The Netherlands Defence organisation provides training courses for international United Nations Observers and tailored training courses for civilians who are going to work in unsafe areas, including members of staff at the International Court of Justice, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Netherlands Ministry of Justice.

These courses are conducted by the Netherlands School for Peace Operations (School voor Vredesmissies, SVV). This school is also responsible for the mission-specific training programme (missiegerichte opleiding, MGO) for military and civilian personnel going on missions abroad.

Exchanges

The school works closely together with other countries such as Germany, Austria and Switzerland. There are regular instructor exchanges with these countries as well as with other Peacekeeping Training Centres.

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Training courses in 2019

The Netherlands School for Peace Operations will offer the following training courses in 2019:

UNMEoM (United Nations Military Experts on Mission)
For military personnel with the rank of captain, major or lieutenant colonel who will be deployed as military observer, military advisor or military liaison officer on a UN or EU mission. (Includes the mission-specific training programme.)

  • 12 June – 12 July
  • 20 November – 20 December

UNPOL (United Nations Police)
For members of civilian and military police and Marechaussee forces who will be working as Individual Police Officer on a UN or EU mission. (Includes the mission-specific training programme.)

  • 20 March – 12 April
  • 25 September – 18 October

HEAT – Netherlands Police Force National Unit
For staff of the Netherlands Police Force National Unit who will be working in a mission area.

  • 18 March – 25 March
  • 20 May – 27 May
  • 14 November – 21 November
  • 25 November – 2 December

HEAT – Ministry of Foreign Affairs
For embassy staff from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • 29 January  – 2 February
  • 7 May – 10 May
  • 4 June  – 7 July
  • 16 July  – 19 July
  • 1 October – 4 October

HEAT – Reporting in conflict areas (Verslaglegging in Conflictgebieden, VIC)
For staff of the Netherlands Union of Journalists.

  • 6 March – 8 March
  • 18 September – 20 September

HEAT – International Criminal Court
For International Criminal Court staff.

  • 15 May – 17 May
  • 4 September – 6 September

HEAT – Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI)
For Institute for International Criminal Investigations staff.

  • 23 April – 25 April
  • 29 October – 31 October

(HEAT = Hostile Environment Awareness Training)

Contact details

For questions or additional information, please contact the Planning & Programming Office: OTCMAN.BUR.PenP.SVV@mindef.nl.

Visiting address
Generaal Winkelman Barracks
Otterloseweg 5
6732 BR Harskamp
The Netherlands

Postal address
School for Peace Operations
P.O. Box 9
6732 ZG Harskamp
The Netherlands