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December 10, 2012
Spotlight on EnCompass in recent ILA Newsletter
(Picture:EnCompass Consultants Bob Wright and Elizabeth Robinson facilitating the MDP)
The EnCompass Leadership Development team was recently featured in the November newsletter from the International Leadership Association (ILA) for our collaboration with the United Nations Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM).
Since 2009, EnCompass has been collaborating with OHRM to provide a Leadership Development Programme (LDP) and Management Development Programme (MDP) for the United Nations Secretariat. We are also providing a related MDP for the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). By the end of 2012, over 1,850 participants will have experienced the programs which take an appreciative approach to leadership development.
You can read the full article on page 8 of ILA’s November newsletter.
December 7, 2012
(Jonathan Jones and Ana Maria Garcia Femenia with Global Libraries Workshop Participants)
Jonathan Jones, Evaluation Specialist, and EnCompass consultant Ana Maria Garcia Femenia, worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Global Libraries staff to co-facilitate a proposal development workshop in November at the foundation’s Seattle headquarters. Jonathan and Ana led teams from Costa Rica and Jamaica in developing vision statements and results frameworks, key components in the countries’ evaluation plans.Click here to read more about EnCompass’ work with the Global Libraries program.
November 8, 2012
From the Field: South Sudan
Jonathan Jones, Evaluation Specialist, recently traveled to South Sudan to conduct fieldwork for an evaluation of a program that is seeking to build the capacity of diplomats and staff at the South Sudan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. South Sudan has faced many challenges since becoming independent in July 2011. One of which is to staff new South Sudan embassies with people who are capable of effectively representing the interests of their country. The training program has just completed the first year of a two year implementation. EnCompass is partnering with the United States Institute of Peace for the evaluation.
(Jonathan Jones interviewing the Deputy Foreign Minister of South Sudan)
October 12, 2012
UN Secretariat Honored with ICF Prism Award
On October 5, the UN Secretariat was honored for the use and impact of coaching in their Management Development Programme (MDP) when presented with the annual ICF International Prism Award at the ICF (International Coach Federation) Global Conference in London. Fatemeh Ziai, the UN Secretariat's Director of Learning and Development, noted that coaching does more than help the UN Secretariat deal with complexity; it has started to re-shape the culture of the organization. "The coaching component of the Management Development Program is having impact across the Organization and serving to increase staff morale and self-confidence,” she explained. According to an ROI impact evaluation conducted by the ROI Institute earlier this year, the program has had the greatest impact on job effectiveness, and there has been an 87.6% return on investment (ROI) from the one-on-one coaching provided within the program.
EnCompass has been working with the United Nations on the design and delivery of their management development and leadership development programs since 2009, including the provision of coaching services. We are proud to continue our collaboration, and we congratulate our client partners at the UN for this accomplishment and honor.
September 26, 2012
D.C. Training/Conference Space Available
Looking for space downtown? EnCompass LLC is pleased to offer use of premium training/conference space for rent on a daily or weekly basis at its Washington, DC Training Center. Meeting rooms include a large, multi-purpose space and a smaller board room.
The EnCompass Training Center is conveniently located at 1920 L Street, NW -- one block from the Orange Line Metro station and two blocks from the Red Line Metro station. There is parking in the building and several parking lots within a block’s radius.
Meeting space is available during regular business hours – 8:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday (except holidays).
To read more about the space, or to schedule a site visit, please click here.
September 18, 2012
From the Field: Nigeria
EnCompass' Lyn Messner helped to facilitate the pilot workshop of the AIDSTAR-One "Capacity Assessment Tool for Transitioning Management and Leadership of PEPFAR HIV Care and Treatment Programs to Local Partners", with key HIV stakeholders in Lokoja, the capital city of Kogi state in Nigeria.
August 14, 2012
Jeri Darling Appointed to HRPS' Board of Directors
Jeri Darling, EnCompass’ V.P. of Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for HR People and Strategy (HRPS). HRPS is a ground-breaking network of HR executives and HR management professionals that focus on the intersection of people and strategy.
Jeri has served as the Chair of HRPS’ Leadership and Development Committee since October of 2011, and is honored to step into this new role with the organization.
July 27, 2012
Lynne Franco, EnCompass V.P. of Technical Assistance and Evaluation, recently traveled to Kampala, Uganda, to conduct the first Annual Review Workshop for the Center for Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA). The CTCA, established in July 2011 by WHO and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will work throughout the African continent to implement tobacco control legislation and programs in line with international best practices and obligations in the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
To read more about EnCompass’ work with WHO and the CTCA, click here.
July 9, 2012
EnCompass in Beirut to Plan EvalPartners' Chiang Mai Forum
June 25, 2012
EnCompass V.P. Published by Jossey-Bass
Jeri Darling, EnCompass’ Vice President of Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness, was recently published in Leading in Complex Worlds, the latest Leadership resource from the International Leadership Association (ILA) & Jossey-Bass/Wiley. The book focuses on “living in the balance between moments of routine and moments of uncertainty, between the places of practice and the places of performance.”
Jeri’s chapter is entitled "Global Leadership: How an Emerging Construct is Informed by Complex Systems Theory". She will be presenting on this work at the 14th Annual ILA Global Conference in Denver from October 24-27. Congratulations to Jeri and her fellow authors on this exciting work!
June 6, 2012
EnCompass Team Awarded First FORECAST II Task Order
EnCompass is pleased to announce that our team has been awarded the first task order under USAID’s FORECAST II- Participant Training mechanism, through which we are able to support a range of Participant Training (PT) services offered to USAID Missions.
Through this task order, EnCompass and its partner, Georgetown University’s Center for Intercultural Education and Development (GU-CIED), will support USAID/Mexico to increase the base of skilled, high performing professional and technical staffs working in joint U.S.-Mexico development priority areas. The project includes facilitation of tertiary education and professional development for students pursuing Masters degrees in education, peace studies and natural resource management.
To read more about the project, click here.
May 23, 2012
(Christy Grimsley with EnCompass consultants Abibata Handley and Ann Micelli)
EnCompass Training Specialist, Christy Grimsley, recently traveled to Uganda, along with two consultants, to develop training designs for an Indoor Residual Spray project funded by USAID and implemented by Abt. The project is active in 10 districts in the northern part of Uganda, an area that has historically had some of the highest malaria rates in the world.
Since returning to Washington, DC, Christy and her colleagues have written five facilitator manuals covering a breadth of topics on Indoor Residual Spraying programming and processes. These manuals will be used by Abt and Ministry of Health trainers to increase the knowledge and capacity of those working in the community and at the sub-district and district levels.
To read more about the project, click here.
May 8, 2012
EnCompass VP Honored for Award-winning Evaluation Report
On Tuesday, May 2 Lynne Franco, EnCompass VP for Technical Assistance and Evaluation, met with Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development. Lynne was honored as the lead author of Results of Collaborative Improvement: Effects on Health Outcomes and Compliance with Evidence-based Standards in 27 Applications in 12 Countries, one of five evaluation reports selected by the PPL’s Office of Learning, Evaluation and Research for demonstrating high quality. The data in this report covered 81 distinct measures of compliance with standards and outcomes for maternal, newborn and child health, HIV/AIDS care, family planning, and malaria and tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment. It provided compelling evidence that collaborative improvement can achieve large increases in performance, regardless of the baseline level of quality, and that results can be achieved relatively rapidly. Congratulations, Lynne and Team!
April 28, 2012
EnCompass to Support USAID Orphaned and Vulnerable Children Support Initiative in Zambia
As a subcontractor to EDC, EnCompass is supporting a USAID-funded project in Zambia to build the institutional capacity of community schools with the end goal of improving student performance to support educational goals as articulated in national strategies and relevant MDGs. EnCompass’ support focuses on building the evaluation and research capacity of Zambian institutions, including the Ministry of Education and institutions of higher learning, and collaborating partners; and, to provide technical expertise to the project for research and evaluation activities. EnCompass will lead the implementation of baseline, mid-term and final evaluations; develop case studies; and guide partners to ensure gender-related and HIV issues are integrated into evaluation and research tools and activities.
April 15, 2012
EnCompass President Selected to Represent AEA at the IOCE
EnCompass President Tessie Catsambas has been selected to represent the American Evaluation Association as its official Representative to the International Organisation for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE). The IOCE serves as a hub or support mechanism for evaluation associations, societies and networks around the world in order to promote the strengthening of the worldwide community of evaluation professionals.
Click here to read more.
April 1, 2012
EnCompass Joins CIDC
EnCompass has recently joined the Coalition for International Development Companies (CIDC), a community formed with the goal of informing and educating people about the vital role that international development companies play in delivering transparent and sustainable development results in support of US national security, economic, and humanitarian goals. CIDC does this by showcasing the positive impact that international development companies have worldwide in partnership with the US government - in food security, clean water, health care, the environment, economic growth, education, governance - and by sharing their stories, expertise and priorities with policymakers, the media and other influencers in Washington, D.C. and around the world.
We share a strong commitment to the CIDC goals and are pleased to be part of this important mission.
March 14, 2012
EnCompass Selected for USAID FORECAST II - PT
EnCompass LLC has been selected as a recipient of USAID's FORECAST II - PT funding mechanism. THe FORECAST II programs works to strengthen the abilities of host country partners through strategically designed, integrated training and technical assistance activities that address identified skill gaps and that directly improve job performance. The goal of FORECAST II is to effect long-term sustainable economic, political, and social development within the diverse categories of countries that USAID serves.
We are proud to serve USAID and to do so in collaboration with our FORECAST II partner organizations.