REPARED — Transformation Specialists

REPARED’s integrated series of capacity building training courses provides the full range of professional level business analysis skills, concepts and methods – enabling you to choose the courses that are right for you based on your background and experience.

We can create customized training solutions that combine content from our standard training programs to create three, four and five-day hybrid training programs to support your specific training objectives and learning requirements.

Diploma in Project Planning and Project Management

This course leads to the attainment of a Diploma in Project Planning and Management. The diploma is awarded by Regional Partnership for Resource Development in partnership the Commonwealth Open University. The course comprises of four principal units. Learners who have completed the four units and demonstrated competence through group-work presentations, will be awarded diplomas in Project Planning and Project Management. Each unit takes five days to be covered while the entire programme takes one month. At the completion of each unit, learners get an internationally recognized and accredited certificate from Regional Partnership for Resource Development.

This First Module aims at enabling organisations in the region in mobilizing resources and building their capacity to fundraise more effectively for priority projects and facilitate the implementation of their activities. There is availability of untapped resources within the region which can be identified and mobilized for various activities. But a major cause for lack of resources for many institutions has been identified as inadequate capacity for analyzing, planning and enforcing resource mobilization activities. Scarcity of information on resource mobilization has also been identified as an impediment. Mastery of project planning and proposal writing skills dictates that organisations and individuals should learn and practice the art of resource mobilization. At the same time they must enhance their practical road-map for resource mobilization success in a highly competitive philanthropic and financial environment.

This Second Module deals mainly with project management skills. Almost every organisation realizes the importance of project management as a vital process which plays a central role in achieving project goals and objectives. Learning to use and apply project management is a valuable and essential life skill. Every project manager or community worker needs these skills because he/she will use them throughout their life whether on-the-job or off-the-job. Everyone who works and deals with projects requires project management competency. Project management skills will help you achieve better results. Mastering the art of project management can help one become a better manager, facilitator and team-worker as well as a stellar performer at work.

Project management involves organisation of tasks, time and resources to achieve some specific goals. Besides helping you learn the management of projects successfully, this course will also give you the confidence and tact in managing people as well as that rare opportunity to network and build relationships. Project management training will arm you with valuable skills and knowledge such as planning, organisation, communication with team members, timely application of various leadership skills and management tools, cost estimation, facilitation of meetings and management of multiple projects. Since maintaining high quality is fundamental in project management, this course helps achieve this through proper planning, budget allocation, resources and good testing methods to help achieve higher quality service. This course will generally help you as a manager to grasp the intricacies of control, quality and management.

The objective of this Third Module is to equip participants with the skills needed for community mobilization and empowerment. Community mobilization is the cornerstone of rural and urban development and poverty alleviation programmes. Community mobilization is a powerful instrument in delivering programmes aimed at strengthening human and institutional development at local level. Community mobilization strengthens participation of rural poor in local decision-making, improves their access to social and production services and efficiency in the use of locally available resources, and enhances opportunities for asset-building by the poorest of the poor.

In particular, this unit underscores the importance of increasing poor peoples’ access to opportunity, security, and empowerment for economic growth and poverty reduction. Community mobilization and empowerment is the expansion of assets and capabilities of poor people to participate in, negotiate with, influence, control, and hold accountable institutions that affect their lives. Empowering poor men and women requires the removal of formal and informal institutional barriers that prevent them from taking action to improve their well-being – individually or collectively – and limit their choices. This module will also examine the principles of community mobilization and empowerment.

In this Fourth Module, you learn about developing the capacity of your organisation, partnerships or networks for real performance improvements. In this unit ,you will be able to effectively answer these questions: Where do I start to develop the capacity of my organisation? What should be my priorities? What is the relation between what goes on inside my organisation and the external factors influencing it? What will really make a difference, leading to better performance?

At the end of this course you will: have gained insight into the steps of a systematic process to define capacity development needs of your organisation; know how to link capacity development with concrete performance improvements; be able to design a strategy for improving your organisational capacity using a variety of tools and methods; and understand the essential conditions for strengthening your organisation and what drives change in your organisation.

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