Jan-Mar 2018: Pre-deployment training for ZAMBATT IV

Lucky to be involved in pre-deployment training (PDT) for Zambia troops going to MINUSCA.  A very basic training facility, 40 mins from the hotel but a very professional training cadre and motivated troops. Delivered a train the trainer course on the UN CPTMs and the focused on Bn HQ. Wishing ZAMBATT IV the very best for their deployment and hope to see them next year.

Sep 2017: Protection of Civilians, Malaysia

Back to the Malaysian Peacekeeping Centre for Protection of Civilians. Three female officers and two policemen on the course which always helps the group discussions and syndicate work. The Centre is just by the coast and cycles are available for short outings after work.

Sep 2017: UN Staff Course Philippines

Again the lone GPOI representative on this course, with 11 instructors from the Centre.  Almost the last course on the Darlan scenario; we move to Carana in 2018. The photo shows the end of course lunch laid out on banana leaves and eaten, traditionally, with the hands – in about 5 minutes!

Aug 2017: UN Staff Course Nepal

The Training Centre is up in the hills with a new classroom building. Some of the accommodation was damaged in the earthquake but funding is available to replace it. I was on my own with two excellent local instructors.  Weekends in Kathmandu. What’s not to like!

June 2017: UN Staff Course Vietnam

The first staff course to be conducted at Vietnam’s Peacekeeping Training Centre as they prepare to deploy a Level 2 Field Hospital to S Sudan.  No surprise then that there were several doctors on the course but also that language was a challenge. Nevertheless, a very worthwhile course that reinforced the opinion that Doctors always do well on Mission Analysis.  Amazingly well looked after by the Vietnamese with two organised excursions.

May 2017: Protection of Civilians Course Philippines

A chance to pilot the new Protection of Civilians material. It has been changed to reflect the new United Nations Comprehensive Protection of Civilians course – comprehensive because it includes child protection and conflict related sexual violence modules.  The course went well, and an excellent Chef provided meals for the international students.  Finally, the Centre also looks after several stray dogs and there always seems to be cute puppies outside the classroom.

April 2017: Protection of Civilians in Bangladesh

Photo: The Training Team at the Peace Training Centre in Bangladesh

A week in Bangladesh delivering Protection of Civilians (POC) training to Bangladeshi and international military officers,  Great team, great participants,  cracking facilities and charming location.  Enjoy these events tremendously.

March 2017 Protection of Civilians in UNMISS (South Sudan)

Delighted to have been selected by the UN to deliver Protection of Civilians (POC) training to Mission Staff in the UN Mission in South Sudan. A very interesting week and great contributions from the participants who were a combination of Civilian, Military and Police.  Had a chance to see on of the Protection Sites, the Joint Operations Centre, Force Ops and the Joint Mission Analysis Centre.    First time working with Kamal, the Bangladeshi officer from DPKO ITS but my third time with Ally from Tanzania – very much enjoyed working with them.