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Daily Nation : February 28th 2014
DAILY NATION Friday February 28, 2014 THE BURT AWARD FOR AFRICAN LITERATURE Supporting and encouraging a love of reading for young adults Terms of Reference for Consultant Data Analyst Background The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA, www.agra.org) is a not-for-profit organization working with African governments, other donors, NGOs, the private sector, and African farmers to significantly and sustainably improve the productivity and incomes of resource poor smallholder farmers in Africa. AGRA aims to ensure that smallholders have what they need to succeed: good seeds and healthy soils; access to markets, information, financing, storage and transport; and policies that provide them with comprehensive support. Recognizing that inappropriate or poorly implemented policies can blunt incentives for investment in productivity-enhancing products and services, AGRA’s Policy and Advocacy Program leads the organization’s efforts to strengthen Africa’s food and agricultural policy systems over the long-term while spurring reform and innovation in the short-term. AGRA has developed a new Advocacy Strategy. Under the Strategy, AGRA’s advocacy mission is to be a clear and consistent voice for an evidence-based, market-driven, smallholder farmer-led Green Revolution in Africa. The anticipated outcomes of AGRA advocacy are: (1) scaled innovative models; and (2) reformed policies. In view of the above, AGRA seeks a consultant to support analytical and writing work related to implementation of the new Advocacy Strategy. The consultant will use his/her expertise to acquire, organize, analyze, and load data related to AGRA and its investments, and to the countries and value chains in which AGRA invests, aiming to build an understanding about opportunities, challenges and priorities for policy reform and scaling innovative models. Scope of Work Using methods of data mining, statistics, and data visualization, the consultant will assist staff in AGRA’s Policy and Advocacy Program to identify and present underlying trends and patterns in macro and micro variables relevant to AGRA’s mandate. The consultant will perform advanced analytics on large unstructured and structured datasets related to African and global agricultural development, aiming to measure, interpret, and predict trends and patterns of relevance to AGRA. Education • Minimum of a Bachelors degree in Agriculture, Geography, Statistics, Economics, Agricultural Economics, Business, or equivalent work experience. A Masters degree preferred. Experience • 3+ years of experience in agricultural development-related activities in Africa; • 3+ years of increasingly responsible professional experience in data analysis and data integration; • 2+ years of quantitative research experience, with a strong emphasis on spatial analysis and detailed report preparation. Skills and Attributes • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Access); • Experience in using software programs such as Excel, SPSS and SAS for data analysis; • Basic knowledge of GIS tools or data (e.g. ArcGIS) and relational databases (e.g. SQL Server - Spatial); Duration This position will be open for a period not exceeding 6 months with the possibility of extension based on the need for further assistance in this area and funding availability. Application Procedure Interested candidates should send their applications and CVs on or before March 15, 2014 to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit the AGRA website www.agra.org for a detailed TOR. Use the following reference on the subject line of the email: TOR-PAP-001: Data Analyst. AGRA reserves the right at any time in the process to terminate this request without entering into a contract and to accept or reject any or all applications and is not bound to give reasons for its decision. AGRA is also not obligated to award the consultancy to the applicant that offers the lowest price. Canvassing in any form will lead to automatic disqualification. Only successful candidates will be notified. The executive resume Management consultants say an executive resume — one which should sell a candidate’s skills for a post like chief executive office (CEO) should not be packaged in the same manner as conventional ones. The focus should go beyond one’s achievements. It should include your leadership qualities. These must be boldly demonstrated in the resume. Elements in question in executive positions include being visionary and, therefore, able to chart out a way of doing things, having strong professional integrity, displaying charisma and presence, adopting flexible communication skills to enhance relations, enjoying emotional control to tackle challenges, and exuding confidence. ceo Citing examples, your resume should bring out these values, in addition to the rest of your achievements. The key to selling yourself for an executive post is displaying whom you are, both professionally and personally. This will present you as a complete package, which any company would want to acquire. CALLING FOR MANUSCRIPTS FROM PUBLISHERS The National Book Development Council of Kenya (NBDCK) in partnership with the Canadian Organization for Development through Education (CODE) and with the generous support of a Canadian patron, Mr. Bill Burt, have the pleasure to invite Kenyan-based and duly registered publishers to submit engaging story-based manuscripts for the youth (12 – 15 years old) to be considered for the 2015 Burt Award for African Literature. Objectives of the Award 1. To support and motivate the development of supplementary reading materials in both primary and secondary schools. 2. To stimulate and support the Kenyan publishing industry and contribute to the literary wealth of Kenyan literature. 3. To recognize excellence in literature for youth. 4. To publish stories which strengthen the English language skills of the youth and help foster enthusiasm and a love for reading. 