3rd Cyclical Management and Leadership training


From 11-15 January, SEAD/SEADWest held virtually the first session of the 3rd cohort of cyclical management and leadership training to strengthen management and leadership capacities of its partner institutions.

This 3rd round of the cyclical management & leadership training aimed at staff in the institutions with a long term or permanent middle management position, more specifically non-academic middle management and long term academic middle management of IPRC’s, UR (CAVM,CBE, CST) and INES Ruhengeri.

Design of the overall training is based on the Competing Values Framework and the Plan-Do-Check-Act management cycle, with a focus on initiating and implementing the role of management.

The first session of the 3rd cyclical management training was facilitated by Leo Kerklaan assisted by Charesa Chote who took the participants through the fundamentals of planning & monitoring,  including; Introduction to strategy development; Strategic concepts for UNI’s and HEI’s; The strategy life cycle; SWOT analysis, mapping challenges, Modelling strategy, setting objectives and deliverables; From strategic objectives to preparing implementation; Workable work: a time phased action plan, learning while doing; Different ways of monitoring; Use critical success factors to detect the best KPI; How to develop the right KPI, analysing the actual performance of participants’ institutes/departments in relation to external developments; Initiating improvement and developing implementation plans and monitoring performance.

After the first training session, the participants were given an assignment to really make them understand and reflect on what they learnt. It was a very useful training as indicated by one of the participants ‘’we really learnt a lot in this training; the most important thing I learnt in the first session was how to engage team members or stakeholders through participative decision making in this process’’ Hakizimana Bonaventure, career development and guidance specialist Rwanda Polytechnic  

After all the participants had submitted their assignment, few weeks later, the second session took place on 15-19 February which was facilitated by Rui Miguel Santos. This session focused on Projects & Processes; more specifically on: Insights in fundamentals of projects and processes; Structural elements in a project and how they interact as part of a logical model; Understanding of a project’s life cycle and its different stages; Techniques used for the context analysis leading to the identification of needs and opportunities for potential investors; Be familiar with the planning and budgeting techniques required to formulate a project to tackle the opportunities and needs; and Different types of assumptions and how they interact with the vertical logic.

After these two sessions of M&L, I learnt that demonstrating managerial & leadership courage means letting employees be involved in every activity with the right tools. My knowledge on planning and budgeting techniques was increased as well and I am looking forward to learning more in the next 2 remaining sessions”.  Sindayigaya Francois Xavier Director of planning at IPRC Karongi.

The third session is expected to take place from the 22nd – 26th March which will be facilitated by Miriam Frijns and the last session will be from 26-30 April which will be facilitated by Dr Geert Heling from Maastricht School of Management.

After completing all the four sessions and the related assignments, Participants will receive a diploma from the Maastricht School of Management (MSM).

Since 2018, SEAD has facilitated  two cyclical management and leadership training sessions for staff in higher learning institutions, these trainings are intended to support Participants to initiate and implement institutional change through management and leadership skills in their respective institutions (Universities and IPRCs).

From the first cohort up to now, 64 participants including 14 females from mid and senior-level management of SEAD’s partner institutions have benefited from this program of management and leadership which gives them access to a diploma from Maastricht School of Management University. One of the participants of the second round indicated how useful and impactful this program is ‘’I attended the cyclical leadership and management training organised by the SEAD project when I was still deputy principal at IPRC Gishari. Through this, I understood that there was no best leadership or management technique that can fit in all types of organizational settings. On the contrary, understanding my true self (strength and weakness) and learning the given organization culture and human behaviour helped me to perform better. I believe that this has also opened my leadership horizons to the new position of being Principal of IPRC Karongi. Being a learner, I am ready to use the leadership skills which would best suit my organizational setting’’ Ingabire Dominique, principal, IPRC Karongi.

Source: SEAD

About SEADWest
The SEAD-West project is managed by Maastricht School of Management (MSM) and is strongly aligned to the currently running SEAD project under Nuffic NICHE. Where SEAD is focusing on the poultry, dairy, horticulture and potato value chains in the Northern, Eastern and Southern provinces, SEAD-West is contributing to food & nutrition security in Western province of Rwanda. The project will build new and strengthen existing partnerships to boost agricultural value chain development and ensures equal opportunities, labor market relevance and strengthening management of the chain actors for sustainability.

Orange Knowledge Programme
This project is part of the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) which is funded by the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by Nuffic. For more information click here

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