About this course

The “Leadership & Transformation Curriculum on Building and Managing Social Protection Floors in Africa - TRANSFORM” is the product of a large-scale collaboration between various institutions, conducted over several years. TRANSFORM has been developed primarily by African experts, to speak more directly to the specific challenges of building and managing social protection floors in Africa. The initiative aims at constant joint development and updating of the material, recognising the importance of growing regional expertise.

TRANSFORM is an inter-agency initiative of United Nations agencies supporting the building of social protection floors in Africa. It is coordinated in Africa by the ILO, UNICEF and UNDP. TRANSFORM has received support from Irish Aid and the European-Union Social Protection Systems project funded by the European Union and Finland.

This e-course is an adaption of the TRANSFORM training package and proposed activities from the face-to-face training. The e-course is developed in a linear curriculum, which integrates several content areas, elements and activities.

The TRANSFORM e-course is organised in a modular structure offering 10 modules:

  • Introduction Module
  • 1. Selection & Identification
  • 2. Legal Framework
  • 3. Administration
  • 4. Monitoring & Evaluation
  • 5. Management Information System 
  • 6. Coordination 
  • 7. Governance
  • 8. Financing and Financial Management
  • Final Module

The online course will last for 10 weeks and each of the 10 modules will have a specific proposal, as well as period for completion of 1 week (amounting to 5 hours of activity per week). The first week of the course will provide participants with an introduction to the course approach and concepts, and the last week will be dedicated to the completion of the final assignment.


The e-TRANSFORM UNICEF run is a partnership with UNICEF Ethiopia to offer this training for its local staff. This version was adapted exclusively for its purpose and will be held from 2 July until 30 September 2018.

Each of the 10 modules address a distinct social protection topic. Therefore, it is suggested that participants complete each module’s activities within their allocated week.

The course has diferent types of activities:

  • Group activities that enable participants to reflect individually about a specific topic to then interact with fellow participants, to facilitate knowledge exchange on designing effective social protection systems.
  • Individual Activities that allows participants to reflect individually on a given topic
  • Country Activities through which participants will have the chance to reflect about the situation of their home country or a country they have familiarity with
  • L&T (Leadership & Transformation) Activities that invite participants to reflect on a scenario by being the protagonist.

What will you learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Have an overview and enough basic knowledge of Social Protection Floors and drivers of change and leadership requirements to engage in transformation towards national systems of social protection;
  • Have an overview of the following main interconnected areas of Social Protection Frameworks: Selection & Identification, Legal, Administration, Monitoring & Evaluation, Management and Information Systems, Coordination, Governance, and Financing and Financial Information.
  • Understand why and how a Social Protection Floor is beneficial to your specific county context and how it can assist social and economic development.
  • Understand that a social protection system comprises different parts – all of which interact with and affect each other.
  • Understand the need to adapt and tailor a social protection system to each specific country context. Every situation and time is so unique and requires constant adaptation based on practice and experience.
  • Subject choices regarding the design of social protection systems to careful analysis of capacity considerations to address governance and administration gaps.
  • Applying a rights-based approach as a lens by which to develop social protection systems and understand that these approaches go beyond a country’s legal framework, by actually putting citizens at the center of the development of managing and administering social protection systems.

Access the course

Eligibility: Social Protection Professionals

Duration: 10 weeks

Commitment: 5 hours / week

Language: English

Certification: Available

Topic: Social Protection Floors

* instructor-led



Last modified: Tuesday, 28 August 2018, 3:34 PM