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Andrea Cecília

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Andrea Cecília
Digital Marketing Assistant

Part time consultant

Specialist in the design and implementation of creative and innovative digital marketing and communication strategies, with a focus on service and teamwork. During the last years, I’ve worked in organizations related to social development, working in positioning and awareness campaigns, focused on different audiences.  Also, I have worked in brand management, communication for development, internal communication and media management. I’m a passionate reader and a big fan of cinema. I have lived in Bolivia all my life, in one of the highest cities (3600 m.a.s.l), La Paz.

Contact: andrea@pm4ngos.org

Oliver Filler from Plan International discusses project management and the benefits of PMD Pro

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This article was originally published on Humentum

Oliver Filler, Program Quality Manager at Plan International, talks about his experiences in project management, rolling out program-wide improvements and how PMD Pro has helped provide a foundation for project management learning in the developing world.

George Miller: Hello and welcome to this podcast from Humentum. My name is George Miller and I recently had the opportunity to talk to Oliver Filler, the project management lead at Plan International, about his experience of rolling out PMD Pro training. Why did they choose PMD Pro? How did they prepare to introduce it and, critically, how have people found it and what impacts has it had? But before we got onto these big questions I began by asking Oliver about his own background in anthropology. What had got him interested in that?

Oliver Filler: I was just fascinated by people in society and why the world is the way it is, and looking at social constructs and behaviors, and why there is poverty: why are some individuals completely marginalized from society when others seem to have all the luck? I spent a lot of time in India during my university degree and my masters looking at the caste system and looking at the discrimination of Dalits, who are the untouchables within the caste system. That was around the time of the 2004 tsunami, so I thought I’d look into how that has an impact on aid and the distribution of aid. And so I looked at discrimination against Dalits as part of the tsunami response and made a lot of contacts that way with NGOs. It embedded my passion for development and humanitarian work and led into my first job with Save the Children.

George Miller: Was there an alternative course that you could have taken in which you became an academic? It sounds like you were thinking about the big structural issues as well as what was happening on the ground. Is that the path not taken?

Oliver Filler: Yeah, originally I was going to read English literature so I took a massive deviation from the path. People always ask me, do you have these plans in life and set up these goals? My opinion is that you miss opportunities that way and life :is too short to plan it out for 60 years only to realize it wasn’t what you wanted to do. So I have always veered towards the things that interest me, veered towards the things that I care passionately about and think are either great injustices or think that I can contribute something with my skill-set, so I try and maintain a flexibility, which is actually quite a useful skill-set for project management as well.

George Miller:So you began your career in this sector with Save the Children.  What were you doing back then? 

Oliver Filler:I was in Kashmir looking after education projects and some elements of monitoring and evaluation as well. It was post-conflict, fragile-state work. It pushed me down the path of humanitarian aid, which is most of my background. So fast-changing contexts, insecurity, but meeting huge needs. You’re dealing with very vulnerable individuals, so it was hard work but something I cared very much about. The entry into my career really was through Save the Children. You can deal with the insecurity, you can deal with the hard work, you can deal with the changing contexts and the frustrations because you’re dealing with very vulnerable individuals and you’re trying to support them as best you can. So as long as you’re meeting needs, it’s maybe not easy to forget about it, but you can accept some of the risks that you’re dealing with.

George Miller:Looking at it from the outside, I guess a lot of the time you must be so much in the moment when you’re in the field that it’s difficult to take a step back and think: is this the best way to do it? Are there other ways to do it? To keep an eye on the big picture because you have immediate human needs that you’re meeting. 

Oliver Filler: Absolutely, it’s the boiled frog syndrome where you don’t quite realize what’s going on around you because you’re in the middle of it. It’s a real risk with the work that we do in the humanitarian sector that you don’t have time to step back and look at the bigger picture. That is where project management comes in, because the role of a project manager is to provide that oversight and that space. While your team are running around trying to do the best they can in the middle of it, you need someone to be able to step back and look at the bigger picture and organize things. So that was where I first saw the need for that and probably a humanitarian context is the starkest reality to show that.

George Miller: We’re talking about a decade ago, a little bit more than that? What was the status of project management back then in the humanitarian sector?

Oliver Filler: It wasn’t just the humanitarian sector. I’d say the [whole] sector has professionalized a lot. I was coming in really at the cusp of change within the sector, so increasingly it was being professionalized; we were looking at project and programme management; we were looking at monitoring and evaluation and accountability, accountability to beneficiaries, making sure that communities are able to give their opinions and feedback and are at the heart of the projects that are designed. It was a fascinating point in the sector’s history because there was  massive change and with massive change you have huge challenges and obstacles. Ultimately we were looking at behaviour change, you know, these new ideas coming in, contradicting the way that the sector had been working previously.

