This course is a follow-up, building upon the previously conducted UNSOCs, seeking to ad- dress new challenges and subsequently adjusting the training goals, so that a higher number of participants may benefit from both the knowledge base and the hands-on approach of working in an international environment, as part of an existing UN mission.

This is a pre-deployment course, intended to train military, law enforcement and civilian personnel to work efficiently at various levels of UN HQs. The package for the military staff officers Pre-deployment Training entails the Core Pre-deployment Training Materials and Specialized Training Material for military staff officers. Course curriculum has been developed jointly with SWEDINT and incorporates the latest developments in UN DPKO recommended Training Materials.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to support national pre-deployment training efforts of Kazakhstan and countries of Central Asia by providing UN DPKO/DFS training standards to ensure a common military approach to work at Force and Sector levels in UN peacekeeping missions.

This course also is intended as a comprehensive staff preparation of military personnel of the Armed Forces, other troops and military formations of the Republic of Kazakhstan to be deployed in various UN peacekeeping operations (PKO).

Having completed this course the participants will become familiar with:

  1. Officers’ function requirements within multinational HQ’s in UN Peacekeeping missions;
  2. Core principles and standards of conduct and discipline, that any peacekeeper has to uphold;
  3. Key points of the civil-military cooperation between various components in a UN peacekeeping mission;
  4. A non-discrimination principle, learning to treat people equally disregarding their race, gender, ethnicity, religion or culture;
  5. Peacekeepers’ disciplinary liability;
  6. Core legal documents and procedures on Rules of Engagement.

At course completion the participants are expected to know how to:

  1. Having access to relevant documents and materials, act as a staff officer implementing the MCPP1 in a UN tactical level Headquarter under normal operating conditions.
  2. Provided with relevant documents and materials, explain in their own words the need for cooperation between different mission components such as the military, UN Police and numerous civilian organizations or actors in the mission area.
  3. Having access to relevant documents and materials, identify key requirements for planning military operations, paying special attention to the protection of civilians.

Course language     

English; Russian

Delivery method       

Blended delivery: residential (instructor-led) & distributed (mobile training teams)

Course active from

11 august 2014

Course duration

10-15 session days

Upcoming course iterations

12-23 February 2019 (English language iteration)

Training audience

The UNSOC is intended for military personnel to be deployed in a UN Peacekeeping operation. Military staff officers are required to have completed their national basic military staff course. The course is open to NATO, PfP, MD, ICI and other nations as approved.

Maximum number of students per iteration

Residential iterations: 25

Mobile training teams: varies

Tuition fee per student

€ 0.00

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