Participant Government officials with the Permanent Secretary for the Civil Service, Ms Bernadette Welch (middle) during the opening of the project management training at USP.
Thirty government officials from the Fijian Government undertook project management training through The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) from 5 – 9 November 2018.
The training week prepared the participants to begin an intensive 3-4 month course, including follow up sessions, to graduate with a Certificate IV in Project Management Practice.
In many cases, small government teams manage the delivery of a vast array of development related projects. This accredited course therefore provide them with the skills and tools to manage a diverse set of competing projects from sectors such as forestry, education, environment, health, climate change and immigration.
USP Pacific TAFE is delivering the training in partnership with the Fiji Government’s Ministry of Civil Service, and the Pacific Community (SPC) through its Institutional Strengthening in the Pacific Islands Countries to Adapt to Climate Change (ISACC) Project and is funded by USAID.
Mr Hasmukh Lal, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pacific TAFE said that this initiative is yet another collaboration of two (2) regional agencies to assist a member government.
Mr Lal noted that collaborations as such have led to non-duplication, resource pooling and greater impacts, adding that “USP looks forward to escalate its collaboration with SPC and other CROP agencies.”
Project Management training has been in bigger demand across all member countries. As a responsive provider, Pacific TAFE has delivered trainings through a cohort based model, the same mode used to train civil servants of Fiji.
Mr Lal shared that plans have been worked out to deliver project management trainings in Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and in Papua New Guinea next year in collaboration with USAID Climate Ready Project.
“The need for increased support to manage the wide range of projects in developing states such as Fiji is critical to ensuring effective project delivery with achievement of intended outcomes,” he said.
Ms Vuki Baudromo, ISACC Project Manager at SPC said that governance and effective management is critical to overcoming some of the region’s greatest challenges, but she added that “we must support governments to gain these skills to ensure effective delivery of projects and this course helps support 30 government officials to do just that.
The course was run in two blocks with two academic courses delivery over face-to-face training periods followed by workshops design to contextualise the course and ensure students can apply this knowledge to their’ real world projects.
The training will also be rolled out in Samoa in 2019.
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