Enhancing Peacekeeping Training: A Transformative Approach Through UNCAP's Training Needs Assessment

A group picture with the UNCAP team, FTS team, and service Chiefs in Abyei/UNISFA.

With a focus on aligning training course content with the operational demands and mandates of peacekeeping missions, the United Nations C4ISR Academy for Peace Operations (UNCAP) just concluded its 2024 Training Needs Assessment (TNA). The aim of the TNA was to ensure that Command, Control, Communication, Computer (C4), Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) training remains relevant and impactful, and meets the diverse needs in the field.

The process involved evaluating the current impact of UNCAP training, identifying gaps and areas for improvement, and proposing solutions to enhance course delivery methods and material design.

Two UNCAP teams, each comprised of two women, carried out the TNA from 22 January to 9 February 2024, with in-person assessments conducted across four UN peacekeeping missions: the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS), the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MINUSCO) and the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).

Fifty-four stakeholders across military and police took part.

Stakeholders, including course graduates, trainers and supervisors, contributed through interviews, surveys and meetings, emphasizing the collaborative effort to refine and improve UNCAP's training offerings.

This assessment underscores the importance of feedback in developing a curriculum that not only addresses current peacekeeping challenges but also anticipates future needs, thereby enhancing the skills and effectiveness of civilian, police and military personnel.

The assessment output included a series of recommendations for improving training delivery, such as:

  • ensuring the right personnel are selected for training;
  • integrating data analytics into the Micros Unmanned Aerial System (MUAS) training curricula;
  • improving communication about training opportunities to ensure a broader and more effective dissemination of skills and knowledge within peacekeeping missions; and
  • increasing the use of in-person, hands-on training sessions.

Implementing the TNA findings will lead to redesigning existing training modules for three courses: Unite Aware, MUAS and the Women’s Outreach Course (WOC).

Introducing new modules aims to close critical skill gaps, enhance operational efficiency, and improve the overall effectiveness of peacekeeping missions.

For more information on UNCAP project please visit: United Nations C4ISR Academy for Peace Operations

UNCAP Team (l & r): Diane Mugamba and Uchechukwu Patricia Emodi, meeting with Francia Peralta, Chief FTS/MONUSCO (center)
UNCAP Team (l & r): Diane Mugamba and Uchechukwu Patricia Emodi, meeting with Francia Peralta, Chief FTS/MONUSCO (center)
UNCAP Team (l & r): Penninah Ssekyanzi and Victoria Puglia, meeting with Paul Gimsay, OIC-Chief FTS/UNSOS (center)
Interviews with Berhanu Hailemariam (left) and Enkh-Erdene Enkhtur, FTS-GIS Unit in Abyei/UNISFA
Interviews with Hector Ndagano FTS-Military Support Coordinator (center) and UNPOL Training officer, Abdou Issa/MONUSCO (right)
UNCAP Team with telecommunication engineer John Wynne (left) and Police Officer, Jonathan Griffin on a site visit to Sector 4/UNFICYP