"ESCAPE TO ZANZIBAR (VIA TRAIN)"
VOLUME XXVII, ISSUE 33 AUGUST 21 - AUGUST 27, 2008 Isabella & David Heroux smiling from their bunks in the Kachere US EMBASSY LUSAKA, ZAMBIA Tazara Train First Class Car ESCAPE TO ZANZIBAR (VIA TRAIN) The romance of a train ride— from my previous train experience. But this is Africa and things are not always gliding through scenic villages, “as advertised”. a cozy private compartment, The call center at Tazara (the meeting interesting people, a Tanzanian-Zambian Railway Authority) club car, meals served by wait- is a little difficult to reach via the main number, but surprisingly organized and ers—sounds like the ingredients customer-service oriented, if you call for the start of a wonderful va- one of the operators’ cell phones di- cation. The train is scheduled to depart rectly. When the originally-scheduled train had mechanical failure, the op- Congratulations from Kapiri Mposhi at 1600 (Tuesdays erator called me 24 hours in advance to Kasenga & Ruth Zimba on and Fridays) and arrive in Dar-El- to let me know that the departure was their wedding, 9 August 2008! Salaam at 1200 (Thursdays and Sun- not going to be as scheduled. And days). Adult price is about USD 60 they kept calling as the train schedule The most important thing you ﬁxed and kids (12-and–under) are about kept changing. was on your day of your wedding USD 30. The private compartments Eventually, our vacation was when you ﬁxed your eyes on your scrapped for that week and moved partner. That day you’ll always (total of 4 berths) cost my family USD forward by 3 weeks. Tazara operators treasure. 180. Having ridden around Europe in the were happy to re-book my compart- nnn cheap seats, I was picturing a step up (Continues on page 2) KACHERELUSAKA@YAHOO.COM Page 1 VOLUME XXVII, ISSUE 33 AUGUST 21 - AUGUST 27, 2008 ment every single time. Payment is 1800 came and went. DJ had several dren’s DS had run out of charge and made when you arrive at the train sta- conversations with the station manager, we were hungry. Ever the intrepid tion and I was concerned that they sounding something like this: hunter-gatherer, DJ went in search of would give away our compartment, but DJ: When will the train be arriving? food. Since the snack shop was it was held, just as promised. Station Manager: One hour. closed, he asked a station policeman, The ride out to Kapiri Mposhi is DJ: One hour? Are you sure? who kindly escorted him out of the sta- about 3 hours, and our kind motor-pool Station Manager: Yes sir. One tion and into the night to go “down the drivers will take you and your family hour. street” to a little neighborhood directly to the train station. bar. Needless to say, I was a The station was surpris- wee bit nervous until he re- ingly modern and has appeared, triumphant, carrying huge windows. The after- greasy bags of French fries and noon sunlight streaming in sausage rolls. After a quick as you sit in the first-class dinner and the use of more lounge (a raised terrace wipes, we vainly attempted to with comfortable sofas) is settle our children down. Best actually quite pleasant. Advice: Bring more snacks There is a small (clean) and entertainment that you snack shop on the first floor expect you will need. where you can get sand- At 2300, with no announce- wiches, drinks and cookies. ment or other notification, the The bathrooms are another Zambians around us started story—stand-up toilets, no to stir, packing up children water, bad smells. After a and luggage. Sure enough, quick peek inside, I insisted the train was coming. Since it that the station manager was so late, we were allowed open up the VIP room, Kapiri mposhi Train Station to board the train immedi- which he did with very little ately, though the train still fuss, so that we could use needed to have 2 hours of that restroom. Best Advice: servicing done at the station. With a Travel with your own TP and As night fell, our fellow passengers departure time of 0100, we were ap- wipes, important as there was no water started settling in, apparently privy to proximately 9 hours behind schedule, in the VIP restroom sink. information that we weren’t. There was although we were assured that we A Zambian colleague who had a run on snacks at the little café. Lug- would still arrive in Dar at 1200 on taken the train warned me that the train gage was arranged for maximum seat- Sunday. Getting on the train was the does not run on- schedule and her train ing comfort. Chitenge were spread out typical pushing-and-shoving, no actual (a week earlier) departed about 2 and children put to bed. About 2000, line, every-man-for-himself that we have hours late. Armed with snacks, games, surrounded by sleeping Zambians, we come to expect. Best Advice: Bring cards and wipes, we settled in to wait. realized that the train was not coming Sure enough, 1600 came and went, soon, we were out of snacks, the chil- (Continues on page 3) Publication Deadlines Numbers: Hours: Post 1 Medical Unit Next Issue 28 August 2008 250-955 ext. 2221 0930-1230 (Mon - Fri) Walk ins 1300-1700 (Mon - Thurs) By appt Submission by 26 August 12:00 Care for Business Hospital Commissary Editor Rachel Cleverley 0900 - 1300 (Mon - Thurs) 254-398 E-mail to email@example.com 1500 - 1800 (Mon & Wed) Duty Officer 0900 - 1600 (Fri) 0966-864-030 CLO The United States Mission in Zambia pub- 0600 - 1500 (Mon & Wed) lishes the Kachere Newsletter for all mission GSO/FM Duty Officer 0700 - 1600 (Tues & Thurs) 0966-864-027 0700 - 1200 (Fri) employees and their families. The Kachere is Voyagers Travel not intended