Civil Sector & (I)NGOs: International Projects

Managing International Projects

INGOs run their programs through partnerships and networks. Long-term goals are reached incrementally, chunking down development in projects. Partners from different countries bring their teams and resources together to form consortia and run large-size projects. The prime partner and direct interface with the donors administrates the budget and does the reporting. The project manager may be this administrator and budget controller or a second person who puts greater emphasis on project technicity, communications with the parties and field visits.

As a methodology, project management does strategic planning, defines central and pillar tasks, schedules phases, structures effective communication paths, and remains flexible to respond to changing needs. Projects affect and are affected by other events taking place in the NGO and in the field. It is vital to continuously link projects with one another at strategic, organizational and technical levels. In this way projects are not perceived as competing for resources but as contributors to the overall mission of the NGO.

This seminar covers all important areas of designing and leading projects:

  • Dimension and scope: size and degree of complexity
  • Time: constraints, deadlines and planning
  • Stakeholders: donors, governments, local CSOs, teams, experts
  • Paths and means of communication and reporting
  • Analysis and development of systems
  • Knowledge management
  • Costing
  • Risk management
  • KPIs and monitoring
  • Integration with other projects
  • Integration with central activities
  • Evaluation of projects.