Go? Or, No Go?

Introduction

Welcome to the Project DPro Scenario-based Learning Program. Each scenario presents a new challenge to the UNITAS team- tough decisions, unexpected issues, stakeholder conflicts, and more. Join a community of Project DPro learners as they advise the UNITAS team on a recommended course of action.

Scenario Overview- Go? Or, No Go?

In this scenario, Maria – the UNITAS project manager – meets with her boss, Fabian. Together, they need to decide UNITAS’ role in the new Delta River IDP Project.

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Discussion Questions

1. Do you think UNITAS should submit a proposal to lead all Nutrition and Health Care activities in the Delta River IDP Project?

2.Help Maria and Fabian find a way to diffuse the tension between their opposing views.

3. Have you experienced similar circumstances or know of any? Share your stories with us and how they were dealt with.

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3 thoughts on “Go? Or, No Go?”

  1. This is a challenging scenario. I worked in an office for an international NGO program that was asked to submit a project to USAID for a Title 2 Food-Assisted development grant. The Country Representative conducted a thorough analysis of the opportunity, taking in consideration many of the criteria listed in the MEAL DPro (community needs, organizational strategy, accesss to funding, and more).

    Ultimately, he made the decision not to apply because of issues he identified related to the sustainability of food-assisted programming. When the organization headquarters found out that he did not intend to apply for the grant, the Senior leaders reversed the decision and asked him to apply anyway.

    In that example, the “Fabian’s” won out over the “Maria’s.” 🙂

  2. 1. Do you think UNITAS should submit a proposal to lead all Nutrition and Health Care activities in the Delta River IDP Project?
    I do not think UNITAS should submit as the lead organization for the proposal. I think instead, UNITAS should find another organization whose expertise is in Nutrition and Health and apply as a sub to them. That way, UNITAS can contribute their expertise in WASH to the proposal and still get a piece of the pie while building relationships with other organizations and building trust with the donor.

    2.Help Maria and Fabian find a way to diffuse the tension between their opposing views.
    There should be a formal GO/No-Go meeting and bid decision checklist that would allow Maria, Fabian, and the rest of their team have thorough discussions, weigh pros and cons, and come up with an informed decision.

    3. Have you experienced similar circumstances or know of any? Share your stories with us and how they were dealt with.
    Yes I have experienced similar situations. The formal meeting I mentioned above really allows everyone to voice their opinions to come to an informed decision.

    1. I think that a formal go/no go meeting is an excellent idea. How did you establish this as a mechanism? Did it take long for people to accept?

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