Course Duration:  21 – 25 JANUARY 2019


The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre is offering a one week course in Incident Command System (ICS) to limited number of disaster management practitioners, persons training to enter into a disaster management role, police personnel and military participants. This disaster management course reflects KAIPTC’s initiative in developing disaster management courses in support of West African disaster managers and their professional development in the civilian and security sectors. This is in line with building the capacity of disaster managers in support of the ECOWAS Humanitarian Response Mechanism (EHRM).


The focus of the ICS French pilot course is to evaluate instructor and participant materials, determine the effectiveness of the instruction, and test course timings and agenda to make final changes to the material. The pilot course will take five days (21-25 January 2019), during which time facilitators will teach the course to selected participants.  Participants will be requested to give feedback on course material and their experiences during the course.



The course is designed to provide disaster management professionals with a basic understanding of the Incident Command System (ICS); and the ability to plan response actions and strategies for various disaster scenarios.



The one-week course will be conducted in French through a combination of interactive presentations, small exercises, and a scenario-based exercise to conclude the course.



The course seeks to enable disaster management practitioners to:

  1. Differentiate how incidents are commonly categorized by type.
  2. Explain the role and responsibilities of the Incident Commander in disaster response operations.
  3. Identify common responsibilities that must be adhered to by those responding to a disaster.
  4. Explain how a modular organization expands and contracts, the factors that influence the incident complexity, as well as describe the characteristics and benefits of a Unified Command (UC).
  5. Identify benefits to planning and steps in the Incident Command System planning process.



On completion of the course, participants should be able to:

  1. Differentiate how incidents are commonly categorized by type.
  2. Understand the purpose and characteristics of an Incident Command System, including incident management objectives.
  3. Distinguish between the responsibilities of the Command Staff, General Staff, and the Incident Commander.
  4. Identify the steps taken in establishing and implementing incident objectives.
  5. Write incident objectives using the SMART method.
  6. List factors that influence a complexity analysis.
  7. Name the primary characteristics of Unified Command (UC).
  8. Describe the major sections in a demobilization plan.


The course will cover the following modules:

  1. Module 1: Fundamentals of the Incident Command System (ICS).
  2. Module 2: Response Actions.
  3. Module 3: Planning and Resource Management.
  4. Module 4: Termination of Response Actions.


The problem-based learning approach will be used in the delivery of the 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.


The principal target audience   for the ICS French pilot course will be predominantly disaster management practitioners, persons preparing to enter into a disaster management role, police and military personnel.


This course is sponsored by KAIPTC and USAFRICOM. Nominated participants will contact the Course Director to coordinate their travel arrangement to KAIPTC. Participants who will require visa on arrival will also be responsible for their visa fees.


Other relevant information are:

  1. The course will be conducted in French ONLY.
  2. Maximum intake on the course is 24 participants.
  3. 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.
  4. Course participants should come along with their laptops.


Disaster Management Agencies of selected countries will select participants for the course. Selected participants will send to the Course Director their résumé/CV. For military candidate, also provide organization/duty location and position currently held. Along with the résumé/CV, participants should send the bio-data page of the nominee passport. Disaster Management Agencies of participating countries should strive to achieve gender balance in nominating personnel for the course.



Contacts of the Course Director is as follows:

Lt Col Dela Klutse

Course Director

Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre

Tel +233-302-718200 – Ext 2038

Mobile +233 -262650279/+233-208725007




Selected participants should contact Dr. Anna Mensah on +233243360685 or Anna.Mensah@kaiptc.org for further details on the course.