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Title: Consultancy Skills in International Cooperation in Health –Evaluation of Health Facilities, Projects and Programmes
Keywords: Planning and programming
Monitoring and evaluation
Consultancy Skills
Country: Germany
Institution: Germany - Heidelberg Institute of Global Health, University of Heidelberg
Course coordinator: Peter Campbell
Date start: 2023-03-27
Date end: 2023-04-07
About duration and dates: 2 weeks next course date 2021-07-12 to 2021-07-23
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location: Institute of Public Health
Im Neuenheimer Feld 365, Room 007
D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany
ECTS credit points: 3 ECTS credits
SIT: 90 SIT (75 contact hours + 15 self-study hours)
Language: English
At the end of the course the participants will be able to:
• Identify, adapt and use principles, processes and tools for evaluation of health facilities, projects and programmes
• Use key consultancy tools and mechanisms
• Apply the principles of effective writing in evaluations
• Use team building and team management skills
• Analyse personal skills to develop a consultancy career plan
Assessment Procedures:
Assessment is based on two individual assignments:
- 40 % of the overall grade is assessment against specified criteria of group presentations (20 minutes) of an evaluation exercise by facilitator (70%) and peer (30%).
- 60 % of the grade is facilitator assessment of an individual consultancy plan exercise (6-8 pages).
If the student fails to reach the passing grade of 60% (average from both assessments), s/he will be required an individual written assignment (2000 words proposal on a topic negotiated between the student and the coordinator) to be submitted not later than 2 weeks after receiving coordinator’s comments.
The course includes the following topics:
• Evaluation and Consultancy: The Basics
• Key Principles, Methods and Tools in Evaluation
• Using Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in Evaluation
• Basic Skills of an Evaluator as an Individual and as a Team Member including team role play session
• Planning an Evaluation in a low or middle income setting
• Effective Writing Techniques, including Report Writing
• Critical Review of Evaluation Reports
• Designing and Providing Effective Feedback to Different Stakeholders
• The Consultants Reference Points: Client Requirements and Regulations
• Terms of Reference in your Consultancy Practice
• Planning a Consultancy Career
• Critical Analysis and Coaching on Individual Consultancy Career Plan
• Cultural and Ethical Aspects of Consultancy
• The Consultant: Expectations and Experiences
The course uses interactive lectures (20 hrs) case studies (10 hrs), evaluation reports and tools (30 hrs), discussions with international consultants (4 hrs), individual and group exercises, plenary discussions (10.5 hrs.), individual self-study (15 hrs.) and individual coaching session (0.5hrs).
English TOEFL: Computer based >237; Paper based >580; Internet based >90; IELTS > 6.5. (Or as requested at respective English taught home institute = tropEd enrolment sufficient)
Maximum number of students (including tropEd students): 25
first come, first serve
Fees: 1.000,- EUR for tropEd students, 1.500 EUR for others
Scholarships: None
Major changes since initial accreditation:
Increased time spent on coaching of individuals for their consultancy careers and standardized the coaching methods between facilitators. Improved role play activities and participatory methods for inputs on cultural and ethical aspects of evaluation and consultancy. Lengthened the session on consultant Terms of Reference including the associated exercise.
Student evaluation:
The course has again been consistently evaluated as excellent since the previous tropEd reaccreditation. Students consistently ask for more courses that can improve their ability to plan careers. The intensity of the course is an area some participants find challenging but is generally appreciated by most.
Lessons learned:
Participants would like more courses on development of personal competencies such as communication skills, writing, and time management. Open and honest engagement with the students and coaching them on their personal skills pays off in the long run. We hear from former participants in the course that they have been successful in their consultancy careers and have used skills learned in the course in furthering their careers.
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in Heidelberg, September 2003. Re-accredited in Paris, May 2008, in June 2013 and in March 2018. This accreditation is valid until March 2023.
Remarks: Early registration recommended - also for tropEd students - as course is usually in high demand.
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Date Of Record Creation: 2012-01-09 23:17:33 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2012-01-10 05:29:34 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2018-06-10 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2023-01-09 07:01:13 (W3C-DTF)

Fifteen years of the tropEd Masters in International Health programme: what has it delivered? Results of an alumni survey of masters students in international health

L. Gerstel1, P. A. C. Zwanikken1, A. Hoffman2, C. Diederichs3, M. Borchert3 and B. Peterhans2

1 Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
3 Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Charite – Universit€atsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany