Explore BrainMass

Performance Appraisal System

I work for a U.S. based international organization that works in the area of International development. The company gets most of its funding from the U.S. government and has field offices all over the world. I have been sent by the company to one of its overseas field offices in Africa to manage the overall operations of a $15million health related project. The project focuses on reducing maternal and child mortality by hiring doctors who will:

1. Assist poor families in using family planning resources, which will also serve to space up births and avoid complications during pregnancies
2. Provide Vitamin A to kids aged 6 months - 5 years
3. Vaccinate all kids in remote areas

I, as the project manager of the project, manage all administrative, financial, contractual, audit-related tasks of the project. I also address and solve all personnel (human resources) related issues. I also work with the doctors mentioned above in planning all their activities and determine the budgets needed for those activities. The company's ability to get more funding from the U.S. government for the creation of new projects is contingent upon the successful management of the existing projects. Without a good management, the U.S. government will usually audit the projects, close them down if there are serious management/performance issues, and even prevent the company from getting more business/funds from them. My career goals are to continue to perform better in the area of project management and also help populations get the health-related services they truly need.

Select a performance appraisal method for this position of project manager and provide reasoning as to why this is the most appropriate method for this position. Along with selecting the method, develop the appraisal form you would use, customized for the position you selected.

1. Provide a rationale for and characteristics of an excellent performance appraisal system
2. Design the performance appraisal system you propose for your position, being sure it addresses all concerns
3. Include a statement of how the system you propose will contribute to your career goals.

Solution Preview

See the attachment.

Management by object (MBO) can be used by the firms as a performance appraisal for the position of project manager in which performance of the project will be evaluated in concern of goals. It will be beneficial for the firm in terms of motivating the project manager as performance of the project manager will be evaluated in relation to the project objectives achieved (MacLean, 2001).

Characteristics of Performance Appraisal System
Characteristics and rational of the selected method of performance appraisal also ensures the effectiveness of MBO method for evaluating performance of the project manager. To run the project without any conflict and mistakes, this system is more effective and efficient as list of targets and objectives are set under the method to assess the performance of employees (Deb, 2006). This method is also appropriate to encourage the employees towards achieving the objectives, so that they can get reward for this. Characteristic of the system related to its flexibility and goal oriented ability sustains as a reason to select this method for evaluating the performance of project manager (Arthur, 2006).

As the project is related with the increasing awareness among the people related to the reducing maternal and child mortality that totally depends over the contribution of the project manager and employees (Armstrong, 2009). So, communication and motivation both are essential for this as it is integral ...

Solution Summary

The solution discusses the performance appraisal system.