Specialisation Programme on Protection Coordination
The Specialisation Programme on Protection Coordination is an inter-agency blended learning programme for coordinators, co-coordinators and local actors engaged in Protection Coordination in field operations. It is specifically designed and developed to strengthen the skills needed for effective Protection Coordination and to encourage a collaborative and harmonised protection response.
Between 2021 and mid-2023, the SPPC Programme has been delivered 12 times in English and in French to 266 participants coming from more than 35 different field operations.
The Programme Calendar for 2023
Who can participate?
The Programme specifically targets coordinators, co-coordinators and local actors in field operations, from UN agencies to government counterparts and NGO partners. To fully benefit and actively participate in the Programme, some knowledge, exposure to and/or experience with Protection Coordination is recommended.
Please note that a limited number of applications are selected to ensure the interaction of the sessions.
Applications to the Programme are open several times a year and are disseminated to corresponding target audience by the Global Protection Cluster and the Areas of Responsibility.
The programme takes place over a period of three months and is divided into 3 phases:
Phase 1 - Self-Study Phase
During the Self-Study Phase, participants work online, individually and at their own pace via the Sanremo Institute’s Online Learning Platform, Moodle. The platform offers micro-learning components divided per topic, such as an e-course, a document (checklist, an assessment), a video, a podcast, a visual or a link to a website. Per topic, there are mandatory and additional or recommended micro-learning resources to work on. Mandatory materials cover the essential content selected by the Global Protection Cluster and each of the Areas of Responsibility. The Self-Study Phase takes about 10 hours. Guidance and support is offered by the Programme’s facilitator team.
At the end of the Self-Study Phase, participants have to submit an assignment. Only participants who complete the Self-Study Phase will be invited to participate in the Virtual Workshop Phase.
Phase 2 - Virtual Workshop Phase
The Virtual Workshop Phase consists of 12 virtual and interactive workshop sessions. All sessions of the online course will be scheduled over a period of four to six weeks, whereas for the residential workshop they will be delivered over 5 days.
This Phase offers participants with an opportunity to practice and improve a range of soft skills needed for effective coordination – including, but not limited to, conducting protection analysis, advocacy, humanitarian negotiation, and decision-making. The different sessions are participatory, interactive and contain both individual and group work. In addition, examples and good practices are shared by expert facilitators throughout the Workshop Phase.
This phase is ‘paced’: it requires preparation and completion of specific activities and exercises before the next virtual session. Scheduling enough time for this Phase is essential!