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Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2006 - 5:15 pm:   

Development Project Management Institute (DPMI) Announcements

1.) APPLICATION FOR WINTERIM 2007 now available at: http://policy.miis.edu/programs/cdpmi_application.html.

All applications must be emailed to dpmi@miis.edu by October 31, 2006 for placement consideration in the January 1-19, 2007 session.

2.) DPMI INFORMATION SESSION on Tuesday, September 26, 2006 from 12:15 pm-1:15 pm in B 105.

Come to the info session to learn more - hear from past DPMIers on how DPMI enhanced their academic training and work experience!


The Development Project Management Institute (DPMI) is a professional certificate program that combines guided individual readings (completed prior to the commencement of class meetings), three weeks of intensive classroom instruction, and a personal reflection paper submitted three months after the conclusion of classroom work.

The intensive DPMI-training, organized as three separate modules, lasts three weeks. Classes are held Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4:00 pm (Note: Monday, January 1st class scheduled from 12 pm-6 pm). Each module is taught by a highly regarded current practitioner with extensive international development experience. The modules are closely linked to the UN Millennium Development Goals. Participants receive a stand-alone Certificate of Completion from the Development Project Management Institute upon fulfillment of program requirements. DPMI certificate holders are eligible for short-term, paid consulting assignments with Pact (http://www.pactworld.org/). Assignments may be either in Washington, D.C. or the field. More than a dozen DPMI graduates have enhanced their resumes in this fashion.

Module #1: Managing Development Projects. In this training module, participants will gain an understanding of the project cycle and how to identify and analyze project opportunities. The Results Framework will be introduced as a tool to guide project design and inform project monitoring, including how to identify and select appropriate indicators. Participants will also learn how to apply various tools for project monitoring and evaluation. Implementation of strategies to ensure sustainable benefits and alternative evaluation methods will also be discussed. At the module's completion, participants will create an overall evaluation plan for a project along with a detailed project implementation plan using the results framework.

Module #2: Strategies for Effective Partnering. Lectures, discussions, case study analyses, simulations and a special project are all incorporated into this module exploring effective partnering and multi-stakeholder communication strategies. This course is structured to help participants gain proficiency in using a broad range of resources and tools to promote effective partnerships and knowledge networking for development. Systems thinking is emphasized.

Module #3: Skills for Effective Change Agents. This interactive and practical module~introduces participants to the roles of facilitator, trainer, and change agent. The module~focuses on transferring skills to participants so they can conduct their own training programs. Local human resource development is an important component in every development project. Topics covered include needs assessment, adult learning practices, community~mobilization, stakeholder negotiation, conflict mediation, and the training of trainers.~

This is a non-credit, professional certificate program. The fee for the DPMI program is $1950 for Monterey Institute students. Up to 12 credits may be earned upon completion of DPMI program through a special directed study option. All academic credit requires payment of normal Monterey Institute tuition. This program is available to first and second year students.

Application online at http://policy.miis.edu/programs/cdpmi_application.html. Please apply early!

For more information visit http://policy.miis.edu/programs/cdpmi.html or
email dpmi@miis.edu with questions.


DPMI Students
In their own words

"The DPMI course allowed me to focus in on a specific degree program, and was one of the most valuable courses I have taken so far in my academic career. The entire experience gave me greater insight in the processes involved in the development world and how organizations interact and exchange information to maximize their potentials.I would recommend this course to everyone who attends MIIS."

Craig C. Harvey, USA, DPMI Summer 2006
Craig is a current Monterey Institute student in the MPA program

"DPMI greatly enhanced my professional skills and was one of the most formative learning opportunities I have had at the Monterey Institute. It provided me with an opportunity to develop a skillset that will enable/allows me to effectively manage a wide variety of development projects and create innovative solutions to complex situations."

Andrew Schaefer, USA. DPMI Winterim 2006.
Andrew in a current Monterey Institute student in the MPA program.

"Through DPMI, Iíve been able to specialize in program management within the area of gender and security. By learning how to create result frameworks and indicators, I developed a gender-responsive program management framework for disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) programs in collaboration with UNIFEM.

Fumie Nakamura, Japan, DPMI Winterim 2005
After graduation, Fumie took a position with the UNDP in Sudan.

"I learned much more in the DPMI than I usually learn in a traditional semester. I gained useful tools for the future and valuable insight from professionals. My job with an Armenian NGO will require partnership building with other NGOs and international players, as well as program evaluation. My exposure to these topics was key in understanding the job that I will be doing."

Shana Aufenkamp, USA. DPMI Winterim 2004.
Shana now works for Armenian NGO working with on a USAID-funded project.

For more information, please contact:
Carolyn Taylor, GSIPS External and Special Programs Coordinator

The Monterey Institute of International Studies
an affiliate of Middlebury College
Graduate School of International Policy Studies
460 Pierce Street
Monterey, CA 93940
P: (831) 647-6417
F: (831) 647-6693

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