Governments, public institutions, development agencies, and others who promote economic and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean often struggle to turn proposals into concrete realities that increase social well-being and achieve results within the available time with scarce resources.

About the course

This course provides concepts and tools to apply in project management that can generate a substantial change in the way objectives are being met. This MOOC seeks to strengthen participants' capacities in project management for development so that government projects in the region can be effectively and efficiently executed.

This project management MOOC includes case studies that will help you better understand key project management concepts and tools; presentations from Project Management Professional (PMP)certified with ample experience in the topic; discussion forums; and selected readings.

The Project Management for Results (PM4R) methodology, developed by IDB's Inter-American Institute for Economic and Social Development (INDES), serves as a conceptual base for this course. PM4R's contents are based on A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) - Sixth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc., 2013.

Although these best practices have been present for many years in corporate projects, the IDB has led its progressive inclusion in the public sector and in development projects, contributing to the construction of realities that improve lives.

INDES as a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) has been approved by the Project Management Institute (PMI)® to issue 30 professional development units (PDUs) if you earn the verified certificate in this course.

The estimated dedication to complete this course is six hours per week, for five weeks. However, through the self-paced mode you will have the flexibility to take the course for a maximum of eight months, from 8 March, 2018 to 14 November, 2018.

The preparation of this course was financed by the Institutional Capacity Strengthening Fund (ICSF), thanks to the contribution of the government of China.

PMBOK is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

What you will learn

By the end of this course, you will know:

  • Basic project management concepts and techniques;
  • Tools and key tactics that facilitate good communication;
  • Project management international standards and tools;
  • How to identify success factors based on experiences.

About the instructors

Roberto Toledo Rodríguez is a project management instructor and consultant with more than 18 years of experience in the field. Currently he is Associate Director of Alpha Consultoría, which is a Project Management Institute certified training firm. Also, he is an Associate of Alpha PM Consulting, Inc., which is a subsidiary firm based in Chicago, IL. More than 25,000 executives from diverse industries have been trained by both firms.

Vanessa Sayos del Castilo is a Spanish national, born and raised in Barcelona, she studied political science and business at the Independent University of Barcelona [Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona; UAB] and at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. For over 15 years, Vanessa has worked in project management in the public sector, initially in Spain's Ministry of Economy with reimbursable cooperation funding and later in charge of governance projects with the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).

Ernesto Mondelo is responsible for the creation and development of the Project Management for Results Program (PM4R), which is aimed to provide capacity development products for executing agencies in Latin America and the Caribbean, in project management topics.

Duration: 5 weeks, 6 to 7 hours per week

Language: English

Instructors: Roberto Toledo Rodríguez, Vanessa Sayos del Castilo, Ernesto Mondelo

Institution: Inter-American Development Bank