Competency assessment of project managers of a national NGO in India

Sandhu, Monisha Vaid, and Liang, Zhanming (2021) Competency assessment of project managers of a national NGO in India. Journal of Health Management, 23 (3). pp. 558-574.

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Public health projects carried out by non-government organisations (NGOs) are considered a critical contributor in the provision of health services to rural population in India. But there is clear lack of documented evidence that describes the capacity and competency of the NGO project managers to successfully design and implement a new project. This article presents findings of an exploratory case study using outreach model of family planning service delivery as an example to understand the steps and actions taken by senior managers throughout the project’s life cycle and competencies required by them to execute the project. Focus group discussion followed by paper-based survey using sections of Management Competency Assessment Tool was conducted with senior managers of the chosen NGO. The results indicate that the strategies developed by the NGO managers are consistent with the existing literature on project management. However, not all managers have the same level of confidence in demonstrating the competencies of (a) knowledge of healthcare environment; (b) evidence informed decision making; and (c) interpersonal, communication qualities and relationship management. The organisation needs to invest in human resource development using mixed approach of providing training, team building activities, mentoring, and support.

Item ID: 69093
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0973-0729
Keywords: NGO, managers, competency assessment, project management, project life cycle
Copyright Information: © 2021 Indian Institute of Health Management Research
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2021 03:08
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420309 Health management @ 50%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420305 Health and community services @ 50%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2003 Provision of health and support services > 200302 Community health care @ 100%
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