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Women's Outreach Course l Regional Service Centre-Entebbe l 2019

Strengthening the performance of our UN Peacekeepers contributes to more effective implementation of mandates and better safety and security of our personnel.

Since its inception in 2015, established as the UN Signals Academy, the newly named UN C4ISR Academy for Peace Operations (UNCAP) continues to uphold the highest standards and has elevated its goals to better respond to the challenges of peace operations and the expectations of Troop Contributing Countries and Police Contributing Countries (TCCs/PCCs).

The UNCAP programme provides core training on key UN-Owned Equipment to uniformed and civilian specialists in Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR); and Camp Security:

  • The basics of information and communications technologies (ICT) including Radio communications, Satellite communications, Networking, Cybersecurity, and Spectrum management
  • Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) technologies; in particular micro Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
  • Camp security and Early Warning technologies including terrestrial radars, Sense & Warn systems

The modules will also be offered in other UN official languages. The curriculum is updated on a regular basis to incorporate new C4ISR and camp security technologies and standards.
 

Milestones

As of 31 December 2020, the UN C4ISR Academy for Peace Operations has achieved the following milestones:

  • Graduated a total 6,810 ICT uniformed specialists (12% female) from 104 countries.
  • Developed an online learning platform, offering C4ISR and camp security technologies courses to civilian and uniformed personnel who are deployed or are in pre-deployment to peacekeeping missions.
  • Established a Mission Operations Centre - Simulated Training Environment (OPSCEN-STE) at UNCAP in Entebbe.
  • Completed six editions of the Women’s Outreach Course for ICT uniformed specialists. A total of 177 female officers from 57 countries were trained, 27 course graduates (17%) have been deployed as signals/ICT staff officers, military observers and police advisors.
  • Conducted two editions of the Information Communication Technology Training-of-Trainers. This technical course provides knowledge and skills on UN-owned technology to UN mission personnel and capacity building to Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs).
  • Introduced the Modular Command Centre Training-of-Trainers. This course was designed to develop a pool of trainers that can effectively and efficiently train others to safely deploy, operate and maintain the “M-products” deployable capabilities: Modular Command Centre (MCC) and Modular Power Pack (MPP).
  • Trained 70 military and civilian personnel on the Micro Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). Graduates are from the United Nations Support Office Somalia (UNSOS) and United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). Students represented Aviation Safety, African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) sectors, UNSOS Field Technology Section, Close Protection Team, Police, UN Mine Action Service, MONUSCO Field Technology Section, Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance cells in MONUSCO and AMISOM, personnel from the UN Department of Security and Safety, and the Public Information Office.
     

Raising the Bar in 2021

In 2021, UNCAP aims to better respond to the needs of UN Missions and the expectations of TCCs/PCCs. The programme plans to further strengthen its operational capacity by

  • Enhancing its existing programmes
    • Classroom-based courses at the Academy hub in Entebbe, Uganda, close to the epicentre of peacekeeping  
    • Mobile training teams deployed In-Missions or at the TCC/PCC level
    • Remote learning through self-paced courses or through Virtual Instructor-Led Technology (VILT)
  • Expanding course offerings
    • All basics of ICT
    • Unite Aware situational awareness application suite and scenario-based practical training
    • ISR micro-drones
    • Camp security technology
       
  • Developing E-Learning courses that are accessible remotely by TCCs/PCCs and UN Missions
     
  • Delivering situational awareness application suite (Unite Aware) training and enhancing situational awareness and decision-making in field operations
     
  • Offering training in other UN official languages (especially in the French language)
     
  • Further developing the Triangular Partnership by seeking support from additional partners to sustain the programme at its new levels of ambition

 

Testimonials:

