewing local hire employment contracts on an annual basis, ensuring annual performance reviews are completed and employment contracts renewed on time
· Lead the process for the recruitment of local staff, including review of job descriptions, salary negotiations, and contract development
· Provide guidance to supervisors on recruitment procedures, promotions, and performance management
· Develop and manage an online timesheet management system for local project staff
· Oversee local company registration requirements and ensure EQWIP maintains compliance with evolving local regulations (e.g. taxation, employment/labour, etc.)
· Ensure security guidelines and procedures are established, maintained, updated regularly and adhered to by the project teams. Monitor the security situation along with senior management and communicate procedures to staff
· Perform other duties as delegated by the Country Manager
· Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, business or related field
· 5 to 7 years of demonstrated experience with mid-level management responsibilities for finances, procurement, human resources, and contracts
· Experience providing management and oversight of field office operations, especially across central and satellite offices
· Demonstrated ability to lead a team and manage, motivate and mentor staff at all levels to create a positive team environment
· Strong knowledge of generally-accepted accounting and procurement practices
· Demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks with competing deadlines
· Strong diplomatic, interpersonal, communication and presentation skills required
· Advanced-level knowledge of Microsoft Excel, and basic functional knowledge of QuickBooks or other field accounting software packages preferred
· Strong verbal and written English skills required
· Applicant must be citizen of Tanzania
How to apply:
Deadline to apply: Tuesday, November 3rd at 5pm EST. Applications will be considered upon submission. Please submit your cover letter and CV as a one document Word or PDF e-mail attachment to [email protected] with “Tanzania HUBS Operations Manager” in the subject line. No phone calls about the position can be accepted. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Job: Nutrition Consultant for Risk-Informed Programming

Organization: UN Children's Fund
Closing date: 03 Nov 2015
The concept of resilience has gained traction in the international aid community as the social and economic costs of disasters, conflicts, epidemics and other calamities has continued to rise. Increasingly expensive humanitarian interventions have become the norm; this despite the fact that many of the shocks and stresses are predictable and their consequences can be mitigated or prevented. At the same time, it is acknowledged that chronic and high vulnerability levels amplify the impact of shocks and stress. To this end it is widely recognised that development and humanitarian programs must increasingly focus on the vicious cycle of vulnerability and exposure to shocks and stress.
This requires adaptive programming that is conflict sensitive and risk informed, including addressing the structural and underlying causes of vulnerability, with an overall aim to strengthen the resilience of the most vulnerable children as well as the communities and the systems that are meant to protect them.
At the same time, there is limited guidance for program staff on how to use risk analysis and modify program design in order to build resilient and responsive systems. In order to address this gap, UNICEF is working on developing a guidance document for risk informed programing. The guidance will include a section on multidimensional risk analysis that applies across sectors, as well as sector specific sections that will contain a series of simple guidelines, checklists, tools and indicators that will support country office program staff to initiate programs that are risk sensitive and risk responsive. The aim of this guidance is to improve programs flexibility and inform service delivery so that they are adaptable and sustainable in hazard-prone and conflict affected contexts. Ultimately a program developed with principles outline in the guidelines will be one that does not sacrifice its long-term goals for short-term outcomes. The tools in the guidance document will provide sector specific support through the situation analysis, risk analysis, asset mapping, program planning, monitoring, and other design/implementation processes.
UNICEF is seeking for a qualified consultant who will finalize the nutrition section of the guidance which will reflect countries and regions ongoing practices and needs. The consultant will have technical leadership and responsibility for the drafting, designing, and validating of the nutrition section in close consultation with other sections, offices, and partners.
To finalise the nutrition section of the risk informed programing guidance document that will be primarily used by UNICEF country office staff and technical sector programme managers to more effectively identify and analyse risk and better adapt nutrition programmes with the overall aim of strengthening resilience of systems, communities and individuals.
  1. Documentation of current approaches/best practices/ risk models that are used at country and regional levels. This will be done through a desk review of existing programs and initiatives as well as key informant interviews with country and regional teams and key partners.
  2. Facilitation of a technical consultation with key country teams and regional offices.
    The consultant will prepare and facilitate a technical meeting with a few colleagues from countries and regional offices to review the guidance document.
  3. Finalize the nutrition section of the UNICEF risk-informed programing guidance. The consultant will be responsible for finalize the nutrition section of the guidance document. This will be done in collaboration with others sectors. It will include findings from the desk review and consultation meeting and will build on existing guidance and tools (e.g. MORES, SITAN).
The consultant will be remote based with travel as required.
Travel to New York for face to face meeting may be required once.
Travel to a UNICEF regional office (TBD) for the technical consultation will be required.
    It is anticipated that the duration of this project will be from 1st December 2015 to 31st March 2016.
  2. Start date: 1st December 2015
a) Advanced University Degree in nutrition, public health, global/international health and nutrition, health/nutrition research or other related social science field is required.
b) Eight (8) years of Senior-level progressively responsible professional work experience in humanitarian and development situations in developing countries in the field of nutrition in emergencies.
c) Extensive and applied knowledge in risk and vulnerability analysis
d) Proven expertise in nutrition program and project design
e) Previous experience of programmatic guidance development
f) Fluency in English (verbal and written). Knowledge of another UN language and skills in a language of a humanitarian operation an asset.
g) Communication - Ability to express complex technical concepts effectively, both verbally and in writing; effectively presenting thoughts and ideas in a clear, concise, and readily understood manner. Listen to and acknowledges others' perspectives and views.
h) Working with People - Shows respect for the views and contributions of other team members; shows empathy; listens, supports and cares for others; consults others and shares information and expertise with them; builds team spirit and reconciles conflict; adapts to the team and fits in well.
i) Drive for Results - Sets high standards for quality of work; monitors and maintains quality of work; works in a systematic, methodical and orderly way; consistently achieves project goals; focuses on the needs and satisfaction of internal and external partners; accepts and tackles demanding goals with enthusiasm
j) Deciding and Initiating Action - Takes responsibility for actions, projects and people; takes initiative and works under own direction; initiates and generates activity and introduces changes into work processes; makes quick, clear decisions which may include tough choices or considered risks.
k) Applying Technical Expertise - Applies specialist and detailed technical expertise; develops job knowledge and expertise (theoretical and practical) through continual professional development; demonstrates an understanding of different organizational departments and functions.

