Professionals of service and industrial companies, engineering and architectural firms, legal, and consulting firms (specialized in economic or social development, agriculture, environment, HRM, finance etc.) Non-governmental organizations, development agencies, public administration institutions, technology and business development centers. Generally, this course is useful all people related to international trade and development, or those who are interested in the business possibilities of international tenders and grants financed by the international development institutions.
This Course is directed to individuals looking to strengthen their skills in the preparation and management of all types of international development projects and the related supplies of products or works: whether consulting, legal, technical assistance, institutional building, financial support schemes, procurement of equipment, construction or industrial work, etc., especially those interested in applying international Project management techniques to these types of projects.
The following people are especially interested on the course:
- Project managers and team members of development projects.
The industrial and service companies.
The industrial and service firms from many sectors could identify new business opportunities in the public tenders and grants funded by the International development institutions. For instance, the United Nations system includes a large Group of agencies, programs and funds, plus several HQs and a General Secretariat, which require all kinds of supplies and services, representing a market of 9,000 million dollars per year of products and services.
Moreover, these business opportunities have an important strategic value for companies; they represent a low-risk platform to introduce different supplies and services in other countries. These opportunities could enable suppliers to position themselves as leaders in markets with substantial growth rates and potential. It also provides the firms which work for these projects funded by the international institutions a prestigious reference and increases their level of confidence in those new markets. For example...
A company distributing hospital and medical supplies and engineering from an industrialised country was able win a large project for rehabilitating a hospital in Dakar (Senegal).
A company in an emerging country manufacturing traffic lighting equipment participated in an emergency and reconstruction project funded in Indonesia funded by the Asian Development Bank.
Professional services firms.
Professional services firms, especially those which offer a high added-value in their services (engineering companies, consulting companies, specialist construction services, etc.) have a good possibility of participating in technical assistance, services, and work contracts financed by these institutions. For instance:
- A consulting company from a industrialized country won a tender financed by
the Inter-American Development Bank aimed at the reconstruction and supervision of a technology park in Managua (Nicaragua) to promote innovation
and technology throughout this central American country.
- An engineering company from a European country won a EU-funded tender to the improve the water, sanitation and agricultural sectors in Honduras.
Managers of Business Associations, Chambers of Commerce or other bodies.
Managers and staff of business and trade associations, Chambers of commerce, and other intermediate bodies can bid for technical assistance projects financed by
these institutions; thereby
transferring technology and knowledge, promoting joint activities and programs, and thus encouraging their members and associates to internationalise their Business. Examples of their involvement are:
Managers or Employees of Public Administration bodies.
Many public institutions (development agencies and export promotion agencies from regions, etc.) search regularly for project funding. Many of them are encouraged to participate in technical assistance projects, allowing their public employees and experts to transfer their know-how, promoting the development of international markets, training their counterparts in other countries or managing "twinning programs" which exchange know-how and best practices.
- An export promotion agency participated in a project financed by the InterAmerican Development Bank aimed
at launching a similar export promotion agency in Peru, transferring with this
project their "know-how" to the new institution.
Non-governmental organizations (Non-Governmental Organizations).
The management of most Non-Governmental Agencies (Non-governmental organizations) is increasingly made up of full-time professional managers, which need to master the techniques of fund-raising, bidding, project management and evaluation of the International projects and funds they are awarded. As a matter of fact; it is irrelevant if the Non-governmental organizations get funding and projects at local or international level, because the techniques and the procedures are essentially the same. Systematic good quality presentation of the project proposals and professional management and evaluation techniques will help them with the funding and the bidding for projects at all levels.
Universities, Business Schools and other Educational institutions.
The universities and the business schools also participate and manage International programs, such as:
Recent University or Post-graduate students.
With this course, recent university graduates and post-graduate students have an excellent short and practical course to add to their CV, and thereby become specialised in international project tenders, bidding, management and evaluation of projects, a growing field, where there are still relatively few experts in the market, which are always in high demand as project coordinators and proposal support.