Training Requirements Analysis (TRA) on Security Sector Reform

Germany, Netherlands, Sweden mandate in EU 24.10.2019. - 30.06.2020.

On behalf of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) Security Sector Reform (SSR) Board, DCAF-ISSAT and the Folke Bernadotte Academy (Sweden) are conducting a Training Requirements Analysis (TRA) on Security Sector Reform. The SSR TRA process will identify existing SSR related training and gaps, as well as relevant target audiences, and will provide high-level learning outcomes aimed at improving the training activities currently offered to EU,  Member States' and Mission personnel.  The results will be linked to the work of other civilian CCTs and the EU Military Training Group and collectively, contribute to an EU Comprehensive Assessment Report on Training (CART).

According to the EUCTG Strategic Guidance on CSDP civilian training, the CCT's responsibilities are to:

  1. Conduct training requirements analyses (TRA), thus contributing to the CSDP Civilian Training Requirements Report; including issues as quality assurance related to training requirements,
  2. Recommend training activities that meet CSDP civilian training requirements to be included in the EU civilian part to the CSDP Training Programme.

Support to EU to Conduct Human Resource Assessment of The Gambian Security Sector

EU mandate in Gambia 30.07.2018. - 28.06.2019.

ISSAT is requested to conduct a Human Resource assessment of The Gambian Security Sector to help the Government make a more informed decision on right sizing the sector. The assessment is part of a wider DCAF programme supporting SSR in The Gambia which is funded by the EU's Instrument Contributing to Stability and Peace (EU ICSP). 


Scoping mission to Burkina Faso

EU mandate in Sahel 21.03.2018. - 30.03.2018.

At the end of April 2018, ISSAT led a scoping mission in Ouagadougou in order to allow the methodology team to establish contacts with the representatives of the European Union, the Burkinabe authorities and the main technical and financial partners as well as civil society actors.


Delivering the European Union Security Sector Governance Facility

EU mandate in EU 01.01.2018. - 31.12.2020.

On the 5th of July 2016,  an "EU-wide Strategic Framework on SSR Support" was adopted to enhance the impact and sustainability of its efforts in supporting SSR processes. In order to ensure the implementation of this framework, the European Union Security Sector Governance Facility project was set up.The EU SSG Facility, funded by the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP), provides a unique service to all EU actors and instruments – political/diplomatic; external action instruments; crisis response; and CSDP civilian and military actors at all levels – in providing responsive, flexible and effective expertise for emerging needs in countries undergoing security sector reform and transformation.

The consortium responsible for implementing the Facility comprises the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF); the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA); and Justice Coopération Internationale (JCI).

The consortium has also associated the African Security Sector Network (ASSN) and the Netherlands Institute of International Relations, Clingendael, to draw on their distinct expertise.

The Facility is jointly steered by the European Commission Foreign Policy Instrument (FPI); the European External Action Service PRISM division (Prevention of conflicts, Rule of law/SSR, Integrated approach, Stabilization and Mediation); and the Facility’s Key Experts. This will
ensure that all requests for support missions are treated in a structured and transparent manner and that deployed expertise best matches the needs and expectations of the Facility’s beneficiaries, and meets the highest standards.

The Facility includes recognized experts with experience in the security, justice and governance sector, supported by a solid, experienced backstopping team drawn from the individual consortium members. The team includes:

  • Thomas Vennen, Head
  • Guillaume Lacaille, Principal Advisor
  • Antoine Hanin, Methodological Advisor
  • Victoria Walker, Backstopping Coordinator
  • Krisztina Szalachy, Administrative Assistant.

To contact the team in Brussels, please use this address or by postal address: 24 avenue des arts (boîte 8), 1000 Brussels.


Advanced Level 2 Training on Security Sector Reform (L2 SSR)

EU, Netherlands mandate in EU, Netherlands 27.11.2017. - 01.12.2017.

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, together with the EU will organise a five-day advanced training course on “Security Sector Reform (SSR)”, at the CCOE in the Hague, Netherlands from 27 Nov – 01 Dec 2017. The course will be carried out in partnership with DCAF/ISSAT.


The course is primarily aimed at relevant policy makers, practitioners, military, policing as well as civilian participants working closely on issues related to Security and Justice Sector Reform (SJSR) or who are to be deployed in support of a bilateral, regional or multilateral missions supporting SJSR activity.


The training will aim to enhance the knowledge, skills, understanding and strategic thinking of participants on SSR principles through the sharing of views and experiences in SSR trends and practice, which will contribute to enhancing the effectiveness of their work. Exposed to practical tools and techniques applicable to use in mission, the participants will in particular, be supported in developing skills for effective advising.