George Miller: And what was pushing that change? 

Oliver Filler: I think it was just the flow of the sector. What generally happens, especially in the humanitarian context, is that a huge crisis will happen, the sector will respond and then we’ll learn. We’re lucky sometimes if we just pick up elements of the learning and embed it in the next response. But I think we just hit the cusp of this massive change point where enough had been learned in order to realize that things had to dramatically change. That was reflected in the sector, in the agencies that work within the sector. But I think it was also mirrored by funders, and where funders change their mind and funders start to prioritize things, the sector tends to follow as well. So I think things came together at the right time. It’s not to say that we are perfect where we are now, that we’ve learned everything and we’re doing everything marvelously. That’s certainly not the case, but I think it was a point where we had started to really push for doing things professionally, openly and transparently and that has now helped us improve the sector generally.

George Miller: So you came along on the cusp of change.  

Oliver Filler: I think so. I came in at a time where I was able to benefit from the changes that were being made. I’ve been lucky enough to learn as I go and be introduced to new training and new ways of working. But I was also at the heart for Save the Children of pushing a new monitoring and evaluation approach in responses certainly.  

George Miller: Can you tell me a bit more about that in practical terms, that new approach and your role in it?

Oliver Filler:  At Save the Children we realized that emergencies were being responded to in a knee-jerk way and there was the rationale – which is easy to understand, how we got into this mindset – which is that we must be doing it right because we’re doing it. This is the same with project management: ‘I know how to manage a project because I’m a project manager’. It’s a trap that we always fall into and there was a realization, not just for Save the Children but for the wider sector, that actually we needed to professionalize; we needed to look at our processes; we needed to push for openness and transparency. One of the things that Save the Children pushed earlier than most international organizations, I would say, was monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning, especially in humanitarian responses. Making sure we’re able to track what we’re doing, tracking our outputs, tracking our outcomes. What are we actually delivering, what quality are we delivering for people? We may be distributing things, but are they the things that people want? Save the Children really drove that early on in the sector. Likewise, running things like real-time evaluations: a few months into a humanitarian response, having an opportunity to step back and ask, is this the right response? In the middle of a manic humanitarian response, are we actually doing the right thing or have we fallen into the trap of just doing the same thing over and over? So real-time evaluations were really pushed by Save the Children early on and that sparked a big change in the sector. Then embedding monitoring and evaluation within that response and making sure that it’s there at the beginning rather than brought in as an afterthought. So instead of ‘we’ve been responding for a couple of months, should we bring in M&E?’, M&E goes in as part of the first phase response.

George Miller: I guess that any cultural shift meets with resistance or inertia or skepticism. Was that something that you remember encountering back then?

Oliver Filler: Yes, the difficulty is that you’re trying to embed a new way of working in a system that doesn’t know how it’s supposed to embed it, and how it’s supposed to work. So you end up with people line-managing M&E specialists who don’t actually know how M&E should work, and that’s just one example. There is a dange

Why choose project management?

Why choose project management?

Project Management

This article was originally published on APM

A career as a project manager can be exciting, varied, fulfilling, and productive. The fact there is a clear start and end date means you will feel a sense of achievement on completion, with clear milestones along the way. Many project managers talk about the feeling of pride they experience in delivering something that makes the world a better place.

While salary is an important aspect to consider, and certainly, project managers tell us that theirs is a very healthy one (£47,500 being the average salary of and experienced project manager according to APM member survey respondents), people also report a high level of job satisfaction: 80 per cent. Find out more in APM Salary and Market Trends Survey 2018.

PM4NGOS AND APMG ANNOUNCE THE RECIPIENT OF THE 2018 ALAN HARPHAM AWARD

PM4NGOS AND APMG ANNOUNCE THE RECIPIENT OF THE 2018 ALAN HARPHAM AWARD

Alan Harpham Award

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 2018 is Cristiano Moura, Social Development Project Manager at ChildFund Brasil. Inspired 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.

His 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.

Eyes of a visually impaired person are also in their hands, so the idea was to enable them to experience the tools through touch. 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?”. Click here to read more about Cristiano’s initiative and how the developed didactic resources contributed in the end to having a Logical Framework written in Braille.

