Management of Development Projects

Course Description

The course will provide the students with the skills and tools to efficiently and effectively manage development projects. The course introduces students to analysis and planning of development projects. The course begins with the project life cycle and continues to project identification, logical framework, budgets, project valuation, management and evaluation. The course is a skill based course with extensive use of group based case studies and exercises, many drawn from real projects.

Course Topics:

The course will primarily cover the following topics:

  • Introduction: the project concept, project management fundamentals and characteristics of development projects
  • The Project cycle and environment
  • Project Identification
  • Preparing a project concept note
  • Logical frameworks and other tools; methods and a critique
  • Preparing a budget
  • Monitoring a Budget
  • Preparing a work plan
  • Project implementation and management
  • Project monitoring and evaluation
  • Scheduling techniques

Course Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course the students should:

  1. Demonstrate a general understanding of the project management principles.
  2. Be able to propose and manage simple development projects.
  3. Be familiar with the logical frame work as a planning tool.
  4. Be able to propose a simple monitoring and evaluation system .
  5. Be able to use some software (Excel and Ms Project) for scheduling and monitoring project progress.

Course Project

The students will prepare a development project proposal based on their areas of interest and with a direct link to the courseThe students need to communicate with local development institutions and agencies to develop their projects. The projects will allow students to apply the knowledge acquired during the course and develope their skills that are useful in their professional lives.

Laboratory Work.

(to be conducted in the Smart Room)

Course Requirements

This course will utilize a combination of lectures, tutorials, student presentations, class participation, homeworksassigned readings, real projects, and a mid-term and a final examinationConsiderable emphasis and importance is placed on students learning for themselves in a structured environment.

Students are expected to perform in a professional manner in regards to their attendance, completion of homework and assigned readings, and class presentations and participation. Students are expected to be present for every meeting of the course.

Textbook and References

1. PM4DEV. 2009.  Fundamentals of Project Management for Development Organizations, 2nd EditionLulu.com.

2.     أساليب تقديم المعونةدليل تسيير دورة المشروعمكتب تعاون المعونة الأوروبيةالجزء الأول. مارس 2005

3. Aid Delivery Methods. Project Cycle Management Guidelines. EuropeAid Cooperation Office. Volume 1. March 2004.

internet): http://www.europa.eu.int/comm/europeaid/qsm/index_en.htm(

4. Project Cycle Management Handbook. European Commission – EuropeAid. March 2002. Version 2.0. 

internet): HTTP://www.sle-berlin.de/files/…/PCM_Train_Handbook_EN-March2002.pdf(

5. LevineJ. (2013). Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal.

internet): http://learnerassociates.net/proposal(

.      Basic Introduction to Project Cycle Management Using the Logical Framework Approach. Umhlaba Development Services.

http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/ethiopia/documents/eu_ethiopia/ressources/pcm_manual_en.pdf

7.     Guide for Designing Results-Oriented Projects and Writing Successful Proposals. International Planned Parenthood Federation,Western Hemisphere Region, Inc. (IPPF/WHR).2002.

8.     صلاح عبد اللطيف الشنطيدليل صياغة المشاريع وكتابة طلبات التمويل. 2010.

9.     مجموعة أدوات للتخطيط والمراقبة والتقييم موجهة إلى مديري البرامج. الأداة رقم 1: مسرد مصطلحات التخطيط والمراقبة والتقييم. UNFPA   مارس 2004

 

Software

  • MS Project
  • Excel

Grading Policy

  • Project & Presentation                         15 %
  • Homework and quizzes                       15%
  • Midterm Exam.                                       30 %
  • Final Exam.                                             40 %

The above grading policy will be discussed and students will be allowed to provide their suggestions and recommendations.

Lectures Schedule (to be modified)

Week 1: Introduction

  • Project definition
  • Project management process
  • Millennium goals

Week 2: Structures for the Project Management

  • RolesResponsibilities and Skills of the Project Manager
  • The Project Organization Structure
  • Management Styles

Week  3: Project Cycle Management

  • Project cycle
  • Project cycle management

Week  4: PCM Phases

  • Programing
  • Identification
  • Formulation
  • Implementation including monitoring and reporting
  • Evaluation
  • Audit

Week  5: The Log frame Approach

  • Overview of the Log Frame approach
  • The steps of Log Frame

Week  6: The Analysis Stage

  • Stakeholder Analysis
  • Problem Analysis
  • Analysis of Objectives
  • Analysis of Strategies

Week  7: The Planning Stage 1

  • The Matrix format
  • First Column: Intervention Logic
  • Fourth Column: Assumptions
  • Second and third columns: Indicators and Source of Verification
  • Completing the draft Logframe matrix
  • Introduction to MS Project (environment)

Week  8: Activity, Resource and Cost Schedule

  • Overview of
  • Preparing an Activity Schedule
  • Preparing resource and cost schedules
  • MS Project (tasks relationships 1)

Week  9: The Implementation Stage 1

  • The implementation phase
  • Monitoring projects
  • Reporting progress
  • MS Project (tasks relationships 2)

Week  10: The Implementation Stage 2

  • Monitoring projects
  • MS Project (Resources management 1(

Week  11: The Implementation Stage 3

  • Reporting progress
  • MS Project (Resources management 2(

Week  12: The Evaluation and Audit Stage

  • Evaluation and audit phase
  • Criteria for evaluation
  • MS Project (Reports)

Week  13: Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal 1

  • Project Title/Cover Page and Table of Contents
  • Executive Summary
  • Background Information/Statement of the Problem and Justification
  • Project Detail
  • Goals and Objectives
  • Clients
  • Methods
  • Staff/Administration

Week  14: Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal 2

  • Available Resources
  • Needed Resources
  • Key Personnel
  • Facilities
  • Equipment/Supplies/Communication
  • Budget
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Plan
  • Sustainability
  • Annexes to the Proposal

Week 15: Students Projects Presentation

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