Peace Support Operations Cooperation Course (Tactical level)


1. Concept and Purpose of PSOCC 

The aim of the PSOCC is to prepare military, police and civilian personnel for coordination, cooperation and liaison tasks, at a tactical level, in Peace Support Operations led by UN, AU, EU or NATO. The student will develop and improve skills with emphasis on coordination, cooperation and liaison in order to be able to work effectively in a multicultural environment and enhance interoperability within the peace support community. This course is highly recommended for personnel without previous PSO-experience.

2. Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the PSOCC the student should be able to:

  • Describe UN/AU integrated and NATO/EU comprehensive approaches at tactical level.
  • Comprehend the nature of operational interaction in a PSO.
  • Comprehend the collaboration and coordination between different actors aiming for better liaison and information sharing within and between different organizations, civil society and authorities, at tactical level.

The PSOCC consists of lessons on theory, case studies, practical exercises and a final exercise covering the following topics:

  • UN/AU Integrated approach and NATO/EU Comprehensive approach.
  • Interaction with different actors in a PSO environment.
  • Cross-cultural, political, social, religious, gender and other factors prevailing in the mission areas.
  • Meeting and negotiation techniques, including the use of a Language Assistant.
  • Information gathering and reporting.

Pre-course E-learning is a part of the course and it is recommended that the participants are granted one working day for study of the material.

3. Student Criteria

To be eligible to attend the course, nominees must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Military officers, such as liaison officers, staff officers, unit commanders etc. who need special skills for conducting negotiation, liaison, cooperation and coordination with different actors in a PSO environment.

  • Rank mainly from OF-1 (2nd LT) to OF-4 (LTC).

  • Police looking to apply for positions involving coordination and liaison with other international and local actors, such as Police Liaison Officers or Police Advisers.

  • Civilians looking to apply for positions involving coordination with international and local partners, such as Human Rights Advisers, Gender Advisers, Political Advisers or Monitors.

  • Language proficiency: Working level English language skill. Language testing is a national responsibility. The working language is English.

  • No additional language training or translation is provided.

  • Have basic computer skills.
  • No previous experience of PSO is needed. The course is ideal for students with no experience of PSOs.


4. Course Dates

PSOCC 1 (FIN.2732.27) The course will be organized in three parts:
Part 1: 5 - 8 February 2018 , Part II: 11 - 13 April 2018 , Part III:16 - 26 April 2018

PSOCC 2 (FIN.2732.27) 17 -28 September 2018


5. How to apply

The application period for PSOCCUNMEM 1/2018 course has ended.


5. Course Fee

The course fee is 2000 EUR. This includes the training, training material, board, lodging and social programmes arranged by FINCENT. Bilateral arrangements between Finland and the nations sending students will be taken into consideration as appropriate.