Lest you think I am simply sitting around eating ugali (corn mush) and sipping Konyagi (local gin), I’m posting the job description that Polly and I agreed to this week. There are a lot of different tasks I’ll be working on in the next year and I’m sure more will pop up but this is already a pretty full slate. It’s a lot of work to run a good organization, especially in a challenging environment like TZ, and Sega is fairly understaffed right now so volunteers have plenty to do. Even though it’s the weekend and Friday was a Muslim holiday, I worked several hours on Friday and am working right now on a Sunday morning trying to get the financials for our poultry business sorted out so they can be shown to the chair of the board who will be here this week.
Not much of my job has me working directly with the girls, however, so I am also teaching swimming once a week. We take a bus to the Morogoro International School because they have a pool and the girls are incredibly enthusiastic. Few, if any, have ever been in a pool before although some have been in rivers so are more comfortable going under water. Swimming is not a skill many Africans possess!
While I am having difficulty getting across the idea of kicking with straight legs and keeping arms from going all akimbo, it is a fun way to interact with them and many are starting to catch on. I always enjoy it and am thrilled to have the opportunity to cool down.
Job Description for April Gilbert for 2013
R1) Leadership Program Documentation: Responsible for reviewing and summarizing the existing Leadership and Life Skills Program:
• Review and orient to all of the existing activities within the “Life Skills Program” at SEGA, assessing which ones are at the core of the program, and warrant being documented as part of the program.
• Create a summary sheet with a visual diagram, explaining the main components to outside audience (donors, NGOs, schools, NM and SEGA Boards).
• Ensure sources for materials used are clearly cited.
• Edit, re-organize, condense, or re-conceptualize as needed, in consultation with Director, VSO and Counselor as appropriate.
R2) Organizational Assessment: Through interviews with Sega staff and board members, provide organizational assessment with suggestions for improved management and governance:
- Interview Sega staff and board in TZ and, possibly, NM board via phone to collect a broad perspective on what is working well and where challenges are.
- Write up findings in form of an organizational assessment that will assist SEGA and Nurturing Minds to strengthen SEGA.
- Provide on-call organizational consulting to headmistress and any other staff who request it on an as-needed basis.
R3) Poultry Business Consultant and Chairperson
- Call and oversee bi-weekly poultry business team meetings.
- Ensure agendas and minutes are produced for each meeting.
- Ensure bi-weekly business reports and up to date financials are maintained by poultry business manager.
- Build capacity of poultry business manager to ensure that revenue and expense numbers are kept and reported accurately and by improving his Excel skills for financial reporting.
R4) Business Plan Development: Responsible for assessing viability of and developing business plans for a) Hotel and b) associated Tourism Services for guests at SEGA and c) Kiswahili, English or other Adult Learning Center:
• Form and Chair a Committee, leading the process of business plan development through a team of people including the SEGA Entrepreneurship Teacher, SEGA Director, Fundacion Paraguaya representative and 1 other SEGA Teacher to be identified.
• Working closely with Entrepreneurship Teacher, collect information necessary for informing business plan development
• Visit language school in USA River to see their center, gaining ideas
• Ensure ownership and buy-in of other SEGA members, through their participation in the committee and follow-up activities
• Integral to assessing viability and to each business plan will be Learning By Doing approach and profitability.
• Share progress regularly with, and gain input of, Nurturing Minds Chair and SEGA Board, in collaboration with SEGA Director, through attending board meetings of phone calls upon request
R5) Entrepreneurship Curriculum Development: Responsible for supporting the Entrepreneurship Teacher to develop an experiential Entrepreneurship Program for Forms I, III, and IV at SEGA:
• Through commenting on written documents, observation of Entrepreneurship classes and follow-up discussions, support SEGA’s Entrepreneurship Teacher to make the Entrepreneurship Curriculum more experiential, and integrated with real life activities such as is done in the current Business Clubs model.
• Work with FP (Melissa) and Geoffrey to ensure the Entrepreneurship Curriculum and Business Clubs curriculum become one curriculum, spanning Forms III and IV.
• Research existing curricula (Aflatoun, Junior Achievement) and adapt/develop a “personal finance” module for Form I students to ensure girls learn personal money management. Link concepts of family size and planning children to the personal economy concept.
R6) Transactional Sex Module:
• Get up to speed on subject of transactional sex among young women in Tanzania and East Africa.
• Collaborate with Laura of University of Minnesota and Ana of Sega, at a minimum.
• Develop an experiential learning module on the subject that includes a discussion of transactional sex, its dangers, alternatives to it, and relevant negotiations techniques.
• Find guest speakers to discuss personal experiences, approaches, or research.
• Use role-plays and case studies to create experiential learning environment. Include workshops with boys or young men so that role-playing is more realistic.