The complexity of the political and security environment in many African regions, where missions and operations are launched makes it challenging for heads of missions and operational commanders to thoroughly assess, monitor and analyze the impact and the political consequences of their actions. Also, due to the many different tasks these heads of missions and commanders have to perform, they often cannot be aware of the full spectrum of developments from the strategic and international levels to domestic and regional situations. All these challenges could have an influence on the success of a mission/operation. As a result, the role of the political advisor is very critical for providing the leadership with proper analyzes of developments, trends and emerging issues in the country or region and making recommendations on possible policies, strategies and other measures to address issues of concern.
Despite the potential important role of Political Advisors (PolAds) and significant engagement of African countries in African missions and operations, a formalized training of PolAds for Commanders of Operations and/or Heads of Missions has so far not been introduced in Africa. It is for these reasons that the KAIPTC and Austrian Ministry of Defence (MoD) are offering this course to build the capacity of potential and existing practitioners.
The overall objective of this ten-day residential course is to train Political Advisors for UN Missions in Africa, AU and ECOWAS operations and missions. It is also meant to enable senior personnel from African countries and organizations to know the core tasks of Political Advisors working on conflict and crisis and improve and/or enhance the quality of information they provide.
On completion of this course, participants should:
The envisaged target groups senior civilian (director level), police personnel (Superintendent and above), military personnel (Lt Col and above) and NGOs who are either already in an advisory position or are likely to become PolAds in the coming years.
The selection process will strive to achieve gender balance of participants as much as possible.
The course will cover, inter alia, the following topics:
The problem-based learning approach will be used in the delivery of the ten-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 simulation among others. The course will be conducted in English.
The full cost of participating in this course is the responsibility of the participant. Each participant shall be required to pay a fee of 1650 USD (one thousand six hundred and fifty dollars) to cover accommodation and feeding. In addition, the participant is also responsible for his or her travel expenses. All other related costs including facilitation, course materials, training facilities will be sponsored by KAIPTC and Austrian MoD.
Limited scholarships (for course fee only) maybe available depending on position, experience and qualifications. The selection board will determine specific applicants that qualify to receive financial support.
To apply for the course, please click here
The web address will take you to the Course Application page on the KAIPTC’s Learning Management System (LMS). Please read and follow the instructions on the course application page carefully and exactly to be able to submit your application for the course.
NOTE: All applications must be completed fully. Partially completed applications will NOT be considered in the selection process.
For further information on the provisional course overview, please click here
CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 24 JUNE 2018
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