Our Projects

ZIF’s current portfolio of projects consists of:



Europe’s New Training Initiative for Civilian Crisis Management (ENTRi) – This cooperative capacity building project involves 12 European partners working to prepare and train qualified international personnel in civilian crisis management according to harmonized training standards and through jointly conducted courses.

Funded by the European Commission

Silva Lauffer

Silva Lauffer

Head of ENTRi Secretariat, Team Training, Operations

MA Strategic Affairs
BA Politics


Since 2011

Project Manager "Europe's New Training Initiative for Civilian Crisis Management" (ENTRi), Team Training, Operations


Merlin (British NGO)

Operations Coordinator in Haiti during the earthquake response


2009 to 2012
Company Director of a company supporting Latin American small-income generating projects

2005 to 2008

Director of International Programmes (Leading teams and setting-up offices in Pakistan (Kashmir and NWFP), Sudan (Darfur), Kenya und Sri Lanka)

2004 to 2005

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Colombia and Ecuador


Australian National University

Tutor of ‘Diplomacy and International Conflicts’

2000 to 2003

Project coordinator for humanitarian emergency response and rehabilitation projects in Timor-Leste, Northern Uganda and Serbia for Action Contre la Faim and Cesvi

Working Languages

German, English, Spanish

Expertise | Responsibilities

  • Planning and set-up of offices and teams in difficult environments
  • Creation and management of international networks
  • Humanitarian programmes, capacitiy-building

Other activities

United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination Team (UNDAC) Member

Consulting on the Development of an African Standby Capacity – Within the GIZ Project "Support of the African Union in the Field of Peace and Security" ZIF advises the Peace and Security Department of the Commission of the African Union on the establishment of an expert roster for civilian personnel in AU peace support operations.

Funded by the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Sebastian Dworack

Sebastian Dworack

Head of Team International Capacity Development, Operations

MA Political Science



Since 2016

Head of Team International Capacity Development (ICD), Operations


2012 to 2016

Project Manager of ZIF’s “The African Union Civilian Standby Roster” Project


2010 to 2011

Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, Erfurt University
Managing Director, Lecturer


2009 to 2010

OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM)
International Education Consultant Serbia


Since 2008

Policy Consultant, Mediator, Trainer on Conflict Resolution in Germany, Austria, Georgia, Moldova

2005 to 2007

OSCE Mission to Skopje

Political Advisor, Head of Political Unit HoM Department


2002 to 2005

European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM) Team Leader, Political Analyst EUMM Offices Tetovo and Skopje


Working Languages

German, English


Expertise | Responsibilities

  • Strategic and conceptual personnel management for international peace operations, operative cooperation with United Nations
  • Peace mediation and mediation support
  • Advise and knowledge transfer on development and strengthening of civilian capacities for peace operations
  • Humanitarian Peace Nexus

Fabian Metze

Fabian Metze

Team International Capacity Development, Operations

MA Political Science, Islamic Science and Intercultural Business Communication


Since 2016

Project Manager „African Standby Capacity“, Team International Capacity Development (ICD), Operations


2012 to 2016

German Federal Agency for Technical Relief, International Department, Bonn

Working Languages

German, English, Portuguese, French


Expertise | Responsibilities

  • Support to the African Union in developing the AU Civilian Standby Roster
  • Training/Coaching

Cooperation with UN OCHA - The objective of this project is to recruit German personnel for UN OCHA.

Funded by the Federal Foreign Office

Anita Nuke

Anita Nuke

Team International Capacity Development, Operations Division

MA Society, Politics, Culture
BA International Culture Relations

Since 2014

Manager of ZIF's project "German contribution to the Standby-Partnership Programme of UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)", Team International Capacity Development (ICD), Operations


2011 to 2014

Desk Officer Team Human Resources, Operations


2000 to 2009
Ministry of Defence, Latvia
Various positions within the International Relations Department

Working Languages
German, English, Latvian, Russian, Norwegian


Expertise | Responsibilities

  • Recruitment and consulting for OCHA deployments
  • Personnel support
  • ZIFdatabase support
  • General requests

Peace & Security  - This project conceptually links peace operations, security, and development cooperation, particularly by strengthening a comprehensive approach to international crisis prevention and conflict management.

Funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Dr. Andreas Wittkowsky

Dr. Andreas Wittkowsky

Head of Project Peace and Security, Analysis

PhD Economy

MA Economy


Since 2011

Project Coordinator "Peace and Security", Analysis

2008 to 2010
German Association for East European Studies, Berlin
Executive Director

2001 to 2008
United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), European Union Pillar

  • 2006 – 2008 Deputy Head (Deputy DSRSG)
  • 2003 – 2006 Head of the Economic Policy Office
  • 2001 – 2003 Senior Economic Advisor

1997 to 2001
German Development Institute
Research Fellow

1992 to 1994
Friedrich Ebert Foundation
Country Manager Eastern Europe

Working Languages
German, English, Russian, French

List of Publications

Expertise | Responsibilities

  • Coordinator, Working Group on the Comprehensive Approach
  • Peace Operations, Development and Security

Completed Projects:


The African Peace Facility Project - This project - as part of the broad African-EU-Cooperation - aimed at recruiting international experts working in the field of peace and security policy for the African Union and African Regional Organizations. Our main implementing partner was the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).


Peace Operations - Fit for the Future - This project aimed at advancing and improving global conflict management by applying state-of-the-art instruments and innovative methods. Activities included the development of scenarios for the future of peace operations, the integration of new training modules and formats (such as E-learning and in-mission training) and the formulation of new proactive recruitment strategies targeting specific professional groups for peace operations.

Peace Operations in fragile states – capacities and concepts The project aims to advance and improve German contribution to meet operational and strategic challenges for stabilization efforts in fragile states.


International Training and Dialogue Forum on Rule of Law – The forum's key objective was to organize training courses and expert workshops in order to enhance the capacity of the judicial affairs officers in United Nations peacekeeping operations that assist post-conflict societies to re-build and strengthen their judicial and legal systems.


civcap – Civilian Capacities for Peace Operations – This project aimed at improving the recruitment, preparation, placement, and support of civilian personnel in peace operations, advising corresponding national and multinational institutions, and supporting a network to facilitate communication and strengthen collaboration at the international level.

West Africa Project – This project aimed at strengthening regional capacities in the area of conflict prevention, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding in West Africa. This includes training civilian personnel for peace operations, networking between training institutions, and developing lessons learned.