PM4NGOs People – Josephine Carlson

PM4NGOs People – Josephine Carlson

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Josephine has worked in international development and humanitarian response for more than twelve years. A true generalist, she has accumulated a broad experience from managing programmes, people, and processes for several large INGOs and across a wide range of thematic areas, predominantly while based in post-conflict and/or disaster-affected contexts, such as Afghanistan, Lebanon and Myanmar. Having played a central part in Mercy Corps’ efforts to roll out and standardise project management across the agency globally, Josephine is qualified to Project DPro Level 1 and Program DPro, and a trained facilitator and Trainer of Trainers in Project DPro.  

Josephine is a firm believer in that improving and assuring quality, with the ultimate goal of delivering the best impact for the communities we support and serve, should drive all international development work. Successful project and programme management is key to this effort.

Josephine holds both a Bachelor Degree and a Master of Social Science in Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University, Sweden. She is Swedish and currently based outside Stockholm.

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PM4NGOs People – Samantha Musoke

PM4NGOs People – Samantha Musoke

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Sam qualified as a Chartered Accountant in London in 2000, working in the charities department of Mazars. The following year she moved to Uganda where she has lived and worked ever since.  She started off auditing with a local audit firm with predominantly NGO clients, then moved to consulting and training with Aclaim Africa Ltd, with assignments in Ethiopia, Senegal, Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, and Rwanda as well as across many districts in Uganda.  She was accredited as a Humentum (Mango) Associate trainer in 2004, and delivered the course that became the precursor to FMD Pro, as well as their training of trainers course.

Sam spent two years as part time Chief Financial Officer of a tourism business before returning to the NGO world as Grants Management Advisor to VSO, supporting a programme with 28 sub-grantees in Northern Uganda.  Having tasted the INGO experience, she took on the role of CFO of a small local organisation preparing for its first USAID grant as a sub of Catholic Relief Services.

Sam returned to full time work in 2017 as Regional Director East Africa for Humentum, where she was also the internal ‘Subject Matter Expert’ for financial management training and developed a ‘Fighting Fraud in NGOs’ course. Sam has passed PMD Pro and is excited about the crucial complementarity between PMD Pro and FMD Pro. Sam is currently Project Director for IFR4NPO at Humentum, an initiative to develop internationally applicable financial reporting guidance for non-profit organisations.  Sam has a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and is honoured to serve on four other boards at present.

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PM4NGOs People – Maggie Korde

PM4NGOs People – Maggie Korde

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Maggie works for Save the Children in Rwanda as their Country Director for Rwanda and Burundi. Before this she was their PMM Lead, developing a project management methodology for the organization, which was based on PMD Pro. She has over 15 years’ experience of managing teams and programmes of work in the development sector, always with a focus on child rights programming and often in highly challenging environments. These have included living and working in countries such as Sierra Leone, Tajikistan, Moldova, Kenya, Rwanda, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Ecuador, Russia and Kyrgyzstan with organizations such as Plan International, EveryChild, ChildAid, and Sense International.

Maggie has a passion for quality programming and sits on several boards, speaks at conferences and writes blog articles on project management, amongst other topics, within our sector. She says “my vision is for a strong international development sector that can rival and influence our private and public sector counterparts when it comes to excellence and grace under fire in the very complex environments we work in!

Maggie is half Brazilian and half Scottish and graduated from the LSE with a MSc in Development Studies. She lives in Rwanda with her husband and their two children.

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Running For Excellence

Running For Excellence

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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.

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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”

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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”

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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”.

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

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