for general circulation. This RSO Duty Officer 0900 - 1200 (Mon - Fri) 0966-864-009 1400 - 1530 (Mon - Thurs) weekly newsletter is distributed free of Citibank charge on Thursdays. Information contained Nurse’s Office 1100 - 1300 (Mon - Thurs) 250-955 ext. 2238 or 0966-864-039 herein does not constitute formal endorse- 1030 - 1230 (Fri) Embassy Gas Pump ment by the US Embassy or the Kachere. CFB Appts & Urgent Care Needs 252-917 0730 - 1230; 1400 - 1730 (Mon - Thurs) 0730 - 1300; 1400 - 17:00 (Fri) KACHERELUSAKA@YAHOO.COM Page 2 VOLUME XXVII, ISSUE 33 AUGUST 21 - AUGUST 27, 2008 your knee/elbow pads and a large kids’ DS. The club car had a working did not work, nor did the water in the husband and you will be fine. plug, but someone’s cell phone was next 2 cars. Three cars down the line, The compartments were a pleasant charging, so he had to wait in line. the water worked, but the lights did surprise. Clean, with berths/sofas, Eventually, we got re-charged and the not. Isabella and I took a quick (cold) more than 6ft long, lots of storage un- kids go their DS back, so relieved that shower in the dark. Also, the bath- derneath and overhead and a small they did not have to read or actually rooms are only cleaned at the begin- table for eating/playing games. There (gasp) talk to their parents!! ning of the train ride, so the state of the are no private bathrooms, but each car During this time, the train stopped at toilets deteriorated steadily, the longer had 2 clean toilets (each end of the several little villages (picturesque, as the trip wore on. A bucket of water car) and a room with several sinks, as advertised) and vendors walked along was provided so that users could rinse well as a separate shower room. the side of the train, selling oranges, the toilet out after use, but the shaking We were pleased to see both bananas, soft drinks, peanuts and of the train made the floor constantly overhead-cabin lights and individual sweet potatoes (what someone on a wet (and rather suspect, in my opin- reading lights, as well as an electrical train would do with a 20 kilo bag of ion). We attempted to keep bathroom outlet for recharging cell phones and sweet potatoes, I never figured out). trips to a minimum and sanitized the games. Each berth had warm blankets Best Advice: Bring Kwacha and lots of children after each trip. and clean sheets, but no pillows. snacks and bottled water. Also, the car attendant had a The kids settled down fairly quickly DJ and the kids wandered around strange reluctance to switch on the and got to sleep with a minimum of the train, visiting the club car and the power for the reading and cabin lights. fuss, especially after the train started bar car and making friends with our Not to worry, DJ found the breaker off and was rocking along. Best Ad- fellow passengers. Lots of back- box, opened it up and flipped all the vice: Bring pillows, toilet paper and packers from the US and Europe were lights on. Best Advice: Wipes, TP and wipes. on the train. I resisted the urge to pass bottled water for hand-washing (can’t We were awakened at 0800 by a out my business cards and ask the Am- emphasize that enough), and bring an friendly waiter who asked us what we Cits if they were registered with the electrician and/or husband to make wanted for breakfast. There is a lim- embassy. Every time I tried, DJ glared sure the power is turned on. ited menu, English breakfast being the at me and reminded me that we were Due to the late departure from Lu- only thing available—eggs, toast and on vacation!!! saka, some of the best parts of the trip jam, meat and tea or coffee. Things Lunch and dinner came and went were shrouded in darkness. We missed were looking up (or maybe, not). with the same friendly waiter letting us descending into the Great Rift Valley, The breakfast takes about an hour know what was available. If you like as well as a trip through the Selous to arrive and is only lukewarm when it baked chicken or beef in some type of Game Park in Tanzania. We also gets there, but the coffee is hot and sauce, you will be set. Also on the crossed the border at 2300, rather there is lots of toast. The price is rea- plates are heaping servings of rice and than at 1400. sonable: Kwacha 21,000 for all 4 some kind of vegetable. Bottled water However, the friendly Tanzanian breakfasts. At some point later on, the and soda are for sale from the waiter Immigration and Customs Officers were waiter will come back to pick up the or in the bar car. If you want a little happy to knock (loudly) and wait for us dishes or you can put them outside more variety, pack food. Lunch and to wake up to process our papers. The your door so that the table is cleared dinner prices were higher: 32,000 children had gotten friendly with the off and the kids can play. kwacha for 4 plates. AmCit couple in the next car and the At that point, things went downhill As we were getting ready for the couple showed no hesitation in asking again. The electrical outlets in our car night, Isabella and I set out to take a for USD 100 cash to pay the visa fee, did not work. DJ the Ever Resourceful shower. Sadly, the shower in our car when the border agents told them that went in search of a plug to re-charge (Continues on page 11) the Left: Tazara Train Dining Car. Right: Tazara Train Lounge Car. KACHERELUSAKA@YAHOO.COM Page 3 VOLUME XXVII, ISSUE 33 AUGUST 21 - AUGUST 27, 2008 clo’s line EMBASSY BULLETIN RECURRING ACTIVITIES: Diplomatic Spouses Association (DSA) meets the last Tuesday of every month. Jill Penny Monday 0977-770-094 VISIT OF RMO: Dr. Allen Ries RMO 18:00 - Volleyball at Marine House. Bring I.D. Family cruises on the Kafue Queen Only 50 from Pretoria, will be visiting Lusaka 17:30-19:00 – Yoga with Terry Henning km from Lusaka. Transport available. Bar and from August 20th to the 22nd, 2008. 