Protection of Civilians Course – POC23-1

Peace Support Operations

Course Duration: 08 - 19 May 2023
Application Date: - Mar 10, 2023
Course Fee:  All expenses are covered by the KAIPTC. The course is fully sponsored by the Government of Switzerland.  Tuition, air travel from and to the nearest international airport, visa fees, food and accommodation will be provided by the KAIPTC.  If the regulation requires, max. three (3) PCR tests will be covered for international course participants (i.e., test 1: taken in home country before departure to Ghana, test 2: on arrival at Accra International Airport (KIA) in Ghana and test 3: taken in Ghana before departure to home country).  However, participants will have to bear the cost for their private travel and health insurance.
Terms and Conditions:
• The course is conducted in English. There will be no interpretation in other languages. • In case of an overwhelming number of applications, priority will be given to applicants from the ECOWAS region, from the field missions and those who have not attended fully sponsored courses at KAIPTC within the last two years. • In case of selection, you will be asked to complete a POC e-learning module of the Peace Operations Training Institute (POTI) prior to the beginning of the course. The issued e-certificate is a requirement for your final certification of the POC23-1 course (10 to 15 hours of self-study). • IMPORTANT NOTE: International participants will only be invited to the course if the pandemic situation allows international travel without major restrictions and safety concerns. Only participants fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be allowed on the course. • As part of the COVID-19 measures by the KAIPTC, all participants are to travel with a travel medical insurance covering COVID-19 treatment, and must be valid for additional two weeks after course end date. COVID-guidelines of the centre must be strictly followed. The KAIPTC and the Swiss Government do NOT accept any responsibility for medical treatment and travel or other insurance.

In short
Course Date/Duration 08 – 19 May 2023 (two weeks)
Course Capacity 30 participants
Target Group Civilian, Police and Military personnel (see details below)
Course Language English
Application Deadline 10 March 2023


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 POC23-1 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.

The course is certified by United Nations Department for Peace Operations

Target Group

The target group mainly includes military, police and civilian personnel who are currently deployed or could be deployed in UN, AU or ECOWAS peace operations at 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, or equivalent).

  • UN/AU/RECs Staff
  • Mission personnel
  • Military & Police personnel
  • Humanitarian Actors
  • Government officials
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Civil Society Organizations

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


On completion of this course, participants will:

  • Know the key concepts of protection of civilians (POC), child protection (CP), and conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) in Peace Operations.
  • Understand the role of different protection actors.
  • Understand the relevance of the core legal concepts and norms supporting POC.
  • Identify POC strategies at all level and understand the process of planning at the tactical level.
  • Know how to translate conceptual and legal frameworks of POC into appropriate action at the tactical level.

Course Content

The POC course combines theoretical and practical sessions on the following modules:

  • Introduction to POC
  • UN and AU Approaches to POC
  • Legal Framework of POC
  • POC and its Interlinkages to SSR, R2P and Terrorism
  • Gender and POC
  • Decision Making and Planning
  • POC in Practice (incl. Exercise “CARANA”)


Teaching Method

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

How to Apply

Interested applicants are requested to kindly fill and submit an online application form not later than 10 March 2023.
Access the application by pressing the “How to Apply” button.

The course usually attracts a lot of interest. A selection committee decides on the final admission to the course latest by 17 March 2023.

Contact at KAIPTC

For course content issues
Thuruban Thuchchathanan
Swiss Armed Forces
Course Director POC

Office: +233 (0) 302 71 82 00 Ext. 1315
Cell: +233 (0) 54 042 92 55 (mobile)