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Project Management Unit (PMU)

Overview

The PMU was set up for the coordination and management of projects of NITDA. It maintains the repository for the centralization of project information as well as ensures that standards and processes related to project management are adhered to. The unit works in synergy with other departments, units and external stakeholders.

The PMU ensures that projects meet set budgetary and performance specifications, establish effective line of communication between the Agency, consultants and beneficiaries.

Objectives

The main objective of the PMU is to ensure best practice in management of the Agency’s projects, by ensuring that project management standards are set and adhered to, and facilitating communication amongst stakeholders with a view to ensuring high quality and improvement on project delivery and success rates.

Functions

The PMU’s key functions are to:

  • Provide guidelines (project management standards) on how projects are to run by developing and implementing a consistent and standardized process of managing projects;
  • Ensure project management standards are followed and all projects meet overall project objectives, scope, and deliverables as stated in the project file;
  • Co-ordinate projects with the involvement of stakeholder departments and units in project identification process, project feasibility study, business planning process and development of project specifications, scope and deliverables;
  • Serve as liaison to consultants and beneficiaries. It is critical to the success of project that there is the appropriate communication and liaison with the beneficiary and project consultants in respect of project planning and implementation to ensure buy-in and long term sustainability of the projects;
  • Conduct project management capacity building trainings to allow improving competencies and skills of staff;
  • Manage a centralized database for projects with the collaboration of all stakeholders within the Agency;
  • Prepare all necessary reports to the Management;
  • Monitor and Evaluate: the PMU will be responsible for socio-economic impact assessment, detailing how the Agency’s intervention projects has impacted on the beneficiaries in terms of skills development, beneficiary involvement, community development, partnerships and how the lives of the communities have improved; and
  • Guide and advice with respect to Project Management global best practices.