Advanced Course on SSR

Course info

Target Audience

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

Duration

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.

Objectives

  • 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.

Contents

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)

Requirements

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 o.chung@dcaf.ch.

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Advanced Course on SSR

Location: Libreville, Gabon
Dates: - (5 days)

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs will organise an advanced training course on “Security Sector Reform (SSR)”, in Libreville, Gabon, from 23 - 27 June 2014. The course will be carried out in partnership with DCAF/ISSAT.

How to apply

If you are interested in this training, please send an email to the ISSAT training team, training@issat.dcaf.ch, with your CV. Please mention in the title of your email the date and location of the training you are interested in.

Application deadline

9 May 2014 

Practical information

There is no course fee. Meals and accommodation are provided free of charge. Some travel grants are also available. 

Pre-requisite

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

A draft programme can be found under the Documents tab. Additional questions can be asked under the Contact tab or by directly contacting the ISSAT training team.

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Advanced Course on SSR

Location: The Hague, Netherlands
Dates: - (5 days)

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs will organise an advanced training course on “Security Sector Reform (SSR)”, in The Hague, Netherlands, from 1- 5 December 2014. The course will be carried out in partnership with DCAF/ISSAT and the European Union.

How to apply

If you are interested in this training, please send an email to the ISSAT training team, training@issat.dcaf.ch, with your CV. Please mention in the title of your email the date and location of the training you are interested in.

Application deadline

25 October 2014

Practical information

No course fee. Accommodation will be provided free of charge. Meals will be provided at a subsidised rate. Please note change in training dates!

Pre-requisite

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

More information about this training will be available in due time. Additional questions can be asked under the Contact tab or by directly contacting the ISSAT training team.

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Advanced Course on SSR

Location: Stans, Switzerland
Dates: - (5 days)

The Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport, in cooperation with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, will organise an advanced training course on “Security Sector Reform (SSR)”, in Stans, Switzerland, from 10-14 November 2014. The course will be carried out in partnership with DCAF/ISSAT.

How to apply

If you are interested in this training, please return completed registration form to the organisers at rmk.astab@vtg.admin.ch. The registration form can be found under the Documents tab.

Application deadline

31 July 2014

Practical information

There is no course fee. Meals and accommodation are provided free of charge. 

Pre-requisite

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

More information and the registration form can be found under the Documents tab. Additional questions can be asked under the Contact tab or by contacting the ISSAT training team, training@issat.dcaf.ch.

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Advanced Course on SSR

Location: 04300 Tuusula, Finland
Dates: - (6 days)

The Finnish Defence Forces International Centre (FINCENT), in cooperation with the Crisis Management Centre Finland, will organise an advanced training course on “Security Sector Reform (SSR)”, in Tuusula, Finland, from 30 November - 5 December 2014. The course will be carried out in partnership with DCAF/ISSAT.

How to apply

If you are interested in this training, please send an email to the ISSAT training team, training@issat.dcaf.ch, with your CV. Please mention in the title of your email the date and location of the training you are interested in.

Application deadline

31 October 2014

Practical information

There is no course fee. Meals and accommodation are provided free of charge. 

Pre-requisite

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

Additional questions can be asked under the Contact tab or by contacting the ISSAT training team.

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Advanced Course on SSR

Location: Stans, Switzerland
Dates: - (5 days)
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Advanced Course on SSR

Location: 04300 Tuusula, Finland
Dates: - (5 days)
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Advanced Course on SSR

Location: 00100 Helsinki, Finland
Dates: - (6 days)

The Finnish Defence Forces International Centre (FINCENT), in cooperation with the European Security and Defence College (ESDC), will organise a Core Course on “Security Sector Reform (SSR)”, in Helsinki, Finland, from 8 - 13 March 2015. The course will be carried out in partnership with DCAF/ISSAT.

How to apply

All EU nationals interested in participating in the course should contact their National Designated Nominators. Applications are to be filled via the ESDC secure internet system ENLIST (https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/ENList/web/app.php/login), by National designated nominators, no later than 30 January 2015.

