Zimbabwe

Date of establishment: 1968 Member of the Africa Alliance of YMCAs: Member of the World Alliance of YMCAs: Staff: 5 Local branches: 5 Members: 200 Beneficiaries: 3,700 Networks: National Associaton of Non-Governmental Organisations (NANGO) Funders: UNICEF

Descriptions

Mission Statement
The Zimbabwe National Council of Young Men’s Christian Association contributes towards the spiritual, physical, intelletual, cultural, economic and socio-political well being of young people and marginalised groups through empowerment programmes and promotion of sustainable development. The Zimbabwe National Council of YMCA endeavours to create open and creative programmes, a strong and active membership base which sustains the work of the organisation. The Zimbabwe National Council of YMCA shall work and collaborate with the World Alliance of YMCAs and other YMCAs and organisations.
History
The Zimbabwe National Council of YMCAs was established in 1968 with a mission to unite young people of Christian faiths, transcending all divisions and barriers of class, creed, colour, role, gender, age, nationality and religious denominations or political persuasion. Zimbabwe YMCA has over the years worked with a number of partners who include YCI, YMCA USA, Canada YMCA, Swedish YMCA/YWCA, and Kitchener-Waterloo. The above mentioned partners supported different projects and programmes such as the Gender, Family Life Education Project (FLEP), Teen Service, Harare After School Project (HASP) and a number of emergency relief projects, notably disaster projects. These included the 2000 Cycolne Eline disaster and the 2005 internally displaced people from the government instituted clean-up campaign. A youth leadership development initiative with the support of the Swedish YMCA/YWCA developed some young and dynamic leaders with some now in leadership positions within and outside the organisation.
Programmes
JOB DESCRIPTION – Health Coordinator (A2L) Reporting to the Programmes Manager, the Health Coordinator shall spearhead implementation and provide leadership to the Act2Live Youth health Initiative, a health project that addresses health challenges affecting young people in Zimbabwe. Main Responsibilities Undertake the following administrative, Programming and Financial responsibilities: 1. Administration • Work with management to recruit and train staff and volunteers on the project. • Ensure all administrative logistics for project implementation and coordination are put in place at national office as well as field offices. • Maintain soft and hard copy filing system for project records • Provide constant and effective communication between national office and field offices. 2. Programming • Provide overall leadership and coordination for project activities in line with the project objectives, outputs and outcomes as outlined in the project document. • Liaise with partners with regard to implementation of project activities • Establish and work with project steering committees to offer guidance and direction to the project • Liaise with the Programmes Department to develop materials and training programmes for workshops and awareness raising activities outlined in the project document • Participate in the provision of trainings outlined in the project document as may be required • Identify capacity gaps and provide technical support to all project staff at National office and field offices • Ensure activity work plans are developed and shared with all relevant staff for their efficient implementation • Ensure timely collection of activity reports from all project sites • Ensure timely reporting and submission of programmatic reports with properly disaggregated statistics as per agreed upon timelines • Participate in conducting project monitoring and evaluation on project activities. • In liaison with the ACR officer, participate in the advocacy related activities for project activities • Participate in other organisational programme activities as and when required 3. Finances • Ensure budget compliance and expenditure control • Process finance requisitions for all activities and ensure field officers have funds for activities in a timely fashion • Ensure timely retirement of funds disbursed for project implementation to all project sites • Ensure timely financial reporting on a quarterly basis KEY DUTIES • Coordinate timely implementation of all Project activities • Ensure timely financial and programmatic reporting QUALIFICATIONS 1. Essential Qualities • Demonstrated capacity to plan and implement successful advocacy campaigns. • Demonstrated personal drive and ability to deliver successfully under pressure. • Excellent networking, advocacy and negotiation skills. • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English , including presentation skills • Demonstrated capacity to work effectively in a team. • Good knowledge of working with local communities, as well as policy makers, preferably on health sector issues • Must have experience in report writing and messaging • Good computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office, email and internet. • Excellent organisational and planning skills • Strong financial management skills to analyse financial information, manage project budgets and negotiate budget variations etc. • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to relate to people from a broad range of background, culture and influence 2. Desirable Qualities • Have a passion for young people and youth development • Familiar with health sector development, and wider social and political context within the country of implementation • Strongly developed knowledge and understanding of key health policy issues. • Demonstrated ability to use online tools and social media to support strategic campaigns. • Established relationships with policy makers in the health sector within the country • Willingness to work flexible hours, be contactable after hours and undertake regional travel. 4. Professional Qualifications • Degree from a recognised institution in public health, political science, law, communications / media or development studies • 3-5 years’ experience in a similar working environment e.g. NGO, CSO, not-for-profit Interested candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and CV by 19 July to the following address: lwanjiru@africaymca.org We thank all applicants for their interest, but regret that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Applications which do not meet the specified minimum requirements, or are received after the closing date, will not be eligible.
