UN Signals Academy

The United Nations Signals Academy (UNSA) was established in 2015 as an outcome of the first Partnership for Technology in Peacekeeping international symposium held in 2014 in Brindisi (Italy) and as a response to address identified gaps in signals and ICT capabilities of Peacekeeping Troop and Police Contributing Countries. Signals is a historical word aiming to designating military communications units or specialists. Many countries maintain a Signal Corps which is typically subordinated to a country's army. In the present time, Signals is covering all Communications & Information Systems or Information & Communications Technologies. In addition to military signals officers, Police Information & Communication Technology (ICT) specialists are fully part of the UNSA targeted training audience. The mission of those specialists is to link Force and Police Headquarters to military and police units deployed in peacekeeping missions. UNSA is managed by the Department of Operational Support (DOS) Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT) at UN Headquarters, and it is operated at the Regional Service Centre-Entebbe (RSCE) in Uganda.

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Background

As highlighted in the Secretary-General’s recommendations on a mechanism to fill existing uniformed personnel capability gaps (S/2017/1079):

More complex and sometimes dangerous operations require strengthened communications, situational awareness, interoperability between units and force protection. Yet, specialized and high performing capabilities for United Nations peacekeeping are in short supply (…)”.

In particular, UN-supported peacekeeping operations require specialized and high-performing signals and ICT capabilities, as the backbone of Command and Control (C2), ready to be deployed in remote and high-risk locations.

Adequate training for military signals and police ICT specialists is therefore critical to ensure that personnel have the prerequisite essential knowledge and skills to provide technology solutions that respond and adapt to missions’ specific operational requirements and evolving mandates.

 

Objectives

  • Support Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) initiative and objectives
  • Enhance preparedness of military signals, police ICT specialists and other targeted uniformed personnel prior to deployment in UN missions
  • Support gender objective to increase women participation in UN Peacekeeping

 

Trinagular Partnership 

The triangular partnership concept is a direct outcome of the 2014 UN Peacekeeping Summit and follows up on the recommendations of the High-Level Independent Panel on United Nations Peace Operations (HIPPO) of 2015 as one innovative approach to mobilize specialized and high-performing capabilities.

The UN Signals Academy adopts a triangular partnership model of collaboration between Troop and Police Contributing Countries, the United Nations Secretariat and supporting Member States providing resources in the form of trainers, equipment, extra-funding or other forms of support. 

 

 

Partnerships 

Our current partners are:

 

WHAT WE DO 

WHAT WE DO

Approach 

The project offers flexible opportunities to foster partnerships between troop and police contributors (TCCs/PCCs) and financial supporters of UN peacekeeping around below key objectives:

  • In - House delivers courses at RSCE training facilities in Entebbe (pre-deployment; train-the-trainers)
  • In - Mission provides training in missions (induction and continuous learning)
  • e-Learning aimed at delivering individual remote training and complementing classroom-based courses
  • Hands-on allows students to engage in practical exercises, using UN Owned equipment

 

What We've Done So Far 

  • As of 31st December 2019, 5,805 ICT uniformed specialists (16% female) from 104 countries have been trained.
  • 6 editions of the Women’s Outreach Course for women ICT uniformed specialists have been organized, training 177 female officers from 57 countries. 23 course graduates (15%) have been deployed as Signals/ICT staff officers, military observers and police advisors. Some of them are among the first female to be deployed to signals staff officers’ positions.
  • 2 editions of Information Communication Technology -Training of Trainers the course is an essential resource for local ownership and capacity building for Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs). 41 Signal’s officers (31 male and 7 female) from 15 Member states have successfully graduated.
  • Modular Command Centre Course -Training of Trainers (Pilot Program) The course was designed to develop a pool of trainers who can effectively and efficiently train others to safely deploy, operate and maintain the Modular Command Centre (MCC) and Modular Power Pack (MPP). 11 participants from five (5) UN Peacekeeping missions successfully completed the course (United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)), United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA)- , United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS), United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo , United Nations Regional Service Centre in Entebbe (Entebbe)
  • Micro Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) approximately 70 military and civilian personnel have been trained in United Nations Support Office Somalia (UNSOS) and United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). Students represented Aviation Safety, AMISOM sectors, UNSOS Field Technology Section, Close Protection Team, Police, UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), MONUSCO Field Technology Section, Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance cells in MONUSCO and AMISOM, UN Department of Security & Safety (DSS) and  Public Information Office(PIO) personnel

