Placing people at the heart of development

Placing people at the heart of development

At GOPA Worldwide Consultants, we understand that behind each development project there is a human story. For this reason, we favour dynamic development cooperation that places beneficiaries at the heart of our work.

Our people-centred approach, based on six core sectors of expertise, ensures that the projects we implement deliver the best possible outcome in terms of socially-inclusive growth and poverty reduction and have a sustainable and measurable impact on peoples’ lives.

We have zero-tolerance approach to bribery and corruption. We would rather lose a project than engage in corrupt behavior. We take integrity and compliance very seriously, hence anti-fraud and compliance training is compulsory for all our colleagues.
Berthold Averweg
Managing Director of GOPA
My first assignment for GOPA was in 1996 and since then I’ve had 25 contracts for various projects. I really appreciate the work ethics and the professional attitude of the GOPA team, they are a reliable partner. We share the same goal of delivering good results to our clients.
Gerhard Rettenbacher
Team Leader for a GOPA project in Lebanon funded by the European Union
I really appreciate our team’s work atmosphere and the peer learning opportunities we have across functional groups. Peer learning is part of our team culture and we eagerly transfer this concept to the countries we work with, for example, through cascade training and job shadowing.
Simone Goncalves
Senior Project Manager in the Education and Employment Promotion team
What I appreciate about GOPA is the trustful partnership and the confidence they have in my work. I receive help when I need it and together we take responsibility for the project’s results.
Elena Maximenco
Team Leader for a GOPA project in Tajikistan
Prior to joining the team in our headquarters, I worked for GOPA on a GIZ-funded project at the EAC Secretariat in Tanzania. I now have a pleasantly wide perspective on strategic aspects of our projects. I am particularly inspired by the dynamics of working in different countries and on diverse topics
Jesse Mutua
Project Manager in the Governance and Economic Development team
After spending two years in Djibouti, I am currently in Ethiopia on another long-term assignment with GOPA. I work in remote areas and it is important for me that I can communicate freely in a collaborative environment. With GOPA I feel comfortable and supported, which means we can be pro-active in the implementation of project activities.
Massimo Amorosi
Team Leader for a GOPA project in Ethiopia funded by KfW
I’ve been working in GOPA’s RDE team for more than 16 years now, and still appreciate the autonomy and trust we get to design our work freely. I personally like working at the interface between project personnel and our partner countries – and I feel at ease working closely together with highly committed, competent colleagues with whom I also share the same values.
Annette Heinrich
Senior Project Manager in the Rural Development and Environment Team
I have been working with GOPA for 8 years, as a key expert for an EU-financed statistical project in IPA countries. It is a very challenging project with activities and pilot projects in 7 countries. The management processes we have established together with the GOPA team and the great cooperation are the key to our success.
Sabine Lange
Team Leader for a GOPA project in the Balkans
Managing regional projects requires a lot of flexibility – my team at GOPA is a beautiful mixture of experienced, dedicated, creative and supportive colleagues. By combining our strengths we are able to respond to our partners’ needs and to provide the best technical support possible.
Hans Reckhaus
Project Manager in the Statistics team
I’ve been working for GOPA for 3 years as an M&E expert to provide local expertise in a multicultural team. Though this was my first long-term contract in a project, I have enjoyed the working environment and I am very happy with the results we have achieved so far. The GOPA colleagues are always friendly, even when we are faced with challenging tasks.
André Sibomana
Local Expert for a GOPA project in Rwanda funded by KfW
I am one of the founding members of our competence team and I am happy to see how we have broadened our technical scope and increased the number of clients. We like interacting and entering into dialogue with ministries, donors, NGOs and experts during our missions; and using the results from our expert assignments when developing new technical proposals or backstopping our projects.
Christina Hembrock
Senior Project Manager in the Monitoring and Evaluation team
I have worked with GOPA on environmental policy and nature conservation projects in Macedonia, Croatia, Cyprus and the Caucasus region for more than 15 years. In all the projects, I appreciated the solid technical, financial and procedural support provided by the team at the GOPA head office.
Jernej Stritih
Chief Technical Advisor for a GOPA project in the Caucasus funded by KfW
I have worked with GOPA on environmental policy and nature conservation projects in Macedonia, Croatia, Cyprus and the Caucasus region for more than 15 years. In all the projects, I appreciated the solid technical, financial and procedural support provided by the team at the GOPA head office.
Jernej Stritih
Chief Technical Advisor for a GOPA project in the Caucasus funded by KfW
I’ve been working for GOPA for 3 years as an M&E expert to provide local expertise in a multicultural team. Though this was my first long-term contract in a project, I have enjoyed the working environment and I am very happy with the results we have achieved so far. The GOPA colleagues are always friendly, even when we are faced with challenging tasks.
André Sibomana
Local Expert for a GOPA project in Rwanda funded by KfW
After my trustful collaboration with EPOS in Liberia, I was happy to continue working with them on another project in Sierra Leone on social health insurance and health financing. I appreciate their technical support and personal commitment. We are now embarking together on the next phase of the project in GOPA.
George Otieno
Team Leader for a GOPA project in Sierra Leone funded by GIZ
I am one of the founding members of our competence team and I am happy to see how we have broadened our technical scope and increased the number of clients. We like interacting and entering into dialogue with ministries, donors, NGOs and experts during our missions; and using the results from our expert assignments when developing new technical proposals or backstopping our projects.
Christina Hembrock
Senior Project Manager in the Monitoring and Evaluation team
My background in Gender & Development shapes the way I see projects. I am keen on understanding, streamlining and framing the social and gender aspects of our projects. By addressing these aspects, I help to provide a more holistic approach to each intervention we deliver.
Delia Oros
Consultant in the Health and Social Development team

