NEWS: Emergency Response for Bangladesh Disability Community Following Cyclone Sidr

Posted on 18 December 2008. Filed under: Disaster Planning & Mitigation, News, South Asian Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

SSDP’s Program Achievement Nov’07 – Oct’08
The Southern Socio-economic Development Program (SSDP) is a non profitable NGOs working for underprivileged rural community especially for people with disabilities (PWDs) in southern coastal area of Bangladesh. We are very proud of to extend our service to Cyclone SIDR affected people by the support of various donor.

A snapshot of our achievement of Emergency Response activities against SIDR 2007.

1 st phase:
1. Distributed survival package among 3750 household those who are with SIDR affected vulnerable people including PWDs in the area of Barguna District
2. Distributed 400 tents among the household those who were living under the open sky.
3. Distributed Food and hygiene kinds among 500 women.
4. Distributed milk (DANO) among 200 babies & Mother

Phase -2
1. Supported 2000 household through providing 20 kg rice by food for work
2. Supported 2000 household through providing 10kg paddy seeds.& 25gm vegetables seeds
3. Supported 4000 household through providing seeds for agricultural production.
4. Distributed 55000 plants among 5500 household
5. Providing boat, net and others materials to 300 nos fisherman for restoring live and livelihood
6. Installation of 45 nos Deep Tube well for 910 household.
7. Installation of 2184 nos sanitary latrine for the 2184 household.
8. Reconstruction of 75 nos DHTW platforms
9. Construction of 24 nos School sanitary latrine.
10. Distributed hygienic kits among 6000 household

Also:
• Disbursed a total amount of Tk.14,50,000/= among 250 PWDs HH for goat purchase
• Disbursed a total of Tk.11,50,000/= among 1000 PWDs HH in cash
• Distributed survival package among 1000 PWDs HH 3 rd phase:
• Provided 10 accessible house to PWDs and income generation support.
• Installation of 280 tin shed pacca sanitary latrine to 280 HHs
• Education support for 176 CWDs (children with disabilities)
• Facilitating IGA (Income Generating Activities) supports to 230 PWD HHs

During addressing emergency response activities SSDP also have some visitors from National and International donors.
1. Mr. Roger Bodary, National Director, Habitat for Humanity International Bangladesh
2. Mr. Oliver Broua, Rapid response Coordinator, Regional Support Office-South Asia from European Commission.
3. Mr. Norbert Nicoup, Mission chief , handicap International from France
4. Country Director-save the children –USA
5. Farrah Kabir, Country Director, Action aid Bangladesh
6. Dr. Malay Chandra Mirdha , ICCDDRB
7. Abdur Rashid, Executive Director NGO Forum for WSS
8. Mr.Jahid Hasan with MJF team and more

Core programmatic achievement of SSDP
With a view to sustainable development of underprivileged community especially people with disabilities (PWDs) SSDP is working since 1990 and supported the PWDs through inclusive education, IGAs for self-employment, assistive devise, medical support, PTR Self-help group (SHGs) formation, skill training, social mobilization advocacy and lobbing etc. With a view of capacity building also provide/ facilitate awareness raising program, different training like leadership, decision making, involvement in various social activities and curricular activities.

Some case of remarkable successful as well as achievement of SSDP can be present in following manner.
Case -1. Sarmin, a physically WWD girl passed her 16 years of life within a room with attached bath room. She never comes outside her room. SSDP discover her and provide an assistive device. It was a joyful day in her life when she sees the open sky and the socio-culture environment first during her 16 years life. She moved whole the Barguna District town by her wheel chair. She looked every thing with her surprising eyes every moment. Every body also enjoys this scenario.

Case -2. Jamal, a physically disabled person beneficiary is running a grocery shop taken support from SSDP through its IGA support program. He started the business with the capital of Tk.4000.00 and at present he is running with the capital of Tk20000.00. Now he is happy with his family with a monthly income of Tk.4000.00 – 5000.00 per month..

Present scope of work at the SSDP working area rehabilitation and sustainable development.
a. Accessible housing support for changing life’s of the PWDs families with sanitation facilities.
b. Livelihood support for Income generating.
c. School based forestation
d. Inclusive Educational for CWDs.
e. Self help Group promotional activities for social inclusion
f. Medical and Assistive Devise support for the PWDs
g. Primary health care support, and medical support for the PWDs
h. Psycho-social care support program
i. Home based gardening.
j. Long term agriculture rehabilitation program for food security. k. Climate change protection and disaster management program support.

