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Executive Education

WSG consistently offers a wide range of specialised and flexible courses in specific management areas including: health, education, development, housing, public and development finance, public and development management, crime and policing, humanitarian assistance, social security, defense and peacekeeping, policy, governance, leadership, monitoring and evaluation.

Short courses are delivered in a variety of models, which include single blocks of study, block-release sessions over a number of months, workshops, breakfast seminars, or a combination of these options.

Courses on offer

Certificate in Municipal Finance and Supply Chain Management

This programme is designed for municipal employees with financial and supply-chain responsibility, including accounting officers, chief financial officers, Section-56 managers and their supply chain officials. You will gain theoretical knowledge and practical tools in strategic leadership and management, strategic financial and performance management, operational financial management and supply chain management. The course will provide you with the competencies required in terms of the Municipal Finance Management Act no 56 of 2003 and 2007 Municipal Regulations on Minimum Competency levels. 

For more details, please email: shortcourses.wsg@wits.ac.za or call Zibusiso Manzini-Moyo on (011) 717-3505.

 

Public sector governance and risk management

AIM OF THE COURSE

This course will help deepen understanding and equip public sector managers, risk managers, finance managers and practitioners to set-up, manage and maintain an effective and value-added risk management system that timely identify and mitigate risks. It will help provide management reports with key information regarding risk exposure threatening the organisation's objectives and viability and identify and mitigate emerging strategic risks which require management's attention. Participants will be exposed to public sector legislation and regulations in South Africa as well as to the public sector governance and risk guidelines.

DURATION:  4 weeks of class over 4 months

COURSE CONTENT

UNDERSTANDING RISK MANAGEMENT

This module will look at defining risks and expose to different categories of risks in the public sector. Participants will also look at the interrelatedness of the risks and how they impact on each other. 

GOVERNANCE OF RISKS IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR

Students will be given an overall view of governance in the public sector and how risk management affects overall achievement of the organisation's objective. This module will also provide guidance on organisational structure and responsibilities related to risk reporting.

RISK BY RISK IDENTIFICATION, MEASUREMENT AND MANAGEMENT

This module will cover operational risk management, financial risk management, legal risk management, and ethical and reputational risk management.

REPORTING RISKS FOR DECISION MAKING

This module will focus on providing guidelines on effective mechanisms of reporting risks to aid both internal and external decision-making. 

CONTACT PERSON: Call Zibusiso Manzini-Moyo on (011) 717-3505 or email: shortcourses.wsg@wits.ac.za

 

 

Public Enterprises Governance, Performance and Economic Development Certificate

In this course you will be skilled to improve impact and overall performance of commercial and non-commercial state owned companies. The course will also focus on improving governance and leadership functions at state owned companies and enhance the strategic and ethical role of public leaders in representing the people and ensuring that government and state institutions meet their developmental mandates.

You will be skilled to advance the professional capabilities of public leaders and use appropriate oversight strategies and tools to monitor and evaluate the implementation of government's priorities, plans and programmes. Understand the development of policy and strategy in the context of markets and state intervention.

For more details, please email: shortcourses.wsg@wits.ac.za or call Zibusiso Manzini-Moyo on (011) 717-3505.

Public Finance and Fiscal Management

The certificate programme was developed as a response to the need in the public service for increased capacity in the area of public finance and financial management. This course will equip participants with the technical, analytical and functional skills for public financial and fiscal policy management.

For more details, please email: shortcourses.wsg@wits.ac.za or call Zibusiso Manzini-Moyo on (011) 717-3505.

 

Public and development sectors results-based management systems (Monitoring & Evaluation)

AIM OF THE COURSE

You will be trained to specialise in results based management. On completing all the course requirements, you should be able to utilise the various monitoring and evaluation logic, form and approaches for the development of results-based management systems in a sensitive manner to local context. You will also be able to apply the logical thinking and process steps in designing results-based monitoring and evaluation systems and design all aspects of results-based management monitoring and evaluation systems. You will also be empowered to use data to improve decision making and enable others to do so as well.

DURATION

4 weeks of class over 4 months

COURSE CONTENT

DEVELOPING RESULTS-BASED MONITORING AND EVALUATION SYSTEMS

This module aims to walk participants through the ten steps to develop and implement a results-based monitoring and evaluation systems. This module is based upon current World Bank textbooks and teaching materials.