Major Suman Gawani from India (Women’s Outreach Course #4)
**Winner of the Military Gender Advocate Award of the year 2019.
"I would like to proudly say that the Women’s Outreach Course (WOC) at the UN C4ISR Academy for Peace Operations was my first step towards peacekeeping as it was my first interaction with any UN agency, and my first international exposure and experience. WOC definitely helped me to become a better signaler by giving me a better understanding of the communication equipment being used in the UN environment. As a Military Observer on patrols, I can communicate better with the use of UN Owned Equipment. WOC also helped me gain confidence in my work in my home country.
Peacekeeping has been one of the best experiences in my life. I take back fond memories, many friends and lots of learning from the mission. I strive for more such experiences."
Major Bertin Niyontwari from Burundi (Training of Trainers #1)
"The ICT Training of Trainers (ToT) course, was useful as it prepared me to serve effectively and efficiently in my current position as CITS AMISOM Messaging Administrator and J6 focal point, within AMISOM deployed in Mogadishu, Somalia.
Being a past participant of the UN C4ISR Academy for Peace Operations, ICT Training of Trainers has and continues to have a positive impact on the work I’m currently doing in the mission. The presentation skills and facilitation module taught in the course has been a key guide, particularly in my role as the training coordinator in charge of training activities targeted for AMISOM personnel deployed in UNSOS."
Chief Inspector Penehafo Nghitamuka from Namibia (Women’s Outreach Course #6)
"Having attended the sixth Women’s Outreach Course, I have an understanding and appreciation for the workings of UN Peacekeeping from a mission-level perspective and from the structures and different parties involved. During the course, we had the privilege to listen to Major General Pearce, the Force Commander in Cyprus. She shared four tips to guide us during our career as women uniformed personnel: "Believing, backing, knowing, and looking after oneself""

 

PLANNED COURSES 2021-2022

Thank you to our TCC/PCC partners for your support of these courses in the class year 2020-2021. Registration is open to individuals who receive approval from their Member States.

UN Peacekeeping Women’s Outreach Course

Course Description:

The Women’s Outreach Course is a specialized training programme for female military signals and police Information and Communications Technology (ICT) specialists. The course covers the necessary knowledge and skills relating to command, control, communications operations, planning systems as well as relevant UN policies, regulations and standard operating procedures required to provide participants with the background needed to prepare for deployment. The course also aims to increase the percentage of women military and police in UN peacekeeping operations and address gender imbalance.

#7 / ENGLISH (Fluency in English language is required)

  • Delivery format: Classroom
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Venue: UNCAP at RSC-Entebbe
  • Status: ON-HOLD. Dates TBC pending COVID-19 travel restrictions
  • Partner: Government of Japan

#8 / FRENCH (Fluency in French language is required)

  • Delivery format: Classroom
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Venue: UNCAP at RSC-Entebbe
  • Status: ON-HOLD. Dates TBC pending COVID-19 travel restrictions
  • Partner:

UN Peacekeeping Micro Unmanned Aircraft System (Micro UAS) Instructor Course

Course Description:

The Micro UAS Instructor course is a 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. The course is aimed at qualifying UN civilian staff, military, police, and personnel from UN entities and TCCs/PCCs as Micro UAS instructors. Training is designed to provide the Micro UAS instructors who will train Micro UAS operators to support missions with increased ISR, GIS, Engineering surveying and safety and security capabilities. Training content covers the necessary knowledge and skills related to practical flight, theory of flight, UAS regulations, integrating the UAS into existing command and control systems and utilizing existing communication and IT systems to support UAS operations. Personnel will be trained on UN specific use-cases and standard operating procedures. Advanced flight skills and backend support for the Micro UAS systems as well as methods of instruction will also be taught. Fluency in English language is required.

#1 / ENGLISH (Fluency in English language is required)

  • Delivery format: Classroom
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Venue: UNCAP at RSC-Entebbe
  • Status: ON-HOLD. Dates TBC pending COVID-19 travel restrictions
  • Partner: Governments of Canada, France and Uganda

UN Peacekeeping Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Training of Trainers (ToT)

Course Description:

The Training of Trainers course is a specialized training programme for military signals and ICT specialists. The ToT aims to build training capacity within the TCCs/PCCs by enhancing the knowledge and skills of personnel responsible for training signals personnel deploying to UN peacekeeping missions. It covers the necessary knowledge and skills relating to command, control, communications operations, planning systems, UN-Owned Equipment, UN policies, regulations and standard operating procedures as well as training delivery skills required to strengthen TCC/PCC capacities. Fluency in English language is required.

#3 / ENGLISH (Fluency in English language is required)

  • Delivery format: Classroom
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Venue: UNCAP at RSC-Entebbe
  • Status: ON-HOLD. Dates TBC pending COVID-19 travel restrictions
  • Partner: Government of Denmark

 

New Courses Under Development for 2021

Thank you to UN C4ISR Academy for Peace Operations’partners for supporting the development of these new programmes for class year 2021.

