|Welcome to the ITS update. This electronic newsletter, issued three times per year, provides updates on guidance and training materials development, as well as offering direct access to the UN Core Pre-Deployment Training Materials (CPTM), and Specialised Training Materials (STMs). ITS develops training standards, guidance (policies, SOPs, manuals and handbooks) and materials; develops and delivers cross-cutting peacekeeping training and oversees peacekeeping training activities and provides technical support.|
Enhancing the Impact of Peacekeeping through Lessons-learned
The Deployment Review Digital Toolkit is a mobile application to enhance the impact of UN peacekeeping operations through the collection and sharing of best practices related to uniformed capabilities. The app offers an easy-to-follow lessons-learned methodology and platform to help troop- and police-contributing countries (T/PCCs) establish and develop their own lessons-learning processes, facilitating knowledge-sharing among deployed personnel. Member States can capture, analyse, review the successes, innovations, and challenges from their operational experiences to improve the training preparation and support phases of deployment, improve performance and mandate delivery, and increase the safety and security of their personnel.
The app does not collect user data, making it a safe and user-friendly digital toolkit to complement existing information-sharing systems and can serve as a blueprint for systems that are yet to be developed.
To download, scan the QR code with your mobile device.
For more information, please contact the Light Coordination Mechanism at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Launch of new Survey on Monitoring and Assessment of Military Capacity-Building
The Light Coordination Mechanism (LCM) has launched a new study to better understand how Member States monitor and assess military capacity building support provided to troop-contributing countries (TCCs) in the context of UN peacekeeping operations. The objective of this study is to review Member States’ experience, as providers or recipients of such support, to identify lessons learned and best practices, and to make recommendations. The LCM has developed a survey to gain a better understanding of the scale and nature of the role of Member States in military capacity-building support to TCCs (as providers or recipients), the ways and means of evaluating short and long-term progress and impact of this support, and the successes and challenges encountered in doing so.
Member States are invited to participate in the survey which can be accessed here.
For more information on this survey, please contact Sophie Aloë at email@example.com
|Upcoming Training of Trainers Courses and Material Development|
Training of Trainers Courses for UN Engagement Platoons at UN Service Centres in Italy and Uganda
The Reinforcement Training Package for UN Engagement Platoons training of trainer course aims to provide TCCs with comprehensive training that addresses the technical requirements needed to engage with communities in host nations. The materials combine the conceptual, legal, and operational aspects of planning for Engagement Platoon operations.
UN Staff Officers Specialized Training Materials Workshop in Sweden
ITS, with the Government of Sweden, will conduct a development workshop from 1 to 12 May 2023 to review and update the Specialized Training Materials (STM) for UN Staff Officers (UNSO) at the Swedish Armed Forces International Centre in Sweden. The workshop aims to review and update the current UNSO STM to align it with current UN policies and guidelines. Workshop participants will include Member State trainers from the Africa, Americas, Asia and Pacific, and Europe regions. The call for nominations was sent in November 2022.
Training of Trainers for UN Military Peacekeeping-Intelligence Officers in Kazakhstan
ITS, with the Government of Kazakhstan, will conduct a training of trainer course for UN Military Peacekeeping-Intelligence Officers in Astana, Kazakhstan from 1 to 12 May 2023. The course aims to enable Member State trainers to deliver training at UN standards to military intelligence officers appointed to serve at the Force (U2), Sector (G2) and Battalion (S2) levels in UN peacekeeping operations. Course participants will include Member State trainers from the Africa and Asia and Pacific regions. The call for nominations was sent in January 2023.
Pilot Course for the Reinforcement Training Package on Force Protection in Italy
ITS will conduct a pilot course for the new reinforcement training package (RTP) on Force Protection at the UN Global Service Centre Brindisi, Italy from 8 to 19 May 2023 for Member State trainers from the Africa, Americas, Asia and Pacific and Europe regions. The pilot course aims to validate the RTP in consultation with subject matter experts for a late 2023 release to all Member States. The call for nominations was sent in January 2023.
