'The culture of personal development' – The Franck Sombo Story
“The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.” - Harvey S. Firestone
After working for six years as a Junior Officer at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI), Mr. Franck Sombo has been elevated to the position of Head of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL). In 2013 when Franck won the best staff of the year award he remarked “I feel privileged to work with great minds, competent leaders and smart people, this for me was an advantage to learn.”
Franck Sombo joined WACSI in 2011. He was employed as a Programme Assistant to support the three main units of the Institute. He reported to all the three Programme Officers between 2011 and 2013 and handled his duties effectively and efficiently. He was industrious and gave his best on every assignment he handled. In 2014, Franck was fully assigned to the Capacity Development Unit as Programme Assistant when other Programme Assistants were recruited for the other units.
The leadership of WACSI believes that its employees are the most important assets of the Institute and that the successful accomplishment of its mission rests with them. With this ethos, WACSI employs a more holistic approach to the overall development of its staff and commits to their continuous development, enabling them function effectively and efficiently. This, the Institute believes, is the fuel behind its ambition to become the center of excellence in the region.
“Personal development is the conscious choice to improve one’s life to become a better person and to grow as an individual - Anonymous”.
The leadership of WACSI saw in Franck a hardworking, dedicated employee with the eagerness to learn. He was therefore encouraged to participate in in-house and external courses that were in line with his career and professional development plans. The support that he received has equipped Franck with skills that enable him to effectively handle his duties and take on additional duties outside his obligation. He has been nominated to lead on several projects which he has executed successfully and now heads the newly created Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning unit of WACSI.
Despite the challenges of funding, WACSI has sustained the staff development initiative which has helped build the capacity of staff who have contributed immensely to the institute’s growth. Through this initiative, several staff have risen through the ranks in the Institute to the top management level. Franck is a shining example.
*The author Katherine Adarkwa, is the Head of Admin at WACSI*