Peacekeeping training programme

Diploma in Peace Management
UNITAR

Introduction

The Diploma  in Peace Management links theoretical knowledge and practical competences through online lectures, experience sharing, discussions with key practitioners, applied learning and critical reflections. The aim of the programme is to equip graduates with the solid knowledge and the ability to handle the most complex challenges that professionals face in the field.

Built on the expertise developed by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Kyung Hee University (KHU) and the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA), the Diploma in Peace Management addresses a variety of technical and soft skills, needed by personnel working in conflict and post-conflict contexts to effectively achieve their mandates while dealing with daily challenges.

Main topics covered by the Diploma in Peace Management include:

  • Leadership, team and self-management;
  • Non-violent communication;
  • Stress management;
  • Negotiation and mediation;
  • Partnership brokering.

Why this Diploma?

The Diploma aims to develop knowledge, skills and competences in the area of peace management. Successful participants are able to:

  • Describe the specific challenges associated with the work of personnel in conflict and post-conflict settings;
  • Explain different theoretical frameworks applicable to handle intra- and interpersonal challenges in conflict and post-conflict settings;
  • Define methods or approaches to work cooperatively in complex environments;
  • Explain how intra- and interpersonal skills influence an individual’s capacity for performing his/her work effectively;
  • Discuss various personal and inter-personal skills needed to address challenges in conflict and post-conflict settings;
  • Assess the applicability of various personal and interpersonal skills;
  • Apply various personal and interpersonal skills to real-life situations;
  • Perform effectively in multicultural environments.

Approach

  • Online delivery
  • Learning from the workplace/Lifelong learning
  • Student-centred approach
  • Innovative multicultural pedagogy
  • Multi-disciplinary study
  • Web-based learning community

Discover our approach

  • Online delivery. Recent developments in e-learning provide the practical platform for this programme. The main assets of a totally virtual learning environment are the flexibility (mostly in terms of location, time, and space) and the diversity of methods and approaches. E-learning also allows for the personalisation of learning, whereas students can immediately integrate the material into their day-to-day lives and work environment.

  • Learning from the workplace/Lifelong learning. The programme uses the workplace as the main learning environment and allows learners from all over the world to virtually learn from each other’s experiences and engage in discussion, conceptualisation, and practice-based exercises. The programme includes hands-on exercises with live and field-based problems, working with communities, practitioners and agencies. The emphasis is not only on understanding, but also on reflection on one’s own role as a practitioner. Building on personal experiences of field workers, the programme aims at creating new knowledge and best practices driven from the discussions and real-life cases.
  • Student-centred approach. The learner and his/her learning experience are at the centre of the approach. For every topic presented, there are opportunities for students to engage in discussion fora, complete applied exercises, benefit from the knowledge of programme facilitators, and learn from each other.
  • Innovative multicultural pedagogy. We believe that multiculturalism can be a medium of instruction. Students benefit greatly from the diversity of perceptions, intellectual traditions, and specific knowledge of different partners, which in many ways replicates the diversity one encounters in the field. A key element of this culture-sensitive/multicultural education is the use of examples and contents from other cultures in order to teach key concepts, principles and theories. This diversity can be emphasized through the innovative teaching methods such as discussion fora and online exercises. Multiculturalism can also be a means for knowledge production.
  • Multi-disciplinary study. The Diploma in Peace Management is a multi-disciplinary programme based on studies and theories from social sciences, peace and conflict studies, humanities, management, political sciences, and law. It also merges practice-based knowledge produced by field practitioners and research outputs from practice-oriented scholars.
  • Web-based learning community. Due to the specificity of field activities based mostly on collaborative work and in order to put the learners in a situation as close as possible to the field practice, a large portion of the learning activities and assessments aim to create a virtual space for dialogue. We believe in the importance of peer-to-peer learning through the sharing of experience and everyday practice. The Diploma avails itself of an international faculty, composed of field experts, academics and researchers from the United Nations, various universities from all over the world and other relevant international, regional and sub-regional organizations. This faculty brings intellectual diversity and different perspectives to the virtual learning environment, creating a rich and challenging learning experience.

Structure of the Diploma

The programme favours active learning approaches centred on electronic delivery of content, active student engagement, and strong interactive pedagogical tools. The programme approach and teaching and learning strategies are designed to learn from the workplace, incorporating many practical cases. This shall allow you to develop new knowledge based on the specificities of conflict and post-conflict environments, improve related practices and acquire attitudes and personal competences that will serve you well in the field. 

The programme is composed of 5 modules described below.

DPIS.01 Leadership, Team- and Self-Management

The objective of the module is to critically examine some of the personal skills (or soft skills) needed by professionals working in humanitarian action and peacebuilding. In particular, the module focuses on leadership skills, team-management skills and the skills needed to perform effectively and efficiently as part of a team/organization. The last session includes a component on self-management, which introduces students to a number of techniques that can be applied for self-support, but also to support peers and members of communities in conflict-affected countries.

DPIS.02 Non-violent Communication

The objective of the module is to explore concrete techniques that foster co-operation as well as to cultivate a co-operative mindset. As such, participants investigate and apply three core processes based on Non-violent Communication principles - expressing oneself honesty without judging the other person, receiving another person empathically so that he/she feels understood and, transforming one’s own challenging emotions (e.g. anger) into a basis for co-operation. 

DPIS.03 Stress Management

The objective of the module is to increase participants’ capacity to identify and manage their reactions to stress factors while working in conflict and post-conflict settings. Participants discuss symptoms and behaviour associated with chronic stress, and burnout. The final weeks focus on developing and implementing strategies to enhance self-care and increase resilience. 

DPIS.04 Negotiation and Mediation

The objective of the module is to prepare participants to negotiate and/or mediate agreements and effectively resolve conflicts in their work environments using tested methodologies. While the curriculum has a particular focus on negotiations and mediations that take place in politically sensitive international contexts where the laws may be ambiguous or unenforceable, participants also learn fundamentals of conflict resolution that will serve them well in day-to-day life. 

DPIS.05 Partnership Brokering

The objective of the module is to provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to manage the process of establishing multi-stakeholder partnerships from their inception to their termination. This module builds on content covered in the previous module on negotiation and mediation, since partnership brokering involves aligning interests between parties and negotiating the conditions for collaboration. The module also focuses on the specific attitudes and behaviour that support this kind of processes and prompts students to reflect on their own collaborative practices. The module particularly investigates multi-stakeholder partnerships in conflict and post-conflict settings, and analyses the specific challenges and opportunities present in these specific contexts.

Application Information

Applicants will be selected on the basis of the information provided in their CVs and in the online application available here. The applications are currently open. Admitted participants will be informed about the results within eight weeks from their application.

Tuition Fees and Financial Aid

Once admitted, applicants will receive an Admission Letter. The diploma fee is KRW 5,000,000 per semester (Korean Won). The university offers a discount of 10% for the full advance payment of the tuition fees.

Tuition installment plan is also available with a three payment option.

Learn more about the programme here.

For any inquiries about the programme, please contact us at dpm@unitar.org.