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).
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.
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
Time and venue
The course will be held in the Helsinki region 18 – 22 November 2024. The exact location will be announced later.
The target group includes civilian crisis management experts previously or currently deployed by CMC Finland who are interested in deepening their knowledge and skills in mediation, negotiation and dialogue facilitation, as well as other Finnish and international experts interested in the topic. 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.
For participants who have completed the basic training on Civilian Crisis Management (BCCCM, EUPCC, IPOC, UNPOC etc., either organized or appointed by CMC) or been deployed by CMC Finland, there is no course fee.
For those who have not completed the above-mentioned training or have not been deployed by CMC, there is a 600 € fee covering tuition and full-board accommodation.
Salaries, daily allowances and travel to/from the course venue in Helsinki, Finland, are the responsibility of the sending organisation/participants themselves. CMC Finland does not cover any possible accommodation outside the course dates. No per diem is provided by CMC Finland.
Information about the application period and process will be announced later.
Should you have any questions regarding the course, please contact us by email email@example.com with the headline ’Mediation 2024’.