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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, with your CV. Please mention in the title of your email the date and location of the training you are interested in.
05 October 2015
No course fee. Accommodation and meals will be provided at a subsidised rate.
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.
Antoine Hanin is a Project Officer at ISSAT. He works on the development of the monitoring and evaluation methodology of Security and Justice Sector Reform (SJSR) activities. More specifically, he assists the senior Monitoring and Evaluation advisor on the drafting of operational guidance note, the elaboration of a tool kit and templates to be used by the SJSR community in the field.
Prior to joining ISSAT, Antoine worked in the Evaluation and Monitoring department of a consulting company. He was an evaluation expert on strategic level evaluations of development aid policies. He carried out several large scale evaluations for the European Commission (EC), the European Investment Bank, the UN and the World Bank. His last two major assignments were on the EC support to conflict prevention & peace building worldwide and the EC support to justice & security sector reform.
Antoine holds a B.Sc in Economics from the Université Catholique de Louvain and a Masters degree in International Relations and Conflict Management from the Katholieke Universiteit van Leuven in Belgium.
Dylan Hendrickson is a Senior Fellow in the Conflict, Security and Development Research Group (CSDRG), Department of War Studies, King's College London. He is Editor of Conflict, Security & Development, a peer-reviewed journal and Adjunct Faculty at the African Leadership Centre, a joint King's - University of Nairobi initiative.
Having been an officer for nearly 20 years I volunteered to be send on mission to Angola (1992). Until then my reality was Europe and the Cold War. Angola and the civil war after elections opened my eyes and gradually I started to become interested in “less military” parts of my profession. Bosnia, followed so did Iraq. I sidestepped executing 2 small scale humanitarian interventions (including writing a reconstruction plan of one of the Caribbean islands) and found myself through CIMIC in the SSR environment (2005). SSR gave me the possibility to try to find an answer on the question of poverty, development, security, democratic principles etc.; questions which interested me from Angola since. SSR as a working field provides me the possibilities to use all my experience and capacities I earned and collected during my career. It offers me another challenge.
I had the opportunity to see, watch and take part in the elaboration of a brand new SSR program (the Dutch Burundian SSR program). My missions before, including ONUB (2004-2005) and the execution of PBF-projects (2007-2008) prepared me for participation in the negotiations, preparations and execution of the 8 year lasting Burundian-Dutch SSR program. I took part in all phases and observed the highly political characteristic of SSR and the struggle with principles such as people-centered, democratic oversight, progressive ownership and sustainability. Since the start of the program (2009) I was team leader of the program unit of the Army side and coach of the same team. I was asked by ISSAT to become a member of the pool of SSR experts. I took part in several training sessions with ISSAT since 2012.
Unexpectedly, end 2012, within the DSS program the situation changed and I was very pleased to be invited by all Burundian partners, the Dutch Embassy and above all my colleagues to assume the tasks and responsibilities as Director of the entire DSS program, which opened for me new challenges and experiences in the field of Police, Development and Governance.
I left Burundi end 2014, having worked within Burundi for nearly 10 years. I decided it was time for change. I preferred to stop working full time but at the same time it was too early to stop completely. In 2015 I executed several activities with Interpeace and DCAF, including writing the assesment of the security sector process in Madagascar. Actually I am member of the pool of experts of ISSAT and ASSN. I am also member of the Platform of Rule of Law and Security.
Piet Biesheuvel has a wide range of developmental experience in the governance, justice and security sectors, especially in sub-Sahara Africa where he operated in the field for over sixteen years. He has managed long-term Safety Security and Access to Justice (SSAJ) programmes in Uganda and Malawi and was the British Government’s Policing & Security Adviser in South Africa between 1996 and 2001. He has advised on, designed, implemented or reviewed security and justice sector reform programmes in a wide variety of countries including Nigeria, Ethiopia, South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Sudan, DRC, Lebanon, Iraq, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bolivia, Guyana, Sri Lanka, Nepal, East Timor and Vietnam. He has also conducted a number of sector-wide reviews for the British Government’s conflict prevention pools. He was the Head, Rule of Law in the PRT Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2008/9. He has provided governance, security & justice policy support to the UK and Dutch Governments. He is a regular speaker on security and justice development issues and the lead facilitator of the UK Government’s Security & Justice Development Course.
Thammy Evans focuses on liaison between the International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT) and its Members to understand their priorities in security and justice sector reform and so harness the assets of all ISSAT's services to meet Members’ needs. Additionally, she assists in cultivating the growth and value of the Community of Practice. In-so-doing, she leads on the co-ordination of ISSAT's outreach and communication. An SSR practitioner and advisor in her own right, notably in defence reform and governance, where she focuses on the military contribution to security and justice sector reform, she is also one of ISSAT's trainers, and she contributes to the development of operational tools and guidance ensuring their fit and integration into a coherent and holistic methodology.
Prior to joining ISSAT, Thammy was Political Advisor to the Senior Military Representative of NATO HQ Skopje as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia undertook deep reforms to join NATO and the EU. She has served as an officer in the British Army and worked for the UK Ministry of Defence on the Balkans desk. Her early career provided a foundation in public relations and international qualitative market research in the private and public sector, as well as business development harnessing systems thinking and resource efficiency.
A graduate in Chinese and German Studies from the University of Leeds, UK, she holds a Master’s of Science in Conflict Studies from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. She has a certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership from the UK's Chartered Management Institute, and has authored on China, the Balkans, SSR, and resource efficiency.
Please consult this section for information on all pre-course logistical preparations including Information Note and Pre-Course Questionnaire.Folder
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Please consult this section to access all pre-course reading material.
- African Union Policy Framework on Security Sector Reform (SSR)
- A Concept for European Community Support for Security Sector Reform
- EU Concept for ESDP Support to Security Sector Reform (SSR)
- Overview of SSR policies of multilateral organisations
- UNSCR 2151
- UNSCR 2242 on Women, Peace and Security- 2015
- Ten Tips - How to be a good SSR Adviser when working with national actors
- Top 10 Programming Tools for Security and Justice Sector Reform
- Defence Sector Reform video by the UN