Project management is an essential skill in all organisations, which entails the planning, implementation, oversight and evaluation of projects. Technical cooperation (TC) projects involve additional challenges due to the multiplicity of stakeholders, unpredictable political dynamics.
In principle, project management is a simple discipline. At its core, it entails agreeing (with key stakeholders), a plan to deliver a fixed scope of work within a budget, timescales and to defined quality standards. It then requires the delivery of that work to the agreed plan. At the same time, project managers must maintain reporting, managing risk, changes and stakeholder expectations. The TC projects face some unique challenges when following these principles:
1) The projects are subject to significant political change.
2) The Donor, Bank and Beneficiary have different perspectives, processes and expectations.
3) Both outcomes and outputs measure project success, with the consultant, focused on outputs and the Bank / Donor focused on the outcome.
This means that the TC project manager is balancing between a highly volatile and uncertain external environment and the need to deliver specific outputs and outcomes. This workshop draws on the principles of project management to assist in balancing these competing demands. The intention is to provide a structured approach to manage the expectations of external stakeholders and improve the capacity of suppliers to deliver the project in accordance with The Banks processes, culture and expectations.
The outcomes for this workshop is to equip the participants to be able to:
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