Senior Management Training
CISR, working in close collaboration with faculty from JMU’s College of Business (COB), specializes in management training for leaders in mine action around the world. The Senior Managers’ Course in 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.
One hallmark of the course is the learning that takes place not just from the interaction between the instructors and the participants but from the interactions among the participants, who all have considerable field experience themselves and have much to share and learn from each other. All participants are asked to make a presentation to the group that explains their country's mine action program and/or shares their particular ERW/MA technical expertise. The course is organized to promote interaction and foster beneficial personal relationships among the participants and between them and the course instructors and staff.
The UNDP awarded CISR the contract to teach the Senior Managers Course beginning in 2004. The CISR hosted five courses and trained more than 100 managers from over 30 countries through the UNDP sponsored courses.
Beginning in 2010 the US Department of State's Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) has sponsored the Senior Managers' Course at JMU. Its focus was expanded to include conventional weapons destruction, small arms/light weapons, and other emerging topics in the post-conflict recovery field. Since 2010, CISR has hosted four courses on the JMU campus under grants from PM/WRA.
In 2014, CISR modified the course to a regional model to better accomodate curricular requirements and technical needs in different parts of the world. The first regional Senior Managers' Course was held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan in May 2014. Future courses will be announced as plans are finalized.
In addition to Senior Managers' Courses held on the campus of JMU, 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. In August 2011, CISR also worked with a COB management professor to conduct the Peru-Ecuador Binational Workshop for Management in Humanitarian Demining in Lima, Peru. 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.
Top: The 2014 Regional Senior Managers' Course in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
Bottom: The 2013 Senior Managers' Course attendees visit the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C.
Photo courtesy of the U.S. State Department