Opening & Closing a Field Office

Learning Opportunities


Opening & Closing a Field Office

May 16, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Washington , DC , United States


William Lester , Vicki Tsiliopoulos

Language: English

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Collectively, international NGOs open and close hundreds of field offices annually, a process which is time-consuming, costly, and risk-prone. This one-day workshop provides practical, how-to guidance by practitioners who know the ins and outs of these processes. If you have responsibilities in this area, you will appreciate the thorough review of best practices provided by our expert trainers, along with the templates, checklists, and other key documents that are included with this workshop. Facilitated in a participatory style, this course consistently receives positive feedback from participants, whose comments have included, “Very informative and excellently presented. Great intro to all the various elements.”

Who Should Attend

  • Operations staff who work on global programs
  • Compliance staff responsible for complying with funder, organizational, and local requirements, including legal codes
  • Project leaders and managers who are responsible for implementing projects with a field office component

What You Will Learn

This workshop explores critical aspects of field office opening and closing, such as site selection, registration, budgeting, legal representation, technology, insurance, security, and termination of leases. You will learn how to:

  • Implement standard operating procedures to open and close field offices effectively
  • Create an operational team tasked with opening and closing field offices
  • Identify and mitigate important risks within the opening and closing field office processes
CPE Credits

Participants at the workshop will earn 15.6 CPE credits and receive a certificate of attendance. The course level is Basic. The delivery method of this program is Group Live and the Field of Study is Specialized Knowledge.

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Opening a Field Office or Project

Why Bother Doing it Right?

Space, Leases, and Security

“Dirty” Openings

Operations and Technology Needs

Approval for the Office

Hiring Staff

Office Opening Transition Team

Local Vendors & Office Equipment


Procurement and Inventory Management

In-Country Resources


Office Registration and Designation of POA

Legal Representation



Banking, Payroll and Timesheets

Post-Opening Review








 Closing a Field Office or Project

Why Close an Office?

Utilities and Services

Office Closing Transition Team

Project Files and Reports

Internal Audits & Compliance



Human Resources/Severance

Contractual and Legal


Inventory & Disposition

“Dirty” Closings

Leases and Office Space









Wrap-Up & Evaluations

1120 20th St NW 
Suite 520S
Washington DC 20036

The nearest Metro stop to the workshop is Farragut West on the Blue Line. Find a map of the DC metro system here.

Participants are responsible for making and paying for their own hotel/lodging arrangements. We have found that usually offers comparable or even lower rates than we are able to negotiate. We recommend attendees look for hotels in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. Check out some suggestions for convenient hotels.