International Human Rights Network, Ireland
National University of Ireland, Ireland
Human Rights Fieldwork: Principles/ Strategies and Skills (BIR05)
28 October – 8 November 2005.
HR Field officers
Members of the armed forces
In-service training or
The Training Programme will explore the principles underpinning effective human rights fieldwork, enhance the skills of participants needed to carry this out safely before/during/after armed conflict, ensure that human rights fieldwork is relevant, effective, sustainable, participatory and accountable, raise participants’ self-awareness of skills required to undertake international human rights fieldwork. The training programme is intended for development and humanitarian aid workers, civilian/military peace-keepers, NGO and IGO field staff.
Overview of Training Programme:
* Evolution of international human rights law and implementation mechanisms relevant to human rights fieldwork;
* The full cycle of human rights monitoring from information gathering to stimulating sustainable progress in conflict/post-conflict environments;
* Case studies for monitoring the full spectrum of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights;
* Interviewing and reporting techniques;
* Applying development programming to human rights fieldwork;
* Working with field partners, co-operating and building relationships;
* Personal preparedness including, safety/security, stress/trauma etc;
* Simulation of core field challenges, such as intercultural sensitivities, teamwork, leadership etc. including a full day Field Exercise in conjunction with the Irish Defence Forces.
HR incorporated in curriculum
Programme modules cover fieldwork skills needed at each stage of the human rights monitoring cycle from information gathering to stimulating sustainable progress. This includes interview techniques, situation and gender analysis, developing strategic partnerships with host society and international field partners, human rights based development strategies, reporting skills as well as advocacy, teamwork and mission preparedness. Underpinning the substantive content, the live-in programme is specifically designed to simulate core field challenges, such as intercultural sensitivities, leadership etc.
The Programme uses a variety of pedagogical techniques including presentations by guest specialists, plenary discussions, small group work and role-plays, case studies, videos etc. The Programme is highly participatory and includes a full day Field Exercise in conjunction with the Irish Defence Forces, in which participants will apply what they have learned throughout.
The Training Programme team will be directed by Karen Kenny, IHRN Director.
Deadline for applications
5 September 2005 (with priority for completed applications received before 26 August 2005).
Participants: reflecting the multi-disciplinary nature of human rights fieldwork and the training programme, applications are invited from:
* Human rights specialists who wish to adapt pre-existing knowledge of international human rights framework to the context of human rights fieldwork;
* Experienced field practitioners who wish to reflect on their work and enhance their skills with a human rights based perspective, including military or civilian police/peacekeepers, development and humanitarian aid practitioners etc.
Typically, participants have worked for, or plan to work for, international field missions of the UN, OSCE, the European Union or the African Union or non-governmental sector.
Participants will generally have a relevant degree/training and a minimum of three years relevant experience. However, applicants\' diverse skills will be taken into account so as to ensure an optimum mix of disciplines and profiles.The course will be conducted in English and places are limited to thirty.
Cost of tuition
The Programme cost, which includes tuition, training materials, accommodation, refreshments and all meals, is 1,875 euro. A limited number of scholarship places are available for suitable applicants from non-OECD countries. Completed applications received before 26 August will be given priority.
* to explore the principles underpinning effective human rights fieldwork;
* to enhance the skills of participants needed to carry this out safely before, during or after armed conflict.
Further Information is available: (http://www.ihrnetwork.org/current-programme.htm).
Was the program evaluated
Information not available