The national designated nominators should ensure that the applications should be submitted no later than 30 January 2015.

Non- EU applicants should send their CV and cover letter to training@issat.dcaf.ch before the above deadline.

Selected participants will  be contacted by the ESDC Secretariat in due course.

Registration will not be final until confirmed by the ESDC Secretariat and upon completion of the registration form by the participant.

Application deadline

30 January 2015

Practical information

There is no course fee. Meals and accommodation are provided free of charge. 

Pre-requisite

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

Queries can be submitted by clicking on the Contact tab below or by contacting the ISSAT training team at training@issat.dcaf.ch.

For further information please consult Invitation to Apply under "Documents" tab below.

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Cours Avancé sur la Réforme du Secteur de la Sécurité

Location: Ecole de Maintien de la Paix Alioune Blondin Beye De Bamako, Bamako, Mali
Dates: - (5 days)

Description

La communauté internationale a progressivement mis l'accent sur les obstacles à la bonne gouvernance et au développement économique et social que constituent les conflits et l'insécurité en général. Aujourd’hui, il est unanimement reconnu que si les Etats veulent créer les conditions dans lesquelles ils peuvent échapper à une spirale négative dans laquelle l'insécurité, la criminalité et le sous-développement se renforcent mutuellement, ils doivent prendre simultanément en considération dans leurs actions, les dimensions socio-économiques et sécuritaires.

La notion traditionnelle desécurité a été redéfinie pour inclure non seulement la sécurité des États, mais aussi la sécurité et le bien-être de leurs populations. En outre, la reconnaissance des liens les plus étroits entre sécurité et développement a entraîné aujourd’hui une plus grande attention à la façon dont la sécurité et la justice sont assurées, dans tout pays donné. La réforme du secteur de la sécurité est ainsi devenue un élément central des efforts visant à surmonter le cycle des conflits et les causes de fragilité, du Soudan à la Sierra Leone et de la Serbie aux Îles Salomon.

Malgré ses efforts, la communauté internationale reste toujours confrontée au défi majeur du manque de capacité opérationnelle pour soutenir la réforme du secteur de la sécurité. On constate aussi que le concept de la RSS, bien qu’il ait été largement diffusé ces dernières années, n’est pas toujours appliqué dans le respect de ses principes majeurs.

Dans le souci de développer sa propre expertise et celle des acteurs francophones, le gouvernement  français, au travers du ministère des Affaires Etrangères et du Développement International (MAEDI), appuiera un cours avancé sur  la réforme du secteur de la sécurité (RSS) du 1e au 5 juin 2015 à Bamako, au Mali.

Lieu de la formation et conditions d’hébergement

La formation se tiendra à l’Ecole de maintien de la paix (EMP) de Bamako en pension complète (hébergement à l’école, petit-déjeuner, déjeuner, dîner).  Il est attendu des participants qu’ils arrivent la veille du début de la formation, soit le dimanche 31 mai 2015. Une navette, mise  à disposition, assurera la liaison entre l’aéroport de Bamako et l’EMP. Pour plus d’informations sur l’EMP, visitez son site Internet (http://www.empbamako.org/).

Prise en charge financière

La formation ainsi que l’hébergement en pension complète à l’EMP de Bamako sont financés par le Ministère français des Affaires Etrangères et du Développement International (MAEDI).Le transport aller-retour jusqu’à Bamako reste à la charge des stagiaires. Le financement du transport par le MAEDI est uniquement envisagé pour un nombre très limité de candidats issus des pays éligibles au CAD de l’OCDE.

Public cible

Cette formation est destinée à des professionnels, soit déjà en charge d’actions de soutien à la RSS ou autres domaines connexes (DDR, consolidation de la paix, relèvement post-crise, etc.) sur le terrain, dans les organismes centraux ou leurs délégations territoriales, ambassades en particulier,  soit sur le point d'y être déployés dans le cadre de missions bilatérales, régionales ou multilatérales. L’équilibre femmes-hommes sera recherché au niveau des participants.

