• 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

New ZIF Map Peace Operations 2017/2018

14.07.2017. This map offers a comprehensive overview of the peace operations deployed by the UN, EU, AU, OSCE, and other organizations. A comparison with last year’s edition shows a moderate decline in the number of personnel deployed worldwide. This is largely due to the closures of the UN operation in Côte...

ZIF at 15! | “Fit for the Future – civilian, innovative, flexible”

27.06.2017. Fifteen years of commitment to civilian expertise in peace operations, crisis prevention and election observation – that is ZIF at 15 years. Today, we take this opportunity and celebrate our anniversary with our experts, partners and friends. Having completed our transformation process ZIF2016, one...

ZIF supports training course "Women, Peace & S the Police College Baden-Württembergecurity" at

26.06.2017. From the 19th till the 23th of June, the course “Women, Peace and Security” was ones again held at the Police College Baden-Württemberg. The course was developed within the framework of the National Platform of Training Institutions and – in regard of the comprehensive approach – is designed for...

UN-OCHA-Workshop "Global Humanitarian Programme Cycle" in Berlin

26.06.2017. Since 2011 ZIF has been a cooperation partner of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA), the organization responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. Thereby important tasks are the increase of...

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...

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