Over the past decade, development cooperation practitioners have recognized and agreed on the shortcomings of the classic and rigid "waterfall" approach to project management. This is particularly true for institutional capacity-development projects, awareness-raising projects and those implemented in fragile contexts. Recent research on complex social systems and ways of addressing non-linear cause-and-effect relationships points in the same direction. The behaviour of the actors involved is unpredictable, making it essential to adopt an agile, tailor-made approach to project management. For those who need to specialize in project management in complex contexts, the ITCILO offers an online certification programme to enable them to acquire all the knowledge, technical skills and tools necessary to ensure agile, adaptive and effective project implementation, taking into account the complexity of the social systems in which such projects take place.
The course is designed for project directors, project implementation staff and chief technical advisors (CTAs) of projects funded by international financial institutions (IFIs) or implemented through international organizations; development practitioners working in programmes and projects. Candidates are expected to be currently involved in the management or supervision of such projects. Previous knowledge or work experience in project management is an advantage.
Through self-study and expert-guided assignments, you will learn to:
The certification programme is organised in a blended modality. It includes a distance-learning phase followed by a one-week workshop in Turin on the United Nations Campus under the umbrella of the 2023 Development Cooperation Academy (see below). Once participants have completed the workshop, they will then work remotely with the assistance of an expert on a final project and receive their certification. The entire programme consists of approximately 60 hours of learning.
The workshop in Turin is part of the Academy on Development Cooperation, this year's theme being:
“Redefining the World of Work in Development Cooperation: Exploring the Convergence of Artificial Intelligence, Climate Change, and Remote Management”
The Academy will bring together over 100 participants and experts. In addition to completing the workshop as part of the certification programme, participants will have the opportunity to participate a global forum during morning sessions on development cooperation.
Participating in the Development Cooperation Academy provides excellent networking opportunities, cutting-edge knowledge and innovation in the field of development cooperation, opportunities for personal development, and the occasion to develop a global perspective in the spirit of multilateralism. This is also an opportunity to broaden one's horizons both professionally and technically by keeping abreast of the latest trends and developments in the field. Participants will work together to define and gain a global perspective on the future of development cooperation work.