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ZIF TRAINING COURSES

  1. 1. ZIF TRAINING COURSES Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF) Ludwigkirchplatz 3-4 D-10719 Berlin www.zif-berlin.org
  2. 2. COURSE OVERVIEW 2008 Dates Course Location Course Fee* 27 01 - 01 02 Field Security Training Hammelburg, Bavaria 125 Euro 24 02 - 29 02 EULEX Kosovo Pre-Deployment Training Berlin - Schmöckwitz 525 Euro 09 03 - 14 03 Long-Term Election Observation Berlin - Grunewald 125 Euro 30 03 - 11 04 Core Course Peace Operations Vierseithof Luckenwalde 300 Euro 05 06 - 08 06 Short-Term Election Observation Berlin - Grunewald 75 Euro 22 06 - 27 06 Field Security Training Hammelburg, Bavaria 125 Euro 30 06 - 04 07 Mediation and Negotiation in the Field Berlin - Grunewald 125 Euro 31 08 - 12 09 Core Course Peace Operations Berlin - Schmöckwitz 300 Euro 12 10 - 16 10 Long-Term Election Observation Berlin - Grunewald 1050 Euro** 02 11 - 07 11 Responding to Leadership Challenges in Berlin - Schmöckwitz 125 Euro Peace Operations 19 11 - 22 11 Project Cycle Management Berlin - Grunewald 100 Euro 23 11 – 05 12 Specialization Course on Rule of Law Berlin - Schmöckwitz 300 Euro 30 11 - 05 12 Field Security Training Hammelburg, Bavaria 125 Euro Fall 2008 Gender in Peacekeeping Operations tbc tbc Fall 2008 First Aid in Hazardous Environments tbc tbc TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH PARTNER INSTITUTIONS 11 02 - 29.02 UNSOC - UN Staff Officer Course GAF Staff College, Hamburg 21 04 - 09 05 UNSOC - UN Staff Officer Course GAF Staff College, Hamburg 13 10 - 31 10 UNSOC - UN Staff Officer Course GAF Staff College, Hamburg Autumn Election Observation and Basic Peacekeeping KAIPTC – Ghana*** * Please note that the course fees for members of the ZIF Expert Pool are subsidized; for further information, please see the member section of the ZIF website ** Course has been added to the Training Calender and is not subsidised by the German MFA *** Only for particpants from West-African countries General Course Overview 2
  3. 3. ZIF Training Activities Since its foundation in June 2002, ZIF has been conducting basic and specialized trainings courses for civilian personnel in international peace operations and election observation missions of the United Nations (UN), the Organization for Security and Co- operation in Europe (OSCE), the European Union (EU) and other international organizations. By training and preparing more than 1300 German and international civilian crisis management experts for the deployment to international operations, ZIF has substantially contributed to the German Governments’ goal of strengthening national and international civilian crisis prevention, peace-keeping and peace-building capacities. ZIF seeks to further increase the number of international course participants, particularly from conflict states and Africa and will continue its close cooperation with European and international training institutions as well as the EU, UN and OSCE, whose headquarter and field staff regularly participate in ZIF trainings. ZIF is one of the founding members of the EU Group on Training (EGT), a consortium of European training institutions created in 2002 within the frame of the commission- funded EU Project on Training for Civilian Crisis Management. The project seeks to enhance the European Union's capacity in the field of peacekeeping and peacebuilding. In close collaboration with the Commission, the Council Secretariat and CIVCOM, EGT developed a comprehensive training programme for civilan experts to be deployed to EU operations. Some of the trainings courses conducted by ZIF and described in this document have been developed and tested within the framework of this cooperation. within The current programme phase will end in December 2009. The following pages provide detailed information on the training objectives, target groups, selection criteria, course curricula, and training schedules. Objectives General aim of all courses is to provide participants with a realistic insight into the day to day work in peace operations and prepare them for challenges and obstacles they might encounter in the field. Working in crisis environments can be very demanding and generally requires a high level of commitment. ZIF courses seek to raise the level of awareness amongst participants with regard to these challenges in order to avoid negative experience during the assignments. Moreover, the training encourages participants to reflect on their own mission readiness and provides them with a set of general skills required for working in a crisis management environment. Assessment of German Participants Participation in a ZIF training course does not automatically result in the admission to the expert pool. The two-week core courses provide an excellent opportunity to assess the participants’ team and communication skills as well as their motivation. At the end of each course, staff from the Training and the Recruitment Unit of ZIF appraise each participant with regard to his or her suitability for mission service. A decision is then taken on whether or not to include a candidate in the personnel pool. General Course Overview 3