News

Southeast Asia: Addressing migrants' health in systems approach

GOPA's Health and Social Development (HSD) team (formerly EPOS Health Management) has been awarded the ADB-funded “Healthy Borders Special Economic Zones” project which recognises the inherent vulnerability of migrant and mobile populations in Southeast Asia to health shocks  given their lack of access to healthcare services, their exposure to communicable diseases, and occupational hazards.

Our team will provide support to the ADB and partner countries of the Greater Mekong Sub-region in designing infrastructure investments, addressing migrant health in a systems approach to current structures on health security, universal health care service provision and health financing.

Communications: MCC’s “Training for Work” project designs & implements 2-year campaign

GOPA has already been doing pioneering work in Guatemala in the field of vocational education and training. Currently, we have designed – and are already implementing – 3-year, secondary VET courses (“peritos"), on behalf of the Ministry of Education. The competency-based VET curricula are focusing for the first time on the labour market: the six new VET courses concentrate on three main areas – tourism & hospitality, ICT and auto mechanics.

To catch the attention of potential students, parents, teachers, and the school community, GOPA worked hand-in-hand with a local cartoon artist and communications specialist to develop communication tools tailored to the Guatemalan context. Local “characters" (cartoons) were designed for each VET course, using features and elements from different Guatemalan regions and applying a gender equality and inclusive approach.

India: Workplace COVID-19 Response e-Training

GOPA's Health & Social Development has recently been contracted to provide “COVID-19 Response e-Training for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs)” in States of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana, Rajasthan and West Bengal, funded by GIZ. With our Indian partner, TRIOs, as lead, we will deliver online training modules to strengthen capacities of SME employees, as well as ITI teachers, trainers and instructors, in minimising the risk of workplace Covid-19 spread.

We will e-train 700 participants and organise their certification by the Health Sector Skill Council, providing each participant with a training kit (PPE gear, instruments, material) to demonstrate PPE best practice to fellow workers. This intervention will ensure that there are sufficient capacities in the SME ecosystem across the 5 states, enabling a safe re-start of operations with minimal or no risk of Covid-19 spread, and in accordance with relevant government guidelines.

Bosnia & Herzegovina: 12-year, SDC-funded, Youth Employment Project continues….and a new EU project starts!

The “Youth Employment Project (YEP)", which began in October 2008, has recently received a two-year extension up to March 2022. The objective of YEP's extended phase is to further strengthen and contribute to the Impakt Investment Foundation (IIF)'s sustainability. Being a spin-off of YEP's project and now the beneficiary of the extended phase, IIF aims at strengthening support systems for entrepreneurship, increasing the number and competences of new entrepreneurs and enhancing the environment for new start-ups and SMEs in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Over the next 10 years, IIF intends to register 1200 formal businesses and cumulatively create over 7000 jobs, contributing to the region's economic development, peace and stability. One of its highlights is the application of the outcomes-based payment concept for the first time in the employment sector worldwide.

M&E: GOPA wins GIZ evaluation framework contracts

GOPA’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team is pleased to announce that we have been awarded Framework Contracts for GIZ’ Central Project Evaluations (CPEs), running over the next two years.

CPEs for BMZ Business account for the majority of GIZ evaluations. They focus on worldwide initiatives implemented by GIZ in order to support partners' change projects, or to address sectoral and global development issues in cooperation arrangements.

The MEL Unit was successful in six Lots, with nine GOPA experts now being part of the GIZ evaluator pool. The Lots span a variety of sectors, namely Governance and Democracy, Health, Rural Development, Urban and Regional Development, Climate, Environment, Natural Resources, and Energy.

Photo credits: Photos courtesy of Cyrille Berliat© and Getty Images