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New Era Newspaper Monday August 14, 2017

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16 AFRICA Monday, August 14 2017 | NEW ERA REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER VACANCIES TITLE: Director SALARY SCALE: N$ 512 809 – 544 196 MOTOR VEHICLE ALLOWANCE Capital Cost: N$ 87 202 per annum Running Cost: N$ 27 273 per annum HOUSING ALLOWANCE : 81 558 DEPARTMENT: Public Service Information Technology Management DIRECTORATE: Quality Assurance, Standards, Skills Development and Coordination DUTY STATION: Windhoek REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: The incumbent reports directly to the Deputy Permanent Secretary GENERIC JOB DESCRIPTION: The incumbent will be responsible for the day to day operations of the Directorate of Quality Assurance, Standards, Skills Development and Coordination; ensure proper staffing of different divisions and subdivisions; and execution of work as per the mandate of the DPSITM. The incumbent will report to the Deputy Permanent Secretary of the DPSITM and serve in different committees that will be constituted for the execution of the e-Government Strategic Action Plan. The incumbent will be responsible to enforce a work culture that would help attract, develop, grow, and retain officials within the directorate to be able to create a self-organized and highly effective and empowered Quality Assurance, Project Management and IT Capacity Building teams. The incumbent will champion relationship building with different teams, committees responsible to drive the e-government agenda and initiatives at all level of Public Service. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The incumbent will be responsible for: 1. Establishing and enforcing standards and practices across GRN for consistency and alignment of efforts in e-Government project implementation and practices. 2. Working with OMAs and the Department of Public Service Management for the Business Process Re-Engineering initiatives and provide guidance for the definition of the projects in line with the e-Government Strategic Action Plan of the Government. 3. Providing implementation assistance to OMAs in the form of guidance and project reviews; 4. Coordinating audit exercise in order to verify extent of adoption of standards and enforcing compliance across OMAs for the adoption and applying of these standards. 5. Taking responsibility for the monitoring and evaluation of various programs and projects being undertaken and to make recommendations on necessary corrective actions. 6. Carrying out e-Readiness assessment within the Public Service about e-government initiatives. 7. Producing of annual report on the status of e-Government implementation for the Public Service. 8. Coordinating programs geared towards IT skills development and capacity building of government officials to be able to partake in the rendering of online services. 9. Coordinating the promotion of e-Government project within the Public Service and collaborative efforts for inter-governmental exchange programs. 10. Be responsible for research and innovation, involving the exploration of new ways of executing e-Government functions in a more efficient and cost-effective way. 11. Implementing initiatives to promote awareness and adoption of e-Government practice within the Public Service and among different stakeholders through various events as outlined in the implementation plan; 12. Be responsible for the directorate to work with other institutions of government in the promotion of awareness of the need for and efficacy of IT, and taking up initiatives that would encourage the adoption of IT. 13. Undertaking other duties that may be assigned by the Head of the Department. COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS: a) A B-degree (at NQF Level 7) in Computer Science, Management Information System, Information System Auditing or equivalent. Certificates in Middle Management Development Programme (MMDP) program from NIPAM and ITIL Foundation are pre-requisite. b) Requires 9 years of appropriate IT experience, with 5 years at supervisory/ management level or equivalent level of experience with a focus on Quality Assurance and Project Management. c) Organizational effectiveness and communication skills with experience at strategic level of planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting. d) Knowledge and experience in IT policies, standards and practices formulation e) Ability to lead and drive teams in the field of information auditing and research among others f) Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Project and Outlook). TITLE: Director SALARY SCALE: N$ 512 809 – 544 196 MOTOR VEHICLE ALLOWANCE Capital Cost: N$ 87 202 per annum Running Cost: N$ 27 273 per annum HOUSING ALLOWANCE: N$ 81 558 DEPARTMENT: Public Service Information Technology Management DIRECTORATE: Technical Support and Network Services DUTY STATION: Windhoek REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: The incumbent reports directly to the Deputy Permanent Secretary GENERIC JOB DESCRIPTION: The Directorate of Technical Support and Network Services will be in charge of the ICT Infrastructure of the Government of Namibia for matters of e-Government. ICT Infrastructure will cover: Unified Data Centre, Disaster Recovery Centre, Government-wide ICT Networking facility and Public Service Access Points. The main responsibility of the directorate is for the definition, design, installation / implementation, administration, support and monitoring of the ICT Infrastructure and services which serve as the backbone to run all e-government software applications and take services to different stakeholders. