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CroatiaCISR is pleased to announce the Regional Senior Managers’ Course in ERW and Mine Action - Europe to be held in Biograd, Croatia!

CISR will be welcoming senior managers from ERW/Mine Action and related programs in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine. Course dates are set for 10 – 28 October 2016.* Completed applications must be received by 1 June 2016.

Applicants to the course should be able to provide evidence of English language proficiency, present a signed letter from their organization’s director acknowledging and endorsing their participation in the SMC, and cover their transportation and visas costs to and from the program. Course organizers will cover all costs associated with the course instruction, accommodations and meals when the course is in session.

For more information or to request the application and full course description, contact the SMC Administrator at

*Anticipated course dates are 10-28 October 2016 but implementation is contingent upon availability of funding from course sponsor, the U.S. Department of State.


2016 Global Senior Managers' Course in ERW and Mine Action: The 2016 Global Senior Managers' Course in ERW and Mine Action will take place on the campus of James Madison University from May 23–June 10, 2016. We are no longer accepting applications for the Global SMC in 2016.

What is the Senior Managers’ Course?

CISR, working in close collaboration with faculty from JMU’s College of Business (COB), specializes in management training for leaders in humanitarian mine action around the world. The Senior Managers’ Course (SMC) in Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) and Mine Action seeks to integrate the latest thinking in the field of business management with the practical experience of ERW/mine action operators. The goal is to hone the skills of senior managers of national ERW and mine action programs so that countries can more effectively and efficiently clear their lands of landmines and other explosive remnants of war that adversely affect their citizens' well-being and impinge upon economic development. The SMC began in 2004 when CISR was awarded the contract to implement the course by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Through UNDP support, CISR hosted five SMCs and trained more than 100 senior managers from over 30 countries. Since 2010, the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) has sponsored the SMC with an expanded focus to include conventional weapons destruction (CWD), small arms/light weapons and other emerging topics in the post-conflict recovery field. With PM/WRA support, CISR has hosted four additional SMCs on the JMU campus and two internationally (Regional SMCs). To date, CISR has trained 226 senior managers representing 40 countries through the SMC program. 

Highlights from Recent Senior Managers’ Courses
  • Regional SMC for Southeast Asia in Vietnam, 2015 (SMC-VN) 
    The Regional SMC for Southeast Asia took place in Vietnam from 21 September to 9 October, 2015. The course included two weeks of classroom instruction in Hanoi and one week of field visits in central Vietnam addressing general best practices and specific needs within the Southeast Asia region. The largest SMC to date, CISR hosted 30 participants from Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. The SMC-VN participants represented 21 different mine action and CWD governmental and nongovernmental organizations working in the region.

    The course covered all necessary aspects of management that a manager need[s] to know to be effective. – 2015 SMC-VN Participant

Senior Managers' Course Tajikistan

  • Regional SMC for Central Asia in Tajikistan, 2014 (SMC-TJ) 
    The first-ever Regional SMC focused on the Central Asia region and took place in Tajikistan from May 12-30, 2014. The course introduced CISR and the JMU COB’s new three-week course design model, modified from the four-week course held in previous years in the USA at James Madison University. The SMC-TJ hosted 24 participants from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Nepal, Tajikistan and Yemen. The SMC-TJ participants represented 15 different mine action and CWD governmental and nongovernmental organizations working in the region. The SMC-TJ was also the first SMC to introduce a donors’ forum during the course allowing managers to obtain valuable insights into the perspectives of donors on providing financial support to ERW/mine action.

    I'm proud to be JMU's student. Very productive 3 weeks of mine. –2014 SMC-TJ Participant

    Photo caption: The 2014 Regional Senior Managers' Course in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
  • Global SMC at James Madison University, 2013 
    The most recent globally-focused SMC took place on James Madison University’s campus in Harrisonburg, Virginia from 14 May to 6 June, 2013. The 2013 Global SMC hosted 14 participants representing 13 different countries including Albania, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Ecuador, Jordan, Libya, Senegal, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Uganda and Vietnam. The SMC course curriculum is refined and adapted every year to address the most current needs of managers in mine action. In 2013, due to the extended guest speakers program and the course’s proximity to Washington D.C., participants networked with U.S. government officials, the United Nations, non-governmental organizations and other international contacts in addition to classroom learning.

    The course was very valuable in all aspects, the professors were very well prepared and clear to understand. I learned a lot. – 2013 SMC Global Participant

Other CISR Trainings

CISR, along with its JMU faculty partners, participated in three Explosive Remnants of War Training Courses in Jordan (2009, 2010, 2011) as subcontractors to Jordan's National Committee for Demining and Rehabilitation. The ERWTCs trained an additional 80 senior managers, bringing the total number of participants benefiting from senior management training to over 300.

In August 2011, CISR also worked with a JMU COB management professor to conduct the Peru-Ecuador Binational Workshop for Management in Humanitarian Demining in Lima, Peru.  This one-week workshop, conducted in Spanish, brought together 30 ERW/mine action officials from the two neighboring countries. The workshop was jointly sponsored by the U.S. Southern Command through the U.S. Embassy in Peru and the Peruvian government’s Ministry of Foreign Relations and mine-action office, CONTRAMINAS. 

In addition to management-focused trainings, CISR has conducted specialty trainings around the globe. In 2014, CISR’s subject-matter experts provided capacity building training for disabled people’s organizations in central Vietnam, leading to a public relations campaign promoting the rights of people with disabilities. Click here to read more:

In the same year, CISR implemented a “train-the trainer” workshop to train adult Syrian refugees how to teach ERW risk education to community members. For more information about this program, view these links: 

For more information on CISR’s international programs in peer support and resilience, please click the following link:

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