Course Title: Effective Workplace Investigations

Date: NOVEMBER 19-21, 2019


This is an invitation for your organisation to join OSACO’s Effective Workplace Investigations Training Workshop in November 2019, to be held in Nairobi in collaboration with IAWG. As IAWG members, you will benefit from the discounted participant fee of USD995 that IAWG has negotiated with OSACO.

This will be the third such workshop that OSACO have organised in Nairobi in collaboration with IAWG and the previous courses have been well attended and very well received by the organisations who participated in them. The topic of workplace or misconduct investigations is one that if of great relevance to all our member organisations and we highly recommend that you consider attending the workshop both as a way of increasing your understanding of the topic and of developing your in-house capacity to deal with allegations of misconduct against your staff.

OSACO works with Humanitarian organisations of all sizes to identify situations and opportunities where human risk factors and lax oversight may lead to staff engaging in misconduct. In addition to conducting and managing investigations into all forms of staff misconduct, OSACO specialises in the design and deliver of programmes aimed at providing the staff of our clients with the necessary skills and knowledge to conduct their own investigations on your behalf. Our programmes are designed by investigative experts and will train staff properly in the investigative techniques which will provide your organisations with the necessary oversight and compliance means to deal with any issues arising which in turn will help mitigate your reputational risk so that your organisation can focus on delivering its services to beneficiaries without the fear of negative publicity or reprisals.

This highly practical 3-day course is specifically designed for staff in humanitarian organisations who are tasked with conducting and/or overseeing investigations into staff misconduct of all kinds, including:

  • Theft & fraud
  • Mismanagement of personnel and/or resources
  • Harassment – both Workplace and Sexual
  • Bribery & corruption
  • Sexual exploitation & abuse

By the end of the course the participants will know how to:

  • Assess complaints
  • Plan and manage investigations
  • Gather, preserve and analyse evidence
  • Conduct effective interviews
  • Work sensitively and successfully with vulnerable witnesses and victims
  •  Write clear and concise reports

A Course Outline is attached for your information and should you have any questions about the course, the Programme Director, Dominic Smyth, ( should be contacted.

Please register your organisation’s attendee(s) directly via OSACO’’s dedicated portal at


Four-day CBR Training Retreat for Humanitarians

This fully residential course includes the four-day Contemplative Based Resilience (CBR) training in the context of a restful and restorative retreat. These training retreats are uniquely tailored to humanitarians in the field and have been designed to provide the core support they need, including connection with other humanitarians, restoration within a peaceful environment close to nature and deepened understanding of how to more effectively cope with the impact of aid work.

What does the course cover?

The course covers the entire CBR curriculum, which is focused on the three themes of Awareness, Balance and Connection. The general themes and topics covered by the training include:

  • The Impact of Field Work
  • The Physiology and Psychology of stress
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Resilience
  • Empathy and Compassion
  • Mindfulness and Meditation practice
  • Mindful Movement practice


What will I gain from this course?

  1. Techniques to understand your own sources of stress, the impact it has on you, and the ability to monitor your reactions to stress and hardship.
  2. An increased understanding of the psychology of basic, cumulative and traumatic stress.
  3. Increased awareness of thoughts, emotions and body reactions, improving emotional regulation and stress management.
  4. Deepened understanding of the role of compassion meditation and body-based techniques to regulate those reactions.
  5. Tools and knowledge to create your own stress management plans and modify them as required.
  6. Practical contemplative-based resilience skills such as meditation, mindful movement, loving-kindness and compassion practices, providing a strong foundation for increased resilience.


Plus 12 months of access to ongoing CBR support, via the CBR Mobile App and Monthly Support Circle calls.

Who should attend?

Personal resilience training through CBR is crucial for anyone working in an insecure and chronically stressful humanitarian environments. This particular training retreat targets international aid workers who seek deep reflection and renewal during their R&R, annual leave or break between contracts.

How much does it cost?

Since this course contributes both to personal and professional development and growth, we emphasise the responsibility of NGOs and UN Agencies to cover the cost of their staff to attend, as is the case for physical security training. For individuals who cannot be sponsored by their organisation to attend, we offer slightly reduced rates for participation.

Fee is $1,600 per participant. For organisations wishing to book a number of places, a group discount will be offered.

This cost covers course fees, full board accommodation and 12 months of ongoing support. Flights and transportation to be covered separately.

For more information prior to registration, please contact

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