In his implementation report, and following the High-level Independent Panel on Peace Operations (HIPPO) report of 2015, the UN Secretary-General “instructed the Police Division to undertake an external review of functions, structure and capacity, and to present results in my forthcoming report on UN policing.”
The independent review of the Police Division should focus on the Headquarters functions needed to implement the SGF, as well as departmental priorities, and, on that basis, assess how the Police Division should be structured and staffed in order to deliver those functions.
DPKO is requesting ISSAT to participate in and provide secretariat support to the work of the panel undertaking the independent review.
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Mandate outputs / products
The review will result in a report with clear and practicable recommendations on the future function, structure and capacity (including staffing) of the Police Division, as well as its relationship with and position vis-à-vis other DPKO/DFS offices and partners.
Outcome objectives of mandate
The objective is to review the functions and responsibilities of the Police Division and examine whether the latter is adequately configured, staffed and resourced in light of new demands, evolving mandates and mission environments. The review should result in clear and practicable recommendations on the future function, structure and capacity (including staffing) of Police Division, as well as its relationship with and position vis-à-vis other DPKO/DFS offices and partners.
The review will feed into the 2016 Secretary-General’s report on UN Police, as requested in Security Council Resolution 2185 (2014). The SG Report will take up a number of issues, such as the need for better gap assessments of host-state capacity, for planning that is based on a realistic appraisal of the UN Police capacity to deliver, as well as on an understanding of where and how UN Police can have the greatest catalytic effect, and for frameworks for monitoring and evaluation of delivery and performance. The review will therefore contribute to consultations on what is desirable, possible and required to better craft mandates, resource their implementation and deliver effectively. In order to do so, the review has to be completed by May 2016 at the latest.
Specific Lessons Identified
Report - External review of the functions, structure and capacity of the UN Police Division
A recent external review of the 'United Nations Police Division's structure, functions and capacities' has been officially released during a hand-over event to the UN Secretary-General. The report, which ISSAT participated in the capacity of secretariat support to the independent panel undertaking the review, highlights the need for a paradigm shift and calls on different stakeholders of UN policing to “support a change to the current operating model to enable police components to deliver on tailored mandates, by providing enhanced police capacities that could better meet the challenges of today’s peace operations””.File