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Project and Programme Management

Programme aim

Robust Programme and Project Management is an essential component in successfully delivering outcomes. Organisations demonstrably benefit from integrating effective programme and project management methodologies, tools and techniques – which assess and address their management maturity and capabilities – across their operations.

This programme will enhance participants’ skills in providing effective strategies and practical tools and techniques for the management and development of public and private sector programmes and projects.

You will learn how to:

  • How to initiate and scope projects, aligning them to strategic, organisational and programme goals
  • ƒƒProject appraisal, finance and costing
  • ƒƒControlling and compiling project budgets
  • ƒƒSelecting and applying effective methods of project planning, scheduling and control
  • ƒƒProject framework methodology

Benefits of attending - You will be able to:

 

  • Enhance your ability to define, appraise, plan, implement and control programmes and projects
  • ƒƒSupervise, monitor and evaluate a range of programmes and projects
  • ƒƒApply best practice and avoid common pitfalls in project and programme management

Management Strategies

Programme aim

The worldwide reform agenda is highlighting the need for changes in organisations and culture; this in turn is making demands of management.  This programme aims to help busy managers to meet this challenge by providing a condensed focused introduction to the key core skills of management.  The programme is suitable for managers from all sectors who are looking to take their strategic planning to the next level. Participants will explore relevant case studies and be given the opportunity to discuss specific obstacles they face when devising strategies and provided with easily implementable solutions.
 
The course will also explore how management strategies relate to an organisation’s operational responsibilities and mission statement, the need to build for long term improvement, how management can energise staff and how to meet the expectations of stakeholders, partner organisations, donors and the citizens the organisation is represents.
 

You will learn how to:

Maximise your organisational effectiveness:

  • Mission, goals, values, and standards
  • Setting and monitoring standards
  • Culture and structures
  • Continual improvement
  • Delivering change

Inspire and motivate staff:

  • Leadership
  • Understanding and managing people
  • Senior management commitment
  • Communication skills and issues

Improve project and programme management:

  • Understanding the whole project management process
  • Reviewing project problems and failures
  • Resource planning
  • Risk management

Benefits of attending - You will be able to:

 

  • Review management practices and skills, and the culture in your organisations 
  • Make practical suggestions for change to strategies, systems, skills, and attitudes
  • Practice and communicate better management strategies
  • Encourage performance awareness and better motivation
  • Deploy a range of skills and strategies to benefit your organisation
  • Maintain and develop a network of international contacts.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Programme aim

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of an organisation’s policies, strategies, operational and development activities provides government officials, development managers, and civil society with better means for learning. This can be achieved through past experience, improving service delivery, planning and allocating resources, and demonstrating results and progress towards anticipated outcome and impacts as part of accountability to key stakeholders and external partners.

The programme is intended for senior public service, NGO management, programme and project co-ordination staff that are involved in, or have responsibility for, monitoring and evaluation within their organisation and particularly across development programmes and projects.

You will learn how to:

  • Planning evaluations and project cycles
  • ƒƒThe use of logical, strategic and result-orientated frameworks to control and monitor programmes and projects
  • ƒƒObjective setting and performance measurement
  • ƒƒCollection and management of data to inform learning and identify solutions
  • ƒƒData collection skills (interviews, questionnaires etc.) and design of data analysis tools

Benefits of attending - You will be able to:

 

  • Improve the operation and management of the M&E function
  • ƒƒImprove the effectiveness of the M&E process to help assess programme impacts
  • ƒƒContribute to the achievement of desired development goals and ensure ‘early warning’ and other strategies for preventing failures

Managing People through Change: Attitudes and Behaviours

Programme aim

75% of organisational change programmes fail because the attitudes and behaviours of the affected workforce remain the same.
 
This highly interactive programme will show you, through practical exercises, how to develop leadership capacity for changing attitudes in the workplace so that staff can contribute fully to making
the changes effective.
 

You will learn how to:

  • Identifying styles of learning and leadership and reviewing their effectiveness in influencing attitudes and behaviour
  • ƒPractising leadership skills that influence and motivate others to perform
  • ƒInfluencing attitudes by listening, coaching, giving and receiving motivational feedback, and building trust, confidence and self esteem
  • ƒUnderstanding the root causes of behaviour at work
  • ƒUsing feedback from staff, stakeholders and customers to create shared understanding

Benefits of attending - You will be able to:

 

  • Develop leadership skills and techniques to help staff make sustainable change to organisational behaviour
  • Understand your organisations systems and indentify and tackle root causes of negative attitudes at work
  • Develop greater awareness of organisational behaviours and enhance your capacity to resolve conflicts and improve inter-personal relationships at work

Public Financial Management: Planning and Control

Programme aim

High standards of financial management are central to the delivery of public sector. Participants and their organisations will benefit from increased knowledge of modern public financial management practices and the high standards expected of the public sector. With this knowledge, participants will be able to review the resource allocation mechanisms and budgetary and financial controls within their organisations and ensure that resources are better planned and controlled, consistent with organisational priorities.

Prospective donors attach growing importance to effective financial management. One aim of this programme is to help countries pass these tests by increasing and deepening knowledge of good financial management practices throughout their public sector. It is designed for policy makers, financial practitioners and line managers with financial and resource management responsibilities.

Ask us about the one week option for this course. 

You will learn how to:

  • The key elements of and good practice in public financial management
  • ƒƒMedium-Term Expenditure Frameworks (MTEF) and planning
  • ƒƒThe principles of good governance in a modern public sector, including institutional arrangements and organisational responsibilities for PFM
  • ƒƒEffective resource allocation in support of the strategic objectives of the organisation
  • ƒƒPolicy-based budgeting and controls linked to MTEF and to outputs and outcomes

Benefits of attending - You will be able to:

 

  • Implement stable planning and budgeting frameworks to assist economic and financial management, propriety and efficiency in the public sector
  • ƒƒContribute to and assist in implementing medium-term financial planning and effective planning and budgeting in the public sector
  • ƒƒLink the role of budgeting to performance management and resource allocation

Next Generation HR: Aligning HR to Strategy

Programme aim

The modern professional HR function is increasingly concerned with guidance and advice for line management and employees currently devolving key areas, such as recruitment, and selection and performance management, to the managers. Therefore, the role of the HR professional is to work with, train and support both line/senior managers and staff in a range of key areas. This requires a coherent HR strategy.

This workshop will help you to assess your organisation and identify the potential value your HR function can add to integrating the business strategies for improving performance throughout your organisation.

 

You will learn how to:

  • Benchmarking your organisation and reflecting on what the HR function needs to focus on in the organisation
  • ƒƒThe importance of aligning HR strategies to the business strategy
  • ƒƒThe culture of your organisation and the impact of culture when managing change
  • ƒƒRole of the HR professional in the organisation
  • ƒƒMaking performance management work: The need for the HR function to work with line managers to embrace this process

Benefits of attending - You will be able to:

 

  • Review and share your current HR strategy and ensure it is appropriate for your organisation in the future
  • ƒƒEnsure that your HR function is well managed and prepared to meet potential challenges
  • ƒƒPut into practice what you have learned: to enhance learning in your organisation and develop your skills in developing an HR strategy

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