  4. 4. Training of German and International Candidates To work successfully in international peace operations or election monitoring missions a number of basic skills are required: • knowledge of the legal, political and institutional background of such missions; • skills to meet the professional demands in a challenging working environment; • ability to work in a team; • social and intercultural competence; • language skills. ZIF basic peacekeeping, election observation, and specialization courses offer a realistic preparation for mission service, closely tailored to the needs in the field. In close co- operation with international organizations, other international training institutions, and practitioners from the field, ZIF continuously develops and improves its training courses. Course curricula are revised and up-dated to reflect ongoing political developments and the changing mandates of international peace operations. The courses follow a participatory approach and include lectures, discussions, case studies, group work, simulations, and field exercises. ZIF aims to create a learning environment that encourages inter-action between participants with diverse experiences, professional skills, and nationalities. ZIF therefore pays particular attention to the heterogeneity of the training audience. While the courses target both German and international participants, only German nationals can become members of ZIF’s expert pool. Target Groups ZIF training courses are mainly aimed at civilian experts whose professional expertises match the requirements of the international organizations conducting peace and election observation missions. Based on an integrated training concept, experts from the military and police join the trainings as complementary preparation for future field assignments. The heterogeneity of participants provides for a multi-national training environment which closely resembles the working environment in missions. Participants should ideally have a professional background in one of the below mentioned expertise fields listed: • Democratisation • Elections • Human Rights • Rule of Law • Civilian/Public Administration • Media Development • Press and Public Information • Political Affairs • Legal Affairs • Mission Management, Administration and Support • Infrastructure and Economic Affairs General Course Overview 4
  5. 5. • Monitoring and Verification • Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) • Humanitarian Affairs • Refugee Affairs • Reconciliation Training Courses ZIF offers three types of training courses: core courses on peace operations, election observer courses and specialization courses. The main focus of all courses is field- oriented preparation for future deployment to peace operations. ZIF neither conducts purely academic training nor do its training courses substitute professional experience or vocational training. Most trainers in ZIF courses are practitioners from the field, having either been themselves involved in previous operations or coming straight from their current assignments to the course to provide first hand impressions from the day to day work in international peace operations. Field applicability and relevance are therefore the prime maxims of ZIF training courses. The spectrum of specialization courses is gradually being enlarged, in close co- operation with the UN, OSCE and particularly the EU. ZIF maintains a close working relationship with other international training institutions and is member of various training networks seeking to further enhance and develop civilian crisis management training. The course descriptions below provide an overview of all ZIF courses. For further details concerning dates, locations and course fees please consult the ZIF website. All venues are located in or around Berlin with the exception of courses held in co-operation with other international training institutions such as the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center (KAIPTC) in Accra, Ghana or the Folke Bernadotte Academy in Sweden as well as the “Field Security Training” which is held at the German Armed Forces UN Training Center in Bavaria. Course Language Unless stated otherwise all courses are held in English. General Course Overview 5
  6. 6. Training Academies and Locations Depending on the type of course, ZIF holds its courses in one of the following three locations. Akademie Berlin Schmöckwitz Wernsdorfer Strasse 43 12527 Berlin www.akademie-schmoeckwitz.de Europäische Akademie Grunewald Bismarckallee 46/48 14193 Berlin www.eab-berlin.de Center for International Peace Operations Ludwigkirchplatz 3-4 10719 Berlin www.zif-berlin.org General Course Overview 6
