Organization of American States Department of<br />Human Development
International Trade, Investments and Labour Markets: Towards Policy Coherence



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Professional Development Scholarship Program

International Trade, Investment and Labour Markets: Towards Policy Coherence [1]


1) Study venue: International Training Centre of the ILO . Viale Maestri del Lavoro Torino, Italy. Tel: +39011693-6502. Webpage:

2) Course Coordinator:  Samuel Asfaha, E-Mail:

3) Modality: blended

4) Start and end dates of the course: November 5th to November 23rd, 2012

Distance:                                 November 5th to November 9th, 2012

Face to Face Turin Centre:  November 12th, to November 16th, 2012

Distance:                                 November 19th to November 23rd, 2012

5) Duration of the course: 3 weeks

6) Language of instruction: English

7) Course Objectives: By the end of the course, participants will have:

  • Acquired multi-disciplinary insights on existing and emerging policy and academic debates on the links among trade, FDI and labour markets and complementary policies for market openness;
  • An understanding of the nature and driving forces of changes in the structure of international trade and FDI; and
  • Discussed and analyzed the qualitative and quantitative effects of changes in the structure of trade and FDI on labour markets including employment, wages and income inequality;
  • Exchanged views and exposed to diverse experiences and best-practices; and
  • Forged networks with professionals from various academic and institutional backgrounds.

8. Course Content: The course combines e-learning (distance) and face -to- face learning phases consisting of eight modules with the following issues

· Overview and analysis of trade, FDI and labour market trends

· Conceptual framework: Trade, FDI and employment in development paradigm and the Millennium development agenda

· The links between international trade and FDI

· Trade, employment and Labour Market adjustments

· The changing structure of global production systems: Offshoring and trade in intermediary goods

· Offshoring and trade in tasks

· Trade Negotiations (including mode 3 services negotiations), the Doha Round and the MTS (1)

· Trade, FDI and labour Standards: the debates

· Labour clauses in bilateral and regional trade and investment agreements

· Labour clauses in trade and investment agreements (Case study)

· Trade and skills

· The gender dimension of trade and FDI

· Linking trade and labour rights through CSR: the concepts and debates

9) Eligibility requirements:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of an OAS Member State (Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brasil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba[2], Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, República Dominicana, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela),
  • Have a Bachelor degree
  • The course targets middle-level and senior policy-makers and development professionals from governments, employers' and workers' organizations, international and regional development organizations, development partners, research institutions, national and regional investment agencies and NGOs
  • Participants are expected to have academic and professional background in social and development policy. An online web-learning platform will be created in order to prepare participants for the face-to-face learning. The preparatory distance learning will be catered to individual training needs of participants.

11) OAS Scholarship Selection Criteria: In accordance with article 4.2 of the Manual of Procedures of the Scholarship and Training Programs of the OAS, OAS scholarships shall be granted based on the following criteria:

· The objectives and priorities established in the Strategic Plan for Partnership for Development;

· The training priorities of the member states;

· The merits and overall credentials of the candidate, including his/her academic and professional background;

· The financial need of the candidate; and

· An extensive and equitable geographic distribution for the benefit of all member states and that takes into account the greater needs of the smaller and relatively less developed economies.

12) Scholarships benefits:

  • The Department of Human Development, Education, and Culture of the OAS will cover round trip economy class airline tickets[3] from country of origin or residence to place of study. Funds for terminal and in-transit expenses are NOT provided.
  • ITCILO will cover the tuition fees and health insurance with international coverage for the duration of the course which includes emergency medical evacuation, repatriation of remains, and emergency medical meetings.
  • Participants will cover subsistence in the ITCILO Campus (US$820.00)

13) Certification: Participants who successfully complete the course requirements will receive a certificate for the successful completion of the course.

14) Responsibilities of the scholarship recipients:

  • In order to become scholarship recipients, the selected candidates must confirm their acceptance of the scholarship by signing and returning to DHDEC their completed “form of acceptance of the scholarship award”;
  • If after accepting the scholarship, the scholarship recipient for whatever reason cannot attend the course, he or she must immediately notify the Department of Human Development, Education, and Culture of the OAS and the coordinator of the course;
  • Scholarship recipients must communicate in writing to the OAS/DHDEC on which dates they will be able to travel, so the OAS can make the necessary travel arrangements;
  • Scholarship recipients are responsible for obtaining the necessary visa(s) to enter the country of study and the corresponding transit(s). The OAS will not be responsible for any costs related to obtaining visas or transfer documentation;
  • Each scholarship recipient is responsible for arriving on time for the commencement of activities on the date established by the institution offering the course or program;
  • If the scholarship recipient declines the scholarship, (after the ticket has been purchased without written authorization from the Department of Human Development, Education, and Culture of the OAS or fails to travel on the scheduled dates, or changes routes) the scholarship recipient will be responsible for paying the cost of the airfare, the cost of the enrolment fees or whatever additional cost is incurred;
  • If the scholarship recipient fails to travel on the scheduled dates, or change routes, after the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (GS/OAS) has purchased his/her travel ticket, he/she will be responsible for paying the difference in ticket costs in order to arrive at the course site on time; and
  • The scholarship recipient will furthermore have to reimburse the total cost of the airfare for his/her travel from his/her country of residence to the site where the Professional Development Course will take place and back if, after the ticket has been purchased, he/she declines the scholarship without written authorization from the Department of Human Development, Education, and Culture of the OAS. The latter includes any additional costs, incurred by the GS/OAS or the ITCILO, such as extra costs for fees and accommodation.
  • Scholarship recipients are responsible for additional funding of US$820.00 to cover room and board meals. Transfers from/ to airport are not included.(Approx € 76)

13) Application Process:

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  1. Print and sign application form e-mailed to your account.

7. Submit signed form and required documents with Professional Development Scholarships Forms & Documents to the National Liaison Office (ONE) in your country.

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[1] The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (“GS/OAS”) reserves the right to cancel this scholarship announcement at any time. Moreover, the OAS, GS/OAS, and its personnel are not liable for any actions taken in reliance on or otherwise based upon information in this announcement.

[2] On June 3, 2009, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Americas adopted resolution AG/RES. 2438 (XXXIX-O/09), which resolves that the 1962 Resolution that excluded the Government of Cuba from its participation in the inter-American system, ceases to have effect in the Organization of American States (OAS). The 2009 resolution states that the participation of the Republic of Cuba in the OAS will be the result of a process of dialogue initiated at the request of the Government of Cuba, and in accordance with the practices, purposes, and principles of the OAS

[3] The OAS Professional Development Scholarships Program will defray up to $2,500.00 for round trip airfare to travel to observer states.

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