Monday, 5 November 2018

New Pro Bono OR Project: Project Girl Foundation

Project Girl Foundation
Impact Measurement and Business Planning

To help new charity Project Girl Foundation develop a solid basis for future Impact Measurement through developing a framework based on Theory of Change, and a business plan to see it through the first 18-24 months of operations
Project description:
It is anticipated that the work will include:

1. Impact measurement: the volunteer should work with the trustees to establish an outline Theory of Change and use that to identify sensible outcome measures and how they should be used to assess the charity’s impact.

2. Improve the robustness of the short-term business plan: help the trustees to review their activities to make sure they are confident that these are the right activities, that each has a reasonable time frame, clear purpose and target outcome; and review the resource plan to make sure resources (in particular finance) will be available when needed. A spreadsheet model of high-level financial inflows and outflows over time is likely to be useful, to enable exploration of ‘what-if’ questions such as whether or not certain grants are received, or the future financial commitment implied by steps such as buying trucks or employing staff.

Skills required: workshop facilitation; financial modelling; knowledge of impact measurement/theory of change or ability rapidly to get to grips with that; business or project planning

This may suit two volunteers, dividing the work between them. Please say when applying, if you are only interested in doing one or the other part of the project. 

Time commitment
Initially 5 days: 
  • 2-3 days to produce high-level Theory of Change and recommended measures, and
  • 2-3 days to review business plan and provide simple spreadsheet
If more detailed work is needed, that can be arranged by the volunteer(s) or a follow-on project can be specified
LocationThe project needs some face-to-face time with trustees, estimated at 1-2 hours for initial meeting to decide exactly what is to be done; 2 x 2-3 hour workshops to review Theory of Change and business plan respectively; and 2 hours for reporting at the end. The volunteer can work remotely for the rest of the time.

NOTE: If all trustees are to be involved, the meetings may need to be in the evening rather than during the working day in London, SW9 6EX

If you feel you are able to offer your assistance please complete the application form and return along with your CV to by Monday 19th November.

The OR Society fully supports equal opportunities. As such, we welcome applications from the partially sighted or blind, or those with disabilities.

Information about the organisation: 
The Project Girl Foundation aims to transform girls’ education and empower them by providing them with sufficient skills and resources to enrich their lives and the lives of their families. The Foundation To empower girls from poor and deprived areas in rural Nigeria via education by building schools, providing effective family planning, teaching and implementing self-reliance and continuous professional development for all teaching staff.

For further information about the Project Girl Foundation, please visit or email

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

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