Government-provided personnel (GPP) are individuals nominated by their governments to serve with United Nations peace operations. Justice and corrections GPP provide expertise that is generally only found in national government services, such as national prison services, the judiciary and prosecution authorities among others. While most GPP provide advisory and capacity-building support to national counterparts, some GPP perform operational prison security functions, depending on the mission mandate.
Government-provided personnel bring a wide range of expertise to peace operations, including in military justice and prosecutions, training, custodial management, prison security and policy development.
As of May 2021, approximately 260 justice and corrections government-provided personnel serve in eight United Nations peace operations.
Uniformed Gender Parity Strategy
The 2018 Department of Peace Operation’s Uniformed Gender Parity Strategy sets out concrete steps to increase the meaningful participation of women in peace operations, including the number of women officers serving as justice and correction GPP. The Strategy's 2021 target of 29% has been exceeded, with women representing 36% of all justice and corrections GPP deployed to United Nations peace operations as of May 2021. To further increase the proportion of women GPP, the DPO Justice and Corrections Service:
- Prioritizes the selection and extension of equally qualified women officers;
- Prioritizes deployments from Member States that nominate at least 30% women; and
- Reserves the right to reject batches of nominations that only comprise men.
We encourage all women corrections officers to join the United Nations Women Corrections Officers Network to share experiences and receive information on deployment opportunities to United Nations peace operations.
Conditions of service
Selected officers most often serve for an initial period of 12 months, with the possibility of extension for another 6-12 months. When individuals deploy as government-provided personnel, contributing Member States continue to provide their national salary and entitlements, while the United Nations provides Mission Subsistence Allowance, medical coverage, and assumes deployment and repatriation costs.
The conditions of service and areas of engagement of justice and corrections Government-provided personnel are outlined in the following documents:
- Guide for Member States and Candidates on Government-Provided Justice and Corrections Personnel (GPP)
- Standard Operating Procedures for Government-Provided Corrections Personnel on Assignment with United Nations Peace Operations and Special Political Missions
- Guidelines on Non-Uniformed Civilian Government-Provided Personnel on Assignment with United Nations Peace Operations and Special Political Missions
- FAQ Justice and Corrections GPP
Are you a justice or corrections expert interested in joining a United Nations peace operation?
Justice and corrections experts interested in serving as government-provided personnel with United Nations peace operations must be nominated by their governments, specifically their Permanent Missions in New York. We cannot accept applications received directly from individual officers. If you are interested in joining a United Nations peace operation, we recommend you contact your national justice or corrections service and express your interest in being nominated for one of our current calls for nominations.
In addition, we encourage all women corrections officers to join the United Nations Women Corrections Officers Network to share experiences and receive information on deployment opportunities to United Nations peace operations.
Are you interested in nominating justice or corrections experts for service in United Nations peace operations?
The Justice and Corrections Service is the designated focal point of the United Nations for all issues related to the selection, recruitment, deployment, rotation, transfer and repatriation of justice and corrections government-provided personnel. The Justice and Corrections Service routinely issues calls for nominations for experts for service as justice and corrections government-provided personnel to which Member States can nominate candidates through their Permanent Missions in New York. The nomination of women and French-speaking candidates is particularly encouraged. We recommend Member States join the Group of Friends of Corrections in Peace Operations to learn from the experiences of other Member States in supporting correction issues related to peace operations.
We currently accept nominations of justice and corrections officers. Please find our current calls for nominations and related Terms of Reference here:
- Call for nominations for operational prison security officers, MINUSCA, September 2021
- Call for nominations for women corrections officers, May 2021
Please find the Personnel History Profile template, required for nomination, here.
Minimum requirements for service as justice or corrections GPP: