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Certificate in International Development Management

Are you and your team looking for training in Leadership and Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL)? Do you want to travel, meet likeminded development workers to network, share stories and experiences, and learn in a supportive and participatory learning environment with our dedicated team of experienced facilitators? Look no further!

Join us for our 3–week Certificate in International Development Management course. We have combined our popular MEAL training with our impactful Leadership and Management in International Development (LMD) training to create a course that will help you to be an efficient and successful manager with excellent monitoring and evaluation skills. Create positive change in your team and projects and get your Certificate in International Development Management.







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Why choose this course?

Feel empowered and inspired by our practical approaches to leadership and management, and build up your skills in monitoring, evaluation accountability and learning for positive change on both a personal and organisational level. Our intensive and useful certificate course is for you if you need to implement M&E, make important decisions at a project or programme level, and if you want to make impactful change in your organisation. Our trainers are development practitioners with extensive experience, who provide an open and engaging learning environment. You will have the chance to apply new methodologies and learn using practical and real examples, enhanced with thought-provoking discussion and sharing of experience, making this a leading M&E and management training course.

Travel without the visa stress!

We know that travelling can come with the difficult process of visa applications. That’s why we are holding our training in Brighton, Cape Town and Bangkok – so you can get to the easiest place for you (and reduce your carbon footprint too!). The process to obtain a visa to enter certain countries, particularly the UK, is often lengthy and cannot be guaranteed. We are happy to provide support and assistance during the process however we would recommend that you attend our training in the location that will be easiest for you.

Through a mix of practical activities, theory and case examples, you will learn how to:

• Clarify key results with learning and logical frameworks

• Combine qualitative and quantitative approaches to gather and interpret data

• Develop and work with a practical M&E system

• Leverage your natural ability to lead and prioritise demands

• Understand your learning and leadership preferences and how to adapt them to others’ needs

• Analyse your network and prepare for those new conversations that will make a difference

• Give and receive feedback

• Reflect on your own leadership style and presence

Objectives – MEAL

MEAL fundamentals
• Results approaches: outputs, outcomes and impact
• Relate M&E to your programme and project cycle
• Identify stakeholders and their differing needs and roles
Results framework
• Work with and beyond Log Frames
Theory of Change
• Develop different types of logic models
• Approaches to Theory of Change
Log Frames and Results Frameworks
• Develop indicators at different results levels
• Define your assumptions and risks
• Identify means of verification
Gathering data and information
• Quantitative and qualitative approaches and instruments
• Data organisation, quality assurance and analysis
• Design baseline, evaluation and impact studies
• Participatory data collection methodologies
• Digital and remote MEAL
Reviews and Evaluations
• How to use reviews for agile decision making
• Using baseline data
• Evaluation types and methods
• Developing a ToR (Terms of Reference)
MEAL systems and plans
• Prepare a tailored MEAL plan
• The complete MEAL system
The learning organisation
• Use M&E information and evidence for decision-making
• Identify ways to foster a learning culture
• Become M&E change agents and champions

Objectives – LMD

Setting yourself up for success
• Understanding the differences between leading and managing
• Identify and prioritise demands – what is realistic?
• Identify leadership styles
Understanding the power of your relationships and the nature of your motivation
• Stakeholder and network mapping
• Examine motivation
• Understand what motivates you and your network
Developing individual and team performance
• Linking motivation to skill
• Holding conversations that matter
• The art of feedback
What makes teams effective
• Understanding the nature of teams
• What are the characteristics of effective teams and team leaders
Leading into the future
• Examining power relations
• Exploring leadership presence

Course Dates

This course is currently available as a face-to-face training in Cape Town, South Africa or Bangkok, Thailand and as a tailored training for organisations. Please get in touch to find out more!
Bangkok, Thailand
Application Deadline

Your questions answered

Are there any discount available?

Yes. Please see our fees and discounts page for the latest details and please get in touch if you have further questions.

