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PEACE OPERATIONS LOGISTICS COURSE

To provide selected officers with the relevant knowledge and skills they need to be more effective logisticians in traditional or complex peace operations, as support officers in their national headquarters, logisticians within a deployed unit, or as mission headquarters logistics staff officers.

At the end of the course the participants will be able to: Be familiar with the logistic operations of the UN and the AU; Understand the rationale behind PSO logistics; Understand Contingent Owned equipment (COE); Be familiar with logistics planning required for deployments; e. Understand the different components that make up integrated logistics support in a field mission.

To do so, the course will address the following: United Nations Headquarters and DPKO and DFS organization and functions; Mission planning; deployment, Reception, Staging and Onward Movement (RSOM), sustainment, redeployment; United Nations field mission logistic and administrative support organization; Contingent Owned Equipment (COE), finance, procurement, and contracting; National operational and logistic functions in peacekeeping missions; Current operational and logistic experiences/realities in peacekeeping missions; Role of civilian, police and military observers in peace support operations.

GENDER IN PEACE SUPPORT OPERATIONS

The aim of the course was to increase operational effectiveness by equipping students with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively operationalise the gender perspective in international peace support operations .

The course objectives are as follows:To demonstrate an understanding of various United Nations Security Council Resolutions on women, peace and security; To enhance participants’ understanding of UN and AU directives and guidelines on gender in operations; To demonstrate understanding of the relevance to include gender aspects from the earliest planning phase onwards. To understand the links between conflict-related sexual violence and protection of civilians.

RULE OF LAW COURSE

The purpose of this course is to harmonize an understanding of the rule of law institutions and enable participants to train according to the international laws and human rights standards. The Objectives include; To demonstrate an enhanced understanding of the institutional structures and dimensions; To demonstrate an enhanced understanding of the laws and principles governing rule of law; To demonstrate an enhanced understanding of the customary laws challenges and how they relate to the national laws; To demonstrate an enhanced understanding of the rule of law in a post-conflict situation; To identify and discuss the alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

The course learning outcomes are as follows: To understand who a child is, the child’s needs and rights and what child protection is; To understand the legal instruments defining child rights; To examine the impact of conflict on children; To have knowledge of PSO and local structures and mechanism for the protection of children; To understand measures necessary to guarantee protection of children

CHILD PROTECTION COURSE

The aim of this course is to enhance the participants understanding of child protection issues for the effective prevention and protection of children in peace support operations. In order to do so, this course will provide a forum in which participants will be exposed to the aspects of child rights and protection in complex and multidimensional peace support operations environment.

The course learning outcomes are as follows: To understand who a child is, the child’s needs and rights and what child protection is; To understand the legal instruments defining child rights; To examine the impact of conflict on children; To have knowledge of PSO and local structures and mechanism for the protection of children; To understand measures necessary to guarantee protection of children

CONFLICT ANALYSIS AND PREVENTION COURSE

The purpose of this course is to enhance participants’ understanding of conflict and equip them with tools and competencies to be able to identify and interpret issues in conflict systems that inform and influence decision making processes in their work environment/respective organizations and make programming recommendations in a multidimensional context. The course objectives are as follows: To understand the concept of conflict and its theoretical foundations; To understand the concepts of conflict specifically related to Africa and the issues that have shaped conflict dynamics on the continent since independence; To demonstrate an enhanced understanding of conflict analysis frameworks, and tools and be able to apply the same in their work environment; To demonstrate an understanding of the foundations of conflict prevention theory and conflict prevention initiatives in Africa and apply conflict analysis skills and tools in the development of a conflict prevention plan.

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