With just a few days until the 2018 Gender 360 Summit on June 11, which EnCompass is co-sponsoring, we are pleased to feature insights from another EnCompass staff member who will present on our work related to “Positive Girl and Boy Development,” the summit’s theme. Fazel Rahim is a Gender and Training Specialist based at our headquarters in Rockville, Maryland.
A few years ago, I wrote about how EnCompass’ curriculum design and facilitation work on two USAID programs was helping equip Ugandans to win the fight against malaria. This is one of the most rewarding projects I have had the pleasure of being involved with, knowing our work was contributing to saving lives and changing the future for northern Uganda.
Through this multi-year contract, EnCompass is providing performance management technical support to the Office of Cuban Affairs in USAID’s Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC/Cuba). The EnCompass team is supporting the office in planning, designing, conducting, disseminating, and learning from rigorous monitoring and evaluation of its assistance activities.
Under USAID's Worldwide Training (WWT) project, EnCompass provides training and facilitation, curriculum development, e-learning design, and analytical services to USAID staff through an integrated core suite of training courses. The courses are intended to build skills and knowledge of USAID staff in areas of strategic planning, budgeting, procurement, program and project management, and monitoring and evaluation. EnCompass partners with RTI on this project. The courses provided include:
Under a five-year contract with USAID, EnCompass manages the Global Health Professional and Organizational Development (GHPOD) II program. GHPOD’s role is to provide professional and organizational development support to USAID’s health sector staff around the world to build their capacity to lead and manage health programs. Through the GHPOD mechanism, EnCompass provides a variety of training and learning programs to build capacity in technical areas, program management, leadership, personal and team effectiveness, retreats and strategic meetings, and staff performance management.
The Evaluators’ Institute (TEI) has been a leading provider of evaluation capacity building for more than 20 years. In 2016, EnCompass entered into an agreement with Claremont Graduate University (CGU) to manage TEI operations, including the planning and delivery of TEI programs around the world. TEI offers evaluation professionals training at all levels and all steps of the evaluation process. TEI courses are taught by leaders in the field, with courses offering technical rigor in evaluation methods and practice through participant-centered, adult-learning approaches.
In its aim to end global hunger, the World Food Programme(WFP) is striving to plan and commission independent, credible and useful evaluation evidence across the organization. With this in mind, WFP asked EnCompass to co-design and implement a comprehensive learning programme to build the capacity of all of its staff in evaluation principles and management. The Evaluation Learning Programme (EvalPro) targets all staff with the skills and knowledge they require to engage with or manage evaluations.
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.