This five-week course aims to equip participants with the tools to write compelling pieces of integrated analysis, taking into account the primacy of the political as a guiding principle for all UN interventions. The programme will enable its participants to improve drafting and analytical skills by combining writing tips and practice with tutored guidance on the different analytical methodologies in place within the UN system to conduct informed, data-driven analysis

Introduction

Effective communication is a key element of the work of the United Nations and international organizations at large. Every day, the UN is called to take decisions whose impact will affect the lives of millions of people who are the direct beneficiaries of our collective work, as international civil servants. The Secretary-General himself has placed the primacy of politics and analysis at the centre of his agenda and as a guiding principle of any of the UN initiatives on sustaining peace. Analysis at the UN is often conducted for various audiences and purposes and with the ultimate goal of taking decisions that will “do no harm” and also ensure the greatest impact to its beneficiaries. Written analysis is one of the most complex and yet most important tools to influence policy making. By combining analytical methodologies, webinars and tutored writing exercises, this course will boost the ability of participants to capture, analyse and report on the most sensitive information required for decision-making using the appropriate drafting techniques and stylistic conventions.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will be able to:

  • Learn about different methodologies and techniques to craft informed pieces of analytical writing tailored for different scenarios, audiences and purposes. 
  • Learn about the basic principles of good writing, including an overview of best practices of writing, adjusting your scripts to the purpose, content, source of information, language, tone and style. 
  • Benefit from peer-to-peer learning and share lessons learned in order to promote shared analytical methodologies and good practices across United Nations entities and key partners. 

 

Course methodology

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will be able to:

  • Learn about different methodologies and techniques to craft informed pieces of analytical writing tailored for different scenarios, audiences and purposes. 
  • Learn about the basic principles of good writing, including an overview of best practices of writing, adjusting your scripts to the purpose, content, source of information, language, tone and style. 
  • Benefit from peer-to-peer learning and share lessons learned in order to promote shared analytical methodologies and good practices across United Nations entities and key partners. 

 

Course contents

General description of the curriculum (overall) + brief outline of key themes:

  • WEEK 1 : understanding integrated analysis concepts, tools and products (such as trend/incident analyses, threat assessments, early warning, scenarios, profiling and risk mapping, focusing on a medium- and long-term outlook);
  • WEEK 2:  strengthening information collection and analytical capacities (verifying sources, testing hypotheses, managing unconscious bias) - practical simulation;
  • WEEK 3: Integrated Analysis for policy development, strategic planning and decision - Mid- Term Assignment.
  • WEEK 4: Key principles for cogent writing – structuring analytical arguments with purpose, coherence, style, and the appropriate tone;
  • Week 5: Drafting clear and concise analytical reports - Final Assignment.

If you are interested in integrated analysis, have a look at our "Integrated Data Analytics for Sustaining Peace" course. It aims to enable practitioners working in peace and security and peacebuilding to understand and visualize data for better integrated storytelling and decision-making.

 

Target audience

United Nations staff from the Secretariat, agency, funds and programmes and partners working on sustaining peace, through political analysis, good offices, mediation and conflict-sensitive programming.

Cost of participation

$750