CMC Finland will arrange a pilot course on mediation for civilian crisis management experts. The course will look at mediation, negotiation and dialogue in a broad sense. A majority of civilian crisis management missions operate in contexts with an ongoing or recently ended violent conflict. Thus the mandate of the mission might directly or indirectly relate to the implementation of the peace agreement or the monitoring of the implementation. Some civilian crisis management missions as well as secretariats have jobs that require specific expertise in mediation and dialogue facilitation, and some job descriptions include analysing conflict parties and the dynamics of a peace process. In addition, several other activities in civilian crisis management missions require negotiation and facilitation skills, for example mentoring and advising tasks, facilitating discussions between local stakeholders, dealing with freedom of movement, human rights and gender issues, and interacting on an ongoing basis with stakeholders to enhance communication and build trust.
The aim of the course is to increase the participants’ knowledge of mediation, negotiation and dialogue processes and how they relate to civilian crisis management missions, and increase their competence in applying mediation skills (conflict analysis, process design and facilitation skills). Upon completion of the course the participants will be able to: apply conflict analysis tools and recognise conflict resolution entry-points; explain third-party roles in conflict resolution; describe relevant UN, EU and OSCE mediation principles and approaches; describe factors relevant in mediation process design; discuss mediation of security arrangements; explain gender-sensitive mediation and discuss women’s inclusion in peace processes; and apply facilitation techniques.
Time and venue
23.-27.8.2021, Helsinki Capital Region (exact location TBA)
The course is designed for mid-level and senior civilian experts who are in pre-deployment or are assigned to a mission, holding advisory, analysis and policy implementation positions as well as programme staff. The course is aimed to be an introduction to peace mediation and its use in civilian crisis management, rather than a peace mediation expert course. Thus, the participants do not need to have previous experience in peace mediation, but a keen interest is expected.
CMC Finland covers the tuition, meals and accommodation costs of members of the expert roster. The participation fee for non-roster members is 600 €. This covers tuition, meals and accommodation during the course.
The course will be open for applications from 3rd May to 31st May 2021. The link to the application form will be published on this site.