You are here:  HomeTrainingCoursesCourses List


Call for Applications: Crisis Information Management (CIM) Course
20 February 2017 - 30 April 2017

Course Dates: May 29 – June 9, 2017
Course Outline

The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre offers a two-week course on Crisis Information Management (CIM) and this year the course will be run from May 29 – June 9, 2017. This course provides the opportunity for future or experienced actors involved in peace support operations to enhance their own professional skill in Information Management (IM), with a goal to enhance the effectiveness of African personnel engaged in future peace support operations. Information management in times of crises is a critical issue considering the number of peace support missions that are currently ongoing in Africa. This course will also help with the creation of a roster of trained personnel able to fill IM posts in missions e.g. UN and related areas as well as the African Standby Force (ASF) at Regional levels.

Course Aim
The aim of the course is to promote greater situational awareness through appropriate information management methodologies in a multi-stakeholder environment in order to improve the quality of information provided to key decision makers in crisis operations, in order to enhance the effectiveness of those personnel engaged in future operations.
Course Content

Objective week 1: To enhance ECOWAS / ASF-ESF and regional African capabilities in multi-national Crisis Information Management in context of UN JOC policy.
Content: Conflict Analysis, causes and consequences; Information concepts; IM in Decision making process; Early warning; Intro in JMAC; Information Cycle from collection to evaluation.
Objective week 2: Train Participants in the application of Crisis Information Management skills and procedures to better support decision making and contribute to mission success.
Content: Information reporting, - writing and drawing conclusions; Information Preparation of the Area of operation including Simulation Exercise; country / area information study.
Course Participants

The principal target audience for this CIM course will be predominantly middle-level, AU and ECOWAS staff, personnel from Governments, UN, aid agencies, NGOs, military and police with some basic Intel-background, to understand each other’s operational role better, and thus improve  cooperation in collecting, assessing and preparing information for better crisis information management and decision making at operational levels of an international multi-stakeholder peacekeeping and peace building operation. Selection will strive to achieve gender balance of participants as much as possible; and nominating participants who are / will be serving in current West African UN Missions.
Application deadline: 30th April, 2017

Relevant Information

•    The course will be conducted in English ONLY;
•    Class capacity is 30 (Civilian, Military and Police)
•    Every participant will have to prove adequate health insurance coverage before travelling to the Centre. KAIPTC will not bear any health or accident costs for any participant.

How to Apply

Interested applicants are requested to kindly click on the link below to apply

Marylyn Akabutu                   
Training Coordinator                 
Tel: 233 302 718 200 Ext.1012       
Fax: 233 302 718 201


Call for Applications: Multidimensional Peace Operations (MDPO17) Course
20 January 2017 - 19 March 2017

Course date: 01 May – 12 May 2017
Application Deadline: 19 March 2017

The Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) and the Swiss Confederation wish to invite qualified and interested parties to attend the course Multidimensional Peace Operations 2017.

More than half a century after the establishment of the first UN field operation in 1948, the size and scope of UN peacekeeping operations has expanded dramatically. And as peacekeeping has evolved, particularly since the late 1980s, a growing number of United Nations peacekeeping operations have become multidimensional in nature, composed of a range of components, including military, civilian police, political affairs, rule of law, human rights, humanitarian, reconstruction, public information and gender. There are also a number of areas, such as mission support and security and safety of personnel, which remain essential to peacekeeping regardless of a particular mission’s mandate. It is critical therefore that all actors involved understand the related challenges and opportunities, including mission components, mandates and structure from an operational perspective.


The aim of the Multidimensional Peace Operations (MDPO) Course is to provide civilians, police and military personnel with the knowledge and skills of operational level planning, coordination and conduct of MDPO in order to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the components in Peace Operations.


The target group includes Military, Police, Civilian Mission Staff, Humanitarian and Civil Society Actors on operational level (CPT to LTC, ASP to C/SUPT and managerial level/positions e.g. P3/P4, Assistant Director, Directors).

We strive for an equal participation of Military, Police and Civilians as well as gender balance.


