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Call for Applications: Training of Trainers Course for Humanitarian Assistance in West Africa
24 March 2017 - 01 May 2017

Course Date/Duration    19 – 23 June 2017

Course Capacity    15 participants

Target Group    Mid-level civilian, police, and military professionals working in the area of Humanitarian Assistance. Ideally graduates of the Humanitarian Assistance in West Africa Course but not limited to.

Course Language    English

Application Deadline    1 May 2017


The West African region is confronted with an increasing number of inter-connected and transnational challenges, which constitute obstacles to integration and development. More than 130 million people in the region live in extreme poverty, a population that is particularly vulnerable to food insecurity, recurrent natural disasters, climate change, the economic crises and socio-political instability. The effects and consequences of natural and human-made disasters are diverse and include population movements, destruction to property and key socio-economic infrastructure, epidemics, food insecurity and malnutrition, and an increased weakening of state capacities to manage these challenges.

The ECOWAS Commission has thus adopted the ECOWAS Humanitarian Policy 2012-2017 and member states are currently working on the implementation of the respective Plan of Action. This course contributes to several strategic objectives of the Plan of Action of the ECOWAS Humanitarian Policy 2012-2017 through building capacities, increasing awareness and knowledge, and meeting training needs in support of effective humanitarian assistance.

In light of humanitarian crises and disasters, civilian nongovernment and government organizations, the police and the military often finds themselves working side by side. Thereby, it is often the military as a last resort which has the necessary resources to provide immediate relief on a large scale. However, civil-military cooperation often lacks mechanisms for effective cooperation and a division of tasks and responsibilities. The need for coordinated measures was noted by the creation of the Oslo Guidelines on the use of military and civilian assets in cases of emergency, within OCHA’s Civil-Military Coordination Section (CMCS). The core course on Humanitarian Assistance in West Africa (HAWA) addresses the need for coordinated measures and mutual understanding between civilian, military and police actors in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. The offered course, which aims to further increase the capacities of graduates of the HAWA core course, will provide participants with the necessary tools to transfer knowledge and deliver future HAWA core courses as trainers in their particular working environment.

This Training of Trainers course is jointly organized by the KAIPTC and the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR), supported by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and the Austrian Ministry of Defense and Sports.

Course Aim

The aim of the ToT course is to develop a pool of trainers in the West Africa region able to support the delivery of future HAWA core courses as well as other humanitarian assistance training aimed at civilian, police and military actors involved in humanitarian and disaster relief in an African context.


On completion of this course, participants will be able to:
-    Subscribe to and formulate the values of improving the effectiveness of humanitarian assistance through enhancing knowledge, interaction and mutual understanding between the various actors including the need for coordinated action;
-    Support the aims and training methodologies embodied in the HAWA core course;
-    To provide training support for future HAWA core courses.

Target Group

Set at the operational level, the course targets a mixed group of mid-level civilian, police, and military professionals directly or indirectly engaged in humanitarian assistance and/or disaster relief operations in Africa generally, and in the West Africa Region particularly, either at the local, national or regional level. Ideal applicants will have already completed the HAWA core course offered at the KAIPTC.

For the selection process, due attention will be given to a balanced geographical, ethnical, gender, and professional distribution as well as with a strong view on increasing the share of civilian participants/civil society organizations in KAIPTC’s training courses. Proficiency in written/spoken English is expected, experience as trainers is an asset.

Course Content

Course modules cover the following major topics:

-    Familiarization with the HAWA core course programme, its objectives and rationale, as well as its methodology;
-    Adapting the training materials and course contents to specific audiences and contexts;
-    Generic course management skills, including preparation of course, didactic skills, integration of participants and their experiences in the preparation and delivery of course modules, as well as course feedback and evaluation;
-    Principles of adult learning and participatory approaches, presentation skills, and achieving learning outcomes.


The ToT Course training methodology will include:

-    Pre-course study of selected HAWA core course modules;
-    Participatory, problem-based learning approaches using facilitated discussions;
-    Theoretical sessions with practical application;
-    Experiential learning, group work and table-top exercises;
-    Individual and small group Practice Sessions based on HAWA course content and material to allow for application of information and concepts presented;
-    Peer-review and exchanges of participants’ individual experience and subject matter expertise in humanitarian assistance;
-    Study of HAWA core course content, methodology and material;
-    Individual mentoring and groupwork support.


-    Course Language: This course will be conducted in English.
-    Accommodation: It is a residential course and course participants will be accommodated at the KAIPTC.
-    Costs: Air travel, accommodation and feeding for participants will be covered with the generous support of the Austrian Development Agency (ADA). Costs related to visa need to be covered by the participants, if applicable.
-    Insurance: KAIPTC and ASPR do NOT accept responsibility for individual medical, travel or other insurance. Participants are strongly advised to arrange their own insurance coverage for the duration of the training.
-    Visa: Costs for visa are NOT covered by ASPR or KAIPTC 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.


