Participants and speakers at the seminar in Tanger
Participants and speakers at the seminar in Tanger

From 12 to 14 November 2019 the IRZ, in cooperation with the General Delegation for Prison Administration and Reintegration (DGAPR), organised a three-day seminar in Tanger on “Management of prison staff by the DGAPR”. The seminar is part of the “Cooperation with the Kingdom of Morocco on Prison Management” project, which is being coordinated by the IRZ between 2017 and December 2020.

The objective of the seminar was to improve HR development and staff management in prisons by teaching modern management methods and by incentive and upgrading systems for prison officers. A seminar in this project component was already held in April this year in Fez.

The IRZ experts attending this event again were Nadine Franasik, Head of health-oriented personnel management at the young offenders’ institution in Berlin, and Kathrin Braun, representing the Berlin Senate Administration for Justice, Consumer Protection and Anti-Discrimination. The representatives of the DGAPR presented the latest developments in the field of HR management in Morocco.

During the seminar, a lively exchange of experiences took place with animated discussions on the following issues:

  • Implementation of international standards in the training of prison staff
  • Recruitment criteria and job profiles for qualified staff (amongst them psychologists and social workers)
  • Professional risks for people working in prisons
  • HR development and management in prisons
  • Good governance in health management – supporting benefits for prison staff and prisoners
  • HR marketing and “workplace prison” image campaign
The successful cooperation on this component will be continued next year. As a final result, the IRZ will develop recommendations for modern methods of staff management in prisons together with the Moroccan partners.