GEF IW:LEARN International Waters Project Management Course

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The International Waters Project Management Online Course intends to be a primer for new project staff and those key stakeholders (implementing and executing agency staff, government officials and civil society partners) to understand the processes and approaches used in GEF IW projects.

About this Course

The main focus of this online Project Management Course is on GEF IW specific requirements within projects. This includes key issues such as:

  • Roles and responsibilities throughout the project, from start-up to closure;
  • Monitoring and evaluation including the adaptation of logical frameworks (log-frames) and reporting against indicators;
  • Communications management, creating partnerships and raising public awareness;
  • Information management and reporting;
  • Developing a work plan for the project’s first year and maintaining a project budget;
  • Ensuring adequate recording of co-finances and other financial matters; and
  • Mainstreaming climate and gender within projects

Course Objective

To provide a common understanding of the expectations of GEF IW projects and to emphasize that Project Managers and Project Coordination Unit (PCU) staff should not be reticent in asking advice from more seasoned peers.


The course is open to participants representing various stakeholder groups from the entire water sector worldwide who are interested to actively follow the course and complete all modules:

  • GEF International Waters projects and their stakeholders
  • UN Agencies
  • Regional organisations
  • Government staff
  • NGOs
  • Academia
  • Others who are actively working within or managing International Waters.

Contents and course structure

In each module participants will find valuable and updated readings, videos, suggested web sites, and experiences from the ground.

  • Module 1: Introduction to the course
  • Module 2: GWF IW Project Philosophy
  • Module 3: The secrets of a successful project
  • Module 4: The project checklist
  • Module 5: Project Start-up
  • Module 6: Project Inception
  • Module 7: Project Implemetation
  • Module 8: Project Closure

Language: English.

Structure: 8 modules.

Level: Introductory.

Content: readings, videos, forums.

Time: 25 hours.

Total time dedication: 6 weeks.

Institutions: Cap-Net, GEF IW: LEARN, UNDP, UNEP, IOC-UNESCO.