Practice

Strengthening the ESJRT’s Administrative and Organisational Capacity

Background:  

In 2011, the ESJRT reviewed its progress and assessed its internal capacity building needs, in order to identify how it can improve its organisational effectiveness and better support justice reform in Enugu State. As part of this it developed a Maturity Matrix organisational capacity monitoring tool, to help guide its internal capacity development and measure its capacity in key functions such as planning, M&E, governance and stakeholder engagement. The team monitors its progress against the Maturity Matrix twice a year, and agrees on actions for improving its systems and processes, as well as the skills of team members. To date, the team has undergone training in stakeholder engagement (leadership and influencing), project management (developing proposals and plans, implementing and monitoring plans) and communications, and also has been endeavouring to improve its Secretariat Function and general management processes (for example by developing a Team Charter and Code of Conduct). The J4A Programme is providing ongoing capacity development support for the team, and also is covering some of the team’s overhead cost, until it secures more sustainable means of funding.

The team’s priorities in moving forward are to secure more sustainable forms of funding, ideally through the Enugu State Government, as well as raise its profile in the sector through stakeholder engagement and advocacy in relation to its reform initiatives. The team also aims to continue to use robust project and performance management processes, as well as continue to develop the capacity of the Secretariat.

 Priority reform initiatives:

 i. Develop the team’s capacity in fund-raising in order to secure more sustainable sources of funding, in particularly through advocacy to the state government

ii. Ensure that the implementation of reform initiative projects is effectively monitored and evaluated in line with project management best practice.