OCHA and ZIF Sign Standby Partnership Agreement


On August 28th, 2019 the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) and the Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF) signed a standby partnership agreement in order to deploy humanitarian experts from ZIF to OCHA missions worldwide.

In acute humanitarian crises, ZIF standby personnel reinforces OCHA staff in the country contexts. ZIF's standby capacity includes amongst others Humanitarian Affairs Officer and Information Management Officer. 

With this agreement, the Federal Foreign Office is thus strengthening Germany's role in international humanitarian aid, while broadening the spectrum of deployments financed by the Federal Foreign Office through ZIF.

"I am delighted that OCHA and ZIF are further expanding their successful cooperation. ZIF's humanitarian experts can be deployed to OCHA missions before the end of this year. This is an important milestone for us and a strong signal of how much we value OCHA's coordinating role in humanitarian crisis operations," underlined ZIF executive director, Dr. Almut Wieland-Karimi, who signed the agreement with Ursula Müller, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator.