Mentoring & Advising

Next dates: 13.09.2020 - 17.09.2020
Deadline: 13.09.2020

Quick Facts

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



Course description

Mentoring is an approach increasingly applied by peace operations to facilitate the transfer of expertise to counterparts in civilian crisis management. The terms of reference for experts, especially in the areas of rule of law, justice system reform, and police, often include mentoring components. Under the umbrella of the German Training Partner Platform, the Ministry of Interior and Sports of Saxony-Anhalt in cooperation with the Federal Police Academy Lübeck, and the German Armed Forces’ UN Training Centre established the course Mentoring & Advising.


This course provides a comprehensive understanding of mentoring in the context of international peace missions, and moreover deals with the current challenges of this approach in the field. Lessons learned from various peace operations will be presented, and the participants will develop strategies to support and consolidate local ownership. Furthermore, the course draws attention to the importance of intercultural competences and sensitivity with regard to understanding local traditions and knowledge in the implementation of international standards.

The mutual respect of mentor and mentee is an essential prerequisite for successful guidance and advice. The interactive exercises and role plays during the course allow the participants to practise their newly learned techniques and instruments of effective cooperation and communication.


The course language is English.



Learning objectives and course content

Learning Objectives

The aim of the course is to offer guidance and new knowledge on how to effectively mentor a person, particularly in the unique working environment of peace support operations. The participants become aware of the extensive tasks, as well as challenges of mentors in the field, and will learn how to manage these.

The focus lies on how to build co-operation with local counterparts in order to facilitate a mentoring relationship in which sharing of expertise, experience, and knowledge can take place. Additionally, techniques will be introduced on how to cope with resistance, after analyzing what reasons for resistance might exist. Basic negotiation and mediation skills will be practised in order to build conflict resolution capacities. Throughout the course, participants will have an opportunity to work in groups, participate in role plays, and actively apply the theories they are learning.

Course Modules

  • Development of Mentoring in Peace Support Operations
  • Definition of Mentoring, Advising, Coaching, Partnering and Monitoring
  • General Aspects of Mentoring & Role of the Mentor
  • Communication Techniques for Mentoring
  • Communicating through Interpreters
  • Phases of the Mentoring Process in the Mission Environment
  • Building Trust & Encouraging Local Ownership
  • Coping with Resistance
  • Introduction to Negotiation & Mediation Skills
  • Documentation and Evaluation
  • Field Reports from Experienced Mentors



Course audience

The course is geared towards civilian, police and military experts who are currently working as mentors in peace operations (UN, EU, OSCE) or civilian crisis management organizations, or those who will be deployed in missions in the future.



Course venue

The next training takes place at the Federal Police College in Lübeck.



Course Fee

For members of the ZIF Expert Roster


The cost are 150.00/week plus meals. Insurance and travel costs are not included in the course fee and will not be reimbursed.
ZIF does not offer scholarships.

For external applicants

For external applicants the costs are about 530.00/week plus meals. Insurance, visa and travel costs are not included.



Application process

For members of the ZIF Expert Roster


If you are a member of the ZIF Expert Roster, please apply via your profile in the ZIF database by clicking on the 'Apply Now' button on the top right side of this webpage and following the directions. If the application deadline has passed, please contact the ZIF course contact person directly.


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


For external applicants
All external applicants send their application (motivation letter and CV) directly to Mr. Markus Feilke from the Federal Police College Lübeck at BPOLAK.alv(at) You cannot apply for this course via the ZIF database.