USAID Technical, Operational, and Program Support (TOPS) Institutional Support Contract

Project dates: 2021-2026

Client type: U.S. Government

Key topics: Agriculture and Food Security, Democracy, Rights, and Governance, Gender and Inclusive Development, Leadership and Management Development, Learning and Capacity Strengthening, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research, Technical Assistance

Related Country(ies): Global

Region: Global

Through USAID’s Technical, Operational, and Program Support (TOPS) institutional support contract, EnCompass LLC and our partner, Environmental Incentives (EI), will provide a range of services to USAID’s Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation as well as other operating units. In addition to identifying and recruiting long- and short-term technical assistance providers, we will be delivering the training and support needed to empower the workforce and deliver solutions successfully.

Through this work, our team will:

  • Facilitate more evidence-driven technical decisions across missions and operating units at USAID
  • Strengthen a positive, high-performing workforce with staff at all career levels contributing to a culture of excellence and advancing USAID’s objectives around diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)
  • Develop and sustain a diverse, networked talent pipeline and continually grow new talent through internships, alumni networks, training, and other relevant professional development efforts

Our team brings a variety of strengths to this effort, including our client-centered, whole-systems orientation, our strengths-based performance and development processes, our equitable and fit-for-purpose recruiting processes, and our established networks and expertise related to fostering collaboration and learning.

TOPS is a task order under the OASIS SB Pool 1 mechanism, an important U.S. Government procurement mechanism through which USAID and other U.S. Government agencies can access best-in-class services from EnCompass LLC and other organizations.

Photo by USAID in Africa on Flickr

Beeta Tahmassebi

Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

Beeta Shadman Tahmassebi, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, oversees EnCompass' knowledge management and communications teams, manages enterprise risk management, and is Executive Director for the EnCompass Learning Center (ELC). From 2017 to 2020, Ms. Tahmassebi was also Director of Operations for The Evaluators' Institute. She has managed evaluation and development programs for a range of clients, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, National Institutes of Health, USAID, Save the Children, Lutheran World Relief, IREX, American Library Association, Institute for Museum and Library Services, U.S. Department of Labor, World Food Programme, International Fund for Agricultural Development, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Marriot International, and Daimler AG. With many years of experience designing, managing, and evaluating capacity strengthening and learning programs, Ms. Tahmassebi is excited to provide high-quality professional development in evaluation, management, and international development to a global audience of learners through the ELC. She is a champion for young and emerging evaluators, bringing a strong commitment to lifelong learning to EnCompass' clients. Ms. Tahmassebi serves on the Board of Directors (2020 President-Elect and 2021 President) for Washington Evaluators, the largest local affiliate of the American Evaluation Association (AEA). She is a frequent presenter at special events and conferences, serves on the AEA Working Group for Evaluation Professionalization, and is an active member of the AEA local affiliates collaborative. She has an MBA from Georgetown University’s McDounough School of Business and is proficient in Farsi.

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