Peter Marlow, PM4NGOs Board Member, talks about principles and techniques for a successful mentoring process.
Group photo showing participants and the Facilitator, at the end of the PMD Pro level 1 training held at Caritas Nigeria HQ in Abuja. The training had participants from Local NGOs carrying out humanitarian services and community mental health projects in North Eastern Nigeria, as well as in Benue State of Nigeria. Continue reading “PMD Pro Picture of the Month – August, 2018”
The November picture of the month is from PM4NGOs! Our team met with experts in Washington (DC) to develop the Program Management Certification and to improve the Program Management for Development Guide (PgMD).
The PgMD Guide was created to link strategic management team with the Project Managers through an intentional set of activities and objectives. A Program Manager has a vital role in the success of an organization.
We can’t wait for it!
Check out some pictures of the meeting:
This blog was originally posted on Humentum.
I used not to believe much in online trainings compared to face to face. However, this training has really shifted my mind towards it: the setting, the support, the quality of material, and the flow was simply amazing and very friendly. I have really enjoyed these past few weeks!” Fuad Rayyna
I have just finished supporting Humentum Planning for Financial Sustainability eWorkshop and I am really delighted with the learner feedback, like the one above. Most of the learners in this workshop have a programmes rather than a finance background. It made me smile as not only were learners surprised to enjoy an online finance training but, more important, they learned loads and now feel confident to use their new finance skills and tools immediately their work.
This is what it is all about for us at Humentum – finding practical ways to ensure operational excellence in our everyday work.
I’ve been reflecting on why this eWorkshop, and others, work so well for participants. And I’ve come up with four main reasons.
We are delighted to announce that PM4NGOs has become a Corporate Partner of the Association for Project Management (APM).
APM is a membership organization committed to developing and promoting project and program management with aims very similar to our own. APM’s vision is for a world in which all projects succeed with project management as a life skill for all, and its mission is to inspire communities to deliver meaningful change for societal benefit by advancing the art, science, theory and practice of project management. APM is the UK member of the International Project Management Association. Its website is at www.apm.org.uk.
By partnering with APM we will be able to represent project and program managers in the development community at APM forums, special interest groups and at their annual thought leadership event. We will also be able offer access for our professionals to APM’s vast library of digital resources and webinars to help them to develop their careers.
Over the last year, there seems to be growing interest and efforts focused on exploring and executing mergers and acquisitions within our sector. Three examples of creative forms of collaboration across our membership community include: DAI and IntraHealth; RTI acquiring IRG from Engility this year; and Grameen and Freedom From Hunger in 2016. In our discussions across the membership community, many expect this activity to continue as leaders and boards continue to ask the key questions: Can a merger or acquisition accelerate our strategic goals? Can we deliver more impact in a closer collaboration than alone? And, finally, what can we do to better ensure success?
Multiple studies from the commercial sector over the years have pointed out that mergers have a higher than expected failure rate in their ability to create and sustain long-term value, even with the greater abundance of resources and capital. While these studies may seem daunting, there are many ways to increase the odds of success in the design and execution of a merger or acquisition, and a favorable external environment also helps. In addition, many characteristics our sector embodies may also increase success.
Successful organizations rest not only on strategy and talent, but also on a sense of purpose and belonging, especially in creating a new organization following a merger. Our community, with its strong social purpose, commitment to values, focus on diversity and inclusion, and passion for results embodies both purpose and belonging, and that has allowed our organizations to adapt and thrive in adversity. They may also help us be more successful in our mergers and acquisitions. Continue reading “Purpose and Belonging in Mergers”
Our partner LINGOs developed the Guide to FMD Pro (Financial Management for Development and Humanitarian Professionals), a downloadable manual containing the full body of knowledge on which all of the FMD Pro materials are based. It focuses on the fundamentals of financial management and provides tools and guidance for all team members to manage their project finances effectively.
FMD Pro starts with an overview of the key concepts financial management – an essential leadership skill for a competent project manager and an approach that should be embedded within the processes and understanding of all project teams. Five easy-to-read sections underpin the overall approach. These are:
- Accounting essentials
- Financial Planning
- Financial reporting and monitoring
- Safeguarding assets
- Tackling incidences of fraud and bribery
FMD Pro concludes with a Summary that provides a ‘minimum standards’ checklist for easy reference as well as advice on how to build an action plan, and further reading and resources. This is followed by a Glossary and Appendix, with information to supplement some of the chapters. Continue reading “The fundamentals of financial management: The Guide to FMD Pro”
Edson Marinho is a Brazilian passionate project manager who is ahead of PM4NGOs as the Operations Manager since 2015. He is also the founder and director of Teoria da Prática, a Brazilian project management consultancy, and he is a senior member of the Brazilian PMD Pro Trainers Network.
International Relations Bachelor, post-graduated in Distance Learning and Project Management, PMD Pro Level 2 certified, Edson is an experienced project manager with over 13 years’ experience in managing large and complex projects and multiple small project. He has worked at small and large NGOs like ChildFund, World Vision, and Ética Fairtrade.
I have been involved in training and developing the PMD Pro (Project Management for Development Professionals) since the very first PMD Pro training group in Brazil. I truly believe that we must empower professionals by disseminating project management tools and techniques to the community-based organizations. In the other hand and most importantly, it is from the community that we will learn how and which of these techniques and tools really work”.
A PMD Pro1 course in Turkish Language was provided by the trainer Mr. Akkash Asheer , the Turkish programs Manager in Trust Consultancy & Developmentand, from 15 to 19 September 2017 in Gaziantep.
The training materials and guidelines were prepared in Turkish language and soon will be available for the project management community.
Turkish participants joined the training from: World Vision International, Danish Refugee Council, Save the Children, IMAAR Reconstruction Organization, Relief International, Malteser International, Human Appeal, and UOSSM.
Check out some of the pictures of the training: