Name: Capacity Building of the Programme of Support for OVC Partners in OVC Programming and Strategic Planning
Year: 2007- 2008
Client: UNICEF
Country: Zimbabwe
Background: The number of orphans steadily increased since the early 1990s, reaching an estimated peak of 1,008,542 total AIDS orphans in 2006 before decreasing to 975,956 orphans in 2007[1]. In response to this crisis, the Government of Zimbabwe endorsed the urgent need for coordinated, expanded interventions to strengthen existing work being undertaken by government ministries, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), community-based organisations (CBOs), faith-based organisations (FBOs) and United Nations (UN) agencies.  With support from the Social Services Action Committee of the Cabinet (SSACC), (now called the Cabinet Committee on Poverty Eradication and Social Services Delivery (PESSA), a national stakeholders’ conference was held in Harare in June 2003 to widen the consultative process and secure broad-based support for a National Action Plan (NAP) for Orphans and other Vulnerable Children (OVC).

The NAP for OVC for Zimbabwe seeks to prioritize and address the urgent issues facing OVC, their families, and communities.  In 2006 a programme of support was put in place to serve two objectives namely firstly to mobilize increased, more predictable funding for the NAP for OVC; secondly to ensure that funds are channeled down to communities, families and children, where they are most needed. With this came a clear recognition that human capacity is essential for effective implementation of the Programme of Support and in early 2007, a capacity assessment exercise was undertaken for 25 organizations. The results of the capacity assessment exercise revealed various and wide-ranging capacity gaps among the organizations. To help enable both the organizations to meet their service delivery targets and sustain critical support to OVC, the PoS initiated the development of a capacity development agenda in November 2007.

Objectives: To strengthen the capacity of partner organisation in the development of strategic plans, UNICEF sought a team of consultants to:

  • Develop adaptable model training manuals on strategic planning
  • Identify and compile key strategic planning tool kits
  • Provide training of trainers for 26 NGOs and 100 sub-grantees on strategic plan development
  • Identify best practices in strategic plan development and utilisation among the partner organisations and create inter-partner learning linkages
  • Review available resource materials on Strategic Planning
  • Update, merge or develop a training manual, and a practice tool kits in strategic planning
  • Carry out training of trainers.
Special Recognition: Provided a joint certificate of appreciation for the capacity building in strategic planning