We at PM4NGOs as well as the team of APMG International congratulate Cristiano Moura and wish him 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.

Parceria Enactus Brasil e PM4NGOs

Parceria Enactus Brasil e PM4NGOs

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Trabalhando em Conjunto para melhor Apoiar os Gerentes de Projetos Sociais do Futuro

A Enactus Brasil e o PM4NGOs firmaram parceria neste mês de novembro para ampliar a promoção e compartilhamento de metodologias e boas práticas com estudantes da Rede Enactus no Brasil. 

A Enactus Brasil é parte do programa Enactus, presente em 36 países ao redor do mundo. Trata-se de uma rede de estudantes, líderes executivos e líderes acadêmicos, que fornece uma plataforma para os universitários criarem projetos de desenvolvimento comunitário que colocam capacidade e talento das pessoas em foco.

Os 2.800 estudantes universitários que participam do Programa da Enactus Brasil e desenvolvem mais de 210 projetos, serão acompanhados de perto e receberão apoio do representante do PM4NGOs no Brasil, Dov Rosemann. “O perfil dos estudantes que participam do programa é de pessoas engajadas com os desafios socioambientais de nossos tempos. Colaborar com essa geração de futuros líderes é ao mesmo tempo uma honra e uma ação estratégica para o desenvolvimento de uma cidadania ativa e responsável”, afirma Dov.

Além do acesso aos guias de boas práticas PMD Pro[1]e PgMD Pro[2], todas as metodologias e ferramentas do PM4NGOs, os estudantes que obtiverem a certificação uma das certificações do PM4NGOs terão acesso ao programa de integração e desenvolvimento profissional contínuo PMD Pro+.

Segundo Vitor Vannucchi Ungari, Gerente de Programas da Enactus Brasil, “através da ação empreendedora e sustentabilidade, os projetos buscam melhorar a vida de comunidades em situação de vulnerabilidade social. Os desafios são muitos e a complexidade é grande, mas sabemos que não mudaremos nada sem colocar as ideias em prática e executar nossos sonhos grandes. A parceria entre PM4NGOs e Enactus ajudará a profissionalizar ainda mais os projetos, buscando melhorar o desenvolvimento dos estudantes e consequentemente o valor gerado nas mais diferentes comunidades”.

Sobre a Enactus Brasil

Enactus é uma organização internacional sem fins lucrativos dedicada a inspirar os alunos a melhorar o mundo através da Ação Empreendedora.

A Enactus Brasil é um dos 36 países ao redor do mundo que opera o programa Enactus. Somos uma rede de estudantes, líderes executivos e líderes acadêmicos, onde fornecemos uma plataforma para os universitários criarem projetos de desenvolvimento comunitário que colocam capacidade e talento das pessoas em foco. Com isso, nossos alunos fazem da Ação Empreendedora a ferramenta que transforma vidas. E a transformação acontece dos dois lados: as pessoas que servimos e os alunos, que desenvolvem valores para se tornarem os verdadeiros líderes do futuro.

Assim como no mundo dos negócios, acreditamos que a competição estimula a criatividade e recompensa resultados. Para a Enactus, isso significa mais vidas impactadas. Uma série anual de campeonatos nacionais fornece um fórum para as equipes mostrarem o impacto de seus projetos, que são avaliados por executivos. O Time Campeão Nacional avança para a prestigiada Enactus World Cup, onde tem a oportunidade de vivenciar a celebração da excelência e colaboração.

www.enactus.org.br

Sobre o PM4NGOs

O PM4NGOs é uma organização sem fins lucrativos internacional que almeja por um mundo sustentável e equilibrado onde o investimento social em projetos e programas alcança o maior impacto possível.

O PM4NGOs promove a excelência na gestão de projetos e programas através da criação e desenvolvimento de guias boas práticas para profissionais de desenvolvimento social, certificação para aqueles trabalhando no setor social que desejam adquirir uma qualificação internacionalmente reconhecida, e mantém um fórum para comunicação e discussão sobre as melhores práticas para o setor de desenvolvimento social.

A missão do PM4NGOs é promover e apoiar o profissionalismo da gestão de programas e projetos no setor internacional de desenvolvimento social.

www.pm4ngos.org

[1]Gestão de Projetos para Profissionais de Desenvolvimento Social

[2]Gestão de Programas para Profissionais de Desenvolvimento Social

Enactus Brasil and PM4NGOs partnership

Enactus Brasil and PM4NGOs partnership

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Working Together to better Support the Future Social Development Project Managers

Enactus Brasil and PM4NGOs announce their partnership to share methodologies and best practices with the students of the Enactus Brazil Network.

