NSP provides training services to NGOs operating or willing to operate in Somalia / Somaliland. Training services are strictly available only to NGOs.
Capacity building of NGOs, on an organization level, and of NGO workers, on an individual level is the most sustainable solution to improve security for NGOs operating in Somalia. The best information available is of little value if NGOs do not have the right security organization to maximize it, or if NGO workers in the field are unaware of basic security practices.
Taking into account the wide diversity of NGOs (different culture, sizes, mandates) operating in Somalia / Somaliland, NSP aims at building the capacity of NGOs through the delivery of training on the individual level as well as on the organizational level.
On the individual level :
- Hostile Environment Individual Safety Training (HEIST) courses: NSP will continue to provide its successful and highly demanded HEIST course. This is a 4 days course specific to Somalia. Training are organized in Nairobi (40%) and in Somalia / Somaliland (60%). So far more than 500 participants have been trained. This training is free of charge.
- Medical training: NSP provides first aid training and also organizes advanced medical training (such as Emergency Trauma Bag training). This training is free of charge.
On the organizational level:
- Provision of a basic security Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for smaller NGOs: most large NGOs already have in place security SOPs. However, many smaller NGOs have barely developed such processes, and many do not have any. It is crucial for all NGOs to have at least a basic security SOP in place, with responsibilities and security focal points clearly identified. NSP realizes that smaller NGOs do not have the capacity to develop such SOPs. Therefore NSP will develop a basic and simple security SOP, adapted to Somalia, fitting the capacity of smaller NGOs.
- Country Directors and Focal Security Point trainings: NSP is currently developing a formal trainings for those two key categories of NGO workers.
- For country directors, training should focus more on the organizational aspects of security (how to create security awareness among the team; how to integrate security in planning and programming, in budgets; how to create focal security points, contingency plans for evacuation, critical incident management, SRA methodology etc.).
- For focal security points, trainings will focus on incident management, base management etc… The idea being that focal security points will in turn be able to train their colleagues on the field on basic security practices.
- Ad hoc trainings: specific training tailored to a particular NGO needs can be developed, but within the limit of NSP capacity and on the condition the NGO covers the cost of the training.