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Project News: ICMPD advances the consular assistance to Georgians abroad in times of crisis

12 December 2018

On 10-11 December 2018, ICMPD organised in Tbilisi, Georgia the first ever mid-service training on consular crisis management for Georgian diplomats posted abroad. This event was held within the framework of the EU-funded “Migrants in Countries in Crisis (MICIC)” project and in close collaboration with the Lewan Mikeladze Diplomatic Training Centre and Research Institute.

This activity was implemented as part of the capacity building initiative on “Consular Crisis Management Training for Diplomatic Academies” (CCMT). The general objective is to provide technical assistance to States to strengthen consular capacities in crisis preparedness and contingency planning to better assist and protect their nationals abroad in times of emergencies. This initiative is being rolled out in Jordan, Ukraine and Georgia. It specifically targets diplomatic academies to develop and anchor pre-departure and mid-service trainings for future diplomats and consular staff, in line with the 2016 MICIC “Guidelines to Protect Migrants in Countries Experiencing Conflict of Natural Disaster”.

The CCMT initiative was launched in Georgia in March 2018. Following peer-to-peer exchanges with experts on consular crisis management from the Philippines, the United Kingdom, France, Sweden and the United States of America, the ICMPD-MICIC team worked in close collaboration with the Georgian Consular Department to develop the national "Rule of Action during Crisis Situations Abroad" and the related “Contingency Plan for Embassies”. This national policy document was officially approved by decree of the Minister of Foreign Affairs in July 2018. 

Subsequently, the MICIC project team, with the support of the ICMPD Georgia Office, trained trainers – among the trainers the Director and a Deputy Director of the Consular Department -,and supported the adaptation of national policy into comprehensive training material.

Five training modules on situation analysis and risk assessment, country and national community profiling, crisis management at post and central level as well as crisis coordination were developed. These modules include interactive presentations, hands-on crisis scenario based exercises as well as crisis simulations. 

The first mid-service training took place this week in Tbilisi and brought together 58 Georgian diplomats from all around the world. A second training is scheduled for early 2019 and will target further Georgian diplomatic representations. In addition, a tailored trainers’ manual compiling the training material as well as detailed training instructions will be produced. These tools will constitute the foundation of a future sustainable programme of pre-departure and mid-service courses for Georgian diplomats and consular staff.