•    The Nature of Conflicts
•    Frameworks for Peace Operations
•    Introduction and Concept of Peace Operations
•    Gender and Peace Operations
•    DDR in Peace Operations
•    Security Sector Reform (SSR) and Peace Operations
•    In-Mission Negotiations, Mediation & Facilitation
•    Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and Protection of Civilians (POC) in Peace Operations
•    Integrated Mission Support
•    Planning in Peace Operations
•    UN Policy on Civil-Military Coordination (CIMIC)
•    Mine Awareness and IEDs in Integrated Missions Support
•    Respect for Diversity
•    MDPO in Practice


The course will be delivered through a combination of lectures, case studies, small group works and exercises among others. The “Problem-Based Learning Approach” will be used in the delivery of the course; hence, participants will play a very active role under the guidance of an experienced team of facilitators.


•    The course is conducted in English; there will be no translation in other languages.
•    The course is residential and course participants will be accommodated at the KAIPTC.
•    The following costs will be covered by the Government of Switzerland: facilitation fees, air travel from international airport, food and accommodation. Visa costs as well as travel to an international airport will be borne by the participant.
•    UN personnel (Military, Police and Civilian) is to use UN flights to reduce cost impact on budget.
•    All nominated participants will have to complete an eLearning module prior to the commencement of the course. The acquired certification is a condition for admission. The aim of this preparation is to place all participants on the same level of understanding of the MDPO concept prior to the course commencement.
•    All nominated participants will have to proof adequate health insurance coverage prior to the commencement of the course. KAIPTC or the Swiss Confederation will not bear any costs caused by illness or accident.
•    No-shows or cancellation of confirmed participants: resulting costs are to be borne by the participant.

How to Apply

Only fully completed applications that are submitted via the application portal below will be taken into consideration. Please also note that your "reasons for applying" are an important factor in the selection process.


We will receive roughly 15 applications for each and every seat available on this course. This will make the work of the selection board though but interesting. The process will be as following:

•    Selection Board will decide on shortlisted and waitlisted applications (end March 2017)
•    Shortlisted candidates will be asked to confirm their seats bindingly
•   Should not all shortlisted candidates confirm their seats, these will be offered to candidates on the waitlist on "first come first served” basis

Course Director
(Swiss Armed Forces)


Call for Applications: Conflict Prevention Course (CPC17)
19 January 2017 - 17 April 2017

Course Date:  10 - 21 July 2017
Application Closing Date:  17 April 2017


Since the end of the Cold War, Africa has experienced various forms of armed conflicts which have caused the deaths of millions of people and displaced many others either as refugees or as internally displaced persons. Some of these intra-state conflicts have also led to the collapse of state and societal structures; have destroyed the fragile economies of many countries with adverse impact on the social conditions of the people; and have bequeathed terrible legacies of traumatized populations, ethnic hatred, banditry, and the proliferation of small arms and light weapons amongst others. The cases of Somalia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, DR Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Sudan and Mali are examples.

Although efforts are being made at the levels of the African Union (AU) Commission and Regional Economic Communities/Regional Mechanisms to respond to conflict situations, much remains to be done to ensure that appropriate conditions are created to make the recurrence of such conflicts difficult, if not impossible. In many countries, the conditions that lead to violent conflict are prevalent. Across the continent, pervasive poverty, unemployment, particularly among the youth population, bad governance, exclusive politics, unconstitutional hold to political power, corruption and other mal-practices are the order of the day. This partly explains why at a time that most people believe that military interventions and election related conflicts ought to have been confined to history globally, Africa still faces such threats. The experiences in Guinea, Niger, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, La Cote d’Ivoire, Burundi and most recently The Gambia are a few examples which underscore the stark conflict realities on the continent. Indications are that there are a lot more countries in Africa where potentials for similar kinds of conflict are rife.

As a contribution to the conflict prevention efforts of the African Union and ECOWAS in particular, KAIPTC plans to conduct the sixth in a series of Conflict Prevention Courses from 10 – 21 July 2017. The core elements of the training will be drawn from the Conflict Prevention Resource Pack for Civilian Actors which was developed through a collaboration between KAIPTC and the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) with the support of the German Technical Cooperation (GIZ) as a comprehensive civilian-driven operational strategy for conflict prevention and peacebuilding for West Africa in support of the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework (ECPF).

Course Duration/ Description

The Conflict Prevention Course will be a two-week residential course to be held at the KAIPTC. It will be conducted in English and French and will be based on the Problem Based Learning Methodology. The course will take a binary approach which will basically explore both the preventive and post conflict aspects of peacebuilding.