0977273324 BBQ on board. Info: Ian 0977-232-949, He will be available for consultations Tuesday 0955-913-984, 01-216-016 (evenings), Cub Scouts – contact Tim McVey for details Wednesday afternoon (the 20th), and firstname.lastname@example.org (262-236) Thursday and Friday mornings. Please 18:00-19:00 – Yoga at French School (behind Happy Mums and Toddlers International contact the Health Unit’s Margie Alliance Françoise) Group All moms with 3, 4, and 5 year olds Wendland (ext 2259 or Wednesday are welcome to join the group. Conny 293- 18:00 – Basketball at Marine House 363, 0977-766-955, email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rose Ka- Thursday joba (ext 2238 or 08:00-9:30 – Yoga with Terry Henning Jane Austen Book Club – Kini 0966-637-764 email@example.com) if you wish to 0977273324 Karate and Self Defense Classes for Children, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ries 17:30-19:00 – Yoga with Terry Henning Men, and Women Shotoham karate. 0977- and/or need more information. 0977273324 789-389, 095-704-540, 286-388 18:00 – Volleyball at Marine House. Bring ID Ladies’ Beginner Golf Lessons- Chainama Hills 18:00-19:00Yoga at French School (behind TRAVEL OFFICE: The Embassy Travel Golf Club (264-694) Alliance Françoise) Ofﬁce will be closed from 19th August, 19:00 – Biodanza classes - 0979 594 330 / Ladies Squash – Mulungushi Village Squash 2008 to 25th August, 2008. Morana email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Club – Sue 0977-326-381, Jeff 0966-680-696 Mbewe, the embassy Travel Consultant www.biodanza.co.za/zambia Saturday Lusaka Bridge Club – 250-409, 264-432, from Voyagers Travel will be on vaca- email@example.com 10:30 - 13:00 Ultimate Frisbee at AIS upper tion. During her absence, Nadia field Lusaka Hash House Harriers – Lothario 0977- Bhana has been assigned as the em- 10:00-11:00 – Yoga at French School (behind 790-808, Boy Blue 0966-766-249, Jerry bassy contact. All travel requirements Alliance Françoise) Mouse 0977-471-764, firstname.lastname@example.org for the embassy and for USAID will be 13:00-18:00 – Social Tennis at the Lusaka or email@example.com Sport Club. K15,000. Mixed doubles conducted at Voyagers Travel Head Lusaka Kennel Club – 260-081 16:00-17:30 – Yoga with Terry Henning Ofﬁce: Telephone: 0211 253082/3/4 0977273324 Lusaka Road Bikers – Ginty Melvill 0966-766- 0211 253064/5, Mobile: 0966 860 Biodanza - 0979 594 330 / email: 896, GintyM@seedco.co.zm or Len Ware 095- 643/ 0977 860 643 or contact Nadia firstname.lastname@example.org / 580-1954, email@example.com or Andy directly at 0977 774 356. For any www.biodanza.co.za/zambia Legg 0966-858-733, firstname.lastname@example.org. The Sunday emergencies and out of ofﬁce hour’s 6:30 - Running group. Contact Debi Philpot at Road Bikers group is a recognized section of the Lusaka Motor Cycle Club. travel requirements, please contact: email@example.com Molly Care at firstname.lastname@example.org Martial Arts for Children and Adults – 0977- or Mobile +260 966 /977 860643/ Alcoholics Anonymous – Meets every Tuesday 783-537 and Friday. Tuesday from 12:30 pm to 1:30 966 860 642. NHL Club – street hockey – Mike 0977-376- pm at Kara Counseling Resource Center, Bu- 450 kavu Road, Thorn Park. Friday from 5:30 pm NEW HOURS FOR AMCA: After our to 6:30 pm at Kalemba Hall, St. Ignatius Power Yoga – 097-779-0825, 0977-789-680 "AMCA Hours Survey", most of you Church. Info: 0977-400-633 or 095-400-926 Tennis – Lusaka Club – 0977-964-121, voted for option B. This means we will Biodanza, will reconnect you with joy through email@example.com open the following hours: fabulous music, non-choreopgraphed move- Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Mondays: 9:00am - 1:00pm; 3:00pm - ment and emotion. Biodanza is about feeling Society of Zambia (WECSZ) – Meets once a 6:00pm the fullness of every moment and awakening month for ecological talks and lectures led by our passion for life. It works by opening your Tuesdays: 9:00am - 1:00pm experienced conservationists – 251-630, sense of joy, self-esteem and self-confidence, Wednesdays: 9:00am - 1:00pm; which matures with regular classes. Adult firstname.lastname@example.org 3:00pm - 6:00pm classes every Thursday evening at 7pm in Long Zambia Basketball Association – mini basket- Thursdays: 9:00am - 1:00pm Acres. Youth classes (6 to 12 yrs) Moms/Dads ball skills for children between 5 and 13 – Fridays: 9:00am - 4:00pm & classes (babies to 5 yrs) every second Sat- Mwembe Kaona 0966-752-797 urday at 10am and 3pm respectively. Call We will start working on these new Michelle at 0979 594 330 / email: Zambia Ornithological Society – meets once a hours starting on Wednesday, August email@example.com / month for a bird walk in the countryside. 