The standards in this category focus on management of the “nuts and bolts” of projects to ensure a positive impact for the people we serve. The emphasis is on cross-disciplinary collaboration among programming, finance, human resources, procurement and supply chain management, and other operations staff, throughout the project cycle. The standards start with design-phase collaboration to plan a realistic project; highlight comprehensive, detailed planning at start‐up and close‐out; and promote adaptive management during implementation to keep projects on time, on scope, and on budget.
Monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) is a critical part of project management, and is integrated across the standards in this category. Operations and program planning and management standards also address how to effectively engage with local government and other community stakeholders.
Engage beneficiaries, partners, donors, host or local governments and other stakeholders in project close-out evaluation and reflection activities with the intent of learning from and leveraging the project.