This is an intensive ten days training programme specifically designed to introduce women to the theoretical and practical knowledge of management generally and managing from a gender perspective. This senior level programme is meant to equip women in positions of high responsibility with skills for thinking and planning strategically towards excellent performance at the top.
The main objectives are to provide insight into management of change and the many challenges facing women and their environment. Specifically the objectives are to provide the following:
v Knowledge and skills for high degree of flexibility and intellectual ability necessary for successful management of organization.
v Skills and knowledge to lead strategic changes within modern public / private sector organization.
v Opportunities for participant to assess the social, cultural and institutional environment in which they operate and the implications for women.
v Appropriate environment for the formulation of strategies to enhance the development of women in less advantaged positions and to address some of the concerns of women in general.
At the end of the workshop, participants would have acquired the following:
v Developed skills for effectiveness at the work place.
v Developed strategies to enhance successful managerial performance at the top.
v Gained awareness of gender issues in management.
v Acquired skills for personal development.
v Explored ways of developing effective networks; and
v Developed strategies to increase the contribution of other women towards the attainment of organizational goals.
The programme is targeted at Senior Managers and Gender Officers from public and private Sector organizations with relevant educational background and at least 3-5 years of professional experience in Gender and Development:
- Senior Managers
- Gender Desk Officers
- Civil Servants
- Public Servants
- Women Union Leaders
1. Women and Leadership
The challenges of our time have called attention to the need for the involvement of both men and women in leadership more than ever before. The session looks at leadership in general, and women and leadership as an issue. The session examines the differences between management and leadership. There will be practical sessions that will enable participants to assess themselves as leaders and develop strategies to overcome challenges they face at the workplace.
2. Managing from a Gender Perspective
The focus of gender issues in Ghana today should be to create the necessary environment for women to be in the mainstream and play a more vigorous role in the socio-economic activities in the country, especially in top decision making. This means that there must be an equal playing field for both women and men in all aspect of life to develop their full potential. Participants will be exposed to the various gender concepts and definitions and how gender plays out at the workplace.
3. Understanding the Public Sector Structure
The composition of the public sector varies by country. In Ghana the public sector encompasses universal critical services such as national Defense, Police, Education and Health care. The session will explain how the public sector works to promote democracy, public good and a collective interest as well as facilitates the peaceful co-existence and well being of citizens.
4. Dealing with Gender-Based Violence
Violence against women is a consequence of the historically unequal power relations between women and me. It creates obstacles to women’s ability to participate equally with men and have access to and control over the resources and benefits of development. No one deserves to be hit, beaten, threatened, humiliated or otherwise subjected to physical or emotional harm. The session will facilitate participants understanding of gender-based violence (GBV) and equip them with information and skills to recognize GBV and deal with it.
5. Strategic Management
Effective managers around the world recognize the role that strategic management plays in their organizations’ performance. Strategic management provides overall direction to any enterprise. As senior managers, participants need to have the basics of strategy and strategic management for effectiveness and efficiency. Participants will therefore be taken through key strategies for effective management.
6. Policy Making: Perspectives and Experiences
Public Policy examines the major issues and institutions involved in the development and implementation of public policy. The session also surveys some contemporary issues in Ghanaian public policy such as gender, education, health care, welfare programs, and the economy. The focus is not to understand every single fact regarding public policy, but to sharpen participants’ skills in evaluating problems, alternatives, and why these decisions are made. At the end of the session participants will be able to formulate, assess and evaluate public policy. Participants will also gain knowledge of substantive policy issues being discussed and debated in government today. As such, relevant examples and discussions of the current political and policy environment are encouraged and will constitute part of the session.
7. Grant Proposal Writing
This course is intended to prepare participants for developing and writing project proposals and also consider general and specific techniques for its implementation. The course is designed to provide you with the fundamental basics of proposal writing. The course will take you through the common proposal sections step-by step, starting with the executive summary, followed by a needs statement, goals and objectives, activities, personnel, budget, monitoring and evaluation.