20th, 2008. www.biodanza.co.za/zambia for more info. Guida Bell-Cross 235-949, www.wattledcrane.com Chilanga Hackers Golf Society – Peter Mani- DANCE CLASSES: Anyone interested in bach 290-818 or Kevin Birch 09777-790-900 Zambia Tae-Kwon-Do Association – 254-090 forming a dance group (salsa, ball- Zambia Universal Skydiving Club – learn to room, tango, etc) please contact the skydive. Dave 0966-860-306, Julius 0977- CLO. Lusakac@state.gov. 791-256, Gary 0977-337-153 KACHERELUSAKA@YAHOO.COM Page 4 VOLUME XXVII, ISSUE 33 AUGUST 21 - AUGUST 27, 2008 ALL EFMS: The CLO ofﬁce is compil- ing emergency contact information on all of our EFMs at post. Over the years the forms have changed drastically, so we are missing some vital information. Could each individual please send the following information to LUSAKAC@STATE.GOV: Children at Post: Name Dear Colleagues, Grade Out of respect for the passing of President Mwanawasa, School Address here in Zambia(not the pouch) this Friday’s Fiesta Night at the Marine House has been Home Phone Number postponed until further notice. The event will be re- Primary Emergency Contact: This is an individual which you would contact if scheduled at a later date. you ever needed to be evacuated Name Phone Number Address Alternate Emergency Contact: Name Phone Number Address This in no way means that we are go- ing to be evacuated. This is a routine process of obtaining information neces- sary for our ofﬁce. Thank you for your help. HORSE RIDING: This Friday there will be a horse riding group starting at Tro- tover for adults. If any of you are in- terested in joining, sign up with the CLO. FIESTA NIGHT: POSTPONED. CULTURAL DINNER DANCE & ART EX- HIBITION: Sample Zambian traditional dishes, dance the nights away, and socialize with key Zambian personali- ties at this year’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Cultural Dinner Dance on AUG 22 at Sandy’s Creations. Tickets & info from Sandra Ndima 0977 78999 or 211-226115. Munda Wanga Botanical Gardens: Saturday, AUG 23rd – Kachere Art Farewell There will be a farewell for the Mabazza family on August 22 from 11:00 to 12:00 in the conference room. We invite everyone to come by and bring snacks to share. -CLO KACHERELUSAKA@YAHOO.COM Page 5 VOLUME XXVII, ISSUE 33 AUGUST 21 - AUGUST 27, 2008 Gallery wine & cheese tasting. Sunday, AUG 24th – Jazz in the Park - Several Zambian Jazz musicians performing in the Botanical Gardens. Info 278456/ 614 0r 0977-790883. LUSAKA & DISTRICT KENNEL CLUB: Saturday, AUG 30th – Kennel Associa- tion of Zambia 31st All Breeds Cham- pionship Dog Show. Sunday, AUG 31st Lusaka & District Kennel Club 55th All Breeds Championship Dog ShoW. If you own a pedigree dog – why not enter! Info from 260081. CONCERT: The Youth Group in my church (New Apostolic) will be present- ing a Musical Concert at National Sports Development Center (NASDEC), next to Sunset Stadium (Off Thabo Mbeki Rd.) on August 31st, 2008 at 15hrs. The presentation will include Classic, Church and some Local compositions. I have some tickets (K20, 000) with me for anyone inter- ested. All questions may be directed to me. Agrippa - amatamaA@state.gov. CRAFT EXHIBIT: The Embassy’s Small Grants Ofﬁce will feature crafts and products currently produced by Zam- bian grantees at a small exhibition in the embassy conference room (next to the gas pumps), including the Ziko cook stove. USAID vendors will also be there, and products will be for sale and/or order. More information will be available closer to the September 3 date. Special Needs Education Allowance Children who receive the Special Needs Education Allowance are funded from 1 Sept to 31 Aug of each year. Renewals have to be requested by the employee/ parent. If you have a child who receives funds under this allow- ance you have to apply for re- newal by contacting Don Tartasky at firstname.lastname@example.org. KACHERELUSAKA@YAHOO.COM Page 6 VOLUME XXVII, ISSUE 33 AUGUST 21 - AUGUST 27, 2008 classifieds Submit ads to email@example.com by noon on Tuesday. Ads will run for three issues and can be renewed. If the ad is obsolete before the three issues are up, please notify the editor as soon as possible. Thanks! crate (small/med) with bedding AUTOMOBILES (K200,000), Train board -Thomas the Weather Forecast Tank Engine (K175,000), Kid's Plastic Kitchen set with accessories (K300,000), day conditions high/low FIRST NOTICE 2005 Land Rover De- Ladies long rain/trench coat Thurs SUNNY 79°/53° fender 110: Diesel 300 TDI Engine, air (K150,000), Men's windbreaker jacket Fri SUNNY 79°/50° conditioning, custom leather exmoor trim (K75,000), Land Rover Defender spare Sat SUNNY 80°/50° and trakkers seating for seven (including parts almost new: 2 front seats Sun SUNNY 80°/50° two forward-facing folding third row (K350,000 each), 1 center front seat Mon SUNNY 80°/50° seats), Alpine stereo system (6 speakers (K300,000), 2 rear bench seats Tues SUNNY 82°/51° and subwoofer), Benbar bull bars and (K200,000 each), 1 single rear seat overhead luggage rack w/ladder, 5 BF (K300,000), 1 double rear seat Wed SUNNY 83°/53° Goodrich Mud-Terrain tires and alloy (350,000) Call: 0966-594-337 wheels (w/locking lugs), 1 Michelin XCR 7.5x16 and steel wheel spare on over- THIRD NOTICE Two 250GB External head luggage rack, Safari Snorkel, Ad- Hard drives WD Passport pocket sized ditional interior rubber mats for noise (one used, one new still in package), reduction, Alarm/auto door locks, Pur- one thumb (jump) drive 1GB (used) and chased Duty Free (duty must be paid by one thumb drive 4GB BRAND NEW. working and trustworthy. Please con- non-diplomatic buyers) Available mid- Call 0955/0977489667 for details. tact Helen at 0976-153-861. October 2008. U.S. $42,000. Call: SECOND NOTICE Ms. Selita Chungu is 0966-594-337 MISC an excellent cook and housekeeper. She FIRST NOTICE Lady driven Mercedes follows recipes very well and is a hard Benz Saloon car, 1999 model A class worker. She's available anytime so 160. Price negotiable contact Charity on FIRST NOTICE Threading available! If please contact her directly at +260-0977-138408. anyone is interested