Informations relatives aux mesures de sécurité

Suite à l'attaque terroriste perpétrée contre un restaurant de Bamako le 7 mars 2015, les mesures sécuritaires ont été renforcées dans la capitale malienne. Cela se traduit par de fréquents contrôles routiers ou de piétons, sur l'ensemble de la ville, particulièrement la nuit. C'est pourquoi l'attention des futurs stagiaires est appelée sur le fait qu'il est formellement déconseillé de sortir de l'enceinte de l'EMP après les cours et après la tombée de la nuit, tant que ces mesures seront appliquées ou tant que la situation sécuritaire ne sera pas revenue à la normale. Vous en serez informés lors de la séance inaugurale de votre stage ou par le biais du portail internet de l’EMP.

Date limite de candidature

Les formulaires de candidature dûment remplis (voir section "Documents" ci-dessous) devront être retournés à Mme. Eleanor Pavey (e.pavey@dcaf.ch) avant le 30 avril 2015.

Cliquez ici pour télécharger le formulaire de candidature à partir de Google Drive. 

Le programme détaillé de la formation est disponible ici à partir de Google Drive.

N'hésitez pas à nous contacter à e.pavey@dcaf.ch si vous rencontrez des problèmes de téléchargement.

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Advanced Training on Security Sector Reform (SSR)

Location: The Hague, Netherlands
Dates: - (5 days)

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Union will organise an advanced training course on “Security Sector Reform (SSR)”, in The Hague, Netherlands, from 9-13 November 2015. The course will be carried out in partnership with DCAF/ISSAT.

Agenda

A Draft Agenda for this NL-EU Advanced Training Course on SSR is available in PDF format.

How to apply

If you are interested in this training, please send an email to the ISSAT training team member, o.chung@dcaf.ch, with your CV. Please mention in the title of your email the date and location of the training you are interested in.

Application deadline

05 October 2015

Practical information

No course fee. Accommodation and meals will be provided at a subsidised rate. 

Pre-requisite

Successful completion of the ISSAT online course Introduction to SSR.

More information about this training will be available in due time. Additional questions can be asked under the Contact tab or by directly contacting the ISSAT training team.

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Cours Avancé sur la Réforme du Secteur de la Sécurité

Location: Gammarth, Tunisia
Dates: - (5 days)

Description

La communauté internationale a progressivement mis l'accent sur les obstacles à la bonne gouvernance et au développement, économique et social que constituent les conflits et l'insécurité en général. Aujourd’hui, il est unanimement reconnu que si les États veulent créer les conditions dans lesquelles ils peuvent échapper à une spirale négative dans laquelle l'insécurité, la criminalité et le sous-développement se renforcent mutuellement, ils doivent prendre simultanément en considération dans leurs actions, les dimensions socio-économiques et sécuritaires.

La notion traditionnelle de sécurité a été redéfinie pour inclure non seulement la sécurité des États, mais aussi la sécurité et le bien-être de leurs populations. En outre, la reconnaissance des liens les plus étroits entre sécurité et développement a entraîné aujourd’hui une plus grande attention à la façon dont la sécurité et la justice sont assurées, dans tout pays donné. La réforme du secteur de la sécurité est ainsi devenue un élément central des efforts visant à surmonter le cycle des conflits et les causes de fragilité.

Malgré ses efforts, la communauté internationale reste toujours confrontée au défi majeur du manque de capacité opérationnelle pour soutenir la réforme du secteur de la sécurité. On constate aussi que le concept de la RSS, bien qu’il ait été largement diffusé ces dernières années, n’est pas toujours appliqué dans le respect de ses principes majeurs.

Dans le souci de développer leur propre expertise et celle des acteurs francophones, les gouvernements français, au travers du ministère des Affaires Etrangères et du Développement International (MAEDI), et des Pays-Bas appuieront un cours avancé en langue française sur la réforme du secteur de la sécurité (RSS) du 19 au 23 septembre 2016 à Gammarth (Grand Tunis), en Tunisie. Ce séminaire de cinq jours sera effectué en collaboration avec l'Equipe internationale de conseil au secteur de la sécurité (ISSAT) du Centre de contrôle démocratique des forces armées de Genève (DCAF).

