Projects Asia & The Pacific

Security Risk Management (SRM) Virtual Workshop

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) | Dec 2020

InterWorks conducted the eCentre’s Security Risk Management, co-sponsored by the UNHCR eCentre and JICA, in a virtual format from 30 November-4 December. This virtual SRM consisted of 11 interactive web-based sessions, including a final critical incident management online simulation. Participants were from 13 different countries and represented a range of organizations including NGOs, JICA, other government, UNHCR and WFP.

The virtual SRM 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 general security risk management process used by the UN Security Management System formed the basis for the presentations and materials. 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.

Participants completed the exercises using the Suremia case study so that everyone had the same information to analyze. The primary objectives of this workshop were to:

  • Increase the knowledge, skills and confidence of managers facing safety and security risks to staff, assets and programmes.
  • Introduce participants to security risk management approaches in complex operational environments.
  • Provide managers with practical tools to better assess security risk, take steps to mitigate it, conduct security planning, and respond to security incidents when they do occur.

This virtual SRM workshop also included an online critical incident management (CIM) exercise on the final day so participants could practice what they learned during the workshop. The centrality of protection and the emphasis on programme criticality to meet the needs of persons of concern were also key points of this workshop.

I’ll apply the effective and useful knowledge learned from these webinars at my workplace by sharing to my junior colleagues as well as training to improve their respond approaches on a security risk.

– Workshop participant