Our origins: Establishing a Global Coaching Network for the Start Network

The Start Network’s three-year Talent Development project, led by Save the Children UK, is being delivered in various locations by a consortium of four agencies comprising Save the Children, Oxfam, the CHS Alliance and Relief International. It combines previously tested, state-of-the-art learning and development programmes for 1165 national humanitarian workers, including 175 fast-track places to prepare humanitarian leaders of the future. This project will develop the capacity of those people best placed to assist the vulnerable: national staff of INGOs, NGOs, civil society organisations and government. To support these programmes, two of the Coaching Story team – Sara and Ben – have been working wth the CHS Alliance to  establish and develop a Coaching Network that can support participants in three regional locations (Kenya/Nairobi, Jordan/Amman and Bangladesh/Dhaka).

The global Coaching Network comprises an in-house coaching cohort together with a network of locally and regionally-based independent coaches.

Since 2014, the global Coaching Network has

  • Identified and trained a network of approximately 60 internal coaches in 3 regions through a series of 2 day coaching skills workshops.
  • Identified and oriented a network of approximately 50 independent coaches.
  • Developed approaches and tools to train the coaches, offer peer support, and a search / find coaches platform.
  • Developed and implemented a Monitoring and Evaluation approach to measure impact within the 3 programme participants and sending-organisations.

The work of the Global Coaching Network is ongoing, and updates on the talent project and its impact can be found on the Start Network website.