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, particularly mediation and dialogue facilitation
- Explain gender-sensitive mediation and discuss women’s inclusion in peace processes
- Apply facilitation tools
- Describe relevant UN, EU and OSCE mediation principles and approaches
- Describe factors relevant in mediation process design
- Discuss mediation of security arrangements
- Examine how mediation, negotiation and dialogue may be applied in civilian crisis management missions
The course is a pilot course for CMC Finland and participants are expected to provide feedback during and after the course.
Time and venue
23.-27.8.2021, Hotelli Korpilampi, Espoo Finland
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 midnight (UTC +03:00). Please find the application form from this link.
Should you have any questions regarding the course, please contact us via email in firstname.lastname@example.org with the headline ’Mediation Pilot Course’.
Please note that the course is organised according to the COVID-19 regulations by the Finnish public health authorities. CMC Finland does not cover neither the costs of mandatory COVID-19 tests, accommodation during possible quarantine nor the travel costs due to cancellation of the course. CMC Finland will update selected participants on the Finnish travel regulations. For more information, visit the Finnish Government website from this link.