Get to know the technical team behind GG Projects

A large contingent of Rotary volunteers give their time and expertise to assist TRF staff and trustees in proper grant planning, monitoring and evaluation. These Rotarians belong to a group called Cadre of Technical advisors A large contingent of Rotary volunteers give their time and expertise to assist TRF staff and trustees in proper grant planning, monitoring and evaluation. These Rotarians belong to a group called Cadre of Technical advisors The Rotary Foundation’s Cadre of Technical Advisers extend their niche expertise from different fields to carry out global grant projects across the world. They are classified into two groups:

Resource people for guiding and advising global grant applicants and conducting community-needs assessment which is mandatory from July 2019 for any global grant project.

Indumati Gopinathan, along with other cadre members, engaged in a discussion.
Indumati Gopinathan, along with other cadre members, engaged in a discussion.

Technical experts who help clubs to carry out effective, sustainable and accountable GG projects around the world.

Profile of Cadre members

They are Rotarians drawn from various professions that correlate to Rotary’s six areas of focus. In addition, cadre members include a team of auditors to review project finances and grant management. Cadre members include diverse professionals from lawyers, diplomats to arbitrators, mediators to engineers, teachers, city planners, financial advisors and even social activists.

Specific role of cadre members

They review, monitor, and evaluate projects and ensure proper utilisation of grant funds. Their assignments could be online technical reviews, site visits and audits among other key assignments.

Any Rotarian wanting to receive guidance on project planning or implementation from a cadre member familiar with your project type, can contact cadre@rotary.org or the technical coordinators.

You may also ask questions to experts directly through the Rotary Discussion Groups. Each area of focus has three technical coordinators from around the Rotary world and they help recruit cadre members and serve as leaders in each of the technical sectors.

How to join the TRF Cadre

Check out what skills the cadre needs in your part of the world by choosing the relevant region. Rotary is looking for Rotarians in all technical areas. Eligibility requirements include:

l Current, active member of a functioning Rotary club

l Good standing with The Rotary Foundation and Rotary International

l Professional experience in at least one of the technical sectors.

The cadre members play a crucial role of getting everyone see the perspective of the Rotary Foundation and also drive home the fact that they are here as guiding forces and advisors to help serve community better. All the money Rotarians, donors and sponsors donate with so much faith needs to be accounted for and used effectively to benefit communities across the world. Finally, it is the Rotary team of club Rotarians, TRF staff, trustees and cadre who make “doing good in the world” happen meaningfully well.

The writer is member of RC ­Bombay Chembur West, RID 3141, and a cadre member since 2014.

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