Friday, 8 June 2018

New Pro Bono Project with RNIB

Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) Project
Prioritising areas of focus for RNIB’s new 3-year strategy

RNIB are launching a new 3 –year strategy.  For their “Changing Society” strategy strand, they want the new strategy to prioritise removing the barriers that people with sight loss face in participating in society.  As part of this, they are seeking guidance as to which barriers to focus on, to optimise where the charity places their resources.
They would like to develop a systematic approach to options appraisal for this strategic prioritization, seeking input from stakeholders; which may include their staff and volunteers, their Board of Trustees, their Executive Board, and the wider community of blind and partially sighted people. Initially, they would like help on structuring the approach to the prioritisation, and then on-going advisory support as they implement whatever method is chosen. Ideas they have considered include Theory of Change and Multiple-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA), although they are open to all options.
The OR volunteer would not be expected to run the whole options appraisal, but rather suggest the approach and then provide advice. RNIB are capable of running workshops or undertaking the appraisal themselves, with some support from the OR volunteer.

Time commitment: 5-7 days

Location: One or two visits to the London office may be required, but these are limited (to potentially a few hours).  The organisation is willing to work flexibly (e.g. via Skype calls, by travelling to the location of the volunteer for meetings).  All other work can be done remotely.

If you feel you are able to offer your assistance please complete the application form and return along with your CV to by Monday 18th June.

The OR Society and RNIB Fully support equal opportunities. As such, we welcome applications from the partially sighted or blind, or those with disabilities.

Information about the organisation:
RNIB promotes the interests of blind and partially sighted people and those at risk of sight loss, across the UK. They are led by a trustee board with over 80% blind and partially sighted people.  Over 33,000 people are part of RNIB Connect community, the vast majority of whom have sight loss. RNIB’s ambition is to change the world for those living with, and at risk of, sight loss. They take action to prevent avoidable sight loss, provide support and services to enable independence and campaign to create a fully inclusive society.

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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

New Pro Bono Project with Sabeel-Kairos

Sabeel-Kairos Project

Developing Policies and Procedures to Support Effective Governance

Sabeel-Kairos have identified a need to develop a set of policies and procedures (P&Ps) to ensure and support effective governance. The volunteer would work with the Trustees to agree priority areas based on a gap analysis that has recently been conducted. There is a need to research and identify standards and styles that will be appropriate for a small charity and then to write the initial drafts for approval by the trustees and staff.
Sabeel -Kairos has recently formed due to the merger of Friends of Sabeel UK with Kairos Britain (though the charity’s operating name remains as Friends of Sabeel UK). As such, they are in the early stages of defining their strategic and business plans.
The scope for the project is wide-ranging and could include P&Ps for employment, finance, procurement, IT and data protection. The project would be suitable for a volunteer with experience of governance and/or broad business management expertise such as setting-up systems for new organisations and HR.

Time commitment: 3-5 days

LocationPredominantly remote working, with communications facilitated through skype and/or email.

If you feel you are able to offer your assistance please complete the application form and return along with your CV to by Monday 18th June.

Information about the organisation:
Sabeel-Kairos is a small and energetic UK charity committed to supporting peace and justice in Palestine. They are a network of individuals, organisations and communities of all backgrounds across the UK who stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people by promoting and advocating on the messages of Kairos Palestine and Sabeel Jerusalem here in the UK.

For further information about Sabeel-Kairos please visit

For further information about the Pro Bono OR scheme please visit:  or email

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