The Corporate Services unit provides an array of services to the Programmes directorate, management and the Board of Trustees, thus ensuring that project staff are supported to deliver effectively, efficiently & economically and the governance and management structures function smoothly. This arrangement enables project staff to concentrate on their specific activities while the routine administrative activities are handled by experienced support staff.
The Corporate Services directorate comprises three sections – Finance & IT, Human Resources and Administration. The Finance, Audit and Personnel sub-committees of the Board of Trustees provide strategic direction and play an important oversight role in the governance of the organisation.
A small percentage of income may be spent on Corporate Services activities and this encourages a lean and effective section working in synergy with the Programmes directorate to achieve the organisation’s objectives. Ongoing attention is paid to ensuring that the size of the Corporate Services staff complement is in relation to the overall organisation.
HST prides itself in consistently achieving unqualified audits through the years. HST’s Annual Financial Statements can be accessed electronically through this website or viewed by arrangement at our offices.
HST provides an intellectually stimulating environment, which contributes to a meaningful workplace that attracts excellent people, brings out the best in people and allows them to deliver excellent service and high quality products to our clients.
The organisation has good, well thought out policies and procedures for an organisation of its size. These policies in some instances offer more than the minimum stipulated in the BCEA and, possibly more importantly, the vast majority of these show the flexibility that is required when operating in the type of environment in which HST operates.
HST promotes the use of free and open source software (FOSS) with most of its servers running on Linux. Despite operating in an NGO environment, HST has provided its staff and other stakeholders with access to current technologies and services. HST serves as a “best practice” site for the use of FOSS, particularly in the NGO environment, offering not just a theoretical concept but a live network with the free and open source software maintained through in-house technical staff and skills.
The Administration team is responsible for the secretarial and logistical arrangements for the organisation and ensures that our offices run smoothly and efficiently. All of HST’s conferences, workshops and meetings have been successfully co-ordinated through our Administrators.