Monday, January 26, 2015

OI Country Director

The Job Purpose is to contribute and implement Oxfam's Global strategy, by providing vision and strategic direction to all of Oxfam's work in Zambia.
The ideal candidate should have exceptional Leadership skills as the role entails managing the work in the country which includes staff, budgets, funding, programme and ensuring that managers in the country are in accordance with Oxfam's policies and procedures. Ability to maximise fundraising from diverse institutions, both local and international . Proven experience of crisis management and security management.
The candidate will lead the design, communication and implementation of One Oxfam Structure, in a participatory process with the support of the Change Management Task Force.The candidate should have excellent verbal and written communication skill as the role entails representing Oxfam and country programme nationally and globally.
Contract Type : Fixed-Term
Contract Period : June 2015-May 2018
Closing Date : 03 February 2015

For more information and to apply please visit quoting reference INT1187

Operations Officer (CGAP Gateway Academy)

The World Bank Group is one of the world's largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. It uses financial resources and extensive experience to help our client countries to reduce poverty, increase economic growth, and improve quality of life. To ensure that countries can access the best global expertise and help generate cutting-edge knowledge, the World Bank Group is constantly seeking to improve the way it works. Key priorities include delivering measurable results, promoting openness and transparency in development, and improving access to development information and data.

CGAP (the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) is a global partnership of 34 leading organizations that seek to advance financial inclusion. CGAP develops innovative solutions through practical research and active engagement with financial service providers, policy makers, and funders to enable approaches at scale. Housed at the World Bank, CGAP combines a pragmatic approach to responsible market development with an evidence-based advocacy platform to increase access to the financial services the poor need to improve their lives.

CGAP's mission is to improve the lives of poor people by spurring innovations and advancing knowledge and solutions that promote responsible, sustainable, inclusive financial markets.

The Microfinance Gateway ("the Gateway") is the most comprehensive, multilingual web resource for financial service providers and others working on financial inclusion issues. The four Gateway sites - English, French, Spanish, and Arabic - welcome more than 1 million annual visitors from over 200 countries. Users recognize the Gateway as the web's leading resource for knowledge and career development opportunities in microfinance and financial inclusion. The Gateway is most well-known for its comprehensive library of over 12,000 documents, and as a source of information on trainings, events, and job postings.
Duties and Accountabilities:

This role is responsible for the Market Development work-stream and is key to the success of the initiative. The Market Development Officer will develop partnerships and commission research to understand the market for the Gateway Academy and shape the program’s offering accordingly. Working with the Gateway team and external partners, this role will aim to develop a sustainable business model for each of the key stakeholder groups: participating financial service providers, individuals, and training providers.

• Leading the work-stream management for the market development stream
• Supporting the development of a comprehensive Marketing Strategy, roadmap and operational plan
• Identifying and building relationships with financial service providers, networks and potential individual users of the gateway Academy
• Developing and executing a comprehensive marketing plan (including online campaigns, communications, in-person outreach events, direct outreach to employers, conferences etc)
• Planning and conducting market research, including in the use of technology within the target market, to ensure the relevance of the Gateway Academy
• Hiring and providing oversight to consultants conducting business model analysis and modelling of different scenarios, assess revenue options and identify sustainability scenarios; summarizing the findings and presenting recommendations to the CGAP management and the core project team before working through them with external partners
• Plan and schedule key work-stream goals, milestones, costs and deliverables
• Defining resources needed for the work-stream, including defining the roles of contractors and supporting the development of RFP (Requests for Proposals) for external services
• Providing status reporting to the core project team, presenting in-depth status reporting to internal and external stakeholders as required; working with the Program Manager to create a contingency and risk mitigation plan
• Working with the Program Manager and IT colleagues to translate market information into functional requirements to be fulfilled through the design, build and adaptation of the Gateway Academy
• The development, marketing and implementation of HR and People focused tools, targeted at integrating the Academy with the capacity building of the end-user

Desired Skills and Experience

• Master's degree and a minimum of 5 years' relevant experience in one or more professional disciplines (such as but not limited to Business Management, Business Strategy, Marketing Strategy), or equivalent combination of education and experience
• Either 5 years or more in project management or leadership across a business development, relationship management and /or business strategy function, within the learning, technology and/or financial inclusion sectors
• Knowledge of the end-to-end process of the phases of product development and the process of taking a product to market
• Experience in working with training and/or technology providers
• Strong understanding of business and financial modelling, being able to understand, adapt and sell business models to meet business needs through market studies
• Knowledge and understanding of key principles of global trends in financial inclusion
• Strong communicator, in both written and oral English, with a proven credibility at the senior level and ability to adapt style to suit a diverse mix of stakeholders
• Experience in project reporting and a familiarity or working to donor reporting requirements
The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, culture and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.     
For further details and to apply, please go to and under “current job openings” seek vacancy number 150026. Deadline for applications is January 30, 2015.

Job Interview: The All Time Classic Dos And Donts

There’s a ton of advice out there for job seekers, and if you’re in the position of interviewing for a job, it could be helpful to have all of it in one place, neatly categorized into do’s and dont’s of interviewing.
Here's my round-up of “classic” interview advice that you can use to prepare for any job interview you may have.


