Misaal volunteers are youth who want to make a change in their communities. The idea behind the volunteer programme is to foster leadership in the communities that Misaal works with. One way Misaal intends to achieve this by building the capacity of local youth to mobilise, plan and implement issue based campaigns, understand how to advocate for their rights successfully, document/report discrimination and violence and take ownership of their communities future.
(i) Misaal will have 5 volunteers per Hub (local office).
(ii) Volunteers must be between the age of 18 – 30 years.
(iii) Volunteers will be young people located in a community who will be willing to give 10-15 hours a week to Misaal. Their engagement with Misaal has been detailed below. It is important to underscore that volunteers will become an important arm in Misaal’s fellowship work as they will help Misaal scale up, while fellows divide their time between the Hub and the field. Volunteers can help Misaal develop a larger network of resources within local contexts, larger civil society, media, academia etc.
(iv) Misaal’s objective is to empower local communities from within. Therefore, a thrust of Misaal’s volunteer policy will entail building the capacity of its volunteers. They will be part of monthly SAG trainings, monthly youth trainings and monthly monthly legal aid trainings.
(v) The aim should be to build a strong volunteer base that has ownership of the work being delivered. There should be engagement with volunteers that goes beyond assigning tasks and expected outputs, given that perspective building and change are central to Misaal’s work. Misaal will include volunteers in its planning and build on independent initiatives that volunteers will take.
Volunteers will help Misaal:
- Scale up Misaal’s work with Volunteers
- Stay relevant and ensure constant engagement with the community/stay connected with the community.
- In carrying its objectives forward – example, campaigns, advocacy or training of the community.
- Bring required skill sets to the organisation.
- Create a civic space and a civil society network, especially for youth.
Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities:
- Participate in FGDs and other documentation work
- Help Fellows, Trainers and Teachers in their work, with the expressed purpose of learning how to implement this work. This will enable the volunteers to develop their own capacity to work independently. Community oriented services by volunteers can be integrated into the functioning of the hubs.
- Help Fellow run the computer at the Hub
- Help Fellow conduct community meetings and other ways of organising the community
- Help in data collection
- Design and communications
- Help Misaal staff with trainings in the community – legal aid and other capacity building trainings
- Help in community mobilisation
- Accompany Misaal staff for local advocacy
- Help with hate crime fact-findings and documentation
- Help NRC/SS with specific requirements:
- Communication outputs
- Volunteers should have minimum of 10-15 hours a week work schedule but these hours will be flexible depending on the role and responsible of the volunteers.
- If volunteers with similar interests or skill pool join Misaal (both in or outside NRC) then these could be grouped together in an autonomous cluster and asked to coordinate on creative or more efficient ways to do different kinds of work. These clusters would also give the above specified hours of work to Misaal. Example,
- This with communications skills could help with mobilisation or fundraising.
- Those with public speaking skills could be used to mobilise, organise trainings, community meetings etc.
- Volunteers will be assist fellow in organising and conducting trainings – legal aid and youth club.
- NRC Volunteers should come to office at least one day of the week.
- Hubs: Volunteers report to the Fellow.
- NRC: Volunteers report to the point person handling that specific project.
- Through giving volunteers ownership of the work.
- Access to office space.
- Regular trainings on entitlements and advocacy
- Regular capacity building trainings: Various vocational trainings (computer trainings, videography etc.)
- Capacities related to or required for activism – mobilisation techniques
- Space for Self Help Groups
- Art/craft in Taleem centres
- Other Skills – theatre etc.
- Exposure trips and other travel opportunities, like participation in QRMs.
- Forge partnerships which will prove beneficial for volunteers in their professional development – organisations that are working with skilling labour etc.
- A small monthly stipend will be provided to volunteers.