SolarAid is an international development charity which is working to create a sustainable market for solar lights in Africa. In line with the United Nation’s sustainable development goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”.
Its mission is to light up every home, school, and clinic in Africa by 2030, using safe, clean, solar power. In late 2021 it launched a £25 million fundraising campaign ‘End the Darkness’,.
To source the people to help achieve the funding ambition, develop a consistent way of working across different locations, namely United Kingdom, Zambia and Malawi and to help HR processes that are easy to use and support the organization to focus on its mission.
They have no internal HR support and recognized that they need on-going HR advice and support to help manage the transition, to put excellent people management practice in place and train the managers to recruit and retain great staff.
Hafton Consultancy is providing this support on a monthly retained basis (normally around two to three days) to provide the strategy HR level advice. This has included training staff in good recruitment & interviewing practice, and how to write a clear job description, as well as resolve pay structure and progression across its whole operation.
An effective on-going provision of support linked to other internal projects as it delivers it ambitious funding ambition.
From the very outset worked Hafton Consultancy acted as a trusted partner to me as the Chief Executive Officer. The lead consultant, Anna Stobart, provided a good balance of being reflective, sensitive, and action-oriented. She built strong relationships with members of the senior management team and across the organisation. Anna understood our business and issues very well, and was able to draw on her extensive knowledge and experience to add value immediately.
On the practical side Anna has a good network to call upon, provided a plan of activity and clear deliverables and helped move things along when internal hurdles meant that some pieces of work stalled.
Anna is also very clear when giving advice while having good awareness of sensitivities, and was particularly conscious of building capacity within SolarAid and SunnyMoney (SolarAid’s social entreprise organisation based in Nairobi) and made sound, objective recommendations for future needs.