Training of Trainer course for National Investigation Officers at the UN Regional Service Centre Entebbe
In accordance with Security Council Resolution 2272, which underpins the need for Member States to strengthen the delivery of pre-deployment training on preventing and combating sexual exploitation and abuse, ITS, together with the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), will conduct a training of trainer course for National Investigation Officers (NIO) at the UN Regional Service Centre Entebbe (RSCE), Uganda from 10 to 21 July 2023. The course is fully funded and supported by the US Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI). The course aims to qualify Member State trainers from Africa to deliver training to UN standards to NIO practitioners through their respective peacekeeping training institutions. The course has been developed to ensure NIO practitioners are able to determine if an allegation of misconduct is substantiated or unsubstantiated through the undertaking of impartial investigations. The call for nominations will be sent in March 2023.
Upcoming Training of Trainer Courses for UN Police
The Strategic Guidance Framework for International Policing (SGF) aims to enhance the effectiveness of UN policing through consistent approaches to the provision of public safety, police reform and support to host-state services, and to ensure police trainers possess the necessary skills to prepare police officers for peacekeeping demands and challenges. As part of efforts to operationalize the SGF, ITS will conduct training courses for individual police officers, police commanders, and formed police unit command staff to increase the pool of available certified instructors who can assist DPO in the roll-out of the newly developed STM for UN Police (UNPOL) to Member States. ITS has scheduled the following ToT courses for UN Police in the first half of 2023.
Resolution 2185 on policing in peacekeeping operations reiterates the importance of providing specialized pre-deployment and in-mission training to United Nations police components on child-specific protection and child-friendly prevention and protection measures, as well as monitoring and reporting. ITS, with the Government of Germany, will conduct a training of trainer course for UN Police in Brühl, Germany from 8 to 12 May 2023 for Member State trainers from the Europe region. The course aims to introduce child protection concepts and provide basic knowledge on mission-specific scenarios, child protection mandates of missions, the role of other child protection actors, and host country national child protection systems. The call for nominations was sent in February 2023 by the Child Protection Team in the Policy, Evaluation and Training Division (DPET) in the Department of Peace Operations (DPO).
ITS, with the Government of Italy and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), will conduct a training of trainer course for UN Police in Brindisi, Italy from 29 May to 9 June 2023 for Member State police trainers from the Africa and Europe regions. The UNPOL STM training of trainer course aims to strengthen the capacity of Member States police trainers to deliver pre-deployment training for police officers nominated to deploy as individual police officers to peacekeeping missions. The call for nominations was sent in January 2023.
UN Police Training Architecture Programmes
The UNPOL Training Architecture Programme aims to update current UNPOL pre-deployment training by ensuring its compliance with the Strategic Guidance Framework for International Policing (SGF) and other relevant UN guidance. As part of this effort, three job-specific trainings were developed for Individual Police Officers, including, community-orientated policing (COP), police monitoring, mentoring, and advising (MMA), and police capacity-building and development (CBD). The following courses will take place in the first half of 2023 within the framework of UNPOL Training Architecture Programme.
ITS, with the Police Division will conduct a Job-Specific Certified Instructor Development course in Brindisi, Italy from 1 to 12 May 2023, for the benefit of the UN Standing Police Capacity and trainers from COESPU.
Upcoming Senior Mission Leaders courses
ITS conducts Senior Mission Leaders (SML) courses to further enhance the mindset, accountability and capacity of potential UN senior leaders in accordance with the recommendations of the dos Santos Cruz Report on peacekeeping fatalities and injuries and new and emerging UN policies and guidance. The ten-day course aims to prepare senior leaders to assume the roles and responsibilities associated with serving as a member of a Mission leadership team, including such roles as Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), Deputy SRSG, Force Commander, Police Commissioner, Director of Mission Support (DMS), and mission Chief of Staff. The Senior Mission Leaders courses are intended for Member State nominees and UN Staff with civilian, police and military background and Director level-1 rank, equivalent or higher.
|ITS Training Calendar|
The ITS training calendar is available here, and provides information on upcoming training courses for Member States throughout 2023, with course requirements including language and the intended audience. Calls for nominations will continue to be made through respective Permanent Missions, which will in turn send their T/PCC nominations to ITS.
|Guidance Update (To download, click on the hyperlinks below)|
New Standard Operating Procedure on Member State Provided Military Mobile Training Teams
The new standard operation procedure (SOP) on Member State-provided military mobile training teams (MTTs) outlines the process of planning and deploying a Member State provided military MTT to peacekeeping operations. The SOP outlines the responsibilities, legal status of a MTT in mission and references relevant legal frameworks. The new SOP can be downloaded here.
