Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for the well-being and protection of children. On this assignment we worked mainly with the organisation’s EU office, who was coordinating this capacity development programme for the eight Save the Children EU-based offices.
Based on internal reviews, Save the Children expressed the need to improve and harmonise members’ fundraising and management skills in relation to EU grants. The challenge for MDF Training & Consultancy was to design a solid and interactive capacity building programme to support the organisation in training its own staff using adult learning techniques. For Save the Children, the challenge was to have competent and skilled staff trained in the correct use of EU procedures, so avoiding financial risks and budget ineligibility.
We implemented a 3–phased participatory approach including:
- Development of a specific set of tools to be used by Save the Children in proposal development, grants management and throughout the entire EU Project Cycle.
- Design of a specific training programme on DEVCO/EuropeAid on:
a) Engaging with the EU;
b) Quality Proposal Development;
c) EU grants management to be delivered to Save the Children members and country offices.
- Training of Trainers for the delivery of the above specific training programme.
The results of the three main phases described above were:
- A comprehensive Toolkit with guidelines, examples, best practices and templates, providing a reference manual for all Save the Children members in Europe and in the field.
- A full Trainer package of three modules as described above (a-c) providing EU Save the Children members with access to quality training and trainer material for the delivery of high quality training in the above three modules.
A total of 21 representatives from the Save the Children EU and European member state offices were trained and are capable to act as trainer in EU grant management. Participants were subsequently empowered for further training of the organisation’s EU member state offices and 60 field offices.