The structure of the tool

There are dangers in stereotyping UN peacekeeping missions and their problems. Therefore, any conceptual guidance should not be a prescriptive checklist of things that must be done but more in the nature of helpful discussion, under generic headings, of the things that the MLT might like to consider as best practice.

The first two chapters of the tool focus on leadership, management, mandate implementation, integration, coordination, and mission sustainment, which together provide the normative framework for senior mission leadership.

Chapters 3–6 focus on four key objectives extracted from mandate analysis and the core functions of peacekeeping:

  • Chapter 3: Facilitating and Supporting the Political Process
  • Chapter 4: Creating a Secure and Stable Environment
  • Chapter 5: Strengthening the Rule of Law
  • Chapter 6: Supporting Peacebuilding and Development

Chapter 3-4 has repeated modules:

  • Preconditions for success: Outlines the preconditions for success, even though not all of them are likely to be in place at the time of deployment of a mission
  • Operational Outputs: Identifies a generic set of operational outputs that support each objective. These are the sub-chapters of each chapter.
  • Operational Activities: Identifies a set of operational activities that might need to be undertaken by the mission in order to achieve the desired outputs
  • Benchmarks: Attributes to the outputs a broad benchmarked framework based on short-, medium- and long-term priorities (many of which go beyond the life cycle) and mandated responsibilities and budgets of a mission
  • Considerations: Recognizes the considerations or polarities which inevitably arise and need to be managed to help inform senior mission leadership thinking.

This methodology corresponds with UN best practices, including logic models suggested by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services.

Features of the tool

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    This tool is a progressive web application, meaning that it is accessible across all different devices through any web browser. You add a shortcut to save the tool on your phone and tablet’s home screen to access it with a single tap.IphoneLaunch the Safari browser on Apple’s iOS and navigate to the tool. Tap the ‘Share’- button on the browser’s toolbar — that’s the rectangle with an arrow pointing upward. It’s at the top of the screen on an iPad, and on bottom of the screen on an iPhone or iPod Touch. Tap the ‘Add to Home Screen’ icon in the ‘Share’ menu to add the shortcut. Name the shortcut and access it from your home screen.


    Launch Chrome for Android and navigate to the tool. Tap the menu button and tap ‘Add to homescreen’. You’ll be able to enter a name for the shortcut and then Chrome will add it to your home screen allowing you to access it easily.

    The icon will appear on your home screen like any other app shortcut or widget, so you can drag it around and put it wherever you like.

  • FilteringYou can filter the content according to different topics that might interest you or the role that you have in the mission.To use the filter-function click on the filter icon in the menu and simply choose the filters that you want to apply. This will show you a list of all the sections relevant to your selected criteria.
  • SearchYou can search the tool for information. Simply add what you are looking for in the search bar in the top right corner. This will take you to a list of all relevant sections. You can then apply filters to the search result to further finetune your findings.
  • FavouritesWhen you find a section that you find particularly interesting, you are able to add this to your favorites to be able to easily access it at a later stage. Next to all sections there is a favorite icon. Click this to add to you favorites and click again to remove it. You can always access all your favorites under ‘Favorites’ in the top menu.
  • Online/offlineThe tool is available online as well as offline. To ensure that the tool will work offline you will need to have entered the site and scrolled through all pages once in online mode.
  • DownloadThe chapter from considerations that the section was built on is available to download in the tool. Simply click download and save the file.
  • Jump toEach section has a jump to menu on the left. Use it to easily move between the modules in the section.