Core Course Peace Operations

Next dates: 02.09.2017 - 15.09.2017
Deadline: 04.06.2017

Course description

The Core Course Peace Operations is designed to provide an orientation into the work of UN, OSCE or the EU peace operations. The curriculum of this two-week training is very broad in scope and characterized by a high level of practical, mission-related and relevant exercises. 


The overall objective of this course is to provide an understanding of the history and development of peace operations, as well as structures and tools of international organizations. Moreover, the international legal framework of mandates and mission deployments are discussed.  In order to provide a more realistic picture of activities in the field, current staff members of missions are invited to provide an insight into their work and daily routine. As a comprehensive knowledge of different soft skills greatly enhances the ability to perform efficiently in a mission, the training covers topics like mediation, negotiation techniques and stress management, whereas people centered-approach, inter-cultural communication and gender, for example, are streamlined throughout the various training modules.


Particular emphasis is placed on the practical safety and security part of training, which takes place on the second week. This leg of the course (5 days) is conducted at the UN Training Centre of the German Armed Forces in Hammelburg and seeks to raise participants’ awareness of security and risk prevention. Participants are trained in mine awareness, radio communication, behavior in complex risk situations such as ambushes, checkpoints etc. etc. Moreover, the curriculum of the training includes road safety and 4x4 driving modules, both essential for field deployments.



Learning goals and course content

Learning Objectives


The aim of the course is to provide a better understanding and some realistic insight into the work of peace operations. In collaboration with experienced mentors and trainers, participants will be prepared to undertake assigned responsibilities with confidence and adapt to complex mission life. In addition, they will have an opportunity to critically (re-)assess their own mission readiness and motivation.


The course curriculum is in line with EU training standards and is certified as a combined Core Course Peace Operations and HEAT course according to the C3MC standards (for more Information see ENTRi).


The course is held in English.


Course Modules

  • Structure and Mandates of UN, OSCE, and EU Missions
  • Development of International Peace Operations
  • Role of Germany in Peace Operations of the UN, EU and OSCE
  • International Law, Human Rights, Protection of Minorities, and Rule of Law
  • Code of Conduct
  • Mission Readiness and Personal Motivation
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Engaging with Communities
  • Mediation and Negotiation techniques
  • External Communication and Report Writing
  • Project Management
  • Personal Safety and Security
  • Mine Awareness and Behavior in Complex Risk Situations
  • Stress Management and Coping with Trauma in Crisis Situations
  • Orientation in the Field / Use of Maps and GPS / Radio Communication Basics
  • Road Safety and Driving in Hazardous Environment / Use of 4x4 Vehicles
  • Different Actors in the Field / Cooperation with IOs, NGOs, CivPol and military actors
  • Basic First Aid and Expatriate Health
  • National Recruitment and Secondment Procedures

Course audience

This course is designed for German and international civilian experts who wish to develop a better understanding of international peace operations.


German nationals who attend the course as external applicants and do not undergo the selection process for the ZIF Expert Roster, will not be able to join the ZIF Expert Roster upon completion of the course. They will therefore not be eligible for German seconded positions to peace operations.


Like all ZIF courses, this training is also open for members of the police and the military.



Course venue

The main part of the course takes place at the Akademie Berlin-Schmöckwitz. The five-day HEAT training takes place at the UN Training Centre of the Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces) in Hammelburg. ZIF is organizing the transport from the Akademie Berlin-Schmöckwitz to the UN Training Centre in Hammelburg as well as a shuttle bus from the Trainings Centre to Frankfurt Airport.



Course fee

€ 1800.00 for external applicants (including German applicants who are not applying for membership of the ZIF Expert Roster)

€  360.00 for applicants to the ZIF-Expert Roster (open to German nationals only), members of the German police and the German military


The course fee covers the cost of full-board accommodation during the training. Since one of the goals of training is to exchange experiences among the participants from different fields and provide an opportunity for networking, ZIF encourages all participants to stay at the training venue. The fee will not be reduced if you choose not to stay at the official training venue. Insurance, visa and travel costs are not included in the fee and will not be reimbursed.


ZIF offers a limited number of scholarships for national staff of UN, EU and OSCE missions. For more information on those scholarship opportunities, please contact the ZIF Contact Person for this course.


For UN national staff: Please do not direct your application directly to ZIF but contact your training team or line manager.



Application process

As an external applicant (civilian, police, or military), please apply for this course via the ZIF database by clicking on the 'Apply Now' button on the top right side of this webpage and following the directions that best match your profile.


Important: During registration, please select the option "Training Only" in the  "Application for:" pop-up menu.


If the application deadline has passed, please contact the ZIF course contact person for this course directly.


If you are a German national who would like to apply for membership in the ZIF-Expert Roster, please follow the directions outlined here.