Application for International Training Programme on Peace and Security in Africa 2014 - 2015

ACCORD, in partnership with the University of Uppsala's Department of Peace and Conflict Research and Indevelop, a Swedish consulting company working for sustainable social development, have commenced with the fourth edition of the International Training Programme (ITP) on Peace and Security in Africa (PASA).

As a change management process, this Programme looks at strengthening the Peace and Security Architecture in Africa by imparting conflict management and project management skills. Select participants will be lectured, trained, and mentored throughout a 5 phased programme which takes place over a space of 14 months. Phase II will take place in Sweden from 05-23 May 2014 and phase IV will take place in South Africa from 03-14 November 2014.Upon completion of the Programme, participants will be awarded a diploma issued by the University of Uppsala.

We are inviting suitable applicants to apply for this Programme. Please click on the link to access the writeable application form and brochure.

The deadline for applications is 15 February 2014.

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Should you require any further information regarding the International Training Programme, its scope and purposes, then please do not hesitate to contact Marisha Ramdeen on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Dr Cedric de Coning on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Peacebuilding Courses

The Peacebuilding Courses are conducted by the African Peacebuilding Coordination Programme (APCP) at ACCORD in its focus countries of Burundi, Sudan, Liberia and DRC. These trainings are focused on building the skill-sets and capacities of various stakeholders who are involved in the peacebuilding processes in these countries. The course content focuses on conflict analysis and management, communication skills, negotiation, mediation, and a variety of other subjects which are tailored to meet the needs on the ground in the various countries. The training courses are delivered in presentation style with a variety of interactive group sessions creating an atmosphere for rich and innovative learning.

Apply for the CPPC

Please complete your application form a minimum of five weeks before the commencement of the course and submit to Zinurine Alghali on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Download your application form here

How Do I Sign Up?

In order to apply for participation, please comply with the following requirements:

  • You must reside or work within Africa;
  • You must complete and sign an application form (available here), and submit it to ACCORD with a brief 2-page CV. Applications without CVs will not be considered.
  • Only successful applicants will be notified, if you do not hear from us please consider your application unsuccessful.
  • Please note that although your application may not be approved for a specific course, it may be considered for another course;
  • Application forms should be faxed to ACCORD on +27 31 502 4160 or e-mailed Zinurine Alghali on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;
  • Please ensure that in your email or fax containing the completed application form, you must indicate clearly which course you are applying for;
  • If your application is successful, you will be duly notified and the necessary information regarding the course will be will be sent to you

Please note that preference for selection to the courses is given to primarily African participants who are involved in civilian peacekeeping or peacebuilding work in Africa. Please note that as each training session can only accommodate up to twenty-five (25) participants, space is extremely limited. You are thus advised to submit your application early. Applications will be considered up to 5 weeks before the course.

About the CPPC

As prospective participants may be aware, the role of civilian peacekeepers in Peace Support Operations (PSO) have generally been unknown and under researched. However the various roles played by non-military personnel during a PSO contribute greatly to the peace process. The civilian dimension of peace operations cover all the non-military aspects, such as political affairs, civil affairs, human rights, election monitoring and observation, security sector reform (SSR), disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR), rule of law (RoL), Gender, HIV/Aids, child protection, sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), conduct and discipline, public information, humanitarian liaison and assistance and mission support (including administration, human resources, finance, logistics and information technology and communications) functions.

Recognizing the limited knowledge that existed (and to a degree still persists) on the role of the civilian dimension of PSOs, the TfP Programme at ACCORD decided to focus on the role of civilian specialists in UN and African peace operations and has over the past 13 years spent a considerable amount of time and to study the role of civilian specialists in UN peacekeeping operations. An initial step was to break through the general confusion that exists around the role of civilian specialists in PSOs. A second step was to identify what training civilian role players need.

In order to consider the training needs of the civilian dimension, ACCORD hosted a Civilian Peacekeeping Training Seminar in Durban in October 2000. This Seminar brought together a number of training institutions to discuss the needs of those who deploy civilians in the field and those that train them. The Seminar came up with a number of recommendations and these, combined with the research undertaken prior to the Seminar, motivated the Training for Peace Programme to develop a Civilian Specialist Course from 2001 onwards that has continued to prepare participants for civilian roles in both UN and African missions.