8. Performance Management
Most organizations have some type of employee appraisal system and many are experiencing the shortcomings of manual staff evaluation system. The session will facilitate participants’ understanding of the strategic importance of undertaking Performance Appraisal and the purpose of Performance Appraisal. The various contexts and types of Performance Appraisal systems will be explored. Participants will have the opportunity to appreciate the stages in conducting a Performance Appraisal.
9. Board Cultivation & Management
There is a wide recognition that there is an urgent need to include women in corporate governance and as such women’s participation on Boards of organizations/companies is increasing. This session will therefore explore the nature of power dynamics that occur in Board Management. Participants will acquire the skills and knowledge to deal effectively with challenges they face as members of boards or managing board.
10. Strategic Communication
Strategic Communication is an important function which is critical to both managers and their organizations. How do women carry out this necessary function which is a part of their daily routine? Do women managers communicate differently; do their styles affect their fortunes within organizations? Generally, how do women managers view the media, do they nurture and use them to maximum advantage or ignore / shun them to their disadvantage or even peril? Together, participants and facilitator will discuss these issues to be able to appreciate the importance of strategic communication and discharge the function with the seriousness it deserves.
11. Negotiation Skills
Negotiation is important managerial skills. This session will enlighten participants on negotiation processes, common rules, bargaining, concession rules/timings, adjournments, building agreement those works/personal relationships, and various forms of negotiation and lobbying.
12. The Executive Woman and her Health
This session will discuss healthy living with emphasis on preventive health. It will identify health concerns for women particularly in the mid-life stage – menopausal stage – will examine the implications of the demands of the managerial position on women’s health, sources of stress and how to enhance one’s general well being. The participants will have the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the salient factors affecting their health, especially issues of HIV/AIDS, STDs and the Cancers.
13. Management Skills & Functions
This session will explain in-depth the Management process. Participant would understand the managerial functions and also be able to identify the strategies for performing such functions and roles efficiently and effectively. Participant will also be introduced to the concept of Time Management where they will be made to see time as a primary resource of organizations, discover our current time management patterns, identify the biggest time wasters and handle them efficiently, understand the importance of planning & time management and identify tips and strategies for managing time.
14. Managing Time for Peak Performance
Time management is a necessity to everyone specially managers as it determines an activity’s completion time and scope. It is a range of skills, tools, and techniques used to manage time when accomplishing specific tasks, projects and goals. This session will help the participants build the necessary skills for effective time management.
15. Advocacy Skills
This session will help the participants to build the necessary advocacy skills for high impact presentation. Through discussions, participants will develop persuasive presentations skills and be able to identify the needs and expectations of prospective audiences. Participants will be equipped with the necessary tools and techniques to organise, structure and deliver effective presentations.
Participants will be introduced to the basic steps in delegation, factors that cause reluctance to delegate, tasks that cannot be delegated, how to delegate effectively, benefits of delegation. At the end of the session participants will know that delegation will be equipped with necessary skills to use delegation as a tool of management. Participants will become aware of the fact that delegation of responsibility does not mean abdication of responsibility by the delegating party but rather every management process should involve delegation.
17. Action plans
As part of the programme, participants will be expected to develop individual Action Plans to improve the work of their organization. Participants must therefore come prepared with relevant documents for the plan. The plans will be presented in to the class before the closing ceremony.
The Action Plan will assist participate to analyze the ff:
- The current situation in an organization
- Identify areas for improvement
- Changing roles in your particular sector and particularly determine the impact of your work within.
- Formulate a change plan in your organization in relation to the changing role
- Identify possible challenging areas
- Pinpoint the cause of the identified problems.
- Select these solutions
- Review the issues and map out SMART actions for improvement.
The learning process will engage participants through lectures, public sector visits, field trips, syndicate/group discussions and development/presentation of Action Plans; during the course, participants are expected to incorporate elements from the course programme into Action Plans (APs). After returning from the course the home organization is expected to support the participant in implementing the Action Plan.
The course is co-funded by the Danida Capacity Development Support Programme. After participants have been selected, the Danida programmes/projects are charged a non-refundable amount of DKK 5,000 per participant per tutorial week. Total funding needs are DKK 10,000 (approx. USD 1400). This includes study fee, accommodation, insurance, international travel and allowances.
PLACE OF STUDY
Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Accra, Ghana
The full course schedule can be seen here.