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Training Programme on Social Protection for Sustainable Development for Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia

Training Programme on Social Protection for Sustainable Development for Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia


Deadline: 28 February 2020

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), Arbetsförmedlingen (the Swedish Public Employment Service) and the Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRI) is inviting candidates for this International Training Programme on Social Protection for Sustainable Development.

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The aim and overall objective of the International Training Programme (ITP) is a long-term and sustainable contribution to a more inclusive and equal society by improving the function of the social protection systems that tackle poverty, vulnerability, inequality (both gender and economic) and exclusion while strengthening delivery of inclusive social development, productive employment and equitable economic growth.
The programme has the objective to increase knowledge and provide participants with opportunities to implement development projects that they have prioritized together with their organisations. The methodology used is based on the assumption that the participants’ organisations wish to carry out changes and are willing to invest own efforts and resources to achieve these changes.
The ITP specifically aims to reinforce the competence of participating strategic individuals to carry out necessary reforms and policy, programme, and organisational changes within the partner country’s social protection systems while building developmental linkages to other policy sectors.

Knowledge and enhanced capacity on social protection systems and their role in tackling poverty, vulnerability and social exclusion while strengthening inclusive social development and decent and productive employment
Knowledge of the value of building inter-ministerial and inter-agency initiatives as instruments for more effectively integrating social protection with other developmental sectors, including health, education, employment and others.
To initiate and manage sustainable reform processes building more effective social protection systems
Capacity and knowledge to plan and implement a project for change
The programme will provide the participant with an in-depth understanding of:

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the role of comprehensive social protection systems in promoting social and economic development,
how integrating social protection instruments with developmental interventions in health, education, livelihoods and other sectors can tackle complex problems and achieve comprehensive outcomes,
knowledge of policies and tools for more effectively designing and integrating social protection policies, programmes and systems,
the potential of comprehensive social protection systems to support decent and productive employment,
cross-cutting perspectives, including gender equality, anticorruption and environmental/climate issues,
the ability to identify and analyse challenges and problems in the social protection system in the home country and to suggest corrective measures,
the ability to initiate, organise and implement a sustainable project for change based on development priorities,
an established network for exchanging experiences and support between participants

The Programme consists of eight phases:

Phase 1, Inception phase (Feb –Mar 2020)
Phase 2, Recruitment phase (Mar–Apr 2020)
Phase 3, Regional phase 1 (10 –16 June 2020)
Phase 4, Intermediate phase 1 (Jul –Oct 2020)
Phase 5, Swedish phase (2 –13 November 2020)
Phase 6, Project phase (Dec 2020 –Apr 2021)
Phase 7, Regional phase 2 (May/June 2021)
Phase 8, Final phase
Eligibility Criteria

Invited Countries
The following countries are invited: Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
Target Group
This ITP aims to include government officials and others who work at a strategic level on change in their own organizations and for the public good. Participants can apply from ministries, government agencies and departments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
Participants must be able to participate in the reform processes in the social protection sector in their countries. They should have the power and resources to initiate and implement development projects that result in change furthering the goals of this ITP.
Qualifications are university or other post-secondary education and relevant work experience. Participants must be officially nominated by their own organisations and in some cases by authorities. Nominating organisations and the selected candidates must ensure their commitment to participate in all phases of the programme. A Memorandum of Understanding will be signed by the participants organizations and the Economic Policy Research Institute.
In order for the participants to be fully dedicated to the programme, family members are not allowed to accompany participants to the programme.
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