The Dawn of a Broader Cooperation with UN OCHA– the new UN-CMCoord SHARED Course

The CIMIC Centre of Excellence (CCOE) has the pleasure to announce the finalization of the Cooperation Agreement with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA). The Agreement between the OCHA’s Civil Military Coordination Section (OCHA-CMCS) and the CCOE, signed on 14 May 2014, outlines that both parties agree that CCOE, on behalf of OCHA-CMCS, conducts the “Supporting Humanitarian Action in Responding to Emergencies and Disasters (SHARED)” Course.

UN OCHA is part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. UN OCHA’s Geneva-based Civil-Military Coordination Section (CMCS) is the designated focal point in the UN system for humanitarian civil-military coordination (UN-CMCoord). It supports relevant field and headquarter-level activities through the development of operational UN-CMCoord strategies to enhance the capacity and preparedness of national and international partners. This includes the creation of guidelines on the use of military and civil defence assets, training, workshops, conferences and simulation exercises to promote and enhance response preparedness of operational partners to better respond to humanitarian crises.

OCHA-CMCS’ and CCOE’s partnership is not entirely new. CCOE’s trainers who have gone through the UN-CMCoord Course and the UN-CMCoord Training of Trainers Course (ToT) have been invited regularly to be part of the course management team in UN-CMCoord Courses in Europe as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) on CIMIC, military culture, structure and staff functions. Embarking on a broader cooperation and partnership, CCOE will conduct the pilot SHARED Course from 13 to 15 October 2014 in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Aim of the UN-CMCoord SHARED course

The aim of the SHARED course is “to improve the effectiveness of humanitarian action in natural disasters and complex emergencies where military forces are/will be present by providing them with the right knowledge and understanding that enable them to provide the right support, to the right people, at the right time, in the most appropriate way.”

Objectives of the UN-CMCoord SHARED course

The objectives of the course are:

  • to learn and understand humanitarian action, actors, coordination, structures, programme cycle and humanitarian civil-military coordination, including the particular role of OCHA; to learn and understand the primary humanitarian response coordination platform and common response tools; and,
  • to analyze and apply the guidelines for the use of foreign Military Civil Defense Assets (MCDA) in supporting humanitarian action in natural disasters and complex emergencies, including underlying concepts and principles.

Target Audience for the UN-CMCoord SHARED course

Experienced military (officers and noncommissioned officers) preferably experienced in working in emergencies (planners, commanders of units dedicated to provide assistance in disaster response operations, CIMIC liaison officers).

For this pilot course, the CCOE and OCHA-CMCS are inviting students to participate, those who are experienced military officers and noncommissioned officers and preferably have some practical experience with natural disaster response mechanisms and/or in complex emergencies. The course will have a maximum of 24 participants. As this is a pilot course we will not charge a course fee. Other costs (travel, accommodation, meals) are at the expense of the students.

For more information on the UN-CMCoord SHARED course and registration forms, please visit the CCOE website / Training and Education. If you have any other course-related questions please contact Major Laine den Hollander, Staff Officer Training & Education, +31152844338 or