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 course 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 course 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 course, 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 course will help participants understand the challenges relating to SSR and help elaborate possible solutions to common roadblocks.
Key objectives of the course 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.
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 course 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 course, participants must have a good command of English in order to be able to engage in discussions and fully benefit from the training. The course is designed in a modular structure, thus participants are expected to attend the entire course. It is important for participants to meet these requirements in order to fully benefit from the course.
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 course, 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
The course 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 course.
Costs of Participation
There will be no course fee.
This course is only open for EU, and NATO applicants.
To apply for the course, 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 (email@example.com).
Selected participants will be informed shortly after the close of applications. A pre-course questionnaire will be sent to the selected applicants. This will enable the course-organisers to better understand participant expectations and experience and thereby ensure that the course meets participant expectations.
Thammy Evans is the Deputy Head of the International Security Sector Advisory Team.
She joined ISSAT in 2012, and initially worked in Knowledge Services, and later became ISSAT's Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator. She continues to focus on liaison between 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. As an SSR practitioner and advisor, her main area of work is in defence reform and governance, and notably on the military contribution to security and justice sector reform. She also advises donors and multilaterals on policy and strategy development for SSR support to third countries; and presents and lectures regularly on a variety of security and justice topics.
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 variously on the Balkans desk, vision and strategy development, and on partner capacity building. 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, security capacity building, and resource efficiency. She also speaks varying degrees of French, German, Serbo-Croat and Mandarin.
Marc Caron is ISSAT Senior Expert at DCAF. He is a member of the ISSAT Roster. Until May 2011 he was also the Deputy Head for ISSAT.
Marc served 35 years in the Canadian Forces, culminating in the top position of Commander of the Army with the rank of Lieutenant-General. In that position, at the strategic level of the Canadian Forces and the Department of National Defense, he contributed to the achievements of these organizations during one of the most important periods in recent times of operational commitment and transformation. Since his retirement he has served as international civil servant with the UN. Until recently he was the Special Advisor on Security Sector Reform to the Special Representative of the Security General of the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC).
Marc holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Ottawa, a Masters in Military Studies from the UK Royal Military College of Science and a Masters in Security Studies from the US Army War CollegeHe is currently in Guinea Conakry as an adviser to the government on SSR.
Involved in humanitarian action since 1994, mainly with the ICRC in conflict areas. Trainer and coach of teams in the protection field: protection of civilians and protection of human rights