Course on Security and Justice Governance and Reform - County Kildare, Ireland

Monday 23 March 2020 Session

23 March - 27 March 2020

The Irish Ministry of Defence and DCAF-ISSAT will organise a five-day course on “Security Sector Reform (SSR)”, at the United Nations Training School Ireland (UNTSI) in County Kildare, Ireland from 23-27 March 2020

The course provides participants with the knowledge and practical tools on security governance and reform (SSG/R) and justice-related processes. It touches upon the holistic nature of SSG/R and covers dimensions related to human security, access to justice and good governance with a focus on both people-centered and state-centered security and justice in various development contexts.

The 5-day course will present the contemporary theories and debates concerning SSG/R in order to provide participants with an opportunity to critically discuss and evaluate 'when, where and why?' to use different approaches and thinking. Alongside the presentation of theory, course participants will have the opportunity to apply a range of specialized analytical and problem-solving tools in order to build their analytical skills and problem-solving 'muscle memory'. In addition, participants will engage in a series of exercises aimed at increasing their individual awareness in order to contribute to changes in their attitudes and practices in line with the principles of good governance – most notably the distinction between supporting and engendering a locally owned process in contrast to promoting a practitioner identified solution and trying to obtain local buy-in.

In order to focus on engagement and practical application rather than information/theory transfer, the course will include exercises and introduce tools related to the program cycle that build DCAF-ISSAT’s experience in SSG/R and justice.

Learning Objectives

  • Use theory and knowledge to advance critical thinking and problem-solving skills, in the context of SSG/R and justice;
  • In the long term, improve professional practices and increase the positive impacts of SSG/R processes.
  • Demonstrate enhanced self-awareness and improved understanding in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of SSG/R;
  • Foster the application of practical tools and methodologies based on the project management cycle;

Learning Methodology

The focus of the course is on engagement and application rather than information/theory transfer. Therefore, this 5-day program will use interactive and peer-learning activities while adopting a problem-solving approach through a series of case studies, hands-on practical exercises, simulations and group activities to help participants understand the challenges related to SSG/R in practice. An inductive approach is used in every session of the course in order to place participants at the centre of the training.

Target Audience

The course will target practitioners and professionals – including civilian, military and police personnel, as well as civil society representatives and professionals from the private sector – who are working on the provision, management and oversight of security and justice governance in the area of policy or practice. This includes state and non-state actors with knowledge of security and justice development who are in a position to influence policy and/or practice in this area. The course also targets those involved in programme design, management and implementation, mission planning and delivery and/or in political/policy dialogues.

DCAF-ISSAT is committed to selecting diverse participants in terms of professional and organisational background, age and nationality, as well as gender balance.

How to apply

Applications to the course should be completed by sending an e-mail to ISSAT at training@issat.dcaf.ch including:

  • an up-to-date CV
  • a short motivational cover letter
  • an 1/2 page biography

The deadline for ISSAT applications to the course is Friday, 14 February 2020Confirmation of an allocated place will be made by Friday, 21 February 2020.    

23 March - 27 March 2020 (5 days)
English