The general consulting core competencies include the following 10 categories for all consultants
- Self-awareness: In relating to others, is aware of their own strengths and weaknesses.
- Social skills: Is able to communicate and relate well with others.
- Responsibility: Is able to effectively manage their responsibilities and commitments.
- Cross-cultural communication: Is able to communicate well cross-culturally.
- Multicultural working: Is able to work well with others in multicultural environments.
Language and Culture
- Language Use: Is able to communicate well in the language(s) used in their context.
- Anthropology: Is able to recognize and understand relevant social and cultural features in order to interact appropriately and work effectively with others.
- Principles: Is able to describe the formal mentoring approach (purpose, roles, expectations).
- Skills: Is able to mentor others successfully.
- Attitudes: Is able to support their mentees in sensitive ways.
- Understanding principles: Is able to articulate the main ideas of adult learning principles.
- Applying principles: Is able to apply adult learning principles.
Scholarship and Documentation
- Research: Is able to stay engaged with current literature and carry out research in their domain.
- Publishing and archiving: Is able to write publishable papers and archive data and materials.
- Intellectual property: Is able to explain important concepts of IP rights.
Technology for Consulting
- Data organisation: Is able to organise, safeguard and share digital content responsibly.
- Communication and collaboration tools: Is able to communicate and collaborate effectively through technology.
Consulting Process Skills
- Process set-up: Is able to set up an effective consulting process.
- Collaborative process: Is able to facilitate collaborative processes of discovery, feedback and mapping the way forward while consulting.
- Implementation and evaluation: Is able to support the implementation and evaluation processes.
Program Design and Engagement
- Context: Is able to understand the role of context in the design and effectiveness of a language program.
- Strategic design: Is able to articulate the principles of program design.
- Engagement: Is able to contribute to the program appropriately alongside other participants and stakeholders.
Relating To Other Organisations
- Relating to partners: Is able to relate well with partners and to appropriately represent their own organization.
- Influencing and networking: Is able to interact respectfully with people outside one’s own organization (whether to learn or to influence).
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