Enactus Brasil part of the Enactus Program, present at 36 countries across the globe. The program is a network composed by students, executive and academic leaders, that offer a platform for university students create and implement community development projects, with focus on people talents and capabilities.

The 2,800 university students who participate in the Enactus Brasil Program and implement over 210 projects will receive close support and guidance from the PM4NGOs represent at Brazil, Dov Rosemann. “The students who attend the program have a socio-environmental engagement profile, focused on actual challenges. Collaborating with these future leaders is not only an honour but also a strategic action to develop responsible and proactive citizens”, says Dov.

Besides accessing the PMD Pro[1]and PgMD Pro[2]best practices guides, other PM4NGOs methodologies and tools, students who acquire one of the PM4NGOs certifications will have access to the continuing professional development program PMD Pro+

According to Vitor Vannucchi Ungari, Enactus Brasil Program Manager, “through sustainable entrepreneurship actions, projects seek to improve socially vulnerable communities living conditions. There are many challenges and the context is complex, but we know we will not change anything without changing our ideas in real actions. The partnership with between PM4NGOs and Enactus will help to make our projects even more professionals, improving students’ development and, as a consequence, generating earned value in the communities we support.”

 

About Enactus Brasil

Enactus is an international non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through Entrepreneurship Action.

Enactus Brasil part of the Enactus Program, present at 36 countries across the globe. The program is a network composed by students, executive and academic leaders, that offer a platform for university students create and implement community development projects, with focus on people talents and capabilities.

Our Students make the Entrepreneurship Action the tool that change lives. The transformation happens on both sides: people we serve and students, who develop values to become the true leaders of the future.

Likewise the business world, we believe competition stimulates creativity and generate results. To Enactus, this belief means impact to a bigger number of lives. A series of annual national contests provides a platform to Enactus teams present their projects’ impact, evaluated by executive professionals. The national winner team moves forward to the Enactus World Cup, giving this team an opportunity to experience and celebrate the excellence in cooperation.

www.enactus.org.br

 

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 recognized 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

 

[1]Gestão de Projetos para Profissionais de Desenvolvimento Social

[2]Gestão de Programas para Profissionais de Desenvolvimento Social

Parceria Itaú Social e PM4NGOs

Parceria Itaú Social e PM4NGOs

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Fortalecimento da Gestão de Projetos Sociais no Brasil e no Mundo

A Fundação Itaú Social e o PM4NGOs firmaram parceria neste mês de outubro para promover e compartilhar metodologias, boas práticas, ferramentas, e conteúdos de gestão de projetos e programas sociais, ampliando as opções de desenvolvimento dos profissionais e organizações apoiadas pelas duas instituições. A Fundação Itaú Social, suas iniciativas e parceiros terão acesso aos guias de boas práticas PMD Pro[1]e PgMD Pro[2], todas as metodologias e ferramentas do PM4NGOs, e ao programa de integração e desenvolvimento profissional contínuo PMD Pro+.

Da mesma forma, os mais de 19 mil profissionais certificados na metodologia PMD Pro terão acesso às publicações e vídeos compartilhados pela Fundação Itaú Social e poderão se inscrever para os cursos oferecidos pela Rede de Avaliação Econômica de Projetos Sociais da Fundação.

Além do intercâmbio de técnicas e ferramentas de gestão, as organizações pretendem colaborar na tradução e desenvolvimento de novas metodologias. “Acreditamos que a experiência e conhecimento da equipe do Itaú Social é fundamental para novas metodologias que venhamos a desenvolver e para aprimorar as já existentes, e esperamos poder contribuir fortalecendo os projetos de da Fundação”, afirma Edson Marinho, Diretor Executivo do PM4NGOs.

Sobre a Fundação Itaú Social

O Itaú Social desenvolve, implementa e compartilha tecnologias sociais para contribuir com a melhoria da educação pública brasileira. Sua atuação está pautada no desenvolvimento de programas sociais, no fomento a organizações da sociedade civil e na realização de pesquisas e avaliações.

Juntamente com uma rede de parceiros, fornecedores e colaboradores, trabalha para que municípios, estados e União se unam para entregar aquilo que é direito de todos: acesso à educação com aprendizagem adequada, sem restrição de tempo, espaço, raça, cor ou gênero.

