Human Resources

  • Dr. Astrid Irrgang
    Dr. Astrid Irrgang
    Deputy Executive Director | Head of Operations

    Dr. Astrid Irrgang

    Dr. Astrid Irrgang

    Deputy Director | Head of Operations

    a.irrgang(at)zif-berlin.org

    PhD History

    MA History, Psychology, Literary Studies 

    Since 2014

    Deputy Director

     

    Since 2012

    Head of Human Resources

     

    2010 to 2012
    Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main
    Head, Department of Administrative Services for Students

    2003 to 2010
    Berlin Office, German National Academic Foundation
    Head

    2008
    Private Office of the Secretary-General, NATO HQ, Brussels
    Visiting Officer

    2001 to 2003
    German National Academic Foundation, Bonn
    Desk Officer

    1999 to 2000
    German Federal Agency for Civic Education, Bonn
    Desk Officer

     

    Working Languages
    German, English, Polish

     

     

  • Bettina Renner
    Bettina Renner
    Head of Team Human Resources, Operations

    Bettina Renner

    Bettina Renner

    Head of Team Human Resources, Operations

    b.renner(at)zif-berlin.org

    Certified Translator for French and Portuguese

    Since 2002

    Deputy Head Human Resources

     

    1993 to 2002
    Carl Duisberg Society, Berlin
    Planning and Implementation of Work and Study Visits in Latin America

    1991 to 1993

    INKOTA-Netzwerk e.V., Berlin
    Desk Officer, Public Relations

    Working Languages
    German, English, Portuguese, French

     

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Recruitment for UN and EU Missions
    • Personnel Support
    • ZIFdatabase Development and Support
  • Dr. Volker Jacoby
    Dr. Volker Jacoby
    Head of Team Training, Operations

    Dr. Volker Jacoby

    Dr. Volker Jacoby

    Head of Team Training, Operations

    v.jacoby(at)zif-berlin.org

    PhD Political Science

     

    Since 2013

    Head of Training

     

    2012 to 2013

    UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

    Human Rights Officer

     

    2010 to 2012

    OSCE Centre in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

    Deputy Head ad interim, and Senior Economic and Environmental Officer

     

    2009 to 2010

    Long-term assignments as Political Analyst with ODIHR Election Observation Missions in Moldova, Uzbekistan, Ukraine and the UK

    Short-term assignments as Master Trainer with ZIF on election observation

     

    2007 to 2008

    Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), Kunduz, Afghanistan

    Advisor Capacity Development

    2005 to 2007

    UN Tajikistan Peace-building Support Office (UNTOP), Dushanbe, Tajikistan

    Political Affairs Officer

     

    1998 to 2004

    OSCE Mission to Georgia

    Various Positions, a.o. Coordinator for Political and Military Affairs, Human Dimension Officer and Spokesperson

     

    1998 to 1999

    Conferral of a doctorate, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany

     

    Working Languages

    German, English, Russian

     

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Planning of preparation and specialization courses for civilian personnel in international peace operations
    • National and international outreach
    • European Training Network (ENTRi)
    • Development of tailored training courses
  • Sebastian Dworack
    Sebastian Dworack
    Head of Team International Capacity Development, Operations

    Sebastian Dworack

    Sebastian Dworack

    Head of Team International Capacity Development, Operations

    s.dworack(at)zif-berlin.org

    MA Political Science

    Mediator

     

    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, focus: set-up of civilian expert-roster for United Nations
    • Support of the African Union in the area of peace and stability
    • Advise on the development of AU Civilian Standby Roster
    • Consulting, Training/Coaching
  • Perle Baillard
    Perle Baillard
    Assistant to the Head of Operations | Team Human Resources, Operations

    Perle Baillard

    Perle Baillard

    Assistant to the Head of Operations | Team Human Resources, Operations

    p.baillard(at)zif-berlin.org

    LL.M. Business Law
    MA European Affairs

     

