Other ISSAT-facilitated SSR modules

In addition to the Level 1 and Level 2 courses, ISSAT offers several customised training packages, workshops, seminars and briefings to suit the specific needs of those requesting them. 

Customised Briefings for Senior Personnel Prior to Deployment (1 day)

ISSAT offers tailored briefings for senior personnel from ISSAT members, ahead of their field deployments. These briefings take place at ISSAT HQ in Geneva and include a mix of face-to-face briefings with senior advisors from the ISSAT core team but also with members of the ISSAT roster via ISSATs video conferencing facilities.

SSR Pre-Deployment Workshop

The international community, through the UN and other multilateral fora, continue to highlight the increasingly important role that the reform of security and justice institutions play in preventing conflict and building peace. A key challenge facing the international community is the need to build capacity, knowledge and awareness of SSR amongst those working in Peace Support Operations environments. This includes not only development actors, but also military and police personnel who are increasingly engaged in ‘reform and re-structuring mandates’, as well as political and diplomatic personnel.

The training, often delivered at Peace Support Operation Training Centres, police or military academies helps participants to:

  • understand the principles and context of SSR;
  • define challenges and opportunities for implementing SSR;
  • identify basic steps and resources for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating a SSR programmes.

Events and Other Courses Calendar

Each training event, workshop, seminar or briefing listed below provides a space for participants to take advantage of online training tools, surveys and reading materials. Some of the material is private to the participants of the event. If you have not yet been given access rights to a course or event you are participating in, then please contact the event facilitator.


Results-Based Management (RBM) For Peacebuilding, Security and Development

Location: Chemin Eugene-Rigot 2, 1202 Geneve, Switzerland
Dates: - (5 days)

7th International Workshop

Policy-makers and practitioners in the field of peacebuilding, security and development still lack critical skills in RBM. This five-day workshop, now in its 7th edition, provides a thorough grounding in the discipline, covering programme cycle planning, theories of change, results-based approaches as well as the practical implementation of monitoring and evaluation processes using simulations and field-based case studies.



This course is designed for practitioners in the fields of peacebuilding, security and development, including:

  • national development, peace and security officials, representatives from local and international development, political and security agencies
  • technical advisors/programme officers from UN and other relevant agencies
  • key policy makers from violence-affected countries
  • officials from security and development agencies from donor countries
  • independent experts and specialists in the peace sector

Participants should have experience working with projects/programmes in the security and development sectors. The needs of individuals from both public and non-governmental institutions will be addressed.

Application process

To apply to the training, please fill out the following RBM for Peacebuilding, Security and Development form and email it to  Ms Silvia Metzler, Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) s.metzler@gcsp.ch

DCAF/ISSAT Point of Contact: 

For any questions, inquires or concerns, please contact Antoine Hanin, DCAF/ISSAT; a.hanin@dcaf.ch 

Additional Information:

For additional reading material including the RBM for Peacebuilding, Security and Development Brochure, please refer to the documents tab on the left side of the page.

Training Event

SSR Seminar for Exercise Reliable Sword

Location: Bezuidenhoutseweg 67, 2594 AC Den Haag, Netherlands

SSR Seminar in advance of Ex Reliable Sword

A three-quarter-day seminar (1100-1700) on basics of SSR for participants of the annual civil-military exercise Reliable Sword.

Target group consists of Captains and Majors of the German and Dutch brigades, as well as staff of NGOs and the MFA of the Netherlands.

The seminar aims to sensitise the target audience about

  • the difficulties of SSR 
  • the importance of civilian oversight and accountability
  • the need for SSR facilitation rather than implementation by external actors.

All participants should take the Introduction to SSR e-learning course prior to attending the event on 10 April. Additional pre-course reading is available in the Documents tab.

Training Event

Cross-government SSR workshop

Location: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 7. Juni Plassen 1, 0251 Oslo, Norway

SSR today and Norway's potential role in the international SSR arena

Aim: This seminar is part of a series of collaborative seminars across government to update on the status, trends, challenges and opportunities for Norway in SSR

0900-1030 – SSR today

A look at the state-of-play of SSR

  • An approach, not just an activity;
  • Where the OECD-DAC countries have taken SSR – their capacities and outlook
  • Trends and challenges in SSR across the international arena

Background reading:

-          Mapping a way forward for Security Sector Reform

-          Is it time to rethink our approach to Security Sector Reform?