Present supporters & Donors :
a. Action aid Bangladesh. ECHO.
b. Manusher Junnay Foundation ( MJF)
c. Stings Lillian Fonds through DRRA
d. Cristfel Blind Mission (CBM), GARMANY -Centre for Disability and Development ( CDD)
e. Nari Pakha.
f. Steps towards Development, Gender & Development Alliance
g. Bureau of Non-formal Education (BNFE), GOB and DAM
h Action on Disability and Development (ADD)
i. Health Link UK through SARPV-Bangladesh
j. Dark and Light Netherlands through CDD
k. Habitat for Humanity International – Bangladesh Country Office.
l. ADDIN Welfare Centre- HASAB Consortium

Additional cooperation requirement:
a. Program support for livelihood and food security for the fishermen community along with PWDs.
b. Disaster Risk reduction and management program.
c. Training center cum cyclone shelter establish organizational sustainability
d. Program support for the self-help group promotional activities for social inclusion for PWDs

If you have any queries please communicate with SSDP and /or visit their program area.
Md. Habibur Rahman
Executive Director
Southern Socio-economic Development Program (SSDP)
Amtali Natun Bazar
Amtali Barguna , Bangladesh
Phone: 04452-56136, Mobile: 01712-163604
E-mail: ssdp_2004@yahoo.com, habibssdp@gmail.com



Thank you to Ghulam Nabi Nizamani for circulating this report from the SSDP.

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Three JOB POSTS with Hellen Keller International

Posted on 16 September 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Blind, Health, Jobs & Internships, Opportunities, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , |

Three Positions with Helen Keller International
Three separate job positions are described below, all with the organization Helen Keller International; two are in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; the third is in New York City, USA. Please apply directly with Helen Keller International, NOT We Can Do.

Tanzania Senior Nutrition Coordinator/Africa Regional VAS M/E Advisor
Country Director, Tanzania
Director, Human Resources, New York City

Tanzania Senior Nutrition Coordinator/Africa Regional VAS M/E Advisor
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Helen Keller International (HKI) is a non-governmental organization whose mission is to save the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged by combating the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition. We do this by establishing programs based on evidence and research in vision, health and nutrition. HKI invites applications for
the position of Tanzania Senior Nutrition Coordinator/Africa Regional Vitamin A Supplementation (VAS) Monitoring and Evaluation (M/E) Advisor, based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Scope of Position: Tanzania Senior Nutrition Coordinator
responsibilities include: Ensure effective project planning, management and implementation by the HKI Tanzania Nutrition Team to achieve the objectives agreed to
in grants and contracts for HKI Tanzania’s nutrition and child survival projects. Provide technical expertise to the HKI Tanzania program and collaborating partners in nutrition, behavior change communication (BCC), training, facilitation and curriculum development. Serve as lead liaison with government officials, international and non-governmental organizations, technical advisory groups and other in nutrition and child survival.

Lead the development of all materials/tools for BCC, training, budgeting/planning and for any other requirements. Design and oversee training and capacity development workshops for nutrition and child survival within HKI and at the district, regional and national level. Develop concept papers, proposals and donor reports and document HKI’s experiences in nutrition and child survival.

Africa Regional VAS M/E Advisor responsibilities include: Provide technical support and leadership to Africa country offices implementing VAS programs in collaboration with the regional and deputy regional directors and Headquarters program staff. Ensure all aspects of VAS program planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation are in line with grant requirements. Particular focus will be on monitoring and evaluation to inform country programs’ moving to goal of universal coverage. Ensure that the quality, impact, scale and cost-effectiveness of HKI’s VAS programs meet standards. Take lead on consolidating country reporting into regional reports to donors and for internal audiences. Represent HKI at relevant
regional and international meetings. Maintain and further the Agency’s international role in VAS by assisting country offices to document and publish/present relevant programmatic findings and lessons learned.

REQUIREMENTS: Doctoral degree in the field of nutrition or public health
and at least 7 years related experience, including strong quantitative analytic skills, ideally including development and management of nutrition programs, especially those related to micronutrients. Strong technical knowledge of nutrition programs in the developing world, particularly sub-Saharan Africa including demonstrated ability to track and disseminate new developments in the field. Outstanding analytic skills. Two years of work experience in the areas of training, curriculum and BCC materials development. Outstanding oral and written communication skills in English; Kiswahili an advantage.

Proven ability to lead, conceptualize, develop, plan and manage programs.

Proven ability to supervise, impart knowledge, facilitate and train.

Computer literate in use of statistical software, spreadsheets and word-processing. Experience in publishing papers and writing for scientific journals. Ability to undertake regional and local travel (approximately 25-40%). Terms of Employment: Two-year contract renewable upon mutual agreement.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit: (1) cover letter; (2) current curriculum vitae in English; (3) a short writing sample (2-3 pages) in English, to Ms. Dora Panagides (Deputy Regional Director, East Central and Southern Africa) dpanagides@hki.org, with a copy to Human Resources
at hkihr@hki.org. Please note “TzNutr” in the subject line. Closing Date: Open until filled. Information about HKI is available at www.hki.org.

