PREVENTING AND ADDRESSING MISCONDUCT IN FIELD OPERATIONS TRAINING COURSE

Dates and venue : June 10 to 14, 2019 in Barcelona.

Preventing and Addressing Misconduct in Field Operations Training Course

The highest standards of ethics and conduct have always been expected from United Nations International Civil Servants and Military & Police officers serving with the United Nations. These standards are integral components of the core values of the Organization, and have always been the subject of internal disciplinary processes, historically handled by Directors of Mission Support as part of Human Resources Management practices.  Traditional methods of dealing with misconduct underwent a major transformation from 2005 following public disclosures of serious allegations of sexual harassment and abuse of civilian beneficiaries in the Democratic Republic of Congo and other UN field missions. The recurrent allegations required the United Nations to radically alter its management of misconduct allegations that seriously questioned the values of the Organization, soiling its reputation, and negatively affecting its peacekeeping and peacebuilding operations.

This reassessment led to the establishment of the Conduct and Discipline Unit (CDU) within the Department of Field Support at the UN HQ, and the creation of Conduct & Discipline Teams (CDTs) within peacekeeping missions to address all forms of misconduct, including sexual exploitation and abuse, and sexual harassment through a 3-pronged strategy: (1) prevention of misconduct, (2) enforcement of UN standards; and (3) remedial action.  This strategy is implemented through extensive training, awareness-raising campaigns in host countries, clear standards of conduct, investigations and disciplinary measures, and assistance to victims.

CDTs in field missions now represent a large and high profile role,  reporting directly to Heads of Mission who are personally responsible for preventing and addressing misconduct, and specifically sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, and harassment, including sexual harassment in the workplace, both internally and externally to field missions in order to implement a zero tolerance policy.

CDTs are most often headed by a Director (D1) or a Senior Conduct and Discipline Officer (P5) who reports directly to the Head of Mission and works closely with the Director of the CDU Department of Field Support at UN HQ in New York.  Depending on the size of a Mission and the number of military forces and civilian police, a CDT would be staffed by between 15 and 30 conduct and discipline officers from P5, P4s, P3s, P2s, and NPOs grades.  CDTs work closely with Mission Legal Offices, Directors of Mission Support, Human Resources, Force and Police Commanders, and with administrative law units in UNHQ.

Objectives

This training course aims to familiarize participants with the structures in place to deal with misconduct, its prevention strategies, and the required disciplinary processes, including internal discipline and referral for criminal accountability as appropriate. Participants will also become familiar with the very practical elements of ethics and compliance with the highest expected standards of conduct, prevention of misconduct, outreach to communities and victims in peacekeeping and political missions of the UN.  Specifically, it also aims to prepare participants for the recruitment processes as conduct and discipline officers with the UN Secretariat and field missions. 

The overall objectives of the course are therefore to:

  • Provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of Conduct and Discipline practice in UN Field Missions;
  • Receive extensive materials and practical guidance and insights from highly experienced current and former Conduct and Discipline, legal and administrative officers;
  • Provide participants with effective tools in a highly specialized area of UN  administrative practice;
  • Prepare candidates for recruitment as Conduct and Discipline officers;

Serve as a model for other organizations working in similar environments in dealing with misconduct in the field, to prevent and address incidents abuse, and safeguard institutional  reputation

The course is designed to benefit candidates wishing to become Conduct and Discipline officers with United Nations Field Operations, UN Agencies Funds and Programmes, and would be of interest to Human Resources staff members in international entities, NGOs and corporations operating in sensitive and vulnerable locations, officers in Ministries of Foreign Affairs dealing with UN portfolios, and military and police officers contemplating  peacekeeping and observation missions as part of their pre-deployment training, and research institutes and other international organisations and donors supporting field missions.

For whom is this course?

The course is designed to benefit candidates wishing to become Conduct and Discipline officers with United Nations Field Operations, UN Agencies Funds and Programmes, and would be of interest to Human Resources staff members in international entities, NGOs and corporations operating in sensitive and vulnerable locations, officers in Ministries of Foreign Affairs dealing with UN portfolios, and military and police officers contemplating  peacekeeping and observation missions as part of their pre-deployment training, and research institutes and other international organisations and donors supporting field missions.

Organized by

The Barcelona International Peace Center (BIPC) jointly 2gedar-PeaceOps and Development Network.

More info

MCDT19 – Full course description, registration and fees

MCDT19 – Application Form

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