TASC delivered the first round of training modules for Champion Facilitators Development Program (CFDP) in Amhara, Tigray and SNNPR regions for over 60 governmental employees and representatives of PSNP’s implementing partners.

The Champion Facilitators Development Program, designed by TASC, is a two-year capacity development program tailored to meet the needs of governmental employees and PSNP implementing partners’ staff members responsible for designing and delivering training programs. The program aims to improve their skills in adult-learning methods for trainings and providing on-the-job support through five training modules. After each of the training modules, participants have the opportunity to participate individual on-the-job support sessions and communities of practices.

With the support of the Champion Facilitators Development Program, PSNP aims to provide training opportunities to over 1 million participants in EFY2010, including 145,259 governmental employees working on PSNP and 872,640 clients of the program. These training programs increase the effectiveness and efficiency of services delivered to PSNP beneficiaries. Further, they support PSNP’s clients to develop skills in business planning, financial literacy and technical skills required to increase their income.

The CFDP program will be offered by TASC consultants in each of the eight PSNP regions and at federal level. During Module 1, participants had the opportunity to improve their skills in adult learning techniques, facilitation of learning processes, facilitating cases studies and conducting effective presentations. The module also provided participants with the opportunity to learn more about PSNP’s CD approach, adult learning styles and experiential learning process, as well as to discuss the different trainers’ styles and approaches. Following Module 1, CFDP participants will work with TASC consultants through on the job coaching sessions to incorporate and apply their news skills into their work as trainers for PSNP. Between January and February, TASC consultants will also facilitate two half-day community of practice sessions in each of the regions. During these community of practice sessions, participants will have the opportunity to discuss their challenges in implementing their new skills and knowledge and, with their peers, participants will identify solutions for how to overcome these challenges. Module 2 of the CFDP is scheduled for delivery in March, while the remaining modules of the CFDP will be delivered in EFY2011 and 2012.