Executive e-learning on pension policy and management

Executive E-Learning on Pension Policy and Management
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Executive e-learning on pension policy and management

28 October–29 November 2024
The course is available in English

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Introduction to the course

The aim of this course is to strengthen the capacities of actors involved in the pensions sector to provide better consulting, design, management and supervision of national pension systems in the context of current global economic and financial changes.

Who attends this course?

The course is designed for executives, managers, planners and other professionals working in the field of pension and social protection policy and administration. It is intended for a range of participants from both the governmental and non-governmental sectors, including employers' and workers' organizations and civil society organizations.

Prove your skills with a Diploma

This course is part of one Diploma programme:

What will I learn?
  • To gain a theoretical understanding of the core role and various functions of pension systems
  • To learn about design choices for different kinds of pension schemes (contributory and non-contributory) and how they can be integrated
  • To critically analyze case studies of pensions reforms in terms of their impacts on coverage, adequacy and sustainability and gender-responsiveness
  • To apply acquired analytical skills and knowledge to formulation of pension design and reform proposals for specific country contexts
  • To participate more actively in the financial management of your pension scheme
What topics does this course cover?
  • The role and functions of pension systems and how they can be achieved through different mixes of pension schemes
  • Analysis of global and regional trends in outcomes of pension systems (coverage, adequacy and sustainability) and approaches to design and reform
  • Design options for contributory and tax-financed social pensions, and lessons on best practice
  • Key determinants of the cost of pension systems and impact long term financial sustainability
  • Country case studies assessing success and failure of pension policy formulation and reform
  • International Labour Standards and how they can be used to benchmark the effectiveness of pension systems
  • Gender and ageing and gender-responsive pension systems

The course will employ a combination of group work, e-lectures, panel discussions and interactive exercises. An eCampus platform will be used to support participants’ preparation before, during and after the course. Technology will be integrated throughout the course to ensure interactivity.


The course consists of a number of online modules offered through the eCampus online platform to be completed over a period of six weeks 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 cutting-edge technical knowledge to the participants’ organization. Participants who successfully complete all assessments and the final assignment will receive a Certificate of Achievement.
Why should I join?
  • Put learning into practice through an Integrated Applied Exercise focused on your own national context
  • Participants join and interact with a diverse network of professionals engaging in pension issues
  • The course uses a mix of online training methods: lectures, plenary discussions, good practices, case studies, group work, and individual exercises.

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