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Individual Capacity Building Options 

Overview

CaLP’s 2015-19 strategic direction aims to support the community of practice to move beyond basic skills and knowledge development and to take a strategic and longer term view to building demonstrable improvement in CTP, through a focus on individual competence. In order to do so, CaLP will work with individual practitioners through a standard training package, specialised modules, the Building Individual Expertise Programme and self-directed learning opportunities.

Standard Training Package for Individuals

CaLP's Standard Training Package provides opportunities for individuals to build knowledge and expertise in CTP, in accordance with the CaLP Competency Framework. Each participant is invited to define their own learning pathway, depending on their duties within cash transfer programming and their own professional interests, and then participates in a series of online and face-to-face capacity building opportunities.

As one means of promoting professional networking, CaLP offers capacity building workshops to pracititioners who have similar principal role(s) in the quality design and delivery of CTP. CaLP identifies 3 principal groups of CTP practitioners/stakeholders: 

  • Technical programme design and quality: technical or operational staff responsible for leading and overseeing the design and monitoring of cash transfer programme. This group might include technical specialists such as food security, livelihoods, WASH or Shelter programme staff. 
  • Operational delivery of CTP: usually includes operations and support staff and can be understood to mean turning the programme design into an operational and implementation reality. This group might include Finance, Logistics, Administration, Security or IT staff.
  • Strategic planning and decision-making: includes (often more senior level) staff primarily involved in strategic planning and decision-making at the organisational level. This group might include Programme Managers, Country Directors, Head of Base, Programme Advisors at HQ level, and, perhaps donor personnel.

Specialised Modules

Recognising the continually emerging innovations and challenges in cash transfer programming, as well as identifying particular themes, CaLP offers a set of specialised modules. The below themes are CaLP’s thematic priorities for the 2015-2019 strategy period, and are illustrative of the topics that will inform the development of specialised modules:

  • CTP & Multi-sector Programming
  • Markets in Humanitarian Response
  • Protection & Safeguarding
  • CTP & Resilience
  • Social Protection & CTP
  • CTP in Fragile / Conflict-Affected States
  • Operational Preparedness for Multi-Modality Response
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning in CTP
  • Digital Payments & New Technology in CTP

Building Individual Expertise Programme

A limited number of practitioners will aim to go beyond the standard training programme or will turn to CaLP with an existing level of expertise that surpasses our standard content. Such individuals will be striving to ensure that their skills respond to the growing demand for experts in CTP across all functions necessary to the accountable delivery of CTP.

The six-month programme--implemented in coordination with the CashCap initiative will outline a pathway delivered through the standard training package, but will offer a more intensive series of capacity building sessions, as well as additional peer-to-peer support, mentoring and placements (when funding permits).

Online and Self-Directed Learning

In addition to the individual capacity building programmes outlined above, CaLP offers access to a growing repertoire of online, e-learning and blending learning opportunities, engaging practitioners in self-led capacity building. Online learning will provide resources and guiding structures to allow participants of all levels and functions to learn in their own time and at their own pace. Skill development will be guided by a range of learning pathways and may be reinforced by systematic assessment of participant progress.

For more information about current e-learning opportunities, click here.