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Course E012: Project Cycle Management

14 May-24 June 2014 (E01214) | Closed
5 November-16 December 2014 (E01214-2) | Register for this course (opens in new window)

This e-learning course will introduce the basic elements of project management. Step-by-step processes and techniques will be introduced for the various phases of a project life cycle. The course is intended for staff of non-governmental organisations who have responsibility for designing and carrying out a project, but with relatively little experience. Participants will be assisted in the development of project planning documents.

The certificate course involves approximately 30 hours of reading, on-line working groups, interaction with students and instructor, assignments and webinars and is offered over an 6-week period. The course is based on a participatory, active learning approach, with an emphasis on peer-to-peer learning. Participants will do the required readings, prepare interim and final assignments and participate in group discussions and webinars. The maximum number of course participants is 25. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Participation. It is also possible to audit the course.

HREA also offers a six-week course on monitoring and evaluation that complements this course.

Course outline

Week 1. Introduction to the Project Cycle
Week 2. Identifying Project Strategies
Week 3. Preparing an Activity Schedule
Week 4. Developing a Project Logical Framework
Week 5. Estimating Resource Requirements
Week 6. Managing your Project Team

About the instructor

Dr. Felisa Tibbitts has successfully developed and managed projects in the NGO sector for over 30 years, managing projects from "idea development to evaluation" stage. As project manager, she has assisted partner organisations in their project design and management, often in the area of new programming. Dr. Tibbitts is Founder and Senior Advisor of Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) and former coordinator of Human Rights Education Programming for the Netherlands Helsinki Committee. She has Master's degrees from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government (Public Policy) and from Harvard's Graduate School of Education (Administration, Planning and Social Policy) and has published several articles on program planning and development in the education field. She has been an instructor of the HREA e-learning courses Child Rights Programming, Monitoring & Evaluation in the NGO Sector and Human Rights-Based Programming since 2002. She is also adjunct faculty at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and Graduate School of Education and the UN University for Peace.

Who should apply

The course is intended for staff members of non-governmental organisations, particularly those working in the human rights and development sector. Candidates should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computers and Internet use. HREA aims to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution across the selected participants.


Tuition fee for participants: US$ 575; tuition for auditors: US$ 215.

Payments can be made online by major credit cards (Discover, MasterCard, Visa), PayPal, bank transfer and money transfer (Western Union, MoneyGram). Bulk rates are available.


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