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Quality and Competency Review of Candidates for IPC Level 3 Certification

Jan 2020

Per the revised Learning and Certification Strategy developed in late 2018, as part of the process of revitalizing Level 3 certification (L3), it was proposed that some form of qualitative review be incorporated into the certification process for prospective L3s.  Indeed, qualitative review had been part of the previous L3 certification framework, but as it involved Steering Committee approval of each candidate, it had proven unworkable in practice.

This guidance note sets out a proposed process and procedural sequence based on recommendations from IPC Global Support Unit (GSU) colleagues in both Rome and the field. It recognizes that the constituency of prospective L3s is wide.  The competency tool therefore needs considerable flexibility.

L3 certification represents the highest level of professional attainment for the IPC. Moreover, since the GSU has committed to ensure that IPC analyses are always led by L3 certified staff, the total number of L3 certified staff is indicative of existing capacity to adequately support IPC analyses at the global level. Therefore L3 certification is not to be offered lightly, or achieved without effort. As a general guide, the baseline question for L3 attainment should be, ‘can this individual prepare and neutrally run a full analysis on their own, even without additional GSU support?’  If the answer to that question is yes, then the candidate is L3 potential; if the answer is less than that, then additional training, analysis experience and additional support are required before the candidate is certified as L3.

This note presumes that it is appropriate to assume that IPC L2s will be expected to work towards L3 certification, but that certification should not, on the whole, be either automatic or assumed.  It is further noted that L3 certification is a scale-specific proficiency in Acute Food Insecurity, and does not necessarily equate to Chronic Food Insecurity and Acute Malnutrition.

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