Will I get certification?

You will receive a certificate on completion of the course, having fulfilled all the course requirements.

Are our training courses accredited?

As a training provider our trainings are accredited by HPass. We are also a member of The Continuing Professional Development Certification Service. Find out more by visiting our accreditation page.

What experience do I need to join one of your courses?

Nearly all our training participants work in international development. This includes working for a government, a private company, a non-government organisation, multilateral organisation, a smaller local projects or programme, or as a freelance consultant.

What level of English do I need for your courses?

All our open courses are delivered in English. You need good spoken English to work effectively with your facilitators and other participants. As much of our course content is technical and we use a participatory approach, you need to be an effective communicator in English. This means an IELTS score of six or above, a paper TOEFL score of 550, or a computer TOEFL score of 210.

Who are your facilitators?

Our course facilitators are expert development practitioners. Their skills and experience come from doing training and consultancy work around the world with different organisations. With expertise grounded in practical experience, we guarantee our training is relevant and up-to-date to the needs of our participants.

What is the IMA training style?

IMA’s training style is participatory and interactive using a blend of short informative lectures and group work. Throughout the courses we give participants opportunities to share experiences, exchange ideas and network with other development practitioners.

How do I enrol on a face-to-face IMA course?

Application Process:

1. Complete your application form
2. IMA reviews your application
3. Your Sponsor confirms budget
4. IMA receives your payment
5. Course is confirmed and you receive your Welcome Pack.
6. Book your flights and accommodation
7. Course starts


If you have any questions regarding your application or sponsorship, please call IMA International on +44 1273 833030.

1. Once you have chosen your course, fill in our online application, please e-mail us if you have any problems.

2. We will assess your application within 3 days.

3. If you have a sponsor, we will contact them.

4. Once we receive the Confirmation of Sponsorship, we will send the invoice, acceptance letter and visa support letter.

5. The invoice is paid.

6. We will confirm your course at least four weeks before the start date. Then send a Welcome Pack for you to go ahead and book flights and accommodation. If we have to cancel the course and you have already paid, we will refund the amount in full.

How do I enrol on an online IMA course?

1: Go to ’’Courses’’ , select a course: you can read more about the specific course here and you can find the application form by clicking on ’’Apply”

2: Send in your application form.

3: IMA’s team will process this within 3 days and send you a confirmation email and invoice, Learning Needs Statement form for you to return before the course starts (this helps our facilitators understand your learning needs) and the Terms and Conditions.

4: Pay your course fee according to the sent invoice.

5: The course is confirmed and the joining instructions are sent one week before the training starts.

Who is the sponsor?

Your sponsor is the person who authorises payment of the course fees. This is usually your manager or training manager. You need to put their contact details on our application form so we know your organisation has authorised your course fees and supports your application. Once we have reviewed your application, your sponsor will need to send us official confirmation of sponsorship.

I don’t have a sponsor or funding. What should I do?

Most of our participants are sponsored by their organisation. If you do not have a sponsor, you will need to find what funding streams are available to you. Although we look for ways to help participants with the course fees, we regret we are currently not able to offer any form of sponsorship or funding.

What is included in the face to face course fees?

Included in the course fee is: tuition (presentations, group activities and one-to-one support throughout), a field visit (where practical) on courses more than five days, a hard copy of training materials (and on USB), course certificate and participant group photo, light refreshments throughout, a social and cultural programme which includes an evening dinner and a 1 to 1 coaching session with a certified coach on our fifteen day courses.

What is included in the online course fees?

Included in the course fee is: tuition (online learning platform, group work, one-to one support throughout), resources and training materials that can be downloaded from our online learning platform, 1 to 1 mentoring session with your trainers 3 months after the training, access to the course and materials for 6 months.

Have a Question?
Why not call and speak to a member of our team. We are always delighted to talk with past or potential clients, and we can talk with you about your specific interests and questions.
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