The APSEA Committees
APSEA strategic plan (2017 - 2021) identifies Committees as crucial organs that will steer the Association to greater heights. Activities of the Association are expected to be committee centered and require tapping into the expertise and knowledge of volunteer members
APSEA has thematically been organized into three committees namely:
- Professional Resource Centre Committee (PRCC)
- Marketing, Business Development and Capacity Building Committee (MBCC)
- Public Affairs, Governance and Legislation Committee (PGLC)
Beyond the above, we also have the Kenya Professionals’ Development Fund (KPDF).
Though membership to these committees is voluntary and do not attract any form of monetary payment for serving in the committees, they afford members greater opportunities to contribute to the national agenda and to advance the interests of professional bodies, as well as provide an interaction platform for professionals from diverse disciplines and growth of the professions under APSEA. Committee meetings are held at least once every two months except when there are urgent matters that require members’ immediate attention.
According to the constitution, APSEA Executive Committee consists of
- The First Vice Chairperson
- The Second Vice Chairperson
- The Honorary Secretary
- The Honorary Treasurer
- The Assistant Secretary
- The Assistant Treasurer
The constitution under article 12 states as below.as quoted
1. The Council may at any time appoint one or more Committees, consisting of such private members as it may consider fit, to advise and assist the Council in the performance of its functions.
2. The Council may at its discretion vary the mandate and membership of such Committees.
3. The Council may at any time discharge the Committees from their functions, but until so discharged, the Committees shall continue in existence notwithstanding changes in the membership of the Council.
4. The convener of a Committee shall hold office until the conclusion of the next Annual General Meeting of the Association or until he:-
(a) Ceases to be a private member of the Association;
(c) Or is unable to perform the functions of his office.
5. The Council may in its by-laws prescribe the procedures and the conduct of the business of the committees.
Previously, the APSEA Executive has co-opted Committee conveners to sit in Executive meetings for operational and administrative purpose.
The Chairman has the authority to merge the functions of committees and streamline operations as he deems fit. However, it was decided that the members of Executive Committee should not be more than fifteen.
APSEA CHAIRMAN’S FOCUS AREAS
- Collaboration with state and non-state actors
- Involvement in matters of National Importance
- Expansion of APSEA Membership
- Legislative Agenda for members
OBJECTIVES OF NEW COMMITTEES.
The Executive Committee approved formation of three committees as below: -
CONVENER: - MR. LEONID ASHINDU
The committee objectives: -
- Developing and maintaining a professional resource Centre.
- Management and maintenance of professional Centre building.
- Promoting and maintenance of the internal capacity of the APSEA secretariat.
To achieve the stated objectives, the committee has to undertake the following activities:
- Providing and enhancing library services
- Ensuring the viability of the Professional Centre and in particular revising rents and hire charges and rehabilitation of the Professional Centre.
- Ensuring the secretariat is managed by dedicated and qualified personnel.
- Creating a modern management information system for APSEA and in particular to install computer-based management information system (MIS).
- Regulate and control the whole of the finances and accounts of the Association.
- Co-ordinate the financial and accounting methods among all the committees and organs of the Association.
- Keeping of proper books of accounts
- Preparation of annual financial statements
- Co-coordinating budgets from committees
- Control of expenditure and authorizing payments
- Review of members subscriptions and reporting to the Council
- Advising the Council on sources and utilization of funds.
- Management of the Secretariat including staff.
- Responsible for the implementation of the APSEA strategic plan
CONVENER: - MR. LEONARD ALOO
The following are the committee objectives: -
- Promoting the highest standards of professionalism among members.
- Supporting the development of relevant and responsive National education system.
- Promoting opportunities for membership services locally, regionally and internationally.
- Developing support services for members
- Increase Membership in APSEA
In order to achieve the stated objectives, the committee will undertake the following activities: -
- Developing guidelines and promoting CPD programs among members.
- Organizing CPD programs for general membership and encouraging member associations to become involved in curriculum development of professional education.
- Promoting research and development through collaborative arrangement with research institutions.
- Establishment of a research fund.
- Publication of an APSEA Newsletter
- Development and ensuring compliance with the code of ethics
- Building a positive image of APSEA regionally, nationally and internationally
- Increase Membership in APSEA
- Development of recognition achievement award scheme.
- Creating local opportunities for professional services and in particular lobbying for consultancy work for local professionals and supporting entrepreneurship opportunities among members.
- Creating local capacity for professional services, which will include developing programs for capacity building and carrying out a competence needs assessment among professionals.
- Promoting export of professional services and in this regard participating in regional and international exhibitions and fairs.
- Encouragement of networking among professionals locally, internationally, and in particular to network with other professional centers and associations.
- Promotion of regional integration of professional services and in this regard to harmonize standards of training and practice.
- Creating a data bank of professional opportunities.
- Developing directory of professionals and their services.
- Developing services beneficial to members and in particular, to create insurance related benevolent fund for members, credit and discount schemes, professional pension scheme and preferential insurance for members.
CONVENER: - MR HILLARY ONAMI
The key objectives of the committee is to:
- Address the concerns surrounding professional integrity and ethics in professionalism.
- Providing leadership in professional matters affecting the public.
- Encouraging the practice of good governance at social, political and economic levels.
- Mentor and lobby parliament, Government and other stakeholders in respect of legislation.
In order to successfully achieve these objectives, the Committee carries out the following activities;
- Assess, address and monitor cases when professional integrity and ethics have been compromised
- Carry out activities that facilitate the cultivation of professionalism in member associations such as professional sectoral workshops and seminars and such like activities; lobbying, informative and mentorship
- Facilitate the development and implementation of codes of conduct in APSEA and its corporate members and ensuring compliance with the code of ethics
- Consulting with member associations seeking to know the legal framework and codes of conduct as well as the enforceability or otherwise of the same.
- Addressing the possible hindrances to efficient professional delivery.
- Supporting member Associations in matters of public interest and in this regard lobbying on public issues affecting members and promoting amendments of laws to ensure self-regulation in the professional Associations.
- Creating capacity to pro-act and respond to public issues from a professional perspective and in particular to create forums for discussion on issues of public interest and lobbying for inclusion of professionals in public institutions including parliament.
- Recognition of achievement that promote public interest and in particular promoting achievement awards that enhance excellence.
- Developing good governance criteria for use nationally and in this regard to organize code of conduct workshops nationally.
- Lobbying for the creation of the office of ombudsman and for this reason the committee will develop the terms of reference for the office and promote the idea among the national stakeholders.