The changing modalities for the delivery of development aid are raising the required levels of professional and managerial competence needed by staff of national recipient agencies and international organizations operating in a Result-Based Management (RBM) environment. Project Cycle Management (PCM) is a key instrument in RBM, and the competencies involved are becoming increasingly indispensable for all development workers. For a long time, achievement of the desired outcomes of development programmes and projects has been compromised by a shortage of well-trained project personnel. Among the most notable skills 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 by upgrading the technical and managerial competencies needed throughout the project cycle. The course includes daily hands-on practical sessions, whereby the participants apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills to a carry-through case study. The RBM tools used on this course at each phase of the project cycle are readily adaptable to the participants' on-the-job context, resulting in marked improvements in the delivery of development projects.
The course is designed for national project co-ordinators, project managers, project staff, national development planning officials and officers of NGOs involved in the execution of technical assistance programmes and projects. Participants should be fluent in English, with a basic knowledge of project cycle management (design/implementation/monitoring/evaluation) for development projects.