The UN Signals Academy (UNSA) was established to help train and equip uniformed personnel with key ICT technologies. Signals are military and police information and communication technology specialists.
- Support Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) objectives
- Enhance preparedness of military signals, police ICT specialists and other targeted uniformed personnel prior to deployment in UN missions
- Support objective to increase women participation in UN Peacekeeping
- As of 31st December 2019, 5,805 ICT uniformed specialists (16% female) from 104 countries have been trained.
- 6 editions of the Women’s Outreach Course for women ICT uniformed specialists have been organized, training 177 female officers from 57 countries.
- 23 course graduates (15%) have been deployed as signals/ICT staff officers, military observers and police advisors.
- Some of them are among the first female to be deployed to signals staff officers’ positions.
- E-learning is currently under development and will reinforce traditional classroom-based training through its flexibility in terms of reach, time, mobility and language.
The UNSA level of ambition is growing to better respond to T/PCCs expectations and the programme aims to further strengthen its operational capacity by:
- Enhancing existing programmes both on UNSA site (pre-deployment training; female signals staff officers’ course; train-the-trainers) and mobile training in Missions (induction and continuous learning).
- Expanding course offer (All basics of ICT, Situational Awareness, ISR Micro-drones, Camp security, Telehealth)
- Develop E-Learning courses. Accessible remotely by T/PCCs and missions.
- Establish a Mission’s Operations Centre Simulation Training Environment at the UN Signals Academy to enhance situational awareness in field operations.
- Offering training in other UN official languages (esp. French language)
- Develop the Triangular Partnership and seek support from more Partners to sustain the new level of ambition.
Updated February 2020