E-Learning on Investment of Social Security Funds

E-Learning on Investment of Social Security Funds

E-Learning on Investment of Social Security Funds

1 June–10 July 2020
The course is available in English

Reserve funds play an important role in the sustainability of social security systems, but their contribution depends on effective investment processes. This course draws on international best-practice guidelines to explore how to implement well-organised and effective investment processes that can respond to economic, demographic, political and management pressures. This is one of seven courses run in partnership with the International Social Security Association (ISSA) offered in an innovative e-learning format from 2020.

This highly specialized course enables you to join a virtual global network of social security practitioners flexibly and without needing to travel. 

Key features
LEARN DIFFERENTLY

Integrated e-learning

THREE PHASES

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

PEER-TO-PEER ASSESSMENT

Critical insights from professionals of ISSA member organizations

Introduction to the course

Investing social security funds appropriately and responsibly requires a firm grasp of the underlying concepts and principles. This course will enable participants to expand their investment knowledge and skills by focusing on the recently updated ISSA Guidelines covering on the Investment of Social Security Funds. It will cover (1) investment governance principles, (2) investment governance structures, (3) common processes, and (4) processes specific to internal and external investment management. Participants will learn best practices in investing social security funds, from implementing an investment policy to monitoring the results.

Who attends this course?

The course is designed for social security professionals of ISSA member organizations. Participants should hold positions directly related to the investment of social security funds. Course learning materials and tuition will be offered online in English. 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

What will I learn?

This course uses the recently updated ISSA Guidelines on Investment of Social Security Funds as a framework for assessing challenges and identifying innovations.

  • Investment structures, principles and beliefs: principles of investing social security reserve funds, challenges, constraints and objectives
  • Investment strategy: factors and constraints to consider; investment strategy process, constraints, definition and analyses of risk budget
  • Investment processes: carrying out investment in practice; steps to develop an appropriate investment strategy; consideration of internal versus external management, passive versus active strategy
  • Monitoring investment management: ensuring investment continues to meet objectives; evaluating performance; appropriate benchmarks; monitoring external investment managers
  • Investment governance and investment performance: understanding the link, the various investment governance resources and tools available to investing institutions
What will I be able to do?
  • Understand core approaches to improve investment of reserve funds based on international best practice
  • Identify roles and responsibilities in investment governance and management
  • Utilise the ISSA Guidelines as a framework for planning and implementing effective investment processes
  • Develop country-tailored innovations drawing on experience from other countries
Why should I join?

This new e-learning course is designed specifically for social security professionals from ISSA member organizations.

  • ISSA-accredited experts with decades of international experience in social security administration
  • Join and interact online with a global network of professionals from other ISSA member organisations to share learning and best practices
  • This new e-learning course consists of a blend of online resources on good practices and case studies, 'real time' interactive sessions led by highly experienced trainers, individual and collaborative group exercises using our eCampus platform
  • Successful candidates receive an ITCILO Certificate of Achievement
How?

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 1 June to 10 July 2020, 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 ISSA Guidelines to the participants’ organisation. Participants who successfully complete all assessments and the final assignment will receive a Certificate of Achievement.

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