PM4NGOs People – Samantha Musoke

PM4NGOs People – Samantha Musoke

Board Members, PM4NGOs

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

Board Members, PM4NGOs

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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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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Project DPro Success Story: Abdullah Al Noman

Project DPro Success Story: Abdullah Al Noman

PM4NGOs, Project DPro

Name: Abdullah Al Noman
Contry: Bangladesh
Study: Self-Study

“My name is Abdullah Al Noman.
I am a 24-year-old boy studying in Khulna University Business School. However, I am actually from Dhaka which is the capital city of Bangladesh. Staying far away from my home taught me several life lessons. Point to be highlighted, it offered some career insights too. Now, I am writing to express my journey in becoming a PMD Pro certified.
I would like to commence with why. How I made it will be followed later. Bangladesh is an emerging country with a lot of economic, social and political barriers. It is not an affluent country, not even close.

Moreover, more than a million rohingya found shelter in refugee camps who fled from the neighbor country, Myanmar. They are residing in  Teknaf And Ukhiya Upazila around Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, which is now home to the world’s largest refugee camp. As a humanitarian response, a noteworthy number of NGOs are trying to help them. We need more development works for the sake of our
country.

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Project DPro Guide – PMD Pro 2nd Edition

Project DPro Guide – PMD Pro 2nd Edition

PM4NGOs, Project DPro, Project DPro, Project DPro Certification

PM4NGOs is delighted to announce the launch of the Project Management for Development Professionals Guide – Project DPro (PMD Pro 2nd Edition). The Project DPro Guide reflects years of learning, feedback from hundreds of development professionals, and a two-year development process. It also aligns with Program DPro Guide.

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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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Guía Project DPro – Segunda Edición Guía PMD Pro

Guía Project DPro – Segunda Edición Guía PMD Pro

PM4NGOs, Project DPro, Project DPro, Project DPro Certification

PM4NGOs se complace en anunciar el lanzamiento de la Guía de Gestión de Proyectos para Profesionales del Desarrollo – Project DPro (Segunda Edición de la Guía PMD Pro). La Guía Project DPro representa años de aprendizaje, retroalimentación de cientos de profesionales de desarrollo y un proceso de elaboración de dos años, así como una alineación con la Guía Program DPro.

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Proventures Education and Consulting Services, PM4NGOs training partner

Proventures Education and Consulting Services, PM4NGOs training partner

Partners, PM4NGOs, Project DPro

Proventures Education and Consulting Services Pvt. Ltd. is an organization dedicated to knowledge,
competency and process development which impact the bottom line of any Organization. We
provide training, implementation and consultancy services in the areas of Project Management,
Program Management, Portfolio Management, Software Tools / Systems on Project Management at
individual and Enterprise level. Over the last 14 years we have served more than 200 clients across
many domains including NGOs and Government sectors.

Proventures offers trainings on PMD Pro Level1, PMD Pro Level 2 and Program DPro in English and
other Indian languages

It supports implementing PMD Pro and Program D Pro standards using Microsoft Project Online.

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Project DPro Professionals:  Hassan Jenedie

Project DPro Professionals: Hassan Jenedie

Case Studies, Humanitarian Sector, PM4NGOs, Project DPro

Hassan Jenedie (Capacity Building & Partnership Manager at Syrian Forum- Bousla)is an experienced Project Manager and shared some of his thoughts in this article: 

  • What was your first contact with project management?

The contact was in 2014 when I attended a Project Management for Development training conducted by Goal Organization as a trainee with the trainer Mr John Cropper. I was invited as a project manager working on projects inside Syria to operate eight hospitals and twelve primary health care centres.

  • How did you hear about Project DPro – what interested you about this? Your journey.

The most thing interests me about Project DPro, is unifying international project management concepts, terminology, tools, and techniques between humanitarian workers.

At the first stage, Project DPro gives me opportunities to gain a solid foundation in international project management concepts, terminology, tools, and techniques. Then enhancing my skills through working and learning from peers in other NGO project managers who face similar challenges in their jobs. Also the best practices in project management and gain a clearer picture of your role within a project.

  • How did Project DPro improve your work?

Project DPro help me improve my work by

–              Sharing and applying good practices in project management ;

–              Contributing to improving the organizational processes related to project management;

–              Using tools and techniques that accelerate the job in good quality;

–              The ability to adhere to and respect the project’s commitments and deadlines before the donors and teamwork.

In addition, it played the main role to promote me to different positions, as Program Manager, Deputy CEO and the last one Capacity Building Program Manager. In addition, I was selected to register the Project DPro in the Arabic language as online training on the disaster-ready platform. Actually it is not improved only my work but contributed to improving the work of other organization which I delivered the training to them such as (Relief International- World Vision-Acted-COSV-SAMS-SEMA-UOSSM etc….), the estimated number of trainees exceeded 1800.

  • Why do you think Project DPro is important for NGOs?

Project DPro is very important for the NGOs for the following reasons:

–              Easy communication between all parties working in the humanitarian sector.

–              Getting benefits from implementing the good practices shared between NGOs to deliver the project’s results in the context of the time, budget, scope, quality and risks.

–              Establishing and maintaining a good and detailed project plans.

–              The ability to reuse the tools and techniques between projects and getting benefits from the lessons learnt.

–              Ability to deliver the intangible results of the projects to the target society.

  • What challenges did you face?

The main challenges of using the Project DPro is that:

–      There is no application software in the humanitarian sector helps the teamwork to easily implement and follow up on the project’s activities by entering the project inputs.

–      The difficulty of applying some Project DPro practices in some emergency circumstances (high-risk areas) in term of time, in that case, the priority will be saving lives rather than applying them.P

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Do Our Projects Have Permission to Fail?

Do Our Projects Have Permission to Fail?

PM4NGOs

This post has been originally published at the DPro Blog
hosted by our training partner Pyramid Learning

At a recent conference, Robert Jenkins, an assistant administrator at USAID, was quoted saying, “There are a few things maybe that we don’t do very well. One of them is admitting something isn’t working, and two, acting and moving at the speed of relevance.”

Jenkins’ quote reminded me of a recent conversation I had with course participants at a recent PMD Pro workshop. They were talking about how valuable it was to have opportunities to practice with the project management tools.  One person, in particular, said he especially appreciated the workshop’s learning games, because they gave him ‘permission to fail’.

Note – readers who have attended workshops I facilitate, know that I like using games in training. Participants make bridges out of straws, build spaghetti towers, make paper aeroplanes, design pyramids etc. Here are a couple of pictures from recent events. We have all kinds of fun playing games &, of course, they are all linked to different learning objectives.

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