Project Design Toosl

Using project design tools in development projects

MSM's Project Design Tools course prepares you to handle the complex and demanding processes in donor-funded projects. You will be introduced to the different stages of the project life cycle, particularly from the perspective of major donors and learn techniques for the identification and formulation of development interventions.

Governments, NGOs and private organizations in the developing world are increasingly engaged in donor-funded projects. Often they are asked to formulate project proposals that are economically, socially, politically and environmentally viable. To handle these often complex and demanding processes, project managers need to possess the latest knowledge on various project design tools.

Project Design Tools have evolved recently. The European Commission introduced a new approach to the Log Frame Matrix and the World Bank is promoting a new strategy for the financing of development interventions. Bilateral agencies are increasingly highlighting the importance of a proper use of the Theory of Change applied to the design and management of development interventions. In a changing and challenging environment it is critical to be up-to-date.

Did you know that you can combine this course  with the Project Monitoring Tools course which will run the week after? Combining these two courses will save you up to a maximum of  €500,-
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Leadership & Management

Leadership & Management

Certificate (diploma optional)


Course date
13 - 17 May 2019

5 days

Mirjana Stanisic, Project Management expert at Maastricht School of Management
Lead Trainer
Mirjana Stanisic MSc
Expert and lecturer in Project Management

Course objectives

After finalizing the course, you will have enhanced your knowledge on various techniques used in the process of identification and formulation of development intervention. Additionally you have learned about the structural elements of a development project, different stages of the project life cycle, particularly from the perspective of major donors. During the course you develop your individual project – feasibility study and receive dedicated coaching, and you will work within various groups.

Course topics

Topics included in the program are:

  • Techniques used in the process of identification and formulation of the development intervention.
  • Structural elements of a development project
  • Different stages of the project life cycle, particularly from the perspective of major donors.
  • Techniques used for the identification and formulation of development interventions.
  • Develop your individual project – feasibility study and receive dedicated coaching

Teaching methods

A combination of various teaching methods will be used including:

  • Distance education
  • Self-study
  • (Guest) lectures and presentations
  • Case studies
  • Group discussions, exercises and presentations
  • Integration assignment
  • Literature study/readings

In the program there is a strong emphasis on student participation and involvement. Participants are stimulated to share their experiences, in the class sessions as well as through working in smaller groups and an individual integration assignment. Part of the program is offered via distance education, before the classroom experience in Maastricht. Cases and assignments are used to enhance the practical, development-oriented perspective of the program and the exposure of students to management practice. This training methodology is meant to inspire, encourage and involve and is based on the principle of learning by doing.

Your profile

The program is designed for:

  • Project decision-makers dealing with various aspects in project design and development of (inter)national development projects
  • Project managers, team leaders and senior project staff engaged in the implementation of (inter)national development projects


Each participant receives a certificate of attendance on the last day of the course. Only for those who will complete an additional assignment will receive a diploma. In case you would like to have more information you contact

Mirjana Stanisic MSc

Expert and lecturer in Project Management

Mirjana Stanisic has extensive experience in donor-funded projects in emerging and countries in transition (Egypt, Romania, Bangladesh, Serbia and Montenegro).  She worked previously as a national expert in Serbia and Montenegro and has several years of experience in international cooperation with relevant international bodies for environment and climate change. Mirjana published more than ten articles in the field of environment and participated in various project and programs funded by UNEP, UNECE, World Bank, IUFRO). Currently she is working as a consultant and lecturer at Maastricht School of Management, conducting training sessions in project management, proposal writing, sustainable development and soft skills. Besides project management and consultancy experience, she provides mentoring and coaching of participants in their individual action plans.

Rui Miguel Santos

Expert and trainer in Results-Based Management and Evaluation of Development Programs & Projects

Rui Miguel Santos has extensive experience in donor funded projects in countries around the world (including Estonia, Moldova, China / Macau, Cameroon, Gabon, and Senegal). He is a Portuguese national and lectures at various institutions including:

  • The three most prestigious Portuguese universities (Technical University, New University and Catholic University)
  • The Netherlands (Maastricht School of Management)
  • Rwanda (Rwanda Institute of Administration and Management)
  • Moldova (Academy of Public Administration).

Throughout his career, Rui has delivered training courses to students from more than 30 countries and is familiar with diverse, multicultural audiences.

The full tuition fee

The tuition fee of this course is € 2,499.

Tuition fee includes all course materials and study materials. Tuition fee does not include housing, food and living expenses. Participants are required to arrange their own housing facilities. MSM can assist in finding hotel accommodation.


Scholarship opportunities can be combined up to 50% of the full tuition fee.

Corporate Discount:
15% for 2 participants coming from the same organization within 1 academic year
25% for 3 participants coming from the same organization within 1 academic year
40% for 4 - 6 participants coming from the same organization within 1 academic year
For > 6 participants we will offer a tailor made program

European Star Scholarship:
50% for European citizens and long term residents. Submit a 2 - 3 page essay on the topic: "What will be the positive change for my organization and me after participating in this course?"

Alumni Lifelong Learning:
15% discount for Maastricht School of Management registered Alumni

Dean's Development Fund:
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Cancellation policy

MSM reserves the right to postpone or cancel the program in case the number of participants does not meet the MSM requirements for minimum number of participants. Any payment made to MSM for tuition fee will be refunded. In the case of postponement or cancellation of the program MSM will inform the enrolled candidates at least six weeks before the planned start of the program.

By the participant:

If an admitted participant decides against participation after the tuition fee has been paid, cancellation costs are €200,- (administrative costs)

In case cancellation is done after the program has started no money will be refunded.

No cancellation charges are incurred if the enrolled participant, with written consent of MSM, will be replaced by another participant before the start of the course. Refunded tuition fees will only be reimbursed to the sponsoring party and cannot be forwarded or redeemed by any other party.

Participants who were not granted a visa to enter The Netherlands, can be fully reimbursed if written official documentation is provided of such visa denial.

Application deadline

13 April 2019

Admission requirements

Applicants should have the ability to function academically and professionally at Bachelor level and should have an adequate level of spoken and written English.

Reasons to follow the Project Design Tools executive course

  • Get familiar with the recent changes introduced by the EU and World Bank in the design of their development interventions
  • Start off the program following the home based online study as part of a blended learning strategy
  • Benefit from the hands-on-approach based on real life cases enabling you to immediately apply the knowledge shared throughout course
  • Work in a diverse multi cultural environment on different case assignments
  • Develop throughout the course an individual project – feasibility study

Enjoy the first lecture by Rui Santos, one of your trainers in the course