Online PDRM program

The online Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program has been modified for 2020, taking into account the 2019/2020 Australian bushfires, the current 2020 global Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, and Climate Change.  This PDRM commences on the 27th July, and will run until the 8th November 2020.  The brochure to this is given below.

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The program consists of five modules, as outlined below.  Participants can take any number of these. If participants take all five modules, and the required follow-up assignments, they are then able, if they are otherwise eligible, to seek Advanced Standing from a number of Master level courses offered by a couple of Australian universities (see Assignment details in the section after the modules). The five modules on offer, and their dates are:

Module 1:      Key Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Issues & Diagrams   –  27th July to 16th August

Module 2:      Participatory Tools, Project Management, and Teaching Tips    –   17th August to 6th September

Module 3:      Risk Management   –  7th to 27th September

Module 4:      Complex Emergencies, Conflict-related Situations, and Pandemics   –  28th September to 18th October

Module 5:      Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) & Climate Change  – 19th October to 8th November

The link to the assignment questions is given below.  As already indicated, eligible participants must complete all five modules. They then must answer three assignment questions, basing their answers on three of the modules in question.  The information below outlines the assignment details, as well as the contact details of the two universities in question,

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The PDRM Registration Form can be downloaded below.  This is in Word format and should be completed and returned to Chris Piper at pipercm@iprimus.com.au.  It includes details of the costs of the modules, assignments (if these are being taken), and possible discounts.

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Train Like a Champion

TorqAid has developed a ‘Train Like a Champion’ (TLC) short article for global humanitarian and development practitioners.  This covers five teaching principles and twelve useful teaching tips. This is largely for individuals who have had no formal teaching or training experience, but yet in their jobs, are required to train or facilitate others.  This ‘one page’ article has been developed by Chris Piper, the TorqAid CEO, from his teaching experience both across Australia and overseas.  He is both a global humanitarian expert, as well as being a qualified, skilled and experienced adult educator, teacher and university lecture.  Follow the link below to this TLC ‘one pager’.

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These  TLC teaching principles and tips are also included in Module 2 (Participatory Tools, Project Management, & Teaching Tips) of the online accredited Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program, which runs from the 8th June through to the 20th September 2020. Follow the link below for this PDRM brochure.

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This ‘Train like a Champion’ (TLC) article also lies at the heart of the two day TorqAid ‘Train like a Champion’ (TLC) workshop, as well as that of the longer Humanitarian Train Like a Champion (HTLC) workshop (see details in next section).  The two-day TLC workshop is ideal for teaching essential training skills to international development staff based in either a support office, or out in the field.  The workshop is highly participative and practical. Follow the link below for a copy of this.

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This TLC workshop has also been expanded into a three day TorqAid ‘Humanitarian Train like a Champion’ (HTLC) workshop. The first day focuses on an introduction to humanitarian issues globally, with the afternoon including a case study of the humanitarian situation facing the Rohingya refugees (as well as Bangladesh host communities) in Cox’s Bazar District, Bangladesh. This particular scenario has been chosen, as a sophisticated, and well documented, humanitarian program has developed there since the latest large exodus of Rohingya refugees started arriving in early September 2017.  Chris also has worked in Bangladesh before, with his most recent mission being with the UN in Cox’s Bazar for three months in mid 2018. The second and third day of the HTLC are similar in content to the TLC, but with more emphasis on humanitarian issues and examples.  This HTLC workshop is ideal for global humanitarian practitioners, whether this be as part of their pre-departure orientation, or as on the field capacity building. Follow the link below for a copy of this 3 day HTLC workshop.

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Twelve Teaching Tips

In order to become an effective teacher, trainer or facilitator, individuals ideally need a combination of the following:

  • A high standard of relevant academic, professional and/or technical expertise
  • An understanding of pedagogy and andagogy (adult learning) principles
  • Good personal and inter-personal attributes and skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good facilitation skills

TorqAid has produced a ‘one pager’ which summarises Twelve Teaching Tips which can contribute to an individual become a great teacher. Follow the link below for these Tips.

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This article can be found in the TorqAid Toolkit, a useful compendium of resources for the development or humanitarian practitioner. Follow the link below to the Toolkit.

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Project Management Cycle

The Project Management Cycle (PMC) has been developed and, with input from PPM (see below) students, modified by TorqAid since 2002. This diagram illustrates the three key Stages of any community development project, namely Planning, Implementation, and Post-Implementation.  Enclosed below is a jpeg copy of the landscape version of the PMC, which can also be found at www.torqaid.com/resources.

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The PMC is a key tool in the teaching of the TorqAid accredited Participatory Project Management (PPM) workshop.  PPM is also one of the five key modules components of the accredited Disaster Risk Management (DRM) program.  Follow the links below for links to the generic PPM and DRM workshops.

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The PMC is also an essential tool in the development of the Project Design Document (PDD).  The PDD includes all the essential material required for a proposed project, and can be used for project proposals and submissions. Follow the link below for a link to the PDD template.

