PM4NGOs support to unemployed (and furloughed) workers and students

PM4NGOs support to unemployed (and furloughed) workers and students

COVID-19, Project DPro Certification

Many professionals are struggling with a reduction of their income, temporarily or permanently as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Students also wonder how they will be able to find an internships or jobs in a world of reduced opportunities and social/work contact.

As part of PM4NGOs Covid-19 response, we will be offering unemployed (and furloughed) workers reduced exam fees during the month of June for the Project DPro exam. Unemployed workers will pay USD 22 for their exams and USD 5 for the online invigilation, regardless of their country.

Students already pay USD 22 for exams, however during the month of June,PM4NGOs will waive the USD 5 invigilation fee for students wishing to take the certification exam 

This reduced fee and invigilation waiver is applicable for individual candidates who are able to provide an evidence of their status as a student or as a temporarily or permanently unemployment.

Project DPro and Program DPro guides remain free of costs to download at the PM4NGOs website.

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Applications for PM4NGOs Hubs

Applications for PM4NGOs Hubs

PM4NGOs

PM4NGOs is aiming to expand its network of local hubs worldwide. PM4NGOs Hubs are expert volunteers who represent PM4NGOs in specific country or region, providing support to learners and practitioners around the world.

Through these hubs, Project DPro students and practitioners meet their peers, make new contacts, network, build knowledge, share solutions and ideas, and enjoy activities and events.

Your support will help to provide transformational learning and certification to project managers working in the development and humanitarian sectors, serving to community based non-profits organizations and professionals.

Visit the PM4NGOs Hubs page and read the profile of our current representatives in Brazil, Guatemala, Honduras, Jordan, Nigeria, Turkey, and Syria. 

We are currently looking for new representatives in Canada and the USA, but you are invited to submit your application even if you are based in a different country. PM4NGOs Hubs Program will continue to expand across the globe and your application will be reviewed for (near) future expansion.

The next selection process (Canada and USA) will happen on May 31, 2020.

Can you help to form and run a local hub in your country or region?

Click in the button below and submit your application!

Note: In order to become a PM4NGOs Hub, candidates must be Project DPro (PMD Pro) or PMD Pro certified.

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A message to our partners and candidates about the Coronavirus

A message to our partners and candidates about the Coronavirus

Partners, Project DPro Certification

In just a few months, the Coronavirus has infected almost 2M people around the world. According to the World Health Organization, as of April 13, there are 1,773,084 confirmed cases and 111,652 have died as consequence of COVID-19 contamination.

Our primary goal is to protect our team, partners, learners and candidates, as we maintain the organization services and certification schemes continuity during this pandemic.

We want to share with you some steps we are taking to promote social distancing at our operations and processes:

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Guia Project DPro – Segunda Edição do PMD Pro

Guia Project DPro – Segunda Edição do PMD Pro

PM4NGOs, Project DPro, Project DPro, Project DPro Certification

PM4NGOs anuncia com satisfação o lançamento do Guia de Gerenciamento de Projetos para Profissionais de Desenvolvimento – Project DPro (PMD Pro 2a Edição). O Guia Project DPro reflete nos de aprendizagem, feedback de centenas de profissionais de desenvolvimento, e um process de desenvolvimento de 2 anos. Ele se alinha com o Guia Program DPro.

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PM4NGOs is excited to welcome its latest training partner – Pyramid Learning

PM4NGOs is excited to welcome its latest training partner – Pyramid Learning

Partners, Training

Although Pyramid Learning is a new partner, its Co-Founders – Mike Culligan and John Cropper – are old friends of PM4NGOs. In fact, Mike and John wrote the first version of PMD Pro back in 2010 and actually created PM4NGOs itself.

So in many ways, it is not ‘welcome’ but ‘welcome home’.

Mike and John have a simple mission for Pyramid Learning. They want to make quality learning appropriate, accessible and actionable. In other words, they want to help those doing good, do even better”.

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Project DPro Pulse 2019

Project DPro Pulse 2019

Program Management, Project DPro, Project DPro Certification, Project Management

PM4NGOs has launched the Project DPro Pulse 2019 – a survey to identify the demand and needs of project managers at the development and humanitarian sectors.

You will be leading the project management tools/guides development in 2020/2021 and providing your opinion and recommendations along with other professionals around the world.

This survey takes approximately 15 minutes. You participation is crucial – the survey findings will not only generate a global report but, more importantly, drive PM4NGOs and its partners efforts to attending professionals and organizations’ project management needs. Please also share this initiative with your colleagues.

Click in the button below to participate on the Project DPro Pulse 2019.

