Download the competencies assessment worksheet (p148)
Consider impacts of the project, the baseline conditions of the local communities and areas of community development programs you expect to become involved in, for example mechanical training, women’s micro enterprises, agricultural extension, community health etc.
List the roles best suited to your team then list the full range of skills your team will require to fulfil the roles
Write your list of skills into the central column of your downloaded worksheet
Estimate levels of desired expertise for the skills and record them in the left-hand column
Assess personal/team skills and knowledge, recording them in the right-hand column
Compare results of the left-and-right-hand columns making notes of discrepancies. You may need to hire an extra member for your team or train a member in extra skills
Collate gaps and assess future actions, ensuring necessary support for your program is available
Create a training needs list and a human resources request list to be presented to the relevant administration people in your company. Also, list the types of organisations you may need to be linked with and the range of consultants you will need to hire
Zandvliet, L. and Anderson, M. B., Getting it Right: Making Corporate-Community Relations Work, Greenleaf Publishing, Sheffield, 2009, Chapter 13.