Lieu de la formation

La formation se tiendra à Gammarth (Grand Tunis), en Tunisie. Cette localisation permettra de partager les expériences avec différents acteurs de la RSS des pays de la zone ANMO bénéficiaires des soutiens de la communauté internationale.

Public cible

Le cours est principalement destiné à des participants francophones (civils ou militaires), en charge d’actions de soutien à la RSS ou tout autre domaine connexe (DDR, justice, état de droit…) lié à la consolidation de la paix et à l’appui au processus de transition post-crise. Ces participants sont en poste dans les organismes centraux ou leurs démembrements sur le terrain (ambassades, organisations régionales ou multilatérales.). Il sera également ouvert à des responsables nationaux ou à des membres de la société civile des pays de la zone ANMO, en charge ou associés à la conception, à la mise en œuvre ou au suivi de projets ou de programmes RSS (ou tout autre domaine connexe) dans la zone géographique considérée. 

En préalable à cette formation avancée, et ceci afin de s’assurer que tous les stagiaires sélectionnés disposent bien de toutes les connaissances de base nécessaires sur le sujet, ceux-ci devront impérativement avoir suivi au préalable soit une formation de RSS de premier niveau, soit la formation  accélérée sur la RSS en ligne mise en place par DCAF/ISSAT (http://issat.dcaf.ch). Toute éventuelle difficulté pour satisfaire cette exigence devra être signalée à DCAF/ISSAT avant le début de la formation.

Candidature

Si vous souhaitez soumettre votre candidature à cette formation, merci de remplir le formulaire de candidature (disponible sous l'onglet « documents ») et de l'envoyer à l'adresse o.chung@issat.dcaf.ch avant le 6 août. Veuillez indiquer dans l’objet de votre message le lieu et la date de la formation. 

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Advanced Training on Security Sector Reform (SSR)

Location: The Hague, Netherlands
Dates: - (5 days)

Advanced Training on Security Sector Reform (SSR)

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Union will organise an advanced training course on “Security Sector Reform (SSR)”, in The Hague, Netherlands, from 17-21 October 2016. The course will be carried out in partnership with DCAF/ISSAT.

How to apply

If you are interested in this training, please send an email to the ISSAT training team member, k.schaefer@dcaf.ch, with your CV. Please mention in the title of your email the date and location of the training you are interested in.

Application deadline

12 September 2016

Practical information

No course fee. Accommodation and meals will be provided at a subsidised rate. 

Pre-requisite

Successful completion of the ISSAT online course Introduction to SSR.

More information about this training will be available in due time. Additional questions can be asked under the Contact tab or by directly contacting the ISSAT training team.

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Advanced Course on SSR

Location: Stans, Switzerland
Dates: - (5 days)

To access additional information on the SWISSINT webpage, click here.

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Formation avancée sur la RSS

Location: Lebanon
Dates: - (5 days)

Le gouvernement français, au travers de son ministère des Affaires Etrangères et du Développement International (MAEDI), en collaboration avec l’Union européenne, organisera un séminaire de formation en langue française sur  la réforme du secteur de la sécurité (RSS). Le séminaire se tiendra du 15 au 19 mai 2017 à Beyrouth, au Liban. Facilité par le Centre pour le contrôle démocratique des forces armées (DCAF), ilformera aux enjeux multidimensionnels de la RSS des acteurs issus de différents secteurs concernés par la sécurité (diplomatie, justice, sécurité, défense, développement, gouvernance, etc.). Il mettra l’accent sur les pays et les thématiques relatives à la région Afrique du Nord et Moyen Orient (ANMO).

I – Contexte et enjeux

La question de la réforme des systèmes de sécurité (RSS), située à l’interface des questions de sécurité, de gouvernance et de développement, appelle une concertation renforcée et une recherche de synergies entre des acteurs issus de différents secteurs (diplomatie, justice, police, armée, développement, gouvernance, etc.) et de cultures administratives distinctes.