ORGANISING FRAMEWORK FOR A FUNCTIONAL MONITORING AND EVALUATION SYTSTEM (A)

The purpose of this module is to introduce an organising framework for a functional monitoring and evaluation system. It provides an overview of the organisational, human, planning, budgeting, communications and multi-sectoral implications of a functional monitoring and evaluation system.

ORGANISING FRAMEWORK FOR A FUNCTIONAL MONITORING AND EVALUATION SYSTEM (B)

This module focuses on the data collection, verification and analysis that need to be undertaken in building a results-based management system.

 USING DATA TO IMPROVE DECISION MAKING

This module will focus on using monitoring and evaluation information.  The skills developments focus on the analysis, political and technical skills that a person needs to have, to enable them to use data for decision-making.  Decision theories in organisations are discussed, as well as research about how executives make decisions.  Data use tools and techniques for data presentations are also covered.

CONTACT PERSON: Call Zibusiso Manzini-Moyo on (011) 717-3505 or email: shortcourses.wsg@wits.ac.za

Programme and project management in Public and Development Management

AIM OF THE COURSE

To enhance the development knowledge and skills of Project Managers in all departments of the public sector. The course has been designed to facilitate actual project development of existing public sector projects and to facilitate and support Project Managers in their professional careers in the public sector.

DURATION

7 weeks of class over 7 months

COURSE CONTENT

APPROACHES TO PROGRAMME AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Programme and project management in the international context; Project management process

POLICY MANAGEMENT, INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Policy management and institutional development; Policy analysis, process facilitation and management arrangements; Organisation and management

FINANCIAL ASPECTS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Financial management; Mobilisation of funding and multi-year budgeting; Financial responsibilities of project manager

INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION

Introduction to information technology and information management; IT policy and its applications

LEADERSHIP, MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT FACILITATION

Leadership, strategic management and management

PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT

An introduction to environmental considerations; Sustainable development and international trends

FINANCIAL INVESTMENT AND PUBLIC/PRIVATE AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

Financial management and programme arrangements for project financing; Public, private and development financing instruments and policies

LEGAL DIMENSIONS TO PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Contractual agreements; The Project Description and Terms of Reference; Legal dimensions to project management

PROJECT MONITORING, EVALUATION AND CASE STUDY DEVELOPMENT

Project management, monitoring and evaluation; Evaluations techniques and management

Case development of actual projects by participants; Learning group work with specialists available

CASE DEVELOPMENT

 Applied project in the form of case development and presentation and has as its objective the application of theoretical frameworks to actual projects

CONTACT PERSON: Call Zibusiso Manzini-Moyo on (011) 717-3505 or email: shortcourses.wsg@wits.ac.za

Certificate in Economic Development and Policy

This course is for public sector officials, development practioners and NGO who want to innovatively engage economic policy theoretical concepts and debates. This course constructs relevant conceptual and analytical frameworks to key issues relating to economic development and policy formulation. It challenges students to develop and demonstrate understanding in the area of economic policy and its macroeconomic environment with particular reference to an industry.

For more details, please email: shortcourses.wsg@wits.ac.za or call Zibusiso Manzini-Moyo on (011) 717-3505.

Managing public policy

AIM OF THE COURSE

To equip participants with the technical, analytical and functional skills necessary to complete an analysis of a public policy issue.

DURATION

5 weeks of class over 5 months

COURSE CONTENT

POWER, POLITICS & POLICY

This module looks at the political economy environment of public policy. It takes as a foundational premise the concept that policy is the outcome of the complex, multi-layered political processes of strategy and contestation.

ECONOMICS AND PUBLIC FINANCE

 Students will be introduced to supply and demand; the functioning of markets; the role of the state in the economy; stakeholder interests in economic policy determination. They will also learn about public sector economics, public expenditure, public finance and public accountability

PUBLIC POLICY & POLICY ANALYSIS

This module will focus on a conceptual overview of the policy environment as well as definitions and descriptions in public policy. 