Aim and Objectives of the Course

The overall aim of the course is to provide knowledge and expertise on conflict prevention through an understanding and explanation of the factors that cause and trigger conflicts. Hence the course will contribute to the implementation of the ECPF and the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA)

Target Group

The course will target a mixed group of 30 practitioners in the field and those who are looking forward to be inserted in an operational theatre. In view of the two-sided approach to the course, priority will be given to personnel working with communities on the frontlines, Non-Governmental Organizations and multilateral organizations in ECOWAS member states with special emphasis on Niger, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso, The Gambia, Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea, Ghana and Nigeria. The selection process will also strive to include personnel from the ECOWAS (ESF) and AU Commissions, and United Nations with the European Union as observers. Selection will strive to achieve gender balance of participants as much as possible.

Course Content

a)    New Wars, Conflict and Multidimensional Peacekeeping - A methodological approach
b)     The Nature of the African State
c)    Women and Conflict Prevention
d)    Risk and Vulnerability Assessment
e)    Natural Resource Governance and Conflict Prevention
f)    Media, Communication  and Conflict Prevention
g)    Security Sector Systems and  Conflict Prevention
h)    Citizens, Governance and Conflict Prevention
i)    Elections, Democracy and Conflict Prevention
j)    Rule of Law and Transitional Justice
k)    Human Rights, Theory and Practice

Teaching Methodology

The Problem-Based Learning approach will be used in the delivery of the course hence course participants will play an active role under the guidance of an experienced team of facilitators.  The course content will thus be delivered using a combination of tools such as lectures, case studies, small group works, exercises and simulation among others.

Selection Process

There will be two levels of the selection process. Phase 1 will involve submission of bio-data through the KAIPTC application process after which applicants will be shortlisted. Phase 2 will involve submission of a 600-word commentary paper on a topical peace and security issue to be determined by the Course Director. The results from the submission of this paper will count in the final selection of participants.

Relevant Facts

•    Course capacity - 30 participants.
•    KAIPTC residential accommodation for all participants.
•    Facilitation team will be composed of resource persons from KAIPTC, NGOs, Conflict Prevention Practitioners and Mediators as well as academics among others.

Cost of travel, accommodation and feeding for participants will be covered by the KAIPTC. To attend the course, selected applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable course fee of $500.00 at least 3 weeks before the course assembles. However, participants coming from outside the African continent will be responsible for their travel expenses as well.

How to Apply

Interested applicants are requested to kindly fill and submit an online application form. Access the application form using the link

Contacts at KAIPTC;
Ms Marylyn Akabutu
Course Coordinator
Tel.  00 233 (0) 302 718200 Ext. 1012
Fax. 00 233 (0) 302 718201

Queries regarding the content of the course should be referred to the Course Director, Col Emeka Ogili:;  [00 233 (0) 302 718200 Ext 1316].

Call for Applications: Advance Stabilisation & Reintegration Course
22 December 2016 - 20 March 2017

Participants in a group exercise

The Course is from 10th July to 21st July 2017.

The process of Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration takes place in a continuum. This means that while some activities occur in the short term, others are more mid to long term and are situated in the longer term state building and state consolidation phase of peacebuilding, Originally known as the Advanced DDR course, the focus, scope and objectives of the course has been changed in line with the increase in stabilisation and reintegration programmes in Africa and the work undertaken by the Inter-Agency Working Group on Disaster Preparedness and the AU’s Operational Guide for DDR. In line with the new focus, the aim of the course is to enhance capacity and effectiveness of all stakeholders involved with Stabilisation and Reintegration (S&R) programmes.

The course covers: Conflict Stabilisation & DDR; Reintegration, Assessments & Analysis; Design and Operationalisation of Reintegration; Economic Reintegration; Social & Psychosocial Reintegration; Reintegration of Specific Need Groups.

Overall Course Aims

The Course aims at enhancing the capacity and effectiveness of UN, Regional, Sub-regional, National and other institutions to perform peace operations, through building individual skills properly reflecting new developments in Stabilisation and Reintegration (S&R).

This will be done by providing participants with a comprehensive, conceptual and operational level understanding principles, procedures and up-to-date practices involved in the planning, coordination and conduct of S&R programmes.

Learning Objective

1.    Understand the concepts, policies and strategies of S&R;
2.    Identify and suggest solutions to the problematic components, activities and other issues related to S&R;
3.    Develop options to engage the different actors and institutions involved in S&R;
4.    Understand the new trends in peace operations affecting Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) approaches and policies.
5.    Develop practical skills needed to plan and implement S&R programmes.

