• 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.
  • 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 2017/2018

    World Map of Peace Operations 2017/2018

    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.

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

Blog Article: EU Crisis Management in Transition

06.10.2017. Based on his recent Policy Briefing on "Flexibility and 'Stabilization Actions': EU Crisis Management One Year After the Global Strategy", Tobias Pietz posted a blog article on "EU Crisis Management in Transition" on the EU-CIVCAP project website. EU-CIVCAP is funded by the EU's...

OCHA-course on "Preparedness and Response Effectiveness Programme" (PREP) from 17 to 22 September in Berlin

04.10.2017. From 17 to 22 September 2017, ZIF hosted the "Preparedness and Response Effectiveness Programme" (PREP) course from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Berlin. Twenty-one participants from different local humanitarian agencies, Stand-By Partner...

ZIF trains Germans and international prospective observers from OSCE participating States and EU Member States in “Short-Term Election Observation”

28.09.2017. From September 17 to September 20, ZIF held its second biannual Short-Term Election Observation Course to train future short-term election observers (STOs) for OSCE/ODIHR and EU election observation missions (EOMs).The experienced election observation trainers Ranko Vuk?evi? and Anders Eriksson...

Training methodology in the focus of the 23rd conference of the IAPTC in Cairo, Egypt

21.09.2017. The 23rd conference of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centers (IAPTC) took place in Cairo, Egypt, between 10 and 15 September.The event was hosted by CCCPA, the Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding. Around 270 participants...

New ZIF Policy Briefing: Flexibility and “Stabilization Actions”: EU Crisis Management One Year After the Global Strategy

21.09.2017. Since the adoption of its Global Strategy in 2016, European foreign and security policy has been in transition. In the Sahel, missions are being “regionalized,” the topic of migration management is gaining in importance, and there are significant structural changes in the works in Brussels. In...

Peer Coaching "Mediation and Diplomacy" in Brussels

12.09.2017. After having successfully implemented three high-level events for diplomats of the Federal Foreign Office, the ZIF peer coaching format “Mediation and Diplomacy” was now transferred to a European context.In cooperation with the unit „Prevention of Conflict, Rule of Law/SSR, Integrated Approach,...

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