In order to accommodate additional volunteers outside the mainstream, NVS enters into Joint partner Programs, as explained in detail below.

a. What is a joint partnership volunteer program?

Joint Partnership Volunteer Program is normally the initiative of an NGO, a Government agency or institution, another volunteer organization or private sector organization and development partners.

The program is driven by a planned set of objectives and strategies designed to achieve a community development goal consistent with the needs of the joint partner or the program recipient. This program is an initiative of a sponsor/donor for community development project and implemented by the National Volunteer Service. Most if not all programs under this category are community development oriented, donor funded or part of resource project agreement. Joint partner in most circumstances are non-managing but provides all agreed funds based on approved budget and work plan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In order to accommodate additional volunteers outside the mainstream, NVS enters into Joint partner Programs, as explained in detail below.

a. What is a joint partnership volunteer program?

Joint Partnership Volunteer Program is normally the initiative of an NGO, a Government agency or institution, another volunteer organization or private sector organization and development partners.

The program is driven by a planned set of objectives and strategies designed to achieve a community development goal consistent with the needs of the joint partner or the program recipient. This program is an initiative of a sponsor/donor for community development project and implemented by the National Volunteer Service. Most if not all programs under this category are community development oriented, donor funded or part of resource project agreement. Joint partner in most circumstances are non-managing but provides all agreed funds based on approved budget and work plan.

 b. Why is there a need for a Joint Partner Program (JPP)?

NVS is one of the Government’s statutory organizations that receive very limited resources to run its programs. Currently the annual Budget for the National Volunteer Service is just over K1 million and is not sufficient to meet the demands of its mandated duties and to fully show our people that their government, their elected members of parliament and the public servants are doing something for them. Joint programs is one strategy that NVS implements to reduce costs and savings on its fast depleting budget allocation and at the same time meet the demand of the community in need of help through volunteers. In other words, the joint partners have the financial resources to fund the programs that they are initiating but do not have the human resources. NVS provides these volunteers according to the needs of the program and the joint partner just funds it.

c. Potential partners in implementing the joint program.

  • Government of Papua New Guinea through the departments, statutory bodies, state agencies, provincial governments and elected members of parliament.
  • Private organizations and corporations
  • Foreign donor funded organizations and agencies
  • Foreign volunteer organizations
  • NGOs and Civil Society and other community organizations.

d. Types of community development programs that NVS may be engaged with under the JPP.

NVS sets its goals and objectives to conform to the Government’s Medium Term Development Strategies and Joint Partnership Programs could include the following core sectors apart from others;

  • Education – Services relating to the provision of subject matter, specialist Literacy programs, Pre-Schools, Vocational Schools and capacity building.
  • Health – HIV/AIDS and STI programs, Family planning, Midwifery, Nutrition Programs, Rural Health Centers and Aid Posts program, village sanitation, hygiene and water supply.
  • Environment – General Environment Programs, Environment Conservation and Protection.
  • Women and Youth – Women livelihood programs, youth skills programs.
  • Agriculture – Community based agriculture skills training, Food Security Programs, Agribusiness, village livestock Production, Poultry Production.
  • Fisheries – Inland fish farming, fish cage farming, fish preservation.
  • Business Development – Basic business management skills, livelihood skills
  • Tourism – Eco tourism

e. Situation and scenarios where NVS may be engaged in a partnership program.

(i) Institutional Partnership.

NVS may be engaged by a government institution (government department, provincial and local-level government etc.) to assist in the implementation of certain planned community development projects or as the case maybe, on unplanned special projects that are circumstantial in nature and are therefore not included in the normal manpower plan and allocation ( i.e. disease outbreak, pest outbreak, disaster situations etc..)

This partnership is bound by an agreement which clearly details the financial and operational logistics of the program or project for both parties. Under this partnership, NVS will meet the administrative cost of the collaboration which is about ten to fifteen percent of the total cost. Program partners are required as a matter of policy to transfer to NVS financial system the total cost of the program agreed in the budget before the projects gets underway. NVS shall manage the funds and keep all financial records for audit purposes.

(ii) Partnership with Non-Government Organizations.

NVS may collaborate with NGOs from planning stage to implementation of certain project or programs conceived under a parallel vision. Partnership under this program is bound by an agreement which details the roles each stakeholder will play.

NGOs may also outsource any of its projects to NVS. In all cases NGO program partner is required to remit the total cost of the collaborative project as per financial plan to NVS account. NVS shall manage the funds and keep all financial records for audit and end of program report.

(iii) Community Development Volunteer Program – Partnership Program with Community Organizations.

This partnership comes under NVS mainstream program normally initiated by the communities themselves having identified their essential need to develop their communities and where such needs has been assessed and confirmed to be feasible . Community need must be ideally the result of a need analysis or through the conduct of a PRA (Participatory Rural Appraisal). This partnership program is also covered by an agreement. The community is responsible for providing a reasonable accommodation and food ration as their contribution to the project. The rest of the cost is funded by NVS or in the case of “sponsored community development projects” the sponsor provides the agreed funds.

It is however a requirement that all community development projects must fall within the parameters of the local-level governments development plan and therefore must be endorsed by the Joint District Planning and Budget Priority Committee. A tripartite MOU shall cover the provisions of the volunteer program.

(iv) Partnership Program with Corporate/Business Organization.

Joint program with corporate or business organization will be mainly on community development projects built into the project agreement. In this case, corporate partners fully fund the volunteer program which will be implemented in communities belonging to the land owners.