Public Employment Programmes (PEPs) - or public works programmes - provide an adaptive policy instrument that can create employment, fill gaps in the provision of assets or services, complement social protection provisions and contribute to Active Labour Market Policies (ALMPs). They do so by providing a form of activation for participants when market conditions limit the alternatives. In this way, societies can prevent or mitigate many of the negative social and economic impacts of unemployment, not only for participants but also for wider society. The three key developmental outcomes of PEPs are: 1. Employment creation: PEPs are important tools for creating jobs and reducing the negative impacts of unemployment. Through the employment offered, they contribute to decent work, build the capabilities of participants, and can be addressed to women, youth and vulnerable groups such as refugees. 2. Social protection: Through the wages paid, they contribute to income security for the working age and their dependants and to achieving zero hunger. 3. Assets and services provision: Through the assets and services they deliver, PEPs can contribute to a wide range of SDGs. Which ones will depend on local priorities, but they can enhance access to development infrastructure, such as roads, water and sanitation, provide a vital tool for climate action, support communities in the implementation of climate change adaptation strategies, and contribute peace building. Innovation in the work undertaken in PEPs has seen the inclusion of more services, such as Early Childhood Development, care support in communities - and forms of work using digital technology, such as social surveys, which are attractive to youth. This course will discuss policy and design features of PEPs that take into account these challenges and will share current experiences on how these programme have been used to respond to the current crises. This will include experiences from both high, middle and low-income countries and will provide tools for enabling effective programme design, to achieve the multiple objectives.
The course is conceived for people who are concerned with or work in the fields of public investment, employment strategies, active labour market policies, social protection, public employment programmes and rural and urban development. It aims to reach a mixed audience of development actors, including senior government officials, representatives of social partners, programme managers and staff of research and education institutions. A gender-balanced participation is sought. It is therefore open to donors, policy makers; planners; senior and middle-level officials from national agencies and programmes concerned with public employment.
The course will discuss how Public Employment Programmes (PEPs) can contribute to a sustainable recovery and will consist of six thematic areas:
Learning will be facilitated and consolidated through a design exercise in which participants will collaborate in small groups to design PEPs for different contexts and regions.
This course is offered fully online on the ITCILO eCampus platform.
It is implemented in an asynchronous modality where participants can plan their learning at their own pace. Furthermore, the course also offers opportunities for live debate and discussions through online webinars, which provide a platform for engaging with experts and peers.
Each module combines online materials, one webinar and learning activities to help participants learn more effectively.
Modules are open on a weekly basis.
While participants are recommended to complete the activities of one module before starting the next one, access to modules is not conditional on that.
The course has been designed according to a learner-centred approach in order to better involve participants and keep them motivated. Different methods will be used to make it highly interactive and engaging.
An ITCILO Certificate of achievement will be awarded at the completion of all mandatory course activities.
ITCILO will offer a limited number of fellowships which may cover part of the fee. If eligible, early applicants will be given priority. Please enquire quickly!