The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Ghana – sponsored by Germany – will run a three weeks United Nations Staff Officers Course.
Course Date/Duration: 28 May until 14 JUNE 2018
Course Capacity: 30 participants
Application Deadline:08 April 2018
Currently the world is facing a high number of armed conflicts all over the world. Especially Africa is battered by numerous of these conflicts, which hinder the continent on its way to peace, democracy and prosperity.
Peacekeeping Missions and Stabilisation Operations are the key instruments to deal with these inter and intra state conflicts. To make these missions successful, an efficient Mission HQ with sound structures and procedures as well as professional military, police and civilian staff is paramount. Therefor training of HQ personnel is the leverage for successful peace operations in the future.
Specific knowledge and skills are the key to master all the future challenges in these kind of operations.
The ability of civilian, police and military personnel to cooperate in an integrated HQ and perform duties in current operations and in operational planning in an integrated approach is the basis for successful peace operations.
The three-week United Nations Staff Officer 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 staff duties. Emphasis will be placed on exploring and applying adult training methodologies relevant to key sessions. The course facilitation team will be composed of resource persons from the German Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Training Institutions in Africa and abroad, Ghanaian Police, Peacekeeping Practitioners, as well as academia among others.
The aim of the UNSOC Course is to train military, police and civilian HQ personnel in the West Africa region able to man/support the ECOWAS Standby Force HQ (mobile HQ). All members of a Mission HQ have to be trained on planning purposes and preparing a decision making process. The course also aims to establish and foster regional cooperation and coordination between individuals and institutions engaged in ECOWAS, AU, UN and other institutional peacekeeping missions.
Set at the operational level, the course targets a mixed group of middle and above leadership from the following:
The selection process will strive to achieve gender balance of participants as much as possible. Military personnel should have a minimum of 50% participation. Expected military ranks are from Major to Colonel or civilian/police from equivalent levels. These course will be conducted in English. The participants must be able to speak and write fluently in English. Additionally the applicants should have completed a national UN pre-deployment training and / or have proven expertise and experiences in the field of staff working.
The course is planned to cover the following modules:
The problem-based learning approach will be used in the delivery of the 14-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 table top exercise among others. During the final MAPEX coordination and cooperation among different branches within a Headquarter and with other partners in a multidimensional/integrated mission will be practiced by the students. The course will be conducted in English.
Cost of travel (non-Ghanaians only), accommodation and feeding for participants will be covered by the KAIPTC. (The course is fully sponsored by German Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Interested applicants are requested to kindly fill and submit an online application form
Access the application form using the link here
CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 08 April 2018
Ms Marylyn Akabutu
Course Coordination Officer
Tel. 00 233 (0) 302 718200 Ext. 1012
Fax. 00 233 (0) 302 718201
LtCol Michael REINWALD
Cell: +233 (0) 555 61 7001