International Capacity Development (ICD)

Mandates and duties of international peace operations are becoming ever more complex and specific. This leads to a constantly growing demand for highly qualified personnel as well as the necessity to adjust and optimize the processes and structures of field operations and international organizations.


Since its establishment, ZIF has been actively involved in the exchange of experience and knowledge transfer on the development of civilian capacities in the frames of international efforts for peace and security. Meanwhile, ZIF’s work in cooperation with the Federal Foreign Office on the recruitment and preparation of civilian personnel for peace operations is globally recognized as successful role model. Hence, ZIF receives a lot of enquiries from partner countries and organizations requesting information, advice and cooperation regarding the recruitment and selection, preparation, secondment, training and support of civilian personnel in multilateral peace operations.

In order to create a central point of contact for these enquiries, ZIF established the International Capacity Development (ICD) team within its Operations Division. The ICD team supports the enhancement of structures and processes in international partner organizations and peace operations through consultancy services and knowledge transfer. This engagement also aims at improving the working environment of (German) civilian experts in the field. The consultancy services of the ICD team are inter alia used to develop personnel rosters in partner countries and international organizations, to strengthen structures at the interface of peace operations and humanitarian aid and to actively contribute to efforts in the areas of mediation support and duty of care within the international discourse.

The ICD team on the one hand acts as pivot for knowledge exchange with multilateral peace operations as well as with international partners in the field of civilian crisis prevention and conflict transformation. On the other hand, it supports ZIF in its operative duties and its transformation to an implementing and seconding agency of the German Federal Foreign Office.


The portfolio of the ICD team currently encompasses the following focus areas:

-    Consulting on Human Resources Capacity Development
-    Advising the African Union on developing the African Standby Capacity 

-    Standby Partnership
-    Peace mediation and mediation support