27 May 2019 - 31 May 2019

Public Employment Programmes : Designing for sustainable development

27 May 2019 - 31 May 2019

Public Employment Programmes : Designing for sustainable development

Public Employment Programmes : Designing for sustainable development

Course Information

27 May 2019 - 31 May 2019


Turin Centre

Code: A9012175

Enrolment deadline: 18 April 2019

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The course addresses the achievement of economic and social development objectives through appropriate investment choices in Public Employment Programmes. If well designed, PEPs can have important economic, social and environmental multiplier effects. The course provides guidelines and tools for policy/programme development in this area.

Target audience

Target audience

This course targets: senior officials from government ministries and agencies; employers' and workers' organizations; public investment and employment policy advisors and project managers; research and education institutions; and donor organizations that are working on or are poised to work on public investment programmes and employment policy and strategy.

Rationale and Objectives

Rationale and Objectives

The world of work faces a range of challenges. Many countries face high unemployment, while hundreds of millions of people are in working poverty. In addition, there are major ongoing transformations in the world of work driven by technological, environmental and demographic changes. 

At the same time, developing a multi-dimensional approaches to achieving the SDG’s, require multi-dimensional tools,    which can contribute to several SDGs by exploiting the synergies between them. Public Employment Programmes (PEPs) offer such a tool.   

Public Employment Programmes (PEPs) -or Public Works programmes- provide an adaptive policy instrument that can create employment, 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 and the negative impacts of unemployment. Through the employment offered, they contribute to decent work, build the capabilities of participants and can be targeted at 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. 

PEPs make important contributions to several of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They  can be designed to align with other policy priorities, so that the assets and services they create address other SDGs also, including on the environment, urban development, peace and security, gender equity, zero hunger, health, care and many other outcomes. They can also be designed to enable community-driven and participatory approaches.

Designing a programme to achieve all these objectives remains however challenging, as in practice there may be a need to prioritize certain objectives, or manage the trade-offs that may arise between some of the objectives. 

The course will discuss designing features of PEPs that take into account these challenges and will share current experiences and tools  on how some of the trade-offs and design challenges have been addressed.  This will include experiences from India, Greece, South Africa, Ethiopia and Ireland and will provide tools enabling effective programme design and implementation, to achieve the multiple objectives.

Learning objectives

By following the course, you can expect to:

  1. Get a quick exposure to the SDGs and their implementation requirements
  2. Acquire better understanding of how PEPs can be instrumental in achieving several SGDs
  3.  Get familiarized with several tools for effective public programme design and implementation at sector levels;
  4. Acquire knowledge of innovations and best practices of  PEPs  for sustainable decent work creation; including 
  • Getting exposure to contracting methodologies and capacity building approaches for SMEs development and livelihoods;
  • Learning from several countries’ experiences and best practices
  • Acquire insights into best practices on green works through climate change adaptation and response to natural disasters.




The course will discuss how the contribution of Public Employment Programmes to SGDs can be maximised, in particular: 

  1. PEPs as a policy instrument: understanding their role and scope in relation to poverty reduction, decent work, employment policy and Active Labour Market Policies, supporting labour market activation.
  2. PEPs, the SDGs and sectoral approaches, including a focus on climate action and environment protection,  Infrastructures; social policies and services;  peace, security and violence protection,
  3. Design and implementation tools to maximize PEPs impact. 

It is structured around four tracks:  

  1. Setting the scene - PEPs in the broader policy context: What are PEPs and how they can contribute to the SDGs and their role and scope in relation to social protection, decent work, employment policy and Active Labour Market Policies.
  2. PEPs, the SDGs and sectoral approaches
    1. Climate action
    2. Peace, security and violence prevention
    3. Social policies: zero hunger, care.
    4. The role of infrastructure

 3. PEPs in practice : innovations in policy design and implementation of PEPs International case studies

  1. PEPs and Active labour Market policices
  2. Community-driven models and participatory approaches ( social audits) 
  3. Decent work and labour standards
  4. Innovative uses of digital technologies in M&E in PEPs
  5. PEPs and Social protection 

4. Design and implementation tools for maximum impact including use of the Inter-agency Social Protection Assessments (ISPA) Tool on Public Works Programmes, which was developed by leading experts from more than 20 international agencies under the Social Protection International Agencies Cooperation Board (SPIAC-B) - involved in the design, financing and implementation of these programmes.

Throughout these four tracks, real country case studies will be used to illustrate good examples as well as key challenges and trade-offs.

The course targets an audience concerned with or working 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.

Why should you apply?

By participating to the course, without prior exposure to PEPs you will

  1. Get introduced to PEPs and how it contributes to various up-to-date developmental challenges,
  2. Get concrete experiences on how PEPs programmes are implemented in some champions countries, and assess the elements to maximise impacts 

By participating to the course, as a practitioner, policy maker you, will

  1. Consolidate your experience on what is working and what is not in designing, and implementing PEPs
  2. Compare your experience with other peers from different countries and raise lessons,
  3. Be in a position to influence and/or apply new approaches/ innovations in your own PEPs programmes, or maximise the component of public works in your multidimensional poverty alleviation/SDGs related  programmes

Format and Methodology

Format and Methodology

The training methodology for this one-week course will be highly participatory (learning by doing) and the content delivered in a practical way (using concrete case studies, existing examples).  

The training methodology will combine lectures by experts and practitioners from the ILO, ITCILO, consultants and partner organisations.  

The state-of-the-art interactive facilitation methods will be used in combination with digital learning technologies to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, experience and best practices. An interactive web-platform, the e-Campus, will be used to enhance the learning experience to easily access the course materials for each session.

An evaluation questionnaire will be made available at the end of the event to acquire information on participants’ satisfaction and suggestions on how to improve the content of the course and the training methodology.

A knowledge acquisition test will be administered to assess the new knowledge participants acquired during the course.

Language requirements

Language requirements

The course is offered in English 

How to apply

How to apply

Participation costs

The course is fee-paying. The total cost is 2250 euro and it is composed of:

  • the tuition cost of 1615 euro covering the cost of programme development and management, secretarial and administrative support costs, the use of training facilities and teaching equipment, office supplies and training materials. Also included is emergency medical insurance;
  • The participant’s accommodation and subsistence cost of 635 euro covering lodging and subsistence at the ITCILO campus.

For information regarding payment, cancellation and refunds, please consult: http://www.itcilo.org/en/training-offer/how-to-apply 

The following process will allow you to effectively plan your course registration and preparation to come to Turin. It will also allow you to efficiently manage your application. 


Candidates wishing to participate in the course are invited to send us:

1. An online registration form duly completed. https://oarf2.itcilo.org/STF/A9012175/en  

2. An official letter of financial support issued by your organization (or donor) specifying that it will cover the following:

  • The total cost of participation in the course; the balance of the participation fee (if you receive a grant from the Centre) OR the amount that your organization or donor can consider
  • Travel expenses between the country of origin and the Training Centre.

Only candidates who will produce both documents (online form and cover letter) will be considered. Please attach the cover letter to the registration form or send it to employmentpolicy@itcilo.org 


Please note that the Turin Training Centre can only confirm your candidature to the training you are interested in after receipt of the two documents mentioned above: registration form, letter of sponsorship and confirmation of ticket financing.

When the application is accepted, it is the responsibility of the participants to obtain a Schengen visa. Visa applications must be submitted at least four weeks before the beginning of the activity, accompanied by a letter of support from the Turin Centre. Like travel expenses, the costs related to obtaining the visa are the responsibility of the participant.




Tuition cost: 1615

Subsistence cost: 635

Total cost: 2250


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