The basic course on civilian crisis management (formerly known as the EU Concept Core Course) is the first step in a training path to civilian crisis management missions and a pre-requisite for Finnish expertise 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. A sample course program is available here.
The course includes a Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT), an intensive five-day module aimed at training professionals to deal effectively with high-risk and emergency situations while deployed in hostile environments abroad; a prerequisite for high risk missions. Part of the training is organised in parallel with the United Nations Military Experts on Mission (UNMEM) Course organised by the Finnish Defence Forces International Centre, FINCENT.
After 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, 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 to promote security; and
- obtain basic first aid, navigation and radio communication skills.
The course is open to both Finnish and international participants. Qualified national staff members of the missions in which 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 applicants must
- be ready and willing to participate in civilian crisis management missions after completion of the course;
- have an educational and professional background suitable for civilian crisis management missions;
- have relevant work experience of at least three years
- be proficient in English;
- have a valid driving licence (category B); and
- be physically and mentally in good health.