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Name Election Observation
Type Distance education
Organising institution
Human Rights Education Associates, United States of America
Frequency Annual
Level professional
Objectives Participants will learn about elections in the context of human rights treaties and universal and regional instruments, will get familiar with the electoral cycle approach and understand the difference between election observation and assistance.
Area of expertise democracy and human rights
Content Week 1: International Commitments and Legal Instruments in Support of Democracy and Human Rights
Week 2: The Elections Cycle incl. The difference between Election Observation and Assistance
Week 3: Organisational Approaches and Differences (OSCE/ODIHR, EU, The Carter Center, …) incl. Regulatory Framework for Election Observation and Memorandum of Understanding
Week 4: Code of Conduct; Elections and Security
Week 5: "Open week"
Week 6: Structure of an EOM incl. Relations with Host Governmental Bodies and other Domestic actors; Duties of Long Term Observers and Short Term Observers incl. STO-LTO Relationship; Observation Timeline in the Electoral Cycle
Week 7: The Benefits and Challenges of Working in a Team; Working with local staff; How to conduct Interviews
Week 8: Pre-Election Day Observations (Electoral Administration, Political Environment, Civil Society); How to write Reports
Week 9: E-Day Observation and Reporting
Week 10: Post E-Day Reporting; Preliminary Statements and Follow-Up
Week 11: Mutual Evaluation
Language English
Country United States of America
Methodology used The e-learning course involves approximately 60 hours of reading, on-line working groups, interaction with participants and instructor, webinars and assignments, and is offered over an 11-week period, beginning on 12 September 2012. The course is based on a participatory, active learning approach, with an emphasis on critical reflection and peer-to-peer learning. The course instructors will provide individualised feedback where appropriate. Participants will do the required readings, prepare interim and final assignments and participate in group discussions.
Materials links
Delivered by Instructor: Leandro Nagore
Degree/Certificate Certificate of Participation.
Number of participants 25
Application procedure Apply online : http://www.hrea.org/index.php?base_id=308
Admission requirements The course is intended for individuals who seek assignments as election observers, for members of international organisations and national agencies who like to develop knowledge and skills concerning election observation as well as for interested outsiders such as journalists and students who like to get an understanding of international electoral standards, the electoral cycle, and election observation missions. Participants should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use. HREA aims to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution across the selected participants.
Scholarship Unfortunately, there are no scholarships available for this course.
Tuition/Accommodation The course tuition fee is US$ 725; permanent residents of non-OECD countries are eligible for a discounted tuition rate of US$ 450. Tuition for auditors is US$ 275; permanent residents of non-OECD countries are eligible for a discounted tuition rate of US$ 175.
Homepage www.hrea.org/learn/elearning/election-observation/

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