Training of Trainers Certification Programme


ILO officials in the field and at Headquarters are increasingly involved in the design, organization, implementation and evaluation of training and learning events for ILO constituents and other stakeholders. Training and capacity development is crucial within the large majority of ILO development cooperation projects and programmes, and in-house capacity is increasingly in demand.

Nevertheless, only a limited number of ILO officials have had training of trainers’ opportunities that would turn them into effective facilitators of learning, who master crucial pedagogical competencies.

This Training of Trainers Certification Programme enables ILO officials - involved in capacity development initiatives - to acquire and upgrade training and facilitation skills and techniques. ILO officials are required to prove their competences through an assessment process which will lead to their certification as ILO Trainers.

Both the assessment and the certification processes are led by DELTA officials together with ITCILO colleagues (Lead Trainers) who have gained a Certificate as Facilitators awarded by the International Association of Facilitators (IAF:, an important reference in facilitation certification.

The ToT Certification Programme involves ILO trainers, facilitators and content experts, who aim to ensure that their activities generate learning, in the analysis and application of pedagogical concepts, tools and techniques.

Efficient trainers able to apply a learner-centred approach within their own training events guarantee enhanced learning results that are reflected in improved projects’ outcomes.

In particular, ILO officials who participate in this Programme: 

  • examine the training cycle from a capacity development perspective;
  • experiment learner-centred training design, implementation and evaluation;
  • gain important pedagogical concepts and innovative training approaches:
  • build their repository of participatory methodologies and innovative learning technologies;
  • experience learning within a stimulating environment;
  • investigate the importance of training evaluation and its different levels;
  • benefit from peers’ and Master Trainers’ feedback;
  • prove the acquisition of pedagogical competencies. 

The ToT Certification Programme covers the main phases of the learning management cycle: analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation.

A particular emphasis is laid upon design, participatory delivery and:

  • the characteristics of adult learning and learning styles;
  • knowledge sharing and facilitation techniques;
  • learning technologies;
  • action-oriented learner-centred training;
  • creativity and visual facilitation;
  • learning assessment.

Case studies, examples and references stored in the ITCILO Learning and Technology Blog, that focuses on learning innovation, are embedded in the Programme and participants have the opportunity to explore innovative and creative approaches to training and capacity development experimented worldwide. 

Each participant is be requested to continuously relate the Programme’s contents to his/her own project and work requirements.

In addition, as ILO officials, participants have to ensure that they are able to mainstream ILO values, principles and core issues:

  • gender equality;
  • environmental sustainability: green learning;
  • inclusion, respect and appreciation of diversity;
  • adaptability to different contexts and cultures.

Participants are ILO field and Headquarters staff, including technical specialists, who have regular or occasional responsibilities in designing or implementing training sessions or events, or are involved in capacity development.

In particular, the ToT Certification Programme is open to candidates who meet the following selection criteria:


  • Working commitments:
  •        ILO technical specialists involved in designing and implementing learning activities;
  •        ILO officials who have to supervise trainers and participate in training evaluation;
  •        ILO learning managers who take part in training programme cycles;
  •        ILO Managers who are responsible for training and capacity development.


  • Opportunity to implement: candidates should already have, when applying for the Programme, a planned training and learning event in which they participate as trainers.


  • Language and IT skills: candidates work in English and are ready to work at a distance and make the most of innovative IT tools and techniques.


Monica Lisa

Monica holds a Master Degree in Communication and a post-lauream degree in development and cooperation. She has been a programme officer at the ITCILO for the past 12 years. She is responsible for the design, delivery and evaluation of training of trainers’ activities and for the development of learning materials and environments, in accordance with individual and organisational needs and objectives.

She also acts as advisor in training and learning methodology, by providing pedagogical support to colleagues and outside customers within their training and learning events.

Monica likes to design and facilitate large events, ensuring they are creative, involving, participatory and sustainable. She believes green learning is possible. At home, Monica has four lovely children, which she feeds with good organic and local food.


Tom Wambeke

Mr Wambeke has Master’s degrees in educational science and in cultural management. Before joining the Centre, he was an assistant professor at the University of Leuven, Belgium, and a specialist in distance learning innovation in higher education. He has also worked as a project manager, trainer and consultant in Europe and Africa. He is now a Programme Officer within the DELTA unit, specializing in innovative educational technology, instructional design, lifelong e-learning, social media and knowledge management.

Mr Wambeke advises and assists colleagues, outside customers and partners on learning and knowledge sharing methods and technology, with a focus on information and communication technology for e-learning, blended learning and workplace learning. He has helped run projects and training-of-trainer workshops on networked e-learning, knowledge-sharing and innovation in the following countries or territories: Tanzania, Kenya, Pakistan, Thailand, Jamaica, Peru, Iran, Brazil, Colombia, Senegal, Zambia, Indonesia and the Gaza Strip. He monitors and contributes actively to international conferences and engages with international professional communities through blogs, podcasts, wikis and forums.


Johanne Lortie

Johanne's interest in gender justice goes back to her university years.  While doing a Master’s degree in sociology in Ottawa, she coordinated the Ontario Public Interest Research Group on environmental and social justice issues. She then worked as a consultant for many NGOs on gender equality, and as a programme officer for research institutions. Johanne designs and runs training activities that build up ILO constituents’ capacity to deal with gender issues. She runs courses in Turin, in the regions and online. Johanne is also a certified facilator (IAF) and an expert in knowledge sharing facilitation.


Sharon Compton

Sharon is the Coordinator of the Capability and Performance Unit within the Talent Management Branch of HRD at the ILO. In this capacity she is responsible for overseeing the ILO's staff development programmes and supporting its performance management framework and seeks to ensure that staff perform effectively and are able to develop and progress, balancing the needs of the individual and those of the Office. Sharon joined the ILO as a staff member in 2006 as an HR Business Analyst, working in PROGRAM, but her relationship with UN Organisations stems back to 1993 when she worked at the UN Secretariat in New York as a Management Consultant for Price Waterhouse Coopers. She moved to Geneva in 1999, starting her own consulting business specialising in Human Resources Management for the UN Common System with the ILO as one of her key clients.

Sharon enjoys diving and singing (not at the same time) and good food and wine. She lives in a French farmhouse with her husband and two children, enjoying the beautiful views of Lac Leman and the Mont Blanc.


Mirella Scabini

Mirella Scabini joined the ITCILO in 2004 as Assistant to the Chief of the Learning & Communication Service and in 2015 she joined the Delta Unit as Programme Assistant. She started her career in the private sector, where she worked as a management assistant in an employers’ association and as executive secretary to the President of a French banking group. In 2001 she joined an agency of the European Commission where she remained until 2003. She holds a certificate of Interpreter and Translator in English and French.


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