Columbia International Affairs Online: Books

CIAO DATE: 10/2012

The Management Handbook for UN Field Missions

Adam C. Smith, Arthur Boutellis

June 2012

International Peace Institute


Sound management practices can mean the difference between success and failure in UN field missions. From the smallest political mission to the largest peacekeeping operation, UN field missions operate in complex environments and face political, bureaucratic, and resource constraints that must be managed strategically for mission goals to be achieved. The International Peace Institute has partnered closely with practitioners, researchers, and experts to produce a one-of-a-kind handbook on management for civilian staff in UN peace operations. This resource aims to fill a critical gap in the management of the UN’s many field operations around the world. The Management Handbook for UN Field Missions introduces critical concepts of management theory while offering practical tools and real-life examples of good management practice from UN field missions. These principles, tools, and tips offer a baseline resource for every civilian in the field—whether at the bottom or top of the organizational hierarchy. In twelve accessible chapters, the handbook examines essential management themes in a UN context: • Organization & Coordination • Time Management • Leadership • Knowledge Management • Planning • Managing Security • Communication • Financial Management • Managing People • Project Management • Decision Making • Evaluation