Peacekeeping training is defined as any training activity which aims to enhance mandate implementation by equipping UN military, police or civilian personnel, both individually and collectively, with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable them to:
a) meet the evolving challenges of peacekeeping operations in accordance with principles, policies and guidelines, as well as lessons learnt from the field;
b) perform their specialist functions in an effective, professional and integrated manner and;
c) demonstrate the core values and competencies of the UN.
In General Assembly Resolution A/RES/49/37 (1995), Member States recognized their responsibility for the training of uniformed personnel for UN peacekeeping operations and requested the Secretary-General to develop training materials and establish a range of measures to assist Member States in this regard. With the restructuring of Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and establishment of Department of Field Support (DFS) in 2007, the Integrated Training Service (ITS) in DPET was created as the responsibility centre for peacekeeping training.
Peacekeeping training is regarded as strategic investment that enables UN military, police and civilian staff to effectively implement increasingly multifaceted mandates.
The Civilian Pre-Deployment Training (CPT) is one of the primary tools used by DPO/DOS to improve preparedness, effectiveness and productivity of civilian peacekeepers. It helps generate competent, institutionally knowledgeable, and ethically aware civilian peacekeepers capable of serving in dangerous and complex peacekeeping environments. ITS has a dedicated team that delivers CPT at the United Nations Regional Service Centre in Entebbe, Uganda.
Member States are responsible for delivering the pre-deployment training (PDT) to all personnel provided to United Nations peacekeeping operations, in accordance with General Assembly resolution A/RES/49/37. The curriculum should be based on UN peacekeeping pre-deployment training standards and materials, that ITS develops and updates.
ITS provides substantive support on training-related issues, such as conducting training needs assessment and evaluation, advice on training development, methodology and delivery for specialist trainers in DPO, DOS and to field-based trainers. ITS also supports Integrated Mission Training Centres (IMTCs) with operational guidance and advice.
ITS organizes and provides on-site assistance to Member States, Peacekeeping Training Institutions (PKTIs) and Field Missions through Mobile Training Support Teams and conducts Training Recognition exercises on peacekeeping training delivered by external training institutions.
ITS delivers and continuously updates the Senior Leadership Programme (SLP) and Senior Mission Leaders (SML) course, as well as the Senior Mission Administration and Resources (SMART) programme. These courses address training needs of those who are responsible for mission management from the highest levels (SRSG, DSRSG, Force Commander or Head of Military Component, Police Commissioner) to Directors and senior managers of substantive and support components.
ITS develops DPO/DOS guidance materials such as peacekeeping training policies, standard operating procedures and guidelines. Working in collaboration with Member States, peacekeeping training institutions (PKTIs) and substantive experts, ITS develops training materials, such as the Core Pre-Deployment Training Materials (CPTMs), as well as Specialized Training Materials (STMs). It also coordinates knowledge and information management activities related to training for the benefit of DPO-led missions, DPO/DOS at Headquarters and Member States.
ITS develops general and mission-specific pre-deployment peacekeeping training standards and materials, and conducts civilian pre-deployment training, cross-cutting and management development programmes. To advance these and other peacekeeping training agenda, ITS works in partnerships with Member States and their associated peacekeeping training institutions; specialist trainers in DPO/DOS and Integrated Mission Training Centres (IMTCs).
ITS establishes cross-cutting peacekeeping training strategies, implements work plans and is at the centre of planning and reporting on the training budget for DPO and DOS, providing programmatic and substantive review of reports, briefing notes, statements and other documents and communications on and advocacy for peacekeeping training.
The e-Guide is an induction and reference tool to the Pillar, and to those offices that support it. Jointly developed by DPO, DPPA and DOS, this online tool provides details on the functions and objectives of the Peace and Security Pillar and supporting offices. It also serves to complement the face-to-face induction course organized for new DPO, DPPA and DOS staff. In addition to information on the three Departments, the e-Guide includes modules on peacekeeping and special political missions, Security Council and General Assembly bodies, Secretariat Departments, and Agencies, Funds and Programmes collaborating with the Peace and Security Pillar. The e-Guide also includes learning, guidance and communication resources for staff as well as practical information on working at UN Headquarters. The e-Guide will help forge a better shared understanding of the Peace and Security Pillar for both new and current staff.
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This online training course, which forms part of the mandatory Mission-Specific Induction Training for UN Peacekeeping Personnel, is intended for all peacekeeping personnel to enhance their knowledge of the United Nations values and competencies. Integrating competencies into the Organization is an ongoing process. Through the course, learners are urged to use and observe the competencies in their daily work and in discussing staff development and performance management issues.
This online training course, an integral part of the mandatory Mission-Specific Induction Training for UN Peacekeeping Personnel, discusses the roles of components of the UN peacekeeping operations, outlines positions of authority, and explains the relationship between the support and substantive components of a peacekeeping mission.
