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Third Female Senior Police Officer Command Development Course

Start date: 
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
End date: 
Monday, May 14, 2018
Event location: 
Dakar, Senegal

From 8-14 May 2018, the Police Division of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, African Union and Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie will co-host the third female senior police officer command development course as a regional course for francophone female police officers. The course location is Dakar, Senegal.

Eight UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security recognized that sustainable peace can only be achieved with the equal participation of women in peace operations. Security Council resolution 2242 (2015) that requests the Secretariat to double the number of female police officers within five years.

The United Nations launched a Global Effort initiative in 2009 to increase the participation of female police officers in peacekeeping operations to 20 per cent. To increase the numbers of female individual police officers, the Police Division conducts all-female selection assistance and assessment training (SAAT) to familiarize female officers with and prepare them for the assessment for mission service. The representation of women increased from 7 percent to 18 percent among individual police officers and from 4 percent to 7 percent in formed police units from 2009 to 2018. Among Heads of Police Components, there are 3 of 18 officers who are women representing 16 percent. However, more needs to be done to reach gender parity in command positions to reach the goal of the Secretary-General of 50/50 by 2021.

In this context, the Police Division is delivering a series of female senior police officer command development courses to increase the participation of female UN police leadership in United Nations peacekeeping operations and special political missions.

The courses aim to create a talent pool of qualified female senior police officers for recruitment as heads of police component positions (P-5 to D-2), for contracted professional staff positions at UN headquarters and for other senior positions in UN peace operations. Courses will be delivered in Asia, Africa and Latin America in 2017 and 2018.

Requirements for nominations

Police officers need to be nominated by their governments, through the Permanent Missions in New York. They also need to fulfill the following criteria:

  • The commitment to be nominated by their respective country for a command position in a United Nations peace operation
  • The commitment for the person to deploy to a United Nations peace operation, if selected
  • Minimum rank of Lieutenant Colonel or equivalent
  • Minimum of seven (7) years police experience
  • Previous command experience
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree
  • Easily read, speak, understand and write in French
  • Graduation from a certified police academy or similar law enforcement training institution

How to apply

Please fill in the attached nomination forms and submit through your Permanent Mission to the United Nations to the contacts below by 21 February 2018.

Candidates from the hosting region will be prioritized. Subject to availability, candidates from other regions may be accepted.


Funding support from the United Nations is available for participants to cover travel, accommodation and meals. Any requests for this assistance must be received by the organisers in writing no later than 21 February 2018.


Lea Angela Biason at biason@un.org, Mr. Jean-Claude Nkurunziza at nkurunziza@un.org, Marianna Cantanna at cantanna@un.org and Fayola Atkins at atkinsf@un.org