Projects Asia & The Pacific

Security Risk Management (SRM) Workshop

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) | Sep 2017

InterWorks conducted a 5-day Security Risk Management (SRM) workshop co-sponsored by the UNHCR eCentre and JICA from 17-22 September 2017.It was held at the Suan Son Pradipat Hotel and Fort Thanarat training post in Thailand, 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.

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.

The SRM workshop 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. During this workshop, the eCentre introduced an action learning methodology. The purpose of this methodology is for participants to explore an issue in more depth in order to develop an action plan for moving forward. See annex 1 for reflections on how action learning was used during this training.

I highly recommend this security risk management training to other people who are also handling managerial position. This training will be useful to help them prepare for critical incidents which they may encounter in their respective duty stations.

– Workshop participant