NORDEFCO United Nations Protection of Civilians Course

1. Concept and Purpose of UNPOC

The aim of UNPOC is to enhance the knowledge and critical understanding of the multiple dimensions and meanings of the protection of civilians in armed conflicts. The students are trained to understand the roles and responsibilities of military, police and civilian actors involved in protection work in United Nations peacekeeping operations. The participants are able to analyse the specific threats, needs and rights of the vulnerable groups and can develop effective strategies and measures to improve the situation of these groups and protect them from harm. 

The course is conducted in cooperation with Crisis Management Centre Finland (CMC Finland) within the framework of the Centre of Expertise in Comprehensive Crisis Management.

2. Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course the students should be able to:

  • Understand the terminology of Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and Protection of Civilians (POC) as well as the integrated mission concept, mission element roles and responsibilities.
  • Comprehend the basic documents, legal rules, guidelines and the principles of both different actors and of the POC mission strategy.
  • Understand the challenges of POC in missions and explain how the failure to protect civilians can affect the credibility of the mission and of the UN.
  • Apply the collaboration and coordination/ cooperation between different actors and components aiming for better information sharing.
  • Evaluate situations from an operational and tactical point of view, and formulate courses of action using scenario-based classroom exercises.

3. Student Criteria

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

  • Participants should be preferably senior level experts (civilians or civil administration and military personnel) that work in areas related to crisis management in the wider context or work currently in a crisis area or can be prospective participants in the future operations or missions.
  • Experience in monitoring, mentoring and advising (MMA), training, planning, human rights, gender, child protection, training or RoL is an advantage
  • Language proficiency: good comprehension of English.

4. Course Dates

UNPOC 20 – 24 February 2017

5. Course Fee

No course fee.

6. How to apply

The application period has ended.