Associated Consultants

Ashraf Al Qa’qa’a is a former senior training officer for the Jordanian armed forces. He has considerable experience as instructor for security forces. He served the UN in DRC, Sudan and Libya as a training instructor and has experience in delivering HR trainings to various audiences.

Mohammed Alturk is a former senior training officer with the Jordanian armed forces who led pre-UN deployment trainings. He served the UN in Georgia as a training instructor and has experience in delivering HR trainings to various audiences.  He has worked for over 10 years in the management of several international private security companies.

Peter Blake has over 30 years of public security service in the Fiji Police Force and the Royal New Zealand Air Force with a focus on the design and facilitation of training programmes on HR, conflict resolution, and community policing. He also spent 9 years as an ICRC FAS delegate in the Asia/Pacific region and has developed and facilitated training programmes for UN and US forces.

Oussama Damaj is a retired senior officer and former director of training who served in the Lebanese armed forces for almost three decades. From 2004 to 2009, he elaborated and implemented comprehensive HR and IHL programs for armed and police forces as well as organized armed groups for the ICRC in MENA countries (including Iran) and liaised with the League of Arab States. In 2011, he supported and advised the ICRC mission in North Africa (in particular in Tunisia & Libya) for a short mission. He regularly conducts IHL and HR courses for the Institute of International Humanitarian Law (San Remo) and participates in various IHL/HR expert meetings.

Antonio Leitao Da Silva is a Police Commissioner with the Porto Municipal Police Division who has over twenty years of experience. For five years, Antonio was deployed on UN/EU Missions in Western Sahara, Timor Leste, Ethiopia, Sudan (Darfur), Kosovo, and Guatemala. He supported the UN Mission in Timor Leste as a Chief Inspector by building up and training a new police force to operate in line with international human rights standards and best policing practices.

Christophe Deschard served for 37 years in the French armed forces where he specialised in operations and military intelligence and participated in various national and multinational overseas operations, retiring at the rank of Colonel. He also worked with the ICRC as Deputy Head of Unit for Relations with arms carriers in its headquarters in Geneva and as regional delegate to armed and security forces in Central and Southern Africa, South America, the CARICOM, Gaza, and Armenia, where he advised and supported regional military and police forces in their efforts to integrate IHL, IHRL and international standards on the use of force and weapons in military and police operations.

Ibrahima Diakite is a current Division Commissioner with the Mali Police. He has considerable experience with security sector reform focused in sustainable efforts to build police capacity to respect human rights. He served the UN in DRC for 8 years with roles through both UNPOL and MONUSCO, including as a Training Coordinator and the ad-interim Police Commissioner.

Raoul Forster is a retired senior officer who served for 22 years with the Swiss armed forces. After starting his career as a lawyer, he transitioned into a full-time position with the Swiss Army as the Head of the Law of Armed Conflict section. During his 13 years with the ICRC, Raoul was in charge of the dissemination and integration of IHL and human rights in the operations of armed/security forces worldwide. Raoul has extensive experience with developing and conducting trainings for armed/security forces.  He currently provides security management services and advice for humanitarian aid organisations.

Douglas Hardman is an experienced risk management consultant with extensive knowledge across a variety of sectors, including the extractive industry, shipping, telecommunications and media. He has worked globally, with notable experience in Africa and the Middle East, on security and risk management issues as well as on the implementation of emergency response plans. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology and served for six years as a Royal Marines Officer in the British Army.

Hanspeter Heinrich holds a Masters in International Relations (The Graduate Institute, Geneva) and Politics of the World Economy (LSE). Prior to founding Safestainable, he headed regional operations within various conflict-affected countries for the ICRC, including Ethiopia. He has considerable experience in conducting trainings and workshops worldwide on corporate responsibility, security management and HR. He regularly supports companies and governments in implementing HR standards and best practices in security management in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe.

Miguel Ângelo Martins Luís has served for 19 years with in Portuguese public security forces, including the Marine Corps and Public Security Police. While in the Marine Corps, he participated in various international training operations in Lusophone countries. He has considerable experience in conducting trainings for public security providers, including on the balance between managing security and respecting human rights/IHL.

