Other Courses on SSG/R

Course info

Target Audience

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

Duration

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

Duration

2.5-3 days

Material

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.

Wednesday 01 April 2020

ESDC Core Course on Security Sector Reform (SSR)

The Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence has requested DCAF-ISSAT’s support to run the first part of an ESDC SSR training course in Vienna. This tailored introductory SSR training is part of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) Core Course that will run from 1-8 April 2020. It is conducted by the Austrian Ministry of Defence and the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR), in collaboration with DCAF-ISSAT. 

This international training course will bring together approximately 25 to 30 participants from different ministries and governmental institutions, personnel serving in different international and regional organisations and international crisis response missions/operations as well as personnel from NGOs and Think Tanks.

The first part of the training will include components of the DCAF-ISSAT’s introductory training on SSR. Topics to be addressed by DCAF-ISSAT will include concept, policy framework and contexts of SSR, governance, SSR in post-conflict contexts, the role of civil society and non-state security actors in SSR, the coordination for SSR as well as cross-cutting issues such as the human rights and gender equality standards. Special attention will be paid to the introduction of practical examples through case studies. Interactive co-learning methodologies and simulation exercises that encourage participants to share their own experiences will be used throughout the course.

Target audience:

Civilian, police and military experts from governments, civil society, the private sector, international institutions and agencies as well as international non-governmental organizations who are engaged in security (sub-) sector reform, post-conflict reconstruction and development cooperation are invited to participate in this course.

How to apply:

To apply to the course, please visit ASPR's website and follow instructions.

Application deadline: 26 January 2020

Training Event

Wednesday 02 October 2019

ESDC Core Course on Security Sector Reform (SSR) - Stadtschlaining, Austria

The Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence has requested DCAF-ISSAT’s support to run the first part of an ESDC SSR training course from 02-05 October 2019. This tailored level 1 SSR training was part of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) Core Course. It was conducted by the Austrian Ministry of Defence and the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR), in collaboration with DCAF-ISSAT. The entire ESDC Core course ran from 02-09 October 2019.

This international training course brought together approximately 34 participants from different ministries and governmental institutions, personnel serving in different international and regional organisations and international crisis response missions/operations as well as personnel from NGOs and Think Tanks.

The first part of the training included components of the DCAF-ISSAT’s level 1 introductory training. Topics addressed by DCAF-ISSAT included concept, policy framework and contexts of SSR, governance, SSR in post-conflict contexts, the role of civil society and non-state security actors in SSR, the coordination for SSR as well as cross-cutting issues such as the human rights and gender equality standards.  Special attention was paid to the introduction of practical examples through case studies. Interactive co-learning methodologies and simulation exercises that encourage participants to share their own experiences were used throughout the course.

Training Event

Monday 23 September 2019

DCAF-ISSAT/Interpeace Course on Effective SSR Advising in Complex Contexts

Course description

To build on the experience of both institutions, and in recognition of the acute need for enhanced advising skills amongst those supporting national SSR processes, Interpeace’s International Peacebuilding Advisory Team (IPAT) and DCAF-ISSAT will jointly deliver a five-day Course on SSG/R and Effective Advising focusing on national and international experts delivering advising assistance to Security Sector Governance (SSG) and Reform (SSR) processes in ‘peacebuilding’ contexts, countries which are emerging from cycles of violence and/or polarization that need to undergo social, political and institutional transformations to consolidate peace. This proposed collaboration stems from a common desire within the two organisations to make their expertise on advising in the context of SSR through one common channel more redily available.

The course will provide guidance and tools to assist participants in analysing their own advising roles, better understand their contexts of operation, and apply key frameworks for capacity development, change and inclusive governance to their own work cases.

