COACHED TRAINING ON PROFESSIONAL WRITING, PROJECT PLANNING AND REPORTING SKILLS

ONE-TO-ONE GUIDANCE ON DESIGNING PROJECTS THAT DONORS WILL SUPPORT, WRITING PROPOSALS THAT PERSUADE AND CREATING REPORTS THAT LEAD TO ACTION

COMBINES ONE-TO-ONE ZOOM MEETINGS WITH OFFLINE STUDY
FEE COVERS ALL MATERIALS, 8 INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS & POST-COURSE PERSONAL FEEDBACK

COURSE OUTCOMES

This practical course covers three main themes:

  • Professional Writing Skills
  • Project Planning and Proposal Writing
  • Reporting Skills / Report Writing

PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Poor writing gets poor results. The message is lost, or the reader is unconvinced. A report's recommendations can get overlooked, and our proposals can fail to persuade donors. And many people find writing stressful - when it doesn't have to be that like that. Good writers aren't born that way. It's a skill that you can quickly and easily learn.

Professional writers all:

  • Start with clear objectives
  • Organise their ideas logically
  • Aim to write clearly and be understood

And good writers are systematic. They don't waste their time staring at the screen, waiting for inspiration. Instead, they follow a sequence of steps - thinking, planning, drafting and editing - so they manage their work without deadline stress and consistently deliver writing that has impact.

Through these modules, you will learn how to take the skills you already have and use them to write clearly and persuasively - whether it's a report, a proposal, a press release, memo or email.

PROJECT PLANNING & PROPOSAL WRITING

Through the Project Planning and Proposal Writing modules, you will learn how to:

  • Design a project your donors will support
  • Plan, draft and edit a persuasive proposal

Through downloadable course videos, practical worksheets and extra materials, you will learn how to:

  • Identify a project your donors will support
  • Design a project using Logical Framework Approach
  • Plan your proposal in a logical, persuasive way
  • Communicate clearly and in a way that keeps your readers interested and alert

You will learn the steps and tools in a way that you can apply time after time after the course is over so that:

  • You will always know what to do each time you have to develop a proposal
  • Your proposals will be well-organised, clear and persuasive - contributing to better relations with donors and, more importantly, increased donor support

REPORTING SKILLS

This part of the course will teach you to create reports that lead to action and support good project decision-making. You will learn a process for reporting that will reduce wasted time and deadline stress and lead to writing that has greater impact.

Through downloadable course videos, practical worksheets and extra materials, you will learn how to:

  • Set reporting objectives and select the most appropriate data collection methods
  • Analyse data and draw conclusions / identify lessons learned
  • Plan your writing around the report objectives and reader's needs
  • Organise your ideas in a logical, persuasive way
  • Communicate clearly and in a way that keeps your readers interested and alert

In this part of the course, you will learn the steps and tools of reporting so that:

  • You will always know what to do each time you report
  • Your reports will be actionable - contributing to better managed, more responsive projects and better results
  • Your reports will take less time and be of higher quality

HOW IT WORKS

LIVE ONE-TO-ONE SESSIONS, OFF-LINE STUDY AND PERSONAL WORK REVIEW

This is combination of live meetings via ZOOM and off-line self-study.

As soon as you sign up you get immediate, lifetime access to all the course materials - downloadable course videos, worksheets and extra materials. We will then contact you to agree our first live session and agree a schedule.

There are eight meetings with your instructor at various points in the course to review progress and discuss application of the learning. Between meetings you can work through the materials/videos and exercises.

When the course is completed, we agree a deadline to submit your own report or proposal for personal feedback and you will be issued your certificate.

Your Instructor


Neil Kendrick
Neil Kendrick

Neil Kendrick is from the UK and has been training development practitioners for more than 25 years on Professional Writing, Reporting Skills, Proposal Writing, Project Cycle Management, Results-Based Management and Monitoring & Evaluation. He has trained relief, development and humanitarian professionals in over 20 countries throughout Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.

"Neil opened my eyes to critical issues of linking activities to results and impacts, and his ability to deconstruct and demystify M&E made the training a life-changing experience." Dr Steve Ogidan
National Coordinating Consultant
NIGERIA INCENTIVE-BASED RISK-SHARING SCHEME FOR AGRICULTURAL LENDING

"Neil is a wonderful trainer who lets the participants have in-depth knowledge."
Kanchan Ojha
Monitoring & Evaluation Associate
WORLD WILDLIFE FUND FOR NATURE (WWF NEPAL)

"You have no idea what an impact your training is making in my life."
Susan Medina
CARIBBEAN COURT OF JUSTICE


COURSE CURRICULUM


  STAGE 1: PROJECT PLANNING AND PROPOSAL WRITING - INTRODUCTION TO THE LOGICAL FRAMEWORK APPROACH
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  STAGE 2: PROJECT PLANNING AND PROPOSAL WRITING - LFA STEPS 1 & 2
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  STAGE 3: PROFESSIONAL WRITING - SELF-ASSESSMENT
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  STAGE 3: PROJECT PLANNING AND PROPOSAL WRITING - LFA STEPS 3,4 & 5
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  STAGE 4: PROJECT PLANNING AND PROPOSAL WRITING -THE LOGICAL FRAMEWORK APPROACH - PLANNING
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  STAGE 5: PROJECT PLANNING AND PROPOSAL WRITING - SELF-ASSESSMENT
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  STAGE 8: REPORTING SKILLS - SELF-ASSESSMENT
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  STAGE 8: FEEDBACK
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COMBINES ONE-TO-ONE SESSIONS WITH FLEXIBLE OFF-LINE STUDY
LIFETIME ACCESS TO ALL TRAINING MATERIALS AND VIDEOS
POST-COURSE PERSONAL FEEDBACK
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CONDITIONS

The course consists of lifetime access to all materials and five one-to-one sessions over Zoom of up to one hour each. Sessions are at mutually agreed times. All sessions must be completed within three months of enrolment. Sessions can be rescheduled with a minimum of 24 hours' notice and a replacement session will be agreed. Late notification will result in a 'no-show' and, except in the first instance, a replacement session will not be offered. Non-attendance or late arrival at meetings by 20 minutes will also lead to meeting cancellation / no-show.