Between 2003 and 2007, the TfP Programme at ACCORD has trained over three hundred and ninety (390) participants in sixteen (16) trainings. Of these, a hundred and twenty eight (128) have been female.

Participant Profile

Prospective participants for this course are trained and experienced civilians working in various relevant fields of expertise in Africa and the course aims to prepare them for service in peacekeeping and peacebuilding missions. This will be done by building on their existing skills and expertise by showing them how these can be applied in the peacekeeping and peace building context, and by providing them with the knowledge and additional personal skills they would need in the peacekeeping and peace building environment.

Participants are selected on the basis of an application procedure and the selection of participants for each course will take into account a range of factors, including:

  • Your country of origin;
  • Your level of education/ qualification (tertiary education an advantage);
  • Your work experience and current position/employment;
  • Your experience in terms of the topic for the specialisation module. Efforts will be made to select participants that would benefit most from the specialisation topic;
  • Your future interests and willingness and availability to serve in peacekeeping and peace building missions;
  • Your regional experience;
  • Your age; and
  • Gender (a gender balance will be maintained).

Course Methodology

The CPPC course is a modular course that builds on the existing professional skills of the civilian personnel by focusing on how their skills and expertise can be applied in the peace operation and peace building context. Through this modular concept, the Programme is able to maintain a core curriculum and consistently apply a specific methodology to the Courses, without having to organize a new course every time there is a new specialist need. Specialist needs are accommodated by dedicating about 30% of the Course time to specialist focus areas whilst using the remaining 70% to transfer the general knowledge and personal skills all civilians in peacekeeping and peace building missions should have.
The Courses are typically conducted over 5 days. The methodology is highly participatory and comprises substantive presentations, case studies, group work and practical exercises.

The AFDEM Database

In order to ensure the highest possibility of participants being deployed and the skills acquired during the course being utilized, participants will have the opportunity to apply to join the African Civilian Standby Roster for Humanitarian and Peacebuilding Missions (AFDEM). AFDEM houses the details of past participants who have graduated from the TfP courses, and when called upon to do so, submits them for consideration for possible deployment.

What is the Cost of Participation?

ACCORD will cover costs associated with travel (including return airfare and ground transport in the country where the training is taking place), training materials, accommodation and meals associated with participation. All participants will be responsible for costs relating to:

  • Visas;
  • Airport tax;
  • In-country transport costs from your residence to the airport/ bus terminal etc.;
  • All personal costs such as laundry, photocopying, personal transport, telephone calls, alcohol (including during meals), and any other services taken advantage of by yourself that are not directly associated with the course.

All selected applicants will be given further ‘Joining Instructions’ upon confirmation of participation which will give further details on the relevant course to be attended.

 

CPPC 2009 Course Dates

The Civilian Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Course (CPPC) series is the flagship training series of the TfP/ACCORD Programme. The series is conducted at primarily three levels, namely, the Mission Preparedness Level (an introductory course focusing broadly on the peacekeeping environment and related themes); the Specialised Level (focusing mainly on Conflict Management); and the In-mission Level (which is tailor-made to the precise needs of a specific mission). The following courses are scheduled for 2009:

CPPC Mission Preparedness Courses

1. TfP African Union Mission for Somalia (AMISOM) Mission Preparedness CPPC

09 – 13 February 2009 Nairobi, Kenya (This course is now closed)

The TfP Programme will be conducting a Mission Preparedness CPPC for senior leadership and civilian, military and police staff of AMISOM from 9 – 13 February in Nairobi, Kenya. The course is aimed at contributing to the readiness and professionalism of AMISOM personnel and thus to the chances for more effective mission implementation. The five (5) day integrated training will have a modular design and will accommodate a maximum of forty (40) participants. It will be an interactive course and participants will be invited to engage in discussions, share experiences and partake in syndicate exercises which will be followed by thorough debriefing sessions.

An underlying objective of the training will be to familiarise AMISOM personnel with the Somali context including inter alia an analysis and understanding of the conflict, cultural sensitisation and tolerance, and to assist them understand their role in fulfilling the mandate and objectives of the mission.

Please note that this is a closed (internal) application process.

