Over the past decade, development cooperation practitioners have acknowledged 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. The results of recent research on complex social systems and ways of taking into account non-linear cause-and-effect relationships point 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 needing 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 for project directors, project implementation staff and chief technical advisers (CTAs) to projects funded by international financial institutions (IFIs) or implemented through international organizations, as well as for development practitioners working in programmes and projects. Candidates are expected to be currently involved in the management and oversight of such projects. Previous knowledge or work experience in project management is an asset.
You will self-study and complete assignments to learn the following skills
The course has a blended format, which combines self-guided study with weekly webinars, exchange in a learner group, and written assignments with coaching assistance. It is delivered through distance learning and deployed on the ITCILO e-campus. Every week you will study learning on-line material and write a practical written assignment based on your own project, for which you will receive written feedback and guidance from your assigned coach. You will form part of a learner group who use the e-campus for weekly collaborative exercises. The instructor and coach will guide you at any stage and deliver weekly webinars, which are optional and recorded for later viewing.
Expect to invest approximately eight to ten hours time per week for a total of at least 60 hours.
The course deals with project management in a complete way, combining classical management approaches with the newest agile and adaptive methods. It connects you to peers in a truly global classroom with an audience from a wide range of public, private and non-profit backgrounds.