Introductory Course on SSR

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 22 November 2017

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

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

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

Wednesday 07 June 2017

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

Wednesday 29 March 2017

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

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 23 May 2016

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

Wednesday 06 April 2016

ESDC Core Course 

As part of the ESDC Core Course on Security Sector Reform, organised by Austria (6-14 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

Application Closed

Training Event

Wednesday 07 October 2015

As part of the ESDC Core Course on Security Sector Reform, organised by Austria (7-15 October 2015), 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

Application deadline for this course is 31 July 2015.

Training Event

Wednesday 15 April 2015

As part of the ESDC Core Course on Security Sector Reform, organised by Austria (15-23 April 2015), ISSAT will deliver several sessions related to the Level 1 basic course (15-18 April 2015).

The training will take place at the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR) - http://www.aspr.peacecastle.eu For more information also check the information in the documents below (see links).

Application deadline for this course is 31 January 2015 !

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Friday 03 October 2014

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Thursday 01 May 2014

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Friday 04 April 2014

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Tuesday 27 August 2013

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Tuesday 02 July 2013

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Saturday 16 March 2013

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Tuesday 16 October 2012

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Monday 01 October 2012

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Tuesday 11 September 2012

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Friday 16 March 2012

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Tuesday 25 October 2011

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Tuesday 27 September 2011

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Tuesday 06 September 2011

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Tuesday 28 June 2011

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