The Kenya Meteorological Society (KMS) is a professional Scientific Society. The Society was registered in 1987 with the main objective of promoting of the understanding and application of the Science of Meteorology and other related sciences in Kenya and beyond for sustainable socio-economic development. The Society does this by encouraging operational research in Meteorology and dissemination of research findings in the profession. As a professional body, KMS looks towards contributing in the implementation of the country’s new constitution and the achievement of the Kenya’s vision 2030 and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) .
A participatory process was used to ensure ownership thus enhancing effective and efficient implementation of the strategic plan. The Committee received guidance from different organs of the Society: Advisory Board, Patron, Executive Committee, members and the Secretariat.
To address the expectations of members and community in Kenya and the region the Society has set out the vision, mission and core values. They revised vision is A leading professional society promoting the understanding and application of weather and climate science for the well-being of humanity. The Society will be governed by a set of core values namely diversity, professionalism, integrity, respect, service, excellence, and teamwork to build foundation that will align her to this strategic plan.
The philosophical basis of the strategy is that Benefits to Individuals and corporate bodies can be optimized through the linkages brought about by a professional society connecting producers and users of the relevance services. Kenya Meteorological Society is the link that maximizes the professional service on weather, climate and climate change and their applications in Kenya and the region.
A review of the past and current functions and structure of the Society included financial situation and investments, secretariat, student excellence awards, mentorship/internship, outreach programmes, publications, annual general meetings and membership. This review established a number of strategic issues: membership, Good Corporate Governance, Resources, Professional services and Networks and Society’s reputation in order to increase efficiency and realize its mandate.
A monitoring and evaluation process is necessary to embrace a SMART approach in implementing the KMS strategic plan 2014-2018. A detailed description of the performance indicators, baseline situation, targets, timelines and responsibilities for achieving the expected outcomes has been developed.
As the Society reaches out in an effort to enhance its membership, the strategic plan envisages the development of functional county branches and equitable representation in all aspects. To establish good corporate governance, enhanced efficiency and effectiveness are crucial. The Strategic plan therefore anticipates the institution of an effective monitoring and evaluation mechanism that in the long run is expected to give rise to improved commitment and loyalty to the Society. The strategic plan also aims to enhance and diversify the resources of the Society. The anticipated outcomes of this include a productive and motivated secretariat, increased and sustainable financial performance, and improved quality of physical infrastructure. In order to offer improved professional services in meteorological practice, the Society plans to enhance the professional development of its members. An increase in the number of certified professionals is also anticipated. In keeping with the principles of best practice, the Society will work in partnership with other organizations and professional societies at national, regional and international levels
To operationalize this Strategic plan, all the organs of the Society will work in harmony in line with the Society’s Constitution, Rules and Regulations, as well as the Code of Ethics and Conduct.
It is foreseen that through this strategic plan, the society will be proactive in service delivery and the proposed interventions will play a critical role in improving activities of the Society relevant to dissemination of weather and climate information.