  7. 7. CORE COURSE PEACE OPERATIONS Course Description Due to the fact that course participants usually do not know when and where they will be deployed in the future, ZIF has developed a core course curriculum covering a wide variety of subjects which can be applied to any field environment and further incorporates the training standards and guidelines for generic, non-mission-specific training of the OSCE, UN, and EU. Core courses provide participants with the general knowledge and soft skills needed independent of the specific function they will fulfil in a mission. These soft skills include inter-cultural communication, negotiation and mediation techniques, working with interpreters, stress management, and gender awareness. The course also provides participants with insights into the structure and specific functional units in peace operations, their mandates and lessons learned. Moreover, they contribute to the creation of a sense of common identity among future mission members who have different professional, organizational and cultural backgrounds. All modules seek to enhance desirable personal attitudes, stress the importance of the active involvement of the host society and promote a reflective and critical approach with regard to the complex issues of civilian crisis prevention and management when implementing concrete projects in the field, i.e. skills that are practised in direct interaction with people. The ZIF Training Unit puts particular emphasis on practical security training. It seeks – in close collaboration with national Police Academies and the German Armed Forces - to sensitise participants to security awareness and risk prevention. Part of the core course training is conducted at the UN Training Center of the German Armed Forces in Hammelburg, where participants are trained in mine awareness, field orientation and communication, emergency first aid and behaviour in complex risk situations. Training Modules: • Development of International Peace Operations; • Structure and Mandates of UN, OSCE, and EU missions; • Analysis of Past and ongoing Conflicts; • International Law, Human Rights, and Rule of Law; • Code of Conduct, Mission Readiness and Personal Motivation; • Intercultural Communication; • Negotiation and Mediation; • Working with National Staff; • Gender Aspects in Conflict Situations; • Different Actors in the Field / Co-operation with NGOs, CivPol other IOs; • Civil-Military Co-operation; • Personal Security, Mine Awareness and Behaviour in Complex Risk Situations; • Orientation in the Field / Use of Maps and GPS / Radio Communication Basics; General Course Overview 7
  8. 8. • Road Safety and Driving in Hazardous Environment / Use of 4x4 Vehicles; • Basic First Aid and Personal Hygiene in the Field; • Stress Management; • Information on National Recruitment and Secondment Procedures (for German Nationals). Participants The course specifically targets those candidates who are interested to work in an international environment on long-term assignments (6 months and longer) in crisis management operations. Previous mission experience is highly desirable but not obligatory. The maximum number of participants is 20. Costs & Application Costs include full board accommodation as well as all provided training material. Please note that course fees must be paid prior to beginning of the training. ZIF does not reimburse any travel expenses. Participants are required to make arrangements for their own health insurance for the duration of the course and are requested to sign a liability waiver before the course starts. The application deadline and selection of international participants is generally two months prior to the course. Interested international applicants are requested to send their application including a letter of motivation and an electronic copy of their curriculum vitae to the following email address: training@zif-berlin.org. General Course Overview 8
  9. 9. SHORT-TERM ELECTION OBSERVATION TRAINING Course Description ZIF regularly conducts Election Observation Courses for short-term and long-term observers being deployed to OSCE and EU missions. The courses aim at providing participants with the background and skills required for assignments in international observation missions. The methodology of our election observation courses is participatory and includes case studies, scenarios, simulations and exercises. All trainers have an extensive practical background in election observation, while observers from previous EU and OSCE missions serve as resource persons throughout the courses. Moreover, the methodology encourages the creation of new knowledge and skills through the interaction that takes place between participants with diverse experience, professional skills, and national backgrounds. All election observation courses include a security module which aims at raising the participants’ awareness for personal security issues and the challenges related to working in crisis and post-conflict environments. This module is conducted in close collaboration with German Police Academies. Training Modules: • Introduction of main International Actors - OSCE, EU and UN - and their respective involvement in Democratisation Activities and Election Observation Missions; • Election Observation, Supervision and Implementation; • International Election Standards; • Case Studies of Election Observation Missions; • Experiences of Short- and Long-term Observers; • Mission Readiness and Personal Motivation; • Code of Conduct; • German Participation in Election Observation Missions; • Security Aspects; • Information on National Recruitment Procedures for German Nationals. Participants The course specifically targets those candidates who are interested to become Short- term Election Observers. STO Observers are generally deployed for 7-10 days while long- term observers serve an average of 2-3 months in missions. The maximum number of participants is 20. Costs & Application Costs include full board accommodation as well as all provided training material. Please note that course fees must be paid prior to beginning of the training. General Course Overview 9
