Prodoc: Strengthening the Volunteer Management Capacity of the Southern African Student Volunteers (SASVO)(SVF-00015216)
01 July 2003

The project aims at strengthening the capacity of the Southern African Student Volunteers (SASVO) to effectively promote volunteerism for development particularly among students from tertiary institutions and in disadvantaged rural communities faced with poverty and/ or HIV/AIDS.The project will seek to support SASVO to improve its internal capacity for volunteer management, resource mobilisation and marketing. It will also assist in developing training materials in the relevant thematic areas of SASVO’s interventions i.e. agriculture, HIV/AIDS and social infrastructure with the view to improve the quality of its volunteer contribution in these areas. Furthermore, the project expects to support SASVO to raise its profile and find a niche in the implementation of UN-supported programmes in South Africa.Under the project, a mixed team of International UNV Specialists on long-term (2) and short-term assignment (4) will be assigned. A UNV Programme Adviser will help SASVO staff at HQ. and field as appropriate to gain skills in Volunteer Management, Planning, Evaluation and Monitoring. Five  UNV Specialists on short-term mission will develop/ implement training packages and strategies for SASVO’s staff and volunteers on agriculture, HIV/AIDS, marketing/ web design, resource mobilisation and social infrastructure.It is envisaged that at the end of the project, SASVO would be a recognised, efficient and self-sustaining organisation promoting volunteerism to support the development needs of South Africa. Specifically, internal capacity for volunteer management would be enhanced to internationally acceptable standards to allow SASVO provide efficient services to its clients.  Furthermore, it is expected that the profile of SASVO would increase to strengthen donor (national and international) and other partners’ confidence to attract sufficient funding to meet its operations and sustenance. Participation of SASVO in the implementation of UN-sponsored programmes/ projects in South Africa would be kick-started. Finally, project best practices would be published and disseminated nationally and globally.
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