The Federal Foreign Office has trained civilian personnel for international missions since 1999. The Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF) has assumed this role since its establishment in 2002.
The training programme is primarily geared to personnel to be deployed in peace missions of the UN, the EU and the OSCE. Since it was set up, just under 1800 German and international experts have completed ZIF courses for election monitoring and peace missions.
In addition to general training of civilian peace experts, ZIF’s remit also includes recruiting experts for specific missions and looking after them before, during and after the missions, as well as drafting independent analyses and providing advisory services and information on peace operations.