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Inclusive PMD Pro for Visually Impaired

Inclusive PMD Pro for Visually Impaired

Development Sector, PMD Pro, Project Management

Author: Cristiano Moura

Inclusive Project Management for Development Professionals methodology for Visually ImpairedInspired by the democratization of information and access to management tools provided by the PMD Pro Guide, Cristiano Moura developed a method to train the visually impaired in project management, specifically in the initial phase of the Project Life Cycle. This method proposes that the visually impaired can design projects, improve management, attract resources and be recognized professionals of the social development sector, after all, now they can see how to make a good justification of their projects and design structured projects, taking into account the tools of Identification and Design of Design, as Tree of Problems, Tree of Objectives and mainly the Logical Framework.

And how could that be possible? Eyes of a visually impaired person are also in their hands, so the idea was to enable them to experience the tools through touch. And why? Because there was a problem that in an expositive class would be extremely complicated to work with this audience. So, some questions guided the creation of this method, for example: “how to explain and make visually impaired that at the time of justifying the project we would have to use a problem tree?” “How could we make them understand that in roots, trunks and branches, we would have causes, central problem and effects?” Continue reading “Inclusive PMD Pro for Visually Impaired”

RedR UK Mentoring: The next step

RedR UK Mentoring: The next step

Development Sector

 

This article was originally published on RedR UK.

 

RedR UK’s Mentoring Programme is designed to support junior professionals as they look to gain experience in the humanitarian sector.
We pair Mentees with an experienced humanitarian in the same field who can assist them in taking their ‘next step’ in the sector.

Mentors provide technical guidance, information on the humanitarian sector and support with potential career paths and opportunities. All of our Mentors are experiences humanitarians, which allows them to offer practical advice which is grounded in real-life experience.

To support their journey, all Mentors receive free, high-quality online training, and consistent support from RedR UK throughout the process.

Desafios do Gerente de Projetos

PMD Pro, Project Management
   

Um desafio, por definição, é uma situação difícil ou perigosa que alguém enfrenta, então a primeira coisa que geralmente pensamos quando falamos em desafios é numa situação que enfrentamos, a partir da qual podemos triunfar ou não.

O interessante, então, não é somente analisar o desafio, mas também os elementos que farão a diferença entre encará-lo de maneira bem-sucedida, ou simplesmente enfrentá-lo e deixar ao acaso o sucesso ou o fracasso que se pode obter.

Na Gestão de Projetos Sociais, os desafios são inúmeros. Na grande maioria dos cenários, temos um problema social, muito difícil de resolver, causado por inúmeros fatores e que foram mantidos por anos.

Somados a esse problema, estão diferentes atores, com interesses diferentes, e muitas vezes a única coisa que fazem é contribuir para tornar o problema ainda maior. Embora alguns atores estejam interessados em contribuir para a resolução do problema, eles o fazem com sua própria metodologia, portanto é comum que alguns esforços sejam duplicados, mas é também comum que a abordagem ou estratégia de alguns atores dificulte a nossa intervenção (metodologias paternalistas, por exemplo).

Além do exposto, encontramos desafios na obtenção dos recursos necessários para a implementação dos projetos. De recursos financeiros, cada vez mais escassos, ao talento humano, onde o maior desafio que enfrentamos é encontrar a pessoa ideal no momento ideal para desempenhar o papel ideal para o projeto.

Para aqueles que tomam os desafios como uma grande dor de cabeça, o campo de gestão de projetos sociais pode ser um caminho errado. Mas para aqueles que apostam em um futuro com melhores condições e valorizam a satisfação de ver mudanças positivas nas comunidades em que trabalham, enfrentar esses desafios é o melhor incentivo para entregar um projeto de sucesso.

Qual pode ser a diferença entre encarar um desafio bem-sucedido ou falhar na tentativa?
A partir da minha experiência:

  1. Tenha uma ideia clara da magnitude do desafio. Uma chuva forte não é o mesmo que um furacão.
  2. Preparar a estratégia e as ferramentas necessárias, de acordo com a magnitude do desafio. Não há nada pior do que querer enfrentar o furacão com um guarda-chuva simples.
  3. Sempre tenha um plano B, um plano C e um plano D, se necessário. A magnitude do furacão geralmente muda durante a sua trajetória.
  4. Sempre tenha um objetivo claro. Isso faz que você veja o mesmo desafio de uma perspectiva única e, portanto, sua estratégia deve ser única. O furacão chega a todos, mas se você estiver no comando da companhia elétrica da cidade, sua estratégia será radicalmente diferente do que se você fosse responsável por uma creche!

