Multidimensional Peace Operations Course (MDPO) 19

Call for Applications: Multidimensional Peace Operations Course (MDPO) 19

Course date

24th of June – 05th of July 2019


The Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Centre KAIPTC and the Government of Switzerland wish to invite qualified and interested parties to attend the Multidimensional Peace Operations Course (MDPO) in 2019.

70 years after the establishment of the first UN field operation in 1948, the size and scope of UN peacekeeping operations has expanded dramatically. And as peacekeeping has evolved, particularly since the late 1980s, a growing number of United Nations peacekeeping operations have become multidimensional in nature, composed of a range of components, including military, civilian police, political affairs, rule of law, human rights, humanitarian, reconstruction, public information and gender. There are also a number of areas, such as mission support and security and safety of personnel, which remain essential to peacekeeping regardless of a particular mission’s mandate. It is critical therefore that all actors involved understand the related challenges and opportunities, including mission components, mandates and structure from an operational perspective.

Course Aim

The aim of the Multidimensional Peace Operations Course (MDPO) is to provide military, police and civilian personnel with the knowledge and skills of operational level planning, coordination and conduct of MDPO in order to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the components in Peace Operations.


On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of Multidimensional Peace Operations
  2. Explain the legal and normative frameworks for Peace Operations
  3. Know the difference

Course Content

  • The Nature of Conflicts
  • Frameworks for Peace Operations
  • Introduction and Concept of Peace Operations
  • Gender and Peace Operations
  • DDR in Peace Operations
  • Security Sector Reform (SSR) and Peace Operations
  • In-Mission Negotiations, Mediation & Facilitation
  • Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and Protection of Civilians (POC) in Peace Operations
  • Integrated Mission Support
  • Planning in Peace Operations
  • UN Policy on Civil-Military Coordination (CIMIC)
  • Mine Awareness and IEDs in Integrated Missions Support
  • Respect for Diversity
  • MDPO in Practice

Target Group

The target group includes actors from the Military, Police, Civilian Mission Staff, Humanitarian and Civil Society Actors on operational level (CPT to LTC, ASP to C/SUPT and managerial level/positions e.g. P3/P4, Assistant Director, Directors).

We strive for an equal participation of Military, Police and Civilians as well as gender balance.

Teaching Methods

The course will be delivered through a combination of lectures, case studies, small group works and exercises among others. The “Problem-Based Learning Approach” will be used in the delivery of the course; hence, participants will play a very active role under the guidance of an experienced team of facilitators.

Relevant Information

  • The course is conducted in English; there will be no translation in other languages.
  • The course is residential and course participants will be accommodated at the KAIPTC.
  • The following costs will be covered by the Government of Switzerland: facilitation fees, air travel from international airport, food and accommodation. Visa costs as well as travel to an international airport will be borne by the participant.
  • UN personnel (Military, Police and Civilian) is to use UN flights to reduce cost impact on budget.
  • All nominated participants will have to complete an eLearning module prior to the commencement of the course. The acquired certification is a condition for admission. The aim of this preparation is to place all participants on the same level of understanding of the MDPO concept prior to the course commencement.
  • All nominated participants will have to proof adequate health insurance coverage prior to the commencement of the course. KAIPTC or the Swiss Confederation will not bear any costs caused by illness or accident.
  • No-shows or cancellation of confirmed participants: resulting costs are to be borne by the participant.

How to Apply

Please also note that your “reasons for applying” are an important factor in the selection process.
Application Deadline is 1th April  2019.


We will preselect roughly 15 applicants of each target group (Military, Police and Civilian). The final number of course participants will be max. 32 participants. Therefore we proceed as follows:

  • Selection Board will decide on shortlisted and waitlisted applications
  • Shortlisted candidates will be asked to confirm their seats bindingly
  • Should not all shortlisted candidates confirm their seats, these will be offered to candidates on the waitlist on “first come first served” basis

Read the joining instructions after the selection process.


Training Coordination Officer
Mrs Marylyn Agblor
Tel. +233 (0) 302 718200 Ext. 1012
Fax. +233 (0) 302 718201
Email: or

Course Director
Maj Adrian Zurmuehle (Swiss Armed Forces)
Course Director
Tel.: +233 (0) 302 718200 Ext. 1315
Mob: +233 (0) 558 490 632