Finance Manager, Tanzania - PCI

The Mara Regional Finance Manager will provide day to day financial support and oversight to the PCI/Tanzania project staff at the Regional office based in Musoma. The Mara Regional Finance Manager will report to the Program Director and technically to Director of Finance & Administration. The position is based in Musoma.

KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:

Facilitate Payments
  • Oversee the petty cash management by Finance Associate/Assistant,
  • Oversee and review payment requests and petty cash vouchers
  • Ensure vendor payments are processed in a timely and organized manner and in accordance with established procedures.
  • Oversee payment of various participants allowances into various trainings/meetings/workshops/warehouse activities by ensuring compliance to process and procedures.
  • Institute a risk mitigation towards ghost payments in the field by establishing spot check of all field-based payments.
For more info / application, please click here.

Please apply by 23 Feb 2018

Maasai’s name and print have long been treated as free-to-use. That stops now. You Have to Pay


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The red-checked prints and fine beadwork for which the Tanzania and southern Kenya-based people are known appeared in Thakoon’s womenswear collection right around the same time as Jones’ debut. The group’s signatures found their way onto shirts and trousers by Ralph Lauren, goods bearing Diane Von Furstenberg and Calvin Klein tags, and even on Land Rover cars.

The problem: The Maasai never authorized any of these uses and the group has tired of brands – an estimated 1,000-plus companies, including a handful of multi-national giants, in recent years – "profiting at their expense.” And these profits, according to Light Years Intellectual Property, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization that pioneers public interest intellectual property (“IP”) issues, are sizable; companies have sold billions of dollars of goods that make use of the Maasai’s IP.

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Intellectual Property’s founder Ron Layton, who specializes in advising developing world organizations on copyrights, patents, and trademarks, told the Financial Times, “If someone were using Taylor Swift’s image, she would ask for at least 5 per cent [of the retail sales] and she would get it.”

Unlike Taylor Swift’s name and Burberry’s checkered pattern, though, the Maasai’s name and print have long been treated as free-to-use. That stops now.

With the help of Layton, the Maasai have struck their first deal. Koy Clothing, a United Kingdom-based retail company, has agreed to pay a license to the Maasai for garments that make use of Maasai-inspired designs.

Read the full article at thefashionlaw.com

USA issues ultimatum to 3 African countries on banning used clothes


After two years of mounting pressure on defiant Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, the United States has given these East African countries a one-week ultimatum to reverse their ban on used clothes imports or face trade sanctions.

The acting head of economic and regional affairs at the Africa Bureau of the US State Department, Harry Sullivan issued the ultimatum on Thursday ahead of the East African Community (EAC) Heads of State Summit in Kampala, Uganda next week.

“I believe the results of the meeting next week will determine how we proceed. While we understand the East African Community’s desire to build a domestic textile sector, we firmly believe the EAC ban on imports of used clothing will not achieve that,” he was quoted by regional news portal The EastAfrican.

The six-nation EAC comprising of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and South Sudan decided to fully ban imported second-hand clothes and shoes by 2019, arguing that it would help member countries boost domestic clothes manufacturing.

As signatories to the AGOA trade programme which offers them duty-free access to the United States, their decision violates the conditions including eliminating barriers to U.S. trade and investment, among others.

The United States was petitioned by the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) which complained that the ban “imposed significant hardship” on the U.S. used-clothing industry and violated AGOA rules.

Kenya withdrew its decision to ban used clothes after threats by the United States to review trade benefits which Kenya was a major beneficiary. The other countries did not budge.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame had stated that his country will proceed with the ban on used clothes and will choose to grow its local textile industry at the expense of being a member of the AGOA.

Uganda and Rwanda have already raised taxes for used clothes and offered incentives to manufacturers to invest in their local textile industry.

Sullivan told reporters that “the EAC are saying to consumers of used clothing we are going to take this choice away from you and you will not have access to this market anymore. We question whether consumers of used clothing will be able to afford the new apparel being made in the East African Community market.”

U.S. imports from Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda totalled $43 million in 2016, up from $33 million in 2015 while exports were $281 million in 2016, up from $257 million in 2015.

Internship Opportunity at Mobisol, Tanzania

An internship at Mobisol Tanzania is a great opportunity to start your career in an international company. Interns join us regularly for a period of three to six months. During your internship, you will have the opportunity to learn about different departments and processes at Mobisol Tanzania, and afterwards contribute to the work of one specific team.

YOUR TASKS

The tasks during your internship depend on your level of experience, your skills and interests, and the current needs of the team you are supporting. The first weeks of your placement, you will observe and learn from different Mobisol colleagues on-the-job. Once you are fit to take over own responsibilities, your supervisor will design a list of activities with you.

YOUR QUALIFICATIONS
  • Degree of a university, vocational school or a comparable education institution
  • Practical work or project experience in your field of studies
  • Basic knowledge of computer applications like Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Powerpoint
  • Good level of English and Swahili
  • Interest in the solar sector and the work of Mobisol
  • Reliability and commitment to the assigned tasks
  • Ability to learn fast, and to ask good questions
YOUR PERSPECTIVE

An internship at Mobisol offers you the chance to join a global player in the off-grid energy market. You will not only learn a lot about solar energy, customer relationships and electrification, but also experience a fast-paced, structured and professional work environment. You will be part of an outstanding international, highly motivated team of individuals who combine professional expertise with personal passion. Although internships do not automatically lead to an employment contract in the future, it is a great chance for you to prove yourself, and maybe establish a life-long connection to the Mobisol family!

HOW TO APPLY
  • If you feel you would be the perfect next intern for us, please apply by clicking on the “Apply” button below.
  • As an equal opportunity employer, Mobisol offers all of its employees and applicants full equal opportunity irrespective race, ethnic origin, sexual identity and disability, religion or beliefs.
  • Please note that we only have few internship positions each quarter, and that the selection process is very competitive. We will contact you in case you are shortlisted!
To apply, click here.