UN Peacekeeping Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Training of Trainers (ToT)

Course Description:

The Training of Trainers (ToT) course is a specialized training programme for military signals and ICT specialists. ToT aims to build training capacity within the TCCs/PCCs by enhancing the knowledge and skills of personnel responsible for training signals personnel deploying to UN peacekeeping missions. The course covers the necessary knowledge and skills relating to command, control, communications operations, planning systems, UN-Owned Equipment, UN policies, regulations and standard operating procedures as well as training delivery skills required to strengthen TCC/PCC capacities. Fluency in French language is required.

#4 / FRENCH (Fluency in French language is required)

  • Delivery format: Classroom
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Venue: UNCAP at RSC-Entebbe
  • Status: Under development
  • Partner: Government of Denmark

UN Peacekeeping Micro Unmanned Aircraft System (Micro UAS) Operators Course

Course Description:

The Micro UAS Operator course is a specialized training for military, police and civilian personnel that are required to deliver Micro UAS training to personnel in field missions or from Member States or to UN entities. The Micro UAS instructor programme aims at preparing future trainers to teach UAS operators on how to operate the Micro UAS in compliance with aviation law on UAS flights and the principles of flight. The programme will consist of two main parts, each requiring a certification exam:

  • Part 1 is a 4-day CompTIA Train-the-Trainer (CTT+) certification aimed at teaching students how to deliver training.
  • Part 2 is a 5-day classroom-based training consisting of lectures, practical, hands-on part and scenario-based use-cases as experienced in the missions. Fluency in English language is required.

#1 / ENGLISH (Fluency in English language is required)

  • Delivery format: Classroom
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Venue: UNCAP at RSC-Entebbe
  • Status: Under development
  • Partner: Governments of Canada, France and Uganda

UN Peacekeeping C4ISR Orientation (Course for U6-G6-S6 Officers)

Course Description:

This course prepares military and police C4ISR officers to be deployed in UN peacekeeping missions as U6-G6-S6 staff officers with the knowledge of the overall UN C4SIR organization, supporting and supported services. It aims at providing evidence of the relationships and interactions amongst the various C4ISR components and the supported capabilities. At the end of the course, participants will be specialized in C4SIR, will have a solid understanding of UN mandates, C4SIR roles, UN-Owned Equipment and capabilities, and will be operationally ready for deployment.

#1 / ENGLISH (Fluency in English language is required)

  • Delivery format: Classroom
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Venue: UNCAP at RSC-Entebbe
  • Status: Under development
  • Partner: NATO Communications & Information Academy

UN Peacekeeping C4ISR Orientation Course for Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs)

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to provide TCC (military) signals unit senior non-commissioned officers (NCOs) and PCC (police) technicians with the knowledge of the overall UN C4ISR organization, supporting and supported services. The course also provides evidence about the relationships and interactions amongst the various C4ISR components and the supported capabilities. At the end of the course, participants will be specialized in C4SIR, will have a solid understanding of UN mandates, C4SIR roles, UN-Owned Equipment and capabilities, and will be operationally ready for deployment. Fluency in English language is required.

#1 / ENGLISH (Fluency in English language is required)

  • Delivery format: Classroom
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Venue: UNCAP at RSC-Entebbe
  • Status: Under development
  • Partner: NATO Communications & Information Academy

UN Peacekeeping Spectrum Management (Course for U6 & FTS)

Course Description:

The course provides UN Missions and TCC/PCC military and police personnel with the fundamentals of Frequency Management in UN peace operations. Training content covers the necessary knowledge and skills relating to Spectrum Management as well as relevant UN policies, regulations and standard operating procedures required to provide personnel with the background needed to prepare for deployment. Fluency in English language is required.

#1 / ENGLISH (Fluency in English language is required)

  • Delivery format: Classroom
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Venue: UNCAP at RSC-Entebbe
  • Status: Under development
  • Partner: NATO Communications & Information Academy

If you would like to partner with us or receive information about the programme, please contact the United Nations C4ISR Academy for Peace Operations Programme Management at UNC4ISRAcademy@un.org.