The role of our project managers is to ensure our beekeeping interventions effectively deliver their agreed outputs and outcomes. Our project managers process guide details how we go about our project work. Increasingly our projects are delivered with local partners who work in close co-operation with both project managers and beneficiaries. The role includes:
- Qualifying applicants as suitable beneficiaries. This is generally done in country face to face.
- Project design, planning and approval.
- Securing funding.
- Monitoring and managing project delivery. This will involve in-country visits and may include personally delivering some aspects of training.
- Controlling project budgets.
- Reporting on progress.
- To learn about our current projects please visit our website.
The profile of a successful project manager is:
- Competent in beekeeping beyond BBKA Basic Assessment level.
- Familiar with general business skills. Our projects are about setting up small business enterprises, not just beekeeping.
- Excellent communicator particularly good at listening. Sensitive to other cultures. Tactful and diplomatic.
- Demonstrates good capability in planning and organising, including financial control.
- Able to work in difficult conditions, not risk-averse.
- Enthusiastic, able to work on own initiative and take responsibility.
- Adequate time availability.
Induction – There are three routes:
Those who have already managed beekeeping projects in the developing world are welcome. We offer them the opportunity to share knowledge with our team of PMs and the benefits of being part of an organisation dedicated to the relief of poverty through beekeeping.
Apprenticeship with a Bees Abroad Project Manager
There are occasional opportunities to travel to a project with an experienced Bees Abroad PM. Prospective PMs are required to fund their costs and should budget in the region of £1500. There are some suggestions below about raising funds.
Apprenticeship without a Bees Abroad Project Manager
We can facilitate visits for individuals to existing mature projects in Kenya or Uganda to observe and learn about the challenges of beekeeping in Africa. Funding applies as listed above. Project Managers are expected to self-fund an initial visit to Africa the cost of which is typically £1000 to £1500.
Fundraising routes for initial visits:
- Self-Funding – Donations of personal funds to BA which are then used for visits attract gift aid of 25% if the donor is a taxpayer.
- Local Beekeepers – A recent recruit persuaded her local Beekeeping Association to dedicate their annual raffle to funding her visit and to give any surplus to Bees Abroad. The raffle raised £1300 which Santander Bank agreed to match fund to a tune of £1000.
- A school at which one of her friends does some beekeeping work raised £163 in a bucket collection. Result £2463 raised in 5 months.
- Relatives and Friends – ‘Birthday present just donations to Bees Abroad this year please’.
- Buy & Sell on eBay – it works for one of our PMs.
- Swarms & Nuclei – Ask for donations to Bees Abroad when you collect a swarm or give bees away.
…..there are many more.