09 – 12 March 2014, United Nations Assistance Mission to Iraq, Erbil (Iraq) – UNITAR is implementing a four-day training course on Project Cycle Management. The training course, developed by UNITAR, in partnership with Integrated Mission Training Centre of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), is aimed at introducing the basic notions of project cycle and project management.

Since 2011, UNAMI has been implementing several Quick Impact Projects (QIPs) to support activities that promote the peace process and foster confidence building between the government, the population and civil society. In this framework, the Integrated Coordination Office for Development & Humanitarian Affairs (ICODHA) has been tasked with the responsibility of Coordination, monitoring and evaluation.

In light of this mandate, ICODHA has identified a need to provide a learning opportunity to its international and national staff in the area of Project Cycle and Results Based Management. In collaboration with and under the overall coordination of UNAMI, UNITAR has been developing the training course that is taking currently being delivered. The training has been designed to introduce ICODHA international and national staff to a structured and harmonized project management concept and approach.

Indeed, the training will allow staff to be able to systematically design, plan, and evaluate projects applying the Results Based Management (RBM) strategy. This course will provide participants with practical knowledge of the approaches, skills and tools for managing different types of projects at the different stages of the project cycle within the UN system in post-conflict settings.

The final goal of this training project is to strengthen peace and state building efforts in Iraq, by reinforcing the impact of QIPs implemented by UNAMI: 23 national and international UNAMI staff from each of the 18 provinces of Iraq will take part in the training and will be able, at the end of it, to: define project and project management; initiate a project; apply results-based management to planning and management; apply results-based management to monitoring and evaluation and report to relevant stakeholders on progresses made – in the short-, medium- and long-term. Moreover, after the training, ICODHA staff will invite representatives from Iraqi NGOs to attend a briefing/training in best practices for successful project writing, project management, and donor reporting, contributing to a more streamlined and efficient project management process.