Event posted by: NGO Management School Switzerland
How to manage and lead an NGO
Registration and course fees*
Registration and payment deadline: 4 November 2013. Early bird fee available for payments until 11 September 2013.
Early bird fee /Full fee:
*This course is subsidised with CHF 750 by the Chèque Annuel de Formation (CAF), available for individuals living and paying their taxes in and around the canton of Geneva. CAF students benefit from the Early bird fee at any time of the course registration. More info here.
Above fees are in Swiss francs (CHF) and include tuition, training materials and handouts, lunch and coffee breaks, and a course certificate.
10% discount for returning students (within 12 months since the last course) or additional course participants from same organisation.
Click here to download the course leaflet (PDF format).
Successful NGOs provide high quality services to beneficiaries. Competition among NGOs in the delivery of services and in the acquisition of donor funding is rising. To achieve success, NGOs have to continually improve and professionalise their work, which puts more and more demands on the management and leadership of an organisation.
This comprehensive introductory course provides you with core knowledge, practical skills and tools to manage and lead effectively a non-profit organisation. All course modules are presented by experienced specialists with both field and headquarter experience with many organisations in numerous countries.
On day one, you first learn about the history and principal types of development cooperation and humanitarian aid, the main actors involved and their different approaches to development. You will then discuss perspectives and challenges of sustainable development.
Day two focuses on the strategic management of non-profit organisations, including an introduction to strategic and operational planning.
Day three is dedicated to fostering good communication, skilful leadership and professional human resource management – management is, in the end, "the art of getting things done through people" (Mary Parker Follet).
Day four in an introduction on how to prepare successful fundraising approaches and grant proposals.
On day five, the focus is on Results-Based Management, which is the dominant management approach of most organisations and donors, and on the project cycle. You learn the basics of how to make a need assessment, how to design and plan a project, and how to assess whether the project is on track and what is has achieved. This course includes short lectures, many exercises, group work on case studies and facilitated discussions.
Who should attend
The course will benefit in particular:
How you and your organisation will benefit – Learning Objectives
The overall objective is to facilitate participants in understanding the importance and practice skills needed for strategic planning and organisational development within the context of the development sector.
On this course, participants will be able to:
Sustainable Development: Concepts and Perspectives
Strategic Management: From Strategic Planning to Implementation
Introduction to Strategic NGO Management
Strategic Planning: Achieving your Vision
Operational Planning: Translating Strategy into Action
Communication, Leadership Development and Human Resource Management
Human Resource Management
Fundraising and Grant Proposals
Introduction to Project Cycle Management: Concepts and Main Elements
Key selected elements of Result-Based Management (RBM)
Project Cycle Management: Overview and Phases
As a participant, you can obtain an individual consultation from one of the trainers during the course on how to further develop a project of your own.
This course will benefit in particular:
Newly appointed directors
Project and programme managers
Newcomers to the nonprofit sector
Consultants who carry out assignments for NGOs