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 9 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
I love the fact that young professionals at GOPA are given opportunities to become involved in decision-making processes, and to be responsible for important tasks. My team at GOPA is a wonderful mixture of international, experienced, dedicated and supportive colleagues. I am happy that my first job in Germany is with this company.
Phuong Nguyen
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
I enjoy the consultative teamwork at GOPA. This – and also GOPA’s professional approach in decision making and implementation of activities – makes the company stronger and ensures success, even in challenging situations.
Timothy Wesonga
Team Leader for a GOPA project at the East African Community (EAC) 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

Tunisia: Phase I Milestone Achievements in “Essaha Aziza” (Precious Health) Project

The initial phase of the EU-funded Essaha Aziza programme in Tunisia supports improving healthy living conditions for basic health services and for promoting the wellbeing of all and at all ages. It concluded successfully with a recent seminar highlighting milestone achievements and recommendations for the second phase soon to be launched.

GOPA Worldwide Consultants’ Health and Social Development Department (HSD), along with consortium partners Ficom and M4H, have been providing technical assistance to implement project activities since 2019.  These activities support the Delegation of the European Union, the Ministry of Health and officials across 13 priority regions in improving the quality of and accessibility to front-line health services, increasing decentralisation in the management of health facilities and helping to strengthen local governance in the health sector.

Pan-Africa: Developing M&E System for ‘Make-IT in Africa’ Project (GIZ)

GOPA’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) team has been overseeing development of a results-based monitoring (RBM) system for the GIZ-funded “Make-IT in Africa” project since May 2021 and is about to achieve initial technical support milestones.

The “Make-IT in Africa” project (Phase II - €8m) promotes digital innovation for sustainable and inclusive development in Africa, focusing on creating an enabling environment for entrepreneurs in the tech sector. Central target groups of this regional pan-African project include start-ups and intermediaries in the sector as well as political stakeholders from the continent. 

MEL’s technical support mandate runs until the end of August 2022 and comprises three service delivery processes: development of the results-based monitoring (RBM) methodology, implementation and operation of the RBM system in cooperation with a variety of stakeholders, and RBM management and reporting.  An integral part of MEL's consultancy is the provision of training (training workshops, refresher training and coaching) for the GIZ Make-IT team on the processes designed, the tools developed and the RBM guidelines prepared.

Nigeria: Expansion of Entrepreneurship & MSME Training Programme with a New Award

Building on solid knowledge of the Nigerian MSME and entrepreneurship ecosystem, GOPA Worldwide Consultants and consortium partner AFC International recently kicked-off training in three additional states in Nigeria through the GIZ-funded “Pro-Poor Growth & Promotion of Employment in Nigeria (SEDIN Programme) - Capacity Building for Entrepreneurs and MSMEs in Niger, Ogun, Plateau States” project which runs through to 2023.

Jordan: GOPA Returns with the Awarding of Two New Projects!

GOPA is back in Jordan with the recent awarding of two €1.2m GIZ-funded projects. The first project, “Awareness Raising Campaign for Inclusive Education in Jordan”, will develop and carry out a communication campaign to raise awareness on inclusive education, both via social media and community-based, targeting a wide variety of stakeholders, ranging from parents through teachers to CBOs.

The second project, “Short-term Expert Pool Labour Market Policy Advice”, addresses the management of a pool of national and international experts who will support the GIZ programme “Employment in Jordan 2030” in a wide variety of tasks according to the needs. These may include analysing the impact of digitalisation on labour market, strengthening of the labour market information system, promoting women’s employment, as well as building the monitoring capacities of the GIZ team.

Tunisia: Launch of €4.78M EU-funded tourism diversification support project

GOPA Worldwide Consultants is implementing the “Technical assistance to the programme Tounes Wijhetouna”, a comprehensive €4.78M European Union-funded programme in support of the diversification of tourism, handicrafts development and cultural heritage promotion in Tunisia. Project activities started this past March and will run through March 2026.

GOPA is supporting the EU Delegation in Tunis as well as other programme components implemented by GIZ, UNIDO and Expertise France in the overall management of the programme and the mobilisation of technical expertise on a needs-basis.

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