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
LtCol, Austrian Armed Forces
Course Director
Tel: +233 (0) 302 718 200 Ext. 2165
Omit (0) when calling from outside Ghana

Contacts at ASPR and Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence

For administrative issues:

Ms Claudia Hofer
ASPR Administrative Support
Tel: +43 (0) 3355 2498 507
Omit (0) when calling from outside Austria

For course content issues only:

BG Dr. Alois A. Hirschmugl
Ministry of Defense and Sports/Austria
Tel: +43 664 622 3001



Call for Applications: Human Rights Training for Multidimensional Peace Operations
24 March 2017 - 13 August 2017

"We will not enjoy security without development, we will not enjoy development without security, and we will not enjoy either without respect for human rights."
– Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan


Human rights are universal, inalienable, indivisible and interdependent. They are applicable during peacetime but also during armed conflicts and post-conflict environments currently scattered around the African continent such as Mali, Cote D’Ivoire, DR Congo, Libya, South Sudan, Somalia to name a few. Many of the worst human rights abuses occur in places such as such as these since the Rule of Law is weak or non- existent. Indeed, violations of human rights are often a cause, as well as a consequence, of weak states. Indiscriminate attacks, massacres and extrajudicial executions –inherently in violation of the fundamental right to life - are not uncommon to conflict and post-conflict environments. Neither is rape, sexual exploitation of women and girls, child soldier recruitment, enforced disappearances, torture, arbitrary imprisonment, widespread impunity, forced displacement and the persecution of minorities and vulnerable groups. A conflict habitually leads to the collapse of public infrastructure, functioning government institutions and the rule of law. This undermines the protection not only of civil and political rights, but also of a range of economic, social and cultural rights such as the rights to health, housing and education. Most people found I conflict or post conflict environments are unaware of their rights and as such, have no idea when these rights are violated. This should never be allowed to stand.

Course rationale

•    To address the existing training gaps in the field by providing fundamental knowledge and skills needed for effective and efficient human rights monitoring, documentation and reporting required for evidence based response.
•    To equip human rights officers deployed or to be deployed in multi-dimensional peace operations with operational knowledge and skills to fulfill their mandates

Course aim

This course is aimed at building and enhancing the capacities of the various actors involved in multi-dimensional peace operations to ensure human rights compliance, address human rights violations and mainstream human rights principles and practices.

Learning objectives

•    Enhance participants’ ability to understand, identify and apply international legal, policy and institutional frameworks for the promotion and protection of human rights.
•    Provide participants with practical skills and strategies to advocate and support the implementation of human rights mandates.
•    Expose participants to the challenges of human rights promotion and protection and equip them with the knowledge and skills required to overcome them.

Expected Outcomes

At the end of the course participants should be able to:

    Identify and use international human rights legal, policy and institutional frameworks in their work;
    Apply the principles, steps and strategies of human rights monitoring, investigating, documenting and reporting in their work
    Improve working relationships with partners by leveraging capabilities and networks; and
    Determine and suggest the most appropriate/effective and efficient strategies for human rights advocacy

Target group

1.    The primary target audience for the course are UN, AU and REC deployed human rights field officers;
2.    Individuals on UN, AU and REC deployment rosters; and 
3.    Individuals and organisations interested in or working on human rights.

Delivery Methodology

The methodology for the delivery of the course will be the Collaborative Problem Based Learning (CPBL). A combination of the following approaches/tools will be used for facilitating the Course:

    Presentations;
    Lectures;
    Simulations;
    Group exercises/presentations;
    Case studies;
    Role plays;
    Videos; and
    A final exercise.

Modules of the course

1.    M0: Introduction: Human Rights for Multidimensional Peace Support Operations
2.    M 1:   Human Rights Frameworks and Mandates
3.    M2 : Monitoring, Documenting and Reporting Human Rights
4.    M3 : Communicating and Advocating Human Rights 
5.    M4:  Working with Local Partners
6.    M5 : Protection of Civilians: Concepts, Tools and Strategies for 3 hours;
7.    M6: Strategies and Best Practices for Protecting Vulnerable Groups for 4 hours45 minutes;
8.    M7: Final Simulation Exercise (A global case study: Lalmaland)

Course dates

25th - 29th Sept. 2017

Course fees

Applicants are expected to pay a non-refundable commitment fee of 500 USD, and buy a round trip ticket to attend the course here in Accra.


Application links

Application deadline
Aug. 13th 2017


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: 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: 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