2. TfP CPPC: Administration & Finance Specialisation for AMISOM

16 – 18 February, Nairobi, Kenya (This course is now closed)

The TfP Programme will be conducting an Administration and Finance Specialisation Course for AMISOM) from 16 – 18 February in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Administration and Finance Specialisation Course is aimed at assisting AMISOM admin and finance staff better understand (within the broad context of mission support) their critical role in supporting the mission in the endeavour to accomplish its mandate. A number of areas will be covered including, Financial Rules and Regulations, Human Resource Management and Procurement and Resource Management. The training will be conducted with the support of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations - African Union Peace Support Team (UN DPKO - AU PST) based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and will be joined also by the AU Directors of Administration and Human Resource Development, Programming, Finance, Budgeting and Accounting and Internal Audit.

Please note that this is a closed (internal) application process.

2. TfP CPPC: Southern Africa Development Community Brigade Sub-region

15 – 18 April Maputo, Mozambique

The TfP Programme will conduct a CPPC for the Southern Africa Development Community Brigade (SADCBRIG) from 15 – 18 April in Maputo, Mozambique. The course will be a four (4) day residential course that will be part of the preparations ahead of the SADC Command Post Exercise (CPX) scheduled for 20 – 24 April and the Field Training Exercise (FTX) to be held in September. It will also be linked in the overall to the work that the TfP Programme is undertaking vis-à-vis support to the AU and the RECs/RMs with the development of the civilian dimension of the respective Regional Brigades.

The selection of participants for the course will be an internal process coordinated by the SADC Secretariat.

3. TfP CPPC: Eastern Africa Standby Brigade Sub-region

05 – 09 October Nairobi Kenya (Dates to be confirmed)

The TfP Programme will conduct a Mission Preparedness CPPC for Eastern Africa Standby Brigade (EASBRIG) Sub-region from 05 – 09 October in Nairobi, Kenya. The course will be linked to the ongoing support of the TfP Programme with the development of the civilian dimension of the EASBRIG. The selection of participants for the course will be an internal process but a limited amount of spaces will be reserved for open application from prospective and eligible East Africans working in or intending to work in peacekeeping and/or peacebuilding related fields.
This course will be a five (5) day residential course and will accommodate approximately twenty-five (25) participants. It will consist of a number of modules classified under two broad areas, namely, the theoretical aspects of modern day, multidimensional peace operations and specialised themes such as, protection of civilians, conduct and discipline and HIV/AIDs in peacekeeping.

Closing date for application: 10 September 2009

CPPC Specialised/In Mission Courses

Conflict Management Courses

The Conflict Management for Peacekeepers and Peacebuilders Course evolved out of a combination of the TfP Programme’s specialised focus on peacekeeping with ACCORD’s specialised focus on conflict management. The course seeks to assist participants to develop a firm understanding of conflict; to harness their (awareness of) conflict management skills and methods; and just as important, to help them understand how and when they can most appropriately utilise and apply their skills so as to become more effective conflict mitigators. This will ultimately contribute to the on-going efforts by the UN, the AU and their various partners in peace and security to more successfully facilitate the transformation from conflict to durable peace.

The following Conflict Management courses will be conducted in 2009:

1. TfP CPPC: Conflict Management for Peacekeepers and Peacebuilders Course for the United Nations Operations in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI)

25 – 27 February 2009 Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (This course is now closed)

The TfP Programme will conduct a Conflict Management for Peacekeepers and Peacebuilders Course for UNOCI from 25 – 27 February 2009 in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. The three (3) day course will include staff from different sections of the mission, particularly the Civil Affairs Section, as well as from the United Nations Country Team.

Please note that this is a closed (internal) application process.

2. TfP CPP: Conflict Management for Peacekeepers and Peacebuilders Course for the African Union - United Nations Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)

03 – 05 June 2009 (Dates and Venue to be confirmed)

The TfP Programme will conduct a three (3) day Conflict Management for Peacekeepers and Peacebuilders Course for UNAMID. The three (3) day course will include staff from different sections of the mission, particularly the Civil Affairs Section, as well as from the United Nations Country Team.

Please note that this is a closed (internal) application process.

Please Note

Course dates are subject to change and new course information may be included. Kindly visit our website periodically to ensure you have up to date information.

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