The Leadership Corps will link professionally trained health services managers with individuals from organizations in developing countries to promote on-the-job management training and leadership development.
As part of this commitment, volunteers in the Leadership Corps will be recruited from existing industry personnel and the fast growing cadre of retired, retiring, and semi-retired executives. Volunteers will be screened for selection into the Corps and then matched with indiviuals based on the needs of the individual and the skill set and time availability of the volunteers. Volunteers will work side-by-side with individuals to build managerial and leadership capacity through training in specific management competencies. Additionally, volunteers will work on projects identified through needs assessments and predeployment consultations with partner organizations. Volunteers will serve in-country for a minimum of three months per year and will be asked to commit to an ongoing relationship with the in-country partner to support leadership development over time.
The Leadership Corps pilot will be conducted in 25 organizations in 10 communities serving the broadest possible population, i.e., economic base, population density, availability to services, culture/language differences, health status, and other demographic considerations. The Corps will recruit, train, and place 50 highly competent healthcare leaders for service in Kenya during the pilot.
Volunteers in the Leadership Corps will be recruited from existing industry personnel, and the rapidly growing cadre of retired, retiring, and semi-retired executives, including military personnel. Volunteers will be screened for selection into the Corps and then matched with NGOs based on their skill set and time commitment. Volunteers will work side-by-side with NGOs to build managerial and leadership capacity through training in specific management competencies. Additionally, volunteers will work on projects identified through needs assessments and predeployment consultations with NGOs. Volunteers will serve in-country for a minimum of three months per year.
Mr. Charles Evans, FACHE, the President and Founder, will direct the Leadership Corps. He will be assisted by a small staff responsible for Volunteer Development, Project Development, Communications, and Financial Systems. Mr. Evans, together with this staff, will consult with Kenyan NGOs to perform need assessments, conduct predeployment discussions, and monitor and measure progress on the Corps' activities.
In Phase I of the pilot, the Leadership Corps will develop the infrastructure, systems, operating policies and procedures, and identify, recruit, and prepare the teams that will deliver the Corps' training objectives. This step will be completed by 1st quarter, 2009. The operational phase of the pilot will begin in 2nd quarter, 2009, in Kenya and will include documentation of the impact of the Corps' work with Kenyan organizations regarding efficiency of resources used including workforce enhancement, financial performance, time utilization, and the number of people served. Note that the impact on actual health status will require a longer period of time to study. In 3rd quarter 2010, a review will be conducted to critique the Corps' efforts, including lessons learned, opportunities to improve, and significant next steps necessary to implement the Corps globally.
According to the WHO, 'the management of health care is a pivotal factor in the delivery of effective health service with growing recognition of the key role that non-clinical activities play in the way that health care is delivered. Management effectiveness is crucial in all health care settings: hospitals, primary health care clinics, mobile units, laboratories and pharmacies.' There is, however, a shortage of trained healthcare managers in many parts of the world.