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Online certificate course: Fundamentals of Project Management for Development Organizations and NGOs

from Project Management for Development Organizations
Registration deadline: 04 Feb 2019 Training date: 04 Feb 2019 to 22 Feb 2019 More Information

This course is a comprehensive introduction to development project management. Designed for people who want to build or increase their skills in project management and who work or are looking to work with international development organizations, donor and public institutions, NGOs, non-profit and community-based organizations, Government and donor agencies, and anyone interested in a career in development project management.

You will learn the most important concepts in project management, such as the project life-cycle, process management, roles and responsibilities of a project manager, organizational structures, program and portfolio management and use of various management techniques. This course promotes and facilitates a collaborative learning approach in an online environment. Students participate in discussions as part of the assignments and receive feedback from the course instructor. Students "learn by doing" through the class exercises while lecture points are reinforced with class discussions and videos.

Course Content:

Lesson 1 - Development Project Management

  • Definitions of project management
  • Project management constraints
  • Development challenges
  • A systemic approach
  • The project management ecosystem

Lesson 4 - Roles, Responsibilities, and Skills

  • Role and responsibilities of the project manager
  • Managerial skills of project managers
  • Interpersonal skills for project managers
  • Influence and power of the project manager
  • Project management competencies

Lesson 2 - Project Management Processes

  • Scope and project log frame
  • Schedule management
  • Budget management
  • Quality management
  • Team and stakeholder management
  • Information management
  • Risk and contract management

Lesson 5 - Project Management Structures

  • The project structure
  • Factors in designing a project structure
  • Types of project organizational structures
  • Project structure
  • Program structure
  • Matrix structure
  • Project governance

Lesson 3 - The Project Management Cycle

  • Initiation and planning phase
  • Implementation and monitoring phase
  • Adapting and closing phase
  • Project management cycle
  • Adaptive project management

Lesson 6 - Strategic Project Management

  • Integrated project management
  • Program management
  • Portfolio management
  • Project maturity model
  • Project management office

The course is asynchronous; the instructor provides materials, lectures, tests, and assignments that can be accessed at any time. Students are given a timeframe during which they need to complete the assigned activities, participate in discussion forums, and submit their exercises in order to receive a grade. The course is based on the fourth edition of the textbook Fundamentals of Project Management.

Click here to download a copy of the Course Brochure

Students that successfully complete all course requirements will receive, via US Mail, a printed and signed Certificate of Completion. This course is part of the certification program CDPM (Certified Development Project Manager). For more information about this program please visit our website

Fee information:
The course fee is $175, participants that complete the course successfully will receive a printed certificate mailed at no extra cost. The course fee is due before the start of the course, you can receive a 20% discount if payment is made one week before the course starts. Use the code 20FPM to obtain the discount. We offer additional discounts for groups from development organizations. We will close the registration one day before the start of the course.
How to register:

Register online at

For other types of payment and if you have any questions you can contact me at:

Ana Torrelio
Student Services
Atlanta, USA