UPCOMING TRAINING: Strategic Advising in Civilian Crisis Management


What specific skills and expertise are required for effective strategic advising in crisis management?

How can strategic advisors effectively support national authorities in developing and strengthening their institutions during a crisis?

What key challenges and obstacles are faced by strategic advisors in conflict environments, and how can they be overcome?

In the past years, advising as an approach to capacity building has been increasingly applied by the UN and EU in civilian crisis management (CCM) missions to develop and strengthen the skills and expertise of local counterparts. International experts, particularly in the areas of the rule of law, justice system reform, corrections and police, often use advising as an instrument to support national authorities in developing and strengthening national institutions and further increasing accountability and effectiveness.

CCM missions and peace-support operations, like national institutions, rely on advisors and other well-prepared experts to transfer their knowledge and skills not only to the local communities but to their mission colleagues as well. Therefore, the overall objective of the upcoming course is to enhance the capabilities of experts working as advisors in CCM missions.

The Online Strategic Advising course, organised between 19 and 22 June 2023 by our esteemed Italian partner from Pisa Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA) under the auspices of EUCTI, will target advisors working in CCM missions, especially in EU Advisory Mission in Ukraine (EUAM Ukraine).

It will promote an in-depth understanding of the advisory function and enhance the skills and attitudes needed for the role. Additionally, the course will help the experts overcome the challenges of applying advising techniques in the framework of their mission’s mandate.

Strategic Advising Modules

The course will be divided into three modules:

  1. Introduction & Context Setting will familiarise the participants with EU capacity-building tools. It will introduce the main Monitoring, Mentoring & Advising concepts, EU values, knowledge management processes and EU capacity building in the CSDP context.
  2. Principles & Processes of Capacity Building through Advising will help the participants become agents of change by shifting their mindset from executors to resources for their local counterparts. The module will cover local ownership, management of complex situations, negotiation toolbox and coping with resistance.
  3. Integrating Advising into the Mission Structure will offer a safe space for the participants to reflect on the training topics, share challenges they encountered and test their newly gained skills and knowledge.

Hopefully, the course will help participants, the missions’ personnel, become more confident in their daily tasks. They will be able to recognise their role in fulfilling the mission’s mandate, strengthen the strategic advising processes, and transfer the knowledge to their future colleagues and local beneficiaries.

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about Mentoring in Civilian Crisis Management HERE.