Target Group

The target group of this course will be planners and implementers of S&R programmes, including personnel from the following organisations:
1.    Line ministries/government departments/agencies and commissions involved with S&R.
2.    UN country missions, agencies, funds, programmes and entities.
3.    AU and other regional and sub-regional bodies.
4.    Development and bilateral organizations working on S&R.
5.    Relevant NGOs/Civil Society Organisations, Universities and academic institutions actively participating or supporting S&R programmes in conflict-affected or post-conflict African countries.

Eligibility Criteria

This course targets operational personnel who are involved in Stabilisation & Reintegration processes of DDR.  Applicants are required to have at least one of the criteria listed below:

1.    Possess at least one year experience in S&R related work.
2.    Must be currently involved in S&R practice work.
3.    Must be working closely with S&R practitioners in any conflict-affected or post-conflict African country.
4.    Has attended a DDR foundation course.

Preference will be given to applicants having a working knowledge of the English language, both written and oral skills since the course will only be delivered in English. Women are highly encouraged to apply.


The Problem-Based Learning approach, suitable for adult learning, will be used in the delivery of the course and participants will be required to play an active role under the guidance of an experienced team of facilitators.  The course content will thus be delivered using a combination of approaches such as PowerPoint presentations, lectures, case study, small group exercises, stories, experience sharing and simulation, among others.

Relevant Facts

1.    Course capacity – 30 participants.
2.    KAIPTC residential accommodation for all participants.
3.    Facilitation team will be composed of resource persons from KAIPTC, UNDP, DPKO, AU, Transition International etc.                                                        
4.    Estimated budget cost will be covered by the GIZ support project at the Centre. 
5.    Successful applicants will be expected to pay a commitment fee of USD 500 at least 3 weeks before the course assembles. (This fee is non-refundable).
6.    Proof Medical Travel Insurance cover for the duration of training in Ghana.
7.     Participants will be responsible for their travel expenses.
8.     Participants coming from UN/AU missions will be required to make a 15-20 minutes presentation on the reintegration programme in their missions.

How to Apply

Only fully completed applications that are submitted via the application portal will be taken into consideration.

Please click to apply here: further enquiries should be emailed to the Course Director:


Call for Applications: Election Management Training Course
15 December 2016 - 28 February 2017



Course Date: May 28- June 09, 2017


As the push for democracy and good governance continue to make inroads into many countries in the developing world, so had the need for the organizing of credible and peaceful elections in most of these countries. Democratic elections are increasingly becoming the norm, a requirement and in many cases the preferred means of facilitating representation and participation in the political process and governance.  Here in West Africa, the democratic prospects though uncertain at times, still looks promising. For example the fact that countries such as Liberia, and Cote d'Ivoire have managed to emerge from years of violent conflict and evolved into fledgling democracies give reason for cautious optimism. Questions though remain as to the role of elections in furthering the democratic gains. Given the sometimes tenuous and contested outcomes of elections there remain the nagging and sometimes justifiable concerns about whether or not elections could 'backfire' and trigger violence or that they can actually help to navigate the seemingly 'uncertain' political terrain and help to consolidate democracy in the region. .However the trend in the region seems to support the fact that elections are becoming the yardstick for changing governments

Underlying the rules governing the organization and conduct of democratic elections is the critical question of citizen participation and their role in ensuring that the process is both peaceful and effective in delivering the desired outcomes. Traditionally responsibility for the successful management of elections has rested with the Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) because of the centrality of their role as election administrators and the implications for professionalism in running elections. As a result, efforts at enhancing the efficiency of the organization and conduct of elections have tended to target the EMBs for capacity building. This approach largely ignores the crucial issue of citizen participation and thus overlooks their role as electoral stakeholders in managing elections. The KAIPTC Election Management training course is conceived as a contribution towards filling this training gap.

KAIPTC Election Management Training Course (EMTC)

The EMTC is a more recent addition to the training courses (the first issue was held in 2012). The course offers an innovative approach to how building capacity for the promotion of democracy and the conduct of effective elections is conceptualized. It offers a departure from the conventional notion of EMBs as the primary facilitators of successful elections. It takes the view that for elections, the foundation for democracy, to be successfully institutionalized, training must target all the identifiable stakeholders within the 'electoral population'.

