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“NGO Center” started its activities in 1994 as a project of Armenian Assembly of America.

In 2005 it was registered as a local NGO and still continues commitment to its principles. Today, the NGO Center appears to public as a database of knowledge, information, and experience for civil society organizations.

It is common knowledge that the achievements of civil society organizations nowadays address broader areas. The extensive role of the of the civil society is also determined by many contemporary challenges and in order to make their efforts more responsive, the NGO Center contributes to the empowerment of civil society organizations through training, consultancy, research, awareness raising and capacity building programs and services. We believe that the targeted and knowledgeable commitment of the citizens is a fundamental factor promoting the welfare of our society.

Good will, responsibility and participation are the heart, the spirit of our vision.

Mission of your organization is to promote citizen participation in development processes of the state through continuous and systematic capacity enhancement

The objectives are:

1. to promote citizen participation and participation of civil society institutions/groups in decision making procedures citizen participation;
2. to promote establishment of social partnership;
3. to foster civil society development;
4. to promote capacity building of a citizen and civil society institutions/groups.

In order to fulfill the goal, the NGOC works on strengthening the organizational and institutional capacities of civil society entities on one hand, and promotes the increased profile of the latter on the other.

In 2005 the NGO Center underwent the “Organization Certification Process”, conducted by Counterpart International and as a result received “Institutional Development Certification”. The certificate certifies that NGO Center meets the accepted requirements in the following 6 fields: 1. Governance and Strategic Management, 2. Financial Sustainability, 3. External Relations/Communication, 4. Service Development, Management and Quality Control, 5. Human and Material Resources, 6. Management.

NGOC is well-known as one of the leading service providers for CSOs and their partner organizations in Armenia. Our services include:

development and implementation of high quality, efficient training and consultation in organizational management and governance, monitoring and evaluation, strategic planning, advocacy, project development and management, financial management and sustainability, and human resource management
grants distribution and management, including organization of selection process, budget cleaning, monitoring of project implementation, financial reporting, etc.
qualitative and quantitative research and analysis, such as employee surveys, needs assessments, project evaluations, and research on civil society, including questionnaire design and approbation, conducting interviews, primary and secondary data analysis, reporting and recommendations
assessment of institutional and advocacy capacities with follow-up development planning and consulting
organizational, logistical and facilitation services for meetings, seminars, conferences, roundtable discussions, and organization development (e.g., team building, brainstorming and decision-making activities)
provision of information on NGOs, access to library and other information services.

The target beneficiaries of the organization are NGOs, community based organizations (CBOs), and civic action groups (CAGs) and other civil society elements/entities. The number of officially registered Armenian NGOs who used NGOC services exceeded 1000.

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Կազմակերպության գերագույն մարմին է հանդիսանում կազմակերպության խորհուրդը: Կազմակերպությունը ունի 4 ստորաբաժանումներ, որոնցում ներգրավված են համապատասխան ոլորտի պատասխանատուները:

Դրամաշնորհների Վերահսկման և կառավարման բաժնում ընդգրկված են կազմակերպւթյան Դրամաշնորհների ղեկավարը, Շահերի պաշտպանության մասնագետը, Վերահսկման և գնահատման մասնագետը, որը կրում է պատասխանատվություն ՀԿ կենտրոնի կողմից կառավարվող դրամաշնորհների իրականացման ընթացքի վերահսկման և գնահատման համար:

Վերահսկման և գանհատման բաժնում ներառված են ՀԿ կենտրոնի կողմից իրականացվող ծրագերի ղեկավարները, կազմակերպության համակարգողը, կազմակերպության վերահսկման և գնահատման մասնագետը, որը իրկանացնում է ՀԿ Կենտրոնի կողմից իրականացվող ծրագերի վերահսկում և գնահատում:

Ծրագրերի կառավարման բաժնում ներգրավված են ՀԿ կենտրոնի կողմից իրականացվող ծրագերի աշխատակազմը, կազմակերպության հաշվապահը:

Վարչական և ֆինանսկան կառավարման բաժնում ներգրավված են կազմակերպության համակարգողը, կազմակերպության գլխավոր հաշվապահը, գանձապահը:

Hripsime Nazaretyan – BOD member

Hripsime Nazaretyan is a Civil Society Advisor at Health System Strengthening in Armenia HS-STAR project. She is responsible for the mobilization and capacity building of Armenian Watch-dog Advocacy NGOs and CSOs in health sector initiatives and promotion of (PPPs) Public-Private-Partnership. Hripsime is a founding member of the NGO Center. She has over 15 years of professional and practical experience and knowledge of the Civil Society Organizations and activities in Armenia. At NGO Training and Resource Center Hripsime has been playing a lead role in organizational development and leadership, advocacy, campaigning and constituency relations, civil society capacity building and grants management. Hripsime has graduated with honor from Yerevan State Institute of Foreign and Russian Languages after V.Brusov, department of English and German languages and Yerevan Polytechnic Institute, faculty of social professions. She has completed several certificate courses and participated in a number of professional conferences, workshops and trainings in Armenia and abroad.