En partenariat avec le Centre pour le contrôle démocratique des forces armées (DCAF), le MAEDI (la Mission de la gouvernance démocratique et la Direction de coopération de sécurité et de défense) organise depuis 2011 des sessions de formation à la RSS en langue française. Au total, ce sont six stages qui ont été organisés jusqu’à maintenant, au bénéfice de près de 140 stagiaires provenant de structures variées (MAEDI, mais également autres ministères, partenaires bi- ou multilatéraux, agences de développement, etc.). La dernière session (septembre 2016) a eu lieu à Tunis. 

En vue de capitaliser sur les résultats de la première formation dans la région ANMO organisée en 2016 avec le Ministère des Affaires étrangères des Pays-Bas (MINBUZA) et compte tenu des enjeux de RSS dans cette géographie, il est prévu de renouveler l’expérience au Liban (Beyrouth).

Par ailleurs, le séminaire s’inscrit dans le cadre de l’Approche française de la RSS (2008) qui prévoit que des actions de formation à la RSS soient menées au bénéfice de l’ensemble du personnel chargé de mettre en œuvre ou de suivre la politique de coopération de la France dans ce domaine.

II – Objectifs du séminaire

Les objectifs de ce séminaire de formation de niveau avancé sont :

  • Mettre à jour les connaissances des participants sur les concepts et les caractéristiques de la RSS ;
  • Replacer la RSS dans les contextes nationaux et internationaux, avec le rappel de l’importance du  contexte et de son influence sur la démarche à suivre ;
  • Renforcer une compréhension pratique autour des principales caractéristiques de la RSS, sur la base de débats, de discussions, d’exercices et d’études de cas ;
  • Apporter une aide aux praticiens afin de leur permettre de mieux comprendre leur rôle dans l'appui aux processus nationaux de RSS ;
  • Faciliter la constitution d’un réseau d’experts français et francophones spécialisés sur les questions de RSS.

Le programme détaillé du séminaire est en cours d’élaboration et sera transmis dans les meilleurs délais. Des éléments indicatifs relatifs à son contenu peuvent d’ores et déjà être apportés.

Les questions de gouvernance, de réforme de la défense, de la police et de la justice devraient faire l’objet de modules spécifiques. La prise en compte des enjeux de RSS spécifiques à la région ANMO sera transversale à tous les modules de formation, en plus de faire l’objet de sessions thématiques précises. 

Date et lieu

Le séminaire de formation se tiendra à l’hôtel Smallville de Beyrouth du 15 au 19 mai 2017, selon le régime de l’internat. Dans la mesure du possible, il est attendu des participants qu’ils arrivent la veille du début du séminaire et qu’ils repartent l’après-midi du dernier jour des cours. 

Participants

Cette session peut accueillir environ 25 stagiaires dont des représentants français, des représentants des pays partenaires de la région ANMO et des organisations internationales ou régionales.

La formation est ouverte en priorité aux  aux acteurs francophones travaillant sur les enjeux de RSS dans la région ANMO

Pour ce qui est du Liban, pays hôte du séminaire, 10 places seront disponibles pour les partenaires libanais

Financement

- Les coûts liés à l’hébergement et à la restauration sont pris en charge par le MAEDI (la Mission de la gouvernance démocratique et la Direction de coopération de sécurité et de défense) pour tous les participants. 

Le transport aller-retour jusqu’à Beyrouth reste à la charge des stagiaires. Le financement du transport, par le MAEDI, pour un nombre très limité de candidats issus des pays éligibles au CAD de l’OCDE est  envisageable (sous réserve, en définitive, de la disponibilité des ressources budgétaires y afférentes).

Candidature

Les personnes susceptibles d’être intéressées par cette formation sont priées d’envoyer une copie de leur CV accompagnée d’une lettre de couverture à Mme. Oanh-Mai Chung au o.chung@dcaf.ch avant le 24 avril 2017. 