Overall course objectives

The course intends to:

  • Understand the challenges and opportunities for advising work in the context of the interaction between domestic and international actors in complex peacebuilding situations;
  • Facilitate a nuanced understanding of the links between the three critical levels conditioning performance in advising functions: the personal/interpersonal; the professional/technical; and the socio-political;
  • Enhance advising skills and approaches required for effectively supporting SSG/R Advisors in their roles fostering institutional reform, in complex peacebuilding environments;
  • Identify key lessons and the latest trends from strategic and practical SSG/R Advising experiences;
  • Develop personal and professional soft skills, competence and aptitude needed to initiate, foster and support locally-led and implemented SSG/R strategies, in complex peacebuilding contexts.

 

Target audience

The primary target audience is senior uniformed personnel fulfilling a role as SSG/R advisors at the strategic level, who work in or on conflict-affected contexts. The course will also consider other senior practitioners and professionals – civilian, military and police personnel, as well as civil society representatives and professionals from the private sector – who are working closely on issues related to Security Sector Governance and Reform in advising capacities such as governance, rule of law, police reform, defence reform, justice reform, disarmament, demobilisation, and reintegration.

The course is also targeted at those involved in programming, programme management, mission conduct and planning, and/or in political /policy dialogue. The organisers intend to select a highly diverse group of participants in terms of professional and organisational background, experience level and nationality, as well as with regards to gender balance.

Training Event

Tuesday 09 July 2019

Making the difference in peacebuilding, security and development - RBM and beyond - (DCAF-ISSAT, GCSP, SAS) - Geneva, Switzerland

9th INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP

Policy-makers and practitioners in the fields of peacebuilding, security and development still lack critical skills in results-based management (RBM) and monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL). This course, now in its 9th year, provides skills development in these disciplines, with results-based approaches and theories of change, as well as the implementation of monitoring and evaluation.

LOCATION

GCSP, Maison de la paix, Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2D, Geneva, Switzerland

COURSE FOCUS

The course consists of instruction in essential tools and techniques, current lessons from the field (case studies), guidance from experts, and handson practice developing skills for peace, security and development programmes. About 40% of the course time is spent in a small group setting working on relevant problems

Course modules include:

  • RBM, results and impacts
  • gender analysis
  • theories of change
  • evaluation questions and design
  • indicators and data gathering
  • theories of change for the complex domain

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

This course is designed to build the skills of practitioners who already work in results-based management, monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning, or complexity, in the fields of peacebuilding, security and development:

  • 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

The needs of individuals from both public and nongovernmental institutions will be addressed.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications must be made before Friday 29 March 2019 and be sent to s.metzler@gcsp.ch.

All applicants must include:

  • The completed application form;
  • A 150 word (max) biography;
  • A 200 word (max) summary of a problem relevant to the course (see instructions below).

Summary of a problem relevant to the course: the work in small groups will be based on actual issues submitted. The problem should fall within the following categories:

  1. Challenge of thinking through a coherent approach, planning for results, defining (and updating) theories of change, understanding the context and identifying assumptions, investing time in defining and collecting baseline data (challenges of planning before work starts).
  2. Challenge of setting-up and using a MEL system, collecting the data for indicators, costs of the collection of data in difficult environments, using the information from the MEL system, especially ensuring that the “learning” is effectively used by decision-makers (challenges of MEL).
  3. Challenge of monitoring and evaluating outcomes and impact, and learning from these results; going beyond measuring what is done to identifying the difference that is achieved, using evidence-based results (challenges about making a difference with RBM).
  4. Challenge of applying RBM and MEL tools in peacebuilding, conflict prevention, and security sector reform (challenges of the complex domain).

COSTS

The course is offered free of charge. All other expenses including travel, lodging, and health insurance are the responsibility of the participant.

Training Event

Monday 01 April 2019

ESDC Core Course on Security Sector Reform (SSR) - Stadtschlaining, Austria

The Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence has requested DCAF-ISSAT’s support to run the first part of an ESDC SSR training course from April 01-06 2019. This tailored level 1 SSR training is part of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) Core Course. It will be conducted by the Austrian Ministry of Defence and the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR), in collaboration with DCAF-ISSAT. However, DCAF-ISSAT’s trainers will be present at the training venue from Monday 01 April to ensure an adequate preparation prior to the course that will start on April 03. The entire ESDC Core course will run from April 03-10 2019.

