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ICOS Consulting PLC
© 2017 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

We are leading this sector since 2009.

Strategy Development and Strategic Planning Process Facilitation

Since its establishment, strategy has been our core business. We work with organizations in every sector and industry to develop strategies that deliver results. We work collaboratively, build lasting capabilities into your team and help your organization mobilize for change. Icos consultants work closely with executives to understand and address the critical issues they face. We ask the hard questions, gather and analyze the most relevant information, and develop effective and implementable strategies that create value. We have proven experience and expertise in applying sophisticated analytics to complex issues.

We use rigorous fact-based analyses to help our clients create pragmatic and actionable strategic plans that are focused on bottom-line results. We believe that a great strategy should be valuable, enduring, forward-looking and actionable.

Our strategy development service includes both corporate and business unit levels. In addition, through careful planning and the identification of potential issues at the strategy development stage, Icos assists clients to put plans into action successfully. In doing so, Icos works closely with its clients to operationalize strategic priorities and interventions by developing implementation plans, costing those plans of action into budgets, outlining institutional arrangements and developing the results framework for performance management or monitoring and evaluation.


We have a consulting model that creates innovative solutions and builds capabilities at the same time. Rather than tell clients what they should do, we help them discover their own highest-value opportunities through rigorous, fact-based analysis of their sectors, customers, stakeholders, and competitors.

Although every client and engagement is different, the following basic principles inform our approach.

. Evidence-based – We confront each challenge or opportunity without preconceived notions, and our recommendations are based on facts rather than assumptions. Every solution we propose is informed by a combination of in-depth research and rigorous analysis and is tailored to the specific dynamics of the client’s organization. We support our research with the use of proprietary digital data gathering and analysis tools.

. Competence and real-world expertise – Our multidisciplinary team is skilled in strategic management, governance and leadership, monitoring and evaluation, economics, marketing management, information systems, public health, project management, education and training, financial management, and human resource management. Our experts bring real-world experience and hands-on involvement to every engagement. We bring deep sector and industry expertise to each client we serve, gained from both direct sector and industry experience and a wide range of consulting engagements. We use a broad base of experience to analyze problems and provide insightful solutions. Our processes and methods have been refined over the years.

. Diverse network of consultants and regional presence. Solving complex and unique problems that face organizations today demands a wide range of skills and experiences. By relying on a nationally distributed talent base coordinated to work together from the center, Icos brings together the skills required by a particular client. Icos also has a network of specialist consultants, researchers and experienced data collectors at regional capital cities and other larger towns that it engages on project basis.

. Collaborative: Our senior consultants lead every assignment and are 'on the ground' to work together with client teams. This joint team approach is critical to develop solutions that are uniquely tailored to the organization’s needs and to ensure a sense of ownership throughout. Our collaborative approach fosters constructive change in organizations and helps achieve the joint accountability and buy-in required to make change stick.

. Facilitator and Catalyst: We believe that the most valuable contribution any outside adviser can bring is revealing that the capabilities and insights within the organization are capable of producing real change. But we bring fresh perspective to bear on complex issues. We help clients see their organizations in new ways and broaden their sense of what is possible.

. Value-focused and practical: We only recommend what we believe in and what is both pragmatic and actionable. And we’re accountable. We will not take on an assignment unless we are confident that our work will produce tangible results. We don't offer advice that's impractical to execute.

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