Development Expertise Centre (DEC), is a local Civil Society Organization established in 2007 with the objective of contributing towards the national development efforts through integrated, decentralized and sustainable program interventions. It has been re-registered in May 2019 as per the new Agency for civil society organization Proclamation by the Ethiopian government bearing a registration number of 0009. DEC is governed by a general assembly and a governing board with five members as its supreme governing organ. It has a secretariat headed by an Executive Director who is assigned by the board and responsible for the day-to-day operation of the organization with a management team of dep... read more Development Expertise Centre (DEC), is a local Civil Society Organization established in 2007 with the objective of contributing towards the national development efforts through integrated, decentralized and sustainable program interventions. It has been re-registered in May 2019 as per the new Agency for civil society organization Proclamation by the Ethiopian government bearing a registration number of 0009. DEC is governed by a general assembly and a governing board with five members as its supreme governing organ. It has a secretariat headed by an Executive Director who is assigned by the board and responsible for the day-to-day operation of the organization with a management team of departments/section heads. Apparently, DEC has 92 staff members (42 Female & 50 Male) working at the coordination office in Addis Ababa and other five area offices located within three National Regional States and one City Administration (Amhara, Afar, Oromiya and Addis Ababa city administration). To reach the larger community of Ethiopia especially those who are economically poor and socially vulnerable & disadvantaged populations, DEC is working on four major programs such as Child Development, Skills & Entrepreneurship development, Gender & Life skills development and Lobby and Advocacy programs. Together with strategic partners, DEC has built excellence in the provision of quality services for disadvantaged target groups (communities, CBOs, institutions in the country. It has developed and makes use of appropriate & relevant policy, procedure and guidelines to guide its management and operations. Realizing the global challenges of continued access to funding opportunities and towards ensuring institutional sustainability DEC has embarked on considering alternative local fund-raising mechanisms with the establishment of an income generating social enterprise called Adequate trading. DEC has sufficient general and technical expertise and experience in development sectors especially on employment through income generating activities, human resource development through skill and need based training and educational activities and promotion and protection of human rights, women and child rights and disability rights. DEC have sound knowledge on development activities, project implementation and management, monitoring and evaluation, cooperation and coordination among national and international donors, local administration, registration authorities, local community-based organizations, disability people organizations (DPO's) and development budget control and expenditure verification, foreign, national and government grants/funds management and we have necessary academic background. And we know that local culture, religious and social value, participants behave and attitudes. Furthermore; DEC also has a long term ample experience on implementation of technical and vocational skills training for livelihood diversification, capacitating TVET institutions to provide quality market relevant skills training for job seekers and DEC has ground experience on establishment and promotion of cooperatives, value-chain development, business development support (BDS) and market chain facilitation between cooperatives and end users/buyers. Vision: DEC aspires to see all underprivileged children properly fostered. Mission: DEC facilitates child centered comprehensive development interventions to create safe and conducive environment to fulfill the best interest of underprivileged children. Core Values The core values that inspire DEC and guide its operations are: 1. Excellence & Innovation Excellence: DEC constantly challenges itself to the highest levels of learning and performance to achieve greater impact. It aspires to be the best in quality and in everything it does. Innovation: DEC attaches great importance to innovative ideas and practices. It pursues continuous improvements, listening to and understanding the needs of its target groups, being informed and seeking out new ideas, and looking for ways to improve operational performance. 2. Accountability & Transparency Accountability: DEC acknowledges and assumes responsibility for all its actions, services, decisions and policies. It believes that it is accountable to target beneficiaries, partner CSOs, government, donor organizations, and all stakeholders. To realize this it consults its stakeholders and receives feedback consistently from all. Transparency: DEC has a strong faith in maintaining transparency in its operation and utilization of resources. It will continue to be open in its relationship with all its stakeholders. 3. Responsiveness DEC acts with a sense of urgency and makes qualified decisions in time. It pays timely and appropriate attention to details with an understanding and respect for others. 4. Professionalism DEC encourages and demands high degree of expertise and knowledge in all its engagements. It also promotes performance of acceptable quality of work/services. Learning from what is working well and not working, build upon strengths and challenges for high performance are valued. 5. Ease of Communication/Collaboration DEC attaches high value to open communication through encouraging free exchange of opinions and views. It acknowledges change happens through the connections, creativity, contributions and collaboration of internal & external stakeholders. Core Programs DEC has adopted four core program components to be implemented in the coming five years. 1. Child Development 2. Skills & Entrepreneurship Development 3. Gender & Life Skills Development 4. Lobby and Advocacy GOALS, OBJECTIVES & STRATEGIES Institutional Goals & Strategies DEC recognizes very well the importance of developing organization and program goals and strategies. However, it also does not underestimate the need to enhance its own capacity and strengthen itself in several organizational dimensions. It has therefore developed institutional development goals and strategies to achieve the following objectives: To introduce a well-developed organizational systems & procedures defining clear roles, responsibilities and functional relationships of offices and staff of the organization. To communicate and share the vision, mission, guiding values and program interventions for DEC's internal and external stakeholders and enable them actively cooperate and participate in the implementation process. To create a working environment that retains and attracts competent and quality human resource to promote organizational efficiency & effectiveness. To strengthen the income generating capacity of DEC to generate adequate resources that could ensure organizational sustainability. Accordingly, the following four institutional goals are planned to be achieved through employing appropriate strategies. Goal 1: - To make DEC institutionally strong, vibrant & sustainable CSO Strategies: Introduce (as required) & apply work procedures, guidelines and performance review systems, which promote and enable an empowering work environment. Periodically undertake organizational and management development programs for continuously enhancing strategic leadership capacity at all levels. Set and operate clear communication and workflow lines in all directions (head office-region, region to region, project to project, sector to sector etc.) with a strong and functioning feedback system. Establish performance and service standards with timeframe and quality of service levels accompanied by indicators for measurement. Popularize the vision mission, program interventions of DEC in a clearly articulated way and ensure that its beneficiaries, donors, supporters, collaborating agencies, regulatory bodies, implementing partners and the public at large know and sufficiently understand DEC's role and contribution to child, youth & community development. Conduct periodic self-capacity assessment initiative to identify DEC's organizational gaps and development requirements in order to continuously improve organizational capability to effectively promote the cause of disadvantaged children and contribute towards their well being Goal 2: To enhance DEC's human resources capacity & motivation levels for good performance & achievement of best results Strategies Prepare and implement a systematic and need based human resources development plan to continuously build the human capacity of DEC. Improve merit-based career development opportunities to increase staff motivation and performance levels. Practice competitive salary and remuneration system (with a view to DEC's resources capacity) that could attract and retain experienced staff. Strengthen the governance and management of DEC by building the capacity of leaders and professional staff through exposure visits, providing opportunities for training and experiences sharing. Goal 3: To gradually move DEC towards self-supporting CSO/NGO Strategies Develop a comprehensive sustainability plan including resources base sustainability) for DEC. Strengthen the management system of the income generating wing based on the initial year challenges and experiences. Undertake a comprehensive and participatory assessment to identify profitable and sustainable income generating activities. Review and assess on exploring possibilities for generating local resources Build staff resources mobilization (e.g. training staff on local resources mobilization) skills and experiences. Goal 4:To strengthen and effectively operate an efficient Monitoring, Evaluation & Knowledge Management system that could contribute to increased performance accountability & transparency Strategies Review & ensure the implementation of the Monitoring & Evaluation manual Develop (as required) simple and practical local/project-based participatory monitoring and evaluation formats.
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