The Republic of Srpska Ministry of the Interior

UN PEACEKEEPING MISSIONS


        All activities related to the deployment to peacekeeping operations abroad are performed through the Department for International Affairs and Inter-police Cooperation within the Office of the Minister, Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Srpska.

        Selection procedure of the candidates from the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Srpska begins with filling in the Questionnaire on interest to participate in peacekeeping missions, which can be downloaded (here). The questionnaire provides direct insight in all the necessary information: general information, qualification level, work experience, knowledge of foreign languages, especially English and French, operating motor vehicles, computer skills, previous engagement in peacekeeping missions, recommendation by their superior, which at the same time represents the superior's approval of their employee's participation in a UN peacekeeping mission. Based on the delivered questionnaires, a database was formed within the Department, so it is possible to have the insight on which candidates meet the necessary requirements for the announced vacancies. The basic (minimum) requirements, in accordance with the Rulebook on the procedure of deploying the members of police services in Bosnia and Herzegovina to the peacekeeping operations and other activities abroad, selection, training, rights and obligations, responsibilities, actions of the members of police services of providing support during the operation and after returning from a peacekeeping mission, on rights, obligations, and responsibilities of contingent commanders when applying for participation in a UN peacekeeping missions are as follows:

1. At least 8 years of effective service in police services for men, and minimum 5 years of effective service for women,

2. Fluency in English (reading, writing, understanding),

3. Good physical and mental health, and satisfactory physical fitness,

4. Successful results for previous work,

5. Driver's licence (B category).

The selection of candidates for participation in peacekeeping missions is conducted exclusively based on the questionnaires delivered to the Department.

        In accordance with this, the Department delivers lists of interested candidates, who are the members of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Srpska, to the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina. What follows is testing the knowledge of English language and computer skills and only the candidates who successfully pass those tests will go on a pre-mission preparation training to the PSOTC Center (Peace Support Operations Training Center), which is realized at the camp Butmir in Sarajevo.

     Upon the announcement of vacancies within UN peacekeeping missions, only the candidates who meet the requirements defined in the announcement are informed by telephone that they successfully passed English language test and pre-mission training. After selecting one or more candidates, medical examinations are conducted and official travel documents are issued in coordination with the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina, whereas administrative and legal affairs necessary for the final deployment of a police officer to the destination country, such as defining the employment status of an employee during their mandate on a mission and issuing uniforms and necessary equipment, are conducted at the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Srpska. Taking into account the fact that police officers are deployed to the countries with different weather contitions where they are often exposed to difficult life and working conditions, they have to be informed on possible dangers for their health, and then vaccinated accordingly. In addition, it is necessary to point out that, upon their arrival to the mission, candidates have to go through English language test , as well as the test of driving an off-road vehicle, which is conducted by the UN staff. In case it turns out that candidates do not meet the requirements prescribed by the UN, they are sent back to the home country at their own expense.

      The Department is in regular contact with and provides assistance to all police officers participating in UN peacekeeping missions.

      The current UN peacekeeping missions to which candidates can be deployed are as follows: UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia (UNMIL), UN peacekeeping mission on Cyprus (UNFICYP) and UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

     For additional information, please contact the Department for International Affairs and Inter-Police Cooperation, Office of the Minister, Administration Centre of the Government of the Republic of Srpska.

Address: Banja Luka, Trg Republike Srpske 1

Telephone/Fax 387 51 338 487; +387 51 338 844

E-mail: omo@mup.vladars.net