This international training course will bring together approximately 25 to 30 participants from different ministries and governmental institutions, personnel serving in different international and regional organisations and international crisis response missions/operations as well as personnel from NGOs and Think Tanks.

The first part of the training will include components of the DCAF-ISSAT’s level 1 introductory training. Topics to be addressed by DCAF-ISSAT will include concept, policy framework and contexts of SSR, governance, SSR in post-conflict contexts, the role of civil society and non-state security actors in SSR, the coordination for SSR as well as cross-cutting issues such as the human rights and gender equality standards.  Special attention will be paid to the introduction of practical examples through case studies. Interactive co-learning methodologies and simulation exercises that encourage participants to share their own experiences will be used throughout the course.

Training Event

Tuesday 13 November 2018

BIPSOT Level 1 Basic SSR Course - Dhaka, Bangladesh

This course aims to support the continued development of Security Sector Reform awareness and understanding for Bangladeshi Officers deploying into UN Peace Support Operations (SSR-PSO).

The programme will be taking place from 13-15 November 2018 at the Bangladesh Institute for Peace Support Operations Training (BIPSOT), near Dhakar. The main objective of the course will be is to enhance participants’ knowledge, competence and confidence in applying SSR processes in order to improve their effectiveness when deployed to UN missions.

The training will bring together approximately 30 participants with an inclusive mix of military, police and civilian backgrounds from across the region and who are currently engaged in, or plan to be engaged in international peace support operations. Not only will the course lays the foundations for understanding SSR in the context of Peace Support Operations, but it will also cover topics such as the international policy framework for SSR, conflict mapping, DDR and cross-cutting issues such as gender, governance and coordination.

Training Event

Monday 29 October 2018

International Police Advisors Masterclass

Background to the programme

It is becoming increasingly apparent that insecurity, injustice, crime and violence do not recognise national boundaries and represent a global challenge to citizen security and the rule of law. These challenges are often compounded by outbreaks of conflict, fragile and weak governance systems and by the need for national security and development reforms.

The international response to these challenges has been to deploy increasing numbers of police officers and assistance teams as part of operational, technical or organisational capacity building initiatives to countries affected by conflict and fragility either within an EU framework, as part of a UN peacekeeping mission or as a unilateral or bilateral assistance program.

Experts with specific qualifications and skill sets are increasingly needed as police organisations are called on to assist with international obligations. However, when a police organisation is called upon to provide a senior Police advisor for a multinational assessment or complex fact-finding mission, suitably skilled and experienced people with a broad understanding of development and security sector reform issues to complement their policing expertise are not always readily available.

Whilst many countries have designed and delivered specific training programs to prepare police officers for participation in peacekeeping missions, there are far fewer opportunities to prepare police experts to act as advisors and mentors to reform initiatives in post-conflict and transitional, organisational development contexts. A good advisor/expert requires a different set of skills, attitude and level of knowledge from those needed for traditional and narrowly defined peacekeeping deployments.

Guiding concepts

An important starting point for the Masterclass is the concept of Security Sector Reform (SSR).

In most countries, security and justice are delivered by a large number of actors. SSR aims to enhance both the security of people and the governance of the security sector, promoting good delivery of security and justice services, under democratic oversight and control. Statutory security services, executive/civil management bodies, legislative and justice institutions, civil society, non-statutory armed formations, independent oversight agencies and external actors all play a role in the sector.

Due to the linkages between the various actors, projects that target one area of the security sector, for example policing, need to always consider the impact on related areas; otherwise the success of reform efforts could be limited or even have a harmful effect.

