United Nations Staff Officer Course 2021 (UNSOC 21-1)

Peace Support Operations

Course Duration: 08 March - 26 March 2021
Application Date: - Feb 15, 2021
Course Fee:
  • 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)
  • Terms and Conditions:
  • This 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.
  • In short

    Course Date/Duration

    8th March – 26th March 2021

    Course Capacity

    25 participants

    Target Group

    Military, police and civilians: ECOWAS Standby Forces, FHQ Members, Government officials, ECOWAS, AU, and UN Member States.

    Course Language

    The course will be conducted in English only

    Application Deadline

    15 February 2021

    The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Ghana – sponsored by Germany – will run a three weeks United Nations Staff Officer Course.



    With a high spate of armed conflicts world over particularly in Africa, attempts at finding a lasting solution to peace, democracy and consequent development have been stalled as a result of the numerous conflicts which continue to plague the African continent.

    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. Therefore, training of HQ personnel is the leverage for successful peace operations in the future.

    Specific knowledge and skills are the key to master all future challenges in these kinds 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 Headquarters (HQ) Staff within the West Africa Sub region with the ability to man/support the ECOWAS Standby Force, African Union or United Nations HQ. Staff of a Mission HQ should be trained in planning and 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 (PKM).


    • The participants will understand the history and principles of UN Peacekeeping;
    • The participants will understand the structure of UN Peacekeeping Missions and their components;
    • The participants will understand the roles and tasks of the different components of a UN Peacekeeping Mission;
    • The participants will understand the different functions in Peacekeeping Missions (DDR, SSR, Security etc.).
    • The participants will be able to analyze complex situation in area of conflict;
    • The participants will be able to work in different roles in HQs of UN Multidimensional Integrated Peacekeeping Mission.
    • The participants will be able to adjust an existing concept of operation to a new situation and/or to adjust to evolving mission imperatives based on strategic guidance.


    Set at the operational level, the course targets a mixed group of middle and above leadership from the following:

    • ECOWAS Standby Forces HQ Structure officials – military, police and civilians
    • FHQ Individuals and members of ongoing peacekeeping missions;
    • Government officials, operational level staffers and police;
    • ECOWAS/AU/UN peacekeeping mission military personnel directly involved in operational planning and implementation of policies;
    • Selected personnel by ECOWAS, AU, and UN Member States to be deployed in a Peacekeeping mission.

    The selection process will strive to achieve gender balance of participants as much as possible. Military personnel should have a minimum of 70% participation. Expected military ranks are from Captain to Colonel or civilian/police from equivalent levels. This 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 UN System
    • The SC Resolution
    • Peacekeeping Mission
    • Mission, Force HQs
    • Components of UN PKM
    • Legal Framework – ROEs, SOFA, MOU, The UN Charter
    • HQ SOPs and Reporting
    • Role other players in PKM – AU / ECOWAS
    • Standards of Conduct, Gender, DDR, Security Sector Reform, Protection of Civilians, Public Info
    • Integrated and military planning for PKO
    • Role of PKM in Elections
    • Police work in missions
    • Mine Awareness
    • Humanitarian Reconstruction Component
    • Medical Support
    • Road Safety
    • SEA
    • Intelligence Process & Sharing
    • UN Security System
    • Force Generation
    • Logistics
    • MAPEX


    The problem-based learning approach will be used in the delivery of the 3-week 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.


    Interested applicants are requested to kindly fill and submit an online application form.
    Access the application by pressing the “How to Apply” button.

    Contact at KAIPTC

    For administrative issues For course content issues
    Mrs Marylyn Agblor
    Training Coordination Officer
    Tel. 00 233 (0) 302 718200 Ext. 1012
    Fax. 00 233 (0) 302 718201
    Email: marylyn.agblor@kaiptc.org
    Col Michael Kwami
    Course Director
    Cell: +233 (0) 244222730
    Email: michael.kwami@kaiptc.org