United Nations Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination
The United Nations Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination eCourse (UN-CMCoord eCourse) is an online learning experience that brings together practitioners, experts and relevant resources to provide a well-rounded and interactive approach to learning and applying the UN-CMCoord handbook. Click the orange button to access this free course.
The UN-CMCoord eCourse is composed of six chapters. Chapters 1 to 4 are mandatory. Upon completion of the first four chapters you can choose to complete either “Chapter 5 : Working in Natural Disasters” or “Chapter 6: Working in Complex Emergencies” to obtain your certificate. We encourage you to complete both chapter 5 and 6 to gain a broader understanding of humanitarian civil-military coordination.
CHAPTER 1: HUMANITARIAN ACTION
Edem Wosornu introduces you to the foundations of humanitarian work, including an overview of key stakeholders, as well as the core humanitarian principles and a basic overview of international humanitarian law that inform humanitarian action.
CHAPTER 2: HUMANITARIAN COORDINATION
Edem Wosornu looks at humanitarian coordination and coordination mechanisms between a multitude of humanitarian actors and other external partners.
CHAPTER 3: UNDERSTANDING THE MILITARY
Lieutenant Colonel Mathias Järvare introduces military concepts intended to assist humanitarian actors in gaining an understanding of key military actors, general military organization, and military missions and planning. El Hadji Ibrahima Diene “Boly” provides perspectives from his time with the military including in peacekeeping, and with UN-CMCoord in Mali.
CHAPTER 4: KEY CONCEPTS OF UN-CMCOORD
Michael Marx describes the general approach of the United Nations to humanitarian civil-military coordination (UN-CMCoord), reviewing the main principles of the global guidelines, outlining the key elements and tasks of UN-CMCoord.
CHAPTER 5: WORKING IN NATURAL DISASTERS
Ronaldo Reario shares his experience on how to implement the five UN-CMCoord tasks in responding to natural disasters.
CHAPTER 6: WORKING IN COMPLEX EMERGENCIES
Teresa Encarnação shares her experience on how to implement the five UN-CMCoord tasks in responding to complex emergencies.
Edem Wosornu, a Ghanaian national, is Chief, Strategic Planning Evaluation and Guidance Section (SPEGS), in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, United Nations HQ, New York. Prior to that she was the Chief, Asia and the Pacific Section, and OCHA Head of Office in Somalia, heading up one of OCHA’s most complex and challenging operations.
LtCol Mathias Järvare from the Swedish Armed Forces is currently serving as Directing staff at the Baltic Defence College in Estonia. He has experience in national defence planning, national tactical and operational planning, international missions and exercises.
Mr. El Hadji Ibrahima “Boly” Diene served as pilot and a senior military officer for 25 years in the Senegalese Air Force (1989-2013). During this period, he served in various positions at the tactical, operational and strategic levels in and out of Senegal and thus developed a solid experience and a strong background knowledge on conflicts and crisis in West, Central and East Africa. In the course of his career, he took part in several peacekeeping missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and in Syria. From 2013 to 2015, he was the Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination Officer in OCHA Mali. He is currently working with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) as Chief Joint Operations Centre.
Michael Marx is currently the Senior Civil-Military Coordination Advisor for the United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) at the UN Headquarters in New York. Prior to this position, he was based in Geneva, Switzerland where he served as the Chief of the Civil-Military Coordination Section (CMCS) in OCHA in Geneva. OCHA’s Civil-Military Coordination Section is mandated to facilitate and coordinate the access to and use of international Military and Civil Defence Assets (MCDA) in countries hit by humanitarian emergencies. For this purpose, it serves as the UN focal point for governments, international organizations and military and civil defence establishments for the employment of these assets in humanitarian situations.
Course participants will be immersed in a virtual scenario to test their knowledge and critical thinking skills. Below are a few sample screenshots of the fictitious country of Juliana where participants will be deployed with a humanitarian mission.