In 2007, United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) established an ICDL ATC. To date over 1300 tests have been taken, with over 330 candidates registered. The success of the programme then lead to the establishment of an ATC at United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI). At UNOCI over 360 tests have been taken to date, with over 140 candidates registered and also the setting up of two further ATC locations.
The ICDL modules have bridged the gap that existed previously for staff at the missions. The role of a training centre at any mission is integral to the success of the career development of UN staff based there. Every module undertaken has a direct impact on the job role of the staff and ultimately their productivity and performance. Most importantly, as is central to the goal of any UN mission, achieving tangible results which have a local, regional and national impact once any mission concludes its mandate is key.
This summer a member of staff from UNOCI travelled to Rwanda to receiving training in the Advanced Modules and Project Planning. The experienced ICDL trainer at University of Rwanda, who has trained Rwandan Ministry of Finance staff for some time, delivered the training over a 2 week period, which also include meetings at ICDL Africa Head Office. UNOCI will now introduce the Advanced Modules on a pilot phase for 100 personnel at the mission. Staff from UNMIL have since received training from UNOCI to deliver the Advanced modules in Liberia. UN Missions face great challenges in the environments they work in and the ability to be flexible and collaborate has led to the success of the ICDL programme in Western Africa.