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close this bookHIV/AIDS Networking Guide - A comprehensive resource for individuals and organisations who wish to build, strengthen or sustain a network (International Council of AIDS Service Organisations, 1997, 48 p.)
close this folderChapter 5 - Governing Body and Staff Issues in Formalized Networks
View the documentIntroduction
View the documentSelecting a Governing Body
View the documentModels for the Structure of the Governing Body
View the documentModel 1: The Working/Administrative Governing Body
View the documentModel 2: Collective
View the documentTips to Help Distinguish Between the Role of the Governing Body and Staff
View the documentBasic Functions of Governing Bodies
View the documentSample Terms of Reference for a Member of a Governing Body
View the documentTerms of Reference for the Governing Body of an Existing AIDS Network
View the documentDefining the Role of Staff
View the documentJob Description of Network Senior Staff Person

Tips to Help Distinguish Between the Role of the Governing Body and Staff

Once the decision is taken to hire staff the key tasks will be to determine the difference between the role of the network’s governing body and staff.

Let’s examine some options.

In order to decide on an appropriate structure, the governing body must ask three basic questions.

1. What decisions do we want to make ourselves, and what decisions do we want to delegate to our staff?

2. How much do we want to be involved in the day-to-day operation of the network?

3. How will we define the reporting relationship between ourselves and our staff?

Depending on how you answer those questions, you can come up with several different pictures of how a governing body operates.