  10. 10. ZIF does not reimburse any travel expenses. Participants are required to make arrangements for their own health insurance for the duration of the course and are requested to sign a liability waiver before the course starts. The application deadline and selection of international participants is generally two months prior to the course. Interested international applicants are requested to send their application including a letter of motivation and an electronic copy of their curriculum vitae to the following email address: training@zif-berlin.org. General Course Overview 10
  11. 11. LONG-TERM ELECTION OBSERVATION TRAINING Course Description The course aims at providing participants with the background and skills required for assignments in international election observation missions. The methodology of our election observation courses is participatory and includes case studies, scenarios, simulations and exercises. All trainers have an extensive practical background in election observation, while observers from previous EU and OSCE missions serve as resource persons. Moreover, the methodology encourages the creation of new knowledge and skills through the inter-action that takes place between participants with diverse experience, professional skills, and national backgrounds. The long-term election observation course includes a security module which aims at raising participants’ awareness for personal security issues and challenges related to working in crisis and post-conflict environments in combination with a 4x4 driving training. These modules are conducted in close co-operation with German Police Academies and the German Armed Forces. Training Modules: • International Actors and Democratization Support (UN, EU, OSCE); • International Standards and the Electoral Cycle; • Electronic Voting; • Frame and Context of Long-term Election Observation Missions; • Working Relationship between Core Team, LTOs and STOs; • Working with National Staff; • Code of Conduct; • LTO and STO Reporting: Formats and Responsibilities; • Working in a Challenging Mission Environment; • 4x4 Driving Exercises; • Security in Election Observation Missions. Participants The course specifically targets those candidates who are interested in working as long- term Observers serving an average of 2-3 months in a missions. Please note that applicants for LTO courses should ideally have extensive previous experience as a Short- Term Observer. Previous LTO experience is however not required. The maximum number of participants is 20. Costs & Application Costs include full board accommodation as well as all provided training material. Please note that course fees must be paid prior to beginning of the training. General Course Overview 11
  12. 12. ZIF does not reimburse any travel expenses. Participants are required to make arrangements for their own health insurance for the duration of the course and are requested to sign a liability waiver before the course starts. The application deadline and selection of international participants is generally two months prior to the course. Interested international applicants are requested to send their application including a letter of motivation and an electronic copy of their curriculum vitae to the following email address: training@zif-berlin.org. General Course Overview 12
  13. 13. SPECIALIZATION COURSE ON THE RULE OF LAW Course Description Within the scope of the Rule of Law, all functions have the overriding purpose to promote, secure and strengthen the Rule of Law in the administration of justice as well as in the administration in general. The expert functions to be provided for, within the framework of a mission, require training, particularly of judges, prosecutors and lawyers, as well as correctional officers. The conditions and methods for carrying out these functions vary, depending upon which phase of crisis management the mission in question is planned for. It involves monitoring the functioning of the legal system, at the earlier stages of conflict escalation, strengthening or replacing the local mechanisms of justice in an executive phase, and, in the later stages of post-conflict rehabilitation, encouraging improvements in the administration of justice by suggesting systematic changes to the legal and judicial systems in the mission area as necessary and appropriate, and by undertaking legal reform and legislative review projects in order to bring domestic laws into line with recognised international standards. Programmes in this area aim at strengthening the Rule of Law within