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Training Course: Preventing and Addressing Misconduct in Field Operations - June 3-7, 2019 in Barcelona.

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by Impactpool

Published on: 25 April 2019

Are you interested in becoming a Conduct and Discipline officer with United Nations Field Operations or UN Agencies Funds and Programmes? Apply to this training course, tailored for HR staff members in international organizations operating in sensitive and vulnerable locations, officers in Ministries of Foreign Affairs, and military and police officers, and research institutes and donors supporting field missions. Last day to apply: 5 May 2019.

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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.


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. 

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. The organizers put great emphasis on delivering the course with a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team. The course will be led by Julio Baez, Michela de Carli and Manuel Calzada.
Course Fee
The course will be taught in English. The course fee is 2000 Euros. This fee includes course materials, refreshments, and lunch. It does not include the cost of traveling to/from Barcelona, visa, accommodation, insurance, and other meals, such as dinner.
Deadline for application: 5th of May 2019, but acceptance onto the course will be granted on a rolling basis.

Apply for the Course

Photo: Daniel Marie Lushimba, Conduct and Discipline Officer with MONUSCO, supervising the group work about sexual exploitation and abuse during the learning seminar in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. ©UNV, 2019

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