Os 4 passos anteriores têm algo em comum… Cada passo implica preparação. Você não enfrentará desafios de maneira bem-sucedida sem se preparar para isso!

Inscreva-se para o Webinar Desafios do Gerennte de Projetos

Data: 4 de setembro 2018

Hora: 18:00 hora do Brasil

Facilitador: Juan Manuel Palacios

ChildFund Brazil PMO Team in Brazil Empowers Aldeias Infantis in Project Management

ChildFund Brazil PMO Team in Brazil Empowers Aldeias Infantis in Project Management

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From July 24 to 27, the Project Management Training (PMD Pro) was ministrated for 21 employees of the humanitarian organization Aldeias Infantis SOS Brazil in the city of Poá-SP. The training was facilitated by Cristiano Moura and Saulo Esteves.

Check out Josué Carvalho (National Coordinator of Monitoring and Evaluation) testimony: “The PMD Pro methodology is consistent and very tangible to our work. In addition to being experienced in activities similar to those of our organization, the facilitators demonstrated excellent mastery of the content and were very competent in transmitting it, making the classes in light moments, pleasant and very productive. I felt motivated to master the content presented, to make sure of it, and to continue to know the methodology. I am also anxious to put into practice what has been given and to obtain satisfactory results in the projects in which I am involved. “

The participants took the online international certification exam on the last day of the course.

“For some time now I’ve been looking for a way to systematize and qualify the work I do. I really enjoy planning and organization. I have always tried to bring planning and analysis tools into my daily life, but the routine and the demands always ended up surpassing the available techniques and tools. With the formation of the PMD Pro, I discovered that what I needed was not simply tools but a way of systematizing my thinking and my routine, bringing the universe of tools, indicators, processes and strategies to a structuring, planning and management logic of the projects that I have under my responsibility. A logic that, with the training, I now begin to incorporate into the daily work that I develop along with my team. Super I recommend the PMD Pro, which will be a watershed in my professional trajectory! “, Said Michèle Mansor, National Articulator of Gender Equality Policy. Continue reading “ChildFund Brazil PMO Team in Brazil Empowers Aldeias Infantis in Project Management”

Project management – a first career choice

Project management – a first career choice

Project Management

This article was originally published on APM.

If you’re reading this, you are probably a project professional. You won’t need convincing of the fact that project professionals make things happen.

Among a student audience, the project profession has had relatively little visibility, typically being part of a STEM-related activity which, while laudable, doesn’t do justice to the sheer breadth of opportunity projects offer.

If you have several years of work experience, your project life is likely to have been your second or third career stage rather than your first – or something you had previously done alongside another role. There is nothing wrong with that but there is a sense that the time has come to promote the first-career project professional.

Aside from the Royal Charter and the Chartered Project Professional title, the other timely opportunity to help us broadcast the message is the recent launch of the Project Manager Degree Apprenticeship, a fantastic way to gain a degree, a professional qualification and sector experience.

As the chartered body for the project profession, it is important that APM raises the profile of the world of projects with everyone, including those still in education.

The good news is that the more students understand what projects are, the more they like the idea of being part of one. We know this thanks to our recent research. Continue reading “Project management – a first career choice”

What is leadership? The big debate…

What is leadership? The big debate…

Leadership

This article was originally published on APM.

Leadership is such an interesting and evocative abstract noun. It conjures up a variety of different expectations, experiences and contexts. Despite the enormous amount of literature about leaders and leadership over the ages, there is still much debate over the essence of leadership.

‘What is leadership?’ is such a simple question, yet it continues to draw extensive debate. My favourite definition of leadership is:

A set of skills enabling an individual to have followers. This individual may or may not have formal authority or a hierarchical position, but they are highly visible and set a positive example.

Traditional views of leadership tend to focus on a formalised role, title or hierarchy – on centralised command and control. These views often emphasise the ‘lone’ hero or maverick. More recent views of leadership have introduced an emphasis on social and ethical behaviour: Richard Greenleaf (1970) has given us the concept of servant leadership; Rosabeth Moss Kanter (1994), David Chrislip and Carl Larson (1994), David Archer and Alex Cameron (2008), and Ken Blanchard (2015) have developed the idea of collaborative leadership; Daniel Goleman (2003) has given us ideas around emotionally intelligent leadership, Bill George (2004) authentic leadership, and Deborah Ancona (2007) incomplete leadership.