This approach is premised on the idea that as a process, elections are both technical and socio-political. It is therefore important that any training program aimed at enhancing capacity for effectively managing the process should target not just the EMBs. It must of necessity include all other actors with a role and stakes in the process. This will help foster citizen engagement and participation in ensuring that the process is both credible and peaceful. Such training will contribute to exposing citizens to the critical issues that underpin elections and their implications for the effectiveness and credibility of the process. The course is therefore specifically designed for the benefit of the broad range of civil society actors, electoral security personnel, government organs, political parties, election observer groups, regional economic communities and national/international NGOs as well as the traditional EMBs.

Course Goal and Objectives

The primary goal is to provide a comprehensive election management course within the framework of peace and security from an African perspective. The objective of the training is to enhance the capacities of electoral stakeholders in managing the electoral process with a view to promoting peaceful democratic elections and transitions on the continent and elsewhere. The overall purpose will be to help participants increase their knowledge and understanding of such critical issues as the legal framework for elections, electoral systems and processes as well as electoral operations.

Course Content

In order to help enhance participants' knowledge and skills in the application of best practices in election management, the training will span the broad categories of Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes. Specific areas to be covered include among others:

1.    Standards and Principles of Election Administration
2.    The Legal Framework of Elections
3.    Electoral Systems
4.    Electoral Processes
5.    Electoral Operations
6.    Gender, Women and Elections
7.    Elections, Conflict and Security

8.    Election Monitoring and Evaluation
9.    Election Observation
10.    Election Dispute Resolution

11.    Electoral Integrity
12.    Stakeholder Management

Target Group

As noted above, the course is designed not just for the benefit of the EMBs, but for all the diverse stakeholders with high stakes in the electoral process. These include:
1.    Civil Society Actors – networks/national & international NGOs/media/youth groups/women's groups/religious groups/traditional institutions
2.    Electoral Security Personnel
3.    Government Organs – relevant government institutions/ministries/departments and agencies
4.    Political Parties
5.    Election Observation groups
6.    Regional Economic Communities – personnel from the electoral assistance units
7.    Election Management Bodies – training and operations departments.

Expected Outcome

As part of the civilian component of peace support operations, this course could serve to further enhance the contribution of civilians to peace operations in the West African region and beyond. The uniqueness of the course derives from its ability to mainstream the issues of conflict into the modules by clearly articulating the interface between the electoral cycle/process and conflict prevention or escalation. The course will thus contribute to providing participants with the tools/skills necessary for identifying and preventing election related violence.

Teaching Methodology

Facilitation will be interactive, using the collaborative problem-based learning approach.  It will employ adult learning methods such as small group work/discussions, exercises, brainstorming, mini-lectures, panel discussions, case studies, research, and simulations.

Course Fee

Each participant shall be required to pay a course fee of $1000 USD (one thousand dollars) as well as take care of his or her travel expenses. They must also show proof of medical and travel insurance cover for the duration of training in Ghana. The KAIPTC shall be responsible for participants' accommodation and feeding for the duration of the programme.


The submission deadline date for the completion of the application form is 28 February 2017

Call for Applications: Maritime Security And Transnational Organized Crime Course (MSTOC 17-1)
15 December 2016 - 01 April 2017

Call for Applications

The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Ghana – sponsored by Germany - will run a two weeks Maritime Security and Transnational Organized Crime Course.


Course Date/Duration:    15 MAY – 26 MAY 2017
Course Capacity:        30 participants

Application Deadline:    01 APRIL


The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) in its 2013 third quarter Piracy Report stated that piracy in global waters is currently at its lowest in the third quarter level since 2006. Though the worldwide figure is low, there has however been a gradual increase in pirate attacks along the Gulf of Guinea. In the first three quarters of 2013, the Gulf of Guinea region recorded over 40 piracy attacks, 132 crew-hostage situations and seven hijacked vessels. The pirates in this region are often heavily armed, violent and mostly target vessels and its crew along the coast, rivers, anchorages, ports and surrounding waters. More often than not, the pirates raid the vessels and steal the cargo usually crude oil, bulk cargo, weapons, medication and even fish/- products. The operations of the pirates in the region are characterized by high level of violence, with reported cases of attacking ships with automatic weapons and killing crew members.  These increases in number and extent of violence have gradually become a cause of concern for states, security analysts and persons engaged in maritime commerce.Piracy and Transnational Organized Crime Networks hamper national development and erode international maritime security. The effects of piracy and the Transnational Organized Crime Networks are clearly detrimental to the welfare and well-being of the population in the areas where they operate. They also create instability and foster breeding grounds for additional criminal activities. Their effects on at-risk youth and potential enabling of terrorist networks are an additional factor.


