Essentials of NGO Management 

Managing a conservation NGO can be both rewarding but equally challenging; it may require taking on multiple roles and responsibilities and acquiring the necessary knowledge and skills on the job. As part of ASAP's commitment to supporting partners in strengthening organisational capacity, we are thrilled to announce a new training and mentoring programme, “Essentials of NGO Management”, which will provide essential learning of key topics that underpin the management of an NGO.

In collaboration with Synchronicity Earth and led by Stone Soup Consulting, this programme has been designed and tailored specifically for ASAP and Synchronicity Earth Partners in Southeast Asia and will reflect the different needs and interests of participants. Stone Soup trainers possess the diverse knowledge and experience required to deliver this pioneering programme. They are also equally experienced in using a variety of tools and techniques to ensure the virtual learning experience is highly engaging and interactive. There will be plenty of opportunities to share your experience, and learn from others in the region, as well as the trainers.

The programme provides 57 hours of direct online learning time, starting in April 2023 and ending in March 2024.  Learning is bolstered with one-on-one mentoring sessions for each organisation. A pre-training phase of engagement will guide the final content, design, and timing of the programme so that it reflects the needs of participants. This period of engagement requires around 4 hours of direct participation across February and March 2023. To help embed the learning each organisation is required to send two staff to participate in the programme.

The programme covers the following topics: 

  • Governance and leadership
  • Strategic planning
  • Fundraising and financial sustainability
  • Strategic communication
  • Strategic alliances
  • Scaling up
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Human resource management
  • Financial management
  • Social innovation and agile thinking

For more information on the programme, topics and trainers please download the programme brochure here.

Criteria for applying to join the programme: 

  • This opportunity is open to ASAP Partners with a focus on local/national organisations in Southeast Asia only.
  • The organisation must have at least two people who can prioritise attendance/active participation for the required time; one consistent person in a leadership position is required to attend the whole programme plus other persons as appropriate for the topic. The application will require you to name the different persons who will participate in each module although this can be changed later.
  • It is the expectation that the Director/Lead of the organisation with the ability to implement change will be the main person to participate in the whole programme.
  • Communications, training, mentoring and study materials will be in English requiring the ability to participate and work well with spoken and written English.

The programme requires the following time commitment:   

  • 10 modules of 57 direct training hours spanning April 2023-March 2024, requiring 6-9 hours per month module dependent In addition, a total 12 hours for exercises and preparation is needed between live sessions, approximately 1 hour per module.
  • 4 hours for the pre-training engagement phase which includes answering an online survey and participating in an online workshop in February – March 2023.
  • 2 hours for optional mentoring sessions (module topics of your choice) with flexible timing.
  • Complete a short feedback survey after each module.
  • 1 hour at programme end to complete a survey.
  • 1 hour to complete a second survey 12 months after programme completion.

There is no cost to participants to take part as the programme is funded by ASAP and Synchronicity Earth.

Application timeline and process: 
Spaces for this programme are limited. Applications will be accepted from 1st December 2022 and close on 8th January 2023. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of January 2023 and expected to participate in the pre-training engagement phase in February and March as described earlier.

Please access the application form here.

If you would like to discuss the programme with one of our team, please contact

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