Develop a Resource Mobilization Strategy for an NGO


Open to Botswana RPCVs only

Activity/project background

WAR has a 25 year history in the area of gender based violence prevention and response and has been supported by many donors and funders. The activities have been implemented in communities with the community members and village leadership. The activities have also been held in government institutions including schools, social services, police, civil society organizations and faith based organizations. WAR has carried out several research projects in the area of gender based violence and piloted programs on behalf of the Gender Affairs Department and Ministry of Health and Wellness. WAR has published 3 books with secondary school students in Botswana and are in the process of making audio books out of these publications.

Despite these efforts, the great work that WAR is doing is not visible to the world at large and this contributes to limited publicity and support for the organization. The organization frequently has to operate sub-optimally due to limited resources, as possible collaborators and funders do not have a full appreciation of the work that WAR does. There is a staff member who is responsible for IT and M&E who needs capacity building and support to upload the data and information from the program officers. The officer needs skills in turning data into social media-friendly infographics and short narratives to update the website or engage with followers on Facebook and twitter posts. This skill and ability will makes the organization visible to current and potential clients and supporters, hence this request for a Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP).

The mission is achieved through coordinated action between our four main program area:
• Support
• Education
• Research and
• Advocacy

Resource mobilization falls primarily in the purview of the Executive Director (ED). The VSPP will support their capacity to develop a resource mobilization strategy, already identified in the strategic plan, in order to more effectively leverage opportunities to build a more sustainable organization.

Virtual service engagement and tasks

The VSPP will engage in the following tasks:
1. Develop and support a Resource Mobilization Strategy
• Co-develop (with the Executive Director) a case statement for WAR that will form part of the resource mobilization package when seeking resources from funders and donors. This will be done by the end of the first month of engagement
• Identify organizations that share the mandate of WAR for collaboration and partnering in resource mobilization and organizational learning possibilities. This will be an ongoing activity during the 6 months of engagement
• Co-develop a resource mobilization strategy for WAR by the end of the six months based on the above tasks and any other relevant resources for NGO fund development
• Research possible funders that are aligned with the WAR mandate as per their strategic plans. This will be done in month two
• Co-develop proposals (with the ED) for resourcing WAR – this will be done in month 3 to 6

2. Support the IT /M&E officer on Communication Strategy and Social Media skills building
• Collaborate with the IT Officer/counterpart to develop a social media enterprise
• Assist the counterpart to produce monthly reports on the responses and activities on WAR social media outlets
• Collaborate with the IT Officer/counterpart to update the WAR website on a monthly basis with significant events that were held during the month
• Collaborate with the counterpart to post weekly messages on WAR social media outlets on weekly activities as well as to respond to any questions or clarity needed. This will be done on Monday and reviewed on Friday of every week
• Assist with finding relevant and additional information to post on WAR website and social media outlets

This engagement is expected to be approximately 24 weeks. VSPPs are expected to engage on the tasks listed above for an estimated 5-15 hours per week.

The VSPP will have a weekly check-in with their counterpart through emails, zoom calls, Whatsapp communication as agreed upon between the two and initiated by the counterpart. The check ins will be arranged at a suitable time to both considering the different time zones and work schedules. There will also be a bi-weekly check in with Peace Corps staff.

Per the Child Protection Code of Conduct, when engaging online with minors (0-18), two adults must be present.

Optional additional activities

The Peace Corps mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Goal 1 will be achieved through the VSPP's engagement and completion of the above tasks. The counterpart and VSPP may also choose to identify an activity that aligns with Goal 2. Additionally, the VSPP may identify a Goal 3 activity to implement during their engagement. See recommendations and tools for Goal 3 activities.

Essential qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree in developmental studies, business development and management or related field.

Technical Skills: Good written communication skills

• At least 2 years’ experience working in resource mobilization development, (which may include building the asset base and social capital of the organization in financial and and human capital) organizational development, or change management especially for civil society organizations/not-for-profit organizations
• Work experience in the IT environment and possession of skills and knowledge in website upgrade or management, social media management and implementation

Intercultural skills and motivation: Flexible, strong cross-cultural agility, high tolerance for ambiguity, able to work independently, resourceful, creative, and genuinely motivated and capable to serve virtually

Desired qualifications

• Master’s degree in development studies, business management and development or related
• Marketing graduate student with strong interest in organizational branding and profiling

Technical Skills: Familiarity with virtual engagement and communication

• 2-4 years of experience in organizational development, change management, finance and added skills in information technology
• Experience in profiling an organization, including concept note development, proposal writing, project management, report writing or events management/marketing, (Planning, coordination, invitation marketing and publicity)

Partner background

Name: Women Against Rape Trust (WAR)

Type of entity: Local NGO

Mission and goals:

The vision of Women Against Rape is a Ngamiland that is free of any form of gender based violence. The Mission of WAR is to promote gender equality, prevent and respond to gender based violence through public education, advocacy, research, and survivor support.

The goals of WAR are:
1. To improve the effectiveness of our GBV survivor Support Services
2. To increase communities’ understanding of and take action on GBV issues and strengthen local activism to advocate for equitable laws on GBV survivors, women and children
3. To conduct and support research related to GBV, women and children in Botswana
4. To resource mobilize for all needs of the organization and deliver on the strategic plan of the organization

Terms and conditions of engagement

VSPPs will be engaging with the host country partner, in coordination with Peace Corps post staff, remotely from the US. They should have access to a computer, internet, and telephone in order to enable direct engagement with the Peace Corps overseas office and the Host Country Counterpart assigned by the host country partner.

Orientation with the host country partner will be provided, within the designated virtual service hours, during the first week of virtual service via an online presentation and discussion. The host country partner will provide an overview of its organization, the local context, and how they envision collaborating with the VSPP.

The VSPP will have regular check-ins with their counterpart and bi-weekly check-ins with Peace Corps staff. Spending unstructured time with counterparts can be critical to relationship-building and is encouraged through activities such as coffee chats and informal calls within the weekly 5-15 hours.

Engagement-specific safety and security

The VSPP will receive an orientation on Peace Corps’ Child Protection Policy and how it relates to online engagement along with IT security best practices. The VSPP will be expected to follow safety and security guidelines for online engagement to ensure their safety and that of the Host Country Partner and their counterpart, and any beneficiaries of the engagement.

Supervision requirements

The VSPP will report to a designated Peace Corps staff member. The VSPP will be expected to abide by the Virtual Service Pilot Participant and Donation Agreement and Participant Principles of Engagement. The VSPP will also be expected to check in with the designated host country counterpart as assigned by the host county partner.

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