of getting their eye- 0979498191 for an interview. brows or full face threaded, please call SECOND NOTICE Immaculate Light 097 664 5369 to make an appointment. green 4X4 Toyota RAV4, 1995 model, 5 RECOMMENDATIONS doors, manual transmission, sun-roof, ABS, airbag. Call 0977-812001 or STAFF 0977-748264. SECOND NOTICE LAWS (Lusaka Ani- mal Welfare Society) has dogs and pup- FIRST NOTICE Chrispine Shawba is an pies looking for warm, friendly homes. If FOR SALE excellent gardener who has kept our you’d like to gain a dependable and yard looking incredibly neat and well loyal friend, contact Sue at manicured as well as taking good care 096.664.76.45. FIRST NOTICE Brand new Deuter Kid of our pool and growing a large garden Comfort 111 Child Carrier - USD $249. overﬂowing with tomatoes, cabbages, THIRD NOTICE CHIMINEAs: I’ve found Carry your newborn to toddler in this greens, onions and more. Chrispine has “the” outﬁt I’ve been looking for in Lu- stylish back pack carrier- Max weight of been honest and reliable and will be saka . They are called “African Ceram- 48.5 lb. It adjusts quickly to ﬁt parents available to work in September. Anyone ics” and are located in the YMCA com- torso length and child’s height. Has a who is interested may phone James pound (downhill from UTH). They will ﬁve point harness system, central tension- Wholters at 0966864016 or 250-955 make “chimineas” (outdoor heaters ﬁred ing system and much more. Also, new Ext. 2304 for a reference and may ar- with charcoal or wood). Below is a pic- ear plugs for sale, each for $2.50. Con- range to see our yard at any time. ture of several to give you an idea of tact 0976645369. Chrispine's work speaks for itself. what this is all about. I had 2 made while in Kenya and used them often, SECOND NOTICE Play Station 3, SECOND NOTICE Helen is an excellent especially with company outdoors. NTSC, 40G plus all accessories for sale housekeeper who keeps our house very ZMK3,500,000 Neg. Contact: 977-703- clean with little direction. She also looks The picture (on the next page) repre- 463. after the children as the need arises. sents shape and size possibilities (and She completed the housekeeper/food these guys will customize shapes, if you SECOND NOTICE 11 Veggie Tales handler’s safety course. She is hard- want) and are the ones that were avail- NTSC VHS tapes (K30,000 for all), soc- able when I was there. The man in the cer net with cones (K100,000), dog photo with the 3 models is James, con- KACHERELUSAKA@YAHOO.COM Page 7 VOLUME XXVII, ISSUE 33 AUGUST 21 - AUGUST 27, 2008 WANTED 2008 Nominations SECOND NOTICE Got Unwanted Clothes/Shoes/Baby Items/ for Outstanding Electronics/Miscellaneous Items? Con- sider donating unwanted clothes and household items to the Onse Village at Volunteerism MGT NOTICE 077/2008 the Bauleni Street Kids Project, on Leopards Hill Road . Money raised The season has started for Department from the Community Shop and Onse of State to accept nominations for Out- Village support the school. Items of standing Volunteerism Award. AF has al- particular interest: clothing; sport ways been a leader in these nominations. shoes and equipment; electronics and The deadline for nominations for the appliances (in working condition); Secretary of State Award for Outstanding books (for children and adults); baby Volunteerism Abroad (SOSA) is September items. Please contact Dandy Manning 12, 2008. To date only 3 nominations at 097 611 0808, or from AF have been received. Last year's firstname.lastname@example.org, for more in- winner, Neil Krost from Cotonou, was an tact: 0955-102361 or 0955-810015, and formation. outstanding nominee and winner for his he seems to coordinate things. There volunteer services in a remote orphanage, seem to be about 3-4 men who work miles from Cotonou. there and they have a good sized and I’m sure we have just as many deserv- well-built kiln. ing people now as we have had in the past The 3 models shown represent, left to years that are doing amazing volunteer right in photo: possibility of adding color service that benefits the host country, or (black in photo…but could be red, yel- the American community, or providing low or any exotic color you wish.. de- service in emergencies. pending on availability), a large model The cash award has been raised to on stand (showing the idea of a stand… $3,000.00 this year and direct hire Ameri- actual could be a bit higher or more can employees and family members over properly made to ﬁt…this one, although age 18 are eligible for nomination. AF has cracked, was available and so used only always had a number of stellar nomina- for the photo and to give an idea); and tions. a third one to represent fact of wanting designs carved into the unit. The ﬁrst and Nominations should be sent via: third modes are the “small” size and the Email: email@example.com or middle, the “large”. Fax: 703-820-5421. Pricing is: 250,000K for small; There is no limit on the number of nomi- 300,000K for large…50% deposit on nations a post submits. AF/EX, the entire order…2 weeks delivery. I think these Bureau and AAFSW look forward to re- are good prices. There is an additional ceiving our nominations. cost of 25,000K for a stand made of For specific eligibilities, nomination metal, which you must specify at order criteria, and methods of nominations, time, for which there will also be a 50% please either consult the cables or contact deposit required (it is made elsewhere). the Acting Management Officer at exten- James and company can see that it is sion 2299. made for you. Finally, there is