    Since 2017

    Desk Officer UN-Personnel Management, Human Resources (50%)

     

    Since 2016

    Personal Assistant to the Head of Operations (50%)

     

     

    Working Language
    English, French

     

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Personnel management for international peace operations, focus: set-up of civilian expert-roster for United Nations
    • Office management
  • Louise Biermanski
    Louise Biermanski
    Team Training, Operations

    Louise Biermanski

    Louise Biermanski

    Team Training, Operations

    l.biermanski(at)zif-berlin.org

    MA International Studies/Peace and Conflict Studies
    BA European Studies


    Since 2016

    Training Officer, Team Training

     

    Since 2014

    Desk Officer, Human Resources

     

    2013 to 2014
    EXOP GmbH
    Risk Analyst Sub-Saharan Africa/ Crisis Response Operator

    2012 to 2013
    ZIF
    Desk Officer, Human Resources

    Working Languages

    German, English, French


    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT+)
    • Mentoring & Advising
    • Women, Peace and Security
    • United Nations Staff Officer Course (UNSOC)
    • Fundamentals of Operational Planning (NATO)
  • Sarah Degen-Heinemann
    Sarah Degen-Heinemann
    Deputy Head of Team International Capacity Development, Operations

    Sarah Degen-Heinemann

    Sarah Degen-Heinemann

    Deputy Head of Team International Capacity Development, Operations

    s.degen-heinemann(at)zif-berlin.org

    Fully Qualified Lawyer

     

    Since 2015

    Project Manager Training, ZIF project "Peace Operations in Fragile States"

     

    2012 to 2013

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

     

    2011 to 2012

    Desk Officer, Human Resources


    2008 to 2010
    German Federal Foreign Office, Berlin
    Desk Officer in the OSCE and Council of Europe division

    2008
    German Bundestag, Berlin
    Research Assistant to a Member of Parliament

    2006 to 2008
    Forum Civil Peace Service (forumZFD e.V.), Bonn
    Regional Coordinator Western Balkans, Belgrade, Serbia

    2004 to 2005
    Pielsticker and Partners, Law Firm and Notary Office, Berlin
    Attorney-at-law

    2001 to 2003
    Regional Higher Court
    Legal Clerkship („Referendariat“)
    (inter alia with the Office of the High Representative OHR, and the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Councils in Bosnia and Herzegovina)

    Working Languages
    German, English

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Strategies for Human Resource Management and Staff Development
    • Duty of Care
  • Françoise Donner
    Françoise Donner
    Team Human Resources, Operations

    Françoise Donner

    Françoise Donner

    Team Human Resources, Operations

    f.donner(at)zif-berlin.org

    Certified Translator (Certifié Traducteur)

    Since 2004

    Desk Officer, Human Resources

     

    1999 to 2002
    DBB Akademie, Berlin

    Desk Officer

    1999 
    GDL health services company, Berlin

    Desk Officer

    1994 to 1996 
    BVH Bank, Berlin

    Desk Officer

    Working Languages
    German, French, English

     

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Recruitment for OSCE peace operations
    • Personnel Support
  • Susanne Evert
    Susanne Evert
    Team Human Resources, Operations

    Susanne Evert

    Susanne Evert

    Team Human Ressources, Operations

    s.evert(at)zif-berlin.org

    MA International Business and Consulting: Human Resource Management
    BA Business Administration


    Since 2017

    Desk Officer, Human Resources

     

    2012 to 2015
    Axel Springer SE
    Human resource development and diversity management

    Working Languages
    English
     
    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Recruitment for EU-Peace Operations
    • Personnel Support
    • Database management
  • Aneka Flamm
    Aneka Flamm
    Deputy Head of Human Resources, Operations

    Aneka Flamm

    Aneka Flamm

    Deputy Head of Team Human Resources, Operations

    a.flamm(at)zif-berlin.org

    Dr. rer. nat psychology

    MA Social Psychology

     

    Since 2017

    Deputy Head of Team Human Resources, Operations

     

    2015 to 2017

    United Nations Headquarters New York, Department of Management
    Team Lead Assessments, Network Staffing Team POLNET

     

    2014 to 2015

    United Nations Headquarters New York, Department of Management
    Team Member Job Analysis & Assessments, Network Staffing Team POLNET

     

    2012 to 2014

    United Nations Headquarters New York, Department of Management
    Team Member, Young Professionals Programme Management

     

    2012

    United Nations Mission in South Sudan

    2009 to 2011

    United Nations Headquarters New York, Department of Management
    Team Member, Planning, Monitoring & Reporting

     

    2007 to 2009

    New York University, Department of Psychology
    Post-doctoral Researcher / ERP-Scholarship
    Intern at the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

     

    Working Languages

    German, English, French

     

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Strategic personnel management for international peace operations, focus: set-up of civilian expert-roster for United Nations
    • Personnel support and coaching
    • Support and training regarding personnel development and career planning
  • Saskia Helmke
    Saskia Helmke
    Assistant to the Head of Operations

    Saskia Schneider

    Saskia Schneider

    Assistant to the Head of Operations

    s.schneider(at)zif-berlin.org

    Management Assistant in Office Communication

    Since 2017

    Assistant to the Head of Operations

     

    2013 to 2016

    Personal Assistant to the Director

     

    2006 to 2013
    Sauerbruch Hutton Architects, Berlin
    Personal Assistant

    2006
    Pentagram Design Ltd., Berlin
    Secretary

    Working Languages

    German, English

     

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Office Management
  • Laura Korn
    Laura Korn
    Team Human Resources, Operations

    Laura Korn

    Laura Korn

    Team Human Resources, Operations

    l.korn(at)zif-berlin.org

    MA Sociology, Communication and American Studies

     

    Since 2014

    Desk Officer, Human Resources

    Working Languages

    German, English

     

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Recruitment for Election Observation Missions
    • Support of Training Courses for Election Observers
    • Recruitment for NATO-Operations
    • Personnel Support
  • Mirko Lakic
    Mirko Lakic
    Team Training, Operations

    Mirko Lakic

    Mirko Lakic

    Team Training, Operations

    m.lakic(at)zif-berlin.org

    Since 2017

    Desk Officer, Team Training

     

    2015 to 2017

    Mission Security Officer at EULEX Kosovo

     

    2008 to 2015

    Desk Officer, Team Training

     

    2004 to 2007
    Berlin School of Economics and Law
    Faculty of Business and Economics

    1996 to 2004
    German Armed Forces

    Working Languages
    German, English

     

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Administrative and Organisational Support of Training Courses
  • Antonia Lampe-Traupe
    Antonia Lampe-Traupe
    Team Human Resources, Operations

    Antonia Lampe-Traupe

    Antonia Lampe-Traupe

    Team Human Resources, Operations

    a.lampe-traupe(at)zif-berlin.org

    Since 2017

    Desk Officer, Human Resources

     

    2016 to 2017

    Desk Officer, Training

     

    2009 to 2015

    Generali Lebensversicherung

    Sales Support

    Working Languages

    German, English

     

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Recruitment for OSCE-Peace Operations
    • Personnel support
    • Database management
  • Silva Lauffer
    Silva Lauffer
    Head of ENTRi Secretariat, Team Training, Operations

    Silva Lauffer

    Silva Lauffer

    Head of ENTRi Secretariat, Team Training, Operations

    s.lauffer(at)zif-berlin.org

    MA Strategic Affairs
    BA Politics

     

    Since 2011

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

     

    2010
    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
    RedR UK

    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

    Consultant

    2004
    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

  • Rebecca Meier
    Rebecca Meier
    Team Human Resources, Operations

    Rebecca Meier

    Rebecca Meier

    Team Human Resources, Operations

    r.meier(at)zif-berlin.org

    BA Arabic-Islamic Culture and Religious Studies

     

