Free Consulting for NGOs in Cape Town with Henley Business School UK

Henley Business School UK
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 28 February, 2020
Opportunity type: 
Call for proposals

Henley Business School (UK) is extending an invitation to Cape Town based NGOs, NPOs, NFPs, CBOs, PBOs and Social Enterprises to participate in an Executive MBA programme aimed at assisting Organisations improve both their reputation and relationships with their stakeholders. The programme is provided absolutely free to the NGO, all costs will be met by the Business School. Every year, Henley Business School (UK) sends their Executive MBA students to Cape Town to embark on a study programme consulting project aimed at assisting Civil Sector Organisations. The NGO is allocated a team of executive managers who are in the final year of their MBA studies. The NGO chooses the focus of the project so that the programme is of real value to the Organisation. The team will work with the NGO for the duration of the study programme.
The students are tasked with assisting the NGO examine a challenging stakeholder relationship the NGO would like to improve; for example, this could with the Board, Staff, Volunteers, Funder or Donors, Caregivers of Beneficiaries, any stakeholder relationship of choice. The objective is to help the Organisation with any difficult
relationships they are having and recommend strategic steps they can take to improve and develop those relationships.  
This programme provides numerous opportunities for the NGO

  • An opportunity for the NGO to delve into a pressing challenge that they are struggling with.
  • An opportunity for the NGO’s Management and Executives to engage with their stakeholders at a strategic level.
  • Henley Business School (UK), a world-leader in this subject field, offers your staff free exposure to the theoretical frameworks of 'Reputation and Relationships' through a one-day workshop, as well as opportunities to network with other participating NPOs.  
  • An opportunity to tap into and draw from the resources of a diversely experienced executive team.
  • The project offers the NGO practical information with real, implementable recommendations to help strengthen current strategic relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • An opportunity to be part of and connect with the Henley Alumni network.
  • An opportunity to be a centre of learning for a team of dynamic executive students who are eager and keen to learn and share what they know.

Programme overview

  • The programme spans six months and is not overly demanding on the Organisation. The project process commences in April with selection and developing the project brief and culminates in October.
  • There is a 5-week pre-project research stage that the students will undertake in September and a one-week visit in Cape Town from 10th – 17th October.
  • The project includes time spent with the students, email correspondence, skype meetings and face-to-face engagement during their time in Cape Town.  
  • The students are mature, aged 35+years and will work in teams with the support of a dedicated course tutor.
  • The students come from a variety of countries and professional backgrounds, therefore offering your organisation access to diverse viewpoints, expertise and experience.
  • The project work will be presented to the organisation on the final day of the study programme, where the NGO will receive slides and recommendations, as well as a video copy of the presentation.

Selection Criteria

  • We are seeking seven Cape Town based NGOs, NPOs, NFPs, CBOs and PBOs to work with in October 2020.
  • The Organisation must ideally be situated within 30kms of Cape Town CBD.
  • The Organisations must be well established (operational for at least 3 years), with a governance structure in place, a working office (no home-based operations) and a staff complement of at least 7 members (excl. the Board).
  • The Organisation must have a website and access to the Internet.
  • The Organisation must have a pressing issue with one or more of their stakeholders that they want to resolve.  
  • The Organisation must have a challenging relationship with stakeholder(s) that they wish to make sense of in order to improve - the stakeholder group should ideally have at least four or more people in the group.

If this opportunity appeals to you, please send an Expression of Interest email so that we can send an application form through to you:

Sam Dreyer (Programme Manager)
Cell: 082 452 6014

NB: Applications close on Friday 28th February, so please get in touch asap to receive the application form.
Please feel free to call or email if you want any additional information.

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