This three-day course responds to the demand from the UN system and its partners to train staff who need to be deployed at short notice to volatile areas of the world and require a comprehensive safety and security training.

Introduction

The Safe and Secure Approaches in Field Environments (SSAFE) training curriculum is based on UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) - UN System Staff College standard modules, and combines theoretical lessons, demonstrations, group-work, practical exercises and field simulations. It is delivered by SSAFE trainers certified by UNDSS and UNSSC, who regularly run SSAFE courses at their duty stations. It responds to the demand from UNDSS and the UN system to train staff (mainly from HQ) who need to be deployed at short notice to volatile and dangerous areas of the world, and need a comprehensive safety and security training.

Objectives

To enhance participants’ security awareness by providing them with the knowledge and skills to prevent and respond to various security incidents which they might encounter.

Course methodology

This course combines theoretical lessons, demonstrations, group work, practical exercises and simulations. It is delivered by SSAFE-certified trainers who regularly run SSAFE courses in their duty stations.

A unique feature is the field-day exercise which simulates situations that staff may encounter while fulfilling their duties and missions. The field day is conducted with professional role players from the Italian Army.

Course contents

The standard SSAFE learning curriculum that will be taught during the course consists of the following modules:

  • UN Security Management System;
  • Working in Field Environments;
  • Communication and Technology;
  • Vehicle and Movement;
  • Captivity and Detention;
  • Managing Injuries in Field Environments.

The field-day exercise is conducted with professional role players from the Italian Army and simulates real situations that staff may encounter while fulfilling their duties and missions. This simulation enhances the learning experience of participants by enabling them to face the risks and dangers that are likely to occur when working in volatile and unstable areas of the world.

Target audience

The course is open to personnel of the UN system and affiliated organizations in the field and at headquarters.

Cost of participation

The course fee of $1,700 covers course materials, training and facilitation services as well as participation in the field exercises. Participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and meals.