POLICY IMPLEMENTATION

This module looks at political mandates and the development of a strategy to deliver on them. It looks at the articulation between strategy and programme and project management in context of delivering on public policy.  It discusses policy implementation, service delivery and the uneasy compromise between politics and street-level operational need.

MONITORING AND EVALUATION

The principles, purpose and structures of monitoring of monitoring and evaluation will be introduced. Students will use the theory of monitoring and evaluation to do an evaluation of their own case study.

CONTACT PERSON: Call Zibusiso Manzini-Moyo on (011) 717-3505 or email: shortcourses.wsg@wits.ac.za

Certificate in Local and Regional and Economic Development

You will be introduced to new ideas and thinking about local and regional economic development and management in order to stimulate different approaches to management in the provinces.

For more details, please email: shortcourses.wsg@wits.ac.za or call Zibusiso Manzini-Moyo on (011) 717-3505.

Certificate in Government Communications and Marketing

AIM OF THE COURSE

Government Communications and Marketing provides an overview of the theory and practice of public sector management, with a specific focus on communications and marketing, in a developing country context. The course explores key areas of government communications and marketing through an interactive teaching and learning approach.

DURATION

5 weeks of class over 5 months

COURSE CONTENT

THE CONTEXT OF GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING

This module will explore the machinery of government and the government communications environment; as well as the challenges and opportunities for communications and marketing.

STRATEGY, LEADERSHIP AND INSTITUTIONAL COMMUNICATIONS

Students will work on strategic thinking and strategy design, leadership values and practice, and applying these approaches to government communications.

CONSUMER UNDERSTANDING AND MARKET RESEARCH

Students will explore communications and marketing research with a view to creating a better understanding of the processes, the tools and technologies of research and consumer understanding, and the applications to which the end products can be put to use.

MANAGING CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS, MARKETING AND BRANDING

This module will address the related issues of service delivery, public policy, branding government and managing communications.

THE NEW MEDIA ENVIRONMENT AND ELECTRONIC GOVERNMENT

The module will include sessions on managing new technologies and new media, and introducing e-government.

CONTACT PERSON: Call Zibusiso Manzini-Moyo on (011) 717-3505 or email: shortcourses.wsg@wits.ac.za

Human settlements policy and management

AIM OF THE COURSE

The short course is designed to build capacity, develop people and address skills shortage in South Africa's human settlements sector by teaching individuals how to effectively implement the country's human settlements goals. The course aims to outline the background to the formulation of the current human settlements policy and how the policy has evolved over time; illustrate legal mandates of the various tiers of government and define and classify intergovernmental relations around human settlements and its mandate.

DURATION

4 weeks of class over 4 months

COURSE CONTENT

POLICY, STRATEGY, LEGAL AND REGULATORY FRAMEWORK

This module provides the context for understanding South Africa's human settlements policy and strategy as well as its legislative and regulatory framework.

ESTABLISHMENT OF SUSTAINABLE HUMAN SETTLEMENTS

This module provides an illustration of what 'sustainable human settlements’ is, and how to deliver it.

SOCIAL RENTAL HUMAN SETTLEMENTS AND HUMAN SETTLEMENTS INSTITUTIONS

This module provides a focus on human settlements institutions which include social and rental human settlements programmes supporting urban restructuring and integration; social human settlements policy and its regulating authority as well as human settlements finance.

PROCESSES AND PROCEDURES: ADMINISTERING AND MANAGING DELIVERY

This module provides an understanding of the processes in human settlements and how to manage its various risks. It fosters deliberations around human settlements procurement processes highlighting the relationship between policy and effective administration and or management.

CONTACT PERSON: Call Zibusiso Manzini-Moyo on (011) 717-3505 or email: shortcourses.wsg@wits.ac.za

Leadership in Municipal Governance

The course targets executive mayors, mayors, members of mayoral committees, oversight committees and senior administrative leadership in municipalities, empowering to share, collate and analyse municipal information as the basis of strategic decision making.

Pre-requisite: Grade 12 + minimum 10 years’ experience in a leadership role OR a certificate at NQF 6

For more information please send your request to lmg.wsg@wits.ac.za with REF: LMG/SALGA/10A/2017 

For more details, please email: shortcourses.wsg@wits.ac.za or call Zibusiso Manzini-Moyo on (011) 717-3505.

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