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Administration for Conservation

Project Management

Purpose of the course

The course aims to provide the learner with the basic knowledge and skills associated with project management. These Include:

  • To provide an introduction and overview of current trends and principles associated with project management
  • To be able to contribute towards the project management process during each stage of the project cycle.
  • Contribute to project initiation and developing project proposals.  Various methods of planning projects, like the Logical Framework Analysis, will be introduced.  The preparation of a project proposal will also be considered.
  • To apply a range of project management tools used to manage projects and will include the use of software, budget spreadsheets, project schedules, risk assessment techniques and the critical path method.
  • Practice Financial Management and Planning. Estimate and prepare cost budget for an element of work and monitor and control cost against budget.
  • To provide the learner with enough knowledge to be able to develop a project plans business plans can also be introduced if participants are interested.
  • Implementing project control methods.
  • To be able to work in a team as well as to administer projects correctly.  This will include holding meetings, running workshops and general procurement administration.
  • Understanding project risk
  • To able to access and manage donor funding
  • Fund raising, working with donors and managing consultants can be introduced if the course participants require these skills.


Course Outcomes

At the end of the module the participants should be able to:

  • Contribute to project initiation.
  • Understand the various phases of a project and implement various project management tools associated with each phase.
  • Understand risk assessment and management.
  • Fulfil procurement activities and supervise procurement administration within the workplace as well as within any specific project environment.
  • Provide assistance in implementing and assuring project work is conducted in accordance with project quality plan.
  • Evaluate and improve the project team’s performance.
  • Identify, organise and co-ordinate project life cycle phases for control purposes.
  • Schedule project activities to facilitate effective project execution.
  • Preparation  of  a project budget and manage project finances
  • Innovative thinking in the workplace
  • Identify and solve problems.
  • Understand the importance of teamwork
  • Self-organization and motivation in the workplace
  • Evaluation of information.
  • Improved communication skills.
  • Use of relevant science and technology.
  • Inter-relatedness of natural and social systems.


Who can attend?

The Project Management programme is aimed at a broad target market and would be beneficial to any of the following:

  • Wildlife managers and co-ordinators
  • People in leadership or supervisory roles
  • Individuals who want to learn project management
  • Private people who want to manage projects
  • People in the tourism and hospitality industries
  • Anyone interested in wildlife project management



This course is a NQF level 5 course and is institutionally accredited by the Southern African Wildlife College.


Course duration

5 days



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