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PM4NGOS and APMG announce the recipient of the 2019 Alan Harpham Award

PM4NGOS and APMG announce the recipient of the 2019 Alan Harpham Award

Alan Harpham Award
Esther Musa – recipient of the Alan Harpham Award 2019

The Alan Harpham Award honors and recognizes an individual with distinguished actions in promoting the professionalization of project management in the international development and humanitarian sectors. The selected winner demonstrates not only leadership in advocating for project management professionalization within the sector, but also in making it available to those who are most in need and to a range of stakeholders in the sector such as community based organizations or local NGOs.

The award is named in honor of Alan Harpham, former Board Member of PM4NGOs and Chairman of APMG, and a global citizen dedicated to making this sector and community a better place.

PM4NGOs and APMG are delighted to announce that the recipient of the Alan Harpham Award in 2019 is Esther Musa, the Program Development and Quality Manager at Mercy Corps Nigeria.

Esther ensures that PMD Pro certification a is a must for all Mercy Corps Nigeria staff, as she works extensively and stays on top of current developments that might impact staff capacity building.

She facilitated and contributed to ensuring three staff are certified with PMD Pro 2, over 50 have been certified on PMD Pro 1, routine training is organized for staff which has better-improved management of projects and programmes for Mercy Corps.

Esther came up with a one-pager on the short guide which gives an overview of a project cycle and the must-do. Esther has developed innovative approaches and ideas, making it a quarterly activity for all staff to meet and discuss how to integrate PMD Pro standard to all Mercy Corps program and projects.

Her innovative approaches to ensure all staff from the capital city to the deep field offices are ready for the PMD Pro Exam have propelled the country program.

We at PM4NGOs as well as the team of APMG International congratulate Esther Musa and wish her all the very best in the future to succeed in the field of Project and Program Management for NGOs.

About PM4NGOs
PM4NGOs is an international non-profit organization that seeks for an equitable and sustainable world where social investment achieves the greatest impact. PM4NGOs promotes excellence in the management of social investment projects and programmes through the creation and development of best practice guidance for development professionals, certification schemes for those working in the sector who will be proud to hold an internationally recognised qualification and a forum for communication and discussion about international development sector best practice. The PM4NGOs mission is to promote and sustain the professionalism of program and project management in the international development sector.
www.pm4ngos.org

About APMG
APMG International is a global accreditation body specialising in professional certifications to help individuals and business deliver best practice solutions. Our portfolio includes a host of industry recognised certifications; Certified Public-Private Partnerships Professional, Forest Garden Training Certification, Praxis Framework™ and Change Management. During the past 25 years APMG International has worked with over 550 Accredited Training Organizations and Scheme Owners across the globe. Over 2 million candidates from 100+ countries have taken an APMG exam in 21 languages. Our examinations are rigorous, challenging and consistent so that candidates can be proud of their achievement.
www.apmg-international.com

About Alan Harpham
As Chairman of the APM Group from 1997 to 2014 Alan worked tirelessly to build APMG’s international networks and reputation. Apart from his professional career, Alan was dedicated to serving his community. His portfolio of pro-bono activities included chairing the Ecumenical Partnership Initiatives Limited, where he also served as a volunteer chaplain to the East of England Ambulance Service. He was a director of the International Center for Spirit at Work; a board member of the Cranfield Management Association, and a Certified Management Consultant and Fellow of the Institute of Business Consultants. Alan was also a member of the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants and was a pro-bono mentor and consultant.

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Why do we need five steps to develop a schedule?

Why do we need five steps to develop a schedule?

Program Management, Project Management

Before learning and adopting best practices for project management, developing a project schedule was a pain. I used to grab the project proposal and other available documents and then spent several hours (days) behind my computer working on the MS Project. No matter how much time I dedicated or how focused I was, the outcome was never detailed or comprehensive enough.

PMD Pro made me understand that there are many steps prior to the scheduled development, such as the Logframe review, WBS development, sequencing activities, estimating resources and duration, and establishing the critical path, to finally develop the project schedule.However, I still struggled to understand why I needed to follow all these steps, one by one, instead of simply applying their techniques at once. After all, when thinking on a task or set of activities, our mind naturally assembles all aspects at the same time: when task will start and end, the required resources, who will be responsible for it, etc.

Here are a few reasons why following these five steps is crucial to develop a more accurate and comprehensive project schedule:

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Long live the Decision Gates

Long live the Decision Gates

Program Management, Project DPro, Project DPro Guide, Project Management

During the project launch meeting, suddenly, the Project Manager raises from his chair and shouts: “long live decision gates!” Yes, decision gates must live long and walk through the entire project life. But what are decision gates?

According to the PMD Pro Guide, decision gates consist of a series of points in the project that require a decision to either proceed with the next phase of the project, modify the Scope, Schedule or Budget of the project or end the project outright. Each successive decision gate builds on the work that was developed in the previous stage.

Although more common at the Setup Phase, when a formal approval is required to mobilizing resources and beginning the iterative planning and implementation phases, decision gates are helpful and necessary to connect each phase and stage of the project.

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