United Nations Orientation Course (UNOC)

Aim and purpose

UNOC gives participants an introduction to the United Nations – its structure, policies and operations, as well as current issues affecting the organisation.

Core objectives

After completing the course, participants will be able to

  • Understand  the history of UN peace operations  and explain the role of different organisations involved in peace and security issues in the UN
  • Understand basic UN peace operations principles and mandates
  • Identify the decision-making process in UN peace operations, including force generation
  • Understand the UN integrated mission approach, including the main UN entities and programmes
  • Identify and discuss mandated tasks and cross-cutting issues affecting UN peace operations


Applicants should preferably

  • Be staff officers (civilian equivalent) at national and international headquarters and units (AU, EU, NATO etc.) who might be involved in (and offering support to) deployment planning, pre-deployment training, and deployment
  • Be staff officers (civilian equivalent) to serve in UN operations or other operations (AU, EU, NATO etc) where UN will be one of the main actors in the theatre
  • Have the rank level of Captain/Staff Sergeant (OF2/OR6) – Colonel/Sergeant Major (OF5/OR9) or equivalent police levels. In certain circumstances, exceptions can be made.

UN personnel at P3 – P5 levels or equivalent FS and GS levels may apply. In certain circumstances, exceptions can be made.

Course language


Students must be proficient in oral and written English (equivalent to: NATO STANAG 6001/ 3-2-3-2). No translation service will be available.


We open for application no later than 3 months before the course starts. The deadline for applications is normally 8 weeks before the course starts.

Please check dates in our course schedule.

Published 30 September 2016 13:40.. Last updated 26 January 2018 14:07.