The UNSOC is intended for military personnel selected by UN Member States to be deployed as military staff officers in a UN Peacekeeping operation (OF 2-5 or OR 6-9 with national staff training). Military staff officers are required to have completed their national basic military staff course.
After the course, the student will be able to:
- Given the relevant documents and materials, as a staff officer apply the MCPP1 in a UN Force- or Sector Headquarter under normal operating conditions.
- Given the relevant documents and materials, explain in own words the need for cooperation between the military, civilian organisations or actors and police in the mission area.
- Given the relevant documents and materials, identify the planning requirements for preparation of plans for military operations contributing to protection of civilians.
UNSOC is a three week course, consisting of lectures / syndicate discussions and map exercises partly together with UNCIVSOC and UN Police role players. During a final Integrated Staff Exercise (INSTEX), coordination and cooperation among different branches within the headquarters and with other partners in a multidimensional/integrated mission will be practised by the students in a Force- or Sector Headquarters.
- Core Pre-deployment training materials, CPTM. (UN Peacekeeping resorces hub).
- United Nations Specialised Training Materials for Staff Officers module 1-8, SO STM. (UN Peacekeeping Resource HUB).
- Protection of civilians: Implementing guidelines for military components of UN peacekeeping Missions, UN Guidelines (February 2015).
The participants will be assessed based on three activities: During the course participants are required to answer "UN quizes" covering mainly CPTM and SO STM topics. Secondly participants are required to take active part in a syndicate seminar covering CPTM and SO STM topics. Finally participants are required to take an active part as a staff officer in the INSTEX. Based on the combined results participants are then assessed and graduated either with "Successfully completed" or "Participated". A course certificate will be presented at the end of the course.
"Take active part" means asking questions, presenting a stand point in debates and showing a willingness to explain it to fellow students and instructors.
UNSOC: 26 September - 14 October 2016
UNSOC: 21 November - 9 December 2016
UNSOC: 24 April - 12 May 2017
UNSOC: 13 November - 1 December 2017
EAPC ref no: SWE.2711
ETOC ref.no: MCP-CM-31542