European Union External Action

Mentoring and Advising training for EUPOL COPPS and EUBAM RAFAH

13/06/2017 - 12:26
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Upon special request by EUPOL COPPS Palestinian Territories, the ESDC and the German Federal Police jointly delivered tailor-made in-mission-training on 'Mentoring and Advising in civilian CSDP Missions' from 5 to 9 June 2017 in Ramallah. This training was run as a pilot activity within the ESDC network.

The course curriculum was originally developed in 2010 by the German Federal Police (Lübeck) and the Zentrum für internationale Friedenseinsätze (ZIF Berlin) in accordance with the 'CivOpsCrd operational guidelines for monitoring, mentoring and advising for civilian CSDP missions'. Identified in 2013 by the CMPD's Working Group on lessons learned as one of the essential skills required for CSDP missions, this MMA training has been successfully delivered in multiple formats and to different target audiences ever since its creation.

Ms Irene Eich (on the right) from the European Security and Defence College supported this training event.

This training in Ramallah brought together 22 participants currently deployed to the CSDP mission EUPOL COPPS (established in 2006), operating in Ramallah as the EU coordination office for Palestinian police support, and EUBAM RAFAH (established in 2005), assisting in Tel Aviv at the Rafah crossing point.

The civilian experts and police officers of 14 nationalities, together with their local Palestinian interpreters, were trained on the importance of MMA.

The civilian experts and police officers of 14 nationalities, together with their local Palestinian interpreters, were trained on the importance of MMA in the mission context and received a clear understanding of the different roles of mentor and advisor. Furthermore, general principles of communication in a multi-cultural environment and basic elements of negotiation techniques were addressed.

Strategies for motivation, the recognition of symptoms of resistance and ways of coping with them were provided.

Strategies for motivation, the recognition of symptoms of resistance and ways of coping with them were provided. Last but not least, techniques on working with interpreters were practiced through extensive role plays. Participants also used this opportunity for an enriching exchange of experiences between 'old' and 'new' mission members which allowed for lively and interactive discussions.

It is planned to repeat the training next year.

The trainers and trainees in Ramallah.

Background: 'Civilian CSDP missions that operate in the 'strengthening', i.e. capacity-building, mode mostly employ what is often referred to as 'Monitoring, Mentoring and Advising' (MMA). In the context of civilian CSDP, MMA essentially aims at capacity building and transfer of knowledge in order to enable the host country to develop sustainable rule of law organisations and processes.' (see Council of the European Union. Doc 15272/14 of November 7, 2014).