Margarit Piliposyan – BOD member

Margarit Piliposyan is the Deputy Country Director of the Fund for Armenian Relief. Previously she was the director of the ‘NGOCenter’ civil society development NGO and the Head of the Training and ResourceCenterof the Armenian Assembly of America. She is a member of the International Program Evaluation Network and a Board member of several NGOs. Since 1995 she has been a Director/Coordinator/Advisor of different Programs. She has participated in different Trainings and Seminars. In 1992 she took internship inUSA, Economic Development Program of Institute of Soviet American Initiatives.  In 1994 she won Cochran Fellowship Program, USDA, and Washington. She graduated from Yerevan State Pedagogical Institute of Russian and Foreign Languages, after V. Brusov.

Knarik Arabyan – BOD member

Knаrik Arabyan is a founding member of "NGO Center" NGO. For five years she has been coordinating NGOC's Training and Consultancy department  programs aimed at institutional development of non governmental organizations. She has conducted/facilitated series of training and consultancy sessions on Organizational and Programmatic Management locally and internationally. Since 2002 Knarik serves on Parish Community Board of St.Sarkis Vicharial Church, Araratian Patriarchal Diocese. She graduated from Yerevan State University, Faculty of Romance and Germanic Languages. Has participated in local and international trainings on NGO management and Organizational development topics.

Gayane Martirosyan - BOD member

Ms. Gayane Martirosyan has more than twelve years’ experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating USAID-funded civil society and governance programs in Armenia and internationally. Her core technical skills include advocacy capacity building, youth-focused development programming; institutional assessment and organizational capacity building; project monitoring and evaluation; grants management; public policy research, formulation and implementation. Ms. Martirosyan has in-depth technical knowledge of project cycle management. Ms. Martirosyan has supported capacity building and advocacy efforts among civil society organizations (CSOs) in Armenia by conducting research assessments on the state of civil society, as well as leading civil society involvement in reform efforts. Over the years, Ms. Martirosyan’s technical expertise and skills have been leveraged by Counterpart International not only in Armenia but also its programs in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Kazakhstan. She has received Hubert Humphrey fellowship to study Public Policy in the United States. She is an International Programs Evaluation Network member. Her current employment is with World Vision Armenia as Tavush marz Development Manager. Ms. Martirosyan is fluent in Armenian, English and Russian.

Natalya Harutyunyan - BOD member

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Arpine Hakobyan

Since 2015 Arpine Hakobyan is the president of the NGO Center. She started her work at the NGO Center in 2002, and during 2005-2015 she was the coordinator of the organization.

Arpine is a certified master trainer in the frame of the Civic Advocacy Support Program and has a long-term experience of conducting assessments and surveys. She did and continues to lead a number of organizational development and project management trainings both for the NGOs and the representatives of local self-government bodies.

Arpine has graduated from Yerevan State University, department of Sociology.

Hermine Gasparyan

Hermine Gasparyan has joined the "NGO Center" CSD NGO team in June, 2011. During this time she has coordinated a number of community development, civil society strengthening projects implemented by the NGO Center. In 2011-2014 she was considered a Lori and Tavush regional coordinator of the USAID funded “Civil Society and local government support” program. Currently she is coordinating the CSO strengthening project of the northern regions of Armenia funded by the USAID. She also conducts traianings on new media, public relations and communications, project development and management topics.
Hermine has graduated from Vanadzor State Pedagogical Institure, has MA in pedagogy.

Syuzan Hovsepyan

Syuzan Hovsepyan works at the NGO Center since December, 2011 as a grants manager. Syuzan supervises the ongoing grant projects, makes transfers and compiles financial reports based on the financial documents submitted by the communities and community groups who are implementing the grant projects. Syuzan also prepares the transfers of the organization, carries out banking transactions, performs cashier's duties.

Kristine Ghevondyan

Christine Ghevondyan works at the NGO Center since January, 2012 as a chief accountant. She performs accounting and project financial accounting of the organization. She is a member of Association of Accountants and Auditors of Armenia, is certified as an auditor and has received a Master's degree in Management.

