Posted on February 18, 2015

Qatar is facing a crisis in project management capacity that could hit FIFA 2022 World Cup preparations if not addressed. The demand for project management skills within the construction and infrastructure sectors will further soar with over US$120 bn worth of projects forecasted to be signed in the next five years, according to MEED Projects.

Much of this potential shortfall may be made up by TAFAWOQ.Project Management Centre – an initiative that is set to provide a local source of project management talent and expertise. The center recently announced the schedule for its 2015 batch that will continue building competence in project management to deliver Qatar's extraordinary capital investment programme in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030.

 “Human capability development is a fundamental pillar of the Qatar National Vision 2030.  In just two full years of operation, TAFAWOQ has helped to develop the project management competencies of over 350 participants, many of whom have additionally passed internationally-accredited project management exams thanks to TAFAWOQ,” says Rob Sherwin, Deputy Country Chairman and General Manager Corporate Affairs, ahead of his keynote speech on human capability development during MEED Qatar Projects Conference. The event is being held at the Grand Hyatt Doha (pictured) on 10-11 March 2015.

TAFAWOQ, which means ‘excellence’ in Arabic, was established in 2011 as a result of a partnership between Qatar Petroleum, Hamad bin Khalifa University and Qatar Shell. The TAFAWOQ integrated programme is based on the five internationally recognized dimensions of professional competency development, originally devised by the International Project Management Association. Moreover, the TAFAWOQ ‘Pentagon Model’ adopts a five-dimensional approach to competence development. The syllabus is delivered through a series of virtual, work-based and face-to-face trainings, all of which are based on the internationally accredited Shell Project Academy ‘Pentagon Model’ Curriculum, while drawing from Qatar Petroleum’s experience of successfully executing large-scale capital projects.

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As project management disciplines become more specialized, continuing one’s education becomes even more crucial in managing a rising career and meeting the skills demand brought about by new challenges and opportunities in the various sectors.

“Critically, as a partnership between business, government and academia, Tafawoq’s programmes blend on-the-job professional experience with classroom learning,” says Sherwin. “The MEED Qatar Projects Conference will be an ideal platform in which to further raise awareness about this Centre of Excellence, established in Qatar, for Qatar.”

The 12th annual MEED Qatar Projects Conference is organised in partnership with Ashghal and in association with GORD. Supported by Qatar’s Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Interior and Civil Aviation Authority. Qatar National Bank is the Strategic Event Partner, Daruna is gold sponsor; UrbaCon Trading & Contracting (UCC) and Mashreq are Silver Sponsors, IBQ is gala dinner sponsor; Qatar Steel is the Associate Partner and Engineering Consultants Group (ECG), Hill International and Drake & Scull are Conference Sponsors. Al Jaber Engineering, Arab Bank, Union National Bank and Baker & McKenzie are exhibiting.