Running For Excellence

Running For Excellence

Board Members, Development Sector

 

This article was originally published on Humentum by Tom Dente.

I had the opportunity in April to run in the London Marathon. Among the many marathons around the world, this is a special race as it involves significant participation from charities, NGOs, and nonprofits of all kinds, including many Humentum members and clients. It was inspiring to see the different organizations using the marathon to raise awareness of their missions, increase participation in their work, and support fundraising through this event. There were many logos and banners representing organizations large and small involved in development and humanitarian work. As perhaps a metaphor for recent overall conditions in our sector, this was the hottest race in the London Marathon’s history, with bright sunshine and heat, making for more difficult conditions.

As a community of resilient organizations, we succeed in the bright light of challenge and heat of scrutiny only if we have our core operations primed and ready. We succeed because in each of our organizations, we continually enhance the operational capabilities essential to supporting our missions. Humentum – and before it InsideNGO, LINGOs and Mango – exists to empower organizations and individuals to deliver these essential capabilities. As we look ahead, Humentum will focus on supporting four core operational capabilities: financial management, compliance, program management and people development. Achieving excellence in these core capabilities, on an integrated basis, ensures that organizations are not only fit for funding but also trusted to deliver long-term impact. For each of these core capabilities, we look forward to sharing insights, practices, and capacity that allows organizations to achieve competence and, with the support of our community, strive for excellence. This is the ultimate “finish line” we commit to reaching, and because of the nature of our work, one that is just beyond the next turn, as excellence is always being redefined.

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PM4NGOs People – Oliver Filler

PM4NGOs People – Oliver Filler

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A passionate advocate for promoting excellence in project and programme management, Oliver Filler has over 10 years of experience in humanitarian response and development programming.

As Project Cycle Management Programme Support Specialist, Oliver has been leading Plan International’s global project management strengthening initiative. This initiative utilises PMD Pro Level 1 as a core global project management standard. Through this roll out Plan has PMD Pro trained staff in all 54 country offices and has a growing pool of Regional and National Office trainers.

Oliver Filler: PM4NGOs Board MemberIn this role, Oliver has co-authored Plan International’s global Programme and Influence Quality Policy and created Plan’s global project cycle procedures, tools, guidance, competencies, maturity model and standards. Oliver also provides direct project management support to Country Offices and Regions.

Oliver’s background is in programme quality, specifically in conflict and post conflict areas. He has worked with the Danish Refugee Council and Save the Children in senior management roles responding to the Syria conflict, South Sudan refugee response, Horn of Africa famine and Tsunami response, amongst others.

Oliver sees the professionalization of project management in the NGO sector as a critical element of ensuring that the sector remains relevant, adaptive and innovative.

PM4NGOs People – Tikajit Rai

PM4NGOs People – Tikajit Rai

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Tikajit Rai has worked in both development and commercial spaces for more than 16 years in driving projects and startups to sustainability. In Nepal, what he co-founded in 2004 as a social enterprise to help farming communities to adapt ICT through cooperatives has now become the most sustainable project in the country. While leading the enterprise, he also worked as a consultant for projects funded by World Bank, UNESCAP, the Asian Development Bank, UNDP, Practical Action, GIZ, and CECI that helped rural communities sustainably adopt ICT in the country.

Winner of 2013 Gold International Project Management Association (IPMA) Achievement Award and Runner-Up of Green Project Management the same year, he voluntarily serves as an Executive Director for Equality Foundation, a US based NGO that focuses on digital literacy. Also, he is an IPMA Achievement Award jury (for development projects), and a certified IPMA Project Excellence Assessor (for commercial projects). Continue reading “PM4NGOs People – Tikajit Rai”

2017 PM4NGOs Board Meeting

2017 PM4NGOs Board Meeting

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A lot has been written recently about the virtues and advantages of virtual organizations. From the ability to find unbelievable talent anywhere in the world, to reduced overhead costs, to bringing in more diverse viewpoints and cultures. All of these things are true. But sometimes, there’s just no substitution for getting everyone in the same room to work through the big issues.

This was true for PM4NGOs this past weekend, with the Board of Directors meeting in Washington D.C. for 3 days of meetings, discussions, and camaraderie. The current Board includes members based the US, the UK, China, Jordan and Lebanon, and our Operations Manager is in Brazil. With such a globally dispersed group, and the accompanying time multiple zones, the time available for total group collaboration is obviously limited. Technology is a great enabler, but as all cultures have shown, there’s no substitute for sitting down over a meal together and just talking.

This was I think especially true for our newest Board members Lisa and Peter, who had not met the rest of the Board before. During this meeting the Board reviewed the past few years, and planned for the future. This included looking at and celebrating our successes to date – 17,000+ individuals certified as PMD Pro (representing 611 organizations from 151 countries), launching both the PMD Pro Starter and the Program Management in Development Guide, and several presentations at industry conferences. Continue reading “2017 PM4NGOs Board Meeting”

PM4NGOs People – Edson Marinho

PM4NGOs People – Edson Marinho

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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”.

