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Do they know it’s Christmas? Part 2

ROAD NOTES BY IER JONATHAN

Listening to the stories of some of those who had fled Boko Haram was like ‘watching’ a war movie in auditory mode.

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Do they know it’s Christmas? Part 1

ROAD NOTES BY IER JONATHAN

Most of them were people fleeing suspected herdsmen/mercenaries and were from communities in Nassarawa State. I was touched to find that the villagers had taken in some of the displaced persons…

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Urgently Required: Consultant to Develop an Agri-Financing Model for Small-Scale Farmers in Benue State

 Sesôr has been working in Benue State since 2010 to empower survivors of emergencies for a better life. Sesôr does this through providing relief materials and seeking sustainable ways to help survivors get back on their feet economically.

As part of its economic empowerment programme for survivors of the recent herdsman-farmer crisis in Benue State, Sesôr is working with a leading micro-finance institution in Nigeria to pilot an agri-financing product that would suit the needs of small-scale farmers in Benue State.

We seek a consultant to develop a loan product that would suit the financing needs of small-scale farmers in Benue State taking into account the seasonal nature of their business. The consultant must have an in-depth knowledge of the agricultural sector in Benue State and the financing needs of small-scale farmers. A good knowledge of finance would also be an advantage.

Terms of reference:

 Carry out research on the nature of farming business and the financing needs of farmers in selected local government areas in Benue State (Guma, Kwande, Makurdi and Agatu LGAs)

 Develop a loan product that would meet farmers’ financing needs.

 Work with Sesôr and partners to see how the loan product can be operationalised.

The assignment will need to be completed within 30 days of signing the contract.

The ideal candidate will have:

 At least 2 years’ experience in the agri-finance sector with practical skills in developing and implementing agricultural or rural finance projects;

 Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in agri-finance;

 A minimum first degree in a relevant field;

 Strong communication skills.

Interested candidates should please send a Curriculum Vitae and a letter stating why they are suitable for this position to hr@sesorafrica.org by midnight September 30, 2014.

 

Want to be part of our team?

We are a start-up non-profit working in educational support, emergency relief, empowerment and advocacy for good governance. Headquartered in Lagos, we are seeking for the right people to fill the following positions:

  1. Part-time Finance & Administrative Officer (Re-advertisement)
  2. (3 month-vacancy with possibility of renewal and change to full-time thereafter)

Responsible for the administrative and financial operations of Sesôr, the ideal candidate will have an accounting and/or finance qualification, at least 2 years’ experience in finance and administration including the areas outlined below, be a good communicator, pay great attention to detail and be able to manage people for great results.

The Finance & Admin Officer will be responsible for the following:

  • Completing set up of administrative and financial management systems and procedures (filing system, book-keeping, petty cash, banking, purchase approvals, invoicing etc.) in keeping with the organisation’s administrative and financial operations manual and policies;
  • Daily running/administration of the office;
  • Managing the organisation’s banking relationships and working with other team members to reconcile bank statements etc. including producing requisite reports etc;
  • Working closely with the Executive to draft and finalise the Foundation’s operational budget for 2014 & 2015;
  • Preparing the organisation’s financial statements and reports etc.
  • Handling all other regulatory and statutory requirements for the organisation on all issues etc.
  • Advising Sesôr’s Executive on other requisite processes as needed;
  • Any other pertinent duties as required by the Executive.

 

  • Graphics & Digital Content Intern

 

  1.  

Very creative and highly skilled candidate with good knowledge and passion for graphic designs, social media and web development. He/she will focus on both front-end as well as back-end, and will work in a deadline driven environment. Candidate must be exceptionally creative, with strong analytical and problem solving abilities. A flexible attitude and ability to work as part of a team is necessary. Ideal for a fresh school leaver. The Graphics & Digital Content Intern will be responsible for:

 

  • Graphic designs, social media and web development;
  • Customising open source solutions to suit specific requirements;
  • Administering Windows servers for email, and other applications as required;
  • Debugging issues that arise with the performance of websites;
  • Managing website and other social media content, links, etc;
  • Managing and supporting SMS campaigns;
  • Circulating efficient and accurate reporting, detailing results of web and mobile marketing campaigns and possible improvement using social media, and related technologies.
  • Driver & Office Assistant

 

Responsible for supporting members of Sesôr’s team, the Driver & Office Assistant will work directly with the Executive Director’s office providing logistical and administrative support. Duties include:

  • Driving officers of the organisation as designated by the Executive Director’s office;
  • Supporting the Executive Director’s office on administrative and other duties as required by the Executive Director;
  • Any other duties as may be required by the Executive Director’s office.

 

Interested? Please send your CV and a covering letter to info@sesorafrica.org with the subject title of the position you are interested in. Deadline for receiving applications is midnight, May 20, 2014. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews to hold shortly afterwards.