The two-week Counter Piracy and Transnational Organized Crime Course is designed by and conducted at the KAIPTC to expose participants to relevant and current skills, expertise and best practices in the domain of counter piracy, maritime piracy, and transnational organized crimes within the broader African context in general, and West Africa specifically. The course facilitation team will be composed of resource persons from Training Institutions in Africa and abroad, NGOs, Peacekeeping Practitioners, as well as academia among others.


The overall aim of the course is to train security sector actors in the domain of counter- piracy/maritime security and explore its potential links to transnational organized crimes. The security sector actors will be trained and updated on the newest trends and issues in the rule of law regarding piracy and transnational organized crime in Africa generally, and West-Africa specifically. The course also aims to establish and foster regional cooperation and coordination between individuals and institutions engaged in counter-piracy and transnational crimes.


At the end of the course, participants are expected to be equipped with;

•    an understanding of the nature of maritime insecurity and how it enables the furtherance of transnational organised crime ;
•    an enhanced ability to counteract piracy operations and transnational organized crime networks that operate and/or facilitate piracy
•    the capabilities to minimise the impact of piracy and its symbiotic/enabling effects on transnational organized crimes (drugs, human trafficking, and terrorism etc) through education and awareness of new laws, techniques, tactics, procedures and policies.


Set at the operational level, the course targets a mixed group of middle level security sector practitioners from the following:

•    ECOWAS Maritime Security Structure officials
•    Government officials, operational level staffers of legislative bodies/policymakers; and
•    Security sector practitioners (Key representatives from civil society, Police, Border Police, Maritime Police, Navy, Militaries, Gas and Oil Platform (GOPLAT) Industrialists, intelligence actors, oil traders, and maritime/shipping/storage security officers) directly involved in operational planning and implementation of policies.
•    Individuals and researchers in the area of maritime border security

The selection process will strive to achieve gender balance of participants as much as possible.


The course is planned to cover the following modules:

•    Introduction to West Africa and it’s security challenges
•    Legal Frameworks on Maritime Security
•    Piracy/Armed Robbery
•    Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUU)
•    Introduction to Transnational Organized Crimes, Money Laundering and Drug Trafficking
•    Human Trafficking / Migration
•    Arms Trafficking / Proliferation 
•    SALW Proliferation
•    Criminal Investigation / -Intelligence
•    Maritime Environmental Crimes
•    Threat Assessment, Maritime Patrolling and Pursuit
•    Security Sector Reform   
•    Reintegration and Reorientation
•    Human Security Management
•    Scenario based exercises
To complement the classroom work, there will also be a facility visit to the Vessel Traffic Monitoring and Information System (VTMIS) of the Ghana Maritime Authority as well as Tema Harbour.


The problem-based learning approach will be used in the delivery of the ten-day residential course. Participants will play active roles in the learning process under the supervised guidance of a team of experienced facilitators. The course content will thus be delivered using a combination of tools such as; lectures, case studies, small group work exercises and simulation among others. The course will be conducted in both English and French.


Interested applicants are requested to kindly fill and submit an online application form Access the application form using the link

Cost of travel, accommodation and feeding for participants will be covered by the KAIPTC. (sponsored by German Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Contact at KAIPTC:

Ms Marylyn Akabutu
Course Coordination Officer
Tel.  00 233 (0) 302 718200 Ext. 1012
Fax. 00 233 (0) 302 718201



Call for Applications: Political Advisor Course for Peace Support Operations in Africa
14 December 2016 - 19 March 2017

Course Date/Duration:    15 - 26 May 2017
Course Capacity:    20 participants
Target Group:    senior civilian (director level), police (Superintendent and above), military personnel (Lt Col and above) and NGOs
Course Language:   English
Application Deadline    19 March , 2017


The complexity of the political and security environment in many African regions, where missions and operations are launched makes it challenging for heads of missions and operational commanders to thoroughly assess, monitor and analyze the impact and the political consequences of their actions. Also, due to the many different tasks these heads of missions and commanders have to perform, they often cannot be aware of the full spectrum of   developments from the strategic and international levels to domestic and regional situations. All these challenges could have an influence on the success of a mission/operation. As a result, the role of the political advisor is very critical for providing the leadership with proper analyzes of developments, trends and emerging issues in the country or region and making recommendations on possible policies, strategies and other measures to address issues of concern.