1030 – 1100 coffee break

1100-1230 – Improving solutions for SSR

This session will look at the mechanisms in need of development to better support holistic and trans-national governance of the security sector. It will ask participants to workshop how Norway can contribute to and influence these mechanisms, as well as solicit ideas for complementary alternatives.

  • The interplay between external and internal security capacity – how to transition from stabilisation operations to securing peace – how do we develop international, deployable, advisory policing capacity?
  • Regional codes-of-conduct – how to encourage regional mechanisms and capacity to adopt consensual behaviour?
  • Participatory solutions – how to improve civilian capacity and oversight – how to encourage national dialogue, reconciliation, and communication of SSR goals and achievements

1230 – lunch

1315-1500 –  Norway’s niche in the international arena

Guided by the discussions throughout the day and input to them from cross-government participants, this session will look at how Norway can better contribute to the international effort to support SSR in the light of recent trends and developments. This discussion and its outcomes will draw on:

1500 - Wrap-up and way ahead

1530 - Close

(ISSAT facilitators will remain available for individual consultation as necessary)

Training Event

Swiss Introductory Course on Peace Support Operations (PSO-SSR)

Location: Stans, Switzerland
Dates: - (2 days)

The PSO-SSR Introductory courses (ICPSO) seek to develop key skills and competencies for future field deployment in Peace Support Operations. The main topics to be delivered as part of the course focus on the concept and principles of SSR, the linkages with PSO, SSR in post-conflict contexts, DDR & SSR, PSO, SSR & stabilisation and Governance & SSR. 

DCAF/ISSAT will facilitate a briefing on peace support operations and security sector reform. 

Training Event

Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding, Security and Development

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

Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding, Security and Development

The five-day workshop provides a unique opportunity for practitioners (donors and nationals) working in the field of peacebuilding, security and development (P-S-D) to enhance their programme design skills and their monitoring and evaluation capacity. This intensive training tackles programme cycle planning, theories of change, results-based approaches as well as the practical implementation of monitoring and evaluation process in the most interactive way using simulations and field based case studies. The Application deadline is May 1, 2015. For more information, please click here for the course brochure. 

Training Event

SSR Academic Seminar at Exercise Common Effort

Location: Kurt-Schumacher-Damm 41, 13405 Berlin, Germany

SSR Academic Seminar at Exercise Common Effort

A morning seminar (0830-1130) providing top level principles and frameworks for security and justice sector reform programming. It will focus specifically on defence reform, defence institution capacity building and the military contribution to security and justice sector reform.

Target group: Colonels and above at 1 German-Netherlands Corps (1GNC), as well as civil servant equivalents, and staff of NGOs and civil-society organisations.

The seminar aims to:

  • Provide an awareness of the concept of SSR,
  • Provide an overview of the policy frameworks of various international organisations
  • Show linkages with peace enforcement, peace-support operations, peace-keeping operations and stabilisation operations.
  • Discuss roles of the military within the concept ofSSR concept, including at the planning process, and in train and equip endeavours or security force assistance (SFA)

Participants will benefit considerably if they can browse the Introduction to SSR e-learning course prior to attending the seminar. The training manual for the e-learning, entitled SSR in a Nutshell , will be available in hard copy at the seminar. Additional pre-course reading is available to download in the Documents tab (login required after assignment to the seminar, including the latest study drafts of NATO UNCLASSIFIED doctrines on 'Security Force Assistance' and 'Military Support to Stabilization and Reconstruction').

Further information of interest:

Training Event

SSR in Peace Support Operations Training

Location: Dhaka Division, Bangladesh
Dates: - (3 days)

SSR in Peace Support Operations Training 

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has mandated DCAF/ ISSAT to conduct an introductory training on Security Sector Reform and Peace Support Operations (SSR-PSO) at the Bangladesh Institute for Peace Support Operations Training (BIPSOT). The main objective of the course is to enhance participants’ knowledge on SSR so to enhance their performance when deployed to UN missions.

The training will take place in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 18-20 August 2015 and bring together up to 25 military, police and civilian peacekeepers from Bangladesh and abroad, especially from the Asia Pacific Regions.

The 3-day training will focus on the fundamentals of SSR including key characteristics, actors and the international policy framework. It will also focus on SSR in post-conflict contexts and linkages with peace support operations. Cross-cutting issues such as gender, governance and coordination will also be addressed.