Filipa Neto Marques has 20 years of experience with the International Committee of the Red Cross as an accomplished manager who oversees humanitarian and development programs and diverse teams in the areas of human rights and IHL protection, livelihoods, health and sanitation in over ten countries. She is highly skilled at identifying local needs, engaging with diverse stakeholders, and designing programs to address gaps, including through building the capacity of and monitoring security forces.

Ruth Munoz is a former parachutist and police officer who served for almost 10 years in the Peruvian police forces. She holds a degree in International Law and has 10 years of experience in integrating human rights and IHL into the policies and procedures of armed and police forces. She carried out various HR/IHL projects with armed and police forces in Latin America, Africa, and Asia and has also worked within the UN system and the ICRC.

Ron Popper is the former Head of Corporate Responsibility for ABB and has been has been involved in the business and HR agenda since the early 2000s. During his 15 years with ABB, he led and delivered training on HR and business issues for staff worldwide and was closely involved in crisis management and crisis communications for the company. Ron has also had significant experience integrating HR into policies and procedures at both the corporate and operational levels and providing global training on crisis management and crisis communications.

Adam Roscoe spent nearly 15 years at ABB Group in various senior leadership positions in communications, sustainability and crisis management. He personally led crisis management and response at group level for a decade. He also developed the company’s first-ever professional security capability, which he integrated with the crisis management organization. Adam also comprehensive extensive experience in crisis communication, including reporting on crises as a journalist, working in an international issues and crisis management practice for a leading global public relations consultancy.

Per Rosdahl is a former senior officer who held military and UN commands for almost two decades in various operational theatres. From 1999-2006 he elaborated and implemented comprehensive HR and IHL programs for armed and police forces in Southeast Asia, Asia-Pacific, Central Europe and the Middle East with the ICRC. He continues to train and advise various police and armed forces on HR and IHL.

Sherif Seoud is a former senior Egyptian police officer who served for almost two decades as a police officer. He has extensive experience as a police instructor and has held various leading functions within the police training institute. He holds a degree in law and law enforcement. He served the UN in DRC and Haiti as police officer, where he trained and monitored instructor groups as well as delivered HR trainings to police officers.

Liz Umlas is an experienced researcher and consultant focusing on business and HR issues with a PhD in political science from Yale University. After working for UNHCR and Oxfam, she was a HR senior research analyst for six years at KLD, a social investment research firm. Recent projects carried out independently for various international organisations and UN bodies include research on social investment, labour standards and workplace rights, as well as the improvement of corporate HR reporting for the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

André Vianna is a retired Colonel after 31 years with the Police Department of São Paulo. He is currently the Human Rights and Discipline Department Head for the Center for High Security Studies of the Military Police – São Paulo and has been acting as an independent instructor for the ICRC in the region since 1998. André has significant experience in developing and conducting trainings integrating HR and IHL for public and private security forces as well as in academic settings with a focus on security sector reform and community policing.

Career Opportunities

Human Rights/IHL Trainers (PART TIME)

Our Profile

Safestainable is an independent consultancy specializing in non-financial risk management. We provide advice and services that enable companies operating in volatile areas to manage strategic and operational risks and to create sustainable business opportunities. We are currently expanding our pool of experienced human rights/IHL instructors able to conduct trainings for armed and/or public security forces.

Your Mission

You will be providing professional human rights and IHL training to public security, private security, and/or wildlife ranger organisations in various countries. In addition, you may conduct security and human rights training for employees of major companies. The length of assignments and destinations will depend upon your qualifications, background and availability. Individual missions often last one to two weeks. Depending on your professional experience, you may be given the opportunity to participate as a consultant in other Safestainable projects focused on wider aspects of security and human rights implementation.

Your Profile

You are a former senior police or military officer and an experienced human rights/IHL instructor who has personally trained armed and/or police forces in various countries. A sound theoretical and practical knowledge of human rights and International Humanitarian Law is required.

Practical experience with Training of Trainers programmes, previous experience with the ICRC or the UN, and/or French or Portuguese proficiency would be an asset. We are especially interested in candidates with previous training experience in Mozambique.

We Offer You

As a member of our instructor pool, you will have the opportunity to travel for the conduct of human rights/IHL trainings worldwide. Safestainable offers competitive compensation, a flexible workload, and first-hand experience advancing the implementation of security and human rights issues.

Please send us your application (CV and short motivation letter) by email to

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