Project Cycle Management

Project Cycle Management

Project Cycle Management

18–29 October 2021
The course is available in English
Introduction to the course

The changing modalities for delivery of development aid are progressively raising the levels of required professional and managerial competencies needed by staff of national recipient agencies and International Organizations for successful operation under a Result-Based Management (RBM) environment. Project Cycle Management (PCM) is a key instrument in RBM and the competencies therein are increasingly becoming indispensable for all development workers. For long the achievement of the desired outcomes of development programmes and projects was often compromised by the shortage of well trained project personnel. Amongst the most notable skill deficiencies one could single out "inadequate proficiency in the application of the knowledge areas required for systematic project cycle management". This course is designed to address the situation through upgrading the technical and managerial competencies needed throughout the project cycle. The course includes daily hands-on practical sessions whereby the participants apply the newly-learnt knowledge and skills to a carry-through case study. The RBM tools incorporated in this course at each phase of the project cycle are readily adaptable to the participants' on-the-job context thereby resulting in a marked performance improvement in the delivery of development projects.

Who attends this course?

The course is designed for national project co-ordinators, project managers, project staff, national development planning officials and non-governmental organisations' (NGOs) officers involved in the execution of technical assistance programmes and projects. Participants should be fluent in English with basic knowledge of project cycle management (design/implementation/monitoring/evaluation) for development projects.

Course objectives

The course aims to upgrade the competencies of participants in the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development cooperation programmes and projects in accordance with the procedures of the relevant funding agency/ies (e.g. European Union, the United Nations, Development Banks, INGOs).

Course content

The course’s content is structured around the following main themes:

Initial Context Analysis:

  • stakeholders mapping;
  • target group(s) capacity assessment;
  • the problem tree and the objectives’ tree;
  • assessment of potential alternatives solutions;


  • the logical framework (project results framework);
  • intervention logic;
  • indicators;
  • risk analysis;
  • project financing modalities.

Planning and Budgeting:

  • typical models for the project organisation;
  • introduction to project planning processes and project budgeting;
  • Work Breakdown Structure (WBS);
  • allocation of resources and responsibility matrix;
  • project sequencing and scheduling

Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation:

  • project monitoring and control;
  • project reporting and management of meetings;
  • types of project evaluations;
  • evaluation management.​​​​​​​
Course methodology

The course uses a highly-participative delivery methodology, combining interactive subject-matter presentations with plenary discussions and group assignments designed to enhance team work and to measure learning achievement. Relevant training materials and reference documents are uploaded on the ITCILO E-campus.

The course will be delivered in English by ITCILO’s experts and consultants.