While the story of decreasing funding resonates with all in the NGO sector, the traditional funding landscape for NGOs and CSOs has undergone drastic changes which have brought about a reduction in funding. The latest change in Kenya’s economic status to a middle-income economy has further reduced the already diminishing funding.
The ever-mounting debts, rising operation costs and the inability of some NGOs to bankroll the same level of work as they used to just worsen the situation. The levels of flexibility in project execution have equally been affected and decreased tremendously.
With this tough time, how does one prepare their staff if the tooth comes to nail and you have to close shop? Recently an international NGO operating in Kenyan hanged their boots in doing business in Kenya and they ensured that their staffs were adequately prepared for the transition. As an employer, you will need to initiate some cost-cutting measures as you prepare your staff on the organization closure.
How do you prepare your staff for end of funding
CV writing training
Your staff has been implementing projects for three or five years and they have accomplished so much through their expected deliverables. As they transition into the job search market, it’s advisable to equip them with CV writing training to help them get better visibility among employers.
Despite having the right qualifications and experience that recruiters seek, many job seekers are known to fail to get interview calls for the same positions. CVs being what reaches the recruiters before the candidate may be the fault for the negative results. Let them leave with an experience that will see them get that dream job within the shortest period.
Having been out if the interview field for more than three years calls for refresher professional interview coaching as the job market keeps evolving. When looking for a new job after a long period of time calls for practice and preparation to sharpen one’s skill level.
Professional interview coaching can make the difference between getting that desired job and rejection. Other benefits associated with interview coaching include; one is able to get constructive feedback in a low-stress environment, boost one’s confidence and help prepare for behavior-based interview questions.
Your staff has invested time and resources for many years with your organization to which they have amassed some wealth. Transitions are never easy and there is a need to have your staff financial backing as they transit into the next phase.
Equipping them with different avenues of financial planning ensures that they are better placed as they leave the organization with added information on their financial sustainability execution.
Job search skills
Today’s job search has gone a notch higher and job seekers need to keep abreast with the new strides. As things are winding up in your organization, capacity builds your staff with job search skills to ensure their success after the transition. Job search skills should entail areas they can tap into as they transition.
Proper communication and prior notice are key to the success of the above options. Your staff has given so much over the years to the success of the organization and it is advised to release them when fully equipped with the necessary tools for growth. Ensure that all is done in accordance with the Kenya labor laws to avoid legal consequences.
The Writer is a Communications Officer at Corporate Staffing Services. Please reach her on email@example.com