Project development and management skill is a growing area in the development industry. A project is defined as “an activity or group of activities with a defined scope, execution timeframe, and an established budget”. This course introduces the basic elements of project development and management. It describes and shows step-by-step processes to explain various phases of project development and management. Various and problem areas of project development and management will be covered
Course Learning Objectives:
This short course aims to enhance the skills and knowledge of program/project managers, officers and senior officials whose primary responsibilities are to implement programs and projects.
The course is delivered in a workshop setting facilitated by seasoned professional facilitators from international and local institutions with practical experience. Key areas of training for 1 and 2 weeks are organized into the following modules:
-Schedule of Activities
-Dos & Don’ts, Rules, and Regulation
Overview and Expectations of the Course
-Development issues and challenges in the new millennium
-History of project development
-Project development models
Nature of a Project
-Using the SMART tool to identify objectives
-Defining a project
-Programs versus projects
-Characteristics of a project
-What is Project Management?
Project Development Process
-Define project scope
-Specify features, design
-Build the product, testing
-Deliver products to customers
Project Life Cycle
Phase #1: Defining the scope of the project
Phase #2: Planning the project
Phase #3: Executing the project
Phase #4: Delivering the project
The Parameters of a Project
Planning the Project Implementation
-Establishing project priorities
-Project priority matrix
-Tools for project planning: SWOT Analysis
Implementing the Project
-Creating a work breakdown structure
-Creating a project team and project review group
-Developing status report process
-Making changes to the project
-Assessing the quality of the project
-How to use WBS tool to identify staff
-Using the Logical Framework
-Dealing with risks and uncertainty
-Risk management process
Monitoring the Project
-How to design the monitoring system
-The project control system
-How to design progress report system
-PERT Network tool
-Tracking Gantt Charts
-Program documentation and reporting
Evaluating the Project
-How to design evaluation metrics
-How to evaluate project against standards
-How to evaluate project against stakeholders’ expectation
-How to evaluate external processes
Delivering the Project
-Train the clients and staffs
-Release personnel committed to the project
-Draw lessons learned from the project
Results-Based Project Management Approach
-What is results-based management?
-Define realistic expected results
-Focus on people: define beneficiaries
-Logic model or Results chains
-Monitor progress towards results
-Case studies and best practices
-Exercise and group presentation
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
-Operate more efficiently the management of community or government programs.
-Demonstrate high ability to design a step-by-step approach to developing and managing projects.
-Demonstrate the ability to assess needs, articulate plans, and evaluate projects.
-Explain and analyze how to improve productivity and understand the basic project management skills, effectively organize projects, estimate project costs, and create dependable monitoring techniques.
The course is based on a participatory, active learning approach, group discussion, case studies, problem-solving exercises, and group presentations. Active participation is required and key to the success of the workshops. Other methods used in this course include case studies, problem – solving techniques, group discussion and presentation and so on. Assessment is through effective class participation, group presentation, group project, and class attendance.
Who should attend?
The course is intended for senior and mid-level staff in governmental and private institutions that have the responsibility for developing, designing, and implementing human development projects. Senior public officials, project managers, senior project consultants, heads of departments, supervisors, personnel officers, senior government staff, and other personnel as deemed appropriate by management
(a) Stamford, CT, USA
(b) New York City, NY, USA
(c) Washington, DC, USA (d) Toronto, Canada (e) Lagos, Nigeria (f) Nairobi, Kenya (g) Dubai, UAE
Jan 6-17; Mar 16-27; May 18-29; Jun 15-26; Aug 17-28; Oct 19-30; Dec 14-25, 2020.
Course materials include PowerPoint presentation slides, carefully selected reading materials, exercises, case studies, reading references, and a laptop computer.
The course fee is $4,600 USD for 2 weeks. The course fee covers the following: instruction, course materials, administration expenses, field trips, cultural programs and miscellaneous program-related expenses.
How to Register
To receive a letter of invitation and supporting documents, you must complete and forward the registration form to the training director as soon as possible. To participate in this course, the applicant must:
- Send a completed application form
- Have a bachelor’s degree/or have relevant work experience at senior management level
- Be nominated by the head of his/her department
- Be a senior member of the department/organization
- Demonstrate a devoted interest in the course
- Have proof of English proficiency
- Demonstrate proof of financial sponsorship of the course.
For more information, please contact:
Center for Executive Training and International Development
295 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10017, USA
Phone: +917 753 7225, +602 684 3228
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