Policy cornerstones of the Masterclass approach to SSR include the UN (2014) Policy on Police in UN Peacekeeping - and Political Missions , the UN Secretary General’s Reports on SSR , as well as the OECD DAC Handbook on Security System Reform . In all these documents, a clear approach to supporting reform is articulated. Key elements of this SSR approach are: holistic, integrated, focused, tailored, locally-owned, prioritised, monitored and evaluated.

The Masterclass does not just focus on SSR in peacekeeping environments but will also look at international development and other police assistance contexts, be they operational, organisational or individual. You will not only be introduced to conceptual frameworks but will also have access to tools, techniques, skills and approaches, including consideration of appropriate attitudes and behaviours for those involved. 

The Masterclass has three distinct phases, each of which is explained in this handbook. First is a Distance Learning Module, which leads you through several steps before you attend the two-week Residential Module and finally, as an alumni of the Masterclass you will be encouraged to undertake several Follow-on Actions that will help you to implement your learning.

Training Event

Thursday 04 October 2018

Core Training on Security Sector Reform (Tailored Level 1 SSR) as part of the ESDC Core Course on SSR October 04-06 2018 – Stadtschlaining, Austria

The Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence has requested DCAF-ISSAT’s support to run the first part of an ESDC SSR training course from October 04-06 2018. This tailored level 1 SSR training is part of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) Core Course. It will be conducted by the Austrian Ministry of Defence and the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR), in collaboration with DCAF-ISSAT. However, DCAF-ISSAT’s trainers will be present at the training venue from Monday 01 October to ensure an adequate preparation prior to the course that will start on October 03. The entire ESDC Core course will run from October 03-10 2018.

This international training course will bring together approximately 25 to 30 participants from different ministries and governmental institutions, personnel serving in different international and regional organisations and international crisis response missions/operations as well as personnel from NGOs and Think Tanks.

The first part of the training will include components of the DCAF-ISSAT’s level 1 introductory training. Topics to be addressed by DCAF-ISSAT will include concept, policy framework and contexts of SSR, governance, SSR in post-conflict contexts, the role of civil society and non-state security actors in SSR, the coordination for SSR as well as cross-cutting issues such as the human rights and gender equality standards.  Special attention will be paid to the introduction of practical examples through case studies. Interactive co-learning methodologies and simulation exercises that encourage participants to share their own experiences will be used throughout the course.

Training Event

Tuesday 03 July 2018

Results-Based Management (RBM) For Peacebuilding, Security and Development (DCAF-ISSAT, GCSP, SAS)

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.

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

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:

Applications are closed. 

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

Wednesday 16 May 2018

Introductory Course on Security Sector Reform (SSR) in Cameroon (ESIG)

This sensitization session is held in Yaoundé and is conducted in collaboration with the International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT) a division of the Center for the Democratic Control of the Armed Forces (DCAF). It aims to develop basic knowledge and skills in SSR through an interactive and practical training approach. This course allows participants to:

  • Gain a better understanding of the concept of SSR, as well as its actors, evolution and principles
  • To understand the political nature of SSR and the challenges faced in setting up SSR processes in fragile or conflict-affected states
  • Use concrete cases to learn lessons and apply concepts in practice

The following list outlines some topics that are covered during the course:

  • Introduction to the concept of SSR and the evolution of international SSR approaches and policy frameworks
  • SSR applied to operational decision-making
  • The scope of the security sector
  • The gender dimension in the SSR
  • SSR programming in post-conflict contexts
  • The role of non-state actors in the SSR
  • The challenge of coordination in SSr programs
Training Event

Monday 14 May 2018

Introductory Course on Security Sector Reform (SSR) in Cameroon (EIFORCE)

This sensitization session is held in Yaoundé and is conducted in collaboration with the International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT) of the Center for the Democratic Control of the Armed Forces (DCAF). It aims to develop basic knowledge and skills in SSR through an interactive and practical training approach. This course allows participants to:

  • Gain a better understanding of the concept of SSR, as well as its actors, evolutions and principles
  • To understand the political nature of SSR and the challenges faced in setting up SSR processes in fragile or conflict-affected states
  • Use concrete cases to learn lessons and apply concepts in practice  