the legal and the political system as well as civilian administration. Measures in this area are based on principles such as the separation of powers, the independence of the judiciary, and the respect for human rights. The three key pillars for successful Rule of Law programs are an independent judiciary and administration of justice, a civilian police force, and a functioning penal system. The overall objective of the Rule of Law Course is to enhance the competence of and provide participants with specific knowledge of the different mechanisms involved in a Rule of Law mission. Particular focus is given to the different mandates of such an operation that may include executive, monitoring, advisory and training functions. The training seeks to provide skills required to perform in an international and crisis- stricken environment in a manner that is efficient and in compliance with the principles of Rule of Law. The course modules therefore draw heavily upon the experiences gained by the OSCE, UN and EU. Since overly ambitious expectations with regard to the own assignment and mission mandate are often the biggest motivation killer for Rule of Law staff in the field, the training aims at providing a realistic picture of the political and working environment and the bottlenecks to be encountered in Rule of Law assignments. Training Modules: • Introduction to International Law and Institutions; • Rule of Law in Peace Operations / UN, OSCE and EU; • Applicable Law and Local Institutions; • Rule of Law and Law Enforcement; • Investigation of Criminal Offences; • Corruption, Organised Crime and Human Trafficking; General Course Overview 13
  14. 14. • Court Proceedings; • Prosecuting War Crimes; • International Tribunals and Special Courts; • Judicial Review and Transitional Justice; • Rights of Victims in Criminal Proceedings; • Human Rights and the Rule of Law; • Security Sector Reform; • Prison Administration and Penal Management; • Land Reform and Property Rights; • Governance and the Administrative Procedure; • Monitoring the Rule of Law; • Executive Functions and the Rule of Law. Participants The course specifically targets those candidates with a professional Rule of Law background, who are interested to work in crisis management operations and want either to be deployed on short-term or long-term assignments (6 months and longer). Previous mission experience and having attended a “Core Course Basic Peacekeeping Training” are highly desirable but not obligatory. The maximum number of participants is 20. Costs & Application Costs include full board accommodation as well as all provided training material. Please note that course fees must be paid prior to beginning of the training. ZIF does not reimburse any travel expenses. Participants are required to make arrangements for their own health insurance for the duration of the course and are requested to sign a liability waiver before the course starts. The application deadline and selection of international participants is generally two months prior to the course. Interested international applicants are requested to send their application including a letter of motivation and an electronic copy of their curriculum vitae to the following email address: training@zif-berlin.org. General Course Overview 14
  15. 15. SPECIALIZATION COURSE ON MISSION MANAGEMENT, ADMINISTRATION AND SUPPORT Course Description The underlying concept of this course is the understanding that efficient mission administration and support is key to the successful implementation of a mission mandate. Without proper support, mission structures in the field may collapse and working power/resources are wasted trying to improvise with makeshift solutions. Although the concept of specific training of administration and support staff in a comprehensive training course is new, there is an abundance of relevant knowledge and experiences accumulated in the United Nations, the OSCE and the EU, as a result of these organizations involvement in previous field missions. Therefore, this course will be based on the lessons learned from these organizations. The overall objective is to provide its participants with in-depth knowledge and skills needed to plan, set up and run small and larger-scale field missions. In addition, the course shall contribute to the creation of a similar management culture among future mission members who have different professional, organizational and cultural backgrounds, and a sense of common identity and purpose for peace operation support. The course consists of three subject areas, aiming at increasing future mission personnel’s operational awareness and handling of: 1) the planning of a field operation/mission, 2) the set-up and implementation of field missions and 3) a sustainable and efficient support and management of field operations. Training Modules: New Trends and Strategies in Peace Operations; Planning and Setting up Field Missions in the UN and EU System; Administration in the UN System; Introduction to EU – Civilian Crisis Response Teams; Operational Management of Field Missions; Financial Management and Budgeting of Field Operations; Performance Based Program Budgeting; Recruitment, Training and Staff Management Issues; Safety and Security in the Field; Handling the Press and Media; Teambuilding and Leadership Skills; Cross-Cultural Awareness in the Field; Stress Management in Crisis Operations; Closing of a Mission. General Course Overview 15
