Background:

Hetta Institute for International Development (HIID) is a USA-based professional educational corporation specializing in human capacity building. The Institute specializes in helping the mid and senior-level executives, particularly those from the developing countries, to upgrade their skills. HIID was founded in 2001 and registered with Arizona Corporation Commission, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.  Hetta Institute for International Development is also registered with the New Jersey Department of the Treasury Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services. HIID also partners with the Center for Executive Training and International Development (CETID), a professional training provider in sustainable development, registered and based in Manhattan, New York City, USA   Since 2001, HIID has provided short term training courses to hundreds of high-ranking government and corporate officials.

Course Description:

Project development and management skill is a growing area in the development industry. A project is defined as “an activity or group of activities with a defined scope, execution timeframe, and an established budget”. The area has become an important tool for social change, a cornerstone to community development in virtually all industries, including healthcare, government, education, and banking. Donor organizations and governments invest billions of dollars annually in project development, implementation, and delivery of projects. Knowledge of project development, management, and sustainability is critical when designing a project plan that is intended to be submitted to a funding agency. Most donor organizations use five major phases of project development and management – Initiating, planning and design, execution, monitoring & sustainability, handover & close out – to ensure project completion and to improve productivity.

This course will introduce the basic elements of project development and management. It will describe and show step-by-step processes, and techniques will be explained in the various phases of project development and management. Various and problem areas of project development and management will be covered

Course Learning Objectives:

This short course aims to enhance the skills and knowledge of program/project managers, officers and senior officials whose primary responsibilities are to implement programs and projects.

Course Content:

The course is delivered in a workshop setting facilitated by seasoned professional facilitators from international and local institutions with practical experience. Key areas of study include the following:

Nature of a Project:

  • Overview of development issues and challenges in the new millennium
  • Objectives
  • Defining a project
  • What is project management?
  • Program versus projects
  • Characteristics of a project

Project Development Process:

  • Define project scope
  • Specify features, design
  • Baseline system
  • Build the product, testing
  • Deliver product to customers

Project Life Cycle:

  • Phase 1: Initiating the project
  • Phase 2: Defining the scope of the project
  • Phase 3: Planning the project
  • Phase 4: Executing the project
  • Phase 5: Monitoring and evaluating the project
  • Phase 6: Closing and delivering the project

Parameters of a Project:

  • Project scope
  • Cost
  • Time
  • Quality
  • Project resources management
  • Integration management
  • Communications management
  • Cost management
  • Procurement management
  • Risk management
  • Stakeholder management

Planning the Project Implementation:

  • Strategic planning
  • Establishing project priorities
  • Project priority matrix
  • Tools for project planning: SWOT Analysis
  • Using a logical framework

Implementing the Project:

  • Creating a work breakdown structure
  • Team building
  • Developing a status report
  • Making changes to the report
  • Assessing the quality of the project
  • Making forecasts
  • Use WBS tool to identify staff

Monitoring the project:

  • How to design the monitoring system
  • The project control system
  • Cost management
  • Quality management
  • Communications management
  • How to design progress report system
  • PERT Network tool
  • Tracking Gantt Charts

Evaluating the project:

  • How to design evaluation metrics
  • How to evaluate project against standards
  • Primary targets
  • How to evaluate project against stakeholders’ expectation
  • How to evaluate the external process
  • Project completion

Delivering the Project:

  • Train the clients and staffs
  • Transfer documents
  • Release resources
  • Release personnel committed to the project
  • Draw lessons learned from the project

Towards the end of the course, participants will:

  • Review some case studies of samples of successful project development and management
  • Do some problem-solving exercises
  • Undergo a computer training session with a brand laptop computer to take home
  • Go on a group field trip

Learning Outcome:

At the end of the course, participants will benefit the followings from the course:
  • Participants’ skills will be enhanced in better management of community or government programs.
  • The course will enhance participants in designing a-step-by-step approach to developing and managing projects.
  • The course will empower participants to become better able to assess needs, articulate plans, and evaluate projects.
  • Participants will understand how to improve productivity, understand the basic project management skills, effectively organize projects, estimate project costs, and create dependable monitoring techniques.

Learning Methodology:

The course is based on a participatory, active learning approach, group discussion, case studies, problem-solving exercises, and group presentations. Active participation is required and key to the success of the workshops. Other methods used in this course include case studies, problem-solving techniques, group discussion and presentation and so on. Assessment is through effective class participation, group presentation, group project, and class attendance.

Who should attend?

The course is intended for senior staff governmental and governmental who have the responsibility for developing, designing, and implementing a project. Senior public officials, project managers, senior project consultants, heads of departments, supervisors, personnel officers, senior government staff, and other personnel as deemed appropriate by management

Course Duration:

2 weeks

Training Locations and Scheduled Dates:

Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Feb 11-22, 2019 Jersey City, New Jersey, USA: Jan 14-25; Mar 18-29; Jun 17-28; Aug 219-30; Oct 14-25; Dec 2-13, 2019

Course Materials:

Include PowerPoint presentation slides, carefully selected reading materials, exercises, case studies, reading references, and a laptop computer.

Registration Fees:

The course fee is $4950 USD for two weeks. The course fee covers the following: instruction, course materials, one brand new laptop computer to take home, administration expenses, field trips, cultural programs and miscellaneous program-related expenses.

How to Register:

To participate in this course, the applicant must:
  • 1. Send a completed application form
  • 2. Have a bachelor’s degree/or have relevant work experience at senior management level
  • 3. Be nominated by the head of his/her department
  • 4. Be a senior member of the organization
  • 5. Demonstrate a devoted interest in the course
  • 6. Have proof of English proficiency
  • 7. Demonstrate proof of financial sponsorship for the course