Leadership and change

In today’s context – think climate change, disruptive business models, refugees and economic migration, artificial intelligence, globalisation, extended supply chains, data harvesting, exploiting new energy sources – leadership is about change. And this is how it connects strongly with the project world. We recognise that projects introduce change, especially those major complex projects involving infrastructure, digitisation and organisational transformation. Continue reading “What is leadership? The big debate…”

PMD Pro Success Story: Malvern Marks

PMD Pro Success Story: Malvern Marks

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Malvern Marks is an example that is possible not just to take PMD Pro self-study and pass the exam, as to have a brilliant project management career. Check out:

“I wish to express my gratitude for successfully completed my PMD Pro level 1 and 2. When I joined SOUTHERN AFRICA FEDERATION FOR THE DISABLED (SAFOD) as a volunteer resource mobilization, was introduced to the course by the Programs Manager GEORGE MWIKA KAYANGE. After going through the course curriculum available online, I found that the subject material covered to best suit my career goals.

I am in my 4th and final year for BSc project management currently volunteering under SAFOD specializing in resource mobilization for various programs and interventions that they undertake. As part of my role I liaise with the donor community regarding the programs and projects that are I would have identified as problems in relation to the United Nations policies and local governments legislations. Currently I am working on developing a monitoring and evaluation framework for SAFOD [SOUTHERN AFRICA FEDERATION OF THE DISABLED]regional NGO that advocate for inclusiveness of disability. This is currently progressing well as I am able to put into practice the knowledge that I acquired my studying of the PMD Pro course.

My responsibility, diligence and management aptitude were integral to the role, however, my efficiency in my delivery seems to be accelerated by the knowledge I have gained through training in the issues of humanitarian developmental projects I strongly recommend anyone who is looking to expand their knowledge in developmental project management to participate in this PMD Pro I am certain that the knowledge and skills learnt from my professional experience, coupled with PMD Pro program would make me a valuable to SAFOD Organization”

MAVERN MORDICAL MAKUHWA

 

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Leadership Matters: Building the conditions for sustainable organizational learning and impact

Leadership Matters: Building the conditions for sustainable organizational learning and impact

Tools

This article was originally published on Humentum by Piers Bocock

I’m not sure how it happened: perhaps it’s just a factor of time and persistence; or maybe it’s the hints of gray near my temples. But suddenly I find myself in a place where people think I have a degree of wisdom to share — especially when I spend a lot of time talking about leadership. So let me start this piece by acknowledging that when I speak about leadership, I most often focus on those traits in others that I observe in conjunction with effective, happy, productive, creative and dynamic teams — mainly because they are characteristics to which I aspire.

At the same time, there are those who are put into positions where they have leadership responsibility for teams, for organizations, for contracts, and for agencies as a function. In my experience, it is the combination of these two — a formal leadership role paired with leadership characteristics — where we tend to see game-changing results.  And this is particularly true in the international aid and development sector. This topic — why and how leadership leads to better development results — was the focus of the panel I participated on at Humentum’s first Annual Conference, July 26-28. Continue reading “Leadership Matters: Building the conditions for sustainable organizational learning and impact”

Communication and Content Assistant Job Opportunity

Communication and Content Assistant Job Opportunity

Job / Consultant Opportunities

What is PM4NGOs?

We’re dedicatedto advancement in the Project Management skills of individuals and organizations working in the development sector throughout the world. Our aim is to reach not just donor organizations and NGOs, but individuals on the ground who are making the difference, often against the odds and with minimal resources.

We develop best practice guides, methodologies, tools, and techniques to help project managers in the development sector to improve the impact of their projects. Our work is implemented in partnership with the most know NGOs and skilled experts. Our products and resources must always be affordable, accessible, and appropriate.

Access the About Us menu option for more details on what we do, our mission, and our vision.

Consultancy Description

The consultant will be required to assist the Marketing and Communications team in the following tasks:

  • Develop content for online and print platforms for distribution to a wide array of stakeholders.
  • Conduct market research using quantitative and qualitative tools.
  • Coordinate with regional hubs on outward communication and marketing.
  • Collaborate and communicate with partners and team members on strategic program areas related to communication and marketing.
  • Work with team members to monitor and measure key performance indicators.
  • Explore additional channels for expansion and exposure of the organization to appropriate sectors.

Desired Qualifications

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university.
  • Minimum 1 year working in the communications field.
  • PMD Pro Level 1 certification is desirable (or higher level – PM4NGOs certifications).

