Projects Asia & The Pacific

Safety in the Field (SIF): Operating in Complex Security Environments Exercise

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) | Jun 2014

InterWorks conducted the eCentre’s standard Safety In the Field (SIF) exercise co-sponsored by the UNHCR eCentre and JICA in southern Thailand from 8-14 June 2014. The exercise was conducted with support from the Royal Thai Army per their longstanding arrangement with the UNHCR eCentre. Participants were from diverse backgrounds, offices, and countries, representing UNHCR, JICA, NGO and Government counterparts.

This training addressed basic elements of personal security for staff in the field, and highlighted security risk management tools and strategies for maintaining operations in complex security environments. The training included interactive classroom sessions, skills exercises, and the practical application of concepts in the field through realistic simulations.

Participants represented operations in Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Congo, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Niger, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Tajikistan. In addition to training together, this diverse group of actors was provided with the opportunity to share real experiences from the field and further strengthen inter-agency ties.

A very well structure and presented course with a good balance of theory presentations and practical exercises.

– Workshop participant