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The incumbent will: 1. Be in charge of the Directorate to ensure its proper staffing, team building and staff development through training, mentoring, coaching and capacity building initiatives. The director will show strong leadership to inculcate a good work culture, enforcement of discipline and a performance driven approach. He / She will monitor that succession planning is executed as part of business continuity planning; 2. Recommend, implement and be in charge of approved work structure and team structures to execute the work of the directorate for the operations of Data Centre, DR Centre, GRN Network and Security provisioning and support services to OMAs of GRN; Maintain a register of Systems Engineering professionals within the GRN to be able to recommend on sharing of resources across the GRN for matters of ICT. 3. Be responsible to enforce adopted standards, methodologies and approach in the execution of the work of the directorate; to inculcate a quality driven approach and customer service focus in the work of the directorate based on Quality Assurance Plans and Customer Support Service Charters; 4. Recommend appropriate ICT technologies in terms of Hardware, Operating Systems, Databases, Virtualisation Software, Monitoring tools and Security solutions for the operations and monitoring of the Data Centre, Disaster Recovery Centre and GRN Networks, and take full charge for their implementation and maintenance; 5. Be responsible for managing e-Government Project contract with third parties to ensure all projects are delivered within budget and time as per scope of work and project charters. Attend steering committee meetings and sign off project deliverables. Review project status reports and make recommendations to head of the DPSITM on the project; 6. Keep abreast of latest happening in the field of ICT to provide recommendation for the DPSITM to stay up-to-date with latest trends and happening in the fields of ICT for Public Sector operations. 7. Attend conferences and participate in workshops and make presentations on Namibia e-Government journey. Participate in country-to-country collaborations for exchange programs on e-Government; 8. Be responsible for the submission of plans and budget of the directorate in terms of operational and development projects. Monitor and report to the Head of the DPSITM on budget execution, project execution and explain on any variances. Submit monthly reports on the operation of the department, status of software project development and implementations and Help-Desk reports. 9. Provide recommendation on Business Continuity Planning, in terms of operations of the Disaster Recovery Centre, staffing of projects to ensure there are no resource risks, Systems Engineering projects are properly documented and changes follow an approval process before been deployed onto the production environment. Ensure all software applications and data is properly backed up on a timely basis. 10. Be responsible to keep an up-to-date asset register of all Hardware, licensed software products, their renewal dates for support and log of any patch or updates applied to the production, test and development environment; 11. Be responsible for the configuration management of all Hardware, Systems Software, Databases and Monitoring tools in use by the GRN and enforcing a methodological approach to change management of the ICT environments of the GRN; 12. Undertake other duties that may be assigned by the Head of the DPSITM. COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS: a) A B-degree (at NQF Level 7) in ICT System Administration, Network Engineering, Computer Science, Information System Management or equivalent. b) Nine (9) years of appropriate ICT experience, with five (5) years at supervisory/management level or equivalent level of experience with a focus in Systems Engineering and LAN/WAN Network Management. c) Good knowledge and experience in ICT standards and Quality Assurance Processes for Systems Engineering duties at Data Centre, Disaster Recovery Centre and Wide Area Networks; d) Practical experience on Microsoft Windows Server, VMware, Sun Solaris and Linux operating systems. e) Experience with Juniper and Cisco router, switches, and firewalls preferably with certifications. f) High level of analytical and problem-solving abilities; g) Ability to lead and drive teams in the field of Systems Engineering, Network and Security Management and Support Services; h) Working technical knowledge of current systems software, hardware, protocols, and standards, including ISO 27001, ISO 27002:2013. i) Strong organizational effectiveness and communication skills with experience at team leaderships level; j) Excellent oral and written communication skills with ability to produce reports and prepare for meetings; k) Proficient in Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) BENEFITS: Apart from the mentioned remunerative benefits, the applicant will receive a gratuity in lieu of pension, be eligible to apply for membership of the public service employees medical aid scheme, leave of absence provisions and social security benefits. GENERAL: In terms of the Affirmative Action Plan, qualifying women and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Failure to complete all items on the application form for employment and not attaching the necessary documents will disqualify the application. A fully completed application on forms 156043 and 156094 (obtainable at all Government Offices) together with a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae, original certified copies of educational Qualifications, identity documents and testimonials must be submitted to: Address: The Permanent Secretary Office of the Prime Minister Private Bag 13338, Windhoek OR Hand delivered to the HR, Office No. 514 5th Floor, Office of the Prime Minister Ministry of International & Cooperation building Parliament Garden Violent clashes… A man runs past a shack which was burnt to the ground by protestors in the Kibera slum in Nairobi on Saturday. Pressure mounts on Kenya opposition to quell deadly protests Fran Blandy and Nicolas Delaunay Nairobi Kenya’s defeated opposition faced mounting calls at home and abroad to calm their supporters yesterday after claims of election rigging sparked violent protests that left at least 11 people dead. Raila Odinga’s flashpoint strongholds in western Kisumu and Nairobi’s slums were quiet yesterday, with signs life was returning to normal after two days of running battles with police. Officers in some clashes used live ammunition to disperse stone-throwing, tyre-burning residents, with tear gas also fired. