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Professional Development

We are committed to the professional development of our staff and provide an environment where staff are encouraged to acquire new skills and enhance their knowledge. Our employees take the initiative and step outside their comfort zones to build skills and knowledge to advance the work we do. We believe in promoting from within and developing future leaders.

Professional Development Opportunities

Whether it is managing client projects to achieve development impact, contributing to new business efforts, building technical expertise, or effectively leading teams to accomplish project goals, we offer numerous opportunities for staff to develop the skills, behaviors, and knowledge required to be a successful Chemonics professional. In addition to a robust internal training course curriculum and a generous external training fund, a substantial portion of the critical knowledge and skills necessary to perform effectively is learned through on-the-job training.

Chemonics staff are also encouraged to take on-the-job shadowing opportunities to learn from more experienced staff in the field and prepare to accept billable assignments themselves, to participate in internal job rotations to contribute to and learn from other core functions in the company, and to lead and participate in corporate initiatives as opportunities arise. Finally, our technical practices provide an opportunity for staff to network and develop specific areas of technical expertise. Supporting employee growth and development during employees’ careers is part of what makes Chemonics an ideal place to work.

Internal Training

We offer more than 120 training courses each year, providing opportunities to our staff to take on new, more challenging roles and develop professionally. These courses include a wide range of new business activities, plus sessions on managing and leading others and project management. We also provide short, informal learning sessions and online/blended courses.

We offer training in all new business activities — from writing a CV to recruiting consultants to guiding proposal strategy. Our training focuses on aspects of the proposal process and prepares employees to take on a variety of proposal roles. Using case studies, panel discussions, intensive lab exercises, and participatory activities, these courses, resources, and tools help employees gain top-notch new business skills.

The success of our projects relies on effective supervisory skills, performance management, and leadership to ensure our teams meet our client objectives. We have an established management and leadership curriculum to develop these skills within our home office, preparing employees to manage complex projects, tasks, and teams in the workplace.

We provide training on project management, which helps our teams work with our client and manage a USAID contract from start to finish. These training programs cover ways to support our field offices in maximizing value for the client and meeting project objectives for host-country counterparts and beneficiaries.

We also build local staff capacity with training programs on improving project management and management and leadership skills. All of this training can be accessed outside of working (government-billable) hours and can be completed at an employee’s own pace.

External Training

Chemonics recognizes the need for its employees to have the skills necessary to complete their assignments and provides financial support for learning activities, such as conferences, workshops, and seminars. Regular full-time employees are eligible for up to $3,000 tuition assistance per calendar year. This covers tuition expenses for accredited classes to further an employee’s education, knowledge, and skills, including up to $1,500 for language training. These funds can be applied to traditional, instructor-led classes and distance learning courses. We expect our employees to apply the knowledge and skills gained through these learning activities to their individual positions.

There is also a training fund for field-office employees to support local capacity development, outside of working hours (government-billable).

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