The sound of a helicopter chop fills the room. The participants rush to the window of the hotel-meeting-turned-class-room to see who has arrived. They quickly realize it’s just the First Lady of Kenya dropping by to ensure that all is ready for the art exhibition being held at the hotel that evening. This is one of many unexpected and exciting moments that can happen during an overseas delivery of the USAID Programming Foreign Assistance course.
This report summarizes an action planning meeting EnCompass designed and facilitated with the Tanzania police force to develop recommendations for the Police Gender and Children’s Desks’ 2017–2020 Action Plan. The meeting also built capacity on topics such leadership, women’s empowerment, and adherence to the Tanzania Police Force codes of conduct.
EnCompass worked with Oceana, the largest international advocacy organization focused on ocean conservation, as the DC-based NGO’s learning and development partner. Oceana has offices in North America, Central America, South America, Europe and Asia and experienced enormous growth from 2012-2015. Beginning in 2015, EnCompass was hired to work with Oceana leadership to develop a learning and development framework to guide on-boarding of staff and a full year of development for new staff, with the goal of creating a “One Oceana” culture throughout the growing organization.
Through the ADVANTAGE IDIQ, EnCompass was engaged by USAID to design a course on how to integrate GBV prevention into USAID programming activities. The course, Integrating Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Response across Sectors, is a blended program that engages participants at intervals over a 4-month period. The training includes virtual and face-to-face components, as well as practicum activities and a mentoring program.
EnCompass works with USAID’s Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GenDev) to update, deliver, and evaluate a blended learning program comprised of four courses for USAID/Washington and Mission staff worldwide:
For the USAID Missions in Pakistan and Afghanistan, EnCompass is providing training and technical support to help integrate USAID gender policy into programs and into all elements of the program cycle. Technical assistance includes conducting gender analysis and incorporating findings of gender analyses into solicitations, as well as project designs, performance management plans, and evaluations.
In September 2015, the 193 Member States of the United Nations signed the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This global framework of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 associated targets will guide national and international public policy.
EnCompass has won the rebid of the USAID Training and Facilitation Services contract at an exciting time in the Agency’s history of organizational management and development. Since 2006, EnCompass has been a trusted partner for the USAID Office of Human Capital and Talent Management (HCTM), successfully providing a wide range of training design and delivery services. The new work with HCTM is launching right on the heels of the recent release of USAID’s 2015-2019 Global Workforce Learning Strategy (GWLS).
EnCompass worked collaboratively with the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation to support their Relief and Resilience International Program. This program is focused on the community level, supporting vulnerable populations in low-attention disasters, disaster risk reduction, and climate change adaptation in the Sahel, Central America, and South and Southeast Asia. EnCompass helped the Foundation refine the program’s theory of change and formalize a robust monitoring, evaluation, and learning plan.
EnCompass collaborated with a Rome-based Food Agency to create a suite of just-in-time performance support tools (job aids, templates, checklists, and short videos) for staff at country offices. In addition to the tools, EnCompass also designed an on-line learning platform-- where the tools are housed-- and developed and delivered a series of virtual instructor-led sessions on topics targeted to enhance and strengthen the expertise and capacity of agency leaders stationed at critical country posts.