EPM 314 - Education Sector Project Design

22 September 2021 to 26 November 2021
Application deadline: 
6 August 2021
1,600 USD (individual) | 1,400 USD (country group of 4)

Practical information and application

Due to the consequences of COVID-19 pandemic, IIEP Specialized Courses Programme will exceptionally be delivered remotely in 2021. The course Education Sector Project Design consists of a 8-week online training (4 October - 26 November 2021) involving 12-15 work hours per week. It is preceded by a 12-day preliminary phase (22 September – 3 October) to get acquainted with the e-learning platform and to meet the other participants and IIEP instructors.

Admission to this course is open to all candidates who meet the requirements.
The number of places made available is limited. To apply, please use the online Application Form which contains complete information on the required documents. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Course objectives

To provide participants with the necessary competencies and technical skills to design, monitor and evaluate development aid programmes and projects for the education sector.

At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Analyse the features characterizing the evolving international aid environment, including the new SDG commitments;
  • Design a project document, applying the Logical Framework Approach (LFA), linked to a Theory of Change;
  • Use current approaches for programme and project identification, preparation, monitoring and evaluation within a sector-wide planning approach;
  • Explain the conditions that contribute in making project negotiations successful;
  • Present a project proposal in a compelling manner.


  1. Aid instruments for education sector development: This component sets the stage by introducing the context in which programme and project design takes place. After a critical review of programme-based approaches and their importance, sector financing is examined (modes of external financing and changing aid instruments, etc.) as well as the different forms of aid. This is mainly through plenary sessions and discussions. 
  2. Programming approaches, techniques and tools: This component provides an overview of the main approaches, techniques and tools currently used for the identification, preparation, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of education programmes and projects. The main approach and tool for programme/project identification and design used in the course is the Logical Framework Approach (LFA), but the course also relates the LFA to other approaches to developing theories of change that inform the design of the LFA. Approaches to the monitoring and evaluation of programme/project implementation are presented and discussed. Donor requirements concerning the inclusion of cross-cutting themes in education programmes are analysed using recent examples. Modalities to negotiate project funds with various donor agencies are introduced. This component consists of plenary sessions and a practical exercise. Participants work in groups with an IIEP instructor on the design of a project. As a group, they write a project document. At the end of the course, all teams defend their projects and their presentations are debated.


No pre-requisites.

Participants' profiles

In addition to the criteria mentioned in the introduction, education development personnel from Ministries of Education and related national organizations, national and international NGOs and development, involved in the preparation, implementation and monitoring of projects or programmes.


This specialization course is held online in a “virtual classroom”. Our e-learning platform (Moodle) is user-friendly and adapted to the participants’ needs, allowing practice-oriented training and collaborative learning approach. Teaching-learning activities span a variety of interactive modules, resources and tools, including discussion forums, video and audio instructional contents, web conferencing, wikis, blogs, quizzes, and more.

Check minimum system requirements

The working methods call for active involvement of and contribution from each participant. Courses combine different working modalities: individual work, group work and interaction with the IIEP instructors and participants from other countries to enable constructive interactions and knowledge sharing.