United Nations Civil Affairs Handbook

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21 Feb 2013
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252
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9789210555500 (PDF)
http://dx.doi.org/10.18356/34638006-en

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Civil Affairs are core civilian components of United Nations peacekeeping operations, working at the local level in countries torn by conflict to support the development of social and civic conditions for durable peace. This Handbook is intended as practical guidance for Civil Affairs Officers on the ground, as well as an orientation for people preparing for - or otherwise interested in - civil affairs work. It includes key concepts, current practice, lessons learned and tips. It aims to familiarize users with the context for civil affairs work and UN Peacekeeping, it discusses the guiding principles, skills and attitudes required for civil affairs work, and it focuses on the implementation of the three core civil affairs roles.
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  • Acknowledgements
    This Handbook has been developed as a collaborative effort between the Policy and Best Practices Service (PBPS) of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and Department of Field Support (DFS) and the Training for Peace Programme at the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD). In the process, many people made important contributions that have added enormous value to the end product.
  • Preface
    Civil Affairs Officers play a key role in peacekeeping operations, and are an essential part of our “peacekeeping toolkit”, as we work with local communities and authorities to bring stability and help them build the foundations for lasting peace.
  • Introduction
    This Handbook is intended as practical guidance for Civil Affairs Officers on the ground, as well as an orientation for people preparing for civil affairs work. It is divided into three parts and includes key concepts, current practice, lessons learned and tips. It can either be read as a whole or in individual stand-alone sections. Part I aims to familiarize users with the context of civil affairs work and UN peacekeeping, including key trends, reforms and cross-cutting themes. Part II discusses the guiding principles, skills and attitudes required for civil affairs work, and provides tips and tools on analysis, planning and managing civil affairs components in field missions. Part III focuses on the implementation of the three core civil affairs roles: cross-mission liaison, monitoring and facilitation at the local level; confidence-building, conflict management and support to the development of political space; and support to the restoration and extension of state authority. It also provides tips and good practices on implementing Quick Impact Projects (QIPs).
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    • Brief introduction to UN peacekeeping
      This chapter provides an introduction to UN peacekeeping, including guiding principles such as consent, impartiality and the non-use of force. This is followed by a brief history of UN peacekeeping, a description of what happens at UN headquarters in New York and a discussion of recent key trends and reforms in the world of peacekeeping.
    • Overview of civil affairs
      This chapter provides an overview of the role of civil affairs in UN peacekeeping. It introduces the three core civil affairs roles and discusses how the work of this component evolves over the life cycle of a mission. The chapter includes information and statistics on current civil affairs deployments and discusses the future direction of this “core” component of peacekeeping.
    • Cooperation and integration
      This chapter describes key structures and actors within UN peacekeeping missions, discusses integrated missions, the UN Country Team and non-UN partners and looks at coordination and cooperation between these stakeholders.
    • Cross-cutting themes: peacebuilding and protection
      This chapter introduces peacebuilding and the protection of civilians, which are two important cross-cutting themes in civil affairs work. The chapter considers the role of Civil Affairs Officers as local peacebuilders and discusses the evolving engagement of UN peacekeeping in efforts to protect civilians.
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    • Guiding principles for civil affairs work
      This chapter looks at how the principles of consent and impartiality, introduced in chapter 1, both guide and can be reinforced by the work of civil affairs at the local level. It discusses gender and diversity issues, local ownership, “Do No Harm” and conflict-sensitive approaches in civil affairs work. The chapter also considers some of the challenges of putting these principles into operation in complex post-conflict contexts.
    • The civil affairs officer
      This chapter looks at the skills, attitudes and experience required to be a Civil Affairs Officer and at the conditions of work. The chapter aims to provide introductory guidance to help Civil Affairs Officers prepare for work in the field, cope with stress and manage expectations. The final section of this chapter discusses the importance of conduct and attitude for peacekeepers, including Civil Affairs Officers – both professionally and privately.
    • Managing civil affairs components
      This chapter considers the role of civil affairs managers, from heads of component to team leaders. It discusses some of the challenges of undertaking a management role in complex peacekeeping environments. The chapter looks at some key areas of management, including communicating vision, managing information and staff management.
    • Analysis and planning
      This chapter discusses the importance of analysis and planning for every aspect of civil affairs work, and gives an overview of the tools and processes relevant for analysis and planning in UN Field Missions. It provides basic models for conducting both analysis and planning exercises that can be adapted to the needs of Civil Affairs Officers and components.
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    • Cross-mission representation, monitoring and facilitation at the local level
      This chapter outlines the activities conducted by civil affairs components as part of the first core role: cross-mission representation, monitoring and facilitation at the local level. This includes liaison and representation on behalf of the mission, coordination and facilitation activities, information-gathering and monitoring. The chapter provides tips, examples and good practices in the implementation of this core role.
    • Conflict management, confidence-building and support to the development of political space
      This chapter considers the key concepts, activities and challenges in implementing the second core civil affairs role: confidencebuilding, conflict management and support to the development of political space. The chapter outlines the work of civil affairs in facilitating dialogue, addressing conflict drivers, local-level conflict management and working with civil society. It includes tips, examples and good practices in the implementation of this core role.
    • Support to the restoration and extension of state authority
      This chapter addresses the key concepts, activities and challenges in relation to the third civil affairs core role: support to the restoration and extension of state authority. The chapter introduces some different models of government, discusses the approach taken by civil affairs in supporting state institutions, outlines activities undertaken as part of this role and provides tips, examples and good practices.
    • Quick impact projects – a tool for confidence-building
      This chapter provides practical guidance for Civil Affairs Officers and staff from other mission components who are working as project focal points on Quick Impact Projects (QIPs). The chapter provides tips, tools and examples on each aspect of the project cycle based on experience from the field. This chapter is not aimed at QIP Programme Managers, for whom guidance is available in the DPKO/DFS Guidelines on QIPs.
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