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PM4DEV - The Roles Responsibilities and Skills of Project Managers

PM4DEV - The Roles Responsibilities and Skills of Project Managers



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Published by: Paola Diaz on Jun 06, 2009
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The Roles,Responsibilities andSkills in ProjectManagement
pm4dev, 2007 –management for development series ©
The Project Management Roles and Responsibilitieswww.pm4dev.com
A methodology to manage developmentprojects for international humanitarianassistance and relief organizations
© IMPACTO4DEV 2007Our eBook is provided free of charge on the condition that it is not copied, modified, published,sold, re-branded, hired out or otherwise distributed for commercial purposes. Please giveappropriate citation credit to the authors and to PM4DEV.Feel free to distribute this eBook to any one you like, including peers, managers andorganizations to assist their project management activities.
The Project Management Roles and Responsibilitieswww.pm4dev.com
Role of the Project Manager
One of the mistakes development organizations make is appointing aproject manager only for the depth of her technical skills. It is notunusual to find a good engineer being promoted to project manager just for her technical competence. While it is true that one must havea good understanding of the technical aspects of the project, theprincipal areas of competence that are required in the managementcompetence areas and these include communicating; planning,negotiating, coaching, decision-making, and leadership. These skillsare often overlooked at the time of hiring or appointing a projectmanager; and they are supplemented by the functional supportprovided by the organizations back-office operations, such asaccounting, human resource and logistics.Another common mistake is the poor definition of the role of theproject manager, usually the job descriptions are too vague and puttoo much emphasis on the technical competencies required for the job,organizations make the mistake to assign the project manager thetasks and activities designed for the project, this may be true forcertain small projects but for most of them the role of the projectmanager is one of integrator, communicator, and facilitator.The project manager is the ultimate person accountable for the projectshe is the one whose job it is to make sure the project gets done, andwould be the principal contact person for the donor, beneficiaries andthe key stakeholders. As responsible for the project she needs to makekey decisions regarding the management of the resources available tothe project, and to do that the organization’s senior managementneeds to appoint the project manager, and give her the appropriatelevel of responsibility and authority for project direction and control.A Project Manager is also accountable to the Program Manager orOrganization Director, depending on the size of the organization; andis accountable to the beneficiaries for delivering the project asplanned. The Project Manager has the delegated authority to commit

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