All courses can be delivered as ‘Stand Alone’ or as ‘Train the Trainer’ to build local capacity
Protection of Civilians (1, 3 or 5 days)
To me, Protection of Civilians (POC) is what UN Peacekeeping is all about; and all peacekeepers both civilian and uniformed are involved in it. I have been teaching POC , conducting syndicate work and scripting exercises for several years and also utilize the excellent UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations training material. PKC offers advice and assistance on designing and conducting your own course and also delivers 1,3 and 5 day tailored workshops according to a country’s training need. Finally we offer a three week Train the Trainer course, in Week One, we impart the knowledge to your instructors, in Week Two we assist them in rehearsing their delivery in preparation for Week Three when they deliver the course themselves to a batch of your students. Course tailoring includes additional sessions on Gender and POC, POC in Refugee and IDP Camps, Prevention of Sexual Violence and, Child Protection.
Child Protection (3 days)
Children’s human rights are one of the first casualties of conflict. Peacekeepers will encounter children, in villages, in armed groups, in IDP / refugee and many other situations. They need to know how to respond appropriately and which other agencies are part of the response. This three day, scenario heavy course, enables officers (Police or Military) to identify the challenges and have the confidence to take the appropriate action with other Child Protection actors.
Gender in PSO (3 days)
A key part of Protection of Civilians is the protection of women. In order to protect women we need to engage with them and understand their protection needs; this is much easier with female soldiers. PKC offers a two day course aimed at Military Commanders and Operations Officers engaged in peacekeeping to enable them to realise the importance of understanding the operational environment and women’s role within it and how best they may achieve this.
Effective Communication in Peacekeeping (5 days)
Being able to communicate is key to the success of Military Observers, Staff Officers and Battalion officers. This 5 day course is a series of practical exercises to give officers the confidence to communicate effectively within the mission, with other partners, government authorities and local civilians. The course is tailored to the training audience but oral briefings, meetings and effective use of interpreters is common to all. Like all PKC courses, every opportunity is taken to use current Mission material. The team includes past Operations Officers and an English Language Teacher with recent PSO Training experience.
UN Force Generation (5 days)
There will always be a need for Peacekeepers, and every country should have the honour of taking part. For most counties taking the first steps towards a unit deployment is a big challenge. This is recognised and the United Nations provides guidance and encouragement and other States in your region or globally will also assist. PKC as a consultancy, sponsored by international agencies, supports this effort. It can provide regular, needs-based, strategic and operational level advice to Ministries of Defence to enable them to identify when they need to make decisions; what actions to take; and how to construct an effective business plan. The end-state is the deployment of well equipped, trained and administered troops supported by a robust budget and sustainment plan.