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From September 3-8, 2019, the Center for Good Governance, Gender, Research, Administration, and Development Studies (GRAD) will be offering a cross-certified course on Program / Project Cycle Management.

The course is being offered as a part of the partnership between GRAD, Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization (APPRO) and the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) of Ruhr University Bochum (Germany).

The course will be delivered in Kabul, Afghanistan, by Dr. Dennis Dijkzeul, Professor of Conflict and Organization at the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) of Ruhr University Bochum (RUB), Germany. On completing this course and passing the tests, the candidates will be awarded 5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) by Ruhr University Bochum.

The course is designed for professionals from Afghan civil society organizations and public institutions, as part of the NAP 1325 Monitor, a project on the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS). NAP 1325 Monitor is funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) and implemented by Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization (APPRO) in Afghanistan.

The course will be delivered in Kabul, Afghanistan, for six consecutive days, from 9:00AM to 4:00PM, on September 3-8, 2019. 

About This Course

Recognizing the need for better state-civil society relations through a shared understanding of roles, responsibilities and common objectives to meet WPS objectives, this course has been designed to simultaneously engage civil society actors and government authorities on how best to develop programs and projects to address fundamental societal problems, such as meeting WPS objectives, in combination with the Government of Afghanistan’s laws, policies, programs and action plans.

Application requirements

Participants must be Afghan citizens, have adequate proficiency in the English language, hold an undergraduate degree in one of the social sciences and at least 2 years of relevant experience in program / project management and decision making OR hold a master’s degree in a relevant field and currently working in program / project management.

Admission will be based on the successful completion of an English test.

Application procedure
Applicants will be selected based on application requirements and gender balance. Interested applicants are required to send the following documents before Saturday August 24, 2019, 5PM Kabul time:

  • A scanned copy of the highest academic degree.
  • A full CV including email and telephone contact details.
  • A statement of interest in English (one-page maximum).

Applications are to be submitted via email to, mentioning “Project Management Cross-Certified Course Application” in the subject line.

Accepted applicants will be invited to sit an English test on Monday August 26, 2019.

Results of the selection process will be announced by email on Thursday August 29, 2019.