Current Engagements

In-Country Management of the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) Program, Department of Foregin Affairs and Trade – Australian Aid Program (formerly AusAID), August 2007 to Present

The AVID Program is an Australian Government initiative that aims to strengthen mutual understanding between Australia and it’s partner countries and make a positive contribution to development. Every year, the AVID program places around 1000 volunteers in developing countries. Volunteers work with local counterparts in partner Host Organizations to achieve sustainable development outcomes through capacity building, skills transfer and institutional strengthening. AVID assignments cover a diverse range of sectors including Education, Environment, Gender, Governance, Health, Infrastructure, Rural Development and Trades.

Since 2007, DevConcepts has been providing in-country management services for the Australian Government Volunteer Programs, which include the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID), Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD) and Volunteering for International Development from Australia (VIDA) Programs. Over the course of the last 10 years (2007-17), we have managed and supported around 500 Australian Volunteers who were assigned to the Philippines. We have also partnered with over 250 local and international host organizations, which include non-government organizations (NGOs), local government units (LGUs), national government agencies (NGAs), international NGOs and academic institutions.

DevConcepts has been subcontracted by Scope Global (formerly Austraining International) (2007-present) and by the Australian Red Cross (2011-2015) to provide in-country management services for the AVID Program in the Philippines. Our scope of services include: strategic management, partnership and assignment development, training of volunteers and host organizations, monitoring and evaluation, welfare support and security risk management. DevConcepts has been recognized for pioneering numerous best practice initiatives in volunteer management, especially on Host Organization engagement, organizational assessment, programmatic approach, in-country orientation, monitoring & evaluation, capacity building, security risk management and program administration.

In-Country Management of the PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) International Program, Macquarie University-Scope Global, February 2016 to Present

The Macquarie University PACE International Program aims to provide undergraduate students with a distinct educational experience involving Australian and internationally based partners. By completing a PACE unit students are able to contribute to partner organizational goals, develop skills and capabilities and gain academic credit towards their degree. DevConcepts was subcontracted by Scope Global on behalf of Macquarie University to provide in country student management services, as well as partner engagement and liaison in the Philippines.

DevConcepts services include: partner identification and engagement, pre-mobilisation support and logistics, risk management, student management and pastoral care, mobilisation/demobilisation support, in country orientation, monitoring and evaluation, and emergency assistance.

In-Country Management of the IBM Corporate Service Corps (IBM-CSC) Program, Australian Business Volunteers – IBM Foundation, May 2016 to Present

Funded by the IBM Foundation, the CSC Program sends teams of 10-12 highly skilled and high achieving IBM employees to work in emerging markets around the world. IBM employee-participants work collaboratively with counterparts and organizations on projects that use innovative business solutions that seek to contribute to addressing socio-economic issues in the region.

DevConcepts provides in country management support to the CSC Program including identification of local partner organizations, developing the assignment scope of work, logistic arrangements for the CSC teams, in-country orientation, assignment monitoring, pastoral care and support, including risk management.

Learn more about the IBM Corporate Service Corps here.

Design and Implementation of the BPI Social Innovation Lab, BPI Foundation, Inc., August 2016 to Present

The BPI Social Innovation Lab (SoIL) Program, is a corporate volunteering cum leadership and management development program of the Bank of Philippine Islands (BPI). This Program seeks to deploy officers of the Bank to community-based organizations in rural Philippines for a period of 2-3 weeks to undertake a social immersion program, where they will assist in the strengthening of smallholder farmers groups.

DevConcepts provided technical advice to BPI Foundation in the development and pilot testing of the program, including: undertaking project scoping and developing the scope of work; pre-deployment training of 23 BPI SoIL cohorts; monitoring and evaluation; debriefing; advice on logistics and welfare support requirements, etc.

In-Country Management of the Australian Defence Cooperation Scholarship Program, Australian Department of Defence, March 2010 to Present

The Australian Defence Organisation (ADO) values the development of strong and constructive contacts with regional defence and security organisations. To aid in the development of these ties, and to help meet the demand from the region for increasing highly skilled defence personnel, the ADO has instituted the Defence Cooperation Scholarship Program (DCSP) at the postgraduate level. The scholarship scheme aims to provide senior and middle-ranking officers and defence civilians, with prospects for leadership in regional defence organisations and the opportunity to further develop their skills. The DCSP is offered to countries in the North/South East Asian and South West Pacific regions with approximately 70 scholarships  offered each year in Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia, expanding to Tonga, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in 2010.

Since 2009, DevConcepts has been supporting Scope Global (formerly Austraining International) in the successful delivery of the Defence Cooperation Scholarship Program (DCSP) in the Philippines. We provide assistance in processing candidate University applications; processing of IELTS training and testing; and delivery of pre-departure training for successful scholarship award holders. In addition, we also coordinate closely with candidates, Australian Embassy Defence Attache officials and program management personnel in Australia.

In-Country Representative (ICR) for the Endeavour Awards Programme, Australian Department of Education, Employment and Welfare Relations (DEEWR), August 2007 to Present

The Endeavour Awards is an internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship programme that forms part of the Australian Government’s $1.4 billion Australian Scholarships initiative. The Endeavour Awards brings leading researchers, executives and students to Australia to undertake short or long term study, research and professional development in a broad range of disciplines and enables Australians to do the same abroad.

DevConcepts provides welfare and security management support to Endeavour fellows who are placed in the Philippines.

Past Engagements