This Council of Europe Project Management Methodology Handbook 2016 presents the new Council of Europe Project Management Methodology.

It contains guidance for the whole project team and step-by-step instructions on how to conduct each phase of the project management cycle, from initiation to closure. It links project management to organisational strategy, results-based management and decentralised implementation.

This handbook also gives examples of good practice and is based on a human rights approach to project management.

It was written following an extensive consultation process with staff (project staff in particular) both in the field and in Strasbourg.

Download the handbook in full quality (13MB)

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 Gender Mainstreaming Toolkit


The Gender Mainstreaming Toolkit for Co-operation Projects provides knowledge, guidance and tools on how to integrate gender mainstreaming at all stages of the project life cycle. The toolkit includes information, stand-alone tools and thematic factsheets, which will be updated and expanded over time. It is a working toolkit produced by a group of staff volunteers and is aimed at the Secretariat of the Council of Europe, particularly the parts working on cooperation projects.

It complements to the Council of Europe’s Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2023 and ultimately support the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations Agenda 2030.

 Download the GM Toolkit


 Human Rights Approach Guide

The Council of Europe's Practical Guide on the Human Rights Approach for Co-operation Projects provides clear and user-friendly information, guidance and tools on how to apply this approach in practice.

It consists of four parts; a Guide introducing the CoE's human rights approach (HRA) and which contains guidance on how to apply it in all project phases; a Q&A explaining and clarifying any possible misconceptions on the HRA; and two checklists for initiating and planning projects and for implementing projects.

The Practical Guide was developed by a group of staff volunteers, following internal consultations with staff. It is aimed at the Secretariat of the Council of Europe, particularly the parts working on co-operation projects.

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A set of templates were prepared based on the handbook. They formed the basis for the development of the IT tool and are now incorporated into the tool. Project proposals/descriptions of activities, logframes and inception/progress/final reports are available in the "Data export" module of projects. Risk registers, monitoring plans, stakeholder engagement plans and activity lists are available as excel extractions from the modules themselves.

There are two mandatory stages of quality control:

At the end of the planning phase for the initiating and planning process: Quality checklist - Initiating and Planning Phase.

And at the end of the implementing phase prior to final reporting: Quality checklist - Implementing Phase.

The project board (steering committee) is managed outside the PMM IT tool with the recommended PMM template: Project board terms of reference.

For any questions or concerns, please contact our PMM team via the Helpdesk.