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the staff college at a glance

The Staff College at a Glance

A growing Organization

  • The United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) is a high-quality centre of excellence in learning and training services supporting the UN system in achieving its objectives and building its capacities, while focusing on a number of strategic areas.
  • The College itself began operations in 1996 as a project entrusted to the ITC/ILO.
  • 1 January 2002 the College began its operations as a distinct institution within the United Nations system.
  • ‘To promote a cohesive management culture across the UN’
  • ‘To support and strengthen continuous learning and development in the UN system’

Assisting UN organizations and staff to:

  • Develop skills and competencies necessary for their work at the inter-agency level;
  • Provide strategic leadership and managementdevelopment at the institutional level;
  • Promote positive change in the UN system within the context of ongoing UN reform;
  • Enhance expertise in the area of learning, training and staff development.
  • The College works at an inter-agency level to serve multiple organisations without duplicating learning and training activities of other UN agencies.
programmatic focus

Development Cooperation:



System (RCS)Learning





UN System Learning & Training Services

Programmatic focus
key activities
Key Activities
  • UN Programming Learning Support – UNDAFs
  • Skills training for UNCTs and their staff
  • UNCT Coordination and Leadership Skills
  • Delivering as One – 8 pilot countries
  • Organisational Learning Support on UN programming
areas for cooperation
Areas for cooperation
  • Nominate P5-D1 staff to our UNCT Coordination & Leadership Skills Workshops – 6 planned for 2009
  • Nominate staff to our other skills courses i.e. HRBA/RBM, Partnering etc.
  • Screen nominations to our ToTs
  • Help us on the Change Management
peace and security

Peace and Security

In the frontline for conflict prevention & security

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Key Activities

Conflict Prevention: Analysis for Action (CPAA)

Safe & Secure Approaches in Field Environments (SSAFE)

Dialogue Series on Peacekeeping, Peacebuilding & Sustainable Development

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Areas for cooperation

We help the UN System and its partners:

  • to strengthen their capacity to address the challenges to collective security and durable peace
  • to strengthen their capacity to address the threats to the safety and security of its staff
  • to strengthen their capacity to revisit their operational approach in order to reach a successful integration among development, peacebuilding and peacekeeping
un system learning and training services

UN System Learning and Training Services

Bridging gaps

to learn as One

focus areas
Focus areas
  • Pursuing greater organizational effectiveness as a result of increased staff development and learning competencies, by:
    • Supporting coherent staff orientation processes;
    • Nurturing continued development of the United Nations learning community;
    • Managing strategic staff development activities; and
    • Fostering technology supported learning.
staff orientation to the un common needs for a common career
Staff orientation to the UN:Common needs for a common career
  • “Welcome to the UN: A UN system induction course”
    • An on-line course addressing common induction needs of new UN staff, focusing on the UN as a whole and the various interagency linkages
  • “Young Professionals Orientation Programme”
    • A residential 2-weeks induction course for JPOs (Oct)
  • “UN Fellows Workshop: Tools for development cooperation”
    • A residential 2-weeks induction course for UN Fellows (Dec)
un learning community closer ties increased coherence
UN Learning Community:Closer ties, increased coherence
  • The Learning Managers’ Forum
    • Addressing common challenges, sharing best practices, facilitating dialogue among learning chiefs and fostering interagency collaboration for more than a decade.
  • The UNLearning Community
    • A strong Community of Practice (CoP), which has become a key reference point for discussion, requests and collaboration on training and learning management for UN and UN-affiliated organizations.
strategic development activities
Strategic development activities:
  • “What a UN evaluator needs to Know”
    • Developed and conducted in partnership with UNEG, an introductory course on what is evaluation and how it is designed and managed. (Regional courses regularly)
  • “Evaluation and Impact Assessment of Learning and Training” (EIA)
    • A 3 days course organized in partnership with Dr. Jack Phillips, from the ROI Institute. (June and November)
technology supported learning modern tools for a stronger un
Technology supported learning:Modern tools for a stronger UN
  • A new on-line communities platform
    • Upgrading the services and management capabilities offered to the UN learning community, while ensuring seamless transition in user experience.
  • Fostering growth of sustainable agency-specific blended learning induction solutions
    • Supporting increased coherence of staff orientation processes through a customizable on-line platform integrating common UN orientation content with agency-owned specific content, to be used as a component of blended learning strategies.
areas of cooperation
Areas of cooperation
  • Continue engaging with us to provide strategic guidance in capacity building of your staff in areas of training, learning and staff development
  • Remain actively engaged in discussions within the learning community
  • Support the integration of common UN induction content into your respective organizational setting
  • Promote a sound management culture through more effective evaluation and/or participate in relevant learning opportunities on evaluation
lts team
LTS Team

For more info. please contact us:

Ms. Mariama Daramy-Lewis, Head

Ms. Ada OcampoCoordinator UNSSC/UNEG Training Programme

Mr. Miguel Panadero, Learning and Training Specialist

Ms. Cristina Pelazza, Learning Officer, Associate Collaborator

Mr. Vincenzo Lionetti, Project Officer, Associate Collaborator

Mr. Stefano Serra, Web Developer, Associate Collaborator

Ms. Elisabetta Pavan, Programme Assistant

Ms. Martine Macouillard, Programme Assistant

future direction focus
Future direction & Focus
  • To work closer with partner agencies to promote and facilitate the concept of delivering as one and improved cohesiveness in the system
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Future direction & Focus
  • To provide opportunities to further develop staff capacity to better respond to global challenges facing the UN (e.g., training in climate change, gender mainstreaming, local governance, result based budgeting)
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Future direction & Focus
  • To become the centre piece of the system for improving the necessary management and leadership skills required to effectively deal with global challenges
future direction focus3
Future direction & Focus
  • To become the system’s hub for effective management of knowledge and information on common UN themes and priorities
strategic approaches
Strategic approaches
  • Expand Partnership with internal and external partners
  • Roll out applied research driven training and learning
  • Innovation based blended learning
  • Expand the financial envelope for programme development
  • Create a service and client oriented centre for learning, training and staff development
jafar s wish list
Jafar’s wish list

Next 6 months:

  • Work with us to identify system wide common priority areas for training, learning and SD
  • Work with us to avoid duplication of efforts & resources
  • Share with us your learning & training events
  • Common access to intranets
  • Support our efforts to increase visibility within your organization and outside
  • Support us to increase our financial portfolio