 

PM4NGOs People – Richard Pharro

PM4NGOs People – Richard Pharro

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Richard is the founder and CEO of APMG, one of the few privately owned international accreditation and certification bodies. Started in 1995, APMG has expanded its portfolio to over 40 products across the management spectrum and has offices in 12 countries.

Richard is a Chartered Director and Civil Engineer who, in his early career, worked on projects in Europe and the Middle East.

Richard believes APMG’s success is due to the organization’s focus on innovation and customer service, In 2012 APMG won a Queens Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category and was recognised as one of the most successful companies in the UK by the Sunday Times national paper.

 

 

PM4NGOs People – Don McPhee

PM4NGOs People – Don McPhee

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Don McPhee is a skilled strategic thinker and planner with more than 30 years’ experience in the NGO sector. He has set up and managed large development programs in Asia, Africa and Haiti including adapting management processes to local contexts and is known for his ability to work in diverse cultural contexts and in conflict-affected environments.

In recent years Don has focused on developing and maintaining partnerships with other organisations, with emphasis on organisational development and capacity building of civil society organisations. Effective networking both within organisations and between organisations has been an area that he has given considerable attention, with notable success in Asia and Africa.

For the past three years Don has been involved in establishing the Plan Academy, a global learning and development initiative of Plan International. His initial role was as project manager and for the last year he has been the Head of the Plan Academy when Plan International decided to make a long-term commitment to the initiative. A recent external evaluation described the Plan Academy as a leader and innovator in the INGO sector in learning.

As a member of the Board of PM4NGOs and former Chair of the INGO Steering Committee in Sudan, Don recognises the importance of PMDPro in setting a common standard for project management in the NGO sector while allowing for local adaptation.

PM4NGOs People – Brandy Westerman

PM4NGOs People – Brandy Westerman

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Brandy Westerman has recently become the Vice President (Program Development) at Near East Foundation. In her previous position as the Director of Program Management at Mercy Corps, Brandy has led the adoption of minimum standards for Program Management at the organization, while engaging field and headquarters teams in learning and application of project management practice, utilizing Project Management for Development Professionals (PMD Pro) as a foundation for this effort.

Brandy also served as Country Director and portfolio manager for Mercy Corps in Tajikistan. Brandy has worked in international development since 1998 designing, managing and evaluating programs and agency-wide initiatives from both headquarters and field positions. Certified as a PRINCE2 Practitioner as well as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute, Brandy believes that the impact of international relief and development projects can be significantly improved through professional and intentional project management practice within NGOs and their key partners.

 

PM4NGOs People – Thomas Dente (Treasurer)

PM4NGOs People – Thomas Dente (Treasurer)

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Thomas Dente is the President and CEO of Humentum, a leading membership association of over 325 international NGOs and their partners focuses upon improving the strategic organizational and operational capabilities of international NGOs and addressing the development needs of global operations professionals. Tom leads several efforts related to organizational and program strategy development and execution.

Before joining InsideNGO in 2011, Tom spent more than twenty years advising global institutions and their leaders on strategy, organizational development and performance improvement. Tom was a partner at both Bain & Company and A.T. Kearney, two leading global management consultancies, and began his professional career at Price Waterhouse. As a management consultant, Tom advised institutions ranging from start-up organizations to large global enterprises, including nonprofit entities across multiple domain areas.

He graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College and received an MBA with honors from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.

PM4NGOs People – John Cropper (Vice-Chair)

PM4NGOs People – John Cropper (Vice-Chair)

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John Cropper has worked in the NGO sector for over 20 years. He worked for the British Council in Spain and Vietnam and he worked for Oxfam GB for 10 years. During this time, he was the Regional Programme Manager for Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean and later the Head of Programme and Project Management systems. His final job with Oxfam GB was managing ‘Raising Her Voice’, a global programme on gender and governance.

At the beginning of 2011, John joined LINGOs Learning in NGOs as the Director of Project Services for LINGOs. LINGOs is a US registered NGO that has over 80 member organisations – all of which are international NGOs. LINGOs focuses on developing the skills and capacities of people working in International development. John manages all LINGOs’ project management capacity building initiatives and, above all, works with NGOs to understand the centrality of effective program and project management. John was part of the working group which created PMD Pro and he has been involved with PMD Pro since its inception. He was one of the authors of the Guide and has been involved in all of the updates and translations.

John is currently the Vice-Chair of PM4NGOs. He is also the Chair of the Dalit Solidarity Network. He is a member of the Project Management Institute and the Association for Project Management. He is Prince 2 qualified and holds Masters Degrees in Education and Multimedia Communication as well as an MBA. John has lived and worked in China, Vietnam, Spain and Mexico and is speaks in English, Spanish and French.