This online training course, which forms part of the mandatory Mission-Specific Induction Training for UN Peacekeeping Personnel, explores the transmission and means of prevention of HIV and AIDS, ways of treatment and support in missions, and ways to deal with the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS.
This online training course, an integral part of the mandatory Mission-Specific Induction Training for UN Peacekeeping Personnel, covers topics on United Nations mission aviation operations, the DPKO/DFS Safety Management System, aviation emergency process, among others to increase the knowledge and awareness of all peacekeeping personnel about aviation safety.
This online course, which forms part of the mandatory Mission-Specific Induction Training for UN Peacekeeping Personnel, discusses gender concepts, mandate and policies on gender, and how the United Nations mainstreams gender into peacekeeping operations.
This online course on Landmines and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) and Other Explosive Hazards is part of the mandatory Mission-Specific Induction Training for UN Peacekeeping Personnel. It has been developed to outline the threats posed by landmines, unexploded ordnances (UXO) and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to United Nations staff, peacekeepers and aid workers operating in mine-affected areas and the actions being taken to mitigate these threats.
This is a 3-4 hours self-paced course to introduce newly appointed personnel to UN peacekeeping operations. It provides a basic understanding of the evolution of peacekeeping, its composition, decision making bodies and mandates. The course is intended for all personnel of UN peacekeeping missions including international and national civilian staff, United Nations Volunteers, Military and UN Police. Other e-learning courses are also available for staff.
The 2010 Policy on Training for all United Nations Peacekeeping Personnel set by the Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support (DPKO-DFS), determines that the Integrated Training Service (ITS) has the responsibility to conduct periodic training needs assessments (TNAs), to identify what priority training is required to implement Security Council mandates. All training needs assessments conducted by the Integrated Training Service are available below.
Conducted in 2017-18, to identify training needs of commanders and command staff of Formed Police Units (FPUs) and gaps in pre-deployment training of FPU command staff.
Conducted in 2016-17, to identify performance gaps in the implementation of the UN Protection of Civilians (POC) mandate and identify where implementation can be strengthened through training in peacekeeping missions. The TNA assessed current POC training provided in those peacekeeping missions with their own POC mandate, determined the level of POC understanding and knowledge among peacekeeping personnel involved in the delivery of the POC mandate, identified integrated POC tasks mission to mission and made recommendations for a coherent and coordinated POC training strategy in order to address the identified gaps.
Conducted in 2012-13, to determine the knowledge, skills and behaviors required for effective mandate implementation; identify performance and skills gaps that can be addressed through training; and assess current peacekeeping training activities and mechanisms.
The team is responsible for all budget, finance and human resources management issues on behalf of ITS staff. Its main interlocutor is the Executive Office. Some of the products being focused on include:
The team is responsible for development and dissemination of peacekeeping training policies, standard operating procedures (SOP) and guidelines. The team also assesses needs for guidance materials and training, reviews processes and monitors implementation of policies and standards.
Main work outputs for the current planning cycle include:
The main products include:
The team is responsible for provision of strategic guidance and support to the coordination, planning, designing delivery, monitoring and evaluation of field training; delivery of civilian pre-deployment training; liaison between OHRM and field trainers; and information management for ITS. Some of the products being focused on include:
Relationship with others in DPO/DOS and elsewhere
The LMTT is made up of staff supporting the SMART, SML, SLP and other initiatives.
Key work products
The LMTT team deals with preparation and delivery of the Senior Mission Administration and Resource Training (SMART) Programme. The overall goal of the Programme is to build a pool of future senior managers in Mission Support who would be able to manage support functions across organizational boundaries in an effective and efficient manner. The team also manages the planning and delivery of the Senior Mission Leaders course (SML), a ten-day programme conducted by DPO in conjunction with a host Member State and the Senior Leadership Programme, (SLP), a mandatory five-day course for mission senior leaders. The SML is designed to prepare participants to assume roles and responsibilities associated with serving as a member of a mission’s leadership team, including such roles as Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), Deputy SRSG, Force Commander, Police Commissioner, Director of Mission Support, or Chief of Staff. The course is also intended to deepen the understanding of Member State officials of contemporary United Nations peacekeeping missions.
The Senior Leadership Programme, (SLP), is intended to provide newly-appointed senior leaders in field missions with an orientation on peacekeeping issues, such as the main challenges faced by senior leadership and the relationship between field missions and UN HQ. Participants are Field Mission senior managers at the D-2 level and above who are within their first six months of appointment, including Special Representatives of the Secretary-General and their deputies, Force Commanders, Police Commissioners Directors of Mission Support, Directors of Political Affairs and Chiefs of Staff.
Historically, DOS Divisions are considered as “owners” of the SMART programme. Therefore, programme preparation and implementation occur in close cooperation with the Department.
The LMTT also relates with Member States, other agencies and UNHQ units for the planning, design, delivery and monitoring of the SML and SLP courses