The following list outlines some topics that are covered during the course:

  • Introduction to the concept of SSR and the evolution of international SSR approaches and policy frameworks
  • SSR applied to operational decision-making
  • The scope of the security sector
  • The gender dimension in the SSR
  • SSR programming in post-conflict contexts
  • The role of non-state actors in the SSR
  • The challenge of coordination in SSR programs  

The course is intended for senior gendarmerie officers and various army corps as well as senior police commissioners. These staff are either already in charge of SSR support or other related areas, or planning to work on SSR or other related issues in future assignments.

The course is conducted in French.

Training Event

lundi 09 avril 2018

ESDC Core Course on Security Sector Reform (SSR)

As part of the ESDC Core Course on Security Sector Reform, organised by Austria (11-19 April 2018), ISSAT will deliver the foundational parts related to the Level 1 basic course.

The training will take place at the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR).

To apply, please go to the "Documents" tab on the left of the page and download the application form. Please send all applications to Claudia Hofer at hofer@aspr.ac.at 

Alternatively, please click and the following link and which will redirect you to the ESDC Core Course Page. 

The Key Objectives are:

  • Introduce participants to the concept and evolution of SSR, including such issues as contexts, principles, programme areas and the highly political nature of SSR.
  • Review the key policy frameworks and actors involved in SSR, with a special emphasis on the EU and the UN.
  • Acquaint participants with key crosscutting issues in SSR programming such as oversight, gender and multi-actor coordination.
  • Examine sub-sector reform processes targeting statutory and non-statutory security and justice providers from the perspective of the security sector as whole.
  • Provide participants with opportunities to learn about SSR through a series of hands-on exercises in which they are exposed to many of the tools and techniques that SSR practitioners use on the ground.

The Mandate outputs/products:

An increased capacity and understanding of SSR issues, a greater awareness of the ground realities when supporting SSR programmes, and an increased awareness of the SSR programme cycle and how to manage SSR programmes.

Training Event

Monday 05 February 2018

Mainstreaming Gender in UN Peacekeeping Operations to End Combat-Related Sexual Violence (CSRV)

DCAF-ISSAT was requested to present at a training course in Delhi organised by UN Women in partnership with the United Services Institution of India. DCAF-ISSAT’s contribution consisted of two presentations on:

  • Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (CRSV); and,
  • Early Warning Signs and Threat Analysis.

 as well as a wrap up of the course learning.

The course is designed to improve UN peacekeepers’ ability to address CRSV by familiarising peacekeepers with the concept and policy of CRSV, clarify roles and responsibilities for peacekeepers and the international community as well as host nation forces, and equip them with tools and mechanisms to proactively address and prevent CRSV in their operational environment.

The course received support (including resources for conducting the course and/or travel support for instructors/ participants) from the following member states: Norway, Switzerland, UK, Sweden, Canada, and Japan.

Training in CRSV is part of building security capacity in the UN's approach to Protection of Civilians and peacekeeping more broadly, as well as looking at skills and sustainable structure transfer to host forces. The visit also opens up a first opportunity for DCAF-ISSAT to engage with the  United Service Institution of India, as well as potentially with the Centre for UN Peacekeeping (CUNPK) as part of ISSAT's Peacekeeping Training Centre outreach.

Training Event

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Introduction à la Réforme des Secteurs de la Sécurité

Le ministère néerlandais des Affaires étrangères a requis de la part de l'ISSAT la conduite d'une formation d'Introduction à la Réforme des Secteurs de la Sécurité du 22 au 24 novembre 2017 à la Haye, aux Pays-Bas. Cette session se tiendra en français et rassemblera environ 25 participants issus des différents ministères et organisations gouvernementales, internationales et régionales, ainsi que des ONGs et thinks tanks.