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Sensitisation Workshop on SSR

Location: Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the EU, Kortenberglaan 61, 1000 Brussel, Belgium
Dates: - (2 days)

The international community is increasingly focused on the challenges of insecurity and conflict as a barrier to political, economic and social development. It is clear that if states are to create the condition in which they can escape from a downward spiral wherein insecurity, criminalisation and under-development are mutually reinforcing, socio-economic and security dimensions must be tackled simultaneously.

The traditional concept of security is being redefined to include not only the security of states but also a clear focus on the safety and wellbeing of their peoples With the recognition that security and development are inextricably linked, this has resulted in greater focus and scrutiny of how security and justice are provided in countries. Security Sector Reform (SSR) has now become a central component of efforts to overcome the cycle of conflict and the causes of fragility, from Sudan to Sierra Leone and from the Honduras to the Solomon Islands.

However, a key challenge faced by actors supporting the implementation is to ensure that the necessary capacity is available. The reform of security and justice institutions is both a political and technical exercise, and often takes place against a background of resistance to change. It requires expertise in a number of disciplines, and a diverse mix of skills and knowledge. Above all, it demands sensitivity to the need for a coherent, coordinated institutional approach that will help translate SSR policy into effective programmes on the ground. It is for this reason that the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and the European Union (EU) will conduct a Training on Security Sector Reform (SSR) from 1-2 June 2017 in Brussels, Belgium.  

 The workshop will take place at the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the EU (Kortenberglaan 4-10, 1040 Brussels) and will be conducted in collaboration with the International Security Sector Advisory Team of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF/ ISSAT).

 Through a combination of practical, hands-on exercises, this workshop will aim to enhance the skills, capacity and strategic thinking of participants on SSR principles through the sharing of views and experiences related to SSR. It will highlight issues such as the principles and characteristics of SSR, enhancing governance and oversight of security and justice institutions, the linkages between justice and police reform and sustainable capacity building.

 Throughout the workshop, participants are encouraged to engage in the collective sharing of experience and reflections on specific topics. Participants will be exposed to many of the tools and techniques used by SSR practitioners on the ground. Focusing on practical exercises and case studies, this workshop will help participants understand the challenges relating to SSR and help elaborate possible solutions to common roadblocks.

 Key objectives of the workshop include:

  • Build a practical understanding around the concept and key characteristics (1-2-3) of SSR, based on debate and discussions, exercises and case studies;
    • Improve understanding on the interlinkages between the various components of SSR including justice, police and defence reform;
    • Explore opportunities for adopting a comprehensive approach to SSR within and between key international actors;
    • Engage in dialogue and experience sharing with fellow participants, facilitators and external experts. 

 Target audience

This advanced training is aimed at middle to senior level military, police and civilian personnel engaged in SSR support activities within NATO and the EU. More specifically, selected candidates will be working closely on issues related to Justice and Security Sector Reform such as governance, rule of law, police reform, defence reform, justice reform, disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration etc. The workshop also targets those involved in programming, programme management, mission conduct and planning and/or in political/policy dialogue.

 Language and selection

Since English will be the working language of the workshop, participants must have a good command of English in order to be able to engage in discussions and fully benefit from the training. The workshop is designed in a modular structure, thus participants are expected to attend the entire workshop. It is important for participants to meet these requirements in order to fully benefit from the workshop.

 Pre-requisites

All selected candidates are required to have successfully completed an introductory course on SSR. This course can be completed online by registering onto DCAF/ISSAT’s website (top right): http://issat.dcaf.ch/Learn/E-Learning/Introduction-to-Security-Sector-Reform

 Upon acceptance into the workshop, it is required that all participants complete a pre-course questionnaire. The deadline for the Pre-Course Questionnaire is Friday, 26 May 2017. The questionnaire can be access on the Training Space or accessed directly via the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/TcjHkeCoNmCV60mP2

 Methodology

The workshop will use interactive, co-learning methodology aimed at encouraging participants to share knowledge and experience with each other, and to adopt a problem-solving approach through a series of hands-on practical exercises, case studies, simulations and group activities. Participants are expected to contribute actively during the workshop.  