Other Skills and Abilities

  • Dynamic professional with a demonstrated ability to achieve the expected results.

  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.

  • Strong time management and organizational skills.

  • Good knowledge in online systems, more specifically project, workgroup, learning, communications, and network platforms.

  • To be competent in English. Proficiency in other languages that PM4NGOs uses is desirable (Arabic, French, Portuguese, Spanish).

  • Ability to work with a variety of stakeholders, remotely and across many geographical regions.

  • Social networking experience is desirable.

  • Experience in developing content for media including: blogs, press releases, email newsletters, success stories, etc.

  • Experience in developing content for training and capacity building is a plus but not required.

Expected dedication and timeline

  • This is a part-time position.
  • The initial expected dedication is from 5h to 10h per week.
  • The initial contract is of 6 months, to be extended after review of performance.

Instructions for applying

Apply by sending a resume, a cover letter, 2 references, and hourly rate in USD to:
info@pm4ngos.org, by September 1, 2018.

PMD Pro+ Program Manager Job Opportunity

PMD Pro+ Program Manager Job Opportunity

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What is the PMD Pro+ Program?

 There is currently little opportunity and incentive for individuals to sustain and develop their skills after certification. To address this PM4NGOs is developing a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Programme.

The programme will offer an online platform to certified professionals (PMD Pro and PgMD Pro) continuing learning and development. Once the Programme is launched, all PMD Pro certified professionals will be issued a micro credential (open badges), valid for one year. Each learning activity will represent a certain number of points, required to renew the online micro credentials (open badges).

The scheme would be introduced in phases, starting with a closed pilot in English. If this is successful, we would plan to widen access and phase in French, Arabic, Spanish and Portuguese in accordance with our language policy.

Program Objectives

  • The objectives of PMD Pro+ are:
  • To provide and incentivize on-going professional support for our professionals in project and program management;
  • To bring us in closer contact with our professionals and stakeholders, thereby improving our products and keeping them relevant;
  • To be achievable;
  • To be relevant. The best experiences are those that enable CPD is used at work immediately to improve on performance;
  • To be collaborative. Working with other people and receiving feedback;
  • To be recognized. Professional Development should be recognized, valued and supported by PM4NGOs and the employer;
  • To be personal. Professional Development works best if it is led by the individual;
  • To be self-sustaining;
  • To be effective and measurable;
  • Not to be just a box-ticking exercise.

Consultancy Description

The PMD Pro+ Manager will support the successful implementation of the CPD Programme through on-line activities, including responsibility for on-line platform update, monitoring, and management, curating learning materials and opportunities, will coordinate activities with the Executive Director for helping community membersand partners discover our Program.

The main responsibilities are:

  • Identify our stakeholders (training organizations, INGOs etc);
  • Work with our stakeholders;
  • Seek out, curate & regularly communicate CPD opportunities to members via the website and newsletters;
  • Organize webinars (get speakers, set up and publicize meetings etc.);
  • Regularly communicate about the scheme to our stakeholders (Press Releases, Blogs etc.) working with the PM4NGOs marketing person;
  • Regularly gather and evaluate feedback, and report to Management Board;
  • Monitor website and feedback statistics;
  • Checking the registrations (monitoring) against new certified people;
  • Coordinate the auditing process (setting up, annual process);
  • The PMD Pro+ Manager will report to the Executive Director.

Desired Qualifications

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university, minimum of three years in development and/or humanitarian sector; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • PMD Pro Level 1 certified, or higher level – PM4NGOs certifications

Other Skills and Abilities

  • Dynamic professional with a demonstrated ability to achieve the expected results.
  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills.
  • Good knowledge in online systems, more specifically project, workgroup, learning, communications, and network platforms.
  • To be competent in English. Proficiency in other languages that PM4NGOs uses is desirable (Arabic, French, Portuguese, Spanish).
  • Social networking experience is desirable.
  • Knowledge of Open Badges development and capability of developing the required programming to issue open badges is desirable.
  • Positive attitude, detail and customer oriented with good multitasking, organizational ability and a high volume of tasks.

Expected dedication and timeline

  • This is a part-time position.
  • The initial expected dedication is from 10h to 13h per week.
  • The initial contract is of 6 months, to be extended after pilot success if agreed by the Board of PM4NGOs.

Instructions for applying

Apply by sending a resume, a cover letter, and hourly rate in USD to:
info@pm4ngos.org, by August 26, 2018.