• New Website "Missions & Mandates"

    New Website "Missions & Mandates"

    What are peace operations doing worldwide? Our new interactive website presents the tasks of international peace operations of the UN, EU, OSCE, AU and NATO.
  • ENTRi handbook IN CONTROL in Arabic

    ENTRi handbook IN CONTROL in Arabic

    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 Arabic.
  • New Glossary "Missions & Mandates"

    New Glossary "Missions & Mandates"

    Our new glossary "Missions & Mandates. What Peace Operations Do" provides brief descriptions of the 23 most common areas of activity of international peace operations.
  • World Map Peace Operations 2018/2019

    World Map Peace Operations 2018/2019

    Our map offers a comprehensive overview of the peace operations deployed by the UN, EU, AU, OSCE, and other organizations. Available online and as on paper.
  • New video: ENTRi - briefly explained

    New video: ENTRi - briefly explained

    Europe's New Training Initiative for Civilian Crisis Management (ENTRi) are 12 European training institutions working for improving human security in areas where crisis management missions are deployed. They offer a huge range of courses and training material for free. We are part of it. Watch this video.
  • The African Standby Capacity: the world's first continental civilian roster for peace operations

    The African Standby Capacity: the world's first continental civilian roster for peace operations

    The African Standby Capacity is a continental civilian roster and candidates are invited to apply. But how? A new video reveals it. We're proud partners of this project.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Civilian Expertise. Worldwide.

    What exactly do civilian experts do? The following brief profiles provide some answers.
  • Election Observation

    Election Observation

    Over 5.000 German election observers have been deployed so far to EU and OSCE-ODIHR observation missions worldwide. ZIF has been the central point of recruitment for German election observers ever since 2002.
  • 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.
  • 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.

ZIF News

ZIF Food-for-Thought Breakfast on UNAMID and UNMISS

21.02.2019. On February 20, 2019 ZIF hosted a breakfast briefing for Members of Parliament on the current situation in Sudan and South Sudan. The two speakers, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) David Shearer, Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), and SRSG Jeremiah...

Discussions with the Peacekeeping leaders: USG Lacroix, ASG Keita and SRSG Zerrougui at ZIF

21.02.2019. It is a rare occasion to host that many high level UN-Peacekeeping representatives at once at ZIF: due to an internal retreat many UN-Mission Heads and senior level representatives from the headquarters have met in Berlin, to have a strategic discussion, not in the field and behind closed doors.The...

ENTRi Training of Trainers package now available in Spanish

21.02.2019. The Capacitación de Instructores training package contains templates, selected and tested methods, learning objectives, instructions and much more - the content is available online as a free download and can be adapted to suit any context.With this package, the ENTRi Team wants to enable trainers...

ZIF at the Humanitarian Networking and Partnership Week and the Stand-By Partner Annual Consultations in Geneva

18.02.2019. As every year the Humanitarian Networking and Partnership Week (HNPW) assembled international actors from among the humanitarian field in Geneva from 5 to 9 February. As one of its members, ZIF participated at the Stand-by Partnership (SBP) Network Annual Consultations. The SBP consists of...

9th UN DSRSG dialogue series hosted by ZIF and UNSSC in Berlin

13.02.2019. On 11-12 February, ZIF, the UN Systems Staff College (UNSSC) and the German Federal Foreign Office hosted the ninth annual DSRSG Dialogue series. DSRSG stands for Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and the dialogue series was created to deepen the exchange on this mission...

ZIF and UN train future SAM Facilitators in Uganda

08.02.2019. In a joint effort, ZIF and colleagues from the UN Headquarters in New York conducted a “training of facilitators” at the UN Regional Service Centre in Entebbe, Uganda. The goal was to train selected members of four major UN peacekeeping missions on how to use the analysis and planning tool...

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