Managing risk in challenging environments

This course has been postponed to the spring 2017.

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This course will provide an overview and insight into how an organization might evaluate, manage and mitigate common risks associated with international travel and project implementation.

The course will deal with risks and insecurities at both individual and system level. Private companies, local, regional and national administrations, charities and voluntary organizations all have one challenge in common: how to manage risk in their work. Given that more and more public and private enterprises act globally, there is an increasing need to manage risk associated with international staff travel and international projects. At the same time, risks associated with international work have been on the rise.


This course is useful for everyone working in a company or organization where international travel and work form part of day-to-day operations or for organizations that are expanding internationally.

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The purpose of this course is to provide participants with a solid understanding of the increased risks facing international projects and staff travel while also giving participants the tools to reduce and mitigate risks.

Participants will gain the following from attending this course:

  • An understanding of the evolving security-related trends in international work,
  • An overview of the most prominent security- and safety-related challenges encountered when operating in challenging international environments,
  • Insight into risk mitigation strategies, and measures available to avoid risk enhancement,
  • Knowledge on how to conduct context-analysis related to risk in international work.

Faglig kursinnhold

  • The humanitarian security triangle
  • Perceptions of risk and insecurities in challenging environments
  • Two-tiered security regimes: international vs local staff
  • Soft security and safety measures
  • Physical security measures and the use of PMCs
  • Lessons learned from the humanitarian sector
  • Lessons learned from private corporations


The course will commence with lunch at 12:00 on Monday, November 7th, and conclude with lunch at 12:00 on Wednesday, November 9th.

The course will be conduted in English. NUSB instructors utilize audio, visual and kinetic teaching methods in order to enhance learning. Participants will benefit from ordinary classroom lectures, group discussions, films, lessons learned and best practice. We encourage active involvement and participation.

The participation fee totalling nok 3900 includes all meals, overnight accomodation and all teaching materials.

Any questions regarding the course can be directed to course leaders Cecilie fleming ( and Mathias Johnsen (