Advanced Course on SSR

The course is targeted to senior practitioners and officials directly involved in SSR activities


4-6 days

This advanced course is designed for practitioners and professionals who are working in the field of SSR and would like to gain more insight into the concept, context and components of SSR. Packed with exercises, case studies and role plays, this intensive course helps participants understand the challenges relating to SSR and help evolve possible solutions to common roadblocks.


  • Revisit the main principles of the Introductory SSR Course;
  • Understand the context within which SSR is carried out, and the related challenges;
  • Focus on specific components of SSR like police, defence,  justice and rule of law etc;
  • Mainstream cross-cutting issues into their SSR programmes;
  • Hone their soft skills like negotiation and bargaining;
  • Be exposed to tools like SWOT or stakeholder analysis.


The following list is indicative of some of the sessions that would be delivered in the course:

  • Concepts of SSR (local ownership, political will, accountability & effectiveness etc)
  • Context of SSR (post-conflict context etc)
  • Components of the security sector (police reforms, rule of law, defence reforms etc)
  • Processes of SSR (assessments, planning, evaluation etc)
  • Cross-cutting issues (gender, cultural awareness etc)
  • Soft skills & tools (negotiation, coordination, SWOT, stakeholder analysis etc)


Successful completion of the ISSAT online course Introduction to SSR, available here.

How to apply

All individuals interested in attending an Advanced course are requested to click on the related link in the course calendar and follow the application procedure specified for each training. Any queries can also be addressed to

Training Course

Introductory Course on SSR

Professionals who have recently begun to work or who plan to work on SSR and/or related issues


2.5-3 days

Basic Course on Introduction to Security and Justice Sector Reform

This introductory level course is aimed at both SSR advisors and those working in related fields. It provides participants with an understanding of SSR principles and practices. Through its practical and exercised-based methodology, it provides participants with a solid introduction to international good practice, both the political and technical aspects of SSR. It underlines the main skills required to support SSR and provides the necessary foundations for subsequent courses. The course provides an overview of the various dimensions of SSR and emphasises the importance of adopting a holistic approach when working on SSR in post-conflict contexts.

The course aims to build both SSR knowledge and skills. Through an interactive and practical training approach, this course will help participants to:

  • Better understand the concept and evolution of SSR, including actors, concepts and principles;
  • Understand the international policy framework for SSR;
  • Recognize the political nature of SSR and the challenges faced when ‘supporting’ SSR processes in conflict affected or fragile states;
  • Use concrete cases to build on lessons learned and apply concepts to practice.

The following list is indicative of some of the sessions that would be delivered in the course:

  • Introduction to the concept of SSR and evolving approaches and international policy frameworks for SSR
  • SSR, from concept to practice
  • Scoping the security sector
  • Gender-responsive SSR
  • Principles and characteristics of SSR programming
  • SSR programming in post-conflict contexts
  • The role of non-state actors in SSR
  • The challenge of coordination in SSR programmes

Target audience

Professionals who have recently begun to work or who plan to work on SSR and/or related issues


2.5-3 days


The ISSAT Manual 'SSR in a Nutshell' is a complementary resource that can be used provide a basic overview of Security Sector Reform (SSR) policy and practice based on collective experience in supporting security and justice reform efforts.

You can download a copy in English, Arabic, French and Spanish.


If you are interested in any of the trainings listed below, click on the date to see additional information relating to the training and send your query to the point of contact for that training.

The training calendar for this year is currently being finalised.

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