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Training course for grad students to work on international peace missions, Madrid, April 30 to May 31 2011

Rapid Expert Assistance and Co-operation for Conflict Prevention Operations, Crisis Management and Post-Conflict Rehabilitation
REACT Expert Course - May 2011
Madrid, January 12th 2011.- The organization Helsinki España-Human Dimension offers post graduate students a training course to prepare international teams to work for International Peace Missions around the world. The course will take place from April 30th to May 31st in Madrid, Spain.


Call for Applications, REACT Expert Course, looking for the next generation
of humanitarians who want to positively affect the world

This intense training course, of 220 hours, combines theory and practice, and aims at preparing well-trained and well-qualified graduates to work with the OSCE, UN, EU and other International Organizations in International Missions. The course is certified by the Department of Human Rights of the School of Law of the Complutense University of Madrid and it is recognized by the Peace Operations Training Institute.

The Course, mainly supported by the Foundation of Banco Santander, will be taught by university professors from different countries; trainers from the OSCE and the UN; diplomats and civil servants from the Spanish Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defense and the Spanish Home office; the Red Cross and international experts in the missions of different International Organizations.

The candidates must meet a series of requirements, such as be in possession of a 4 year university degree, have a driving license, be psychologically and physically prepared to participate in international missions, proven advanced level of spoken and written English, and most importantly, demonstrate high motivation to work for international organizations.

Please find attached further information about the course. Our deadline to receive this edition's applications is: March 15th, 2011.

Who should apply
Profile and student requirements
We are looking for an eclectic, heterogeneous motivated group with an international background.
Applicants should be over 22 years old and hold a university degree. All countries are welcome to apply.

How to apply
To apply to become a REACT Fellow, please complete the registration form in its entirety (find it attached or visit our site).

Required documents:
· REACT registration form
· Formal letter of motivation
· Academic transcripts
· Resume with photo
· Certificate of knowledge of the English language (if you do not have one, let us know and we will schedule a brief interview on the phone)
· Two recent letters of recommendation, on headed paper and with the date, stamp and signature of the entity and person that is writing the letter. The ORIGINALS MUST be sent by post. Your referees may advance them scanned via email. However, the originals are still required by post.
· Health certificate
· If interested in financial aid: copy of your most recent pay slip or income-tax-return and an official translation into English or Spanish. This is absolutely mandatory if you are interested in grants.

Please note that we will accept applications until 25 candidates are selected. This limit can also be reached before March 15th, 2011.

Applications must be received complete and on time to be considered. Your application will NOT be considered if there are any missing documents.

Applicants who are not selected need to reapply again for the following course in order to be considered.

Application cycles for REACT are in May and November.

The selection process
REACT Fellows are chosen by the Selection Committee.
Committee members bring experiences from various fields and have broad knowledge in the humanitarian field. Selections are made by the group as a whole, not by individuals.

A maximum of 25 Fellows are chosen for each expert course. Please note that vacancies are covered upon reception of application and approval by the Selection Committee.

REACT Expert Course timeline:
January 1, 2011 - REACT May 2011 Fellows applications OPEN
March 15, 2011 - REACT May 2011 Fellows applications CLOSE

Frequently asked questions:

Q. Do applicants need to be a certain age?
A. We are targeting applicants of ages over 24. However, anyone over age 22 is welcome to apply. While a majority of the applicants will fall above this age, we will not discriminate based on age.

Q. Do applicants have to originate in the OSCE member states?
A. We encourage individuals from all around the world to apply. We will not discriminate based on country of origin.

Q. Is English proficiency a requirement?
A. Because classes are conducted in English, English proficiency is a requirement. We would like to ensure that Fellows get the most out of their experience. However, we do not require applicants to be native English speakers. Many will, in fact, have other native languages.

Q. What is the schedule like?
A. Classes will run from Monday to Friday, from 8:30am to 5:30pm, and some Saturday mornings from 9:00am to 1:30pm. This is an intensive course of a total of 220 hours.

Q. Is the laptop really needed?
A. Most of your teachers will provide you with an electronic version of the content of their modules. You may print the reading list but it is preferable that you have it available from your computer because of sustainability and also so you do not need to travel with it.
Class assignments however will not be computer based, therefore, the organization will not provide internet access and computers.

Contact information:

Spanish native speaker students:
María Jaén, Program Director mjaen(at)humandimension.com

Other international students:
Ana Sanz-Levia, Project Coordinator asanzlevia(at)humandimension.com

Telephone: (+34) 91 533 54 55
Fax: (+34) 91 533 37 32

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