 

What's Coming Next 

In 2020 the UNSA level of ambition is growing to better respond to T/PCCs expectations and the programme aims to further strengthen its operational capacity by:

  • Enhancing existing programmes offered by UNSA across all four existing routes/platforms: In-House(pre-deployment training; female signals staff officers’ course; ICT train-the-trainers) In- Missions (induction and continuous learning) e-Learning (complementing classroom-based courses) and Hand- on (allows students to engage in practical exercises, using UN Owned Equipment).
  • Expanding course offer (All basics of ICT, Situational Awareness, ISR Micro-drones, Camp security, Telehealth)
  • Develop E-Learning courses. Accessible remotely by T/PCCs and missions.
  • Establish a Mission’s Operations Centre Simulation Training Environment at the UN Signals Academy to enhance situational awareness in field operations.
  • Offering training in other UN official languages (especially French language)
  • Develop the Triangular Partnership and seek support from more Partners to sustain a new level of ambition.

 

Operational Calendar 2020-2022

Month and Dates

Activity 

Description

AUGUST

31AUG-11SEP2020 (tentative)

 

Women’s Outreach Course #7 ENG

 

The Women’s Outreach Course is a specialized training programme for female military signals and police Information and Communications Technology (ICT) specialists. The programme is a direct response to Security Council Resolution 2122 (2013), which encourages troop- and police- contributing countries to increase the percentage of women military and police in UN peacekeeping operations and address gender imbalance.

Location: Entebbe

Partner: Government of Japan

Status: CLOSED

Registration is open to individuals who receive approval from their relevant Member State 

SEPTEMBER

21SEP-02OCT 2020 (tentative)

 

Modular Command Centre #2 ENG

 

The Course is designed to develop a pool of trainers who can effectively and efficiently train others to safely deploy, operate and maintain the Modular Command Centre (MCC) and Modular Power Pack (MPP).

Location:  Entebbe

Partner: Government of Germany

Registration Status:  Not open yet

OCTOBER

12-16OCT 2020 (tentative)

 

 

Unite Aware (UA) #1 ENG

 

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Location:  Entebbe

Partner: Government of Canada

Registration Status:  Not Open yet

DECEMBER

07-18DEC2020

 

Unmanned aircraft system (UAS)#2

 

The Micro UAS Instructor course is specialized training for military, police and Civilian personnel who are required to deliver Micro UAS training to personnel in field missions or from member states or to UN entities.

Location: Entebbe

Partner:

Registration Status:  Not open yet

2021

JANUARY

11-22JAN2021

 

Women’s Outreach Course #8 FRN

 

The Women’s Outreach Course is a specialized training programme for female military signals and police Information and Communications Technology (ICT) specialists. The programme is a direct response to Security Council Resolution 2122 (2013), which encourages troop- and police- contributing countries to increase the percentage of women military and police in UN peacekeeping operations and address gender imbalance.

Location: Entebbe

Partner: Government of Canada

Registration Status:  Not open yet

MARCH

08-19MAR2021

 

Unmanned aircraft system (UAS) #3

 

The Micro UAS Instructor course is specialized training for military, police and Civilian personnel who are required to deliver Micro UAS training to personnel in field missions or from member states or to UN entities.

Location: Entebbe

Partner:

Registration Status:  Not open yet

JUNE

07-18JUN2021

 

Women’s Outreach Course #9 ENG

 

The Women’s Outreach Course is a specialized training programme for female military signals and police Information and Communications Technology (ICT) specialists. The programme is a direct response to Security Council Resolution 2122 (2013), which encourages troop- and police- contributing countries to increase the percentage of women military and police in UN peacekeeping operations and address gender imbalance.

