HEAT Hostile Environment Awareness Training Course

EU and Member States personnel working or likely to be deployed in low/middle/high risk missions, who have preferably already attended a general introductory course on crisis management operations or gained relevant experience in international field operations.


5 days

Hostile environment awareness plays an important role in the effectiveness and impact of crisis management missions; it is also a chief responsibility that each seconding or contracting actor has vis-à-vis its deployed personnel (“duty of care”), so as to further address the issue of their protection while operating in high risk operational theaters. Hostile environment awareness is essential to coping with internal and external security threats on the ground and is conducive to:

a) enhancing the resilience of personnel when working in hazardous environments;

b) increasing the understanding of proactive security and of basic field measures;

c) providing personnel with the basic tools and techniques needed to avoid potentially dangerous situations or to cope adequately with actual endangering ones in the field.

This course has been designed and developed jointly by the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and the Carabinieri Corps General Headquarters, precisely with the aim to address such needs.

October 28 - November 1, 2013 (HEAT Course I-2013)
November 18-22, 2013 (HEAT Course II -2103) - Pisa, Italy

International Training Programme for Conflict Management
(ITPCM): Via Cardinale Maffi, 27 – 56127 Pisa
Tel. +39 (0)50 882 655
Fax +39 (0)50 882 633

Training Course

Security and Justice Governance and Reform


4-6 days

Course Description

The course aims to provide participants with the knowledge and practical tools on security governance and reform (SSG/R) and justice. 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 fragile/post-conflict contexts.

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.

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 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.

Benefits of Attending

The course will enable you to:

  • Use theory and knowledge to advance critical thinking and problem-solving skills, in the context of SSG/R and justice;
  • 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;
  • In the long term, improve professional practices and increase the positive impacts of SSG/R processes.

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.

For further details about the course or customized solutions, please contact:

Training Course

Other Courses on SSG/R

Professionals who have recently begun to work or who plan to work on SSR and/or related issues


2.5-3 days

Basic Course on Introduction to Security and Justice Sector Reform

This introductory level course is aimed at both SSR advisors and those working in related fields. It provides participants with an understanding of SSR principles and practices. Through its practical and exercised-based methodology, it provides participants with a solid introduction to international good practice, both the political and technical aspects of SSR. It underlines the main skills required to support SSR and provides the necessary foundations for subsequent courses. The course provides an overview of the various dimensions of SSR and emphasises the importance of adopting a holistic approach when working on SSR in post-conflict contexts.

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

  • Better understand the concept and evolution of SSR, including actors, concepts and principles;
  • Understand the international policy framework for SSR;
  • Recognize the political nature of SSR and the challenges faced when ‘supporting’ SSR processes in conflict affected or fragile states;
  • Use concrete cases to build on lessons learned and apply concepts to practice.

The following list is indicative of some of the sessions that would be delivered in the course:

  • Introduction to the concept of SSR and evolving approaches and international policy frameworks for SSR
  • SSR, from concept to practice
  • Scoping the security sector
  • Gender-responsive SSR
  • Principles and characteristics of SSR programming
  • SSR programming in post-conflict contexts
  • The role of non-state actors in SSR
  • The challenge of coordination in SSR programmes

Target audience

Professionals who have recently begun to work or who plan to work on SSR and/or related issues


2.5-3 days


The ISSAT Manual 'SSR in a Nutshell' is a complementary resource that can be used provide a basic overview of Security Sector Reform (SSR) policy and practice based on collective experience in supporting security and justice reform efforts.

You can download a copy in English, Arabic, French and Spanish.

If you are interested in any of the trainings listed below, click on the date to see additional information relating to the training and send your query to the point of contact for that training.

The training calendar for this year is currently being finalised.

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