GBV Training Course on Child Protection in Armed Conflict

Deadline: June 19 22

The Office of the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict (OSRSG-CAAC) has launched the Virtual Summer School (VSS) on Child Protection in Armed Conflict to strengthen the knowledge, skills and abilities of actors contributing diverse capacities to the protection of children in armed conflict through a holistic and collaborative approach.

This innovative training is specifically designed to bring together partners from all relevant professional backgrounds and build their capacity to support CAAC’s mandate.

The VSS is implemented by the OSRSG CAAC, with financial support from the Government of Malta and technical support from the University of Malta. It involves, as trainers and keynote speakers, experienced practitioners, identified in particular among the main United Nations partners and the main I/NGOs in the sector.

  • Week 1 – ‘War-torn children: the multiple impact of armed conflict on children’
    • During week 1, participants will become familiar with relevant definitions, concepts and frameworks related to children affected by conflict. They will explore the place of the CAAC mandate in the protection architecture, gaining a clear understanding of the six grave violations against children in conflict situations while placing the subject in the broader context of related contemporary issues.
  • Week 2 – ‘Acting together to protect: a comprehensive approach to CAAC protection’
    • During week 2, participants will learn critical skills and competencies through sessions on monitoring, analyzing and reporting, ending, preventing and responding to grave violations against children affected by conflict , as well as on the promotion of accountability and the fight against impunity.

Certificate: Participants who have taken at least 75% of the course and passed the final evaluation will receive a certificate issued by the organizers. No academic credit (ECTS) attached.

Duration: 2 weeks (10 half-days • ~20h per week • ~23 modules/themes).

  • Knowledge: At the end of the VSS, participants will be able to:
    • understand the links with other violations of children’s rights, with the specific needs of children, with the broader work of various international, regional and national actors, and with other topical issues.
    • list and describe the six grave violations against the CAAC;
    • identify the main actors and relevant mandates of the CAAC;
    • understand the mandate of the CAAC and how it relates to the broader protective architecture of international human rights law and humanitarian law;
  • Skills & Abilities: By the end of the VSS, participants will have acquired skills to:
    • monitor and report violations against the CAAC;
    • dialogue and negotiate with the parties to the conflict;
    • embed and integrate the CAAC program into various forums and sectors;
    • formulate a coordinated and holistic programmatic response, including on the reintegration of children formerly associated with armed forces and groups;
    • advocate for CAAC for and with children and communities in various contexts;
    • take action to prevent CAAC violations and fight impunity.

Target audience: The VSS targets selected professionals who contribute or are likely to contribute in various capacities to the protection of children in armed conflict and related issues, such as personnel of United Nations entities, governments, regional organizations, I/NGOs, legal professionals, journalists and communication officers, military, as well as academics and students fulfilling the admission requirements (~30 participants).


Applicants must:

  • have a basic understanding and professional interest in the mandate of the CAAC;
  • hold at least a bachelor’s degree in law, political science or international relations, or bring equivalent professional experience in a relevant field;
  • have an advanced level of English (level C1 CEFR);
  • commit to actively participate in the training;

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