A Board of Directors comprised of seven (7) members elected by the General Assembly, governs EANNASO. The members are representative of the member countries as well as the different constituencies that form EANNASO. The board is a combination of representation and professional capacities and sits on a regular basis to guide the organizational strategic direction, formulate policies& procedures, and reviews organizational reports. The Executive Committee of the Board is composed of the Chair, Vice Chair, and Treasurer with the Executive Director sitting in as an ex officio member. The board remains committed to transparency and consistency within its leadership processes and perform their leadership and fiduciary responsibilities with a high degree of integrity and professionalism. The EANNASO Board is elected during its general assembly.
The Secretariat, which is headed by the Executive Director, coordinates all programmes and activities of EANNASO. To ensure efficient and effective implementation of programmes, EANNASO has two key support functions; namely Institutional Development and Monitoring and Evaluation. Both of these functions technically reside in the office of the Executive Director (ED) with direct reporting lines to the ED.
The functional structure illustrated below in figure 8 is not the organogram of the organisation but an illustration of the key functional areas required for efficient and effective delivery of programmes and the management of EANNASO as an organisation. On the programmatic side, EANNASO has four defined programmes that are supported by a monitoring and evaluation function. This M&E function serves to monitor and evaluate the delivery successes of each programme area as well as the overall impacts the organisation is making at the regional and national levels. This implies that the M&E function has both an internal and an external role. The knowledge management and learning programme is both a programme in its own right with a defined product orientation (electronic dialogue platform, research and the processing and packing of information and knowledge); as well as a repository and support for the other three programmatic areas. This area also has both an internal and external dimensions to its work modalities and as in the case of the M&E function, will also be used to help inform resource mobilisation for EANNASO itself, partnership brokering and institutional reflection / development.
The Office of the ED, has built within it, the ED, Secretarial support, the M&E function and the institution development function. The resource mobilisation function is also implicit with the ED’s office although some of these functions have dual internal / external roles.