UN-CMCoord Skills Training
The UN-CMCoord Skills Training aims to train those currently or potentially engaged in UN-CMCoord operations to contribute to the effectiveness of international emergency relief operations by promoting appropriate and effective humanitarian-military relationships.
By the end of the training event, civil-military practitioners will perform their tasks more confidently through:
- Taking an active part in supporting the dialogue with military and armed actors in their respective duty station.
- Assuming responsibilities in UN-CMCoord, in particular by actively participating in mechanisms promoting humanitarian-military information exchange and interactions.
- Joining a network of UN-CMCoord expert personnel
Reaction and Planned Action
After participating in the UN-CMCoord Skills Training, civil-military practitioners will:
- React positively to the overall training and share the philosophy of UN-CMCoord in humanitarian response.
- Join a robust pool of UN-CMCoord experts willing to keep abreast of latest developments to self-develop and contribute to a supportive civil-military environment in their respective duty station.
- Score an 80 percent relevance rate of each individual session/topic of the course.
Learning and Confidence
After completing the UN-CMCoord Skills Training, civil-military practitioners will:
- Draw the main steps of a UN-CMCoord operation and highlight key differences based on the context (i.e. sudden onset, escalating and protracted humanitarian crises)
- Identify key civil-military coordination tools and explain how to maximize their impact in operational contexts.
- Challenge UN-CMCoord standards and principles with operational realities.
- Utilize confidently crucial information management tools to boost interoperability in UN-CMCoord operations.
- Apply influential communication skills to foster the civil-military dialogue in CMCoord preparedness and response.
- Design and maintain coherent civil-military platforms for information sharing and interactions in emergencies.
- Optimize the use of civil-military collaborative working tools for preparedness and response effectiveness
Application and Implementation
When trained civil-military practitioners assume their functions they will:
- Exercise a key role in support of the civil-military coordination dialogue in their respective duty station
- Take an active part in establishing and maintaining platforms for interaction and information exchange at their respective duty station
- Gain trust and confidence from all actors of civil-military coordination through demonstration of professionalism, dedication and organizational integrity.
24 participants will be selected on the following criteria:
OCHA will identify candidates who meet pre-determined criteria and are currently or will be most likely involved in emergency response.
- Graduate of UN-CMCoord Course /or/ graduate of Preparedness and Response Effectiveness Programme (PREP) Course and UN-CMCoord eCourse
- Experience working in emergency relief and response, coordination, operational support in complex emergencies or natural disaster, either with humanitarian agencies, military or both.
- Current member of a formal OCHA Surge Mechanism (i.e. ASP, SBPP, ERR).
- For active military personnel, current or recent operational deployment (e.g. PKO, CIMIC, civil-military personnel)
- Excellent oral and written English is essential
- Preparatory phase:
- Distance learning
- Collaborative working week (i.e. webinar using WebEx, Google+)
- Web-based preparatory sessions (i.e. webinar using WebEx)
- Participatory approaches using facilitated discussions
- Group and individual work, including analysis and role plays on real case studies to allow for practical application of information and concepts presented
- Presentations in plenary
- Written assignments (i.e. preparatory phase and evaluation)
- Residential with a duration of 5.5 days
- Two events per year in Switzerland
- No course fee
- Accommodation and meals covered by organizers
- Sending organizations/office responsible for travel costs and applicable allowances
- Course coordinator/Lead Facilitator (OCHA)
- Three Co-facilitators/Technical Subject-Matter Experts on civil-military coordination (i.e. inter-agency representatives)
- E-learning coordination (OCHA)
- Personal invitation letters are issued three months before the course.