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Fundamentals of Strategic Advising in Reform Environments


Developed in collaboration with the United States Institute for Peace (USIP), this course will help participants to develop skills as an effective advisor by providing practical recommendations and guidance on issues such as understanding the role of an advisor, working with local actors and functioning in complex environments. The course also includes a simulation exercise that recreates the various stages of an advisory function.

The course offers practical skills on how to effectively carry out advising functions. It also promotes a shift from executing a function as a practitioner, to taking on the role of an advisor who enables others to execute these functions. Practitioners will gain insight on how to become an effective advisor, how to identify issues that need to be addressed and how to engage with local actors. The course is concluded by a simulation exercise in which the participant will apply the newly required skills. The lessons included are:

  • The role of the advisor;
  • Working with local actors;
  • Assessing existing capacity and;
  • Functioning in a complex environment:

Course participants will gain:

  • An introduction to the role of the advisor in complex environments;
  • Skills for navigating cultural sensitivities and working with local actors; and
  • Key insights for assessing existing capacity and identifying gaps in capacity.

The Fundamentals of Strategic Advising can be found on the ISSAT Community of Practice and can be accessed by clicking on the following link:  The Fundamentals of Strategic Advising