THE KING SALMAN HUMANITARIAN AID & RELIEF CENTRE: Project Cycle Management (PCM) Design and Training 

2016

GEG WAS HIRED BY THE KING SALMAN HUMANITARIAN AID & RELIEF CENTRE, THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA’S LEAD AGENCY FOR THE COORDINATION AND MANAGEMENT OF THE KINGDOM’S HUMANITARIAN DONOR AID, TO DESIGN, IMPLEMENT AND MANAGE THE ROLLOUT OF A NEW PROJECT CYCLE MANAGEMENT (PCM) GUIDE.  THIS GUIDE, ALONG WITH TRAINING IN ITS APPLICATION OF KSRELIEF OPERATIONS AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT STAFF, PROVIDED A BEST-PRACTICED BASED PLATFORM TO ENSURE EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT IDENTIFICATION, DESIGN AND DELIVERY OF IMPACTFUL PROJECTS FUNDED BY THE KINGDOM AND IMPLIMENTED BY KEY PARTNERS SUCH AS THE UN SYSTEM, THE RED CROSS/RED CRESCENT MOVEMENT, INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL INGO’S AND AFFECTED GOVERNMENT AID AGENCIES

Background: In 2016 GEG was retained by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s “King Salman Humanitarian Aid & Relief Centre” (KSRelief) to carry out a review of the Centre’s Project Cycle Management (PCM) systems and to design and deliver a “a user-friendly, practical and logical” PCM Guide. This Guide would be used to establish current best practice in humanitarian project management for the Kingdom to support, guide, refer and facilitate the KSRelief Project Management staff in the identification, analysis, selection, preparation and delivery of appropriate partner-implemented projects during disasters and conflicts and train key staff in the use and application of the guide.  GEG has experience in this sector of Disaster Management and has engaged previously with similar organisations in parallel institutional enhancement of systems and tools geared towards improved donor fund management.

Requirement: When the KSRelief Centre was established in 2015 to be the sole coordinating agency for the delivery of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s very considerable and high profile humanitarian funding efforts, it was clear that a high level of accountability and quality control was expected from the Royal Court, the government and the people of the country.  To ensure the Centre meet these expectations the senior management contracted the design and delivery of a systemized and effective tool to shape a high quality platform that would provide the information, solutions and operational structure to permit informed decision making in the Centre. The tool allows and ensures the selection of most efficient, effective, appropriate and sustainable projects for the Kingdom to support.

GEG Contribution: GEG deployed an experienced and highly-qualified professional team of Project and Operations Management Experts with donor systems knowledge and technical skills to design a customized PCM Guide. At the specific request of the Senior Director this should be practical, logical and usable and commensurate with both the current and future skills and competencies of the Centre Operations staff. As requested, GEG completed a plan of action, start-up inception consultations, and detailed interviews with key staff over a period of several months with regular visits to ensure client engagement. The PCM guide is a compact and detailed, but highly useable tool in both English and Arabic that meets the very special needs of this important international donor government, yet still reflected the best of international donor funding and operational practice, needs and objectives.

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