E-Learning on Access to Decent Work for Refugees and Other Forcibly Displaced Persons

Access to Decent Work for Refugees and Other Forcibly Displaced Persons

E-Learning on Access to Decent Work for Refugees and Other Forcibly Displaced Persons

14 March–22 April 2022
The course is available in English
Key features

Four substantive modules comprise specific themes, followed by a final synthesizing module


In addition to the conceptual framework and available tools, the course will draw on six case studies from Colombia, Ethiopia, Mexico and Central America, Jordan, South Africa and Turkey


An innovative e-learning experience bringing high-quality tuition on the ILO Guidelines directly to you


Learning begins at own pace, continues through high-quality, engaging “real time” sessions and ends with an individual assignment

Introduction to the course

Globally, more than 80 million people are forcibly displaced by conflict, violence and human rights violations, overwhelmingly in emerging economies. The wider socio-economic consequences of forced displacement have triggered intense global debates on how to develop appropriate and sustainable policy responses to these challenges, especially in the COVID-19 context. The course is based on the ILO's 2016 Guiding Principles on the access of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons to the labour market, ILO standards, other human-rights instruments and existing good practices. This course is for policymakers and practitioners seeking to design and implement measures to facilitate the access of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons to the labour market, and to promote inclusive employment strategies and policies.

Who attends this course?

The course is designed for: officials from ministries of labour and related institutions, other ministries and government agencies responsible for refugee-related policies and programmes, representatives of employers and workers' organizations; staff of humanitarian and development organizations. Participants should hold positions directly related to the design and/or implementation of refugee-related policies and programmes.

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This course is part of one Diploma programme:

What topics does this course cover?

This online course provides an overview of different measures that aim to facilitate access to employment for refugees and other forcibly displaced persons.

  • Key concepts and dynamics related to forced displacement, as well as the importance and impact of employment on livelihoods and self-reliance
  • International legal and normative frameworks, as well as legislative and administrative conditions and practices governing and enabling access to labour markets
  • Employment policies, strategies, and instruments that enable access to decent work
  • The course will drawn on six case studies – Colombia, Ethiopia, Jordan, Mexico and Central America, South Africa and Turkey
What will I learn?

Participants practice promoting short- and long-term strategies and programmes for inclusive employment creation

  • Understanding the impact of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons on labour markets
  • How human rights law and international labour standards provide decent work and social protection
  • The importance of including host communities in new strategies for employment creation in the formal labour market
What will I be required to do during the course?

Course learning materials and tuition will be offered online in English and Spanish. The following requirements are therefore essential to participate in this course:

  • the ability to use and access a computer with internet
  • working knowledge of written English or Spanish
  • the availability to dedicate per week between 5-10 hours to the course
What will I be able to do?

By the end of the course, participants address labour market issues and promote employment-based responses to refugee situations.

  • Identify specific challenges and opportunities, including the gender dimension of access to decent work and self-reliance
  • Utilize international human rights and refugee legal frameworks, including fundamental principles and rights at work and the ILO’s 2016 Guiding Principles
  • Propose relevant legal and policy options to improve labour market access at the local and national levels
  • Access tools and methodologies to address the labour market impacts and promote employment-based responses to refugee situations
Why should I join?

The Turin Centre is known for its innovative learning tools and methodologies.

  • Course facilitators are subject matter experts and specialists.
  • Training delivery includes online and tutor based learning opportunities.
  • Participants exchange knowledge and ideas on existing good practices.

The course consists of a number of online modules offered through the eCampus online platform to be completed over a period of six weeks from 15 March to 23 April 2021, for an estimated total of 60 learning hours. The course is broken down into three phases:

  • Pre-course learning: Flexible (asynchronous) self-guided online learning on eCampus and an end of phase assessment.
  • “Real time” learning: Live interactive sessions and engaging video presentations by highly experienced trainers, blended with individual and collaborative group exercises, peer-to-peer assessment and online technical forums on eCampus.
  • End of course assignment: Individual assignment applying ILO Guidelines to the participants organization.

Participants who successfully complete all assessments and the final assignment will receive a Certificate of Achievement. The passing grade is 60/100

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Partnership for improving prospects for forcibly displaced persons and host communities (PROSPECTS)

This partnership initiative, launched with the support of the Government of the Netherlands and bringing together the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR, the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF and the World Bank, aims to shift the paradigm from a humanitarian to a development approach in responding to forced displacement crises.

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