Núcleo de Capacitación en Políticas Públicas

FAO Project Cycle

Modalidad: Self-study | Desde el 22-12-22 hasta el 31-12-24

FAO Regional Office, in coordination with the FAO Field Programme Unit and the support of FAO Capacitación, is pleased to invite to participate in the Self-paced Course "FAO Project Cycle".

This Self-paced Course is aimed at strengthening the knowledge of project formulators, implementers, and monitors, to achieve a better-quality design, a more efficient implementation and to better contribute to achieving FAO's Strategic Framework.

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Course sheet

Course Name:

FAO Project Cycle


Self-paced Course

Total length:

35 chronological hours.

Course modality and methodology:

This course organizes seven technical-pedagogical units for sequential exploration, which means that once a unit has been thoroughly reviewed, it is possible to access the next one. However, once completely revised, the workshop design partially allows access to the contents through specific consultations in the corresponding units.

Each unit describes a differentiated theme in its contents and activities linked to the different project cycle phases, nevertheless they determine the achievement of the learning objective. Throughout the course, participants will have the opportunity to review concepts, learn and reinforce procedures and apply the criteria. The technical-pedagogical units connect to key concepts of the study topic regarding the implementation of projects throughout their life cycle under the logical framework approach.

This course will provide two tools through which will deliver the technical content and review applied case studies:

The tools are the following:

  • Text in pdf format for each unit: each unit, linked to one of the project cycle phases, will have a text detailing the FAO administrative process through which each formulated project must pass, explaining the steps, validations, and requirements to fulfil.
  • Virtual workshops: Videos of virtual meetings held with the respective focal point, with the aim of working on practical and concrete cases that allow the revised contents to be deepened.
Start of course:

From December 22, 2022

Target audience:

The course is aimed at project formulating teams in all FAO representations in the region that participate in the design, implementation and evaluation of projects in the context of FAO.

General objective:

Strengthen technical capacities for appropriate project design, emphasising initiative development that generates tangible results and large-scale impacts that contribute to the positive transformation of reality, the achievements of FAO's strategic objectives, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (ODS) at the country and regional levels.

Specific objectives:
  • Reinforce knowledge of project formulation definitions under the logical framework methodology to evaluate the project's contribution to the Organization's results chain.
  • Analyze and review FAO's project life cycle stages through the practical use of the platforms designed for this purpose.
  • Reinforce the horizontal and vertical logic concepts in the Logical Framework Methodology context and their importance related to both the design and measurement of proposed and achieved results.
  • Analyze the processes of project development within FAO, from a technical and administrative point of view, from formulation to evaluation and closure.
Course content:
  • Unit 1: General Presentation Project Cycle and Familiarization with the platform
  • Unit 2: Identification Phase
  • Unit 3: Formulation Phase
  • Unit 4: Evaluation and Approval Phase
  • Unit 5: Monitoring and Implementation Phase
  • Unit 6: Evaluation Phase
  • Unit 7: Project Closing Phase
Evaluation and passing requirements:

To pass the course, evaluations must be carried out at the end of each unit and a final evaluation at the end of the entire learning process. All assessments require 70% achievement.

The evaluation will be measured according to the following percentage scale:

  • Outstanding: 90 to 100 points
  • Remarkable: 80 to 89 points
  • Pass: 60 to 79 points
  • Failed: 0 to 59 points
Hardware requirements:

Participants must have the following minimum hardware specifications for proper execution of the workshop:

  • Computer or electronic device with an internet connection (the quality and navigation speed and document download depend exclusively on the connection bandwidth).
  • Minimum RAM greater than 1GB on both computer and mobile devices.
  • Free hard disk space, greater than 500 MB.
  • A processor of 600 MHz or higher.
Software Requirements:
  • The latest version of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari or Opera web browser, with JavaScript enabled.
  • Screen resolution of at least 1024x768 pixels (width by height).
  • PDF document reader.
Additional Requirements:
  • Knowledge of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, e-mail and web browsing.
  • Availability of at least 8 to 10 hours per week for reading and activities.
  • The course schedule is at the participant's choice. You can enter the classroom at any time you wish. You should only consider entering the classroom at least three times a week for readings and activities.

This workshop is in English.

Workshop code:



Once the course is approved, participants will be able to automatically download the certificate issued by FAO-RLC from the course platform. Please remember to save your certificate as it cannot be downloaded again once the course is finished.

Better to which it belongs:

All betters

FAO Regional Initiative with which it is linked:
  • Regional Initiative 1: Support the Hunger-Free Latin America and the Caribbean Initiative.
  • Regional Initiative 2: Family farming and inclusive food systems for sustainable rural development.
  • Regional Initiative 3: Sustainable use of natural resources, adaptation to climate change, and disaster risk management.
Integrated clusters:

All clusters

Supervising Officer:

Hivy Ortiz, Maya Takagi


If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]