Q&A: Staff evaluations, TBA documentation, Women's participation ...

Submitted by Aid Workers Network on February 4, 2004 - 6:15pm.

Topics included:

  • How to evaluate national staff ?
  • Traditional birth attendants
  • Encouraging women's participation
  • How to build synergies amongst projects ?
  • Starting a children's educational project
  • Training in fundraising

Can you offer any insights or pointers to useful information/contacts on these topics? Thank you.

Responses to the previous questions are summarised below. Please continue the discussions online at Aid Workers Forum or e-mail exchange@aidworkers.net.

New Questions

HOW TO EVALUATE NATIONAL STAFF?

Josée Pepin heads to Liberia this week as a logistics and administration officer of a Monrovia hospital. What resources and tools can you recommend to evaluate medical and logistics national staff, all of whom are on short-term contracts? Josée needs to do informal monthly evaluations to determine contract renewals and annual evaluations to keep on file. And what tools/guidelines can you share on how to create monthly schedules for hospital staff working on shifts? Email exchange@aidworkers.net or join the discussion online at Aid Workers Forum.

TRADITIONAL BIRTH ATTENDANTS

Anil Paranjape is a public health specialist working with traditional birth attendants in India. Anil writes, "What has troubled me is the apparent lack of literature on the subject. Could someone please suggest references?" Email exchange@aidworkers.net or join the discussion online at Aid Workers Forum.

ENCOURAGING WOMEN'S PARTICIPATION

In an area where women are mostly illiterate and not used to voicing their opinions, what methods and techniques can Dzouali use to encourage their participation? Email exchange@aidworkers.net or join the discussion online at Aid Workers Forum.

VEHICLE MANAGEMENT:

Aid Workers Network and Fritz Institute are compiling good practice resources for field logisticians and other staff responsible for vehicle management. There are some new advice pages at www.aidworkers.net/logistics/vehicle/ What additional points would you like to be covered? Email logistics@aidworkers.net with comments and suggestions.

Responses

HOW TO BUILD SYNERGIES AMONGST PROJECTS ?

It's hard to get people to work together! Jayne proposes encouraging synergy by informally sharing information. Project managers become used to collaborating instead of competing. Demonstrate that you value the information by favorably commenting on it. Nicholas warns against overloading people with too much information, while also advocating informality. Just "going to have a chat" with people should not be underestimated. Graham believes that encouraging information sharing uses the principles of good management, sharing, honesty, and synergy. Remain aware of cultural differences in your area and staff. Phillip reminds us that people sometimes allow differences in religion, race, or tribe to prevent communication. Situmar recommends several progress meetings for all the projects and then a workshop for all project staff to explore working together. Shona had collaboration problems with a food security, nutrition, and health education program in Sudan. She learned that a strategy review by all the key stakeholders of the overall objective can work to unite them. Peter sums it up nicely: remember the goal. Keep everyone focused on the common goal of bettering your clients' welfare. Continue the discussion at Aid Workers Forum.

STARTING A CHILDREN'S EDUCATIONAL PROJECT

Miguel tells us that the Jesuit Refugee Service has a unit on education projects in Africa and that UNESCO supports a group of NGOs working in the field of education in emergencies. Several others also write to recommend websites: Charles - Hope for Africa International ; Rachel - Ve'ahavta; and Graham - Interagency Network for Education in Emergencies. Continue the discussion at Aid Workers Forum.

TRAINING IN FUNDRAISING

Ruth notes that numerous institutions around the world offer training. When fundraising, she considers the values of both the funder and the implementer. Most important are a realistic proposal, a holistic approach to implementation, and efficient and effective use of funding. Jayne lists websites with online courses or lists of courses on nonprofit organizations and their management, including fundraising. Abhijit tells us of the fundraising courses and training programs run in East Asia by factsinternational.com. The Resource Alliance doesn't do training itself but organises regional workshops in east Asia and runs the annual international fundraising congress in Amsterdam. Continue the discussion online at Aid Workers Forum.

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