Fundamentals of Project Development and Management


This short course aims to enhance the skills and knowledge of program/project managers

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2 weeks




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.

Course Content
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:


-Organization’s Background
-Schedule of Activities
-Ground Rules
-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
-Baseline system
-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

-Project scope

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
-Making forecasts
-How to use WBS tool to identify staff
-Using the Logical Framework
-Team-building factor
-Dealing with risks and uncertainty
-Time management
-Risk management process
-Change process

Monitoring the Project

-How to design the monitoring system
-The project control system
-How to design a progress report system
-PERT Network tool
-Tracking Gantt Charts
-Formative evaluation
-Process evaluation
-Outcome evaluation
-Cost-benefit analysis
-Program documentation and reporting

Evaluating the Project

-How to design evaluation metrics
-How to evaluate project against standards
-Primary targets
-How to evaluate project against stakeholders’ expectation
-How to evaluate external processes

Delivering the Project

-Train the clients and staffs
-Transfer documents
-Release resources
-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
-Problem identification
-Intervention Logic
-Logic model or Results chains
-Monitor progress towards results


-Case studies and best practices
-Exercise and group presentation

Learning Outcome:
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.

Learning Methodology:
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 the 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

Course Duration:
2 weeks

Training Locations

(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

Scheduled Dates:
Jan 6-17; Mar 16-27; May 18-29; Jun 15-26; Aug 17-28; Oct 19-30; Dec 14-25, 2022.

Course Materials
Course materials include PowerPoint presentation slides, carefully selected reading materials, exercises, case studies, reading references, and a laptop computer.

Course Fees
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:

  1. Send a completed application form
  2. Have a bachelor’s degree/or have relevant work experience at the senior management level
  3. Be nominated by the head of his/her department
  4. Be a senior member of the department/organization
  5. Demonstrate a devoted interest in the course
  6. Have proof of English proficiency
  7. Demonstrate proof of financial sponsorship of the course.


For more information, please contact:

Center for Executive Training and International Development

295 Madison Avenue

12th Floor

New York, NY 10017, USA

Phone: +917 753 7225, +602 684 3228



This short course aims to enhance the skills and knowledge of program/project managers