ORIENTATION AND TRAINING REPORT ON INTRODUCTION TO CORE HUMANITARIAN STANDARDS(CHS), VOLUNTEER MANGEMENT POLICY, CODE OF CONDUCT AND AGREEMENT FOR CARITAS SIERRA LEONE (CSL) DIRECTORS, PROGRAM MANAGERS AND NATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Voluntary workers are "among the most precious things the Church has"; the "most noble desires of the human heart, making a suffering person feel loved therefore, Volunteer is the hand of Christ held out to all, and reaching all. - (Address of His Holiness Pope Francis On the occasion of the Jubilee of Volunteer Workers Saint Peter’s Square, 3 September 2016)
Acknowledging the valuable contributions of volunteers and to ensure better and meaningful engagement of volunteers in the operations Caritas Sierra Leone (CSL); on the 16th and 17th January 2020, at Hill Valley Hotel – Signal Hill, Freetown, Directors, Program Managers and representatives from the National Advisory Board (NAB) both at Caritas diocesan and national level were engaged for two days’ orientation and training session on Core Humanitarian Standards(CHS) and Voluntary Management policy, Code of Conduct and Agreement.
These orientation and training sessions are part of the PEOPLE project (Preparing for Emergencies by strengthening Organizational Procedures, Learning and Exchange) EU Aid Volunteers programme supporting CSL through CAFOD to strengthen its capacity in volunteer management and emergency response.
The training was facilitated and co-facilitated by the Humanitarian Capacity Strengthen Officer from Catholic Agency for Oversea Development (CAFOD) and PEOPLE Project Focal Person respectively.
In his opening statement, the CSL National Director spoke about the importance of the volunteer training saying that the organization would be on the right footing as the saying goes “you prepare for war when there is peace” in that light, it’s timely for the PEOPLE project to build the capacity of CSL to better prepare for any emergency in the future. He further emphasizes on the important role volunteers play in an organization to achieve organizational goals and the need for CSL to have a policy and documents that will guide the organization to respond effectively to emergency situations.
Participants of the sessions were drawn from four Caritas diocesan offices, diocesan Advisory Board plus Caritas National office. This has enhanced their knowledge on Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) and the nine (9) commitments of the CHS. Also, increase their knowledge on basic information on volunteer management policy, code of conduct and agreement, the use and application of volunteer program and further develop follow-up action plans.
Thank you to Caritas Sierra Leone and Caritas Freetown offices for supporting the workshop, and for all the women and men
who shared their experience and knowledge with us, especially: William Dauda, Eliza Sillah, Patrick Fatoma, Mohamed Baimba
Koroma, Grace Jones, Nabilai Tunis, Peter Sam Kpara, Dr Sheka Bangura, Fatu Clara Hanciles, Elke Scharfer, Samuel Braima,
Grace Efua, Nancy Smart, Marcella Samba, Aminata Lamin, Salieu Mansaray, Shellac Davies, Joe Pemagbi, Valnora Edwin,
Dr Susan Roberts, Momodu Woodie, Gibrilla Kamara, Anita Bangura, Hon. Alusine Kanneh, Mohamed Deen Rogers, Agnes
During, Ishmael Alfred Charles, Dr Moikowa, Sahr Korteque, Bondu Manyeh, Sahr Kandema, Alhaji Gillen, Sibylle Dirren, Sudie
Austina Sellu, Victor Tutu Koroma, Dr Alphajoh Cham and Kayode Akintola.
1st Day of Orientation and training
2nd Day of Orientation and training
3rd Day of Orientation and training
The ‘Bringing Agenda 2030 to Life’ project has been implemented in Sierra Leone as part of a wider participatory research project coordinated
by University College London (UCL), UK and the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development (CAFOD), UK, in partnership with Caritas Sierra
Leone, the National Commission for Justice, Peace and Caritas Liberia (NCJPC), Caritas Kenya, Caritas Zambia and Caritas Africa.
At University College London, this research was designed and led by Dr Andrea Rigon at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL.
Dr Charlotte Nussey coordinated with research partners and was the lead author for this report. Within CAFOD, Diego Martinez-Schütt led
the project and Graham Gordon provided support.
Edward Massaquoi, Caritas Sierra Leone, led all field activities including conducting interviews and providing support for the participatory