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					president’s message | local nationals

                                                                                           Doug Brooks



                                                                                           Think Globally.
                                                                                           Hire Locally.

                                                                                           The Benefits of Employing
                                                                                           Local Nationals in Conflict
                                                                                           And Post-Conflict Operations
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                                                                                                                                                                                                  The local touch. Photo: Ky Chung/U.N.




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journal of international peace operations | volume 5 | number 3 | november-december 2009




                                                                                                  OCAL nationals make up the               • Finally, Western expatriates, who are      salaries not be set too high, as dispropor-
                                                                                                  majority of the personnel on the           usually hired for management,              tionately elevated salaries can attract high-
                                                                                                  ground in the stability operations         contractual compliance or oversight        skilled personnel from other vocations.
                                                                                           industry, a fact too often overlooked by          tasks; although for some contracts they    Local doctors and lawyers taking higher-
                                                                                           media and pundits. Not only do these              may be engaged in work from security       paid jobs as cooks and gate guards are not
                                                                                           locals offer enormous advantages to our           to truck driving.                          advantageous to a stability operation. LNs
                                                                                           industry in terms of costs, language                                                         usually live in their own homes with their
                                                                                           capabilities, local knowledge and skills,       LNs represent the bulk of this industry’s    families, use local transportation and cook
                                                                                           but at the policy level they contribute to      personnel. For example, as of June 30,       their own meals, whereas imported labor
                                                                                           rebuilding the economy and vastly benefit       2009, LNs made up 69 percent of U.S.         requires expensive housing, transportation
                                                                                           larger stability policies. Nevertheless,        Department of Defense contractor             arrangements and catering facilities. All of
                                                                                           some important concerns and caveats             personnel operating in Afghanistan – and     which means that LNs are enormously
                                                                                           remain when hiring locals; and thus             95 percent of security contractors in the    cost effective for companies, clients and
                                                                                           certain essential policies should be            operation. TCNs account for most of the      ultimately the larger stability mission,
                                                                                           adopted by all companies setting up             remainder, with citizens of Western          freeing resources to be allocated to other
                                                                                           business in conflict and post-conflict          nations making up a relatively small         peace-building tasks.
                                                                                           operations.                                     minority. The LN proportion can be even
                                                                                                                                           higher for contractors supporting UN         LNs provide other advantages as
                                                                                           Personnel working for the stability             operations, and that number only             well. They bring local knowledge of the
                                                                                           operations industry are generally divided       increases with the duration of the           operation’s areas, local languages, customs
                                                                                           into three categories:                          operation as local hires learn new skills,   and norms — wisdom that foreign
                                                                                           • Local Nationals (LNs, also known as           gain the trust of companies and clients      nationals can only acquire with time,
                                                                                              Host Country Nationals, or HCNs)             and earn management positions.               significant effort and often a fair amount
                                                                                              who originate from the country of the                                                     of risk. Also, local guards are less likely to
                                                                                              operation.                                   The benefits of widespread utilization of    be targeted for their nationality. In
                                                                                           • Third Country Nationals (TCNs) who            LNs — the least expensive employees in       conflicts such as Afghanistan and Iraq,
                                                                                              come from a country not involved in          stability operations — makes companies       putting a Western soldier out in front of a
                                                                                              the intervention or peace opera-             in our industry more competitive in          valuable facility is the equivalent of using
                                                                                              tion. Most TCNs are from developing          winning contracts. Their salaries are good   a golden goose to guard a second, albeit
                                                                                              countries, attracted by salaries far above   by local standards, where unemployment       larger, golden goose. LNs are lower
                                                     
				
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Description: Not only do these locals offer enormous advantages to our industry in terms of costs, language capabilities, local knowledge and skills, but at the policy level they contribute to rebuilding the economy and vastly benefit larger stability policies. The LN proportion can be even higher for contractors supporting UN operations, and that number only increases with the duration of the operation as local hires learn new skills, gain the trust of companies and clients and earn management positions.
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