2012 Senior Management Institute
The Institutional Development Program of the World Blind Union is pleased to announce the 2012 Senior Management Institute (SMI), an organizational management course on disability and social development.
The application deadline for this institute is April 30, 2012. (Click here to skip to application details).
Dates, Duration and Venue
The 2012 SMI will be an eight-week residential course to be conducted from August 20th to October 12th 2012 at the Optima College of the South African National Council for the Blind, Pretoria, South Africa.
Aim Of The Course
The overall aim of the SMI is to provide participants with the knowledge, skills and operational capacity to improve and optimize their organizational practice in the field of disability in development to facilitate social transformation.
Course Completion Requirements
The SMI is a 60-credit course of which 40 credits are earned through workshops, lectures, discussions and presentations, and 20 credits through research, use of the internet and web-CT, assignments, field work, monitoring and evaluation. The course duration consists of 6 weeks of coursework and 2 weeks of field assignment. The successful completion of the course will lead to the award of a Certificate of Competence.
A minimum of 50% is required for the final mark in order to successfully complete the course.
The course pedagogy is geared toward participants and trainers who will learn from one another's experience via a series of seminars and discussions on lessons derived from praxis. A third of the learning experience shall be though a series of classroom seminars and discussions while two-thirds shall be via research, assignments, critical reviews, self-study, internet and field placement.
General areas of study are based on four modules of management and social development: non-governmental organizational management and leadership, disability policy and social transformation, disability service delivery, and monitoring and evaluation.
This course is aimed at managers/directors, senior personnel and senior volunteers in organizations that provide services for persons with visual disability in developing countries. The course requires individuals who are highly motivated and can work with tight timelines in a fast-paced situation.
A minimum of five years working in a leadership or management role (as a staff person or volunteer) with an organization of or for the blind or in the field of disability; post-secondary education, demonstration of proficiency in English in a learning environment; basic keyboard skills and familiarity with Microsoft Word is a priority. All participants are expected to have at least a working knowledge of spreadsheets and familiarity with financial statements and accounting procedures.
Notes To Participants
This course will equip participants with the foundational tools and skills requisite of a leader operating in a new environment that demands inclusivity. Such a leader requires strength in three main areas of operation:
Individuals who are accepted into the course will have to raise funds to cover tuition, room and board. The total fees for the course, including tuition, accommodation and meals is USD 3,500 payable to the IDP. The IDP may subsidise some of these costs; however, this information will be communicated once the selection process is complete.
In addition, successful applicants will need to arrange for their own travel, including airfare, visas, travel and medical insurance, etc., purchase of equipment, personal expenses, and pocket money.
The admission process for the SMI is very competitive as the course can only admit up to a maximum of 20 participants. Applicants are therefore advised to adhere to the application requirements. Any incomplete application shall not be considered.
All applicants must submit the following documents as part of their application dossier:
Applications must be sent to the address below, either electronically or by post, to be received not later than April 30, 2012.
Martin M. Kieti,