Integra offers capacity building services to increase motivation, knowledge, and skills that support program design, analysis, and monitoring and evaluation. This support can be both direct and indirect depending on the need.
1. DIRECT Capacity
Direct organizational capacity building is grounded in new performance expectations and carefully designed training and development to build required staff knowledge and skills. Most organizations face severe time constraints, so training and performance support must be highly focused and effective. Our approach to building organizational capacity includes:
- Identifying and analyzing skills/competency gaps through an assessment of the current status quo targeted skills and competencies, and other organizational or external factors.
- Designing, building, and adapting targeted training for classroom and online training resources.
- Delivering training and providing follow-up support and tools.
- Evaluating, learning, and assessing training impact.
Furthermore, Integra knows that adult learning is effective when it is based on three key factors:
- Understanding of an organization’s environment;
- Recognition of the learner’s view of the “problem” to be addressed; and
- Provides opportunities for practical application of learning to the job.
2. INDIRECT Capacity
Indirect capacity building is technical assistance that ensures timely staff augmentation. We assemble innovative and nimble teams designed to provide a wide range of sectoral and technical expertise.
Quickly Fielding Experts
Some projects require access to a large pool of international and local experts. Integra, together with our partners, maintains a combined database of 10,000 experts. Integra also has home office project specialists on staff that are fully trained to identify, recruit, and fielding consultants. Our clients have access to these project specialists as surge capacity, enabling Integra to scale-up field support quickly, while remaining cost efficient.
Building Local Partnerships
Integra works with local partners in ways that are purposeful, strategic, and cost-effective to build local capacity and self-reliance. Integra employs a ‘Learn-by-doing’ capacity building approach and creates a long-term capacity building plan for each local firm through the following:
- Providing a range of support including institutional capacity building and financial management.
- Training in theories of change.
- Identifying performance indicators.
- Applying internal quality control management.
As capacity is built, Integra provides local firms with a large share of activities to a degree that their contribution to projects grow year after year.
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