If we are going to change the world in ways that empower every human being to make a difference, then it seems pretty certain that social entrepreneurs and their networks will be there to help and guide us. Uniquely, this is an method that has emerged from the grassroots of all the world's regions criss-crossing cultures and other borders - with Bangladesh contributing two of the world's currently most valued social entrepreneurial changes - microfinance 1 2 3 and the world's largest citizen organisation 1 2 3 . If there is any way we can help people in Pakistan explore where social entrepreneurs have already discovered ways of improving humanity's lot in many of the most challenging arenas of life on this earth, please do tell us.

Google melted 100 macrae.net blogs down 9 dec 2005 ; this jumble is what's left of the past (apologies if stuff dated 2005 and earlier contains missing links); let's see if we can value a new future 1 2 3

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Thursday, March 16, 2006

I though these 2 job ads I saw in The Economist worth posting both in case anyone knows someone suitable, and potentially as a basis for discussing whether the job spec sounds right. Note the first job's closing date is in 2 days

Programme Manager - Earthquake Response
Fixed Term 12 months (Global) Accompanied status
£21,855 net pa + (competitive) benefits package
Pakistan (Based in Islamabad, with frequent travel to earthquake affected areas)
About us
Oxfam GB is a global organisation working with more than 1,000 partners in over 70 countries to overcome poverty and suffering. We have been making a positive difference in Pakistan since 1973, and with the October 2005 earthquake causing massive destruction, we have since expanded our work to cover almost all disaster prone areas.
The severity of the earthquake has been unexpected and our programme is currently focusing on providing water, sanitation, shelter, food and livelihoods to thousands of people affected by this disaster. We are also in the process of developing our strategy to ensure we address the longer-term rehabilitation needs in the earthquake-affected areas.
The role
We are looking for an experienced programme manager to take overall management and co-ordination of the earthquake response programme. You will lead the development of the earthquake programme strategy in line with Oxfam standards and 'best practice'.
In addition, you will be responsible for monitoring and overseeing budgets, staff management and building and developing cross- agency relationships, including liaising with other internal branches within the Oxfam international family.
What we are looking for
You will bring 5 years' relevant experience in programme development and management, including humanitarian response. Strong leadership and interpersonal skills to work in this sensitive context will be essential. You will need proven skills in the management of staff, teams, budgets and funding and actively demonstrate an understanding of the political and socio-economic situation in Pakistan. A commitment to Oxfam's values with the ability to integrate gender at all levels of analysis and programme delivery is key to this position.
To apply
Please apply online through our website www.oxfam.org.uk/jobs quoting reference number INT1521 with a supporting statement explaining your interest in and addressing the key competencies for the post. Alternatively you can apply by sending your applications by email to sarmcvac@oxfam.org.uk quoting the job title.
Closing date: 18 March 2006
Due to limited resources only short listed candidates will be contacted.
At Oxfam we are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equity within our organisation and strongly welcome applications from female and under represented groups to apply for this position.

International Rescue Committee
Project Director, Pakistan
IRC is seeking a Project Director to implement the Post-earthquake Health Recovery Program in North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and Pakistan-administered Kashmir (AJK) in Pakistan. The project is for four years and focuses on achieving 3 main objectives:

1. Improving financial and human resource management and capacities to strengthen primary healthcare;
2. Improving of access to and quality of primary healthcare services; and,
3. Increasing communities’ demand for quality health services.

Job Summary
The Project Director is responsible for ensuring implementation in accordance with the cooperative agreement, USAID regulations, and internationally recognized health program standards. The Project Director will be the primary representational link with USAID staff. The Project Director will work closely with the USAID Mission to provide project updates, discuss strategies, obstacles, performance plans, and indicator success. The Project Director will liaise with USAID contracting officers, technical support staff and outside contractors. The Project Director will represent the project to all key stakeholders, government officials and donors at coordination and other related seminars and meetings. The Project Director will ensure that project initiatives adequately address the needs of the beneficiary population in the most cost-effective manner.

-Provide leadership and direction, define and implement activities to achieve the greatest coverage and impact possible;
-Prepare, in coordination with key project staff, strategic workplans with clear objectives and achievement benchmarks, long-term and short-term priorities, implementation plans, financial projections and tools for evaluation;
-Manage the overall project by planning, monitoring and evaluating project activities in accordance with the cooperative agreement;
-Manage sub-agreement partners and ensure coordinated inputs and technical/managerial quality from all partners/collaborators;
-Work with all key staff to identify technical assistance needs and arrange for the provision of assistance;
-Provide financial and technical management to ensure the best use of resources by preparing sound budgets, monitoring project expenses and ensuring timely submission of financial reports to the donor;
-Report to USAID through both formal and informal debriefings, annual and semi-annual reports;
-Maintain an on-going dialogue with the USAID CTO and respond timely to CTO's inquiries;
-Manage a solid cooperation with partner organizations and government officials;
-Manage external relations by representing the project and the organization in the public and ensuring the distribution of information about project achievements and lessons learned;
-Manage project properties according to IRC and USAID regulations;
-Support project staff by creating and maintaining a work environment that promotes teamwork, trust, mutual respect, and empowers staff to take responsibility and show initiative;

-Advanced degree in public health, social sciences, international relations or other relevant field;
-At least 10 years relevant professional experience managing and implementing large multi-year healthcare programs in developing countries and complex settings;
-Relevant professional experience in South Asia;
-Demonstrated understanding of the education sector in African countries;
-Experience managing staff;
-Past experience working with international donors on development programs;
-Excellent knowledge of USAID rules and regulations



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