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UNDUGU SOCIETY OF KENYA

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Human Resources Rationalization

In order to deliver on the institutional development program, Undugu will carry out a human resource rationalization process to achieve an apt alignment of its human resources with the business needs of the organization. The best competencies and capabilities will have to be deployed where they are most useful and where the organization can optimize on their contribution. The Undugu human resource management policy and procedures will be reviewed, and there will be emphasis on consistent use of good management tools to build a best practice management culture. A performance management plan will be developed and used to appraise all staff and board members on an annual basis and the appraisal results will further inform capacity needs and interventions. The organization will develop a board and staff development policy and implement it consistently to achieve the highest levels of human resource capacity at the governance, management and staff levels. Undugu will seek to strictly comply with all statutory and regulatory obligations and be responsive to society as a responsible corporate

Sustainability

Undugu will rigorously seek to develop a reliable and diversified financial resource base. This will be achieved through development and execution of a comprehensive resource mobilization strategy that will be subject to annual reviews and planning. Undugu recognizes the importance of public profiling in the sustainability of the organization. Through the period of this strategic plan, specific attention will be paid to profiling of the institution, its achievements and its ongoing work. Resources will specifically be allocated to organizational profiling of Undugu. To support this and other aspects of the organization, a communication and information management strategy will be developed and implemented. It will provide the guide on how the organization will optimize on access to and use of ICTs to enhance its goals and profile. Sustainability is also about assets. Undugu will therefore prioritize the development and execution of an asset management policy and plan. The board of directors and board of trustees will play a central and lead role on this. The asset management strategy and plan will be supported by a risk management policy and strategy that will also be developed and implemented. Develop an oversight mechanism across the board to facilitate organizational development.

Quality Control

Undugu will institute a quality control mechanism in its education and vocational skills training programs and activities. The quality control will apply to the curriculum the vocational skills courses and the providers of the training. There will be particular emphasis on selection of trainers with good track records and demonstrated willingness in regular upgrade of their skills and the capacity of their training facilities. Undugu will consult with trainers, relevant government agencies and departments, and other actors in provision of vocational skills to ensure that it provides courses that reflect the needs of the market. Networking and collaboration will therefore be a valued strategy for Undugu’s programs and activities. Provision of life skills, especially for teenagers, on self esteem, early pregnancies, human anatomy, healthy habits and responsible citizenship will be incorporated into Undugu’s approaches to working with young men and women.

Vocational Skills Training

The vocational skills training will be redesigned to include: apprenticeship training, community based training, modular training and entrepreneurship training. The training curricula for the various courses will be revised accordingly. Undugu will leverage contacts and relationships built through networking and collaboration to link trainees graduating from its courses with Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs)as part of support for entrepreneurship development. The skills training program will also seek active partnership and collaboration with the Ministry responsible for Youth Affairs and the Youth Enterprise Development Fund to help promote youth entrepreneurship. Undugu will also pursue private sector partnerships for internship opportunities for graduates of the skills training program. Undugu will continue to actively seek sponsorship and scholarships for children graduating from its non-formal schools to continue with their education in formal secondary schools. Helping children to transit from the non-formal system to the formal system through the national examinations certification will continue to be an important strategy in Undugu’s support to marginalized children. Children under Undugu’s programs will be equipped with life skills in a systematic way as part of their development processes. Undugu will seek relevant partnership with other stakeholders for the design and implementation of a teacher capacity building program on a regular and needs basis. Similarly, the artisans who participate in the vocational skills training will benefit from regular capacity building, while for trainees effort will be made to secure adequate training tools for them. Program staff will encourage and facilitate formation of Alumni Associations for follow up and mentorship of the vocational skills graduates, as well as for follow ups to assess the progress beyond the training.
Local communities that host non formal schools and vocational training facilities will be educated on children’s rights and organized through the self help groups and other relevant models in order to improve their rights’ awareness as well as their socio-economic status as part of sustainable support for the marginalized children and youth. Undugu will play a more active advocacy role on children’s and young people’s rights. It will actively participate in joint civil society and other processes that champion the rights of children and youth in order to contribute to a secure environment for their development. Undugu will also continue to mobilize and organize communities and educate them on their given rights and as enshrined on the national constitution, in order for them to be better placed to demand and work for secure and decent livelihoods that will provide a healthy environment for the development of children and youth.

Children-a priority

Under the rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration program, Undugu will continue to identify and prioritize children in need of care and protection in order to get them away from the streets. It will institutionalize the “Transformation through the Association” models for children and youth willing to quit the streets, and consolidate gains from these models with family therapy approaches like counseling and mentorship to help create receptive family settings and aid in integration andreintegration. Undugu still considers reintegration of children from the street into their own families as one of the most sustainable approaches to getting them off the streets. Beyond individual families, Undugu will seek the collaboration of local communities by sensitizing them on issues of children and youth on the street and how best to support them. Undugu staff will continue to engage in continuous street work and careful assessment of individual cases for rescue and shelter at the Undugu Place of Safety in Kitengela. Besides Undugu’s Place of Safety, staff will continue to use the referral system to other actors that have the relevant facilities and services for deserving children.
Lobbying and Advocacy Undugu recognizes that responding to felt needs need to go hand in hand with advancing the strategic interests of its stakeholders: effective development work addresses the root causes of problems, not their symptoms. Undugu will therefore harness experiences and lessons from its work to feed into larger processes that contribute towards its vision and strategic goals. Lobbying and advocacy will therefore be integral parts of its strategy. During the plan period, every member of staff will be encouraged to identify advocacy issues relating to their work. With the coordination of the Advocacy Office, Undugu will incorporate rights-based approaches in its work and seek to empower right holders to state and claim their rights. Undugu’s leadership will identify policy-related issues and lobby for changes in policy or implementation of policy as a way of advancing the organization’s goals.