Strengthening the Capacity of National Volunteer Infrastructure for HIV and AIDS Response In Swaziland

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2020, Swaziland
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
10/2016
Completion Date:
12/2016
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
6,000

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Title Strengthening the Capacity of National Volunteer Infrastructure for HIV and AIDS Response In Swaziland
Atlas Project Number: 46064
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020, Swaziland
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2016
Planned End Date: 10/2016
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 3.3. National institutions, systems, laws and policies strengthened for equitable, accountable and effective delivery of HIV and related services
Evaluation Budget(US $): 6,000
Source of Funding: UNDP
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 6,000
Joint Programme: Yes
Mandatory Evaluation: No
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with UN Agencies
  • Joint with United Nations Volunteer
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Swaziland Government NERCHA and CANGO
Countries: SWAZILAND
Lessons
1.

The engagement of UNVs depended on the mandate of each organization which in itself is not a problem. However, there is a need to develop generic TORs for CSOs and UNVs which could improve the effectiveness of the program. CSOs also need to set minimum requirements in terms of the calibre of volunteers required including their skills and qualifications
b. Volunteerism should not be confined to 12 months but also consider 3 months especially to accommodate professionals who could add more value to the operations of CSOs.
c. A minimum training on volunteerism needed. Establishment of an induction program on volunteerism would be a step in the right direction as it would inculcate the culture of ‘serving others’ with less emphasis on size of remuneration/compensation.
d. There is a need to further explore community based volunteerism as this would create opportunities for volunteerism to grow.
e. The youth need to learn basic life skills to become more effective
f. It is difficult to attract and retain professional volunteers in Swaziland- maybe due to the size of the labour market and existence of a variety of skills
g. There is a need to explore the involvement of the private sector where similar programs have been implemented successfully e.g. RSSC. Also recognizing that some private sector companies have for a long time implemented internship programs with huge success.


Findings
Recommendations
1
  1. Institutions supporting volunteers need to be strengthened to function better. It might be worthwhile to develop an institutional development program that would assist CSOs to develop sustainable systems so that they are better positioned to take advantage of initiatives that are similar to the UNV project
2
  1. Graduates have to be balanced with professional volunteers to create an extensive, multi-skilled pool of expertise. Young  people become a burden  to the benefiting organization if they are inexperienced 
3

1. There is need to consider establishing a National Service for school leavers that would present young people an opportunity to experience life and make choices. This could also be used as an incentive to access tertiary education. 

4

PHLIV organizations benefitted minimally from the project. Volunteers placed with SWANEPPHA were not engaged optimally as there was no staff to mentor them. As such there is a need for their increased involvement.

5

Employees of organizations participating in the volunteerism program need to be properly informed and made aware that a volunteer will be joining so that they exhibit positive attitudes towards the volunteers.  

6

The organization in-charge for the voluntary scheme should also monitor/follow up on the volunteers even after the voluntary period has finished to ensure that volunteers do eventually get better job opportunities

1. Recommendation:
  1. Institutions supporting volunteers need to be strengthened to function better. It might be worthwhile to develop an institutional development program that would assist CSOs to develop sustainable systems so that they are better positioned to take advantage of initiatives that are similar to the UNV project
Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/19]

Discussions to be Held with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and Ministry of Education on the establishment of a systematic national Programme for National Volunteer Programme. The Government will be further supported with the development of a policy on National Volunteerism. 

Key Actions:

2. Recommendation:
  1. Graduates have to be balanced with professional volunteers to create an extensive, multi-skilled pool of expertise. Young  people become a burden  to the benefiting organization if they are inexperienced 
Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/19]

Capacity Assessment of receiving organisation need to be undertaken to ensure that organisations allocate time for strengthning capacity of the National Volunteer at workplace. The view is to provide oppportunity for the National Volunteers to gain work experience so their are employable. 

Key Actions:

3. Recommendation:

1. There is need to consider establishing a National Service for school leavers that would present young people an opportunity to experience life and make choices. This could also be used as an incentive to access tertiary education. 

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/19]

UNDP will continue to advocate for the establishment of a National Volunteer Programme driven by the Ministrry of Labour and Social Security. 

Key Actions:

4. Recommendation:

PHLIV organizations benefitted minimally from the project. Volunteers placed with SWANEPPHA were not engaged optimally as there was no staff to mentor them. As such there is a need for their increased involvement.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/19]

Monitoring for National Volunteers to be strengthened for the effectiveness of the programme. 

Key Actions:

5. Recommendation:

Employees of organizations participating in the volunteerism program need to be properly informed and made aware that a volunteer will be joining so that they exhibit positive attitudes towards the volunteers.  

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/19]

Capacity assessments need to be undertaken to ensure that the receiving organisation is ready and prepared for the mentorship of the National Volunteer for the success of the programme. 

Key Actions:

6. Recommendation:

The organization in-charge for the voluntary scheme should also monitor/follow up on the volunteers even after the voluntary period has finished to ensure that volunteers do eventually get better job opportunities

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/19]

A systematic approach for the monitoring of the National Volunteer programme and post placement of the National Volunteer should be established by the managing organisation to be able to document success stories and lessons learned on the programme or placement. 

Key Actions:

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