The Logistics and Programme Committee

The Logistics and Delivery Committee

About the committee

The Logistics and Delivery Committee oversees the East African side of our operations. It is responsible for the smooth running of the project during the summer, the nature of our project and how we deliver it, and ensuring the safety of our volunteers.

Ensuring our school partnerships achieve our Goals

Undertaking monitoring, evaluation and research to ensure we are meeting our Programme Goals now and in the future,

Managing relationships with our partners

Maintaining our relationships with our partner schools, and developing relationships with NGOs, suppliers and managing our NGO registrations.

Project logistics and resourcing

Managing the logistics for deploying volunteers to East Africa, including organising flights, central houses and the Summer Team.

An opportunity for personal development

The Logistics and Delivery Committee sits at the heart of the EPAfrica project, and is instrumental in determining how and where we carry out our project to have the greatest impact possible. Volunteering on this committee will provide you with the experience of the design and delivery of projects in developing country contexts, including areas such as risk management, and monitoring and evaluation. Such experience is in high demand and often a prerequisite for jobs in the international development sector. What’s more, it provides the opportunity to shape EPAfrica’s project, giving volunteers the ability to tangibly contribute to our overall impact in East Africa with our partner schools.

Logistics and Delivery Roles

The Logistics and Delivery Committee will meet (virtually) as a group once a month and is chaired by the Director of Logistcis and Delivery, who sits on the Board of Directors. The committee consists of Managers, Officers and Associates and will include members of the University Societies who have responsibilities for logistics. Managers and Officers have a defined portfolio of responsibilities that they lead and coordinate. These roles are a great opportunity to make an impact on a defined area. Associates responsibilies are more fluid, and they volunteer flexibily on specific projects throughout the year.

These roles occupy an essential part of EPAfrica’s project – without them, the summer simply cannot happen! As such, a huge amount of responsibility is placed upon us to ensure that we deliver a safe and successful summer for all of our volunteers and partner schools. There is a need to be flexible and a good problem-solver, responding effectively to changes in both East Africa and the UK. The work does not finish at the end of the summer, either. Many of these roles are responsible for applying lessons we learn during our project, and improving our delivery in the years to come. This is a hugely rewarding opportunity to shape how EPAfrica operates in-summer, and to tailor our project to have maximum impact and be the best experience possible for our volunteers and partners in East Africa.

Join the Logistics and Programme Committee


Become a logistics and programme associate

In addition to the roles defined above you can also join the Logistics and Programme Committee’s ‘Pool’ as an Associate. As an Associate, you will volunteer flexibly throughout the year, committing to a variety of activities in the short-term on an ad-hoc basis. Associates attend monthly committee meetings, and volunteer for specific task as their availability allows. This model enables the Logistics and Programme Committee to deploy volunteers responsively to grab opportunities and quickly address any emerging issues or risks.

The Committee will delegate self-contained projects to the pool, such as goals case studies, but you will also find yourself supporting Managers and Officers at key points in the year when the delivery of their responsibilities require all hands on deck – for example when booking flights. Lastly, sometimes more heads on a problem means a better result and each Committee has a number of sub-working groups addressing those more complex area, which you can also join.

If you join the Logistics and Programme pool as an Associate you could be working on….

Liasing with Schools

Keeping schools informed and engaged throughout the year, selecting schools for partnership and assigning volunteers

Analysing Data and Case Studies

Studying Project Planed to understand the trends and correlations in enrolment, exam results and facilities in our partner schools, and the impact of our investments

Site and Summer Logistics

Liaising with central house landlords, monitoring exchange rates, recruiting the summer team and organising transport

Managing the Central Pots

Identifying projects from the Innovation Seed Fund that are appropriate for scale-up and integrating them into our core programme

NGO Partnerships and Registration

Identifying opportunities to compliment our programme through partnerships with other organisations and managing stakeholders

Desk-based Research

Monitoring the ongoing educational reforms in Kenya and Uganda and keeping abreast of education best practice, development academia and participatory and community development best-practice.