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged thwarted presidential candidate Raila Odinga to “send a clear message to his supporters urging them to refrain from violence”, a message echoed by British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. The anger erupted on Friday night after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the victor by a large margin against his rival Odinga following an election pollsters had described as too close to call. Odinga’s National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition has insisted their candidate is the rightful winner, saying he was robbed of victory through hacking and manipulation of an electronic vote tallying system. However calls for them to take their grievances to court, while Kenya’s foreign partners heap congratulations on Kenyatta, have left them isolated and under mounting pressure. Odinga, 72, a mainstay of the Kenyan opposition since the 1980s, has been silent since his loss was announced, but his party officials have said they will neither back down nor take their grievances to court. “We will not be cowed, we will not relent,” NASA official Johnson Muthama told reporters on Saturday. In Nairobi’s Mathare slum, shops and markets slowly began opening and there was no sign of police or protesters Sunday morning. “We want to hear Raila. We want to hear what he has to say. It’s him who will guide us. If he tells us to go on the streets, we will go on the streets. If he wants us to stay home, we will stay stay home,” said 25-year-old hairdresser Humpfrey Songole in Mathare. Muthama claimed that 100 people had been killed, without providing evidence. According to an AFP tally, 11 people have died since the result was announced Friday. The toll includes a young girl whose family said she had been shot in the back while playing on a balcony in Mathare as police opened fire on protesters. Eight others died in the capital, while one demonstrator was shot dead in western Kisumu county and another in southwestern Siaya. The Doctors without Borders (MSF) charity said on Twitter that it had treated 54 wounded people in its clinics. The post-election violence is the worst since a disputed 2007 poll which Odinga claimed was stolen from him. That led to two months of protests and ethnic killings which left 1,100 dead and 600,000 displaced. Britain’s Johnson urged Kenya’s opposition to “exercise restraint” to ensure calm. The European Union’s foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini urged the opposition “to respect the results and to use legal means available for appeals and complaints.” In another blow to the opposition, local election observer group ELOG, which deployed 8,300 observers and conducted a parallel tallying operation, determined Kenyatta had won with 54 percent -- the same figure given by the electoral commission. Odinga, who lost his fourth shot at the presidency, in 2013 also disputed Kenyatta’s poll victory, however took his case to the Supreme Court where he lost. “We have been there before. Court is not an alternative,” said top NASA official James Orengo. Kenyan media also urged Odinga to step up and address his supporters. “NASA must direct its supporters to stand down, no matter how justified it feels that the presidential tally was rigged,” wrote the Standard newspaper in an editorial, while slamming the police response to protests. Interior Minister Fred Matiangi denied there had been any casualties or that “innocent protesters” had been killed, saying police had clamped down on “criminal elements” taking advantage of the tension to loot and rob. Politics in Kenya is largely divided along tribal lines, and the winner-takesall nature of elections has long stoked communal tensions. Odinga’s ethnic Luo supporters -- and their allies from other groups -- believe they have been denied political power by elites from the Kikuyus, the same ethnic group as Kenyatta, the country’s biggest community. – Nampa/ AFP

Monday, August 14 2017 | NEW ERA WORLD 17 BEIRUT A commando operation backed by Russian warplanes and helicopters has killed 25 members of the Islamic State jihadist group in central Syria, a monitor said yesterday. Supported by regime ally Russia, Syria’s army has waged a months-long offensive to recapture the vast desert region that stretches from the country’s centre to the Iraqi and Jordanian borders. On Saturday, “25 IS members were killed and others wounded in a commando operation by Syrian regime forces with air support from Russian warplanes and helicopters” in the northeast of Homs province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said. Six members of the regime forces were also killed, it said. A military source said the operation occurred “20 kilometres inside Daesh (IS) terrorist lines”. The raid allowed regime forces to seize control of three villages in the area, official news agency SANA reported the source as saying. The army has captured swathes of territory from the Commandos kill 25 jihadists in central Syria: monitor Another one… Syria remains a hotbed for armed violence. In the photo, members of the Syrian civil defence volunteers, also known as the White Helmets, bury their fellow comrades during a funeral in Sarmin, a jihadist-held town nine kilometres east of Syria’s north-western city of Idlib on August 12 Saturday. jihadists in the province. According to the Observatory, IS now controls just dozens of villages in the east of Homs. The Syrian “Badiya” is a large stretch of desert that extends over around 90,000 square kilometres (35,000 square miles) of territory. Since 2015, much of the Badiya has been held by IS, but Syria’s army has been chipping away at it since May. Regime forces have ousted IS from Al-Sukhna, the last jihadist-held town in Homs province. Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad are also fighting the jihadists in the south of neighbouring Raqa province. A US-backed Kurdish- Arab alliance meanwhile is battling to retake the provincial capital, Raqa city, from IS. The jihadists also hold the majority of the vast desert province of Deir Ezzor including most of its provincial capital. More than 330,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict erupted in March 2011 with antigovernment protests. Nampa/AFP German NGO halts migrant rescue operations off Libya BERLIN The German aid group Sea Eye yesterday said it was suspending its migrant rescue operations in the Mediterranean, citing security concerns after Libya barred foreign vessels from a stretch of water off its coast. The announcement comes a day after Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said it was halting the use of its largest boat in the area because of an “increasingly hostile environment for lifesaving rescue operations”. In a statement, Sea Eye said it was with “a heavy heart” that it had decided to follow suit following the Libyan government’s “explicit threat against the private NGOs”. Tensions have been on the rise since the Libyan navy on Thursday ordered foreign vessels to stay out of a coastal search and rescue zone, a measure it said was specifically aimed at non-governmental groups. Libyan authorities have accused charities of aiding human smugglers with their rescues at sea, hampering efforts to crack down on the illegal migration route. “Under these circumstances, a continuation of our rescue work is not currently possible. It would be irresponsible towards our crews,” Sea Eye founder Michael Buschheuer said. Italy, which has borne the brunt of Europe’s migrant crisis this year, has also moved to rein in NGOs helping the multinational search and rescue operation by making them sign up to a new code of conduct. Sea Eye said it would continue to monitor the “changed security situation” off the Libyan coast. “We leave behind a deadly gap in the Mediterranean,” Buschheuer warned. Six years since a revolution that toppled longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi, Libya has become a key departure point for migrants risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. Tens of thousands of migrants have resorted to paying people traffickers for the journey, often on overcrowded and unseaworthy boats. Migrant aid ships have played a key role in assisting the rescue operations, and Sea Eye says it has helped save some 12,000 lives since April 2016.– Nampa/ AFP Outrage mounts over dozens of infant deaths at India hospital Bhuvan Bagga Gorakhpur, India A key ally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing calls for his resignation after at least 64 children died at a government hospital in northern India that suffered oxygen shortages. Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh state where the deaths occurred, visited the hospital Sunday as angry relatives rushed to the scene demanding answers. The deaths occurred over six days, with Indian media reporting that 30 children died Thursday and Friday because of a lack of oxygen on the children’s wards. Suppliers’ bills had allegedly not been paid, leading to a shortage that saw panicked families using artificial manual breathing bags to help their loved ones. Local officials have conceded there was a disruption to the oxygen supply at the hospital in Gorakhpur, but insist the deaths were caused by encephalitis and other illnesses, not a lack of available oxygen. “We are confident that none of the lives were lost because of this episode,” a senior government health official in Gorakhpur told AFP on Sunday on condition of anonymity. But victims’ families have disputed this, describing the panic and chaos as patients began struggling from a sudden lack of oxygen. “As soon as we reached the hospital, we were handed a small pump and told to keep pumping. I did so for over three-and-ahalf hours,” one victim’s father, Shailendra Gupta, was quoted by Sunday’s Indian Express as saying. “The next day, we were informed that he was dead.” Gorakhpur’s police commissioner Anil Kumar told AFP on Sunday that 11 more children had died at the hospital on Saturday. “But I reiterate, they were not due to lack of oxygen supply,” he said. Doctors admitted that the oxygen supply had been disrupted for a couple of hours late Thursday, but said no deaths had occurred at that time. The hospital’s breakdown of the death toll showed a jump Thursday when 23 infants died, including 14 babies at its neonatal unit. The head of the hospital was stood down pending an inquiry into the oxygen shortage, which allegedly stemmed from nearly 0,000 in overdue bills, some dating back to November. As anger grew over the deaths, opposition parties and government critics led the charge for Adityanath’s resignation. The fireband Hindu priest, who won India’s largest state in a landslide in March, toured the hospital wards Sunday in his signature saffron robes and a blue medical mask and cap. “This incident took place due to the laxity on the part of state government. The state government is fully responsible for it,” Ghulam Nabi Azad, a senior leader of India’s main opposition Congress party, said late Saturday. “The chief minister, health minister and the health secretary must immediately resign and doctors should not be blamed for this.” – Nampa / AFP BANK Access No access Namibia Financial Inclusion Pilot Survey 2017 14 August to 19 August 2017 Are financial products and services equal and accessible to all? P.O. Box 2133, FGI House, Post Street Mall, Windhoek, Namibia Tel: +264 61 431 3200, Fax: +264 61 431 3253,

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