Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT)

Next dates: 10.07.2020 - 17.07.2020

Additional dates:
13.11.2020 - 20.11.2020 (Deadline:: 20.09.2020)
27.11.2020 - 04.12.2020 (Deadline:: 04.10.2020)

Quick Facts

  • Venue: Different hotels in Hammelburg and the UN Training Center of the German Armed Forces
  • Course fee ZIF Expert Roster: 180 € full board included
  • Course fee external applicants: 1500 € full board included
  • Application documents: CV + Letter of Motivation
  • Programme: Sample
  • Apply now as:
    • ZIF Expert: ZIF Database - Please upload application documents
    • External: ZIF Database - Application for: Training only

ZIF does not offer scholarships and does not cover travel costs.

Course description

The nature of civilian crisis interventions often requires staff to operate in unstable and insecure environments. Even though an armed conflict may have not yet occurred or hostilities have ceased, there may be periods of unrest caused by uncontrolled elements making use of the current unstable situation in the host country or the settlement of the conflict. In many countries, risks for the personal safety of mission members may also include organised crime, theft, assault and hostage taking. Therefore, certain patterns of security awareness and behaviour must be part of the toolbox of each civilian expert.


The assurance of the safety and security of their personnel is the single most important duty of care of states and organisations sending their staff to hazardous or hostile areas. Additionally, appropriate security measures will - by reducing known risks to an operationally acceptable level - enable fulfilling mission objectives and therefore contribute to them. Hostile environment awareness training is crucial for anyone working in risk-associated, insecure or hostile environments. Accordingly, the training endeavours to provide comprehensive coverage of the relevant issues in this area and is designed to put participants in stressful situations, preparing them for worst-case scenarios. Essential classroom theory is complemented by simulations of real-life situations.



Learning objectives and course content

Learning Objectives


This training has two primary objectives:

  • To improve participants’ knowledge of multiple threats present in hostile field environments and of ways and means of dealing with them in an effective manner;
  • To rehearse and practice safety and security procedures according to specific threats.

Moreover, this course requires all participants to succesfully complete the UN online security awareness training BSAFE.


Course Modules

  • Awareness of threats, risks, and personal security
  • Mission risk management processes in International Organizations (UN, OSCE) with particular focus on EU risk assessment and Mission Security Planning (MSP)
  • Mobile security I: Offroad driving training and handling of 4x4 vehicles
  • Mobile security II: Safety and security procedures for vehicle movement
  • Management of threats related to gatherings, protests, demonstrations, and riots
  • Kidnapping, hostage taking, hostage survival
  • Weapons, mines, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), and Unexploded Ordenances (UXOs)
  • Protection of classified and sensitive information
  • Orientation in the Field: Map Reading and Use of Compass and GPS;
  • Medical training: health maintenance on mission
  • Orientation, communication, four-wheel driving
  • Basic first aid in the field

Course audience

The target group for this training is mission staff selected to be deployed to

low/middle/high risk missions or recently deployed to such missions. Preferably, participants have already attended at least a general introductory course on crisis management operations, or have gained relevant experience in international field operations.



Course venue

The next HEAT course will take place in parts at a hotel in Hammelburg and at the UN Training Centre of the German Armed Forces in Hammelburg.



Course fee

€ 1500.00 for external applicants
€ 180.00 for members of the ZIF Expert Roster

The course fee covers the cost for full-board accommodation during the training. All participants are recommended to stay at the training location as the course program is designed to include informal evening events. Insurance and travel costs are not included in the course fee and will not be reimbursed.

ZIF currently does not offer scholarships.



Application process

Please apply for the HEAT course via the ZIF database. Please click on the 'Apply Now' button on the top right side of this webpage and follow the directions that match your profile.

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

Please note that we require a short (1-2 paragraphs) and relevant motivation statement for this course.


Participants will be informed about their selection shortly after the deadline has passed.