I congratulate you on being selected to participate in the United Nations Staff Officers Course (UNSOC). The course will be conducted from 25th March until the 12th April 2019. I can assure you that a well prepared and devoted team of instructors with international experience are looking forward to welcome you to the Swedish Armed Forces International Centre, SWEDINT.
UNSOC is a full time course; therefore, participants should be aware that there will be no time to complete any other duties during the course. The official UNSOC language will be English, and this will be used at all times during lectures, exercises and social events. You must be able to communicate in English, both verbally and in writing. No interpretation assets will be provided.
Please read the pre-course documents carefully. The Course will start with the information given in the documents on the SWEDINT home page. Therefore it is essential that you are well prepared when you arrive at SWEDINT. It is also expected that all students will have completed an authorised CPTM course, or at least significantly studied the Core Pre-Deployment Training Materials (CPTM) Module 1-3. The CPTM can be accessed at the Peacekeeping Resource Hub: https://research.un.org/revisedcptm2017/Introduction
Students are also expected to have previously successfully completed the online UNDSS BSAFE Course which can be accessed at: https://training.dss.un.org/user/login?ReturnUrl=%2flearn%2fcourse%2f3214290
On the first day of the UNSOC there will be a simple test based on the CPTM and BSAFE material, in order to assess the level preparation and standard of individual students.
The UNSOC consists of four (4) building blocks (modules):
- Structural Framework (SF) provides students with a general knowledge of the basic organisation and functioning of UN Headquarters.
- Legal Framework (SF) - identifying the key components of international law governing the UN’s mandated tasks in peacekeeping operations.
- Military Planning Process (MPP) – students need to understand the UN Military Planning Process for peacekeeping operations in order to fully participate in the process.
- Practical Work: Map Exercise (MAPEX) and Integrated Staff Exercise (INSTEX).
To ensure good course results, you are expected to take active part during the lessons and to interact with your fellow students. During the course there will be syndicate seminars and a midterm evaluation test in order to assess and support your learning. Individual grades will be issued at the end of the course. More specific information on this will be given at the beginning of the course.
Your national daily working uniform will be the primary dress code during the course. However for the opening ceremony, class photograph and closing ceremony best dress uniform is required. You are also requested to bring necessary items for physical training indoors and outdoors and civilian clothes for off-duty hours and the Welfare arrangements. Normally it is still cool here in March/April, with average daytime temperatures of 5-11°C, some snow and rain can also be anticipated, please bring suitable clothing.
Hopefully, the UNSOC will prepare and give you a good comprehension on how UN Peacekeeping Operations are conducted and how as a staff officer in such a mission you can;
- Contribute efficiently to implement military aspects of UN peacekeeping mandates in accordance with DPO principles and guidelines.
- Perform your military functions in an effective, professional and integrated manner
- Demonstrate the core values and competencies of the United Nations.
- Have knowledge of the Military Planning Process (MPP) and be given the opportunity to practice the process in a realistic simulated environment.
Welcome to the UNSOC.
Artur ARMSTRONG (Lt Col Retd)
Course Director UNSOC