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Course 6E07: Project Development and Management in the NGO Sector
19 September-11 December 2007

Instructor: Felisa Tibbitts

This course will introduce the basic elements of project development and 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 organizations who have responsibility for designing and carrying out a project, but with relatively little experience. Participants will be assisted in the development of a project plan that could be submitted to senior management or a funding agency.

The course involves approximately 60 hours of reading, on-line working groups, interaction with students and instructor/facilitator and assignments, and is offered over a 12-week period, beginning on 19 September 2007. 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 a number of chat sessions.

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.

Course outline

Weeks 1-2: Introduction

Week 1. Introduction to Projects and Project Management
Week 2. Role of the Project Manager

Weeks 3-6: Project Development

Week3. Defining Project Objectives and Strategies
Week 4. Overview of Planning and Estimating
Week 5. Preparing a Detailed Project Plan
Week 6. Dealing with Risk and Uncertainty

Weeks 7-12: Project Management

Week 7. Identifying and Supporting Team Members
Week 8. Monitoring the Project
Week 9. Communication and Documentation
Week 10. Relations with Stakeholders
Week 11. Project Evaluation
Week 12. Concluding a Project

About the instructor

Felisa Tibbitts has successfully developed and managed projects in the NGO sector for over 25 years, managing over $5 million worth of projects from "idea development to evaluation" stage. As project manager, she has assisted partner organizations in their project design and management, often in the area of new programming. Ms. Tibbitts is co-founder and Director 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.

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.


The course tuition fee is 525 for residents of OECD countries* and 200 for permanent residents of non-OECD countries. Tuition for auditors is 200 for residents of OECD countries and 70 for permanent residents of non-OECD countries. There are no scholarships available for this course.

* Current member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States.


The deadline for applications for this course was 1 June 2007. We are no longer accepting applications. This course will be offered again from September-December 2008.

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