Project Identification, Development and Management

Successful management of the project cycle

Do you want to learn how to identify and manage stakeholders throughout the project cycle and how to identify, design, manage, monitor and evaluate development projects, which actually meet the needs of beneficiaries? Do you want to be challenged by colleagues from all over the world to think about the success and fail factors of complex development projects?

The PDM program will train you how to effectively identify, design, manage, monitor and evaluate development projects to guarantee success every step of the way.

By exchanging views with a variety of experts in the field of project identification, design, management and monitoring and evaluation, our PDM program provides you with insights across the entire project cycle. You will learn all about Project Cycle Management (PCM) methodology and tools such as Stakeholder Mapping, Problem Tree, Logical Framework and specific M&E tools. You will develop crucial project management skills in the field of communication, leadership, team work and negotiation in interactive workshops and discuss the different views and current debate on development cooperation with experts and classmates.

Nuffic Eligible Programs



Course date
13 - 24 May 2019

10 days

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

Learning objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants:

  • Are equipped with a combination of analytical, technical and managerial insights and tools for the identification, design, management and monitoring and evaluation of development projects;
  • Have insights into their own personal project management skills and how to further develop these skills to successfully manage the challenges in development projects;
  • Have a broad understanding of project success and failure factors in development projects;
  • Have been challenged to think critically about how the current debate on development cooperation plays a role in their own projects at home;
  • Developed their individual project and received coaching;
  • Interacted with and built a network with development professionals from around the globe.

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 identification, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of (inter)national development projects;
  • trainers, lecturers and consultants wanting to expand their own (teaching) skills in this area.

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.


Corporate Discount:
15% for 2 participants coming from the same organization within 1 academic year
25% for 3 particpants coming from the same organizatin 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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Tuition fee

The tuition fee is € 4,498
(MSM Tuition fee includes all course materials and fieldwork expenses, study materials and basic medical insurance)


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.

Application deadlines

The current application round is only open for Nuffic OKP & MSP applicants

Application deadline for Nuffic OKP/MSP students The application closes on 22 October 2018
Application deadline for Nuffic StuNed students Closed
Application deadline for private sponsored students 1 March 2019

How to apply

For OKP & MSP applicants -  you have to apply by filling out the candidate registration form of Atlas. You can find this registration form here.

To apply for StuNed you first need to apply online at MSM for the eligible program of your choice. After receiving your application letter of MSM you can apply for a StuNed scholarship at

Reasons to follow the Project Identification, Development and Management course

  • Start off the program with your own project identification via the distance  education component of the program
  • Gain the analytical, technical and managerial insights, and tools for the development and management of development projects
  • Get insight in and enhance you project management skills in the field of leadership, communication, team work and negotiation
  • Share your (critical) ideas on on the development debate and hear about stories in development projects (best and worst practices) from all over the world
  • Receive personal coaching on your individual integration assignment  which you will pitch during the dynamic and stimulating poster presentation round

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

Open enrollment programs

MSM offers a wide portfolio of short open enrollment programs. Our skills-oriented programs will help you to enhance your management and professional knowledge and skills, broaden your mind and develop your personal skills. Additionally we offer policy-oriented programs providing you with the tools and instruments that can help you in developing effective policies for your organization.

Custom made programs

Apart from the Open Enrollment executive programs, MSM offers custom training programs, for the public and private sector, and for the higher and vocational education sector. MSM’s custom programs are tailored to the specific needs and challenges of your organization, making them the perfect tool to strengthen the leadership skills and expertise of the professionals of your organization.