Purpose

The purpose of this practical, ‘hands on’ course is to ensure that project managers, project staff and local leaders feel confident, competent and skilled in designing and delivering all aspects of projects and programmes. Participants may include people working in a broad development context, who need to:

  • Submit project proposals, grant submissions, or concept notes

  • Design and deliver projects

  • Monitor and evaluate programmes and projects.

Content and Learning Methods

Course content includes all the elements of project / programme management that are common to all agencies and development initiatives. Additionally, specific content is tailored in conversations with our clients to ensure that we meet people’s actual needs, and that participants can use their learning practically, in their daily work.

Participants normally work with real projects that they, or their teams, are currently developing or engaged with. In this way, course materials are co-developed by the participants and the facilitator, using language and tools that reflect participants’ real world situation.

Our participatory approach to social learning encourages learners to actively engage with the materials through discussion; repeatedly practicing skills; and giving and receiving feedback with their colleagues and the course facilitators.

Specific content includes:

  • Project and programme context – e.g. local needs, strategic plans

  • Project Cycle Management

  • Logic models, including Results Based Management and Logical Frameworks

  • Analyses to assess objectivesneeds and context

  • Stakeholder analyses

  • Project and programme design – setting meaningful objectives, ensuring that projects activities can deliver, or demonstrably contribute to, the development outcomes that are required

  • Risk identification, analysis and mitigation

  • Monitoring, review and evaluation

  • Reporting and change management

Many of our clients work in dispersed teams, or are even physically located in different countries. For these reasons, or at a client’s request, we offer modules in team buildingleadership and communications that we design in partnership with our clients.

Outcomes

By the end of this course, and through follow-up activities that we agree during the course, participants will be able to:

  • Complete a project proposal that includes a logic model such as a Results Based Management framework or Logical Framework

  • Develop objectives that respond to grassroots needs and high-level country strategies, poverty reduction objectives or development initiatives

  • Conduct a risk analysis with tools for assessing and managing risk

  • Develop effective indicators and cost-effective processes for monitoring, review and evaluating impact

  • Build effective mechanisms for learning and responding to changing circumstances

  • Ensure that key people are confident to develop and submit project proposals, including the completion of a project framework of some sort (e.g. a logic model), with supporting narrative

  • Ensure that project proposals are based on sound analysis including stakeholder analysis, situation and gap analysis, benefit-cost analysis and relevant technical analyses

Timeframe

The basic course lasts three days. Prior to the course participants are sent a questionnaire and two handouts to read – about 2 hours of preparatory work. Course follow-up is designed with clients and participants but typically includes finalising / submitting an actual project proposal. Participants may have started work on this during the course or start it from scratch when returning to their work place.

Course follow up typically takes place over 2-8 weeks. Throughout this time, participants are supported by Oslo Analytica staff by email, Skype or similar.

Price
Single client course: TBC
Open generic course for individual participants: TBC

COURSE DIRECTOR 

The courses will be delivered by Dr Scott Jones, a restoration ecologist and social anthropologist who works internationally as a facilitator, researcher, and evaluator. Scott has developed and delivered these and similar courses for UN agencies, international development organisations, governments, central banks, research institutes, NGOs, industry and communities in over 30 countries. His main work areas are:

  • Conflict management – specialising in environmental and cross-cultural conflictsgender; restorative justice; trauma and mental health.

  • Organisational development – strategic planning, diversity, managing change, leadership, communications, dispersed teams in cross-national partnerships.

  • Programme and project management – including UN, INGO and corporate systems. Frequent partnership development where several agencies need quickly to align systems for complex emergencies or development initiatives.

  • Restoration Ecology and Social Anthropology – main focus on environmental restoration of degraded African mountain forests, facilitating complex multi-stakeholder processes, and increasing the involvement of women and youth in conflict management.

Scott designed and led a 4-year development project in Eritrea, linking communities, ministries and an NGO. He has managed projects with UN agencies, international development organisations, local authorities, and private businesses. He is a trained counsellor and advanced coach who has worked in public health, mother and child health, as a nurse manager, volunteer nurse and development worker in East African famines. Scott gained his pilot’s licence through a British Royal Air Force scholarship.

PhD – Restoration ecology in African Highlands (University of Stirling, Scotland)
MA – Education Leadership and Management (Open University)
BSc – First class joint honours in Social Anthropology and Environmental Sciences (U. of Stirling)
Registered General Nurse (Kings College Hospital, London)
Registered Mental Health Nurse (Maudsley Hospital, London)