Networks can get work done: they are not just for sharing news, views and information. We call these networks "knowledge networks", as they put the knowledge and experience of their members to work, versus the more commonly found information sharing networks. There is a way to set up and facilitate knowledge networks so that they are targeted in their work and outputs, and produce high quality work that is informed by the knowledge and experience of a wide range of members. Working in and through networks in general is already a vital part of most programmes and projects. Some of these networks fall short of their intended benefits, however, and have low rates of participation and perceived value delivery to members. Whether through revamping existing networks or creating new ones, organizations can strengthen the technical exchanges amongst its staff, constituents and other stakeholders through the knowledge network architecture. In a larger sense, this is a shift to a "Network Way of Working" through which issues are raised on a daily, routine basis, and relevant knowledge and experience is brought to bear and consolidated in product form. In this context, this certification programme aims to build capacity of learners on how knowledge networks function most efficiently, and equips them with the skills to launch, manage and/or facilitate such networks thereby enabling them to serve as knowledge network facilitators on a short or long term basis.
The course is designed for Knowledge Management Officers, Technical Specialists, Project Managers, MEL Officers including Communications and Advocacy Officers who are or wish to be involved in professional or technical networks with specific roles in supporting such networks such as facilitation or expert advisor or contributor. This course also serves the needs of professionals working on various technical areas to engage in targeted professional networking interactions with peers in different organizations.