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BIEP West and Central Africa

This page has the latest on the Building Individual Expertise Programme (BIEP) in the West and Central Africa region.

This  one year programme gives CVA experts the opportunity to benefit from a range of capacity building activities, including training, job placement and mentoring.

The BIEP aims at going beyond the standard training programme, to offer a more intensive series of capacity building sessions, as well as additional peer-to-peer support, mentoring and placements (when funding permits).

“The BIEP program allowed to bring together participants from different organizations in a spirit of sharing and teamwork which then extends to the field and through the development of joint programmes for the benefit of vulnerable populations. The trainings remain practical for field actors as they were able to directly apply theories to their contexts.”
Amayel Sow, BIEP cohort 2017-2018

The BIEP was launched in West and Central Africa in 2017 and two cohorts have successfully completed the programme since then, with plans to implement it in the Middle East and North Africa region in 2021.

The 3rd cohort of the program was officially launched on the 27th of October 2020.

Listen to previous participants talking about their experiences of the program :

The 2020-2021 cohort

The 3rd cohort of the program was officially launched on the 27th of October 2020. This year, 10 participants from 7 organizations in the region were selected: Burkina Red Cross, Mali Red Cross, Save the Children, Oxfam, Danish Refugee Council, Plan International, UNHCR, Action Against Hunger, and IRC:

More information on the 2020-2021 cohort here.

The 2019-2020 cohort

The second round of the program was launched from February 2019 to February 2020, with 10 participants from 10 organizations across the region: Care, Save the Children, British Red Cross, RESADEL, FAO, DRC, World Vision, UNHCR, Niger Red Cross and UNICEF. Six (6) participants have successful completed the programme and certified multisector CVA experts:

  • Boukari Ouedraogo (Save the Children)
  • Boureima Lionel Ouedraogo (FAO)
  • Kassim Malle (UNHCR)
  • Amadou Yazi Tassaou (Niger Red Cross)
  • Sani Elhadji Dan Aoudé (CARE)
  • Mohamadou Hamadjoda (British Red Cross)

The 2017-18 Cohort

The first BIEP cohort in West Africa was made of 14 participants from seven organisations:

  • Giulio FRANCO (FAO)
  • Thierry MBAIADOM (WFP)
  • Midou Bawa YOUSSIFI (WFP)
  • Joseph SADIO (WFP)
  • Alpha KEITA (WFP)
  • Amayel SOW (WFP)
  • Paul Bakaiwe (IRC)
  • Soumana CISSE (IRC)
  • Abdourahmane KADAF (Oxfam)
  • Mark OMURU (ACF)
  • Noufou ILBOUDO (Solidarites)
  • Seloame Koku Amneyo (World Vision)
  • Papa KEITA (World Vision)