Isabelle and Mike are PMD Pro trainers from our partner RedR UK who recently delivered PMD Pro 1 course for Oxford Policy Management Ltd, in Oxford (England).
After taking the course, the group wrote a short piece about it for their internal newsletter. Check out what they said about it:
“At the end of April, around 25 OPMers attended a bespoke three-day interactive project management course based on the PMD Pro 1 Project Management for International Development Professionals. As the title suggests, PMD Pro 1 is a (certified) project management course specifically design for people working in the International Development sector.
PMD Pro 1 Level 1 is an introductory course during which participants develop an understanding of the principles and terminology of project management – most importantly – within the context of international development projects. The course covers the basic concepts, terminology and tools of project management used by development professionals. In our case, we tailored the course to align with the OPM style of work.
Level 1 is part of a three-level certification sequence that RedR UK is authorised to deliver through their registration with “LINGOs”: a consortium of over 55 international development, humanitarian relief, conservation and health organisations. Run in-house at OPM, the course was facilitated by two excellent trainers from RedR UK: Mike Gonzalez and Isabelle Robinson. Both are experienced trainer-facilitators who have many years of experience of the design and delivery of projects in humanitarian and development situations, as well a fantastic knowledge of the cross-cutting issues we concern ourselves with.
Most importantly it was good fun. In the three days, we were walked through the different stages of the project cycle, played a few fun games along the way and even actively project-managed our very own three-day project. If you were in the Oxford office, you may have tripped over small groups of earnest-looking folks, heads-down-and-tails-up, in various breakout sessions taking-up any unoccupied corner of the office (thanks for your patience, by the way).
The material covered gives participants a much broader picture of development management than the usual technocratic project management; it covered aspects right from the project identification and design stage through to closure and lights off.
We found the participants who benefited the most are those still quite new to development or who have quite specific roles at the early stage of their careers; it is a useful introduction to the wide-world of development. We were lucky to have a couple of our more experience OPMers in the room, who were able to give us the benefit of their knowledge and ideas as to how we actually apply the learning in OPM.
Some participants were surprised by the tools PMD Pro had to offer and have asked about those already used by OPM. We have a growing resource of OPM sample tools being collated for your reference, adaption or use. They are on our Imo site, so come and take a look. Our library of resources is growing every day and we are busy continuously improving its structure and usability (is that a word?) thanks to Andrea’s advice and expertise!!
If you can’t find what you want or if you need help, guidance or even just a sanity check at any stage of the project cycle, the feel free to come and speak to us. We are happy to help 🙂
Last but certainly not least, a very special thank you from all the participants, to Smaranda Predescu and Elisabetta Lichy for driving this forward and handling all arrangements to make the training happen. Oh, and thanks to Amy for the home-baked cookies.
If you are interested to learn more about PMD Pro and what it has to offer, you may refer to the course guide here.
Some of the participants of the PMD Pro 1 course with trainers Mike and Isabelle (centre, front). Thanks to Harry for remembering to take a photo!”
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Emily Fereday is Country Director for the UK/ Europe region of RedR UK, an international humanitarian NGO which supports aid organisations and other humanitarian actors across the world by developing skills and providing expertise. At RedR UK, Emily provides strategic direction for RedR UK’s work in Europe and on a range of Global programmes which cover areas including humanitarian principles, technical and security training and project and programme management.
Emily has a learning and development background with 17 years of experience in non-profit organisations. She has lived and worked in China, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya managing Teacher Development and Education in Emergencies Programmes with VSO and Save the Children and has worked for UNICEF developing a Humanitarian learning strategy.
Emily is qualified with PMD Pro 1 and 2 and has been involved with RedR’s work in supporting individuals to gain the qualifications since 2010. She has an MA oxon from Keble College, Oxford University, an MSc in Development Studies from SOAS, London University and a PGCE from Westminster College, Oxford.
With over 10 years of management experience in the private and non-governmental sectors, Amanda diverse background, in both the domestic and international fields, grants her unique insight of the needs and processes necessary for successful implementation of projects and procedures for businesses, companies and organizations. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from York College of Pennsylvania in York, Pennsylvania (USA) and a Master of Science in International Public Service and Masters Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois (USA).
Amanda’s expertise is in international development with a concentration in women’s and gender studies. She has worked in Latin America and the Middle East and understands and navigates the cultural contexts of both regions. Amanda is well versed in the subjects of: monitoring and evaluation, proposal writing, refugees and human migration, human rights, women’s and gender issues, sustainable development, organizational development, writing and ethics. She has delivered needs assessments, trainings, research, and, monitoring and evaluations on a variety of development topics for non-governmental organizations in Jordan and the USA.
In addition to her NGO experience, Ms. Fleetwood has substantial knowledge of the private sector.
PMD Pro Starter is a guide and website that has been put together by LINGOs working together with Plan International, PM4NGOs and the Humanitarian Leadership Academy.
LINGOs team has break PMD Pro down into fifteen tools. Each tool has an explanation, a template, a short, two minute animated video and a short slide deck of three/four slides.
Peter Marlow has developed a mobile version that can be acccessed offline – that´s the PMD Pro Starter Guide to take anywhere you go!
You can also read the story behind PMD Pro Starter at our blog, access the PMD Pro Starter mobile website at http://pmdprostarter.org/ to watch the videos and download the content, or download the Pocket Guide below.
The war in Syria has created one of the most challenging environments for NGOs to operate in. Financial resources are extremely limited, communication networks are poor and electricity is in short supply. The security situation has forced almost half the population to flee to safety which means there are fewer skilled people left in Syria and those trying to enter the country face numerous risks and problems. As a result, NGOs are in desperate need of project managers but are struggling to recruit or train them.
Marifah for Social Entrepreneurship in Turkey decided to tackle this problem by utilising one of the most reliable free communication tools it has access to: WhatsApp. With the organizational motto, ‘Creative Investment in Creative People,’ they came up with the idea of providing training in Project Management for Development Professionals (PMD Pro) using WhatsApp to engage trainees directly through their phones or computers.
Dr Mohammad Abo Hilal of Marifah, conducted the training with the Syrian Expatriates Organization and Afaq Academy for Development and Change by first sending out an advertisement. “We prepared an advert and sent it out via WhatsApp to different groups,” he said. “We then selected 45 trainees and created a WhatsApp group for them, and another group for the coordination team which included a project manager, the trainers, supervisors and coordinators.” [Read more…]