In May 2013, USAID began a project management training program for the Georgian State Electrosystem (GSE), a state-owned, profit-making electric company that serves all of Georgia.
At an introductory seminar, 29 mid-level GSE managers were introduced to basic project management methodologies, discussed differences between process and project management, identified project phases, and produced documents and communications. Tests taken before and after the training show a 28 percent increase in participant knowledge.
The three-part trainings, which last from May-November 2013, are part of USAID's Human and Institutional Capacity Development PLUS program. The first component will last 13 months and help GSE to develop a new strategic plan, corporate operational plans, key performance indicators, and reconfigured internal processes. Other components will help the company to strengthen its internal audit and procurement functions, and support the staff's professional development.
“The training was very interesting and engaging. I particularly liked that lots of practical examples were discussed and all of them were linked to the energy sector, which really helped us to conceptualize the received knowledge,” remarked one training participant.
In June, 18 additional managers completed a 24-hour project management course, which focused on project initiation, planning, execution and monitoring as well as budgeting and risk management. Pre- and post-training tests showed a 36 percent increase in knowledge. Six senior managers are also taking an advanced training course.
The Human and Institutional Capacity Development PLUS program, which began in 2011, is currently working with more than a dozen public, private and nonprofit Georgian organizations across such areas as energy, governance health care, education and microfinance. The Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation and the Association of Development and Support of Microfinance Associations of Georgia are among the organizations that are receiving USAID assistance.
Last updated: August 23, 2013