SALNAM Project Charter: Mastering Interpersonal, social and leadership Skills

By Amadu Sidi Bah, Program Director, Winnipeg, Canada. November 3, 2023.

Part 1: 

Project Overview:
Project Name: Interpersonal, social and leadership skills
Project Charter Author: Amadu Sidi Bah, Program Director (pictured)
Creation Date: 16th October 2023 Last Revision Date:
Project Sponsor: The Supporting Black Canadian Community Initiative (SBCCI)
Project Charter Status: Approved
Proposed Project Start and End Date Start: October 2023 End : September 2021.

Part 11: 

Project Details: 

Project Description The Interpersonal, social and leadership skill development project will encompass the following activities: 

- Complete BBI organizational assessment 

- Launch of project and completion of project charter 

- Project planning and prioritization of project activities 

- Identify and source consultants/facilitators 

- Train project participants on interpersonal, social and leadership skills 

- Identify and place selected trained participant for mentoring and coaching 

- Prepare participant training materials - Host workshop on leadership skills 

- Conduct post workshop evaluation and lessons learnt 

- Complete and submit activity reports 

- Complete and submit final financial and programme report 

- Post training placement of selected participant for leadership coaching and participation in community activities 

Project Purpose: 

- The growing youth population in our Sierra Leone community are our future leaders and they require adequate preparation and trainings in vital interpersonal, social and leadership skills and abilities. Mastering these set of skills, knowledge and abilities will enable them to play active and vital roles in promoting the socio-cultural and community mobilization in order to sustain the effective functioning of our community for present and future generations. 

- This project aims to address all these needs and will result in the tapping of potential leadership talents among our youths who will form the core of our future leaders to sustain the growth and address the challenges of keeping the community in the future. 

Project Goals, Objectives and Outcomes:
Goal: The main goal of the project is to empower aspiring community members including young adult men and women to exercise leadership skills in championing the socio economic and cultural development and preservation of cultural values in our community. 

Objectives: The objectives of the project are as follows: - Train a group of Sierra Leonean to learn core interpersonal social and leadership skills and abilities - Prioritize leadership goal setting while embracing inclusion and diversity - Form a network of young leaders as a hub to nurture and mentor on leadership skills to sustain the continued growth of our community 

Outcome: Increased involvement of community members in community events, while fostering inclusivity, diversity in undertaking various community mobilization activities. 

Project Deliverables: The project main deliverables are the following: 

1. One workshop session held on leadership skills 

2. Participant training materials developed and used in the training 

3. Attendance of at least 25 members to be trained 

4. Formed a network of young community leaders practicing leadership skills and participate in community service 

5. Activity report 

6. Monitoring and evaluation plan 

7. Evaluation report of post training 

8. Final reports- financial and program narrative 

Project Success Factors - The successful completion of the project will be based on the following success criteria: 

- The successful identification and attendance of group of participants 

- The level of commitment and passion by participants to implement the skills and knowledge gained during the program 

- The level of skills and qualification of the facilitators to engage participants to apply the skills learnt  

- The formation of a network of young leaders who will form a core of future leaders in our community 

High-level project estimates - The implementation of the project activities will involve the following items with associated costs: 

- Hall rental including hall accessories - $4,300 

- Printing and communication costs -$2,000 

- Advertisement and other related cost- $1,200 

- Facilitators and other community speakers Honorarium including meals -$4,400. 

- Training material production - $ 3,000 

- Materials and supplies including honorarium for volunteers - $ 1,600 

Total cost awarded $18,000 

Project risks - There are risks factors that can potentially affect the successful implementation of the project and mitigating options are provided as follows: 

Project Risk #1: Our intake of the set of participants might surpass our intended number of targeted number and would pose risks of excluding some community members who might be dissatisfied. 

Mitigation action: Develop a selection criterion for targeting to remove any biases in the selection of participants 

Project Risk #2: There would likely be more expectation for more topics to be covered than what the project will cover as that will incur additional costs for extending the time frame with limited budget 

Mitigation action: 

Action 1 - Make it clear that this is the beginning of a series of leadership skills that is being piloted and held for the first time and will expand depending on the success of the project. Action2 - Develop project proposal to target funders for future training 

Action 3 - Create a wait list and prioritize for future leadership workshop activities A risk register will be developed with detailing out a comprehensive issue management plan and procedures to address any other unforeseen risks that will pose threat to the success of the project.  

Project change control factors for consideration: In implementing the project, the project management team will establish a process for handing situations that may arise from over or underbudgeting for any of the project deliverables. A financial control plan will be established that will spell out the necessary measures that will be applied in these mentioned circumstances. The following measures will be applied in situation of cost overruns for some deliverables: 

- The Treasurer and the Financial Secretary will seek approval from the President to move funds between budget lines as long as the moved budget items stay within the scope of the items that is planned to be purchased. 

- All underbudgeted line items will be reviewed to either increase the materials or service planned to be procured or move funds to other areas that suffer shortfalls in funds. 

- Some amount of flexibility and discretion will be exercised by the project leadership as long as they are within the allowable limit approved by the funders of the project

Amadu Sidi Bah

Meet the Author/Program Director - Amadu Sidi Bah

Amadu Sidi Bah currently serves the Sierra Leone Nationals Association of Manitoba (SALNAM) as the Treasurer. In addition to this role, he provides support to the effective delivery of projects and programs through advisory and project management services for community events. As association’s Treasurer or purse holder, he is responsible for safekeeping of the association’s financial resources to ensure prudent use of membership dues and donor funds that the association spends on various events held during the year. 

He is a seasoned academic award holder in the fields of international development and public policy from the University of Birmingham and the University of Castellon, Spain.

He is a highly-trained development specialist with over twenty-year experiences with a record of successfully participating in projects across both government and the charity sectors in Sierra Leone and internationally.

Before he relocated to Canada three years ago, he completed a nation-wide program to assist civil society organisations hold the government accountable for managing public funds for seven years with support from the World Bank and the Government of Sierra Leone.