CMC Finland is seeking for candidate(s) from its roster to the Advanced Course on Security Sector Reform. The course is arranged by The Finnish Defence Forces International Centre (FINCENT), in partnership with the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) and DCAF-ISSAT. This five-day course on Security and Justice Governance and Reform delivered virtually, over the period of five weeks from 15 September to 13 October 2021.
The course aims to provide participants with the knowledge and practical tools on security sector 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 various development contexts.
This virtual program 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 ’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 transfer of knowledge, the course will include practical exercises, self-reflection and group work including with tools related to SSG/R programme cycles.
After the course, participants will be able to:
• Demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of SSG/R as a developmental approach including characteristics, objectives, considerations and tools. (knowledge/understanding);
• Use theory and knowledge to advance critical thinking and problem-solving skills, in the context of SSG/R and justice (skills/capacity);
• Apply tools and processes to assess, monitor and mitigate challenges associated with SSG/R programming (skills/capacity); and
• Demonstrate changes in their attitudes and values consistent with the principles of democratic governance in the context of SSG/R programming (attitudes/values)
Time and venue
The virtual SSR course includes five half days of virtual sessions on the following dates:
• Wednesday, 15 September
• Wednesday, 22 September
• Wednesday, 29 September
• Wednesday, 6 October
• Wednesday, 13 October
All virtual sessions will be delivered from 8am UK/9am CH/10am FI time. Participants need to be able to attend all sessions and allocate an additional 4 hrs per week to the self-paced sessions and group work between the virtual sessions, meaning they need to be able to dedicate five full working days to the course. The first self-paced session will take place ahead of 15 September.
Participation requires a stable internet connection in a quiet environment, where the participant can speak freely and participate actively without interfering with others at the course times mentioned. It is important to log on through a laptop/desktop computer (not phone/tablet) to experience the full benefits of the course. The use of a camera is obligatory, and a headset is encouraged.
The course targets 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 both policy and 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.
The course organisers are committed to selecting diverse participants in terms of professional and organisational background, age and nationality, as well as gender balance.
All candidates applying to this advanced course should have successfully completed an introductory course on SSG/R. This course can be completed online via the website of DCAF/ISSAT.
CMC Finland is seeking for candidate(s) from its roster (who have participated in the basic training on civilian crisis management and/or who have been deployed by CMC before). Those who are currently deployed by CMC should apply through their mission/operation.
Please note that CMC Finland is nominating candidate(s) to the course, but the organizer is responsible for the final participant selection process. The nominated candidate(s) of CMC Finland are not guaranteed to have a seat from the course. Nomination decision is based on the evaluation of applicant’s possible mission experience, work and study history and anticipated support that the course will bring to applicant’s recruitment to civilian crisis management missions.
Participation is free of charge for selected participants. CMC Finland does not cover allowances or other expenses during the course.
The course will be open for applications until 9th June 2021 midnight (UTC +03:00). Please find the application form here.
The CMC will nominate its candidate(s) by the 20th of June. The final selection results will be communicated by the 14th of July 2021.
Should you have any questions regarding the course, please contact us via email in email@example.com with the headline ’Advanced Course on SSR’.