Location: Entebbe

Partner: Government of

Status:  Not open yet

AUGUST

16-27AUG2021

 

Information Communication Technology (ICT) Training of Trainers (ToT) #3 ENG

 

The training of Trainers Course is a specialized training programme form military signals and ICT specialist. The programme is a direct response to the recommendation from the Annex to the Letter of the Secretary -General to the President of the Security Council dated 15 December 2017 on a mechanism to fill capability gaps. The Letter is a follow up to Security Council Resolution 2378 (2017) and encourages training support provided to troop contributing countries (TCCs) to be focused on building self-sustaining national training capacity.

Location: Entebbe

Partner: Government of

Registration Status:  Not open yet

SEPTEMBER

06-17SEP2021

 

 

Modular Command Centre #3 ENG

 

 

The Course is designed to develop a pool of trainers who can effectively and efficiently train others to safely deploy, operate and maintain the Modular Command Centre (MCC) and Modular Power Pack (MPP).

Location:  Entebbe

Partner: Government of Germany

Registration Status: Not open yet

NOVEMBER

08-19NOV2021

 

 

Unmanned aircraft system (UAS) #4

 

The Micro UAS Instructor course is specialized training for military, police and Civilian personnel who are required to deliver Micro UAS training to personnel in field missions or from member states or to UN entities.

Location: Entebbe

Partner:  

Registration Status: Not open yet

DECEMBER

06-17DEC2021

 

 

Women’s Outreach Course #10 FRN

 

 

The Women’s Outreach Course is a specialized training programme for female military signals and police Information and Communications Technology (ICT) specialists. The programme is a direct response to Security Council Resolution 2122 (2013), which encourages troop- and police- contributing countries to increase the percentage of women military and police in UN peacekeeping operations and address gender imbalance.

Location: Entebbe

Partner: Government of

Registration Status:  Not open yet

 

eLearning 

A series of e-courses have been and are being developed on topics that are already being taught at the Academy. E-learning courses are not aimed at substituting, but at complementing classroom-based courses and will reinforce traditional classroom-based training through its flexibility in terms of reach, time, mobility and language.

UNSA’s e-courses are available on the iLearn portal.

Course

Duration

hh/mm

Status

ICT#3 Basics of Radio Communications (9 modules)

4:21

Link (i-Learn)

Unite Aware (UA)

UA#1 Foundation course

 

UA#2 Data Entry Beginner course

 

UA#3 Data Entry Advanced course

 

UA#4 Visualization Beginner course

 

UA#5 Visualization Advanced course

 

0:40

 

 

1:30

 

 

2:00

 

1:30

 

 

2:00

Link (i-Learn)

 

 

 

Link (i-Learn)

 

 

Link (i-Learn)

 

Link (i-Learn)

 

 

Link (i-Learn)

 

Partner: Government of Denmark

Unmanned aircraft system (UAS)

UAS#1 Foundation course

1:00

 

 

 

 

Partner: Government of France

 
 

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CONTACT US 

CONTACT US

For more Information and how to partner with us please contact unsignalsacademy@un.org

 

RELATED DOCUMENTS
  • UNSA Factsheet
  • UNSA Annual Report 2019
  • UNSA Courses Outlines

 

RELATED LINKS

1. Report of the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations

https://peaceoperationsreview.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/HIPPO_Report_1_June_2015.pdf

2. Improving Security of United Nations Peacekeepers

https://peacekeeping.un.org/sites/default/files/improving_security_of_united_nations_peacekeepers_report.pdf

3. Partnership for Technology in Peacekeeping

https://operationalsupport.un.org/en/partnership-technology-peacekeeping

4. Partnership Initiatives

https://operationalsupport.un.org/en/partnership-initiatives

5. 6th International Partnership for Technology in Peacekeeping Symposium

https://operationalsupport.un.org/en/6th-international-symposium