a ceramic pan made to go under the unit, for ashes (as there are generally holes put into bottom of heater). They had a number around and have been doing this for several years…just without much advertising. Just so you know that I’m not blowing smoke re:this (pun?!)I’ve ordered a small one (with painted design) and one large (no design)! You can certainly wait to see how mine turn out, etc. Please con- tact me (after I return from R&R) if you have any questions! -Richard Osmanski KACHERELUSAKA@YAHOO.COM Page 8 VOLUME XXVII, ISSUE 33 AUGUST 21 - AUGUST 27, 2008 employment MONITORING & EVALUATION COORDINATOR other of the more common epidemiologic data analysis soft- ware programs (EPIINFO, STATA, SAS, or SPSS). OPENING DATE: August 12, 2008 CLOSING DATE: August 25, 2008 A copy of the complete position description listing all duties WORK HOURS: Full time (40 hours/week) and responsibilities is available in the Human Resources Of- SALARY: Based on the Embassy’s Local Compensation Plan – fice. Please call 250-955, extensions 2284, 2286 and 23600 FSN 12 with a salary ranging from ZK 207,142,931 to ZK for more information. 325,492,499. Successful FSN candidate may start at a train- ing level of Grade 11 with a salary ranging from ZK 168, 516, 515 to ZK 264, 766, 605 for a period of 52 weeks. (FP TO APPLY: Submit application for U.S. Federal Employment (OF-612) if currently equivalent final grade to be determined by Washington) employed by the US Government or its agencies; or a current resume or curricu- lum vitae and supporting application letter; plus any other documentation (e.g., The U.S. Embassy in Zambia is seeking to hire qualified indi- essays, certificates, awards, copies of degrees earned) that addresses the quali- viduals to fill the position of M & E Coordinator in the Missions fication requirements of the position as listed above. Submit application to: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention section. American Embassy: Human Resources Office, Corner of Independence and United Nations Avenue, P.O. Box 31617, Lusaka. (T)250 955 x 2286. MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The incumbent will be responsible for shaping M&E policies and objectives, and the design, implementation, and strength- ening of routine M & E systems as well as public health evalua- PRESIDENT’S MALARIA INITIATIVE (PMI) tion and implementation research in Zambia. He/she will pro- RESIDENT ADVISOR vide technical assistance to PEPFAR partners, including Minis- A OPEN TO: LL AMERICANS LIVING IN ZAMBIA (USPSCs), try of Health (MOH), The National AIDS Council (NAC) and THIRD COUNTRY NATIONALS (TCNS), FOREIGN SERVICE other relevant Ministries to enhance their overall capacity to NATIONALS (FSNS), STATE, AID, PEACE CORPS, DAO AND monitor and evaluate Zambia's HIV/AIDS programs. The main CDC EMPLOYEES duties of the position are to supervise a team that assists part- J Subject: OB ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 08- 11 ners to plan, initiate, conduct, evaluate, and coordinate com- plex HIV/AIDS M & E. USAID/Zambia has an immediate opening for the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) Resident Advisor in the Population, REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Health and Nutrition Office. Note: All applicants are instructed to address in their Curricu- lum Vitae, each item detailed below with specific and compre- MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: hensive information supporting each requirement: The USAID President’s Malaria Initiative Resident Advisor shall •Masters level degree in public health, health management, provide leadership, guidance and overall direction on the de- evaluation or related discipline is required. velopment and execution of the PMI program in collaboration •Five years working experience in developing monitoring and with the PMI Resident Advisor from the Centers for Disease evaluation systems for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, or Control and Prevention (CDC). The USAID PMI Resident Advi- care programs is required. At least three years of this must be sor provides professional leadership in malaria that is vital to in supervising and managing M & E program staff. the achievement of USAID/Z’s goal of improving the health •Level IV (fluent) spoken and written English is required. status of Zambians. This involves the design, management and •Strong knowledge of theoretical and practical concepts of evaluation of PMI interventions that are critical elements in the monitoring and evaluation, epidemiological surveillance, and overall development plans and of crucial importance to Zam- complex survey methods is required. bia’s political and public health leaders. The Advisor is also •Thorough knowledge of the theory, principles, policies, im- responsible for conceptualizing country program health activi- plementation, and evaluation of USG supported HIV/AIDS ties and developing appropriate results expected, milestones programs. Broad perspective and thorough knowledge of the and action plans to effectively implement those activities re- principles of public health programs and practice including lated to malaria. The Advisor shall exercise independent knowledge of organizational and operational concepts and judgment in planning and carrying out tasks, will represent the practices applied by public, private, or non-profit agencies USG in technical and policy forums, and will take initiative in and organizations engaged in health related endeavors is resolving problems and conflicts. The