Au travers d'une combinaison d'exercices pratiques et de sessions théoriques, ce cours visera à développer les compétences, capacités et réflexion stratégiques des participants sur les principes de RSS au travers du partage d'expériences relatives à la RSS.  Des thématiques telles que les principes et caractéristiques de la RSS, la gouvernance et la supervision des institutions de la sécurité et de la justice et le renforcement durable des capacités.   

Pour postuler au cours, envoyez votre CV et une courte lettre de motivation avant le 13 novembre 2017 à l'adresse mail suivante: jelle.wolbrink@minbuza.nl

Training Event

Sunday 12 November 2017

Introduction to Security Sector Reform in Peace Support

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 well being 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 the Sahel to Sierra Leone and from Serbia to the Solomon Islands.

 However, a key challenge faced by the international community is the lack of operational capacity to support Security Sector Reform. Given that the reform of security and justice institutions is both a political and technical exercise, it requires capacity and support that cuts across government institutions and agencies. It is for this reason that the Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operation Training (BIPSOT) will organise an introductory training on Security Sector Reform. The SSR training will take place in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and will be carried out in collaboration with the International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT) of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF).

 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 political nature of SSR and the challenges faced when ‘supporting’ SSR processes in conflict affected or fragile states;
  • Develop the basic skills required to undertake SSR programming;
  • Gain practical experience in the design of an SSR programme
  • 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

Language

The course will be conducted entirely in English.

Pre-requisites

All candidates applying for this advanced course on SSR should have successfully completed a pre-course questionnaire. (Pre-Course Questionnaire ).

ENTRi Certification

The Advanced Course on Security Sector Reform is certified by European New Training Initiative for Civilian Crisis Management (ENTRi). This proves that this Course is coherent with the minimum standards approved by ENTRi. Through the certification process, ENTRi aims at ensuring harmonisation of training standards among training providers working on civilian crisis management training. The Standards of this Course can be downloaded from www.entriforccm.eu. Should you notice any significant difference between the ENTRi standards and the Course provided you are kindly invited to send an e-mail to ENTRi (deguttry@sssup.it) indicating specifically the problems faced. Your e-mail will be treated in a confidential manner! Thank you for your cooperation and enjoy the Course.

Application

We are no longer accepting applications for this training. 

Training Event

Wednesday 20 September 2017

ESDC Core Course on Security Sector Reform (SSR)

As part of the ESDC Core Course on Security Sector Reform, organised by Austria (20-28 September 2017), ISSAT will deliver the foundational parts related to the Level 1 basic course.

The training will take place at the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR) - http://www.aspr.peacecastle.eu

To apply, please go to the "Documents" tab on the left of the page and download the application form. Please send all applications to Claudia Hofer at hofer@aspr.ac.at 

Alternatively, please click and the following link and which will redirect you to the ESDC Core Course Page. 

Applications Open

Training Event

Monday 03 July 2017

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

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.

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

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

Tuesday 13 June 2017

Training on Security Sector Reform (SSR)

The Dutch National Defence Academy will conduct a “Training on Security Sector Reform (SSR)” from 13-15 June 2017 in Breda, the Netherlands. This three-day intensive residential course will be carried out in collaboration with the International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT) of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF). Through a combination of practical, hands-on exercises, this advanced course will aim to enhance the skills, capacity and strategic thinking of participants on SSR principles through the sharing of views and experiences in SSR trends and practice. 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 the development of national security strategies and examine the. military role on SSR as well as SSR implications for defence engagement.

Training Event

Wednesday 07 June 2017

Sensitisation Workshop on the Fundamentals of Security Sector Reform (SSR)

The Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs will organise an introductory training on Security Sector Reform. The SSR training will take place in Bratislava, Slovakia from 8-9 June 2017. It will be carried out in collaboration with the International Security Sector Advisory Team of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF/ ISSAT).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 political nature of SSR and the challenges faced when 'supporting' SSR processes in conflict affected or fragile states;
- Develop the basic skills required to undertake SSR programming; and
- Use concrete cases to build on lessons learned and apply concepts to practice.