UN Engagement Platoon Handbook – First Edition 2022
This is the first edition of the UN Engagement Platoon Handbook. The handbook provides a guide for planning and conducting engagement activities for Infantry Battalions, commanders and their staff. This handbook supports the core concepts outlined in the UN Infantry Battalion Manual (UNIBAM), the inclusion of an engagement platoon in the Infantry Battalion structure, and further discusses the employment of the engagement platoon. UN Engagement Platoons will be comprised of at least fifty percent women, serve as a tactical level military capability that supports improved or increased situational awareness and information collection, and augments human terrain mapping for the infantry battalion commander. The new handbook can be downloaded here.
UN Peacekeeping Mission Military Peacekeeping-Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance Unit Manual – First Edition 2022
This first edition of the UN Peacekeeping Mission Military Peacekeeping-Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (PKISR) Unit Manual provides field commanders and their staff with a guide for planning and conducting military PKISR unit operations in support of UN peacekeeping mandates. The manual focuses on military PKISR units, of which there are a variety of types, capabilities, functions, and considerations under the umbrella of peacekeeping-intelligence (PKI) policy. The new manual can be downloaded here.
Guidelines on Gender and Peacekeeping-Intelligence
Understanding gender dynamics is critical for peacekeeping-intelligence (PKI) professionals whose role is to provide integrated forward-looking analysis, taking into account the variety of roles that women, men, and people of diverse identities play in a conflict setting. The guidelines provide practical guidance on how to integrate gender in each step of the PKI cycle to develop PKI products that support a common operational picture, establish indicators and warnings of imminent threats, and identify risks and opportunities with respect to the safety and security of UN personnel and the protection of civilians. The guidelines may be read in conjunction with the Policy on Peacekeeping-Intelligence, Open-Source Peacekeeping-Intelligence (OPKI) Guidelines, and Acquisition of Information from Human Sources for Peacekeeping-Intelligence (HPKI). The new guidelines can be downloaded here.
Standard Operating Procedure on the Directives for Heads of Police Components of UN Peacekeeping Operations and Special Political Missions
The new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on Directives for Heads of Police Components of UN Peacekeeping Operations and Special Political Missions outlines the functions of the Heads of Police Components and provides guidance and direction on his/her organizational tasks; core roles and responsibilities, including the operational authority, command and control arrangements over all the members of the police component within a mission; operational coordination and relationships with other mission components, host-state counterparts and international actors; and core duties in implementing mandated tasks, and the relevant reporting requirements. Heads of Police Components are also reminded in this SOP of their responsibilities in new and emerging areas of the UN police component’s organizational issues, including the matters related, where applicable, to the delegation of authority, command and control, strengthened performance and accountability, as well as improving the safety and security of all personnel within the Police Component. The new directives can be downloaded here.
UN Core Pre-Deployment Training Materials (CPTM) - English | French | Spanish
Reinforcement Training Packages (RTPs)
Comprehensive Protection of Civilians Package for UN Military - English | French | Spanish
Comprehensive Protection of Civilians Package for UN Police - English
Child Protection for UN Police - Arabic | English | French
Child Protection for UN Military - English
RTP for UN Military Peacekeeping-Intelligence Officers – English| French | Spanish
RTP for UN Operational Logistics – English
RTP for UN Peacekeeping-Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance – English
RTP for UN Engagement Platoon – English
Specialised Training Materials (STMs)
STM for National Investigation Officers - English
STM for UN Military Observers - English
STM for UN Military Staff Officers - English
STMs for UN Military Units - English
(Force HQ; Maritime; Aviation; Engineers; Logistics; Police; Riverine; Signals; Transport; Special Forces; and Explosive Ordnance Disposal)
STM on Mission Specific Infantry Battalions - English
STM for UN Police Officers - English
STM for Formed Police Units - English
STM on UN Civil-Military Coordination - Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish
STM for Child Protection Staff Deployed in UN Missions – English
STM on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence - English
STM on Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN Personnel - English | French
STM on Training of Trainers - English | French
COVID-19 UN Pre-deployment Training Materials - English | French
|The policies, guidelines and training materials within this update can all be accessed via the direct links above and are hosted on the UN Resource Hub. If you have questions about the Integrated Training Service and its activities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.|