Approaches to the Protection of Civilians Course in NATO and UN Peace Operations

1. Concept and Purpose of the Course on the Protection of Civilians for NATO or UN Parallel Operations

The aim of the NATO and UN Approaches to the Protection of Civilians course is to develop a practical understanding among civilian and military participants of the role of the UN and NATO as protection actors in operations. The course focuses on how to protect civilians from threats of physical violence, including harm from their own actions. The course also enhances the military’s understanding of how military options impact civilians, and how the military can support other non-kinetic actions to minimise the negative impacts of conflict on civilians. Other outcomes include an analysis of civilian vulnerabilities, prevention and response to conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence, and cross-cutting topics such as gender, children and youth. The course will also analyse complex threats such as those arising from political violence, criminal activity, violent extremism and terrorism, and how they affect civilian populations in areas of operations.

2. Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the military role in protecting civilians
  • Demonstrate how the military can utilise force to protect civilians from threats of physical violence (including their own actions)
  • Assess the critical characteristics in the Operational Environment in relation to the Protection of Civilians
  • Apply Protection of Civilians knowledge in the conduct of a threat assessment
  • Recognise that there are different approaches to the Protection of Civilians, and that they are complementary.

3. Student Criteria

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

  • Military Officers (OF-3 through OF-5) working at the strategic or operational level in NATO, NATO-Partners or UN T/PCC
  • Personnel working in analysis, planning, management or leadership roles, and who are required to or are positioned to apply Protection of Civilians principles and frameworks in their respective organisations.
    • NATO HQ IS/ISM, NATO Allied Command Operations (HQ SHAPE, Joint Force Commands, and Theatre Component Commands), NATO Allied Command Transformation (HQ SACT, Joint Warfare Centre (JWC), Joint Forces Training Centre (JFTC) and Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre (JALLC)), NATO Force Structure, and Potential JFT Staff members or
    • NATO Partner Countrystaff or
    • UN Staff (All Levels), UN TCC Staff
  • Students must possess basic computer skills.
  • Students must possess English skills equivalent to professional user level (NATO STANAG 6001 level 3-3-3-3/Common European Framework of Reference for Language level B2/Advanced Medium level)

4. Course Dates

FIN.2737.1  NATO - UN POC  17 -25 March 2020 

5. Course Fee

€700 for all course participants.

6. How to apply

The application link will be added here later.