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Online DRM Program

The accredited TorqAid online Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program has been running since mid 2016, but this will now close at the end of June 2020. The program name was changed from ‘Disaster Risk Management (DRM)’ in 2019.  There are five modules on offer, namely Key Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Issues; Recent Global Disasters; Risk Management; Participatory Project Management (PPM); and Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (CHEs).  Follow the link below to this program brochure

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When accompanied by follow-up assignments, the online PDRM is granted Recongition of Prior Learning at Masters levels with specific courses offered by a couple of Australian universities.  The link below includes details of these two university series of courses, together with the assignments on offer.

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If you are interested in registering for this online PDRM, please complete the ‘Intention to Register’ Form below. We are aiming to commence our next cohort of students in early 2020.

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PPM Training

Since 2002, TorqAid has facilitated over 65 Participatory Project Management (PPM) workshops both across Australia and overseas.  Australian locations have included some specialist work with indigenous communities.  PPM is now taught in two formats, namely as contracted PPM accredited workshops by individual clients; and as the Module 4 (PPM) of the online accredited Disaster Risk Management (DRM) program.  Follow the links below to the generic PPM workshop; the online DRM program; and an overview of the DRM module 4 (PPM).

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PPM training covers the following topics, although these can be customised to meet client’s specific requirements:

  • Understanding the background context
  • Relationship building and guiding principles
  • Spatial dimensions
  • Overall framework – Project Management Cycle (PMC)
  • Stakeholders; vulnerability issues; power structures; and stakeholder coordination
  • Brainstorming and ranking community strengths and challenges
  • Key participatory tools and techniques
  • Logical framework approaches
  • Identifying baseline data and objectives.  Time-lines.  Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) framework
  • Financial and risk management
  • Capacity building and administration issues
  • Developing a Project Design Document (PDD), and proposal writing
  • Implementation and post-implementation strategies (including sustainability)
  • Example of a successful community level project

As background material to this, we are including a few complementary articles:

  1. So what is participatory project management
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2. The TorqAid Toolkit

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3. Two participatory tools, namely the Ten Seed Technique (TST) and the seasonal calendar

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4.  Teach like a Champion (capacity building)

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5.  The Project Design Document (PDD) template/format

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TorqAid Training

Chris Piper, the TorqAid CEO, is an experienced Global Humanitarian & Development Practitioner, teacher/trainer/facilitator, and researcher.  With regards teaching/training/facilitation in the global humanitarian/development sector, four separate, but complementary, levels of training are offered:

  • Accredited 3-4 day Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) and Participatory Project Management (PPM) workshops
  • A new two day Train like a Champion (TLC) workshop, as well as a three day Humanitarian Train like a Champion (HTLC) workshop
  • A series of seven, mainly PDRM related, Short Courses (SCs)
  • An online PDRM program

Over the past 16 years, Chris has faciliated over 110 PDRM and Participatory Project Management (PPM) workshops across Australia and overseas.   These workshops can be customised and delivered to individual clients. The links to the generic PDRM and PPM workshops are given below.

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A new ‘Train Like a Champion’ (TLC) program has been introduced towards the end of 2019.  This includes a ‘one-pager’ on TLC teaching techniques and tips; a two day TLC program; and a three day ‘Humanitarian Teach Like a Champion’ (HTLC) program.  Follow the links below to these three separate TLC components .

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There are a series of seven Short Courses (SCs), and the link to these is www.torqaid.com/short-courses

The online PDRM is currently under review, with a new program to be introduced in early 2020.  The link to this online program is given below.

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TorqAid Toolkit

The TorqAid Toolkit is a really useful, practical and easy-to-use resource for the Global Development or Humanitarian Practitioner, as well as for the  volunteer, student, or just individual interested in international development.  The Toolkit (see link below) is updated regularly, with the most recent version being that of May 2020. There are two main sections to this, the first being a summary of training options offered by TorqAid; and the second some useful key articles.  The link to the Toolkit is given below:

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Teach like a Champion

Enclosed are twelve ‘Teach like a Champion’ (TLAC) teaching tips. One of the challenges facing development and humanitarian practitioners in the field is that they are invariably and regularly faced with teaching and capacity building situations. These tips are designed for those people who have not necessarily received any formal training in the art and science of teaching.

Click here to download the Teach like a Champion tips

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The TLAC tips are included in Module 9 (Final Comments) of the accredited Participatory Project Management (PPM) workship.  See the link below for this.

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Ten Seed Technique (TST) and Seasonal Calendar

Both the Ten Seed Technique (TST) and Seasonal Calendar are brilliant practical and easy-to-use tools in the field. The TST can be used in both humanitarian and development situations, and, with regards the former, easily adjusts to the ISO 31000 risk management process.  An example of a TST and seasonal calendar is included here from a Participatory Project Management (PPM) training workshop in West Bengal, India.

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TorqAid has used the TST & ISO 31000 process in a number of overseas humanitarian assignments, these including Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) work in Vanuatu and Laos, and Disaster Risk Management (DRM) training in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh (as part of the Rohingya refugee support program there). Note the link below to the CBDRM exercise in Vanuatu.

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