The Organisational Development Department exists to strengthen the organisational capacity for effective and efficient implementation of programmes. Its focus is placed on increasing the effectiveness and viability of KRCS through improved capacity of its eight Regions and 64 Branches to handle internal and external functioning and strategic relationships. In 2012, a number of challenges that will impact the work of the department are anticipated. These challenges include the constitutional reforms that have resulted in changing the social, political and legal structures of the country. The devolved GoK will continue to impact our organisational work and eventually the structure.
Closely related is the dynamic political environment that is expected as a result of the 2012 National and County Elections, therefore, the department seeks to ensure its prepared for any political anxiety through surveillance and early warning mechanisms within its regions and branches. Increase in competition of resources and reduction of donor-funded activities may cause the financial resources to diminish in the department. Further, due to locally prevailing economic challenges and inadequate retention systems for members, the Society has experienced slower rate of membership recruitment. However, the organisation is riding on a high Brand profile. This provides the opportunity to recruit, retain and motivate new members whose potential and innovation can be tapped for the benefit of the department.
Efficiency and effectiveness of Regions and Branches in addressing the dynamic needs of communities are affected due to limited financial resources, inadequate infrastructure and personnel capacity. In addition, the youth who contribute significantly to the human resource base of the Society are facing challenges, key being unemployment. 2012 being an election year, a large number of the youth are expected to be involved and engaged in pre-election campaigns and activities, and this will negatively impact the attendance in Red Cross activities. KRCS will enhance the role of youth as agents of behaviour change through the four-part youth programme.
Over the past five years, KRCS decentralised system has provided astrong framework for effectiveness and efficiency in programming, emergency response that can be optimised and realigned within the county frameworks. Programmes will, therefore, take advantage of the enabling structures to achieve improved service delivery. In line with the KRCS Strategy 2011-2015, OD has developed a cascaded score card, with the overall goal to build a strong National society. The main objectives under each perspective have been prioritised and the key focus areas for 2012 identified as the ‘mustwins’ to help achieve the goal.
Therefore in 2012, the department will seek to enhance and improve volunteer and membership management through development of recruitment strategies, increase income base in Regions and Branches by tapping the locally available resources and aligning the KRCS structure to the new county GoK system.The department intends to achieve these objectives through diversifying resource mobilisation strategies, improving infrastructure in branches to ensure sustainability. Information management through development of processes and systems with a focus on centralising the department information to safeguard and enhance its availability for decisionmaking.
The department will also invest in improving knowledge and skills of staff and volunteers, through training resulting in better service delivery.The department recognises that strong and well functioning Governance will contribute to the achievement of the overall goal. With this in mind, the department will invest in training and mentorship to enhance the skills and knowledge of this key resource, at all levels of the national society. Our focus is to have optimal staff levels at the Regions and Branches through recruitment and retention of skilled staff and volunteers. As the Vice-Chair of the technical committee for the development of the National VolunteerPolicy, the department will advocate for its development, adoption and implementation.