• Duty of Care

    Duty of Care

    ZIF supports the development of a common understanding and approach to implement the Duty of Care to seconded civilian personnel in multilateral peace operations. The Voluntary Guidelines on the Duty of Care to Seconded Civilian Personnel have just been published – a guide for seconding and staff-receiving organizations.
  • ENTRi handbook IN CONTROL in French

    ENTRi handbook IN CONTROL in French

    Are you getting ready for a crisis management mission or already working in the field? The ENTRi handbook "IN CONTROL" is now available for download in French.
  • World Map of Peace Operations 2016/2017

    World Map of Peace Operations 2016/2017

    Fresh off the press: The new world map of peace operations is available in English and German and provides you with the latest information and numbers.
  • Civilian Expertise. Worldwide.

    Civilian Expertise. Worldwide.

    What exactly do civilian experts do? The following brief profiles provide some answers.
  • Peace Operations Update

    Peace Operations Update

    ZIF compiles a weekly press review on developments in conflict regions. View the interactive world map here on the website or subscribe to our weekly electronic newsletter.
  • Election Observation

    Election Observation

    In 2015, German election observers were active in Turkey, Tajikistan, Sri Lanka, Nigeria or Albania, amongst others. Additional EU and OSCE missions are in preparation. ZIF has been the central point of recruitment for German election observers since 2002.
  • Comprehensive Approach

    Comprehensive Approach

    The Comprehensive Approach is a core principle of German foreign and security policy. ZIF coordinates the German Training Partner Platform in cooperation with the military and the police and contributes conceptually through the Working Group on the Comprehensive Approach.
  • Training


    Peace needs professionals. Aside from a high degree of personal commitment, working in crisis regions requires adequate preparation and qualification. ZIF offers a variety of core and specialization courses.
  • Rule of Law

    Rule of Law

    Promoting the rule of law is a vital task of peace operations. ZIF’s goal is to train personnel properly and to bring together key players in fields such as anti-corruption policy and Islamic law.
  • Concept | Civilian Expert

    Concept | Civilian Expert

    The concept Civilian Expert lays out ZIF's expectations towards civilian experts in international peace operations and defines the basis of its training philosophy.

Civilian Expertise. Worldwide.

Human rights officers with the UN Mission in South Sudan, political advisors for the EUPOL Mission in Afghanistan, or election experts in Haiti: The Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF) is Germany’s central point of reference for civilian expertise. On behalf of the Federal Government of Germany and the Bundestag, ZIF recruits and trains German civilian personnel for international peace operations and election observation missions and offers information and advice to national and international decision makers.

ZIF News

ZIF joins the Common Effort-Community

09.06.2017. From May 29 to June 2, the annual Common Effort-Conference took place in Berlin, connecting around 130 members of military and civil organizations. Apart from Special Commissioner for Crisis Prevention and Stabilization from the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ekkehard Brose, and other...

#InvestingInPeace | International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

29.05.2017. "On this International Day of UN Peacekeepers we pay tribute to more than 113,000 ‘Blue Helmets’, UN Police and civilian personnel deployed to 16 missions. We acknowledge the contribution made by an ever-growing number of Member States to our operations. Their efforts on behalf of the...

UN-OCHA training in Berlin on “Coordinated Assessment and Information Management”

24.05.2017. From May 14 to May 19, 2017, ZIF hosted the “Coordinated Assessment and Information Management Training” in Berlin. The course has been developed and conducted by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) – the organization responsible for bringing together...

Launch of ZIF-concept "Civilian Expert"

23.05.2017. ZIF has the honor of introducing its newest publication, the concept “Civilian Expert”. In a slightly different format than usual ZIF publications, it describes the essence of what ZIF expects from its experts (to be) deployed to peace operations. It encompasses competences and experts’ attitude,...

5th Annual Conference of the EAPTC in Helsinki

19.05.2017. From the 2nd to the 4th of May, the 5. Annual Conference of the European Association of Peace Operations Training Centres (EAPTC) took place in Helsinki. Organized by the Finnish Defence Forces International Centre (FINCENT), the conference brought together about 120 participants from 18 nations,...

OCHA-training on “UN-Civil-Military-Coordination for the Middle East” in Berlin

09.05.2017. From 23 to 28 April 2017 ZIF hosted the OCHA-training “UN-Civil-Military-Coordination for the Middle East” (UN-CMCoord) in Berlin. 25 participants from different UN- and EU-humanitarian agencies, regional governmental organizations and military personnel attended this course.UN-CMCoord-courses...

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