Despite the potential important role of Political Advisors (PolAds) and significant engagement of African countries in African missions and operations, a formalized training of PolAds for Commanders of Operations and/or Heads of Missions has so far not been introduced in Africa. It is for these reasons that the KAIPTC and Austrian Ministry of Defence and Sports (MoDS) are offering this course to build the capacity of potential and existing practitioners.

Course Description

The overall objective of this ten-day residential course is to train Political Advisors for AU and ECOWAS operations and missions. It is also meant to enable senior personnel from African countries and organizations to know the core tasks of Political Advisors working on conflict and crisis and improve and/or enhance the quality of information they provide.

Course Objectives

-    Train PolAds for the African Union and ECOWAS military operations/missions. 
-    Enable senior personnel from African countries and organizations to know the core task(s) of political advisers working on conflicts and crises
-    Improve and/or enhance the quality of information they provide to Operation Commanders/Heads of Missions. 
-    Provide thorough knowledge of the latest developments in African and International Security Policies.
-    Provide participants with the skills to collect, analyze, report and brief, and
-    Give advice on developments concerning the area of operation/mission.

Expected Outcomes

On completion of this course, participants should:

-    Understand and appreciate the complexity and sensitivity of the multidimensional role of a PolAd.
-    Undertake the tasks and responsibilities of a PolAd at the operational and   strategic levels.
-    Articulate key roles, mandates, and response mechanisms of international, regional, and local actors within different scenarios.
-    Know and apply basic techniques for writing effective reports, briefs and speeches.
-    Know and apply concepts and techniques of negotiation and mediation models for alternate dispute resolution.
-    Communicate and interact effectively with the media.
-    Harmonize and improve the interactions between various actors in the in/direct mission environment of a PolAd.

Target Group

The envisaged target groups senior civilian (director level), police personnel (Superintendent and above), military personnel (Lt Col and above) and NGOs who are either already in an advisory position or are likely to become PolAds in the coming years.
The selection process will strive to achieve gender balance of participants as much as possible.

Course Content

The course will cover, inter alia, the following topics:

-    The Role of a PolAd;
-    The PolAd at Work;
-    Policy Advising in Other Actors Operations and Missions;
-    Reporting and Speechwriting;
-    Public Diplomacy;
-    Analytical tools for PolAds;
-    Cultural Awareness;
-    Negotiation and Mediation;
-    Communication through the Media;
-    The Possible Role of PolAds in ECOWAS and AU Operations and Missions;
-    Interaction between Different Security Actors; and
-    The Way Ahead in International Crisis and Conflict Management.


The problem-based learning approach will be used in the delivery of the ten-day residential course. Participants will play active roles in the learning process under the supervised guidance of a team of experienced facilitators. The course content will thus be delivered using a combination of tools such as; lectures, case studies, small group work exercises and simulation among others. The course will be conducted in English.

Course Fee

Each participant shall be required to pay a fee of $1690 USD (one thousand six hundred and ninety dollars) to cover accommodation and feeding as well as take care of his or her travel expenses. Tuition will be covered by KAIPTC and the Austrian MoDS.

Depending on experience and qualifications there is the possibility for a bursary.

-    Course Language: This course will be conducted in English.
-    Accommodation: It is a residential course and course participants will be accommo-dated at the KAIPTC.
-    Insurance: KAIPTC and MoDS do NOT accept responsibility for individual medical, travel or other insurance. Participants are strongly advised to arrange their own in-surance coverage for the duration of the training.
-    Visa: Costs for visa are NOT covered by KAIPTC or MoDS and must be covered by the participant. Visa applications must be organized by the participant.

How to Apply

To apply for the course, please go to this web address:

The web address will take you to the Course Application page on the KAIPTC’s Learning Management System (LMS). Please read and follow the instructions on the course application page carefully and exactly to be able to submit your application for the course.
NOTE: All applications must be completed fully. Partially completed applications will NOT be considered in the selection process.

For further information on the provisional course overview click here: Provisional course overview


Contacts at KAIPTC

For administrative issues:

Ms Marylyn Akabutu
Training Coordinator
Tel: +233 (0) 302 718 200 Ext. 1012
Omit (0) when calling from outside Ghana

For course content issues only:

Ortwin Gammer
Lt Col, Austrian Armed Forces
Course Director
Tel: +233 (0) 302 718 200 Ext. 2165
Omit (0) when calling from outside Ghana
Mob: +233 (0) 509 044 419