[Dateline: New York | Author: DPKO/DFS]
On 9 June, the Civilian Pre-deployment Training (CPT) reached another milestone with the graduation of the 2,000th participant from its unique training programme within the United Nations System.
One staff member, an Information Analyst who will join the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in the coming days, received the landmark certificate at the graduation ceremony of the 83rd CPT Course at the United Nations Logistics Base (UNLB) in Brindisi, Italy.
In August 2007, the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) decided to make pre-deployment training mandatory for all new staff members, including up to the D1-level. Since then, the Department of Policy, Evaluation and Training (DPET), through its Integrated Training Service (ITS), has organized 71 training courses held bi-monthly at the logistics base. To date, the 2016 CPT graduates account for one third of all globally deployed civilian peacekeepers. Thirty-two percent of the programme’s graduates are women, totaling 638 female peacekeepers. Sixty-five percent of all graduates deployed to the African region, where most mission operate.
“Pre-deployment training is a must for everyone,” said the staff member. “It provides an excellent opportunity for learning and re-learning. Even if you’ve been with the United Nations for several years, the sessions add tremendous value by preparing newly employed peacekeepers for their challenging tasks ahead,” he added. Previous graduates have praised the programme as well, especially the non-traditional learning methods and comprehensive content of the training course.
The CPT course is the primary tool used by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and Department of Field Support (DFS) to improve preparedness, effectiveness and productivity of civilian peacekeepers deploying to field missions. It helps generate competent, institutionally knowledgeable and ethically-aware civilian peacekeepers capable of serving people in dangerous and complex peacekeeping environments.
The programme focuses on five Units: a) United Nations and Peacekeeping; b) Standards and Values of the United Nations; c) Security Safety, and Health; d) Workings of a Peacekeeping Mission; and, e) Human Resource Management. The Units are inter-dependent and delivered in sequence mentioned afore. They contain the learning outcomes of the Core Pre-deployment Training Material (CPTM) developed under the guidance of DPET, as well as topics specifically ascribed to civilian employees.