This course aims to meet the growing needs of African public and private sector enterprises in the area of project management. Project management is a complex undertaking, with many stages and processes. It should follow the full business life-cycle, from definition and justification of the project, through to delivering demonstrable benefits for the business. Investors and managers are becoming more concerned with the use of scarce and often difficult to mobilize financial resources. Meanwhile, there has been an increase in the demand for and management of quality public and private sector investments. This course will develop an in-depth understanding of different approaches to project management, with a thorough training in techniques for the planning, design and economic analysis, monitoring and evaluation of African development projects and programmes. There is a strong emphasis on issues and analytical techniques relating to choices in project design, and cost-benefit analysis. Environmental analysis will be covered in detail to reflect the need for the better management of natural resources.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
This programme is designed for project officers, development bank officials, planning coordinators in parastatal and government organizations and other projects.
HOW PARTICIPANTS WILL BENEFIT
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
• Formulate and design feasible development projects for both public and private sectors;
• Analyze major project issues, methods and techniques of project planning;
• Describe theoretical and practical aspects of project management, analysis and management in the various sectors;
• Design and undertake project monitoring and evaluation exercises.
• Project cycle;
• Project and programme management;
• Project design and formulation;
• Best practices in management of private and public sector projects;
• Work breakdown schedules and network analysis;
• Cost benefit analysis;
• Procurement management;
• Stakeholder management;
• Sourcing project finance;
• Developing financial statements;
• Cash-flow statements, income statements, balance sheets;
• Financial ratios;
• Portfolio management;
• Environmental theory and practice;
• Environmental impact assessment;
• Monitoring concept;
• Project planning and control;
• Designing performance indicators;
• Evaluation concept and techniques;
• Developing evaluation terms of references;
• Project costing;
• Sustainability in projects.