Season’s Greetings from all of us @ Sesôr

From all of us at Sesor: Season’s Greetings

Announcement: Sesôr’s Internship Programme

Sesôr’s Internship Programme offers selected enrolled undergraduate and postgraduate students an opportunity to develop their skills and gain work experience in areas as diverse as research, administration, fundraising, events management and social mobilisation.

Duties include research, writing project background documents, providing other administrative support for programme work as assigned.

The intern will work 4 days a week.

Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in a full-time programme in an accredited Nigerian University or Polytechnic.  Must be resident in Lagos or Makurdi for the duration of the internship as accommodation  will not be provided.

Duration: 3-6 months (with possibility of renewal if required and if doing so will not interfere with the Intern’s studies). Lagos  internship will start at the end of October while the Makurdi internship will start in November.

Application: Interested candidates are to submit a letter of interest stating why they should be considered for the internship, what they hope to learn from the experience and provide the name of a referee.  Candidates are to also attach proof of enrolment in their current course of study.

Applications should be sent to info@sesorafrica.org October 26 2013 with the title: ‘Sesôr Internship  Programme’

Sesôr donates relief items to Benue flood victims

As a result of the devastation of the floods of September 2012, Sesôr Foundation made donations at two of the four flood relief camps – St Catherine’s Primary School and N.K.S.T Primary School, Makurdi.

Relief Materials Donated included;

  1. 16 packs of Sanitary Towels
  2. 10 Cartons of Noodles
  3. 8 Cartons of Detergent (70g)
  4. 4 Packs of Footwears (240 pcs)

Items were divided equally and disbursed to the two (2) Camps earlier mentioned.

Receiving the items on behalf of the displaced persons, the St. Catherine’s Camp Commandant Mrs. Diana Akera of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), expressed profound gratitude to the Management of the Foundation saying that it was one of the biggest donations so far from an upcoming NGO.

At the second Camp- N.K.S.T Primary School, the response was the same and the Camp Commandant; Mrs. Doose Agever prayed God to reward the Sesôr Foundation and called on other organizations to emulate the gesture. Other officials of SEMA were also in the Camp and expressed appreciation as well.

The Sesôr Team also went round the Camps and sympathized with the victims before departure.

Sesôr Foundation Supports 151 Pupils in Kwande, Benue State

151 pupils from six primary schools in Nyiev Tiev Baraku Educational District, Benue State, Nigeria became the first beneficiaries of Sesôr Foundation’s Educational Support Programme following the payment of their First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC) fees.

The beneficiaries and their families, who had gathered at the Nyiev Primary School, Ichol in Kwande Local Government Area, Benue State on 7th December, 2011 to witness Sesôr make the announcement, were excited to be recipients of this support.

Aondowase, one of the beneficiaries in Primary Six, said, “I am very happy to be counted among those Sesôr has chosen to assist. I will continue my education till I become someone so that their work today will not be a waste”.  

Community elder and a guardian of another beneficiary, Mr. Tyohon thanked Sesôr, saying,  “ I have been living in this community all my life (63 years) but have never witnessed an occasion of such joy that has touched so many families. May God continue to provide for Sesôr so that others like us will continue to benefit”.

Speaking at the event, Sesôr’s Benue State Programme Manager, Ms. Tracy Shima, noted that the importance of education for children and our communities could not be overstated and urged every member of the Kwande community at home and abroad to think of how they could make their own contributions towards ensuring that all children attend and stay in school.  She thanked Sesôr’s supporters for making the programme possible and stressed the Foundation’s commitment to working to empower individuals in communities so they can lead productive lives and contribute to societal growth and development.

The FSLC is an important certificate in Nigeria. It proves that the holder is literate and has undergone primary education. It is required for certain clerical jobs and is also a basic requirement for entry into junior secondary school.  The Federal Government had, in 1999, restructured the educational system from 6-3-3-4 to 9-3-4 and included Universal Basic Education (UBE) where every child is to undergo 6 years of primary education and then spend a further 3 years in junior secondary school.

While UBE is free, pupils are still required by various school districts to cover some administrative fees at the end of the first six years in order to obtain their FSLC.  Sesôr’s research found that pupils in primary schools may need to pay anywhere between Naira 220 – Naira 3000 before they can obtain their FLSC. These fees, which are the cost of a dinner for many city dwellers in Nigeria, may be too high for families in rural areas and could cause a child to drop out of the school system after 6 years of primary education without their FSLC.

Sesôr started operations in 2009 and is piloting its work in the Nyiev community in Kwande Local Government.  Sesôr kicked off its work by providing relief materials in 2010 to families in the Nyiev community affected by the 2009 Nyiev-Nanev communal crisis.  Sesôr believes in teaching communities and individuals how to fish instead of simply giving them fish.