United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) | Sep 2013
InterWorks conducted the eCentre’s standard Safety In the Field (SIF) exercise co-sponsored by the UNHCR eCentre and JICA in southern Thailand from 1-7 September 2013. 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, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, India, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Senegal, South Sudan, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand and Yemen. 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.
What I learned here will benefit not only about security per se, but more generally how to communicate and manage.– Workshop participant