Call for Applications: Protection of Civilians Course (PoC) 2020

Peace and Security Studies

Course Duration: 02 - 13 November 2020 (two weeks)
Application Date: - Sep 27, 2020
Course Fee:
  • All expenses are covered by the Centre. The course is fully sponsored by Switzerland.
  • Tuition, air travel from and to the nearest international airport, visa fees, food and accommodation will be provided by the KAIPTC.
  • However, participants will have to bear the cost for their private travel and health insurance.
  • Terms and Conditions:
  • IMPORTANT NOTICE: the attendance of selected INTERNATIONAL participants will only be confirmed if, BY 02 OCTOBER 2020, Ghana’s borders will be open again, international flights at reasonable prices will have resumed, and if no compulsory quarantine will be required. Selected international participants will be contacted individually.
  • The course is residential and course participants will be accommodated at the KAIPTC.
  • The course is conducted in English. There will be no interpretation in other languages.
  • The KAIPTC and the Swiss Government will 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.
  • No-shows or last-minute cancellations: resulting costs are to be borne by the participant.
  • In short
    Course Date/Duration 02 – 13 November 2020 (two weeks)
    Course Capacity 20 participants
    Target Group Civilian, Police and Military personnel (see details below)
    Course Language English
    Application Deadline 27 September 2020


    The changing nature of armed conflicts has resulted in an increased civilian-combatant interface, to the extent that contemporary conflicts have been referred to as ‘wars among the people’. Civilian populations bear the greatest brunt of today’s complex and intractable conflicts. This changing nature of conflicts has necessitated both doctrinal and operational shifts in peace operations.
    Protection of Civilians has increasingly become an integral component of contemporary peace operations. Emerging international support to the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ norm notwithstanding, peacekeepers and other actors involved in peace support operations are often not adequately prepared or trained to deal with the daunting task of protecting civilians.

    Course Aim

    The aim of the PoC course is to enhance the capacity of participants for the effective implementation of PoC mandates in Peace Operations, in order to mitigate the effects of conflicts on civilians.

    Target Group

    The target group includes personnel currently deployed or likely to be deployed in UN, AU or ECOWAS peace operations, at the operational level (for military officers: Maj, Lt Col, Col or equivalent; for police officers: ASP to CSUPT or equivalent; for civilian staff: P3 to P5, Directors, or equivalent), and implementers of the Protection of Civilians mandate.

    The selection process will emphasize the presence of a relevant number of arms-bearers (member of the armed and security forces). This because of the latent opportunities and threats they might embody: they have the means to protect civilians but also the potential to harm them.

    Priority will be given to applicants from the ECOWAS region.

    We strive for a balanced representation of genders, nationalities, missions and components.

    Course Content

    The PoC course combines theoretical and practical sessions on the following modules/topics:

    • Background and History of PoC
    • Overview of Contemporary UN, AU/REC Peace Operations
    • UN/AU/REC’s Approach to PoC
    • Normative Frameworks of PoC
    • Security Sector Reform (SSR), Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and PoC
    • Gender and PoC
    • Military Planning Process and PoC
    • PoC in Practice: Practitioners’ Perspectives, Challenges and Controversies, Scenario-based Exercises


    Teaching Method

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

    Selection Process

    The course generates a lot of interest and a high number of applications. This will make the selection very competitive. The process will be as following:

    • the selection board will decide on selected and waitlisted applications (begin of October 2019);
    • selected candidates will be asked to confirm their seats bindingly;
    • should not all selected candidates confirm their seats, these will be offered to candidates on the waitlist, on a “first come first served” basis.

    Contact at KAIPTC

    For course content issues
    Lt Col, 
    Swiss Armed Forces
    Course Director PoC

    Office: +233 (0) 302 71 82 00 Ext. 1315
    Cell: +233 (0) 548 10 00 78


    Until September 15th, please use this email address: