NORDEFCO United Nations Military Experts on Mission Course

1. Concept and Purpose of UNMEM

The aim of the course is to prepare Military Officers for service as UN Military Observers, Senior Military Liaison Officers or Military Advisers in any on-going or future UN Peacekeeping Operation (UNPKO).

2. Learning Outcomes

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

  • Comprehend the UN Integrated Mission Concept.
  • Comprehend the basic documents, guidelines and principles of the UN Integrated Mission.
  • Apply the different skills of a Military Expert on Mission.
  • Analyse the nature of modern conflicts and the UN’s contribution to an integrated approach.

The UNMEM Course consists of lessons on theory, case studies, basic exercises and a final field exercise covering the following topics:

  • UN Organisations, present on-going UNPKOs.
  • Observer/Liaison/Adviser duties, emphasis on reporting and assessment procedures.
  • Cross-cultural, political, social, religious and other factors prevailing in mission areas.
  • Time, climatic, topographical and environmental conditions under which service may have to be conducted.
  • Other abilities to enable the individual officer to solve tasks that might be given to him/her immediately subsequent to his/her arrival in the mission area.

3. Student Criteria

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

  • Be a nationally trained officer with a working experience in excess of five years (CAPT to COL).
  • Be a nationally trained female warrant officer or lieutenant with a working experience in excess of five years (UNHQ new student criteria 2018)

  • 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 a valid driver’s license.
  • Be physically fit.
  • Have basic computer skills.
  • Additionally, for MILAD students, previous experience of PSOs is required.

Women’s participation in the military component of peace operations has been recognized as a critical factor contributing to mission success, both in the UN normative frameworks on peacekeeping and women, peace and security, including several Security Council resolutions, as well as by commanders on the ground themselves. Women peacekeepers broaden the range of skills and capacities among all categories of personnel, enhance the operational effectiveness of all tasks, and improve the mission’s image, accessibility and credibility vis-à-vis the local population.

Therefore a specific number of course seats have been allocated to female military officers for the second course in 2019. Applications from women candidates are strongly encouraged.

4. Course Dates

UNMEM 1 (FIN.1137.72) 11 - 29 May 2020 
UNMEM 2 (FIN.1137.73) 17 August - 4 September 2020 

5. Course Fee

€2,000 for non-Nordic participants.

6. How to apply

The link to the online application form can be found here in January 2020.