How to plan a project, program its activities, design and implement its follow-up system

29 April - 20 May 2021 

5-day course of 40 hours over 4 weeks, Tuesday/Thursday 09-12 noon CET
Starting at CHF 640 - 20% off to help strengthening civil society   

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This comprehensive course provides fast-track training on all phases of the project cycle management: From needs assessment, through planning (analysis and design) to monitoring the implementation of the project. 

Participants are first introduced to the Results-Based Management (RBM) approach and its application in project management. Then, participants are working through the project planning and activities programming steps. The main tool used is the logical framework. It provides a structured model for identifying expected results as well as the activities and inputs needed to accomplish them. 
The course also provides additional techniques and tools to analyze problems, identify stakeholders, define results to be achieved in line with population’s needs and program human, financial and logistic resources in an efficient way. Furthermore, the course shed light on project cycle management in crisis situation.  
Finally, participants discuss how to design and implement a proper monitoring.

This course can be combined with the course Monitoring & Evaluation starting on May 24, leading to a combined certificate on Project Cycle Management with a specialisation on Monitoring & Evaluation. 


At the end of the course, each participant can avail of a credit of 45min for personalised coaching to support the implementation of action plans and for any questions related to it. The coaching is provided by the trainer of this course. It is valid for a period of two months after the course. 


This course is the equivalent of a five-day in-person course. It takes approximately 40 hours, thereof 20 hours of live online classes, using participatory techniques such as brainstorming, group work, case studies, video discussions, exercises, etc., and 20 hours of individual and in group application of community needs assessment tools and logframe approach’s tools, peer reviews, individual reading and self-assessment. The trainer maintains the same level of interaction as in an in-person course.

Trainers: Rana Haddad, Dr. Dany Daou 


Course dates:  29 April -20 May: Thursday April 29, Thursday May 6, Monday 10, Thursday 13, Monday 17 and Thursday 20, from 09-12 noon CET

The fee includes the personalised post-course coaching. There are two types of certificates available for this course (fees in Swiss Francs, CHF):

Certificate of AttendanceAfter completing the course programme

Early bird fee, until 28 March: CHF 540 instead of 680; afterwards CHF 640 instead of CHF 800. 

Certificate of Achievement: After passing successfully the exam at the end of the course programme

Early bird fee, until 28 March: CHF 590 instead of 730; afterwards CHF 680 instead of CHF 850.

Max. 16 participants- apply early to secure your participation. 


20% off 



The course will benefit practitioners who are new to project management, or have experience but haven’t had the opportunity to follow a comprehensive basic training course yet. In particular:

  • Project/Programme managers

  • Project/Programme coordinators

  • Key field staff involved in project management

  • Managers supervising project planning and implementation

  • People who wish to join the non-for-profit sector

  • Consultants working with NGOs

At the end of the course, participants are able to:

  • Think along results based management and strategic project planning. 

  • Undertake a needs assessment.

  • Plan (analyse and design), implement and monitor a project following the results-based management/Logical framework approach and using its tools with a focus on the logical framework matrix. 


Module 1: Results-Based Management (RBM) and Project Cycle Management (PCM)

  • Results-based management concept and logic, results chain

  • Project cycle management phases

  • Project cycle management in development and a crisis situation

Module 2: Needs Assessment Phase

  • Aim and process of a needs assessment

  • Participatory approach: Methods, techniques and tools 

  • Needs assessment in crisis situation

Module 3: Planning phase: Analysis and Design with the Logical Framework approach and tools    

  • The Logical Framework Approach

  • Step 1: Analysis - Problem identification and analysis; Stakeholder analysis; organizational analysis; 

  • Step 2: Choosing the operational strategy

  • Step 3: Designing the project

    • Formulating project objectives

    • Defining project activities

    • Analyzing potential risks for the project

    • Identifying indicators and source of verification

Module 4: Implementation Phase

  • Planning the project implementation 

  • Sequencing and scheduling activities

  • Programming human, financial and logistic resources

  • Governance, knowledge management, communication in development and crisis context

Module 5: Monitoring and Evaluation Phase

  • Why monitoring and evaluating?

  • Monitoring and evaluation concepts and definitions

  • Monitoring process: What, when and how to monitor 

  • Monitoring and evaluation in crisis situation