1.1 What the HFV programme?

The HFV is a programme in which individuals choose to selflessly contribute to the fight against hunger and malnutrition through activities aimed at promoting food and nutrition security and sustainable livelihoods most especially for the vulnerable groups. The HFV programme in one indeed on of the building blocks in the attainment of the organisation vision of “A Hunger and Malnutrition Free Uganda”. Following, the review organisation programmes in April 2016, the HFV programme, will have a clear admit volunteers bi-annually depending on the assessed programme needs.

1.2 Background

The HFVs programme is an initiative started in 2008 at the initiation of the organisation and the founders were the first volunteers whose cardinal mission was to establish an organisation with a strong ideology of voluntarism in tackling hunger and promoting social development. Since then, the organisation has had the opportunity to recruit, train and orient many, most especially, primary career graduates and members of society to selflessly serve the vulnerable. The disciplines that have so far benefited from the programme include, Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Agriculture, Sociology, Environment, political science, Law, Human Resources, Business and Economic, Education, Social Work and General Social Sciences, Engineering and ICT, among others.   By the nature of voluntary service, the growth of the programme has been slow due to the limited resources.

1.3 Who is a volunteer?

According to the Hunger Fighters Uganda Human Resources Policy 2011, p 6, a Volunteer is defined as the one who performs services:

  1. for civic, charitable or humanitarian reasons; or
  2. for a personal purpose or pleasure; or
  3. to gain employment contacts or a practical work experience.

A volunteer performs services without promise, expectation, or receipt of compensation and without any coercion or pressure from Hunger Fighters Uganda as the employer.

1.4 Why become a HFUV Volunteer?

A Volunteer is in summary a person who does something, especially helping other people, willingly and without being forced or paid to do it. As such selfless service has enormous benefits to those who receive their services and rewards to those that offer the service. This can be broadly be analysed from the satisfaction that one derives from being served and from serving others against the guilt of doing nothing.

  • Volunteers have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of millions of hungry people nationally and reducing the statistics of the same globally.
  • Volunteers have the opportunity save lives through fighting against malnutrition and the related death.
  • Across the disciplines and career growth, voluntarism has an enormous potential in enabling our volunteers to discover who they are, their strength and limits of their disciplines and individual efforts to appreciate the complementarities of multidisciplinary community engagements and team work.
  • In most times, the opportunity to meet ones dream job is inevitable as volunteerism forms the vital steps in gaining the requisite skills and experiences for successful job performance.
  • Volunteerism is an ideology of success in which every second in one’s life is valuable to the cause of positive impact in particular in fighting hunger, malnutrition and the associated costs.
  • Those who are able succeed in offering voluntary services, are at the end more able to gain important contacts through interaction to propel them to broader community engagements.
  • Volunteering activities multiple benefits as an expression of love for others and living active health lives.
  • Finally, joining the family of Hunger Fighters is in itself pleasurable. To be counted as part of the growing number of those fighting the global scourge is a real decision one can make. It is our time to be counted.

 

1.5 APPROACH

From inception, the HFVs programme has built and benefited from a multidisciplinary approach aimed enhancing interdisciplinary and experiential learning. Every, year, the organisation opens opportunities to the potential applicants to join the strategic programme on short term contracts minimum of three months which are renewable. The volunteers are exposed to peer learning on an incremental basis as they engage in implementing existing programmes and activities. From the years of experience, this learning process has been described as “Do as you learn, Learn as you do”. The volunteers are given an opportunity to innovatively work within the organisation programmes and partnerships to achieve organisation programmes. The growth in the programme targets. More so, the lessons learnt have necessitated broader partnerships with like-minded agencies to enhance execution of voluntary services to that need them.

1.6 Procedure

  1. Call for application for Volunteers initiated by Hunger Fighters Uganda. Note: Self solicited applications can also be received.
  2. Submit your application to HFU Human Resources Department.

  1. Your application is assessed by the selection commit.
  2. Where possible interviews are conducted
  3. Volunteer Service Agreement (VSA) is signed between HFU and the Volunteer first for three months.
  4. Volunteer Commences work.
  5. VSA review at the end on the period.</font>
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