The training curriculum is based on the UNDSS-UNSSC SSAFE 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 are regularly running SSAFE courses in their duty stations. It responds to the demand from the UNDSS and UN system to train staff (mainly form the HQ) who need to be deployed over a short notice to volatile and dangerous areas of the world and need a comprehensive safety and security training.



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

Course Methodology

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 at their duty stations.


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

Course Contents

Course Contents: 

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


  • UN Security Management System ;
  • History, Background and Culture;
  • Personal Security;
  • Radio Communications ;
  • Weapon Awareness ;
  • Travel, Convoy and Vehicle Security
  • Hostage Survival ;
  • Incident Management (Basic Life Saving);
  • Field-based Exercise/Simulations.


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 providing them with an opportunity to be faced with potential risks and dangers that are likely to occur when working in volatile and unstable areas of the world.

Target Audience

Target Audience: 

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

Cost of participation

Cost of participation: 

The course fee of 1,500 USD covers the 3-day course (including participation in the field day), training and facilitation services as well as the course materials. Participants are responsible for their own travel, transfers, accommodation and meals.

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