Training Event

Inter-American Development Bank Training

Location: Washington, DC, USA
Dates: - (2 days)

Inter-American Development Bank Training

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has been the first multilateral institution to support citizen security loans in Latin American and the Caribbean and to promote a violence prevention approach as a part of the governments’ agendas.To complement the existing loan mechanisms, the IDB created in 2012 the Citizen Security Initiative (CSI) with funds from the ordinary capital of the Bank. The CSI is an essential tool, complementary to the technical and financial support the Bank offers to its members, to improve the development, management and evaluation of public policies in the citizen security sector. Citizen security is currently a priority or dialogue area in the strategies of 14 of the 26 IDB beneficiary countries. At least other 3 countries had citizen security in previous country strategies and there are loan operations in 17 countries. The reach of technical cooperation is even broader: there are 42 projects in implementation and/or pipeline funded by the CSI.

Against this backdrop, the IDB is organising a two-day workshop (3-4 August) in Washington DC on justice and security sector reform (JSSR). This workshop, supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), will be delivered by ISSAT.

The aim of the workshop is to update IDB in analysing evolving conflicts in countries that are affected by violence and to better understand the instruments available in context analysis. It will bring together 25 participants from the IDB, SDC and partner countries.

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

  • Better understand and identify the root causes and appearances of insecurities  in the Latin-American and Caribbean (LAC) context;
  • Develop the basic skills required to undertake JSSR programming with a results based approach;
  • Use concrete cases to build on lessons learned and apply concepts to practice from the LAC context
Training Event

Military Operational Thinking

Location: Germany
Dates: - (5 days)

From 2 -6 November, the German Armed Forces Command and Staff College (Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr) are conducting a seminar on “Operational Thinking” for senior staff officers. Three of the issues to be addressed are

  1. Protection of Civilian
  2. Humanitarian Action/Assistance
  3. Security Sector Reform

Discussions and syndicate work will investigate the actual challenges of these three themes and the role of the military in it. 

The syndicate output will then later be integrated in a comprehensive approach to resolve the scenario crisis.

For the syndicate work on Tuesday (03 Nov), the Führungsakademie has requested Subject Matter Experts to assist in order to ensure the required depth of discussions and output. 


There are two e-learning courses which are of use for military operational thinking in SSR:

The second e-learning might be of more use after the seminar as a means of reinforcement. The current version has a number of videos from the United State Institute for Peace, which have a heavy US defence focus in Afghanistan.

Further pre-seminar preparation is available in the Documents tab below:

Training Event

Results-Based Management for Peacebuilding, Security and Development Training

Location: Rue de la Paix, 02500 Hirson, France
Dates: - (5 days)

Results-Based Management for Peacebuilding, Security and Development Training 

Application period is now closed

Results-Based Management for Peacebuilding, Security and Development Training From 11-15 July, the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces’ International Security Sector Advisory Team (DCAF/ISSAT), together with the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and the Small Arms Survey (SAS), in partnership with the International Programme for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) is organising a five-day training workshop on Results-Based Management for Peacebuilding, Security and Development Training.

The five-day workshop provides a unique opportunity for practitioners (donors, internationals and nationals) working in the field of peacebuilding, security and development to be introduced to programme results-based management, design, and monitoring and evaluation skills. This intensive training tackles programme cycle planning, theories of change, results-based approaches as well as the practical implementation of monitoring and evaluation processes using simulations and field based case studies.

The workshop includes the following five modules:
 • Module 1: Project cycle management and project design
 • Module 2: Monitoring
 • Module 3: Theory of Change
 • Module 4: Evaluation Questions and design
 • Module 5: Data collection methods

The workshop is aimed at national development, peace and security officials, representatives from local and international development, political and security agencies, and technical advisors/programme officers nominated by the UN and other relevant agencies. The workshop is designed especially for those with no specific training in results-based management.

Training Event

SSR Assessment Group of Ex Common Effort

Location: Brasserskade 227A, 2497 Den Haag, Netherlands
Dates: - (5 days)

The main objective of the yearly Common Effort exercises is to develop and improve comprehensive thinking and working by learning from each other in direct interaction and exchanges of perspectives from a wide range of actors. Each year a complex, realistic situation is selected to exercise the comprehensive approach.

This year’s tasking is to perform a Joint Assessment along six assessment themes

(1) Protection of civilians assessment;
(2) Security Sector Reform assessment
(3) Good Governance assessment;
(4) Humanitarian assessment;
(5) Economic/Private Sector assessment;
(6) Strategic (/regional) assessment

The Joint Assessment is directed toward analysing and understanding the local conditions for stability, supplemented with regional factors.

ISSAT will co-facilitate the SSR theme.

Suggested pre-reading or preparation for this course include:

Copies of some of this material will be available during the exercise.

Training Event