How to apply:
How to Apply
Applicants are requested to send their submissions to < [email protected] >with subject line:
“Nutrition Consultant for Risk-Informed Programming”by 3rd November 2015, 5:00pm EST.
Applications must include:
· Cover letter,
· CV, and
· P-11 form[1]
· Indicate where you heard about this advertisement
Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above. Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.
NOTE: Files should not exceed 5.0MB limit
UNICEF is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
[1]*P 11 form can be downloaded from our website at*

Job: Full-Time Internship IOM Special Liaison Office New York

Organization: International Organization for Migration
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 06 Nov 2015
The Permanent Observer Office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to the United Nations is seeking a highly-motivate candidates for a three-six month full time internships in New York beginning January 2016.
Working under the overall supervision of the Permanent Observer to the United Nations, and under the supervision of the Deputy Permanent Observer, the intern will support the Special Liaison Office in New York (SLO NY) to carry out the office’s responsibilities in following and reporting on all migration and migration-related discussions, activities and processes at the United Nations. The intern will have the following duties and responsibilities:
  • Attending and reporting on UN meetings of interest, such as the Security Council, the General Assembly and its main Committees, ECOSOC, various commissions, informal consultations among UN Member States, etc. as well as operational interagency meetings;
  • Assisting SLO NY with the organization and coordination of various events and activities, including organizing panel discussions, briefings, workshops and training at the United Nations;
  • Researching, identifying and analyzing international migration trends, policies, initiatives and legislation at the United Nations and among Member States, and preparing written summaries and bibliographies as agreed in each case;
  • Collecting, organizing and analyzing existing information on United Nations resolutions on international migration and related issues;
  • Assisting SLO NY in communications activities, if applicable;
  • Assisting in drafting and editing various documents, position papers, statements, talking points and presentations as required;
  • Other duties as may be assigned.

How to apply:
If you are interested, please submit a letter of intention and CV to: [email protected]

Swali kuhusu "kusubiri matokeo" aka "kulinda kura"

I have a quick question regarding 'kulinda kura zisiibiwe au kuchakachuliwa". 

Earlier today, I came across an interesting exchange about 'ulinzi wa kura'. Jamaa mmoja kauliza hili swali kwenye Facebook 
"hivi, nikipanda juu ya mti ambao uko umbali wa mita 200 kutoka katika kituo changu cha kupigia kura kisha nikawa natizama mambo yanayoendelea kituoni kwa kutumia binoculars nitakuwa nimetenda kosa?"
Wengi tulicheka lakini nikakumbuka majadiliano yetu kuhusu suala hili nikasema ngoja niilete hapa jukwaani... Wanasema changamoto zinanoa ubunifu; je, huu ni mfano mmojawapo wa ubunifu wa mawazo? 

BJ [akiwaandikia Wanazuoni @ Yahoo! Groups]

Plastic rice from China? or...

There is a video circulating in WhatsApp discussion groups that some Chinnese companies are mixing real rice with plastic and then exporting it for sell in developing countries, pinpointing out Africa in particular.

I was skeptical as any other curious reader would be. In the video (above) it looks like a plastics recycling company is in production of plastic pellets that are bagged, ready for sell to manufacturers of materials made out of plastic such as toys, bowls, decorations etc.

But, don't take my word for it, watch the video below regarding allegations of fake and sub standard products (including food such as rice) from China and be the judge.