Por entender que a educação pública demanda uma organização coletiva, o Itaú Social convida todos os interessados para, juntos, criar e fazer prosperar um Polo de Desenvolvimento Educacional, de forma que seja possível formar cidadãos capazes de construir a nação que todos almejam.

www.itausocial.org.br

Sobre o PM4NGOs

O PM4NGOs é uma organização sem fins lucrativos internacional que almeja por um mundo sustentável e equilibrado onde o investimento social em projetos e programas alcança o maior impacto possível.

O PM4NGOs promove a excelência na gestão de projetos e programas através da criação e desenvolvimento de guias boas práticas para profissionais de desenvolvimento social, certificação para aqueles trabalhando no setor social que desejam adquirir uma qualificação internacionalmente reconhecida, e mantém um fórum para comunicação e discussão sobre as melhores práticas para o setor de desenvolvimento social.

A missão do PM4NGOs é promover e apoiar o profissionalismo da gestão de programas e projetos no setor internacional de desenvolvimento social.

www.pm4ngos.org

[1]Gestão de Projetos para Profissionais de Desenvolvimento Social

[2]Gestão de Programas para Profissionais de Desenvolvimento Social

Itaú Social and PM4NGOs partnership

Itaú Social and PM4NGOs partnership

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Partnership Strengthens Development Project Management in Brazil and the World

The Itaú Social Foundation and PM4NGOs established partnership to promote and share development project and program management methodologies, best practices, tools, and other content. The partnership will increase development opportunities for professionals and organizations supported by both organizations.

The Itaú Social Foundation, its initiatives and partners will have access to PMD Pro[1]and PgMD Pro[2]best practices guides, all PM4NGos methodologies and tools, and to the continuing professional development program PMD Pro+

Likewise, the 19 thousands certified PMD Professionals will have access to Itaú Social Foundation publications and videos, and they will be able to register to training courses offered by the Development Project Economic Evaluation Network.

Beyond the management techniques and tools exchange, the organizations intend to cooperate on translating and developing new methodologies. “We believe that the Itaú Social team knowledge and experience is most valuable for new methodologies that we develop and to improve the ones we already have. We also hope to contribute on strengthening the projects supported by the Foundation˜, says Edson Marinho, PM4NGOs Executive Director.

 

About Itaú Social 

Itaú Social develops, implements, and share social development technologies to contribute to an improvement of Brazilian public education. The Foundation work is based on social development programs, promoting civil society organization, and implementing researches and evaluations.

Collaboratively with a network of partners, service providers, and contributors, Itaú Social efforts aim the integration of Brazilian federal government and municipalities to deliver what is everyone’s right: access to proper and adequate education, with no restriction of time, space, ethnic, origin or gender.

Understanding that public education demands a collective organization, Itaú Social invite all interested individuals and organizations to jointly create and make prosper a Development Education cluster, to make it possible develop citizens able to build the nation everybody wishes for.

www.itausocial.org.br

 

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 recognized 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

 

[1]Project Management for Development Professionals

[2]Program Management for Development Professionals

PMD Pro Success Story: Maged Kassoum

PMD Pro Success Story: Maged Kassoum

Case Studies, PMD Pro, PMD Pro Certification, Project Management

Name: Maged Kassoum
Country: Syria
Study: Self-Study or Training 

“I am Maged Kassoum. A humanitarian young man worker based in Syria. I think no effort is required to define or explain SYRIA.
I am writing to tell you about my experience in achieving PMD Pro Level1, especially how I proudly gained PMD Pro certificate.

Living in conflict zone, I apprehend the deep need for acquiring more professional skills and competences in humanitarian domain, especially in project development sector. I joined many INGOs: Syria Recovery Trust Fund/SRTF as field coordination officer; Islamic Relief Worldwide as FLS project officer and ACTED as TVET and SME Livelihoods assistant.

During that time, my need to have more knowledge about managing projects increased fast; it even turned to a must. I was eager to attend and to study the most professional course which enable me to manage relief and aid projects professionally.

Again, short time available to educate myself due to my engagement in relief work, unsafe environment due to different war works- fighting between opposed sides, battles, air attacks and different bombardment- and other catastrophic circumstances prevented me from attending development and training center.

At last, I decided to search the internet for the ideal platform which can grant me this professional training. I registered in disasterready.org because I see it verified and reliable one. I read about PMD Pro in its content.