Advisor will also per- required. form inherently governmental functions such as officially rep- •Must have demonstrated skills in qualitative and/or quantita- resenting USAID at functions, approving policy documents, tive analysis methods which may include biostatistics, qualita- managing contracts and grants, budgeting, and developing tive research design or analysis, geographic information sys- and preparing planning documents and work plans. Specifi- tems, etc. Strong skills in Excel required; skills in at least one cally, the Advisor will ensure that financial and technical re- KACHERELUSAKA@YAHOO.COM Page 9 VOLUME XXVII, ISSUE 33 AUGUST 21 - AUGUST 27, 2008 ports (e.g., the annual Malaria Operational Plan) are pre- and spreadsheet software. Full functionality in using the inter- pared and submitted as required including contributing to the net to solve problems and research information, such as USG Annual Operational Plans. and USAID regulatory guidance, best practices and latest trends relating to malaria and public health is required. The Advisor will have regular contact and collaborate with various counterparts such as the Ministry of Health (MOH)/ Qualified candidates should send a formal letter of applica- National Malaria Control Center (NMCC), the Global Fund tion, a current CV, photocopies of professional certificates, (GF), WHO, UNICEF, World Bank (WB), Malaria Control & degrees and the contact information for three professional Evaluation Partnership in Africa (MACEPA), Japan Interna- references. Please reference the above announcement num- tional Cooperation Agency (JICA), NGOs and Faith-Based ber. Organizations (FBOs) to design, plan and implement malaria prevention and control activities consistent with the strategy The Executive Officer plans of the MOH/NMCC and PMI. The incumbent shall also USAID/Zambia liaise with PMI backstops in USAID/Washington, counterparts 351 Independence Avenue in CDC/Atlanta, and USAID/Zambia personnel working within P.O. Box 32481 and overseeing the Mission’s activities related to malaria Fax: (260) 1-254532 control. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Lusaka The incumbent must also have an understanding of the social, economic and cultural determinants and implications of the Closing Date and time: August 29, 2008 at 1200 noon. epidemic in Zambia and neighboring countries, as well as have the experience and skills required to help formulate the Only short-listed candidates will be notified and provided with USG position on malaria and provide advice for important further instructions. Please note that no telephone enquiries policy decisions as a key representative of the USAID/Zambia will be entertained. Mission. The incumbent will report directly to the PHN Dep- uty Director. COMMISSARY SALES CLERK Starting Date: As soon as possible DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Immediate Supervisor: AMCA General Manager Education: A graduate degree in social science or public health and/or a medical degree with experience implementing JOB DESCRIPTION: malaria programs is required. The Sales Clerk is responsible to the AMCA General Manager for helping with all aspects of the store's operations. The Sales Prior Experience: At least 10 years of progressively responsi- Clerk will function as cashier and clerk during hours the store ble experience in designing, implementing and managing ma- is open, assist with the monthly inventory, billing and collection laria and/or other health programs in developing countries, of customers’ accounts, monitor TDY accounts including setting with a preference given to candidates with African experi- up of account, charging TDY fees and receiving of payments, ence. The incumbent must possess public health program account for all cash received from customers. The Sales Clerk management experience, plus technical expertise in the area has responsibility for the routine duties involved in the display of malaria treatment, prevention and control. of perishable and non-perishable merchandise, cleanliness, and the safety and security of all Association property under Knowledge of working: Demonstrated technical knowledge of his/her control. The Sales Clerk is also responsible for main- current theory and practice of at least one of the following taining complete and accurate records and preparing forms areas related to malaria is required: (1) Malaria case man- and month-end reports concerning store operations. The Sales agement (2) Integrated Vector Management (3) Malaria in Clerk position is based in approx. 35 hours per week. pregnancy. Knowledge and demonstrated senior-level strate- gic planning and management experience in leading malaria RESPONSIBILITIES: technical teams (especially prevention, treatment and control The Sales Clerk is charged with the responsibility to: programs) and overseeing office operations. Strong working •Conduct cashier and clerking duties at the commissary store knowledge of USAID operations, rules, regulations, proce- in a professional and businesslike manner. dures, and priorities required; previous experience working •Maintain the DVD library. directly for USAID is highly desirable. •The Sales Clerk will assist with monthly inventories, customer billing and collection. Language Proficiency: Excellent verbal and written communi- •The Sales Clerk will be responsible for maintaining complete cation skills, including presentation skills. and accurate records of DVD rentals, fuel coupons, stamps and stamps. Skills and Abilities: A minimum of ten (10) years