Projects Sub-Saharan Africa

Security Management Learning Programme (SMLP) Workshop

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | May 2019

InterWorks and the UNHCR Global Learning and Development Centre (GLDC) and Field Security Service (FSS) held a Security Management Learning Programme (SMLP) workshop in Nairobi, Kenya from 20-24 May 2019. The SMLP has been an on-going programme of UNHCR since 2006 and the fifth workshop conducted based on revised content and methodologies to reflect a) the revised UNSMS Security Risk Management (SRM) Policy adopted in late 2015 and b) an increased focus on the management of security.

The main workshop sessions address the different steps in the SRM process, programme criticality, security planning and security budgeting to help participants gain an understanding of the underlying concepts with the aim of making more informed security risk management decisions. The workshop also includes an emphasis on Duty of Care and its integration within all aspects of security management. This is consistent with UNHCR’s organizational response to the High-Level Committee on Management Working Group’s Final Report “Reconciling Duty of Care for UN personnel while operating in high risk environments”.

The revised SMLP workshop is also designed to incorporate more participant experiences and to focus on “real life” UNHCR situations rather than a fictional case study country. The use of participants’ own SRM reports has been extremely beneficial as the workshop provides participants with the opportunity to study and analyze their own reports in detail. Some participants had never seen the SRMs for their areas. In addition, participants were able to see potential discrepancies between their SRM reports and the SRM policy.

I liked the course and found it extremely useful. The material was succinct and useful and very good instructors. Keep up the good work. Can be used for future reference.

– Workshop participant