Country Profile
The UK annexed Southern Rhodesia from the [British] South Africa Company in 1923. A 1961 constitution was formulated that favored whites in power. In 1965 the government unilaterally declared its independence, but the UK did not recognize the act and demanded more complete voting rights for the black African majority in the country (then called Rhodesia). UN sanctions and a guerrilla uprising finally led to free elections in 1979 and independence (as Zimbabwe) in 1980. Robert Mugabe, the nation’s first prime minister, has been the country’s only ruler (as president since 1987) and has dominated the country’s political system since independence. Population: 11,392,629 Age Structure: 0-14 years: 43.9% (male 2,523,119/female 2,473,928) 15-64 years: 52.2% (male 2,666,928/female 3,283,474) 65 years and over: 3.9% (male 194,360/female 250,820) (2009 est.) Birth Rate: 31.49 births/1,000 population (2009 est.) Death Rate: 16.19 deaths/1,000 population (July 2009 est.) Infant mortality Rate: total: 32.31 deaths/1,000 live births country comparison to the world: 72 male: 34.9 deaths/1,000 live births female: 29.64 deaths/1,000 live births (2009 est.) Life Expectancy: total population: 45.77 years country comparison to the world: 217 male: 46.36 years female: 45.16 years (2009 est.) HIV/AIDS – adult prevalence rate: 15.3% (2007 est.) HIV/AIDS – people living with HIV/AIDS: 1.3 million (2007 est.) HIV/AIDS – deaths: 140,000 (2007 est.) Ethnic groups: African 98% (Shona 82%, Ndebele 14%, other 2%), mixed and Asian 1%, white less than 1% Religions: syncretic (part Christian, part indigenous beliefs) 50%, Christian 25%, indigenous beliefs 24%, Muslim and other 1% Languages: English (official), Shona, Sindebele (the language of the Ndebele, sometimes called Ndebele), numerous but minor tribal dialects Literacy: definition: age 15 and over can read and write English total population: 90.7% male: 94.2% female: 87.2% (2003 est.) Government Type: parliamentary democracy Capital: Harare Geographic coordinates: 17 50 S, 31 03 E Time difference: UTC+2 (7 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time) Independence: 18 April 1980 (from the UK) Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal Currency: Zimbabwean dollars (ZWD) Population below poverty line: 68% (2004) Transnational Issues: Disputes – international: Botswana built electric fences and South Africa has placed military along the border to stem the flow of thousands of Zimbabweans fleeing to find work and escape political persecution; Namibia has supported, and in 2004 Zimbabwe dropped objections to, plans between Botswana and Zambia to build a bridge over the Zambezi River, thereby de facto recognizing a short, but not clearly delimited, Botswana-Zambia boundary in the river Refugees and internally displaced persons: refugees (country of origin): 2,500 (Democratic Republic of Congo) IDPs: 569,685 (MUGABE-led political violence, human rights violations, land reform, and economic collapse) (2007) Trafficking in persons: current situation: Zimbabwe is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children trafficked for the purposes of forced labor and sexual exploitation; large scale migration of Zimbabweans to surrounding countries – as they flee a progressively more desperate situation at home – has increased; rural Zimbabwean men, women, and children are trafficked internally to farms for agricultural labor and domestic servitude and to cities for domestic labor and commercial sexual exploitation; NGOs believe internal trafficking increased during the year, largely due to the closure of schools, worsening political violence, and a faltering economy; young men and boys are trafficked to South Africa for farm work, often laboring for months in South Africa without pay before “employers” have them arrested and deported as illegal immigrants; young women and girls are lured abroad with false employment offers that result in involuntary domestic servitude or commercial sexual exploitation; men, women, and children from neighboring states are trafficked through Zimbabwe en route to South Africa tier rating: Tier 3 – the Government of Zimbabwe does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so; the government made minimal progress in combating trafficking in 2008, and members of its military and the former ruling party’s youth militias perpetrated acts of trafficking on local populations; anti-trafficking efforts were further weakened as it failed to address Zimbabwe’s economic and social problems during the reporting period, thus increasing the population’s vulnerability to trafficking within and outside of the country (2009) Illicit drugs: transit point for cannabis and South Asian heroin, mandrax, and methamphetamines en route to South Africa **Information retreived from CIA – The World Factbook: www.csi.gov
Contact
National General Secretay: Faith Mandizvidza, zimymca@yahoo.com National Council of Zimbabwe YMCAs 21st Avenue, Mabelreign P.O. Box M160, Mabelreign Harare ZIMBABWE Tel.: +263 4 2918011 / +263 23 518564 Office Email: zimymca@yahoo.com