Within the framework of the Partnership for Peace (PfP) Work Programme, the Swiss Government, through the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS), and the GICHD have the honour to invite participants from the National and International Mine Action Organisations and from National Mine Action Authorities (NMAA) to the above-mentioned course taking place from 17 to 28 July 2023 in Spiez, Switzerland.
Gender and Diversity
Both the GICHD and the DDPS promote good gender and diversity practices to avoid all forms of discrimination. Applications are encouraged from women, minorities, persons with disabilities and persons of all sexual orientation or gender identity.
The overall aim of this course is to enhance knowledge, skills and attitudes of Mine Action (MA) staff in relation to Operational Management.
The 10-day training course, aims to enhance knowledge, skills and attitude of Mine Action staff in with the following training objectives:
The course is designed to improve and build upon attendees` existing knowledge and experiences of efficiently and effectively planning, implementing, monitoring, assessing, and evaluating MA operations. This course will last 10 working days and will include practical and theory lessons, as well as pre- and post-course assessments.
This course will be delivered in a classroom setting with presentations, Q&A discussions, workgroups, individual and group exercises. A fictional scenario will be used during the course for various practical exercises.
The GICHD has developed the Mine Action Managers` Course, primarily for the staff involved in operational management of National Mine Action Programmes, national and international Mine Action operators.
The number of participants is limited to 25. Preference will be given to individuals directly working in mine action operations. The GICHD will seek to ensure gender and diversity-balanced participation.
The course will be conducted in English. Good working knowledge of English is therefore a requirement.
A letter of endorsement is required from the applicant's organisation.
In addition to national and international staff of mine action organisations, the course is also open to NATO/PfP, MD, ICI and Contact States.
The Swiss Government will cover participant expenses for food and accommodation while in Spiez (Sunday, 16 July 2023, earliest date of arrival to Saturday, 29 July 2023, latest date of departure).
Participants requiring a visa should apply at the Swiss Embassy in their country. Invitation letters can be provided by the GICHD.
Transportation and Sponsorship
Travel costs from country of origin to Zurich, Switzerland has to be covered by each respective organisation. It is recommended that all participants schedule an arrival in Zurich, Switzerland no later than Sunday, 16 July 2022.
There are up to three subsidies for transportation to and from Switzerland available from the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS). Sponsorship is not guaranteed and requests will be considered on a case by case basis. It is imperative that applicants wishing subsidies for transportation get in touch with the GICHD (firstname.lastname@example.org) before making any arrangements, and not later than the application deadline.
Train tickets Zurich Airport – Spiez – Zurich Airport will be reimbursed to the participants (only second-class tickets).
The DDPS and the GICHD do not cover health care expenses or any expenses that might arise for Covid-19 related matters, including quarantine/isolation. All participants are themselves responsible for adequate insurance (health, accident and liability) or need a Governmental guarantee to cover any health care expenses in Switzerland.
The course is subject to final funding confirmation.
The GICHD has the right to cancel the course latest two weeks prior to the training should it not reach the minimum number of participants.