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Apply to ITCILO Master in Management of Development 2020!

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Apply for ITCILO Master in Management of Development

28 SEPTEMBER  2020– 27 SEPTEMBER 2021



The Master in Management of Development is about project interventions to address development issues and is suitable for a range of colleagues from ambitious support staff and junior professionals to mid-career professionals.

The International Training Centre of the ILO (ITCILO) is offering this Master in Management of Development under the auspices of its Turin School of Development and in partnership with the University of Turin and UNCTAD (the UN Conference on Trade and Development).
UNCTAD involvement in the Master in Management of Development

ITCILO has been running this programme for more than 15 years already and has had many officials from UN agencies, development banks and NGOs successfully participating in it.





The Master is an intensive blended-learning programme with three successive phases: internet-based distance learning via ITCILO E-Campus, interactive classroom attendance in Turin, Italy, and practical research work. 

  • Online (E-Campus)
    28 September–31 December 2020
  • Online (E-Campus)
    1–22 January 2021
  • Turin, Italy
    25 January–28 May 2021
  • Online (E-Campus)
    17 May–24 September 2021


Language of teaching:  English

Application deadline: 1 June 2020

Price: Tuition €8,500 / Subsistence €6,160 / Total €14,660


Course Code: A9712853


The content is multidisciplinary, ranging from exploration of key topics in development economics, to the rule of law and the factors influencing the design and effective operation of development institutions. In addition, the programme explores the full spectrum of managerial and analytical competencies needed for project cycle management and some related interpersonal skills. 

Structure and topics that the masters cover:


Part I – Distance learning online (28 September 2020 - 22 January 2021)

The first phase of the programme consists of 17 weeks of distance learning principally aimed at providing broad knowledge on development as an issue, using as structuring element the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, the foundations are laid on Project Cycle Management and selected other tools for development work. Learning is supported by a dedicated distance learning platform on the Centre’s e-campus, enabling several learning methodologies. Master students are assisted by a dedicated tutor during the full distance learning phase.


Part II – Face-to-face learning (25 January 2021 until 14 May 2021)

The second part of the programme consists of 16 weeks of face-to-face learning principally aimed at making participants able to understand, critically question and interpret development as a process. This part also aims at making participants exercise the knowledge of development as an issue acquired in Phase I, and to explore the process under question from a practical perspective. The content will be clustered around themes, including:

  1. Human Development, Human Rights and Migration
  2. Development, Inequality and Growth
  3. Environment and Sustainability
  4. Local Development and Participation
  5. Governance and Democracy
  6. Actors, Partnerships and Financing
  7. Result-based Management and Project Management
  8. Methods and Techniques for Development

The face-to-face part also allows for in-depth preparation of the project-writing task, which will culminate in the preparation of a full-scale project document.


Final dissertation (Preparation and submission of the final thesis by 24 September 2021).

This final part of the programme is dedicated to the elaboration of an academic paper on a topic with direct relevance to the project idea developed into the project document in Phase II.

Learning objectives

  1. The Master addresses a number of critical questions confronting development practitioners and planners like:
  2. What are the defining characteristics of sustainable development? Which issues and processes can be identified behind this broad concept?
  3. How to plan and manage project interventions to achieve development objectives?
  4. What is results-based management and how is it applied in the development context?
  5. What policies and strategies may contribute to sustainable transformations in terms of cultural, political, social, economic and environmental changes?


Entry Requirements 

Applicants must have successfully completed a first level university degree of at least 3 years’ duration, in either law, economics, political sciences, engineering, agriculture, languages, literature, business administration or equivalent.

The validity of non-Italian degrees must be recognized under Italian law and regulations.

Candidates are requested to verify that the University they attended is an academic institution recognized by the Italian Embassy. In case of successful selection, the Declaration of Value of the university bachelor is required.

Ideally, applicants should have 2-3 years of work experience in the field of development cooperation.


Fees and Applications

The tuition fee is Euro 8,500. The fee includes:

  • Programme development and management;
  • teaching equipment, training materials and documentation; and use of training facilities and support services.

Board, lodging, travel expenses, transports and personal expenses for the period in Turin are not included in the cost of participation.

The cost of accommodation (bed and breakfast) at the Centre’s campus during the 16 weeks face-to-face part of the programme – if desired by the individual student – is Euro 6,160. Meals are excluded and must be paid directly by participants in accordance with consumption.

However, participants may seek off-campus accommodation like in university residences, which may be less costly. The Programme Secretariat will provide interested participants with telephone and e-mail contacts of such residences.

For information regarding payment, cancellation and refunds please consult:

Applicants interested in participating in this Masters programme should submit the application form available on the Masters website:

along with the requested documents, no later than 1 June 2020.

Only complete applications will be considered during the candidate selection process.

For further information, please contact via email:


                                Successful Stories from MANDEV Alumnis:


Francesco Stella from Italy

"A few months after the end of the Master, I started an internship at UNCDF in Brussels, where I have been working for around one and a half years. It has been an incredibly challenging first professional training that helped me grow a lot and taught me a lot about programme management".

Sonya Syafitri from Indonesia

"The global exposure that I gained from this course helped me to become the Director-General of the Somaliland Civil Service Institute six months after my graduation".

Guled Said from Somalia

"By obtaining my Master’s degree, I have gained further global exposure and experience that helped me to land in a senior management position three months after graduation inside the International Organization for Migration (IOM) leading Resilience & Environment Programme targeting Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh".

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