Online Certificate Course - Organizational Project Management for Development Organizations and NGOs

Organizational Project Management (OPM) is defined as the execution of an organization's strategies through projects by combining the systems of portfolio management, program management, and project management.

OPM is based on the idea that there is a correlation between an organization’s capabilities in project, program, and portfolio management, and the organization’s effectiveness in implementing its strategy. The goal of an organization’s strategy is the translation of its vision and mission into specific actions that will deliver maximum value to its stakeholders, including donors and beneficiaries. Achieving the strategy ensures continued growth in development results and sustainable competitive advantage. This is especially true in today’s increasingly competitive global environment, where organizations are constantly seeking ways to improve their capabilities and performance in the delivery of their strategy.

The goal of OPM is to ensure that the organization is doing the right projects and that projects are doing the right things.

This is an advanced course on the concepts, processes, and methods required to ensure that all projects and programs are aligned with the organization’s development goals. OPM is a flexible framework that facilitates the integration of all projects and programs to support the organization's development goals. This course is especially useful for anyone working in a development organization that is seeking to improve the delivery of project, program and ensure they are aligned with the strategic objectives, this course is particularly beneficial for organizations that do not have a unified project management approach and those in the process of improving or sustaining their current project management framework. The course is based on the international standard from the Project Management Institute (PMI)

The curse is based on the international standard from the Project Management Institute (PMI)

Course Content:

Module 1

Lesson 1 – Integrated Project Management

1.1. Project Management in Organizational Strategy 1.2. Integrated Project Management 1.3. Organizational Alignment 1.4. Organizational Project Management Maturity Model

Lesson 2 – Program Management

2.1. Introduction to Program Management 2.2. The Five Program Management Domains 2.3. Managing the Program Cycle 2.4. The Role of the Program Manager

Module 2

Lesson 3 – Portfolio Management

3.1. Introduction to Portfolio Management? 3.2. Portfolio Domains 3.3. Portfolio Life Cycle 3.4. The Role of the Portfolio Manager

Lesson 4 – Enterprise PMO

4.1. The Strategic PMO 4.2. PMO Functions 4.3. PMO Frameworks 4.4. PMO Maturity Levels

Module 3

Lesson 5 – Project Knowledge Management

5.1. Introduction to Project Knowledge Management 5.2. Project Knowledge Management Process Cycle 5.3. Competency Development Framework 5.4. Project Management Information Systems

Lesson 6 – Organizational Project Management

6.1. OPM governance 6.2. Enterprise Risk Management ERM 6.3. Organizational Scorecard 6.4. Implementing OPM

About this course

This is a three-week long course, each week students will work on the activities and exercises required to meet the learning objectives. Participants require an average of one hour per day to complete the assigned activities. This course is specifically designed to focus on the practical application of project management concepts. Key topics of focus include integrated project management, program and portfolio management, the enterprise project management office, project knowledge management, organizational project governance, and enterprise risk management.

Course Audience

This is the ideal course for those seeking to advance their understanding of project management and use OPM to achieve better performance, better results, continuous development, and achieve a competitive advantage. Course participants include project directors, program managers, project supervisors, project managers, and project staff wishing to increase their skills and knowledge to understand the advanced methods, processes, and techniques of project management. Participants to our courses come from various parts of the world, and they bring a wealth of experience and knowledge that is shared in the course forums.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of the Organizational Project Management online course participants will:

  • Understand the benefits of alignment with organizational strategy
  • Identify best practices in managing programs and portfolios
  • Recognize the roles of the program and portfolio manager
  • Understand the process of managing project knowledge


Participants that successfully complete the course requirements will receive a certificate of completion mailed via postal mail. This course is part of the certification program CDPM (Certified Development Project Manager). For more information about this program please visit our website.

Course Requirements

There are no requirements to take this course, although the students will benefit if they know the type of work that occurs in development organizations and development projects, or had some experience working on a project. Students should have a good internet connection, Adobe Reader in their computers as well as MS Office to work on the course assignments.

Course Fees

The course fee is $150 and 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 20OPM to obtain the 20% discount. We offer additional discounts for groups from development organizations. We will close the registration one day before the start of the course. If you have any questions, contact us at info@pm4dev Ref. eCourse OPM.

We will close the registration one day before the start of the course. We also accept payments via PayPal or money transfer. If you have any questions or require more instructions to send your payment, please contact me at

Ana Torrelio Student Services Atlanta, USA

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Student Feedback

"I dare say, "Organizational Project Management" is a must for everyone involved in the business of executing projects for development irrespective of his/her role in the project team. Every development organization should mandate all its project and program managers to take this course if not already so done! The earlier the best!" Henry Njakoi, Tanzania.

"This is one of the best online courses I have ever done in my 15 years career in the Not-for-Profit sector and it has greatly improved my knowledge on the relevance of introducing a holistic approach to manage development projects through the Organizational Project Management (OPM) framework. The value addition of a good OPM is enormous and I can't wait to start implementing it in any organization I work for. This course is useful for everyone working in the Not-for-Profit sector where project implementation is the channel through which the goal and objectives of the organizational strategy are achieved. " Mohamed Silla, ActionAid - Sierra Leone.

"I am not new in the field of project management. In fact, I have been a PM practitioner for many years now. But I got pleasantly surprised (and humbled) to realize through this course, our teacher and through my co-learners that I still have much to learn about it. I am glad I chose to enroll in this new course of PM4DEV at this time, as it has been a very enriching, mentally stimulating and mindset changing experience for me. Very grateful indeed! " Marietta Rios, World Vision International - Philippines.

"I have worked as a Program Manager for over four years, but this course has expanded on my understanding of Organizational Project Management. I appreciate PM4DEV for fostering my professional development." Ibrahim Turay, Health Poverty Action - Sierra Leone.

In 2013 PM4DEV became a PMI Global Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.). It means that our courses meet the strict criteria from the largest project management organization of the world and that increases the value you obtain from learning at PM4DEV. Your investment in learning is secure, and you can be certain that our courses have the quality you expect.

Fee information

The course fee is $150, 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 20OPM 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

Click the link below to go to our registration page. We will close the registration one day before the start of the course.

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

Ana Torrelio Student Services Atlanta, USA