Courses for Partner Organizations Overview

AWARD, as CGIAR’s preferred service provider, continues to offer leadership series to individuals from research institutions, international organizations, and academic institutions across Africa. To date, over 500 women have had the opportunity to improve their leadership and negotiations skills through these leadership series. Recognizing that the management of collaborations and partnerships is essential to good leadership, and due to demand, we opened up the courses to men and women working with various institutions, including National Agricultural Research Systems (NARs), universities, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the World Bank, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), among others.

Research findings on the impact of these courses show that leadership transformations came about from a “breakthrough” during the course that led to sustained post-course behavioral change, resulting in the participants overcoming earlier leadership dilemmas. We continue to receive numerous inquiries about the courses from interested participants, and AWARD is committed to provide these services to organizations, and institutions across Africa.

For any queries concerning AWARD training, please contact;
Pauline Bomett
Senior Manager, Leadership and Training;


AWARD courses cover a broad base of knowledge and skills designed to leave participants enlightened, empowered and inspired enough to make an impact on their careers and the institutions they work for. The courses cover mentoring, leadership, science skills, and gender mainstreaming. Download Training Brochure

  • Upcoming Courses

    2019 AWARD Leadership Series

    We are pleased to announce that this year we are offering four courses under the leadership series as outlined below:

    Course: Leadership Program for Agricultural Research and Development (LEPARD) for men and women

    Dates:  June 24 - 28, 2019  

    Venue:  Washington DC

    Host: International Food Policy Research Institute     

    Cost: USD 2,900 for tuition and all course materials exclusive of travel, accommodation, and meals costs. 

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    Course: Enhancing Negotiations Skills for Women Course (for women only)

    Dates:  September 10 - 13, 2019  

    Venue:  Kenya

    Host: African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)

    Cost:  USD 3,000 for tuition and all course materials exclusive of travel, accommodation, and meals costs. 

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    *This course builds on AWARD’s Women’s Leadership and Management Course (WLMC), and its alumni are ideal candidates. 


    Course: Leadership Program for Agricultural Research and Development (LEPARD) for men and women

    Dates:  September 23 – 27, 2019

    Venue:  Ibadan, Nigeria  

    Host: International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)      

    Cost:  USD 2,800 for tuition and all course materials exclusive of travel, accommodation, and meals costs. 

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    Course: Women’s Leadership and Management Course, (WLMC) for women only

    Dates:  October 6-11, 2019  

    Venue:  Kenya ( Exact Venue TBA)  

    Host:  African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)

    Cost: USD 3,500 for tuition and all course materials exclusive of travel, accommodation, and meals costs. 

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    To register for any of these courses send an email to[at] with a copy to p.bomett[at]

  • Mentorship

    Mentoring is an important aspect of career development that is, unfortunately, not readily available to scientists and other professionals working in ARD.

    Often, the lack of a formal platform for knowledge sharing between the more and the less experienced staff members results in an unproductive work rhythm that compromises the progress of individuals as well as the institutions they work for.

  • Mentoring Orientation Workshop

    The workshop aims to help mentees and their mentors establish a productive working relationship centred around three career goals in leadership and science skills. The mentees and mentors, who are typically colleagues from the same institution but at different levels, work together over the course of one year to establish these goals.

    The five-day course introduces fundamental principles of formal mentorship to both mentors and mentees that enables them to start building these crucial professional relationships. As mentees grow more confident about their work and career paths, institutions can count on growing visibility and recognition in the wider ARD arena, and sustainable succession planning for overall growth and development.

    Course Objectives

    By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

    • Clarify roles and expectations of both mentors and mentees
    • Establish solid working relationships for mentors and mentees
    • Create a supportive and collaborative network among mentors and mentees
  • Gender Mainstreaming Series

    AWARD envisions an African ARD landscape that is gender responsive, with organizations, policies, technologies and programs that include the voices of both women and men. Currently, it is common to find that gender mainstreaming efforts are confined to a desk “manned” by a woman. In order for ARD to develop in terms of reach and impact, gender transformation, i.e. the integration of gender issues in every aspect of an institution’s work, must be embraced.

