Hassan Jenedie (Capacity Building & Partnership Manager at Syrian Forum- Bousla)is an experienced Project Manager and shared some of his thoughts in this article: 

  • What was your first contact with project management?

The contact was in 2014 when I attended a Project Management for Development training conducted by Goal Organization as a trainee with the trainer Mr John Cropper. I was invited as a project manager working on projects inside Syria to operate eight hospitals and twelve primary health care centres.

  • How did you hear about Project DPro – what interested you about this? Your journey.

The most thing interests me about Project DPro, is unifying international project management concepts, terminology, tools, and techniques between humanitarian workers.

At the first stage, Project DPro gives me opportunities to gain a solid foundation in international project management concepts, terminology, tools, and techniques. Then enhancing my skills through working and learning from peers in other NGO project managers who face similar challenges in their jobs. Also the best practices in project management and gain a clearer picture of your role within a project.

  • How did Project DPro improve your work?

Project DPro help me improve my work by

–              Sharing and applying good practices in project management ;

–              Contributing to improving the organizational processes related to project management;

–              Using tools and techniques that accelerate the job in good quality;

–              The ability to adhere to and respect the project’s commitments and deadlines before the donors and teamwork.

In addition, it played the main role to promote me to different positions, as Program Manager, Deputy CEO and the last one Capacity Building Program Manager. In addition, I was selected to register the Project DPro in the Arabic language as online training on the disaster-ready platform. Actually it is not improved only my work but contributed to improving the work of other organization which I delivered the training to them such as (Relief International- World Vision-Acted-COSV-SAMS-SEMA-UOSSM etc….), the estimated number of trainees exceeded 1800.

  • Why do you think Project DPro is important for NGOs?

Project DPro is very important for the NGOs for the following reasons:

–              Easy communication between all parties working in the humanitarian sector.

–              Getting benefits from implementing the good practices shared between NGOs to deliver the project’s results in the context of the time, budget, scope, quality and risks.

–              Establishing and maintaining a good and detailed project plans.

–              The ability to reuse the tools and techniques between projects and getting benefits from the lessons learnt.

–              Ability to deliver the intangible results of the projects to the target society.

  • What challenges did you face?

The main challenges of using the Project DPro is that:

–      There is no application software in the humanitarian sector helps the teamwork to easily implement and follow up on the project’s activities by entering the project inputs.

–      The difficulty of applying some Project DPro practices in some emergency circumstances (high-risk areas) in term of time, in that case, the priority will be saving lives rather than applying them.P

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