 Costs of Participation

There will be no course fee.

 

Application Process

This workshop is only open for EU, and NATO applicants.

To apply for the workshop, please send your CV and a short motivation letter to the following point of contact on or before 15 May 2017: Ms Liza de Nijs (liza-de.nijs@minbuza.nl).

 General Information

Selected participants will be informed shortly after the close of applications. A pre-workshop questionnaire will be sent to the selected applicants. This will enable the workshop organisers to better understand participant expectations and experience and thereby ensure that the workshop meets participant expectations. 

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ESDC Core Course on Security Sector Reform

Location: Santahamina, Helsinki, Finland
Dates: - (5 days)

Course Description

The ESDC Core Course on Security Sector Reform (SSR) is designed to enhance capabilities of experts assigned to become involved in the
assessment, design, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Security Sector Reform processes. The course is based on a
holistic SSR approach providing a comprehensive overview of all pillars of the SSR concept.

The course thus addresses all civil/military/police personnel that is already or will be involved in SSR activities in the future, as well as civil society
organisations working in the field of peacebuilding and human security. At the same time, the Core Course constitutes the perfect training opportunity for
members of the EU SSR Experts as well as national SSR experts, as it provides an excellent overview of the different segments of SSR and links
them to different contexts and political dimensions. 

The Finnish Defence Forces International Centre (FINCENT) is an internationally distinguished centre that provides military crisis management training and education with over 40 years of expertise. The course is organized by FINCENT in the framework of the Academic Programme of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) and conducted in cooperation with the International Security Sector Advisory Team of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF/ISSAT), with the support of Crisis Management Centre Finland (CMC). It will take place from 05-09 June 2017 at the premises of the FINCENT in Santahamina, Helsinki, Finland.

Aim and Purpose of the course

The course aims to enhance the knowledge, skills and competencies on the concept and principles of SSR as part of the EU's comprehensive approach and other related EU policy and concepts in particular "the EU wide strategic framework in support on Security Sector Reform". It will highlight the key components of SSR, the various tools and techniques used by SSR practitioners and the challenges that an SSR advisor could face. It also develops examples of good practice through the collective sharing of experience and provides tools to address future challenges and asses the needs in relation to SSR. The course also aims to strengthen a network of SSR experts, with a common understanding of EU SSR.

Participants will learn about the approaches of international organisations with a focus on the EU approach to SSR and will be familiarised with the main pillars of SSR such as defence, police, justice/courts and effective advising. Moreover, cross-cutting issues such as gender, human rights, the role of civil society, Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR), as well as governance will be discussed. In-depth knowledge on SSR and its hands-on implementation is provided through practical case studies and the discussion of best practices. The Core Course furthermore stresses the importance of cooperation among stakeholders from different segments of the security sector.

At the end of this course participants will have a holistic understanding of SSR, a clear view of different approaches to SSR, and will be familiar with the main pillars of such reform processes. Participants will be able to analyse and connect with various actors in the field of SSR, undertake activities in support of SSR.

Target group and Student Criteria

The course is open to participants from governments, civil society, the military, police, justice, international organisations, and the private sector. Potential participants should be preferably middle- to senior level professionals and are expected to have expertise in their respective areas of professional competence related to SSR and should currently be deployed or just about
to be deployed in support of a bilateral, regional or multilateral mission to support security and justice reform within EU or EU Member State - and/ or partner country structures. Interested representatives from the military, the police and the judiciary are equally encouraged to apply, as well as representatives from governmental bodies, international organizations, NGOs and other civil society actors working in in the wider context of SSR.

The course is also open to those involved in programming, program management and/or in political/policy dialogue. Since English will be the working language of the course, participants must have a good command of English to be able to engage in discussions and fully benefit from the training. No additional language training or translation is provided by FINCENT. Since the course is designed in a modular structure, participants who wish to arrive late or depart early cannot be accepted. The intense format of the programme does not allow for any additional commitments during the course.

