Project Management for Development Professionals

Project Management, Training

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About the course

Development organizations manage their work through projects. These projects are aimed at helping to solve problems affecting the beneficiary communities. Change in the well-being of these communities depends on the ability of development organizations to deliver project results effectively and efficiently.

This course aims to improve professionals’ project management capacity within the context of the development sector. The participants will be equipped with contextualized, balanced, comprehensive, and adaptable skills to help increase the efficiency and effectiveness of projects in the development sector.

Target Participants

This course targets development professionals who work in projects, individuals who are new to project management and development sector and those professionals who want to grow their careers in project management.

Course duration

5 Days

What you will learn

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Understand project life cycle in the context of development projects
  • Design an effective project focused on the needs of the community
  • Understand contextual issues in project management that are unique in development sector
  • Apply different tools, techniques and processes in project management
  • Direct and coordinate project team to execute a development project successfully

What you will learn

Course Outline

Introduction to Project Management

  •  What is Project Management
  • Project, Project and portfolio
  • The triple constraint triangle
  • Project Managers role and competency areas

The Project Lifecycle

  • Steps in Project lifecycle
  • Key aspects of the Project Management Lifecycle

Identification and Design Phase

  • Identification of Project ideas
  • Funding Opportunity Analysis
  • Assessment and Project Analysis
  • Project Logic – Logical Framework
  • Proposal Development – Technical and Financial proposals

The Set Up and Planning Phase

  • Creation of a Project File
  • Stakeholder Management Plan
  • Creation of  Project Work Plan
  • End of Project Transition Plan
  • Project Technical Requirements
  • Cross cutting Issues
  • Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Risk Management Planning
  • Plan for Quality Assurance
  • Plan for M&E
  • Project Budget

Implementation Phase

  • Launching the Project
  • Managing Project Implementation
  • Project Tracking and Adjustment
  • Manage Project Human Resources
  • Managing Issues

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)

  • M&E in Project Design
  • M&E at Project Set Up and Planning
  • M&E at Project Implementation
  • Data Collection for Monitoring
  • Data Management Systems for Monitoring
  • Analysis and Reporting of Monitoring Data
  • Evaluation Planning and Scope of Work

End –of-Project Transition Phase

  • Types of Transitions
  • Updating and Communicating the End-of-Project Transition Plan
  • Transition Planning meeting
  • Review Status of the Project Scope
  • Financial and Operational
  • Transition for Project Team
  • Formal Partnerships
  • M&E and Lessons Learned Documentation
  • Communicating End-of-Project Transition Plan to Stakeholders