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

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News

North America: Creating the Next Generation of Transatlanticists

GOPA has recently started a 3-year, European Union (EU)-funded project, to build affinity for the EU and the transatlantic relationship among diverse younger generations of Americans and Canadians.

The project will implement a pipeline of educational engagement opportunities for high school and university students, as follows:

Albania: Supporting the implementation of social inclusion reforms

GOPA has recently started a 4-year, European Union (EU)-funded project, which constitutes an integral part of the EU’s support to the Social Inclusion Agenda (2020-2024) in Albania. The project focuses on increasing coverage, inclusiveness and effectiveness of social care services, as well as providing inclusive education and employment opportunities. It will offer advisory services to three public institutions: Ministry of Health and Social Protection; Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports; and Ministry of Finance and Economy.

Specifically, the project will support and build capacity of key institutions in the fields of social protection and social care services; inclusive education, focusing on pre-university education and VET; and increased employment opportunities, particularly for vulnerable groups. It will also support the coordination of the reform agenda via the Integrated Policy Management Group on Employment and Skills and relevant thematic groups.

Pakistan: Launch of Policy Reform & Institutional Strengthening Project

While Pakistan has made progress through constitutional reforms in recent years, limited capacity of public personnel, needed harmonisation of the regulatory framework, as well as financial constraints of public budgets, are hampering sustainable public service delivery.

Our Governance and Economic Development has been contracted to assist the Government of Pakistan in its initiative to achieve financial self-sufficiency for all the major tiers of the government and service delivery units by supporting GIZ in the implementation of the Local Governance Support (LoGo) II programme in Pakistan. Launched in May, the €0.9m “Support to Policy Reforms and Institutional Strengthening & Improving Domestic Resource Mobilisation” technical assistance contract will run through to December 2022.

Ethiopia: New Land Governance Project Addresses Voluntary Land Consolidation Procedures

Nearly 80% of Ethiopia's 108 million inhabitants live in rural areas and are dependent on agricultural production, which accounts for roughly 38% of the gross national product. Eighty-five per cent of the land is degraded and has low productivity per hectare. Due to the low availability of farming land per capita and the use of rudimentary farming methods, smallholder agriculture has failed to meet subsistence needs of farmers.

A new, three-year, land-governance project that our Rural Development and Environment team is implementing in northwestern Ethiopia, part of the BMZ-funded stand-alone technical cooperation (TC) module "Land Governance in Ethiopia", will lay out the legal and methodological foundations for voluntary land consolidation procedures.

Tajikistan: In-Service teacher training project gains ample recognition

GOPA has been implementing a European Union-funded TVET project in Tajikistan since 2017. The project, “TA to the Ministry of Labour, Migration and Employment in the area of In-Service Teacher Training for the Initial Technical, Vocational Education and Training system”, has recently launched a video with its main highlights.

The video has been broadcasted several times on Tajik television, yielding widespread national recognition for the project.

 

 

 

 

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