    Since 2016

    Desk Officer, Human Resources

     

     

    Working Languages

    English, German

     

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Database and Application Support

     


  • David Meißner
    David Meißner
    Project Manager ENTRi, Team Training, Operations

    David Meißner

    David Meißner

    Project manager ENTRi, Team Training, Operations

    d.meissner(at)zif-berlin.org

    MA Human Security and Environmental Change

    BA International Relations

     

    Since 2016

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

     

    2014 to 2016

    Senior Experts Service, Africa & MENA Department, Bonn

    Working Language

    German, English, French and Dutch

     

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Project management ENTRi
    • ENTRi App/Website
    • In Control-Manual
    • Statistics
  • Fabian Metze
    Fabian Metze
    Team International Capacity Development, Operations

    Fabian Metze

    Fabian Metze

    Team International Capacity Development, Operations

    f.metze(at)zif-berlin.org

    MA Political Science, Islamic Science and Intercultural Business Communication

     

    Since 2016

    Project Manager Training, „African Standby Capacity“

     

    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
  • Agnieszka Miadowicz
    Agnieszka Miadowicz
    Team Training, Operations

    Agnieszka Miadowicz

    Agnieszka Miadowicz

    Team Training, Operations

    a.miadowicz(at)zif-berlin.org

    MA Cultural Studies

     

    Since 2017

    Desk Officer Team Training, Operations (70%)

    Desk Offiver Team Human Resources, Operations (30%)

     

    2017

    Personal Assistant to the Director

     

    2012 to 2017

    UN-Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)

    Regional Electoral Coordinator

     

    2012

    UN-Mission in East Timor (UNMIT)

    Legal and Voter Education Advisor

     

    2010 to 2012

    Desk Officer, Analysis and Human Resources

     

    2008

    Desk Officer, Training

    Working Languages

    English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, German

     

     

  • Anita Nuke
    Anita Nuke
    Team International Capacity Development, Operations

    Anita Nuke

    Anita Nuke

    Team International Capacity Development, Operations Division

    a.nuke(at)zif-berlin.org

    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)"

     

    2011 to 2014

    Desk Officer, ZIF Human Resources

     

    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
  • Dorlies Sanftenberg
    Dorlies Sanftenberg
    Team Training, Operations

    Dorlies Sanftenberg

    Dorlies Sanftenberg

    Team Training, Operations

    d.sanftenberg(at)zif-berlin.org

    Certified Translator for English and French

     

    Since 2003

    Desk Officer, Team Training

     

    2012 to 2013

    Monitor with the EU Monitoring Mission, Georgia

     

    1990 to 2002
    Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft, Berlin
    Associate for Scolarship Programs and Environmental Projects in West and Southern Africa

    Working Languages
    German, English, Russian

    Expertise | Responsibilities
    Planning and Implementation of:

    • Core Training Courses for Civilian Personnel in International Peace Operations
    • Specialization Courses
    • Election Observation Courses
  • Anja van Eickels
    Anja van Eickels
    Team Human Resources, Operations

    Anja van Eickels

    Anja van Eickels

    Team Human Resources, Operations

    a.vaneickels(at)zif-berlin.org

    BA Romance Philology and Economics

     

    Since 2002

    Desk Officer, Human Resources

     

    1997 to 2002
    Bankakademie International, Frankfurt/Main
    Project Coordinator for Training and Mentoring Activities

    Working Languages
    German, English, French

     

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Recruitment for Election Observation Missions
    • Personnel Support

  • Matthias Zeller
    Matthias Zeller
    Team Training, Operations

    Matthias Zeller

    Matthias Zeller

    Team Training, Operations

    m.zeller(at)zif-berlin.org

    Since 2015

    Desk Officer, Training

     



    Working Languages
    German, English

     

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Administrative and Organisational Support of Training Courses