Within the framework of the Partnerships for Peace (PfP) Partnership Work Programme, the Swiss Government, through the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS), wishes to honorably invite qualified representatives of all PfP Partner States to the Mine Action Support Service Officer Course.
The course is aimed at mine action support staff and practitioners from mine-affected countries, officials from mine action agencies in donor countries, and other representatives as specifically selected by DDPS, UNOPS and the GICHD. Participants should have experience working with projects or programmes in the mine action sector or should be designed for a mission.
The objectives of the course are to:
- Enhance the understanding of the mine action support service tasks and responsibilities
- Provide an overview of the organizational structure of UNMAS mine action programmes
- Explain the shared responsibilities between UNMAS and UNOPS
- Provide a knowledge database in administration, finance and supply chain management on mine action specific work tasks
In this course mine action stakeholders may develop basic knowledge of mine action and the requirements of the support service officers deployed to mine action programmes. Additionally, the course offers personnel (who may be deployed in mine action programmes as support service staff) basic knowledge of logistics, finance and administration related to their future positions. Finally, it provides an overview of the organisational structure of mine action programmes; information about the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) and its implementation partner, the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS); and, current administrative, financial and procurement guidelines of both offices.
The 4.5-day workshop trains support service officers and demonstrates the necessary capacities for deployment to mine action programmes. Participants therefore receive both technical and practical knowledge to develop capacities in the field. As such, the course is a mix between a briefing on the rules and regulations of UNMAS and UNOPS as well as case-based learning in asset management, finance and administration. The workshop consists of instruction on essential tools and techniques, current lessons from the field, guidance from experts and hands-on practice.
The presentations, discussions and group work will cover the following topics:
- Procurement practice and planning
- Asset management, stocktaking and reporting
- Freight logistics and transportation
- Product overview and standards
- Finance best practices
- Budget, cashflow and financial reporting
- HR policies and guidelines
- UNOPS / UNMAS organisational overview
- Mine action Programme overview
- Mine action policies for support service staff
It is important that participants of this course have some previous experience with mine action at a programme level. Basic computer skills are required. In addition, the active participation of students during the training is required, as well as excellent knowledge of English.
The registration period for this course is now closed.
The Swiss Government will cover participant expenses for food (lunch) and accommodation while in Spiez (from 22 November to 28 November only). In addition, there are a limited number of subsidies for transportation to and from the course. It is imperative that applicants wishing for a transportation subsidy contact the GICHD as soon as possible and before making any arrangements. Requests for subsidies after the application deadline will not be accepted.