Projects Asia & The Pacific

Security Risk Management (SRM) Workshop

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) | Nov 2016

SRM November Group Photo 2 (002)

InterWorks conducted a 5-day Security Risk Management workshop co-sponsored by the UNHCR eCentre and JICA from 6-11 November 2016.Portions of the training were held at the Fort Thanarat training post in Thailand with support from the Royal Thai ArmyParticipants were from diverse backgrounds, offices, and countries, representing UNHCR, JICA, NGO and government counterparts.

The course focused on the overall security risk management (SRM) approach as well as specific tools and techniques, from initial threat assessment to mitigation of risk, security planning, and critical incident management. The course trainers provided short presentations of key components of the overall SRM approach and provided scenario-based, hands-on exercises through which each of the tools introduced could be explored, utilised and practiced. The core exercises were based on the fictional Suremia case study.

This SRM workshop was a 5-day version based on a previous 3-day regional event and included two critical incident management simulations so that participants could practice what they learned. It also included a short practical field exercise with simulated security incidents (hostage taking and crowd/mob situation) to highlight the duty of care of managers to make sure systems are in place to manage risks to staff when operating in insecure environments. The centrality of protection and the emphasis of programme criticality to meet the needs of persons of concern were also key points of this workshop.

Field exercise early was very good to set the scene for us as managers. Very good experience, knowledge, of facilitators. Great atmosphere – balance of friendly vs. professional.

– Workshop participant