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Country Director
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Helen Keller International (HKI) is an international non-governmental organization. Its’ mission is to save the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged by combating the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition. We do this by establishing programs based on
evidence and research in vision, health and nutrition. HKI is seeking a Country Director in Tanzania to represent the Agency and be responsible for all HKI/Tanzania programs. Tanzania is a flagship program for HKI in Africa.

Our current programs focus on nutrition and blindness prevention. In the area of nutrition, HKI works in partnership with the Tanzania Food and Nutrition Council and the National Development Partners Group on Nutrition to strengthen the national vitamin A supplementation program and is a key partner in other micronutrient interventions such as advocating for the use of zinc in the treatment of diarrhea. This effort is supported through A2Z: The USAID Micronutrient and Child Blindness Project. In the area of blindness prevention, HKI works with primary schools in 15 districts to prevent trachoma through school health education, and currently works in 5
districts to reduce the backlog of trichiasis cases. In collaboration with the National Eye Care Program and the Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology, HKI is also implementing vision 2020 programs in the Singida region.

Scope of the Position: The Country Director (CD) is responsible for overseeing the implementation of HKI/Tanzania programs and management of project personnel to achieve the objectives agreed to in grants and contracts. The CD is responsible for generating funding from
international and bilateral agencies, corporations, and individuals to continue and
expand project activities in Tanzania. He/she is responsible for implementing strategic plans to further the overall mission and specific programs of HKI that meet the evolving needs and conditions in Tanzania. The CD is responsible for overall program design and proposal development; program implementation; reporting; and grant management, fiscal planning, and
human resource planning. The CD represents HKI in formal and informal meetings with Tanzanian government officials, international donor agencies, and national technical advisory groups pertinent to HKI project activities.

This position is based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The CD reports to the Deputy Regional Director for East, Central and Southern Africa and closely collaborates with the HKI Africa Regional Office and Headquarters operations and program staff.

REQUIREMENTS: Minimum of a Masters Degree in public health, nutrition, development, management or related field, with strong preference given to doctoral level degree. Five (5) years demonstrated experience in program development, implementation and evaluation, including strong background in nutrition programs. Demonstrated capacity to mobilize program funding including donor cultivation and grants writing. Demonstrated ability to manage staff and other administrative and financial activities in developing country programs. Experience in managing USAID projects and familiarity with USAID policies and regulations. Experience in data analysis and interpretation is highly desirable. Excellent oral and written English language skills, including the ability to quickly synthesize complex technical and programmatic issues into concise communications. Demonstrated ability to undertake high-level representation and advocacy

To Apply: The initial contract is for two (2) years with possibility of renewal depending on funding. Interested candidates should submit: (1) cover letter; (2) current curriculum vitae in English; (3) a short writing sample (2-3 pages) in English, to Ms. Dora Panagides (Deputy Regional Director, East Central and Southern Africa) dpanagides@hki.org, with a copy to
Human Resources at hkihr@hki.org. Please note CD TANZANIA in the header. All correspondence should include physical and e-mail addresses as well as contact telephone number(s). E-mail applications are preferred.

Information about HKI is available at www.hki.org.

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Director, Human Resources
New York City

Helen Keller International (HKI) is a 92-year old international non-governmental organization whose mission is to save the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged by combating the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition. We do this by establishing programs based on evidence and research in vision, health and nutrition. Helen Keller International has approximately 550 staff located in offices in 19 countries and 7 states and the District of Columbia in the United States, with headquarters in New York City. HKI has created an exciting new position – Director, Human Resources – at its Headquarters office. In
collaboration with the Vice President, Human Resources, the Director will integrate Human Resources with HKI’s strategic plan and operational goals. The Director will oversee the daily operations of the program and be responsible for reviewing, maintaining and enhancing systems including implementing and overseeing policies and programs covering employment and performance management, compensation, benefits, training, employee relations, and legal
compliance. For a more detailed position description, please refer to the HKI website. Key challenges include the: Implementation of a new global HRIS system. Revision and updating of human resources policies, procedures and systems. Comprehensive global compensation and benefits analysis and subsequent program design and implementation

REQUIREMENTS: The Director will have a Bachelors Degree with 5-10 years of
broad generalist international nonprofit experience in a multi-location environment. A PHR/SPHR certification or a Masters Degree is highly desirable. Additionally, exceptional managerial skills, the ability to lead by example, and a demonstrated ability to think strategically, tactically
and creatively is a must. Competence in Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) and strong computing skills are required.

To apply: Qualified candidates should send a cover letter including current salary and salary requirements and resume to hkihr@hki.org noting “Director,
HR” in the subject heading. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

Information about HKI is available at www.hki.org.



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