Project and Financial Management in Humanitarian Contexts

  • Course description

    This unit consists of an intensive campus based module that introduces students to project and financial management processes in the humanitarian and emergency management sectors. Students will visit NGOs to explore how projects are managed at headquarter and field level and how systems have influenced organisational responses and outcomes for affected communities. The second aspect to this unit will be delivered via Cloud (online) and includes the theory behind the project and financial management and some of the opportunities and challenges that arise in complex humanitarian responses. This unit will include a critical examination of donor understandings and how these are influenced by political, social and economic factors leading to impacts on response, transition and development outcomes for affected communities. Other key learning in this unit will engage students in designing projects proposals and presenting them to various stakeholders.
  • Learning outcomes

    At the completion of this unit, successful students can:
    ULO1: Develop an integrated project plan that includes initial assessment, stakeholder analysis, logical framework, multi-sectoral proposal, and an implementation, monitoring and evaluation strategy for geographically, socially and politically diverse humanitarian contexts.
    ULO2: Identify, critically reflect and synthesise the financial management issues, the role of different stakeholders, including donors, and the geo-socio-political contexts to develop a comprehensive financial management plan.
    ULO3: In collaboration with peers, develop a Project Plan and constructively reflect upon and evaluate self-participation, peer participation and effectiveness of the plan.
    ULO4: Research and critically analyse the role of donors, government and the geo-socio-political issues that influence funding in the humanitarian sector.
  • Teaching and learning methodology

    Learning experiences are via a combination of Cloud (online) and intensive campus mode delivery.
    Intensive located learning will engage students through visits to local case study sites, guest speakers from the Humanitarian and Emergency Management sectors, classes and seminars.
    Students will undertake online exercises, case studies, virtual simulations, cloud concept presentations and student-led discussions via CloudDeakin.
  • Assessment methods and criteria

    Group Assignment, 30%, 1500 words
    Online Exercises, 10%, 500 words
    Presentation, 30%
    Essay, 30%, 1500 words
  • Required reading

    Your unit learning resources are provided via CloudDeakin.

Last updated: 6 October 2017

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