Zara Nikoghosyan

Zara Nikoghosyan has joined the NGO Center team in 2012 within the framework of the "Film as a mean of identifying social issues" program and then coordinated a number of projects implemented by the NGO Center: Accessibility of unbased and pluralistic media, Vanadzor Infotun, Vanadzor Youth Bank, Biking and rural combined cross-border tourism as innovative approach for promoting cross-border cooperation.
Zara Nikoghosyan is a trained interviewer, she is cooperating with CRRC since 2011 as an interviewer. She has participated in a number of international and local trainings and projects and represented the NGO Center. Currently she is doing the PR of the organization.
Zara has graduated from Mkhitar Gosh Armenian-Russian International University, received a master's degree in Management.

Mher Santoyan

Mher Sanoyan has joined the NGO Center in October 2015 as a PR specialist in the frame of Biking and rural combined cross-border tourism as innovative approach for promoting cross-border cooperation.

Vahe Khachikyan

Vahe Khachikyan has joined the "NGO Center" CSD NGO team in June, 2017 as a coordinator of Vanadzor Infotun project. Since 2015 Vahe is a volunteer at Vanadzor Infotun and is actively participating in the capacity development trainings organized by the NGO Center. Since 2010 he has been volunteering in a number of civil society organizations.
Vahe has graduated from Lori Regional State College, department of Management, received a manager qualification.

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Established in 1994.

 

The goal of the NGOCenter is to promote democracy through civil society development.

 

The objectives are:

1. encourage citizen participation;

2. promote social justice through ensuring availability of resources;

3. support scientific research to track civil society dynamics;

4. promote civil society participation in anti-corruption processes.

 

The target beneficiaries of the organization are NGOs, community based organizations (CBOs), civic action groups (CAGs) and other civil society elements/entities. The number of officially registered Armenian NGOs who used NGOC services exceeded 1000.

 

The NGOs benefit from training, technical assistance/consultancy service, grants, information,ResourceCenterand other programs and services.

 

In order to fulfill the goal, the NGOC works on strengthening the organizational and institutional capacities of civil society entities on one hand, and promotes the increased profile of the latter on the other. Therefore, the identified stakeholders are legislative and executive branches of theRepublicofArmeniaauthorities, local self-governing bodies, private sector, mass media, academia, and specific beneficiary groups, public at large. The organization is working towards reaching civil society elements on a national level as well as regional (Caucasus) level.


Since 1997, the NGOC has been involved in providing training and technical assistance on advocacy and public policy advocacy as well as awarding relevant grants to NGOs whose activities have been and are directed towards influencing decision making systems. Starting from 2001, the NGOC was actively promoting the concept of social partnership. The achievements in this field include: extensive training and technical assistance to NGOs, representatives of national and local governments, establishment of two social partnership mechanisms on both levels: national and local. The most prominent activity was implemented throughout the period of 2003-2005 – social partnership grants programs. Grants from $7K – 22K were awarded to implement social projects. 20% of the total project costs were provided by diverse state  and business structures. This was a successful enactment of the previously mentioned social partnership mechanisms created to consolidate NGOs, donors' and government’s resources to solve problems of vulnerable persons. 

 

In 2001NGOCenter introduced the idea of Social Partnership inArmenia. In this field our achievements include deep thematic trainings and consultations provided to NGOs, as well as establishment of two social partnership mechanisms at local and national level. It’s worth to mention the social partnership projects implemented during 2003-2005. The grant amount of social partnership projects varied between 7000 USD – 22000 USD. 20% of the total grant amount was contributed by different state and private structures. The experiment of appliance of social partnership mechanism can be considered to be successful looking at it as a step forward towards consolidation of resources of non-commercial, non-governmental organizations and state structures for the benefit of satisfaction of needs of social vulnerable groups. 


Within the framework of its operations NGOC conducted research and surveys either directly or through financially supporting relevant research initiatives by NGOs. These include: analysis of media coverage on NGOs, measuring social capital in selected communities of Vanadzor and Gyumri, etc. 


During the last 12 years, the NGO Center has successfully developed and enacted a number of systems and mechanisms to ensure smooth operations to accomplish its stated goals and objectives.

 

In 2005 “NGOCenter” CSD NGO underwent the “Organization Certification Process”, conducted by Counterpart International and as a result received “Institutional Development Certification”. The certificate certifies that NGOCentermeets the accepted requirements in the following 6 fields:

 

1.Governance and Strategic Management,

2.Financial Sustainability,

3. External Relations/Communication,

4. Service Development, Management and Quality Control,

5. Human and Material Resources,

6. Management.

 

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