Project Cycle Management 5-days

Managing for Development Results

This practical 5 day project cycle management training course is for development practitioners who want to know how the stages of a project can be structured, managed and communicated more effectively to enhance results.

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Why choose this course

This course helps you to understand project cycle management (PCM) thinking and practices from a results and evidence based approach. As IMA International's foundation course it introduces and explains each of the core stages of the project and/or programme cycle, identifying and addressing critical design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation issues. At each stage of the cycle useful tools and techniques are introduced, following the logic of the project cycle, giving you many tools and techniques for trying on your work projects. Whether you work in the field or a central office, you will learn how to confidently design, implement,and monitor and evaluate the project cycle and ultimately achieve better results.

What you will learn

Through a mix of practical activities, theory, examples of effective practice and an off-site visit (where practical) you will learn to:

  • understand the importance of project cycle management and a results-based approach to designing, planning, implementing, and monitoring and evaluating a project or programme.
  • identify, explain and use appropriate techniques and tools for different stages in the cycle to ensure effective project implementation management
  • ensure effective monitoring and evaluation, and support and manage project teams to achieve enhanced project results
  • recognise and strengthen learning, adjusting and decision making for better results.

Daily Course Objectives

Subject to change to reflect participants' needs.

  • Day 1
    The essentials of project cycle management
    • project cycle and results-based management
    • project identification and situation analysis
    • policy context and issue identification
    • stakeholder analysis and relationship management in all stages of the project cycle.


  • Day 2
    Project design
    • understanding different planning approaches
    • tools for field investigation and understanding dynamic situations
    • logical models and identification of the results chain levels of the planning matrix.



  • Day 3
    Project appraisal methods
    • negotiations and engagement
    • project implementation and monitoring for results
    • value for money (VFM) and social return on investment (SROI)
    • mobilisation and scheduling.

  • Day 4
    Qualitative and quantitative methods for risk assessment and management
    • project contracting and procurement
    • monitoring and managing performance
    • managing finance.

  • Day 5
    Project reviews and evaluations
    • impact assessment
    • course overview and personal project workshop
    • personal action planning.

What our participants say

"The organisation of the training was impeccable; the delivery by the trainers was superb; the case studies, group work and practical exercise. I have learnt so many new things which will be difficult to forget because I learnt them having fun."
Arthur Uranta, Programmes Officer, Nigeria LNG Limited, Nigeria

"I recommend IMA highly for their training on Project Cycle Management. I benefitted greatly from the quality and depth of the training modules covered and the very practical approach taken. I know there are several tools and approaches I have learnt that I will apply in my work."
Zainab Ibrahim, Project Advisor , Care International, Sri Lanka

Meet the Trainer

'On this practical, participatory and stimulating PCM training you can expect to have lots of time to engage and share with others about aspects of your work that are important to you, as well as do exercises using new tools and techniques that you can apply to your own workplace situation. My background is in governance, education and performance management' Lesley Williams, IMA senior trainer

Quick Facts

  • Duration:
  • 5 days
  • Venue
  • Date
  • Application Deadline
  • Fee
  • Bangkok
  • 05-09 Mar 18
  • 05 Feb 17
  • £1950
  • Bangkok
  • 05-09 Nov 18
  • 05 Oct 18
  • £1950
  • Tailor-made:
  • We also run this foundation project cycle management training course tailored to organisations' staff learning needs, most recently for UNFPA. To find out how our in-house training can help your organisation call us on +44(0)1273 833030 or complete the training enquiry form.
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