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Scheduled Dates:  20 – 21 Feb '2020 28 – 29 May '2020 20 – 21 Aug '2020 |26 – 27 Nov '2020 

Duration: 2 Days

Venue: After 40 Hotel Nairobi

Project Design and Management course is available Online.

Customized dates and one-on-one sessions can be organized.


The course aims at imparting to the students knowledge of principles of processes commonly used in project cycle management and the skills for effective application of such processes for sustainable community-driven development programmes. It will cover the tools and techniques for identification, analysis, design,implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes and projects from the point of view of allstakeholders.

Course objectives :

The course will develop the students’ skills for:

• Conducting in-depth analysis of geographical, environmental, political, and institutional landscape of a development challenge ;
• Identification of a holistic project concept that addresses immediate and long-term challenges and concerns through collaborative and participatory approaches;
• Identification of data/information needed for preparing a feasible project proposal;
• Collection of data, and analysis and synthesis of relevant information into a logical and cohesive project proposal which is feasible from all angles– technology, markets, inputs, institutions, management, environment, finance, and implementability;
• Analysis of risks inherent in the projects and formulation of feasible risk management approaches as back-up solutions;
• Identification of funding sources for long-term capital requirements and day-to-day working capital, and ability to liaise with the agencies for timely flow of funds;
• Critical appraisal of projects by financial institutions and funding agencies;
• Development of work plans for effective implementation of the projects through teams
consisting of project staff, beneficiaries and other key stakeholders;
• Integration of knowledge gained from monitoring and evaluation systems into the project
design and revision of project objectives and activities; and
• Use of commercial project management software packages and an appreciation of their limitations.

Course Outline

1. Project Idea Generation
• Project – Definitions, Attributes
• Project Life Cycle
• Project Identification – Approaches for Generation and Screening of Project Ideas – Individual and Group Creativity Methods
• Appreciation of macro-environment in relation to project choice o
• Financial Mgt. Tools for Project Screening – Investment, Benefits, Payback, ROI

2. Project Design

• Project Feasibility Study – Aspects of
• Project Preparation and Appraisal
Steps and Processes
• Cash Flow Estimates
• Concepts of Economies of Scale and Minimum Volumes
• Break-even analysis and need for healthy growth of cash inflows and surplus
• Cash Flow Analysis and use of MS Excel
• Sensitivity Analysis with MS Excel

3. Project Financing and Appraisal

• Sources for project funds – long-term and working capital
• Decision on Capital Structure (Debt-Equity), including tax-related issues
• Preparation of Discounted Cash Flow Statements (where necessary) and criteria for financial appraisal – Payback, ROI, ARR, NPV, IRR, Discounted Payback/ARR/ROI
• Project Budgets and their integration with the organisational budget
• Project Appraisal Process by FIs and Funding Agencies
• Simulation of Project Appraisal by students in groups and Presentations

4. Project Implementation Planning
• DBS, WBS, Activity Lists, Predecessor Relationships Estimation of Duration
• Project Organization
• Preparation of networks and Gantt Charts
• Resource estimation, leveling, allocation
• Concept of Optimum Project Duration
• Critical Path and Critical Chain – Importance of TOC
• Project Budget Revision based on resource schedule
• Project Management Information System
• Project Monitoring and Control Plan
• Project Risk Management and Fall-back solutions
• Project Implementation Completion and Exit Strategy
• Programme/Project Evaluation Plan
• Use of standard PM software packages for implementation planning

5. Project Implementation Management
• Need for team approach
• Importance of communication
• Project Systems and Processes for procurement, award of contracts, workforce management and reviews
• Earned Value Method
• Participatory Implementation
• Management issues and their resolution
• Project Manager – Unique Requirements

6. Project Monitoring and Evaluation
• Centralised vs. Participatory Monitoring
• Optimal Project Review Intervals
• Use of PM software for monitoring
• Control Decisions based on monitoring inputs
• Project Evaluation
o Evaluation Study Design
• Formative vs. Summative
• Desk vs. Field-based
• Internal vs. External
o Data Analysis, Inference and Conclusion
o Project Revision and New Projects


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  1. Fees Payment - All fees are payable strictly in advance 2 working days before the course starting date.
  2. Cancellation Fee - Cancellation of any participant 5 working days before the start day of a course will incur a 20% cancellation fee.
    We regret that no cancellations will be accepted within 2 working days of a course, but substitutions may be made.

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