Advanced Peace Mediation Laboratory,
Coaching and Training programme 2014-2015

“A good mediator promotes exchange through listening and dialogue, engenders a spirit of collaboration through problem solving, ensures that negotiating parties have sufficient knowledge, information and skills to negotiate with confidence and broadens the process to include relevant stakeholders from different segments of a society.” UN Secretary General Report on Strengthening the Role of Mediation in the Peaceful Settlement of Disputes, Conflict Prevention and Resolution

 

Why advanced peace mediation coaching?

As the international landscape of conflict has been evolving, and changing dramatically, over the last twenty years, so too have the international community’s efforts in preventing or resolving them peacefully. Today, a multiplicity of actors, mechanisms and initiatives are in place to help conflict parties come to early and constructive understandings to settle their disputes; support peace processes and the implementation of agreements; and make them more inclusive, both in terms of groups involved, and issued addressed.

Yet the track record shows that serious challenges remain. New and violent transitions in the Middle East and North Africa region evidence that existing conflict resolution mechanisms struggle to adapt to new dynamics. At the same time, long-standing conflicts in several places, such as parts of the former Soviet Union, have turned into ‘protracted peace processes’ – in other words, international peace process support has not always been able to break the conflict dynamics, but instead runs the risk of becoming part of them.

 

“The coach had an excellent understanding and knowledge of mediation and facilitated in a very pleasant manner.” Participant in coaching delivered in Nigeria

Today, peace mediation can no longer be seen as the narrow remit of a small number of high-level international mediators. For peace processes to yield positive results, mediation needs to be part and parcel of long-term support, at different levels, and in different arenas – be that when it comes to tackling political, social, economic, or security-related challenges in conflict and transition contexts.

There are many lessons learnt by those working in these challenging contexts. They are often based on ‘learning by doing’, informed intuition, and practitioner reflection. Systematic skill-building and sharing of good practices are equally important for those advanced in their practice, yet in need of ongoing support. What is essential is a combination of personal development to reflect on own experiences; and refreshment and deepening of skills.

Aim and Focus

This course is an advanced peace mediation coaching and training programme, bridging the existing gap between basic mediation programmes, and dealing with the complexity of current conflicts that requires more targeted support. It acts as a laboratory for practitioners to jointly reflect on their experiences and challenges in peace mediation, systematic evaluations, trouble-shooting and development of new ideas. It provides a unique opportunity for self-development among peers.

 

Target audience

“Very inclusive and interesting programme, good and experienced trainer, clear slides, good balance of theory and practice.” Participant in coaching delivered in Nigeria

The programme brings together a small group of mid- to senior-level professionals working on peace processes and peacebuilding in conflict zones; mediators seeking to transfer existing skills to the peace and conflict resolution field; and trainers seeking to expand their range of skills. This includes facilitators and process designers; thematic experts wanting to expand their knowledge of peace mediation; policy advisors working on these issues in international institutions; government representatives; and NGO staff.

Through its extensive network of experts mediatEUr will bring together an engaging and experienced group of expert mediators and coaches.

Format and topics

“Very informative, interactive and engaging; excellent for stimulating thoughts in conflict ridden regions” Participant in coaching delivered in Kyrgyzstan

The course is based on the understanding that different practitioners bring their own set of tools, methods, approaches, and personalities to the table and that no one size fits all. Therefore, the course is interactive both in terms of training methods and diverse contributions from participants. The course comprises four modules:

1. Personal level: advanced mediation skills and practice

Focusing on the level of the individual, participants will discuss relevant practice, experiences and challenges in their personal work in a peacemaking or peacebuilding environment. Specific issues to be worked on will include:

2. Process level: design and formats for mediation interventions

This module will focus on how to develop a process, and how to make it both holistic and outcome oriented. It will consider:

3. Systemic level: Working with and across multiple tracks

The third module looks at systemic approaches to mediation, focusing on the interplay between efforts at track one (official decision-makers with executive power), track two (mid-level influencers), and track three (civil society and community). This includes assessing structural and logistical barriers to so-called ‘multi-track’ peace mediation, and options for synergies. Specific focus will be given to:

4. Practice: Simulation for professional development

This module will be an extensive real life simulation and debriefing. The purpose is to immerse participants in an in-depth conflict scenario to apply the learning and approaches developed over the course of the programme. With the support of a professional acting company, a real life scenario will be created in which parties will engage in a mediation effort in a conflict situation over three days. The simulation will be guided by detailed instructions, and filmed and debriefed individually.

 

Methods and Outcomes

“Very good insights; helped to structure experience I made myself in the past.” Participant in coaching delivered in South Africa

All modules are practice-oriented, and will include a mixture of training, coaching, personal reflection, case studies and experimental learning approaches. Each participant is drawn in to jointly develop content and provide constructive problem-solving support to colleagues to contribute to their professional development. The training team and participants will work with peer-to-peer feedback to hone skills.

The course is delivered by a core team of trainers. Additional resource persons with specific expertise or experience on certain case studies will join for parts of the programme.

The course will conclude with an individual debriefing and a certificate of completion for an Advanced Peace Mediation Coaching (80 training hours).

Location, Dates and Cost

Module 118-20 September 2014 (3 days)
Module 219-22 November 2014 (4 days)
Module 304-07 February 2015 (4 days)
Module 416-19 April 2015 (4 days)
One module€800
Two modules€1500
Three modules€2100
Full Course€2800**
Simulation alone €1300

The first three modules will take place in Brussels, Belgium. In order to benefit from the professional simulation experience of Silver Key Solutions, the final simulation module will take place in Berlin, Germany.

 

* Fees do not include VAT, travel, overnights or meals. Persons from conflict zones or the Global South and demonstrating financial need may apply for partial reduction.

** For early registration by 1 June 2014 there is a 10% reduction

Applications and selection of participants

In order to enable maximum interaction and feedback, the number of participants will be limited. They will be selected carefully to reflect a strong balance of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives to enrich the course.

“Very good facilitation of the meeting – clear, positive and inspiring.” Participant in coaching delivered in South Africa

At a minimum, participants must have completed a basic mediation course and bring a solid understanding of international peace and conflict work. They must have a track record of working in mid- to senior-level positions on peace mediation or peacebuilding efforts.

All participants must submit a CV and write a letter of motivation as to why they feel this course will benefit them. On a case-by-case basis, participants may be interviewed to assess skill levels. Persons applying for a reduced rate should send a separate letter explaining their situation.

MediatEUr is ready to provide letters of support for scholarship applications.

Please fill in the form below to apply now, attaching your CV and letter of motivation. Applications are open until 1 July 2014. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate getting in touch with Nuno Costa, mediatEUr Training Coordinator: nuno.costa@themediateur.eu

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