ENTRi Training

ENTRi courses are accessible to individuals either going to or already working in crisis management missions for organizations such as the European Union (CSDP missions), the United Nations (UN), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and the African Union (AU). The courses are funded by the European Commission, including costs for board and lodging. In the case of pre-deployment courses (with the exception of HEAT courses), international travel will also be covered.

ENTRi courses are not designed to replace any existing courses that governments and sending institutions organise to prepare individuals for possible deployment in crisis management operations. Instead, ENTRi has been created to foster the harmonisation of European and international approaches to capacity-building. The added value for training organisations is that ENTRi seeks to facilitate and strengthen the opportunities for institutions to implement training together as well as to share experiences, trainers, and expertise.

Introduction to Security Sector Reform

22-25 January, 2019
Brussels, Belgium
Application deadline is Sunday 9th of December, 2018

The course aims at providing civilian SSR programme staff and advisors with in-depth knowledge on the long-term aspects of Security Sector Reform processes which are linked to the overall recovery effort in a post-conflict context and will be a crucial part on the way to sustainable development and good governance. This is done through an interactive course design where both trainers’ and participants’ experience is valued and practical solutions are identifies.

The Security Sector Reform course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to carry out a comprehensive review of the post-conflict context and surrounding, as well as associated reform processes to SSR programmes. The participants will be able to identify challenges and options for improved approaches to result oriented programme support..

Target audience

• Experts working in crisis management/peace support missions who have a background or function in security sector reform. A particular focus is on personnel working on SSR processes with long term frameworks who foresee spending a significant time in such a working context.

• Maximum 20 participants, preferably from international civilian crisis management/peace support missions (EU, UN, OSCE, AU etc). Experts from NGOs are also welcome to apply.

• The organizers also welcome applications from national mission staff.

Implementing Partners

The course is organised by the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Stadtschlaining , Austria (

Participation Fee

All candidates have to cover their own travel expenses. There is no participation fee. Full board accommodation (in single rooms) will be provided free of charge to civilian participants. Course participants from the military are required to cover all costs, accommodation, board and travel.

Additional course information

Learning outcomes

After completion of the ENTRi SSR course, participants should be able to:

  • 11. Identify the civilian aspects of long-term Security Sector Reform processes ;
  • 22. Define the roles and mandates of different actors in the field (security and civilian stakeholders) and the interaction between them;
  • 33. Apply capacity building methods to strengthen local capacities and ensure a balanced approach which promotes local ownership;
  • 44. Successfully manage associated processes such as legal and political reforms to benefit the SSR processes;
Final date for applications is Sunday 9th of December, 2018 The selection of participants will be done by the ENTRi Secretariat.

Specialization Course

Mentoring in civilian crisis management (MMA)

12 February - 15 February 2019
Nairobi, Kenya
Final date for applications is Sunday 13th of January.

Mentoring in civilian crisis management (MMA) In the past years, mentoring as an approach to capacity building has been increasingly applied by the UN and EU in civilian crisis management to facilitate the transfer of expertise from mission staff to local counterparts. The terms of reference for experts particularly in the areas of rule of law, justice system reform, corrections and police often include mentoring as an instrument to support national authorities in their progress toward sustainable democratic change and accountability and in further developing and strengthening their institutions. Mentoring is a process that requires the building of trust between mentor and mentee. This is challenging in face of the fragile, conflict contexts in which peace operations are set, frequent staff turn-over in operations and generally the power relations between international mission personnel and local counterparts. Cultural aspects can further create obstacles to building constructive working relationships. The course will aim to consolidate the understanding of the role of a mentor and processes of mentoring in peace operations with the necessary shift of mind-set and attitude: from being a ‘doer’, alias professionals with authority and decision-making and executive functions in their area into being an observer, listener and resource person to assist local officials and stakeholders in enhancing their ability and facilitating the identification of problems and possible solutions. The main aim of the course is to equip subject matter experts with knowledge and mentoring skills and to give future mentors in peace operations the ability to successfully build a working relationship with their local counterpart and implement their project goals.

Learning outcomes:

  • 1.) Understand mentoring as capacity building;
  • 2.) Know how to build trust with a mentee;
  • 3.) Apply principles and processes of building capacity through mentoring (phases of mentoring and importance of the concept of local ownership);
  • 4.) Utilize communication skills (working with interpreters, basic negotiation skills) and intercultural competence;
  • 5.) Develop strategies on how to build a working relationship with a mentee and how to cope with resistance from the mentee;
  • 6.) Recognise the role mentoring plays in fulfilling the overall mission mandate and how to support the evaluation process of the mission.

Implementing Partners

The course is organised by Centre for European Perspective (CEP), Slovenia (,

Additional course information

Target Group:

  • The target group of the training are civilian experts, expected to serve and/or working in civilian crisis management operations with mentoring and advising tasks in their work descriptions. Predominately this concerns the areas of rule of law, justice reform, democratization, corrections, policing, and security sector reform, but not limited to those areas.;

In the selection process, ENTRi ensures that an appropriate gender and nationality balance is reflected in the pool of selected participants. Due consideration is also given to ensure participation of national mission staff, and candidates nominated by EU Member States and other seconding nations.

The courses are co-funded by the European Commission and the ENTRi partners. The following costs are covered by the project:

Full board and lodging.

While ENTRi courses are primarily geared toward civilian personnel working in international crisis management missions, police and military candidates are welcome to apply. Please note that course participants from the military are required to cover their own expenses during the course, including accomodation, board, and travel costs.

Final date for applications is Sunday 28th of October.
All past courses can be found here.
A list of e-learning courses can be found here.
If you are interested in a broader spectrum of courses please consult the European Commission's Goalkeeper platform here.

ENTRi Courses