Information Management for Peace Operations (IMPO) Course

Call for Applications: Information Management     for Peace Operations (IMPO) Course


The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre offers a two-week course on Information Management for Peace Operations (IMPO) and this year the course will be run from 9th to 20th July, 2018. 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.


On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. To enhance ECOWAS / ASF-ESF and regional African capabilities in multi-national Information Management in context of UN JOC policy.
  2. Train Participants in the application of Information Management skills and procedures to better support decision making and contribute to mission success.


Course Content

  • Conflict Analysis, causes and consequences; Information concepts; IM in Decision making process; Early warning; Intro in JMAC; Information Cycle from collection to evaluation.
  • Information reporting, – writing and drawing conclusions; Information Preparation of the Area of operation including Simulation Exercise; country / area information study.

Target Group

The principal target audience for this IMPO 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 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.

Teaching Methods

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.

Relevant Information

  • 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 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/AU/REC personnel are required to use their organisation’s means of transport (e.g. UN flights), which will help reduce overall costs considerably.
  • 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.
  • All nominated participants will have to show proof of 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

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



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



Mrs Marylyn Agblor

Training Coordination Officer

Tel.  +233 (0) 302 718200 Ext. 1012

Fax. +233 (0) 302 718201

Email: or

Course Director

Col Paul Tanye – Kulono (Ghana Armed Forces)

Course Director

Tel.: +233 (0) 302 718200 Ext. 1140