The Certificate in Practical International Affairs Management program is a 4-day workshop intended for newly recruited employees and contractors working in an international affairs environment, either abroad or in an international secretariat at home. The workshop is specifically designed to provide skills and develop competencies for the effective management and administration of international projects, programs and relations.

This workshop will next be offered: POSTPONED. The dates or Tuesday August 12 to Friday August 15, 2014 are now cancelled.  New dates TBD shortly.

  • Registration:  Registration for this workshop is temporarily closed. Please check frequently for new dates and the revised registration form.
  • Training Location: Room 3112 River Building, Carleton University
  • Parking: available on campus
  • Time: 9 AM – 4 PM, daily
  • Program Fee: $800.00 + HST until July 28, 2014.  $ 1000.00 + HST thereafter.
    • Student Fee: $400 + HST (Includes Full and Part Time students at Canadian post-secondary institutions and APSIA member institutions around the world)
    • Carleton Alumni (including NPSIA-PT&D Alumni and Ottawa Diplomat Members); $600.00 + HST

The workshop consists of 6 integrated modules that include:

  1. International Management Challenges – this module provides participants with a scan of the international management environment. Participants will then discuss and analyze international operations / business practice.
  2. International Partnership Management – participants are introduced to critical elements of managing diverse symmetrical and asymmetrical stakeholder relations across industry, professional and socio-ethnic cultures.
  3. International Project Management – participants are introduced to project management cycle elements and tools and will draft a project plan.
  4. International Performance Management – Working to Performance – this module addresses the question “what is performance management and performance in the project cycle?” Participants will learn about international standards for organizational, project and program performance. Participants will be introduced to and will work with performance tools including Management Accountability Framework (MAF), Results Based Management (RBM) and Outcome Mapping (OM).
  5. International Procurement Management – participants are introduced to the challenges of securing goods, services and the necessary resources for the successful completion of international projects and programs.  Critical attention is paid to accountable and ethical management practices and the challenges faced where no institutional accountability structure exists.
  6. Communicating and Networking Internationally – participants will address the issues of managing information, drafting effective communication and networking in intercultural settings.

Learning objectives of the workshop:

  • identifying issues and challenges in international affairs management
  • learn basic elements of strategic planning when managing diverse international partners in a cross-cultural environment
  • the basics of international project management: managing without authority, what it means, what to do
  • the significant elements, components and tools for effective project management
  • the meaning and measuring of performance in international projects; the move to standardize
  • employing tools for performance management; MAF’s, Risk Assessment, Outcomes Mapping
  • assessing risk and making ethical decisions in the procurement of resources for project / program completion
  • better communication and communicating across cultures

Who should participate?

The Certificate in Practical International Management, while intended for recent international affairs practitioners ( 0 – 2 years ), is also ideal for recent University and College graduates, professionals seeking re-entry into the job market and individuals generally interested in an international career or international work at home or abroad.


wjcowie William Cowie has spent over thirty years in international development work and in the study of international relations and global economics. He has worked on various international assignments in Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, China, Mali, and Trinidad and has done so with numerous agencies including the International Development Research Centre, Canadian International Development Agency, Industry Canada, Canadian Cooperative Federation, and Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Africa Capacity Building Foundation and the Canadian Institute of Planners.