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ATTENTION: The deadline for applications for the Tajikistan Regional Senior Managers' Course has been extended to 14 February 2014!

PLEASE NOTE:  In 2014, CISR plans to launch a redesigned Senior Managers Course which will be regionally focused. A regional approach will allow CISR greater flexibility to tailor the curriculum, course location, and capacity-building objectives to fit the needs of training recipients. 

UPDATE: CISR will not be holding its annual global Senior Managers Course in ERW and Mine Action on the JMU campus in 2014. Instead, it is launching a series of regional Senior Managers’ Courses, beginning with one for certain countries in central Asia (see the list below). The course will be held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan in May 2014. Application materials are being distributed to relevant national ERW and mine action programs in the targeted countries. If you would like more information about applying to the regional course scheduled for May 2014, you may contact the SMC Administrator at: smc.jmu@gmail.com.  Deadline for receipt of completed applications is February 7, 2014 (this deadline has been extended to 14 February 2014).

Plans for additional regional training courses will be posted here as they become available.

Countries included in the Regional Senior Managers’ Course for ERW and Mine Action, Tajikistan 2014, are:

Afghanistan
Azerbaijan
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Nepal
Pakistan
Sri Lanka
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan

Senior Management Training

SMC Class of 2013CISR, working in close collaboration with faculty from JMU’s College of Business (COB), specializes in management training for leaders in mine action around the world. The Senior Managers’ Course in ERW and Mine Action seeks to integrate the latest thinking in the field of business management with the practical experience of ERW/mine action operators. The goal is to hone the skills of senior managers of national ERW and mine action programs so that countries can more effectively and efficiently clear their lands of landmines and other explosive remnants of war that adversely affect their citizens' well-being and impinge upon economic development.

One hallmark of the course is the learning that takes place not just from the interaction between the instructors and the participants but from the interactions among the participants, who all have considerable field experience themselves and have much to share and learn from each other. All participants are asked to make a presentation to the group that explains their country's mine action program and/or shares their particular ERW/MA technical expertise. The course is organized to promote interaction and foster beneficial personal relationships among the participants and between them and the course instructors and staff.

The UNDP awarded the Mine Action Information Center (now CISR) at James Madison University the contract to teach the Senior Managers Course beginning in 2004. The CISR hosted five courses and trained more than 100 managers from over 30 countries through the UNDP sponsored courses.

Beginning in 2010 the US Department of State's Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) has sponsored the Senior Managers' Course at JMU. Its focus was expanded to include conventional weapons destruction, small arms/light weapons, and other emerging topics in the post-conflict recovery field. Since 2010, CISR has hosted four courses under grants from PM/WRA.

In addition to Senior Managers' Courses held on the campus of JMU, CISR, along with its JMU faculty partners, participated in three Explosive Remnants of War Training Courses in Jordan (2009, 2010, 2011) as subcontractors to Jordan's National Committee for Demining and Rehabilitation. In August 2011, CISR also worked with a COB management professor to conduct the Peru-Ecuador Binational Workshop for Management in Humanitarian Demining in Lima, Peru. The workshop was jointly sponsored by the U.S. Southern Command through the U.S. Embassy in Peru and the Peruvian government’s Ministry of Foreign Relations and mine-action office, CONTRAMINAS. 

Photo caption: The Senior Managers' Course class of 2013 visits the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C.
Photo courtesy of the U.S. State Department