Investing in Continuous Learning and Professional Development

Global Communities actively supports the ongoing development of the talented global team of professionals driving our mission. Our Learning Institute provides team and individual resources to help drive staff growth and organizational learning and improvement.

At Global Communities, our core values include creativity, curiosity and innovation. We embrace a spirit of experimentation and strive to “learn as we lead,” trying new things together, sharing lessons learned and adapting as we go.

For us, embracing change in the world means embracing change and growth for our teams and ourselves. We are committed to learning from each other and the world around us as we work to fulfill our mission. A dedication to adapting and improving underlies everything we do.

Learning and Professional Development Opportunities

The organization provides employees with open access to an internal online learning platform with more than 750 free courses in wide-ranging topics including project management, IT, languages, finance, management, leadership and supervision, communications, and professional effectiveness skills. This platform enables employees to earn the following certifications for development professionals:

  • Project Management for Development Professionals (PMD Pro)
  • Financial Management for Development Professionals (FMD Pro)
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL Pro)

Various trainings are provided for staff throughout the year and periodically to address organizational and team learning needs around topics ranging from Ethics to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to USAID Rules & Regulations, in addition to frequent learning exchanges led by staff and external speakers.

Additionally, U.S.-based teams can access professional development funds for a range of approved external trainings and conference participation. Employees are also able to participate in over 100 professional certificate programs at significantly discounted rates through a partnership with Cornell University's eCornell program.

Our Learning Partners include:

  • Humentum Learning Services
  • eCornell
  • NetDimensions LMS