REACT Training Program

Rapid expert assistance and
co-operation teams for conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation (REACT)

General information

The REACT course is a five-week training programme on conflict prevention and peacebuilding intended for professionals interested in being deployed in peace operations and contribute to the global efforts to build international peace and security.


REACT was created in 2003 with the aim of preparing professionals of different backgrounds, interested in joining the experts pool “Expert Teams for Rapid Assistance and Cooperation” of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Over time, the content of the course has been expanded to include all aspects of conflict prevention and peacebuilding and all contexts in which peace operations take place.

REACT is the only training course of its kind that takes place in Spain. Since 2003, 23 editions have been taken place and over 500 students have benefit from it. Next edition will take place in May and July 2021.


To provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and analyze the main threats to international peace and security, the contexts in which armed conflicts arise, their key actors and the impact of conflict on civilians.

To build participants’ capabilities in prevention, management and resolution of conflicts as well as protection of civilians in armed conflicts.

To strengthen the capacity and confidence of participants to deal effectively with risk-associated and emergency/critical situations while deployed in hostile environments abroad.

Conflict prevention and peace building: conceptual framework

  • Peace and conflict analysis
  • Conflict prevention
  • Conflict management
  • Conflict resolution
  • Peacebuilding
International law: comprehensive overview

  • Public International Law: basic concepts
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Criminal Law
Protection of civilians

  • Protection of civilians in armed conflict
  • Women, Peace and Security. Gender in Operations
  • Children and Armed Conflict
  • Refugees and internally displaced people
Conflicts and current threats to international peace and security

  • Asia: Afghanistan, North Korea and Myanmar
  • Middle East: Israel-Palestine, Iraq, Syria and Yemen
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali and South Sudan
  • Maghreb: Libya and Western Sahara
  • Eastern Europe and Caucasus: Ukraine and Kosovo
  • Latin America: Colombia
  • Radicalization, terrorism and violent extremism
  • Transnational organized crime
  • Weapons of mass destruction
  • Hybrid threats
  • Climate change
Key actors and their contribution to international peace and security

  • United Nations, Peace and Security Pillar
  • European Union, Common Security and Defense Policy
  • Organization for the Security and Cooperation in Europe, OSCE
  • African Union, Common African Defense and Security Policy
  •  North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO
  • The role of Civil Society
Tools for sustainable peace

  • Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration of ex-combatants (DDR)
  • Security Sector Reform (SSR)
  • Accountability and transitional justice
  • Democracy and Rule of Law
  • Elections in peacebuilding
  • The role of media in peace and conflict

Skills and competencies

  • Awareness of threats and risks. Personal security
  • Safety and security procedures for vehicle movement
  • Kidnapping and hostage survival
  • Weapons, mines, improvised explosive devices and unexploded ordnances
  •  Protection of classified and sensitive information
  • First aid in hostile environments
  • Orientation and communications in the field
  • 4×4 off road driving
  • Working with interpreters
  • Stress management
  • Negotiation and multicultural communication
  • Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense
  • Addressing media
  • Career development

Watch the video and learn about ModuleVII: Skills and Competencies.

REACT 2021 Helsinki España

Working in Hostile Environments

As part of the REACT course, students will learn how to deal effectively with risk-associated and emergency/critical situations while deployed in hostile environments.

This training is expected to improve participants’ understanding of the behavioural requirements while working as a team member of an international field operation.

Next edition will take place in May and July 2021

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The teaching staff are trainers and experts from international organizations (including the UN, EU, OSCE and NATO), diplomats and civil servants, military  personnel, police officers, experts from the ICRC and humanitarian NGOs, independent consultants, and university professors.
The course uses a variety of methodologies, including lectures and presentations, debates, group work, practical and advanced role-playing sessions, outdoor activities and simulation exercises.
Candidates must be fluent in English as all lectures are given in English.

El Albir, Alfaz del Pi, Alicante from: May 31st to June 27th, 2021
Los Ángeles de San Rafael, Segovia: from 27th till 2nd July (Training HEAT module, Hostile Environment Awareness Training).

Participants who successfully complete the course will obtain a diploma from International University Centre for Peace Missions of Helsinki España.
  • United Nations, UN
  • Organization for the Security and Cooperation in Europe, OSCE
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO
  • Spanish Ministry of Defense
  • International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC

REACT´s fee is € 4,950 which includes the following services:

  • 220h of training
  • €350 registration fee (non refundable)
  • Three day HEAT course (field trip, equipment and simulations)
  • Field visits
  • Individual career development coaching
  • Access to jobs interviews
  • Diploma

Meals and Accommodation are NOT included in the course fees.

There are a limited number of partial scholarships available, which cover up to 35% of the course fee. Scholarships are awarded based on the profile and needs of candidates.

Candidates who wish to be considered for a partial scholarship should enclose proof of their annual income and employment status. Documents should be officially translated into English or Spanish.

If you are interested in applying for REACT 2021, please send us a copy of the following documents:

  • REACT Registration Form
  • Motivation Letter
  • Resume/CV
  • Recent digital photo, passport size
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of academic transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation on letter headed paper. They should include the date and stamp/signature of the entity/person that is writing the letter.
  • The ORIGINALS MUST be sent by post. Letters may be advanced via email, however, originals are still required.
  • English language certificate. If you don’t have one, contact us and we will schedule a brief phone interview.
  • In case you apply for a partial scholarship, proof of your annual income together with an official translation into English or Spanish. This is absolutely mandatory.

Applications will be evaluated according to order of arrival until all available places are filled. Early applications are encouraged.

Application dossiers should be sent to

Deadline for applications:

  • Participants in need of Schengen visa: March15th, 2021
  • Europeans and visa holders: May 3rd,  2021

Incomplete applications will NOT be considered.

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