The basic course on civilian crisis management (BCCCM) is the first step in a training path to civilian crisis management missions and a pre-requisite for Finnish experts to be deployed. The course provides participants with the basic skills and knowledge required independent of the specific function they will fulfil in international peace missions. Because most Finnish experts are seconded to EU missions, the course focuses on the EU’s civilian crisis management activities. However, all subjects and skills taught during the course are relevant also in OSCE, UN and other missions. The course includes a Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT), an intensive module aimed at professionals to deal effectively with high-risk and emergency situations while deployed in hostile environments abroad; a prerequisite for high risk missions. A sample course program is available here.
The course is open to both Finnish and international participants. Qualified national staff members of the missions where Finland contributes experts to are highly encouraged to apply. The selection of Finnish participants for the course is done in close cooperation with CMC Finland’s recruitment personnel and on the basis of current mission requirements.
The invitation to apply for the next year’s basic courses opens between October – December each year. We recommend to subscribe for the CMC Finland’s Newsletter were the last latest information about the applications will be.
Criteria for the course
The applicants must
- be ready and willing to participate in civilian crisis management missions after the completion of the course (within 12 months after completing the course);
- have an educational a degree and professional background suitable for civilian crisis management missions;
- have relevant work experience (the minimum of three years);
- be proficient in English;
- have a valid driving licence (category B without restriction 78; driving license restricted only to vehicles with automatic transmission); and
- be physically and mentally in good health.
However, some applicants will not be selected despite meeting the above requirements and having a relevant background. This is due to the fact that there are more applicants with similar profiles than there are seats available in the course. This is often the case with profiles suitable for the monitor, reporting officer, political adviser as well as press and public information officer positions. We recommend continue to follow the advertised positions and to apply to the course in the future.
Preparing to apply
Before the BCCCM application opens, you can create Europass CV which is mandatory part of the application. You can also familiarize yourself with the example job descriptions or find other available jobs in civilian crisis management missions in order to be able to fill in the three priorities of the possible positions in which you could be deployed.
Costs related to the course
- For Finnish participants, tuition, meals and travels during the course are covered by CMC Finland.
- For non-Finnish participants, there is a course fee which covers tuition, meals and travels during the course. To find out more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- For the selected national staff members, there is no course fee. Tuition, meals, accommodation and travels during the course are provided by CMC Finland.
- No per diem is provided by CMC Finland.
- Travels to and from the course venue should be arranged independently.
- National staff members are advised to consult their mission for possible financial support in attending the course.
After the successful completion of the course, the participants will
- have the ability to analyse the causes and consequences of conflict, and identify relevant actors;
- understand the central processes that the international community facilitates, including the promotion of respect for human rights, the rule of law and democratisation through executive missions, monitoring, mentoring, advising, training and capacity building;
- gain increased knowledge of different actors in the field and the importance of comprehensive crisis management;
- be able to recognise relevant threats towards safety and security in a mission environment and utilise various tools for promoting security; and
- obtain basic first aid, navigation and radio communication skills.
If you want to know more about civilian crisis management and have a sneak peak to the basic courses, see CMC Finland’s YouTube video.