I started studying the course step by step taking notes and important pieces of information on my notebook. Learning PMD Pro is honestly exciting process. It needs you to be patience and it requires to focus and to concentrate on different Important details which includes all analysis processes, treatments, plans and charts from different sides and aspects. This is because PMD Pro course is really comprehensive one. It has rich and valuable content. I studied unit by unit making use and exploiting my past experience and knowledge in Humanitarian domain. I could feel the increase of my knowledge during the progress in learning process among the content units. So many concepts, topics and ideas with which I am familiar are enhanced along with my acquisition of new concepts, principles and fundamentals of project management.

Maged Kassoum success story with Project Management in Syria

Really, this course is ordered in proper manner which enables trainees to understand, practice and to test themselves. Moreover, PMD Pro course is divided into separated modules in a proper way in order for the trainee to absorb every subject well.

Another fundamental landmark which distinguishes studying PMD Pro is the ability to pause your study whenever you are obliged to depart your computer: cut or weak internet access or sudden loss of power resource-as most frequently happened in conflict states like Syria. You can resume your study from the point you stopped at last time at any time you are ready again.

In my opinion, primary exam of the units and quizzes for each unit or basic and essential idea and concepts in PMD Pro program are the most distinguished features of the adopted methodology in this platform.

After I successfully finished studying the course including all assigned materials and units, I contact PMD Pro training team requesting access to attend the exam. Short time later, they answer me with approval and they dispatched me the code which enables me to take the exam. I prepared myself well to take the exam taking into consideration all preparedness. I started the exam on 4th September. Unfortunately, I did not reach the middle of the exam as I remember when my town encountered brutal air raids. Many air strikes hit the area where I live. Internet access was cut and I was forced to leave my computer. This DESTROYED my entire dream! Two days later, I access the exam portal to know I lost my chance to resume the exam. I think I left it open when I exited it first time.

There is no hope left! I reflect on my situation and I decided to contact the administration of PMD Pro Exam Administration and PMD Guide to explain my situation. Really, I communicated with them illustrating my situation and conditions. Immediately, they respond to my appeal and promise me to grant me the opportunity to take the exam again. Many thanks from my heart to The Disaster Ready Team, APMG and others!

The order of the PMD exam is excellent. The way, according to which the questions are prepared is interactive. In addition, there is enough time given to students who studied the course to pass it. Furthermore, the exam has variety of questions which amazingly cover the entire course so that students who studied the course well will definitely feel content with the PMD Pro exam and its questions.

Now I feel pleasure and satisfaction after I passed the exam and after I got the certificate which will be issued soon. Again, I would love to express my gratitude for PM4NGOs for helping me reaching my destination. Really, PMD Pro has increased my knowledge in humanitarian work and development project sector. I am sure I will apply what I learnt from this course in the coming days making use of the content and I am sure PMD Pro course will upgrade my career status.

Cordially, thank you PM4NGOs for this self-learning material and for PM4NGOs’ team appreciated help.

Sincerely,
Maged Kassoum 15/09/2018″

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Applying Agile Project Management Methodology to Natural Disaster Projects

Applying Agile Project Management Methodology to Natural Disaster Projects

Project Management

by Peter Marlow

This research paper, entitled “Applying Agile Project Management Methodology to Natural Disaster Projects” by Marie Desiree M. Beekharry, University of South Australia, investigates how agile methodology can best be applied to the management of natural disaster projects to ensure more effective outcomes. It’s available for download/access at the UNISA Website.

The increasing volatility of our global environment is proving a major challenge for governments, aid and private organisations in delivering effective and efficient post- disaster relief and recovery project management (PM). When disasters strike, especially when consequences become catastrophic, demands on all resources and capabilities in the affected countries exceed supply. The traditional PM decision-making system is impeded by overly bureaucratic and political issues, and in addition there is a lack of local knowledge and ability to diffuse problems. Therefore, it is essential for the disaster management (DM) community to consider alternative methods to enable more effective PM and assist those affected to transition from post-disaster chaos to smooth recovery.

The aims of the research were:

1. To assess the current PM practices in post-disaster projects;
2. To evaluate which elements of best-practice PM are most essential for an adaptable methodology to manage post-disaster projects;
3. To understand the issues and challenges and seek potential solutions for the management of post-disaster projects;
4. To examine whether national and international organisations face similar issues and challenges and how an adaptable methodology would impact post-disaster projects; and
5. To propose an agile framework which can be applied to post-disaster projects.

Eight Disaster Management projects (earthquake, typhoon and tropical cyclone disasters) were studied and analysed in depth. Project Managers and emergency managers were surveyed. Based on the findings and lessons learned, an agile framework for post-disaster projects has been developed.