This is a closed training, therefore NO APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED.

Training Event

Thursday 01 June 2017

Sensitisation Workshop on SSR

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 workshop 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 workshop 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 workshop, 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 workshop will help participants understand the challenges relating to SSR and help elaborate possible solutions to common roadblocks.

 Key objectives of the workshop 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. 

 Target audience

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 workshop 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 workshop, participants must have a good command of English in order to be able to engage in discussions and fully benefit from the training. The workshop is designed in a modular structure, thus participants are expected to attend the entire workshop. It is important for participants to meet these requirements in order to fully benefit from the workshop.

 Pre-requisites

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 workshop, 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

 Methodology

The workshop 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 workshop.  

 Costs of Participation

There will be no course fee.

 

Application Process

This workshop is only open for EU, and NATO applicants.

To apply for the workshop, 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 (liza-de.nijs@minbuza.nl).

 General Information

Selected participants will be informed shortly after the close of applications. A pre-workshop questionnaire will be sent to the selected applicants. This will enable the workshop organisers to better understand participant expectations and experience and thereby ensure that the workshop meets participant expectations. 

Training Event

Thursday 01 June 2017

Sensitisation Workshop on SSR

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 workshop 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 workshop 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 workshop, 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 workshop will help participants understand the challenges relating to SSR and help elaborate possible solutions to common roadblocks.

 Key objectives of the workshop 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. 

 Target audience

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 workshop 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 workshop, participants must have a good command of English in order to be able to engage in discussions and fully benefit from the training. The workshop is designed in a modular structure, thus participants are expected to attend the entire workshop. It is important for participants to meet these requirements in order to fully benefit from the workshop.

 Pre-requisites

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 workshop, 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

 Methodology

The workshop 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 workshop.  

 Costs of Participation

There will be no course fee.

 

Application Process

This workshop is only open for EU, and NATO applicants.

To apply for the workshop, 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 (liza-de.nijs@minbuza.nl).

 General Information

Selected participants will be informed shortly after the close of applications. A pre-workshop questionnaire will be sent to the selected applicants. This will enable the workshop organisers to better understand participant expectations and experience and thereby ensure that the workshop meets participant expectations. 

Training Event

Wednesday 29 March 2017

ESDC Core Course

As part of the ESDC Core Course on Security Sector Reform, organised by Austria (29 March- 6 April 2016 ), ISSAT will deliver the foundational parts related to the Level 1 basic course.

The training will take place at the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR) - http://www.aspr.peacecastle.eu

To apply, please go to the "Documents" tab on the left of the page and download the application form. Please send all applications to Claudia Hofer at hofer@aspr.ac.at 

Alternatively, please click and the following link and which will redirect you to the ESDC Core Course Page. 

Applications Open

Training Event

Wednesday 21 September 2016

ESDC Core Course

As part of the ESDC Core Course on Security Sector Reform, organised by Austria (21-29 September 2016), ISSAT will deliver the foundational parts related to the Level 1 basic course.

The training will take place at the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR) - http://www.aspr.peacecastle.eu

To apply, please click and the following link and which will redirect you to the ESDC Core Course Page. 

Applications closed 

Training Event

Monday 11 July 2016

Results-Based Management for Peacebuilding, Security and Development Training

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

Monday 27 June 2016

SSR Assessment Group of Ex Common Effort

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

Monday 23 May 2016

SSR Sensitisation Training

The sensitisation SSR course is designed for policymakers and practitioners who are working in the field of security and justice reform to build both SSR knowledge and skills. The objective of this course is to provide participants with a solid introduction to the concept, policy framework and international good practice of security and justice reform through its practical and exercised-based collaborative learning methodology. The course provides an overview of the various dimensions of SSR and emphasises the importance of adopting a holistic and context-specific approach when working in transitional, fragile and/or post-conflict contexts. The course also discusses key issues such as gender, coordination and SSR programming. The course provides the necessary foundations for subsequent trainings.

Training Event