Tutorial: Project Cycle Management: A Technical Guide

Date

08 Apr 2014 22:00 to 10 Apr 2014 22:00

Section

Innovation & Enterprise

Event Location

Netherlands
9-11/Apr/2014 • Maastricht • Fee: €1065

Event Description

Target group
This intensive three-day training course is designed for public officials, staff of international organisations, NGOs, universities, project managers, desk officers and interested parties involved in EC-funded programmes and projects. The course is also relevant for the managing authorities (at national, regional or another level) who receive support from Structural Funds to inform potential beneficiaries, select the projects and generally monitor implementation of the programmes.

Description
The course is an introduction to Project Cycle Management (PCM). PCM is the standard procedure for carrying out programmes and projects. It is the official tool required by the European Commission and many bilateral donors. The seminar will introduce Results-Based Management (RBM) and its application in project management. The course explains the PCM approach, focusing on theoretical and practical analysis of all project phases, including some technical hints such us preparing a working plan, budget, executive projects and identifying partners, design, implementing a proper project, monitoring and an evaluation system. Over the three days, participants will learn how and where to find relevant information through the main websites and channels of communication. Tools and techniques will be examined in depth to illustrate how to set up a preliminary work plan to select information and gather data, with a specific focus on reading and analysing calls for proposals. The topics are divided as follows to facilitate interaction between participants:
1. Planning projects: Logical Framework Approach, the basic tool for project development;
2. Programming activities: working plan and budget;
3. Finding relevant information on the internet: facilitating searching;
4. Project acquisition: identifying funding opportunities and application procedures;
5. Practical Guide to Contract procedures for European Commission External Actions: basic rules and procedures;
6. Selection criteria and successful examples of approved projects
Participants will follow the whole evolution of the project cycle and have the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the necessary tools through practical exercises.

Objectives
The course is a technical guide aimed at allowing participants to gain analytical and practical skills on Project Cycle Management. At the end of the tutorial the participants will be able to follow the entire cycle of the project, from the application procedures to the project implementation, delivery and monitoring.

Learning Methodology
The tutorial, based on the EC Project Cycle Management Guidelines, will be a combination of theoretical explanations and practical exercises. Every step will be explained with examples of approved proposals, and discussed in working groups and question and answer sessions.

Project Leader

Cristiana Turchetti
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