  • Research the company and the position you’re applying for.
  • Research common interview questions and practice your answers.
  • Dress appropriately for the job you want, be neatly groomed, and dress relatively conservatively. Bring breath mints.
  • Map out how to get to the location before the interview, and plan to arrive 10 minutes early. If something happens and you must be late, phone the office as soon as you know that you are running behind.
  • Bring all requested paperwork with you to the interview including your resume, an application, references, identification, etc. Extra copies of your resume and a portfolio (if applicable) are also good to bring.
  • Be polite and cordial to everyone you meet; you never know whose opinion will count.
  • Offer a firm handshake and make eye contact when meeting someone.
  • Repeat the person’s name to help you remember it.
  • Maintain good eye contact during the interview.
  • Approach the interview with enthusiasm about the job and the company.
  • Stress your achievements and talents.
  • Give detailed answers to questions with examples. Explain how you would go about tackling the assignments and challenges of the position.
  • Have an opinion when asked.
  • Answer questions like, “What’s your biggest flaw?” intelligently, but honestly.
  • Show off any research you’ve done about the company, position, and industry with examples or educated questions.
  • Take time to think about how to answer an unexpected question. You can repeat the question to give yourself a little extra time.
  • Prepare to answer questions about your salary requirements.
  • Ask intelligent questions about the job, company, or industry. It pays to prepare a few before the interview.
  • Close by indicating that you want the job and asking about next steps.
  • Get business cards from your interviewers, or at least make a note of the correct spelling of their names.
  • Write down some notes after your interview so that you don’t forget any details of what was discussed.
  • Write a thank you note and send it within 24 hours of the interview.
  • Evaluate the interviewer, the company, and the position to be sure it’s right for you.


  • Rehearse your answers so much that you sound like you’re just reciting from memory.
  • Dress too casually, too flamboyantly or in revealing clothing.
  • Arrive smelling (too much perfume, cigarette smoke, etc.).
  • Be late to your interview if you can possibly avoid it.
  • Arrive stressed.
  • Bring anyone else with you to the interview (a parent, spouse, friend, child, pet, etc.).
  • Address your interviewer by his or her first name until invited to do so. Don’t assume you know how to pronounce their name, either; it’s better to ask the receptionist to be sure. Don’t assume that a female interviewer is a Mrs. or a Miss; use Ms. unless told otherwise.
  • Slouch, fidget, or yawn while being interviewed. Don’t chew gum or bring food or drink into an interview.
  • Tell jokes.
  • Bring up controversial subjects.
  • Be aggressive.
  • Be self-aggrandizing, insinuating that you are perfect and have zero flaws.
  • Take out any frustrations about the job search process on your interviewer.
  • Speak negatively about your current or former company, boss, or coworkers.
  • Lie.
  • Offer up any negative information about yourself if not asked.
  • Make excuses.
  • Be afraid to ask for clarification if you don’t understand a question.
  • Answer every question with a simple “yes” or “no” answer.
  • Bring up personal or family problems.
  • Ask personal questions of your interviewer.
  • Answer your cell phone, check messages, or text during an interview.
  • Act as though you’re desperate and would take any job.
  • Act as though you’re just shopping around or interviewing for practice.
  • Indicate that you’re only interested in the job because of the salary, benefits, or geographic location. Don’t indicate that you intend the job to be a “stepping stone” to something else.
  • Bring up salary, benefits, vacation time, or bonuses until after you’ve received an offer.
  • Say that you don’t have any questions.
  • Call immediately after the interview to find out if you got the job, or make repeated phone calls.
I hope these tips are useful? What other tips would you add to this list? I’d love to hear your all-time best job interview advice in the comments below.
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2015 IATA International Graduate Program - Zambians

Deadline: Always Open
Applications are constantly open for the International Graduate Internship Program at International Air Transport Association (IATA). IATA Internships incorporate talented, innovative and motivated individuals, fresh from academic training, into the IATA working environment. Each intern has significant opportunities to demonstrate skills as well as to learn and develop in an international business environment.
IATA strives to attract the very best and brightest recent graduates from around the world. These interns are exposed to the unique challenges faced by IATA and contribute to our work in supporting our members and our industry by performing junior professional tasks.
Internships at IATA are available in two programs:
  1. International Graduate Internship Program (IGIP) – full-time opportunity for recent university graduates
  2. Undergraduate Internship Program (UIP) – part-time opportunity for current undergraduate students
Eligibility for International Graduate Internship Program (IGIP)
Candidates for the IGIP must possess the following basic qualifications:
  • University degree: Candidates must have a university degree (Bachelor degree as a minimum). The degree must have been achieved within the last 12 months.
  • Fields of study: Economics, Law, Political Science, Engineering (particularly Aeronautical Engineering), Business Administration (particularly Aviation/Airline Management) or Information Technology. Other areas may be considered if relevant to the specific internship.
  • Language requirements: Excellent spoken and written English. Fluency in other major languages is always considered a plus.
The IGIP opportunities cover all areas of IATA activities. The internships may be based out of our Geneva, Montreal, Madrid, Miami or Singapore offices. Interns perform junior professional tasks with the following features:
  • A specific goal/objective
  • A sound business justification for IATA
  • A clear learning dimension for the intern
All IGIP interns have IATA managers as their mentors. These mentors serve as the primary supervisor as well as the main guide for individual development during the internship.
The following conditions are offered to IGIP participants:
  • Work/residency permits: IATA will process the required permits for successful candidates
  • Living Allowance: IATA will pay a living allowance to support the student during the internship:
    • Geneva – 3,500 CHF
    • Montreal – 2,000 CAD
    • Madrid – 1,500 EUR
    • Miami – 1,800 USD
    • Singapore – 2,400 SGD
  • Insurance coverage: IATA provides professional accident insurance coverage for the duration of the internship.
  • Health insurance coverage is required and is the responsibility of the intern.
Duration: Internships are on a full-time basis from 2 to 6 months, depending on the assignment.
Travel Expenses: For interns that do not reside in the location of the IGIP assignment, IATA assumes the travel expenses to bring the intern to our office at the beginning of the internship and back to her/his home country at the end of it.
The IGIP is constantly open. Please consult their website in IATA Job Search and apply directly online. Only those who have been shortlisted will be contacted.

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