As a Country Director we understand you need to spend most of your time managing an array of stakeholders, including managing upwards to region and global offices, dealing with demands from internal and external stakeholders, donor reports, systems upgrades, IT projects, suspected incidents of fraud and budget cuts. You also need to communicate with partner organizations, monitor trends and progress of key projects and set out a future vision for your colleagues. That's why we've put together this resource page, specifically designed for Country Directors. This page contains tools and guides that will make your role easier to manage. We've also included some blogs, videos and podcasts where relevant, to help keep you informed in your role as Country Director.
On this page you can find out more about learning pathways for Country Directors, access interesting content and a resource that might be useful for your NGO, and information about workshops that every NGO should consider sending their staff on.
Humentum is closely following updates and guidance from global expert resources including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization regarding the spread of the novel coronavirus resulting in COVID-19. We are updating the page below frequently with weekly spot poll links, last week's spot poll results, upcoming COVID-19 events, important global health news, and changes regarding Humentum's own events and policies.
Options for Senior Leaders during COVID-19:
Senior Leader COVID-19 Roundtable, Mondays (weekly), 12:00 PM EDT: register
CEO Roundtable, Tuesdays (Monthly), 11:00 AM EDT: register
CFO/FD Roundtable, Wednesdays (Bi-weekly), 11:00 AM EDT: register
Learning Pathway Number One
Discover a new learning pathway dedicated to strengthening credentials for development professionals across the globe.
Humentum D Pro
Humentum D Pro is a pathway of internationally recognized certificated courses aimed at development, relief and humanitarian professionals across the globe. It offers a credentialed, career development path for professionals working in the sector. The pathway covers topics including financial management; project and program management; monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning; and logistics. Each course in Humentum D Pro is designed to provide scalable, contextualized, certificationbased qualifications that improve the skills of development and aid workers, especially at the local level, while providing an easy to deploy training system to promote career paths in organizations and contribute to sector-wide coherence. Humentum D Pro aims to offer the keys to success for development, relief and humanitarian professionals globally by being:
- Accessible, Affordable and Mobile
- Sustainable and Scalable
Find out about Humentum D Pro below:
Learning Pathway Number Two
Discover a new learning pathway dedicated to strengthening financial credentials for NGO leaders.
Finance for NGO Leaders
Follow our learning pathway designed specifically for NGO leaders who want to get a comprehensive overview of how their finance function should operate. Completing this pathway will help you:
- Access tools to establish a holistic anti-fraud approach in your organization and associates
Develop a financing strategy and associated policies
- Assess fraud risk in your programs, and develop controls to respond to the risks
- Effectively manage incidences of fraud, or allegations of fraud, taking actions which are appropriate, fair and firm
Find out about Fighting Fraud in NGOs below:
- Evaluate cost allocation structures and methods based on your NGO’s current funding mix
- Apply alternative approaches to structuring overhead accounts and allocation methods
Access unique stories from the social sector with SocialEx, Humentum's monthly podcast channel
Introducing Lual Mayen
Lual was born in South Sudan during the ongoing civil war. His family had to flee on foot from South Sudan to Uganda 25 years ago, where he grew up in a refugee camp. He witnessed violence overtaking South Sudan and the killing and displacement of millions. This inspired him to teach himself how to build and design video and board games in hope of changing the perception and beliefs of his people, particularly the children that like him, are gowing up in refugee camps. His games use actions like disarming bombs and rising to the higest rank of "peacebuilder" to teach this young population skills and values around peacebuilding and conflict resolution. In his own words, "my video, board, and mobile games seek to provide an entertaining and informative community activity that changes the focus from destruction to the construction of peaceful communities." Lual took the time to speak at Humentum's 2018 Annual Conference and joined us again in the SocialEx studio for a two-part series. Part one below focuses on his story, and part two below will focus on his games.
This 27 min video version of our SocialEx Podcast, Humentum's Monthly Podcast, includes photos of Lual playing his first games in the refugee camp where he grew up, details and photos of his games, and photos from his time at game development conferences in the United States.
The Power of Community
As a Humentum member, you can interact with other peers working as Country Directors on Humentum Connect, our online community. Join our community and pose questions for real-time responses from your colleagues in the sector.
Not a Humentum member yet, but interested in having your organization join? Humentum membership is organizational and every individual working for a member organization can take full advantage of membership benefits. Learn more here about the power of Humentum membership.
Introducing our globally-renowned workshop on USAID Compliance, relevant for all NGOs who are seeking USAID funding
USAID Rules & Regulations: Grants & Cooperative Agreements is the best course for learning how your organization can comply with USAID's requirements and build strong relationships with USAID staff. This course covers the many rules and regulations associated with USAID funding, and is designed to enhance the ability of NGO staff to effectively manage their programs and maintain donor compliance. Whether you are new to USAID funding or have years of program experience, this highly participatory course gives you the skills and knowledge you need to confidently apply the complex directives found within the regulations. You will also have the opportunity to ask specific questions you may have about your own award.
Note: This training is the first of three requirements for our Certificate in Assistance Management. Participants completed the course will earn 23.4 CPE credits and receive a certificate of attendance. The course level is Basic. The delivery method of this program is Group Live and the Field of Study is Specialized Knowledge.
Humentum is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.
If your organization is implementing a USAID contract, we offer a workshop geared to this funding mechanism: USAID Contract Management for NGOs: An Introduction.
Humentum Consultancy Services (HCS) – Trusted sector experts
Humentum Consultancy services (HCS) operates globally providing tailored expert and practical advisory and consultancy services to organizations focused on positive societal impact to strengthen their operations and organizational performance.
We operate a mission driven not for profit business model which means we work to inspire civil society organizations to strengthen capability in operational areas so they become fit for funding and trusted for impact.
We deliver solutions to address your needs. We have developed practical tools, approaches, and frameworks, policies to address these. Our range of services reflects our deep understanding of the needs in the sector and of our clients.
We provide practical advice and support and have access to the best practices in the sector. We seek to identify the best practices in the sector and are able to reach out to clients and peer organizations in the sector to share practices/tools in an anonymous way.
All our consultants are senior professional ex-practitioners who have extensive experience working in the sector and have a deep understanding of how NGOs work and the challenges to drive change within them.
For more information on our suite of consultancy services, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.