  • Gender Training for Senior Managers and Leadership

    AWARD offers a half-day course that is ideal for busy senior staff of institutions. It is important for leaders and decision makers in ARD institutions to understand the benefits of gender-responsiveness and thus allocate resources appropriately. The course aims to introduce key concepts of gender mainstreaming.

    Course Objectives

    By the end of the half day, participants will:

    • Have a common understanding of gender in ARD
    • Understand the implications of gender in ARD and institutions
    • Appreciate the relevance of gender in research
    • Know how to generate gender issues

  • Engendering Agricultural Research for Development

    This three-and-a-half-day course is the latest in AWARD’s training stable and aims to enable research scientists to understand, recognise and take advantage of gender concepts in every aspect of their work.

    Participants learn the relevance of gender roles and dynamics in research in order to get the best possible results. They also gain knowledge and skills in the different tools and approaches required for effective gender research and mainstreaming.

    Course Objectives

    At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

    • Articulate and work with the different gender concepts
    • Select and use appropriate tools for gender research
    • Make informed decisions on which approaches to include in their research
    • Mainstream gender effectively in their research work and generate gender-related publications
  • Leadership Series

    Leadership training is an area that no institution desiring growth and sustainability can afford to ignore. As African ARD gains momentum, there is need to intentionally prepare entry, middle and senior level professionals for roles that could impact the choices and decisions made by the institutions and, indeed, entire regions.

    AWARD offers four distinct leadership courses aimed at empowering professionals in different areas and levels of ARD.

  • Leadership for Agricultural Research and Development

    This course is designed for middle to senior level managers, both women and men, in research organizations. It aims to reinforce the visions and policies of ARD institutions, by providing leadership based on values such as inclusiveness, transparency, integrity, and efficiency.

    The five-and-a-half-day course has four unique features: it focuses on gender responsiveness; it is rooted in the African context and values; it is grounded in real-life experiences and challenges; and it recognizes best practices in global leadership.

    Course Objectives

    By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

    • Identify personal and other leadership styles and know how to apply them strategically
    • Have increased self-awareness through identifying personality preferences, particularly as they pertain to emotional intelligence
    • Strengthen their ability to lead diverse groups
    • Improve their ability to have and work through challenging conversations

  • Leadership Skills for Career Development

    This is a course targeting emerging male and female scientists and administrators with entry level responsibilities. It focuses on building their leadership capacity while they are in their organizations and results in a strong and loyal workforce that can grow from “within” whenever new or vacant positions become available.

    Participants learn how to navigate organizational gender issues, leverage team talents, manage conflicts, and use influence appropriately.

    Course objectives

    By the end of the five-day course, participants’ effective leadership skills will be demonstrated by:

    • Strengthened self-esteem, assertiveness, and confidence
    • Increased ability to listen actively and conduct feedback sessions
    • Developed negotiation skills
    • Improved presentations skills

  • Women’s Leadership and Management

    As more women take up senior positions in ARD institutions, there is need to help them start to make an impact as soon as possible. This course is designed to specifically address the challenges and opportunities of senior women in ARD globally. It aims to reinforce their leadership and managerial effectiveness by building skills for teamwork, conflict management, creating alliances, and leveraging diversity for good research and business results.

    Institutions are then able to create pools of qualified, capable internal candidates for promotion while addressing any gender imbalances there may be at upper levels. This training also helps to build a rich network of women professionals in ARD who can benefit from better information exchange and professional support.

    One special feature of this course is that it incorporates a 360-degree review of participants’ current management and leadership skills. It also provides insight into broader gender issues that women might encounter in the workplace.

    Course objectives

    At the end of this seven-day course, participants will be able to:

    • Use information gained from skill and style inventories to strengthen their leadership and managerial effectiveness
    • Practice essential communications skills, i.e. feedback and facilitation, to enhance their leadership effectiveness
    • Build and sustain effective team performance
    • Manage interpersonal conflict constructively

  • Enhancing Negotiation Skills for Women

    This course equips women in supervisory positions, including board members, with the ability to negotiate for their teams, organizations, and themselves. Effective negotiators work for the promotion of their institution’s interests as they build collaborative relationships with different stakeholders, manage change and come across conflict situations.

