HomeSERVICES

PMDC SERVICES AND CONSULTANCY AREAS

 

PMDC has dedicated expertise and extensive experience working with clients drawn from Not for Profit organisations, Government agencies, corporate organisations and development partners, in the following thematic areas.

1. Strategy, planning and programme development.
2. Governance and Leadership.
3. Development research support services including baseline surveys, mid-term and end term project evaluations, Impact assessments, value chain assessments etc.
4. Organizational development and Change Management.
5. Knowledge Management and Documentation.
6. Systems development; Finance and Human Resources.
7. Participatory methodologies
8. Economic strengthening

G    

Governance and Leadership

PMDC aims at supporting members of governing bodies and staff to provide effective leadership and good governance to their organizations. It is only through a system of strong organizational governance that beneficiaries can be assured that an organisation established on their behalf is indeed serving their best interests. Keys issues considered include: An overview of organizational Leadership and Governance; roles and responsibilities of CSOs governing bodies; principles of good governance and building effective boards. This is achieved by undertaking board inductions, training, succession planning, mentoring and coaching.

 

Development Research, Evaluations and Assessments

We have strong expertise in conducting needs assessments, baseline surveys, mid-term and end- term project evaluations, impact assessments and value chain assessment. We have strong skills and knowledge in using quantitative and qualitative approaches and analysis techniques.

 

Organisation development and Change Management

PMDC conducts a variety of OD and change management interventions through a highly participatory approach involving Board, Management, Staff, volunteers and external stakeholders of client organizations. Ideally the process will start with a facilitated organisational capacity self assessment. These assessments provide a systematic way of identifying organisational strengths and gaps and the change requirements. A capacity development plan that is demand driven and prioritises institutional strengthening activities is developed for a specific period of time, usually 1 year. The process of capacity development will focus on the people, supporting them to have the right attitudes and implement relevant business and programme processes that bear positive results over time.
PMDC understands that change management is a political process and the need to understand underlying emotive and cultural currents that shape the landscape. PMDC tries to make the process participatory, clarifying expectations at every stage and fostering openness. Our OD professionals provide interventions through the approach depicted in the figure below which entail application of various methods and tools (including series of workshops, individual and group interviews, literature review and team meetings) that yield excellent results for clients.

 

Knowledge management and Project Documentation

PMDC documents and disseminates best practices in the fields of development, governance and gender. It aims to conduct innovative research in partnership with practitioners and implementing agencies of the state and civil society. Through participatory monitoring, evaluation and documentation techniques it aims to build a strong knowledge base and serve to provide policy input based on gaps identified, best practices documented and recommendations from the field.
Knowledge management can be done internally or taken as an activity at a point in time. It involves targeted research, policy analysis, and documentation of these findings into research reports and other organizational outputs, e.g., newsletters and videos (for internal and external sharing). The reports and outputs are then shared with the clients, partners, and wider public for information as a way of creating awareness, documenting success and raising questions that can be used to inform policy decisions.

 

Organization systems audits and development

PMDC consultants will work closely with your management team and staff to review, strengthen and develop human resources and finance systems. The Human Resource management involves providing services like staff recruitment, job evaluations as well as development of human resource systems and policies. The finance management systems development and analysis involves reviewing of relevant institutional financial and non-financial documentation such as constitution, finance and accounting policies and procedure manuals, financial reports, financial systems, audit and accounts management, onsite visit for consultation, sampling financial data; reviewing bank reconciliations; conducting face to face interviews with staff and key stakeholders to assess the competency and skill gaps of the staff. Other areas of intervention include development, advising on information communication and Technology solutions.

 

Participatory Methodologies

PMDC has been very involved in the development and application of participatory development approaches and this has come to guide all of our work. These approaches build on best practice in pro-poor development focusing on a set of principles and a framework for understanding people's needs, priorities and livelihoods. We have undertaken a range of work in developing participatory approaches to sustainable development. We have conducted baseline surveys, monitoring and evaluations, and impact assessments of development programs in public and civil society sector using participatory methodologies. We design performance monitoring and evaluation systems, including tracking and outcome mapping tools.
In addition we have made presentations and facilitated workshops, where we have contributed to emerging thinking on participatory methodologies. Learning-by-doing is built into all PMDC work, as part of action learning. We provide training and facilitation skills based on adult learning methodologies.

 

Economic strengthening

Economic strengthening is critical and can be promoted through mitigating economic vulnerability and increasing the ability to cope with shocks brought about by socio economic and cultural issues. Economic strengthening interventions should take into account the targets' readiness and capacity to succeed when determining whether a particular economic strengthening activity is appropriate. Therefore PMDC consultants take time conduct initial assessments from which action plans will be drawn and interventions identified.

STAY IN THE LOOP. FOLLOW PMDC    

Quotes from Clients.

Dr. Martin Kollman, Vice Chair of International Coalition for Trachoma Control (ICTC)

"We needed a strategy that would define a global coalition, unite and focus a diverse group of stakeholders and deliver results. Against this challenging back drop Ian Vale and John Batten at PMDC succeeded in ensuring we developed a consensus on our goals, how we would work together to achieve them and commit the resources required for success."