Working in peace operations calls for a high level of personal commitment, and requires a thorough preparation and qualification.  One of ZIF's core tasks is therefore the training of civilian personnel for their deployment in peace operations and election observation missions of the United Nations (UN), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the European Union (EU), and other international organizations. Since 2002, ZIF has trained over 2,500 experts in preparation for their work in civilian crisis management.

ZIF training courses pursue two fundamental goals:

  • Preparation of German and international civilian experts for their responsibilities in international peace operations and election observation missions with core courses and specialization courses
  • Assessment of German participants as part of the selection process for the ZIF Expert Roster. (Only German citizens are eligible for admittance to the ZIF Expert Roster)

In addition, some ZIF courses are open to mission personnel and representatives of international organizations, as well as staff from development and humanitarian organizations.

The following pages will give you a comprehensive overview of the variety of courses ZIF offers, including information on learning objectives, methodology, application requirements and procedures. You will also find information on other services ZIF provides, such as in-mission and bespoke training, as well as consulting on the development of training capacities. Additionally, there is an overview of our national and international partners.


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