UN Signals Academy

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. 

 

OBJECTIVES

  • 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

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • 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.

WHAT'S NEXT

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