Upcoming Senior Managers' Courses

CISR is pleased to announce the 2018 Regional Senior Managers’ Course for Conventional Weapons Destruction Programs (SMC) for South Central Asia to be held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan!

The 2018 Regional SMC, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, will welcome senior managers from conventional weapons destruction and ERW/mine action programs in Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Projected course dates are set for 25 June – 13 July.

Applications will be available beginning 20 November 2017. Applications will be due to the SMC Administrator by 26 January 2018.

Applicants must be able to provide evidence of English or Russian language proficiency, provide a signed letter from their organization’s director acknowledging and endorsing their participation in the SMC, and cover their transportation and visa costs to and from the start and finish of the course in Dushanbe. The SMC program will cover all costs associated with course instruction, accommodations, meals and local transportation for course activities during the SMC.

For more information or to request the application and full course description, contact the SMC Administrator at smc.jmu@gmail.com.


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 and conventional weapons destruction around the world. The Senior Managers’ Course in ERW and Mine Action (SMC) seeks to integrate the latest thinking in the field of business management with the practical experience of explosive remnants of war (ERW) and mine action operators. The goal is to hone the skills of senior managers of national mine action programs and local implementing partners so that countries can more effectively and efficiently clear their lands of landmines and other ERW that adversely affect their citizens' well-being and impinge upon economic development. 

The SMC began in 2004 when the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) awarded CISR a contract to implement the course. 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 conducted five additional global SMCs on the JMU campus and three regional SMCs internationally. To date, CISR has trained 267 senior managers representing 46 countries through the SMC program.  


Highlights from Recent Senior Managers’ Courses

  • Regional SMC for Europe and Eurasia in Croatia, 2017 (SMC-CR)
    From 20 March to 7 April 2017, 20 senior managers from 12 countries gathered for the 2017 Regional SMC in Biograd na Moru, Croatia. Participants were from CWD programs in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Kosovo, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey and Ukraine. Three participants from Colombia also joined the course to take advantage of the excellent working relationship already established between the Croatian and Colombian mine action authorities and to learn from the programs in Europe and Eurasia. This course strengthened regional partnerships and collaboration and focused on issues critical to the region, including program sustainability, small arms and light weapons, physical security and stockpile management, and managing programs through transitional phases. When considering the most valuable aspect of the course, one participant stated that the SMC encourages them, “to start thinking holistically as a senior manager, to be aware what has to be considered…and how the problems should be addressed or even what to do to avoid them. I liked the interaction of professors with participants and [the] team work.”
    Senior Managers' Course Tajikistan

  • Global SMC at James Madison University, 2016
    The Global Senior Managers’ Course in ERW and Mine Action (SMC) took place at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, from 23 May to 10 June, 2016. The 2016 Global SMC welcomed 21 participants representing CWD programs in 13 different countries, including Afghanistan, Colombia, Iraq, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Palau, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Somalia, Tajikistan, Vietnam and Yemen—creating a strong global network of mine action practitioners. In addition, the SMC incorporated highly successful modules developed for the regional SMC, including a panel featuring representatives from donor countries and a roundtable discussion with international nongovernmental organizations working in mine action around the world.

    “The most valuable aspect of the course for me is the exposure to the wider mine action sector. I had [the] opportunity to interact with experience[d] mine action individuals from around the world to learn more about different contexts, how programs are run, what challenges are faced and how they overcome these challenges …”
    – 2016 SMC global participant
  • 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 programs in 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

Other CISR Trainings

CISR, along with its JMU faculty partners, participated in three ERW Training Courses (ERWTC) 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 CISR senior management training to over 300. These courses also were funded through grants from the U.S. Department of State.

In August 2011, CISR 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. To learn more about this workshop and view the final report, click here.

 In addition to management-focused trainings, CISR has implemented specialty trainings around the globe. In 2014, CISR staff and local partners conducted workshops with more than 70 different disabled people’s organizations across three provinces in Vietnam on the national disability law and designed awareness campaigns on the rights of persons with disabilities.

Click here to read more: http://www.jmu.edu/cisr/journal/19.1/focus/macauley.shtml

Also in 2014, CISR and local partners implemented “train-the trainer” workshops with 75 adult Syrian refugees in Jordan on leading ERW risk education programs. For more information about this project, which was sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, view these links: 

For more information on CISR’s programs in peer support and resilience, please click the following link: http://www.jmu.edu/cisr/programs/international.shtml.

Interested in other CISR/JMU training courses, conferences or workshops for your organization? Message us at cisr@jmu.edu.

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