An online programme designed to enable UN staff to assess the risk of election-related violence and adopt a political approach to prevent the violence or mitigate its effects.


Together with the Electoral Assistance Division of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA), UNSSC has decided to deliver one virtual edition annually in addition to the two foreseen in-person trainings, in response to the current COVID-19 situation.


Upon successful completion of the virtual training, you will be able to:

  • Adopt a more comprehensive and political approach to prevent and mitigate election-related violence.
  • Learn from real examples and interact with practitioners.
  • Identify gender dimensions of political participation and election-related violence.
  • Benefit from peer knowledge and experience.
Course methodology

This virtual training will be conducted over five half-day sessions on March 28, March 30, April 1, April 4 and April 6. Participation in all five half-day sessions is mandatory to obtain the certificate.

Course contents

The sessions will be delivered as follows:

March 28 from 09:00-12:00 NY time

  • Introductions and Overview
  • UN electoral assistance

March 30 from 09:00 -12:00 NY time

  • Political approach
  • Conflict Analysis and cognitive biases

April 1 from 09:00 - 12:00 NY time

  • Preventing Violence against Women in elections
  • Electoral timeline and inclusive elections

April 4 from 09:00 - 12:00 NY time

  • Reflections on politically challenging elections
  • Social media and disinformation

April 6 from 09:00 - 12:00 NY time

  • Accepting election results
  • Closure
Target audience

UN staff working on electoral and political affairs, good offices and mediation as well as related peace and security issues. After signing up to this programme, you will be requested to submit your Personal History Profile (PHP), on the basis of which UNSSC and DPPA will carry out a selection process.

Cost of participation

Thanks to generous support from the Department of Political Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA), there are no fees for this programme.

Islem Omrani
Electoral Training and Capacity Building Specialist (UNDP Tunisia)

This is a fundamental course that should be taken by every person working in the electoral assistance area. Participants will expand their comprehension of risks, solutions and preventive measures that should be considered in an electoral process.