EAS Organisational Capacity Building Project

Sponsored by: David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Duration:  24 November 2020 – 23 November 2022


This project was initiated based on the capacity need assessment conducted from February to March 2020. EAS worked with Pact-Ethiopia through the support from the Packard foundation to appraise its current organizational strengths and limitations, review its operational context, and develop a two-year organizational capacity development plan. The project’s action plan was reviewed in response to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the state of emergency announced by the government in Ethiopia. The major capacity Development Priority thematic areas include the following:

    • Leadership and governance
    • Management practices and systems
    • Gender and Social Inclusion
    • Government Engagement, External relations and networking
    • Program/project strategy
    • Finance and Grants/sub-grants Management
    • Human Resource and Knowledge Management

Project Objectives

The goal of this project is to strengthen EAS’s capacity to sustain its work and deepen its mission’s impact. The desired outcomes of this project are to:

    • Advance on key organizational priorities as specified in the organizational capacity development action plan.
    • Enhanced capacity and more efficient operational system to realize the priorities and sustain improvements beyond the two-year period.

The Key Project Activities include:

    • Implement key identified organizational priorities in the capacity development action plan by deploying EAS staff, involving Fellows; and identifying and assigning organizational development consultants who are well-equipped to meet needs as appropriate;
    • Engage in shared learning activities as relevant for identified focus areas such as gender mainstreaming;
    • Review implementation of EAS’s second strategic plan (2016-2020) and develop the third strategic plan (2021-2025) based on lessons learned and inputs from key stakeholders;
    • Revise EAS policy/administrative manuals and operational procedures to modernize and/or adapt them to fit current context;
    • Install Management Information System and enable professional staff to use them for their internal communications in program/project-related activities;
    • Train the Academy staff in operating the newly introduced systems, project, /program/grant management, etc.