This comprehensive programme is designed to equip UN staff with the knowledge and skills to apply results-based management (RBM) principles and tools (causality analysis, theory of change, results chain, indicator frameworks) in supporting UN programming to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a “game changer” that requires more than a mere harmonization of terminology or coordination of parallel efforts. It calls for integrated, interdependent and multidisciplinary outcomes by the UN system for collective impact.

One of the most powerful resources at the disposal of the UN development system is results-based management, commonly defined as “a management strategy by which all actors ensure that processes, products and services contribute to achieving a set of results.”  

Results-based management starts long before the logical frameworks traditionally associated with RBM. It begins with a causality analysis that lays sound foundations for the theory of change to address deeply interrelated and interdependent development challenges. 

Making the UN response to national priorities more results-oriented, integrated and aligned with the 2030 Agenda is what all countries expect from the United Nations.  These expectations can be met by using the full potential of results-based management.

Responding to the needs of the 2030 Agenda for increased accountability to support implementation, and driven by the Secretary-General's "Common Agenda" that calls for accelerating the UN family's transformation over the next five years through a "Quintet of Change" focused on stronger capabilities for data, innovation, strategic foresight, behavioural science, and results, this course offers a mix of knowledge and skills for advancing the applications of RBM principles and tools, and strengthening the quality of UN programming at the country level.

Participants will become fully knowledgeable of RBM and its practical application, innovative ways and approaches to support the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of UN sustainable development programmes.


Upon the successful completion of this course, participants will: 

  • connect the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the UN 2.0 Quintet of Change with UN system effective country-level interventions; 
  • define the UN system approach to results-based management; 
  • be able to use specific RBM tools (theory of change, results frameworks) in planning, project/programme proposal drafting, monitoring, reporting, and evaluation.
Course methodology

The course will adopt a blended format of instructional sessions and practical application. Participants will complete mini-RBM projects starting from identifying a development challenge, elaborating its theory of change, risks and assumptions, creating its results framework, formulating results, targets and indicators to strengthen learning retention and application. 

Course enrollment will be limited to 20 participants to maximize interaction with course instructors and derive the greatest benefit from small group work. 

Course contents

Day 1: 2030 Agenda, UN Reform, UN Integrated Programming and Overview of RBM.

Day 2: Theory of Change (from causality/problem tree to solution pathway), RBM for strategic planning, risks and assumptions.

Day 3: Results chain, indicators, results-based budgeting.

Day 4: Managing for results, monitoring and evaluation, results reporting.

Target audience

UN strategic planners; chairs/members of programme management teams /results groups/task teams; UN Coordination officers/advisers; UN staff involved in project/programme management

Cost of participation

The course fee covers the following:

  • Four days of training with a balance of presentations and group work on case studies and exercises.
  • Exclusive access to a UNSSC online social learning environment with training and supporting background materials, and the opportunity to stay connected with colleagues.
  • All course materials, resources and contacts.

Participants are expected to cover all travel and lodging costs related to their attendance at the course.

Certificates from the UNSSC will be awarded to participants upon completion.


In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, UNSSC will assure its face-to-face courses in Bonn will comply with the up-to-date health safety and hygiene standards. 

Participants are responsible for complying with German immigration and travel policies to enter the country, including digital registration prior to arrival to Germany. 

The approval of the participants’ registrations will happen close to the course starting date, provided the indoor events in Bonn are allowed and travel to Germany is not restricted. Participants are kindly requested not to make any travel arrangements prior to receiving the confirmation that the course will take place.