Participants are expected to contribute actively during the course by sharing experiences and engaging in group activities. All selected participants are required to complete the obligatory e-learning modules prior to the residential course (The E-learning includes ESDC AKU2 the European Global Strategy and AKU6 CSDP Decision Shaping/Making and Introduction to SSR [ISSAT module] online. The introductory course on SSR can also be completed online on the website of DCAF/ISSAT- free access after registration on the website (http://issat.dcaf.ch/Learn/ELearning/
Introduction-to-Security-Sector-Reform). A separate e-learning message will be sent out to selected participants.

Priority is given to personnel from the EU Member States.

Application procedure

All the individuals interested in participating in the course should contact their National Designated Nominators. Applications are to be filled via the ESDC secure internet system ENLIST
(https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/ENList/web/app.php/login), by National designated nominators, not later than 10 MAY 2017. Registration will not be final until confirmed by the ESDC Secretariat and upon completion of the registration form by the nominated participant.

Applications from other than EU Member States should be sent to secretariatesdc@eeas.europa.eu indicating:
- name of the course
- full name of the candidate
- personal e-mail address (functional mailboxes will not be accepted)
- institution
- reason how this course benefits applicant and CV

The national designated nominators should ensure that the applications should be submitted no later than 10 MAY 2017.

Payment

The cost of tuition, meals and accommodation are free of charge during the course dates and arranged by FINCENT. Participants are expected to cover their own travel and insurance expenses.

Accommodation and meals

Accommodation for the students is provided in Santahamina at the FINCENT Students’ Hotel.
The daily meals are served according to the course programme at the National Defence University’s dining hall in Santahamina.

Additional and General

Additional information regarding security, visas, the participant selection process and subsidies can be found in the OFFICIAL INVITATION, located in the "documents tab" on the left. 

General information concerning travel arrangements, accommodations, clothing, programme etc. will be included in the course confirmation sent to
the accepted students.

CONTACT

For further detailed information regarding the course, please contact

FINCENT:
e-mail studentadmin@fincent.fi
Phone +358 299 540 300 (Course Director)
+358 299 540 102 (Course Secretary)
FINCENT
Course Admin
P.O. BOX 7
FI-00861-Helsinki
Finland

Reference
Course Department
FINCENT, CDR (GS) J HOLLSTRÖM
Phone: +358 299 540 300
e-mail: Jukka.Hollstrom@fincent.fi

Training Event
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Advanced Training on Security Sector Reform (SSR)

Dates: - (5 days)

The 77th Brigade UK Army will conduct an “Advanced Training on Security Sector Reform (SSR)” from 10-14 July 2017 at the UK Defence Academy in Shrivenham.

This five-day intensive residential course will be carried out in collaboration with the International Security Sector Advisory Team of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF/ ISSAT).

This advanced training is aimed at those who are just about to be deployed in support of a bilateral, regional or multilateral mission to support security sector reform programmes. More specifically, the course targets senior practitioners and professionals – including civilian, military and police personnel, as well as civil society representatives and professionals from the private sector – who are working closely on issues related to SSR such as governance, rule of law, police reform, defence reform, justice reform disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration etc. The course also targets those involved in programming, programme management, mission conduct and planning and/or in political/ policy dialogue. The organisers intend to select a highly diverse group of participants in terms of professional and organisational background, age and nationality, as well as with regards to gender balance.

How to apply

If you are interested in this training, please send an email to the ISSAT training team, o.chung@issat.dcaf.ch, with your CV. Please mention in the title of your email the date and location of the training you are interested in.

Practical information

 Accommodation and meals will be provided  at a subsidised rate. 

Pre-Course Requirements

Successful completion of the ISSAT online course Introduction to SSR, available at the following link: Introduction to SSR e-learning as well as the pre-course questionnaire available at the following link: ISSAT Pre-Course Questionnaire.

Additionally reading will be posted in the training space in the following weeks. 

Target Audience

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

Training Event
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Advanced Course on SSR

Location: Stans, Switzerland
Dates: - (5 days)
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