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Capacity Development

In the IPC system, Capacity Development aims at ensuring the professionalization, decentralization and sustainability of IPC practitioners’ technical capacity. Activities related to Capacity Development take place at country, regional and global level.

The IPC relies on a wide range of activities and tools for Capacity Development, the corner stone of these being the IPC Certification Programme. The initiatives related to IPC Capacity Development are described below:



IPC Certification Programme

The IPC Certification Programme is relevant for food security experts who are engaged or want to engage in IPC activities at global, regional and/or country levels. The IPC Certification Process is designed to ensure that applicants acquire and can demonstrate the following:

  1. Knowledge and understanding of IPC technical standards, protocols, and guidelines;
  2. Skills to apply the IPC approach and engage in IPC analysis; and
  3. Relevant level of capacity and experience to lead IPC training and analysis.

There are three IPC certificates and related credentials:

  1. “Level 1 Certificate as IPC Analyst” which certifies an individual’s capacity to use the IPC tools and procedures to conduct IPC analyses;
  2. “Level 2 Certificate as IPC Trainer/Facilitator” which allows an individual to lead IPC Level 1 Trainings and Country Analysis Workshops; and
  3. “Level 3 Certificate as IPC Expert” which aims at preparing IPC International Experts who can operate and support the IPC Certification Programme anywhere in the world.

Click here for more details on the IPC Certification Programme.

IPC Cross-Country Learning Exchanges (CCLE)

The IPC Cross-Country Learning Exchange (CCLE) programme has been designed to support candidates within the IPC Certification Programme, providing them with the opportunity to participate in activities set as requisites for certification, especially, but not exclusively, the IPC Acute Food Insecurity Level 2 Certification. The CCLE programme also serves to strengthen the capacity and skills of newly certified IPC Level 2 Trainers by providing them with opportunities to facilitate IPC Level 1 trainings and IPC analyses in other countries. The CCLE programme is also an opportunity to promote cross-country learning and fertilization to improve the quality and standardization of IPC analyses across countries, therefore, contributing to the quality of IPC products.

IPC in University and Center of Excellence Programmes

The IPC course curriculum activity addresses increasing global and regional demand for IPC analyses and trained personnel able to support such analyses. Based on current IPC training and certification systems, the activity aims to:

  • Expand the global IPC knowledge base by developing working partnerships with academic institutions worldwide;
  • Provide the skills-base for a new generation of IPC analysts by introducing the IPC to graduate students and early-career academics;
  • Strengthen the IPC approach by broadening the user base to include academics from a wide range of disciplines; and
  • Begin the process of decentralizing the certification process for the IPC by developing regional universities as centres of excellence, making IPC training more available to the global community of food security stakeholders.

In this first phase (Jan 2018-Mar 2019), the current IPC training and certification package (updated to reflect IPC Technical Manual 3.0) will be expanded to form the basis of an academic course suitable and relevant for graduate-level (that is, masters and doctoral level) students. Development of this curriculum will be undertaken based on a global collaborative network, involving a lead university responsible for drafting the curriculum, and partner universities at the regional level critiquing and reviewing the curriculum as it is drafted.

IPC Community of Practitioners (CoP)

The IPC Community of Practicioners (CoP) is a forum for exchanges, debates and updates on the IPC dedicated to IPC Level 2 and IPC Level 3 practitioners. It also serves as a roster of IPC trainers who can support IPC analyses at country level.

Other Resources
Guidelines | 01.01.2020
Manuals | 25.04.2019
Briefs | 14.06.2018
Briefs | 28.04.2017
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