experience, •She/He will be responsible for ordering all local purchases, with at least five (5) years residential experience in developing such as meat, cheese, flowers, etc. countries, managing public health and malaria programs. Demonstrated technical leadership, strategic planning, analyti- SPECIFIC DUTIES: cal, and programmatic and fiscal managerial skills within the •Report to work in a timely manner to ensure that the store is context of developing countries. Strong working knowledge ready to open, perform duties of cashier during hours of store of USAID or other US Government Agency programming, operation, properly close out the register after close of busi- processes, documentation, and business practices. Excellent ness, and remain until the goods are properly secure before computer skills in Windows, MS Outlook, word processing, locking up. KACHERELUSAKA@YAHOO.COM Page 10 VOLUME XXVII, ISSUE 33 AUGUST 21 - AUGUST 27, 2008 •Maintain a high standard of interpersonal skills with custom- stocks. ers, suppliers, and AMCA staff. •Prepare orders with local suppliers for weekly consumer •Ensure optimal orderliness, effective display, cleanliness, and needs. organization of store. •Supervise 2 employees (stockmen) to ensure a) correct stock •Properly record all customer account information including levels, b) that stock is sold on a first in first out basis, and c) sales, payments, travellers check commissions, DVD rentals, rotate stock as needed in order to achieve highest possible postage stamp sales and gas coupons sales. turnover rate. •Accurately record and post all customer payments of cash or checks. REQUIREMENTS: Spouse of U.S. Direct-Hire employee or •With General Manager’s approval, accurately record store USAID Contractor, who is a member of AMCA. Must be at write-offs and damaged or consumed goods. least 18 years of age. •Manage the input of accurate inventory data into the com- APPLICATION: To apply, please submit a resume to the puterized inventory control system. Assist with the periodic AMCA General Manager at the AMCA office. Please be physical inventory of stock to verify the accuracy of the com- specific when listing your computer skills and experience. puterized records. •Assist with off-loading, inventory and receiving of imported CVs must be received in the AMCA office by COB September 5, goods (4 times a year). 2008. •Receive and control of all locally purchased goods, including determining cost and sale prices as well as receiving into (From page 4) US travelers’ checks were not Played endless games of Go Fish and something you did than always wonder accepted. The couple did, Brain Teaser. Tried to keep kids from (and regret) something you didn’t do. ESCAPE TO ZANZIBAR (VIA TRAIN) however, make a travelers’ running up and down the car and Having done the train from Lusaka to check out to us. Best Advice: bothering everyone in sight. Isabella Dar, I was happy that we had airline Get your visa in advance at and I braved the shower again. DJ tickets from Dar to Lusaka. the Tanzanian Embassy in and David decided to remain stinky But I cannot deny that there is some- Lusaka (located conveniently (must be a “boy thing”). thing wonderful and magical about down the street from us). Sunday arrived and our anticipated watching the changing scenery, the Next morning, our waiter let arrival in Dar-El-Salaam at 1200 did waving children and the little villages us know that English breakfast not. Instead we had to listen to an roll by outside your window. Best Ad- would again be available and additional 9 hours of “Are we there vice: Remember that you are in Africa, we tidied up while waiting for yet?” and keep from killing (or at least, bring your patience, sense of humor, its arrival. An hour later the maiming) our children. Arrival at the snacks, wipes and TP!!! food came, but trying to pay station in Dar was interesting—again, was difficult. Once you are in very little lighting and lots of pushing Tanzania, Kwacha is no and shoving. longer accepted. The waiter Taxi drivers trying to get us into was surprised that we had not their cabs and struggling with luggage changed money at midnight, and sleepy children. Oh how we love when the train crossed the the Marine at Post One in Dar!!! After border. listening to the after-hours recording Apparently, it was not only and being told that we can only press Immigration making noise dur- one if “this is a life-or-death American ing the night; money changers Citizen emergency”, we pressed one, and Sim card vendors also explained who we were and asked for came on-board to provide a hotel recommendation and what the service to customers. The bar cost for the cab should be. He help- car had shillings and DJ fully gave us the info we needed and changed money at a terrible we were off to spend the rest of the rate. Crisis averted. Best Ad- night in a clean hotel. vice: Get some shilling at one After hot showers, we had a lovely of the exchange house in Lu- 5-hour sleep in a bed that didn’t move. saka, before getting on the Best Advice: Have the Embassy num- train. ber in your cell phone and don’t hesi- Another day of traveling, so- tate to use it. If traveling with small cializing, watching scenery children, duct tape might keep them from the train, and buying quiet. bananas and oranges from While I wouldn’t recommend the the train-side vendors. Re- train with small children, it was cer- charged the DS and DVD tainly an adventure. I am the type of player a couple of times. person that thinks it is better to regret KACHERELUSAKA@YAHOO.COM Page 11