Course Prerequisites

United Nations Staff Officer Course (UNSOC)

The aim of the United Nations Staff Officer Course is to prepare course participants for duty as a staff officer in a peacekeeping operation, including: contribute efficiently to the implementation of all military aspects of UN peacekeeping mandates in accordance with Department of Peacekeeping Operations / Department of Field Services principles and guidelines including the Force Headquarters (FHQ) handbook and local Standard Operating Procedures; Perform military functions in an effective, professional and integrated manner; and demonstrate the core values and competencies of the United Nations.

General

Malaysian Peacekeeping Centre (MPC) conducts the United  Nations Staff Officer Course (UNSOC) with the view of training  participants in the different staff functions, UN procedures and administration in the  Peacekeeping Operation (PKO) environment.  

Aim

The aim of this instruction is to outline course details and administrative requirements.  

Objectives

The objectives of the course are as follows:  

  1. To understand and put into practice the procedures and  responsibilities of staff officer in UN PKO.  
  2. To understand and put into application the principles, procedures and  concept of UN PKO.  
  3. To understand the legal aspect of UN PKO.  
  4. To understand how UN PKO are logistically and administratively  sustained, supported and maintained. 
     

Conduct

The course will be conducted in MPC as follows:  

  1. Duration. 3 weeks.  
  2. Training Methodology. Subjects will be introduced with the following  means:  
    • Lectures.  
    • Presentations.  
    • Classroom Exercises.  
    • Small and Large Group Discussions.  
    • Final Excercise.   

Lectures. Lectures will be presented by Subject Matter Expert (SME) from  both local and international Directing Staff.  

Medium of Instruction. The course will be conducted in English.  

Pre-requisite. Participants should possess some basic knowledge in United  Nations particularly the organization, roles and functions, UN Organs, UN Charter  and subjects that are reflected in the training programme. Participants are expected  to generate and deliver their ideas including their past experiences during the  classroom exercises and discussions.  

Training Programme. The programme will be confirmed four weeks prior to the start of the course.  

Admin Brief. An Administration briefing will be given by the Course Coordinator on the first day of training.  

Please provide MPC with a clear, scanned colour copy of your passport photo page to [email protected] and attach your completed registration form.  

Airport Transfer. Transportation from KLIA to MPC is available upon  request. OCP who do not request transportation are to make own arrangement to travel to MPC. The journey from KLIA to MPC is about an hour (100km).  

Independent Arrivals. CP who are making their own way to MPC must arrive and complete check-in NLT 1800H on the Sunday prior to the course commencing. 

Car Parking. A sufficient number of open car parks are available in MPC.  Local CP with private vehicle is required to obtain a Vehicle Pass at the Guard  Room before entering. Reverse parking is enforced throughout MPC.  

Registration and Check-in. Upon arrival in MPC, proceed to the reception  counter located inside the accommodation block. MPC staff will be present to  assist.  Upon check in, each CP will be provided with a  room and an UNSOC welcome pack.   

Accommodation. All CP must adhere with the following:  

  1. CP is responsible for the facilities provided at the accommodation  block.  
  2. Only CP are allowed to stay in the accommodation block throughout  the course. Accommodation for any accompanied family members should  be arranged separately by CP outside of MPC.  

Meals. All meals will be arranged at Blue Haven (Banquet Hall). If you have  any specific dietary requirement, please indicate on the registration form. Meal  timings are as follows:  

  1. Breakfast - 0700H to 0745H  
  2. Coffee Break - 0950H to 1010H  
  3. Lunch - 1300H to 1400H  
  4. Evening Tea - 1700H to 1730H  
  5. Dinner - 1930H to 2100H  
  6. Supper - 2200H to 2230H  

Dress Code. No. 3 working attire (office attire) or equivalent during class lectures. We  recommend CP bring along the following attire:  

  1. Sports and swimming attire for physical or recreational activities.
  2. Light tropical civilian clothes.  
  3. Smart casual attire for dinner.  

Temperatures. Port Dickson area experiences a daily temperature ranging from 26˚C to 34˚C.

Medical and First Aid. All participant should be certified medically and  dentally fit. Any request for medical assistance will be coordinated by the  Course Coordinator. Medical facilities are available including the Malaysian Armed  Forces Clinic and the Port Dickson District Hospital.  Emergency procedures will be briefed on arrival.

Computer and Internet Access. All CP are advised to bring your own  computer devises. However, PC is available in the syndicate rooms and laptops are  also available for loan at the ICT Office on request. Wi-Fi service is available in  MPC.  

Library. Library is available at the main MPC building. The opening hours  are from 0830H to 1630H (Monday to Friday). All CP are encouraged to use the  library at their leisure time. MPC library has a wide range of books and references  related to peacekeeping, defence and security and general topics.  

Sports and Recreational Facilities. MPC offers some sports and  recreational facility for the CP. Please inform the PTI 24 hours before intended use  of the facilities. The following facilities are available at the centre.  

  1. Swimming Pool (Closed to CP during COVID-19).  
  2. Indoor and outdoor Gymnasium (Closed to CP during COVID-19).  
  3. Mountain Bikes (sign for usage).  

Laundry Facilities. A 24-hours laundry room is available on the ground  floor adjacent to the accommodation block. Participants are reminded to purchase own detergents.  

Groceries and Miscellaneous. Groceries stores and supermarkets are  available outside, within the vicinity of MPC.  

Smoking and Alcoholic Drinks.  Alcohol is strictly prohibited inside MPC. Smoking is forbidden inside any building but is allowed only at certain  designated smoking area marked in yellow.  

Departure and Check-out. All CP are expected to checkout of the  accommodation by 1800H on the final day of the course. Any late checkout must be  informed to the Course Coordinator. Transportation to the airport will be arranged  by MPC.  

New Norm of Training Condition. MPC has set the new norm for training  during the COVID-19 pandemic. All CP must adhere to the new norm which will be  briefed and issued separately. 

Point of Contact. For any assistance, please contact the following officers:  

Lt Col Rosli bin Mohd Ali
Chief Instructor
Tel : 06-6627400 Ext 102
Mob : 019-6620149
Fax : 06-6627411
Email : [email protected]
Maj Abdul Hafiz bin Mazlan
Course Coordinator
Tel : 06-6627400 Ext 103
Mob : 011-15814418
Fax : 06-6627411
Email : [email protected]

Conclusion

We sincerely hope that all participants will benefit greatly from this course. We look forward to work and share the knowledge during your four weeks course in MPC and at the same time enjoying the hospitality.