    The four-day course is ideal for women who work for national, regional and international organizations as it opens them up to hidden contexts, barriers and opportunities. One highlight of this course is Third Party Dispute Resolution mechanisms—understanding the role of third parties in resolving conflicts.

    Course Objectives

    By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

    • Recognize the fundamentals of different negotiation models
    • Understand the multiple ways gender plays out in shadow negotiation
    • Assess their own bargaining strengths and weaknesses
    • Use strategies to position themselves as effective negotiators

  • Science Skills Series

    AWARD’s Science Skills course covers a general introduction to research methodology, research ethics and gender issues in ARD. It includes communication and presentation skills, social competence, and personal branding.

    Presenting their work at conferences increases scientists’ visibility while enabling them to expand and exploit new and existing networks, building their confidence to “sell” their research ideas to peers and funding agencies. The course also is designed to build participants’ capacity to effectively explore and use electronic libraries and reference management software.

    Participants also learn aspects of linking research to policy by “translating” research evidence that could inform agricultural policy development.

    An important part of the course that participants have appreciated is basic skills in gender-responsive research and gender-disaggregated data collection and analysis. The course also covers different forms of science writing for various audiences, and research proposal writing to attract grants to conduct research.

    The six-day course is very hands-on, involving fieldwork and using participants’ actual draft manuscripts and proposals.

    General Course Objectives

    Participants will be able to:

    • Learn different forms of scientific writing, including policy briefs
    • Gain competence through hands-on use of electronic libraries
    • Develop basic skills in gender responsive research and gender disaggregated data collection and analysis
    • Gain confidence in diverse environments, and improve presentation and personal branding skills
    • Increase understanding of ethical research
    • Pick out and align the elements of their research that are important for creating an appealing sales pitch

  • Research Proposal Writing

    Successful scientists write proposals that win grants to enable research to generate technologies and innovations, and whose results can then be published in a variety of forms for different audiences.

    The core training of this course grounds participants in the skills required for effective research proposal writing in order to raise funds from different donors. These include the steps in developing a research proposal from a concept note, and writing with clarity and purpose.

    Participants are required to provide in advance the idea, problem, objectives, methodology, and justification why their concept note should be funded, and are encouraged to bring a draft proposal they are working on to the hands-on training

    By the end of the session on Research Proposal Writing, participants will have:

    • Developed a successful concept note including the central research problem, objectives and methodology, result framework and budget
    • Gained skills to turn the concept note into a full proposal following donor guidelines

  • Science Writing

    Participants gain the skills and tools required to write and edit science papers, and to “translate” research evidence into language that can inform agricultural policy development. The course addresses the importance of publishing research findings to attract funding, and the relevance of establishing a personal scientific track record. Publishing in science journals opens up opportunities for promotion at work as well as knowledge sharing with peers.

    Participants are required to provide in advance a draft paper they are working on for use during the hands-on training.

    By the end of the training in Science Writing, participants will have:

    • Acquired skills in clear communication for science writing that targets specific audiences
    • Strengthened their critical thinking and analysis capacity when writing specific papers for peer review
    • Improved preparation of specific posters and presentations for various audiences
Leaning In Together

Sheryl Sandberg, a young, internationally acclaimed leader, is the chief operating officer at Facebook and a former vice president at Google. She is the author of Lean In, in which she shares her personal stories, uses research to shine a light on gender differences, and offers practical advice to help women achieve their goals. The book challenges readers to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what we can do, and serves as a rallying cry for us to work together to create a more equal world.

Consider starting a Lean In circle in your workplace. Take a peek at the site to find out more about these small peer groups that can help you learn and grow together. We plan to start a reading group on leadership issues here at AWARD. We’ll keep you posted on our progress!