Diploma for Social Protection Analysts

Diploma for Social Protection Analysts

Diploma for Social Protection Analysts
What is it?

The Diploma for Social Protection Analysts is a new initiative in the field of social protection capacity strengthening. 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.

Why the Diploma?

Social protection has risen dramatically on national and global agendas over the last decade, yet increase in recognition and commitment is not yet matched by adequate analytical capacity at the national level to design and manage social protection systems. This capacity deficit limits the ability of governments to strengthen the implementation of current social protection interventions, and to design new social protection mechanisms that effectively expand coverage and adequacy in a sustainable manner.

The Diploma provides the opportunity for participants to become part of a new global cadre of practitioners with a recognised set of quantitative skills for social protection policy. 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.


On achieving the Diploma for Social Protection Analysts recognition, successful candidates will:

  • Have gained cutting edge quantitative skills in core areas of social protection analysis;
  • Be able to demonstrate the achievement through a recognised certification from the ITCILO; and
  • Be part of a growing network of social protection analysts to serve as an ongoing platform for exchange.
Certification process

The Diploma is composed of four social protection courses. Participants need to complete three of the four qualified courses within a 5-year period and a capstone project in order to earn the “Social Protection Analysts” recognition.

Programme Design

During each of the three chosen courses, participants are immersed in a rich, intensive and flexible learning programme, which guarantees a steep learning curve in an international environment of knowledge exchange. It also provides a unique opportunity for networking with a large pool of social protection experts.

Pre-course phase
Pre-course phase

Participants study pre-course materials and undertake a short assessment using the online eCampus platform

Presence-based phase
Presence-based phase

Two week residential training at the ITCILO in Turin using an action-oriented, highly participative approach. Training is structured around an individual applied project.

Post-training phase
Post-training phase

Individual work finalising an applied project initiated during the presence-based phase


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 Diploma 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.  

Who is it for

Participants are officials committed to advance and social protection through strong commitment and sound quantitative skills who normally already have a number of years of work experience in social protection. They should hold bachelor or advanced degrees and have a strong quantitative background in public administration, economics, political science, social science, finance, actuarial studies, mathematics, statistics or related fields. 


Our facilities and amenities are available to course participants, trainers, and staff.


The Centre is able to draw on the expertise of the ILO, which is rooted in 100 years of standard setting and technical support on social protection. This experience has resulted in a deep understanding of how social protection systems can become effective and sustainable in the long term, and a tried and tested set of tools and models which can be adapted to national contexts. The ILO’s leading role in international cooperation on social protection also means the centre is able to draw on a wide network of expertise within the UN system, academia and beyond.


The Centre’s campus in Turin provides a unique setting for learning and cross-country exchange. The Centre has gained a reputation for engaging and interactive learning methodologies and is pushing the boundaries of learning innovation. The purpose-built modern training facilities on the banks of the River Po provide a space for participants to gain some distance from their daily professional activities and exchange with a diverse array of social protection practitioners from across the globe.