5. To increase the stock of English reading materials in school and community libraries. Rules Governing the Award 1. Eligible entries must be in manuscript form, and submitted by publishers only. 2. The quality of content shall be the overriding criterion. The story should: a) Be written in English. b) Be between 30,000 to 40,000 words (approximately 90 to 120 pages). c) Be prose fiction in chapter form, containing content and language appropriate for ages 12-15 years old. d) Demonstrate a solid command of English through a clear cohesive language and proper sentence structure, vocabulary and punctuation. e) Be thought-provoking and original with an excellent story telling style e.g. strong imagery, lively dialogue, and vivid description to arouse young readers’ interest and curiosity and keep them turning pages. f) Have a strong literary merit including: i. Engaging characters with whom young readers can identify A well-developed plot with a good flow of events. ii. The effective use of literary devices. g) Reflect current issues and challenges of concern to contemporary Kenya. 3. The author has to be a Kenyan national and a resident in Kenya. 4. Six non-returnable, spiral-bound copies of the submitted title(s), accompanied by an entry form and entry fee must be delivered to the undersigned not later than 12.00 noon, Friday 26th September 2014. A summary of the work and reasons for its suitability must be submitted together with the entry form (download the entry form from the NBDCK website). 5. The submission cost is Kshs. 10,000 per title. Payment should be through a banker’s cheque payable to National Book Devt Council of Kenya. 6. The decision of the Burt Award for African Literature jury will be final. Modality of submission Only publishers with shortlisted titles will be notified. Electronic format, accompanied by six (6) spiral-bound hard copies of each submitted title. Strong contenders only. The soft copies should be sent to email@example.com, while the hard copies should be delivered at the NBDCK offices, Suite No.3, Pittaway Building, Ralph Bunche Road (off Ngong Road, next to Prof. Nelson Awori Building). The Awards 1st Prize - CAD$ 9,000 2nd Prize - CAD$ 7,000 3rd Prize - CAD$ 5,000 Notification of Winning Submissions Prizes will be awarded at an Award ceremony once the manuscripts are published. Deadline for Submission All manuscripts must be submitted by 12.00 noon, Friday 26th For more information about the Award, please contact: September 2014. The National Book Development Council of Kenya P.O. Box 10904 - 00100, NAIROBI, KENYA Tel. 254 020 2721876; 2725006 Cell Phone +254 770 108 556 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nationalbookcouncilkenya.org Or CODE at www.codecan.org JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN SAUDI ARABIA,QATAR/BAHRAIN, – APPLY NOW FOR SHORT-LISTING TENTATIVE EMPLOYER’S INTERVIEW ON 2ND WEEK MARCH 2014 FREE RECRUITMENT Benefits: Tax-free Salary, 33-days Paid Leave With Round-trip Ticket Every Year, Medical & Life Coverage, Discretionary Bonus & Severance Pay. NO PROCESSING FEE, NO PLACEMENT FEE, NO SALARY DEDUCTION, FREE MEDICAL Almarai Company is the world’s largest vertically-integrated Dairy Foods company with 2012 sales turnover exceeding US$ 2.6 billion and a workforce exceeding 29,000 employees. Visit our website http://www.almarai.com for more details. SALESMAN (SM) At least 2nd level of education / High School / Must have experience driving a 6-wheel truck with at least 2-yrs experience VAN DELIVERY SALES of FMCG, Food and Drinks products. POSITION ASSISTANT (SA) LABORER PANEL BEATER (AUTO DENTER) (PB) REFRIGERATION TECHNICIAN (RT) COOK SALESMAN QUALIFICATIONS At least 2nd level of education / High School / 2 experience in handling crates/ cartons and VAN DELIVERY SALES in any FMCG industry. 2nd level of education with good numerical understanding / 1-2 years experience in a food company as laborer or Driver in a food company Diploma or Degree in Hotel Management, Food Crafts or Culinary skills preferred. 3-years experience as Cook in a reputable multi-cuisine restaurant or hotel. (Driving License not required) Philadelphia Hse Third Flr Rm 11, Opp Afya Center, Tom Mboya St. or Ongata Rongai, Isalu Centre next to National Bank Ground Flr, Rm 105 or Mombasa, off Moi Avenue, Express stage, Jua Kali, opp Pearly Water or Kisumu office - Kaloleni Social Hall. Must have 2-year course Diploma / Certificate in Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning Technology [clear scanned copy of diploma to be attached to CV] / Minimum ONE (1) year experience in refrigeration, Send passport details, detailed updated CV and photo to email@example.com Drop your documents to our Nairobi offices - 2nd Level education / Certificate in auto tinkering and painting / At least 2 years experience in similar area from any reputable organization AGE 24 - 35 24 - 28 23 - 28 24 - 35 24 - 35 25-35 POTENTIAL CANDIDATES MUST HAVE DRIVING SKILLS AND LICENSE - ABLE TO COMMUNICATE IN ENGLISH. Jobs 47 OVERSEAS PLACEMENTS KENYA LTD (OPK). TEL: +254 733809696/ +254 711536911/+254 728657963/ +254 701615628, +254770536911 WEB: www.opk.co.ke Don’t upset workmates The last thing you want to do in the office is to upset colleagues and, even worse, the boss. Roles in the office are usually interlinked. You often need the person on the next desk to either add value to your performance, or to facilitate it. What could happen to the flow of your work need no explanation if you were to upset that person. Remember that it is three-times easier to upset someone in the office than at home or at a social place. Chances are even higher in a high-paced office environment where tension is commonplace. Understand your colleagues’ temperament and avoid upsetting them. Some people don’t take certain jokes at all. You should know that and keep such jokes to yourself when it’s only the two of you in the room. Be nice to workmates, and always strive to complete your assignment before the next level manager decides it’s needed. Your ambition should be to make friends at the office, and not enemies. That applies to bosses, too. Never lie to employers Telling a single lie in your job application is enough to lock you out of that job you really desire. Studies indicate that about 93 per cent of hiring managers avoid a candidate, however good in other aspects, who has included a noticeable lie in their application. Dishonesty and work don’t mix.
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