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07 October 2019 - 18 October 2019

Public finance for social protection analysts

07 October 2019 - 18 October 2019

Public finance for social protection analysts

Public finance for social protection analysts

Course Information

07 October 2019 - 18 October 2019

English

Turin Centre

Code: A9012022

English

Enrolment deadline: 06 September 2019

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Description

Description

Recent years have seen a remarkable growth in recognition of the role social protection plays in economic and social development. A growing number of countries have been taking steps to expand social protection and extension of social protection coverage by 2030 is a target under Goal 1 of the Sustainable Development Goals. A central challenge nevertheless remains how to finance the social protection systems, not least in the context of a diverse array of other priorities for government spending. This course aims to equip social protection practitioners with the practical skills to assess financing options for social protection and develop tailored country financing plans. An important feature of the course is to bring together the worlds of public finance and of social protection. Through an intensive learning journey the course provides a grounding in core dimensions of public finance including revenue collection and budget development, while building the understanding and skills necessary for analysis of social protection financing. While the course will include some exploration of the financing of social protection through employee/employer contributions, the main focus will be on schemes financed by general revenues.

Target audience

Target audience

The course is targeted at practitioners who already have a number of years of work experience in social protection and are seeking to strengthen knowledge and skills in relation to social protection financing. This includes government staff seeking to build more coherent financing plans for social protection, staff from international organizations, research institutes or development consultancies regularly providing technical support to national governments, or non-government organizations advocating for expansion of social protection systems. Participants should hold bachelor or advanced degrees and a strong quantitative background in business, public administration, economics, political science, social science, finance, actuarial studies, mathematics, statistics or related fields. Typical participants would be professionals working in: a) key ministries or government institutions responsible for the development and monitoring of social protection systems such as: Ministries of Labour, Ministries of Social Protection/ Social Affairs, Social Security Institutions, Ministries of Finance and Planning, Ministries of Health; b) representatives of the social partners involved in the governance of social security institutions; c) UN agencies working on social protection; d) non-governmental organizations, research institutes or consultancy firms engaged in social protection.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course a successful participant will be able to:


• Identify the main ways in which governments collect revenue and describe key considerations and trade-offs
• Describe the key features and stages of the Public Financial Management cycle and where social protection financing can be located within this
• Interpret national budget documents and data, particularly in relation to social protection expenditure
• Assess the scale of social protection gaps in a given national context, and calculate the cost of filling them
• Identify key options for creating fiscal space for social protection, keeping in mind the broader context of public finance
• Appraise the value for money of social protection schemes and systems
• Design medium term costed plans for financing of social protection
• Compare and contrast indicators relating to public finance and social protection across countries and across time

Contents

Contents

• Policy choices for taxation and revenue collection
• The Public Financial Management cycle
• How to read budgets
• Classification of social protection expenditure and interpretation
• Assessment of social protection gaps
• Contribution financing of social protection
• Costing tax-financed social protection schemes
• Creation of fiscal space for social protection
• Assessing value for money
• The political economy of social protection financing
• Development of medium term financing strategies

Programme Design

Programme Design

The course consists of three phases for a total of 150 training hours.

Pre-course phase
During this preparatory phase, participants are expected to study a package of preparatory resources including reading
and multimedia, and then complete an online assessment. The pre-training phase requires 25 hours of self-guided learning on an online platform.


Presence-based phase
The on-site training consists of two intensive weeks of training at the ITCILO campus in Turin. It combines made
by interactive sessions with experts supported by the ITCILO staff as well as individual assignments to be completed
as homework during the evening. Home works consist of tasks such as the drafting of technical or briefi ng notes that
report on quantitative exercises or summarize the essence of concepts taught during the lectures. An action-oriented,
highly participative approach is used with particular attention to sharing international experiences and adapting these to practical applications. Training methods combine lectures and discussions, case studies, group work and individual exercises. This phase is delivered at the ITCILO in Turin and consists of 100 hours of training.

Post-training phase
The Post-training phase involves 25 hours of individual work to develop a proposal on applied project.

Training process

Assessment
The assessment process will establish whether students have a full grasp of the skills and concept taught in the course
based on performance in the assignments completed in before, during and after the course. A Certificate of achievement
is issued by ITCILO after the assessment process has been completed successfully.

Language

Language

English

Certification

Certification

Certification process

Background and Objective


The International Certification for Social Protection Analysts is a new initiative in the field of social protection
capacity strengthening. Implemented by the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITCILO). Its central objective
is to support the improvement in analytical aspects of the design, financial planning and governance of
national social protection systems, through the training of quantitative specialists.
The International Certification provides the opportunity for successful candidates to become part of a new global
cadre of practitioners with a recognised set of quantitative skills for social protection analysis. This is achieved with
a package of intensive and challenging training courses equipping participants with the state of the art in tailored
techniques for quantitative analysis of social protection. Incorporating the analytical depth and accreditation
of an extended training programme, the certification is organised around a set of short courses and distance
learning which can be completed over a number of years.
This makes it particularly accessible to professionals in full-time employment.


Certification Process
The International Certification is composed of four social protection courses. Participants need to complete
three courses out of the four qualified courses within a 5-year period in order to earn the “Social Protection
Analysts” recognition. The International Certification represents 450 learning hours.
For each eligible course, the assessment process establishes whether participants have a full grasp of the skills and concepts included, resulting in a course-specific Certificate of Achievement issued by ITCILO Turin. To earn the “Social Protection Analyst” certification participants need to complete three courses and then undertake a capstone assessment
demonstrating the consolidated learning of the courses combined. The capstone assessment consists of a written assignment which uses analytical approaches from the three completed courses to develop policy recommendations for a specific country context.

Applications

Applications

Applicants should use the online nomination form to apply for the course. https://oarf2.itcilo.org/STF/A9012022/en


Application must be supported by a nomination letter from the sponsoring institution indicating how the participant will be
financed. Applications need to be received no later than 06 September 2019

Please note that if a Schengen visa for Italy is needed, the time required is on average at least five weeks.


As an organization dedicated to fundamental human rights and social justice, the ILO is taking a leading role in international efforts to promote and realize gender equality. In line with this ILO policy, women candidates are especially welcome.

Contact us

spgt@itcilo.org

Tuition cost: 2335

Subsistence cost: 1400

Total cost: 3735

 

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