  16. 16. Participants The course specifically targets those candidates with a professional background in administration and support, who are interested to work in an international environment and want to be deployed on long-term assignments (6 months and longer) in crisis management operations. Previous mission experience and having attended a “Core Course Basic Peacekeeping Training” are highly desirable but not obligatory. The maximum number of participants is 20. Cost & Application Costs include full board accommodation as well as all provided training material. Please note that course fees must be paid prior to beginning of the training. ZIF does not reimburse any travel expenses. Participants are required to make arrangements for their own health insurance for the duration of the course and are requested to sign a liability waiver before the course starts. The application deadline and selection of international participants is generally two months prior to the course. Interested international applicants are requested to send their application including a letter of motivation and an electronic copy of their curriculum vitae to the following email address: training@zif-berlin.org. General Course Overview 16
  17. 17. SPECIALIZATION COURSE ON DISARMAMENT, DEMOBILISATION AND REINTEGRATION Course Description This Specialization Course is for practitioners working on the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration of combatants after armed conflict. It is open to soldiers, administrators, police officers, development and relief workers and NGO representatives of all countries with field experience in post-conflict areas who want to specialize in the execution of DDR programs. DDR is not a single subject that one can study or a skill one can acquire. It is a set of urgent challenges faced by peace-builders in the confused, uncertain and often dangerous aftermath of violent conflict. The participants will acquire these skills by a variety of teaching methods. They will engage in workshop discussions with trainers and resource persons, conduct exercises like the planning and implementation of a DDR program and carry out field trips. For their part, the trainers and resource persons are an international and renowned team of educators and experts from the Netherlands, Germany, the UK, Canada and other countries, with long years of experience as analysts and practitioners. The institutes organising the course are leading centres of expertise on post-conflict peace-building and members of the Integrated DDR Training Group (IDDRTG). The IDDRTG develops and shares training material based on the Integrated DDR Standards (IDDRS) of the United Nations. Course Objectives: • Understand the various contexts in which DDR is attempted and the various purposes it can serve; • Understand the difference between DDR as an attempt to provide security and stability in the short term and the requirements for peace and development in the long term; • Favour and practise co-operation and coordination between soldiers, administrators, development and relief workers, and civil society in DDR; • Actively seek the involvement of local communities in DDR; • Be familiar with the various components of the DDR process, from induction to reintegration, and be prepared for the challenges that each of these presents; • Accept that there is not a uniform approach to DDR that will work everywhere, but understand and be able to apply the United Nation’s Integrated DDR Standards (IDDRS); • Be sensitive to the needs of various groups in the DDR process, such as women, children and handicapped persons, and be able to apply the gender perspective to DDR and peace-building; • Understand the links between DDR and security sector reform. General Course Overview 17
  18. 18. Participants The course specifically targets those candidates who are interested to work in an international environment on long-term assignments (6 months and longer) in crisis management operations. Previous mission experience is highly desirable but not obligatory. The maximum number of participants is 20. Cost & Application Costs include full board accommodation as well as all provided training material. Please note that course fees must be paid prior to beginning of the training. ZIF does not reimburse any travel expenses. Participants are required to make arrangements for their own health insurance for the duration of the course and are requested to sign a liability waiver before the course starts. The application deadline and selection of international participants is generally two months prior to the course. Interested international applicants are requested to send their application including a letter of motivation and an electronic copy of their curriculum vitae to the following email address: training@zif-berlin.org. General Course Overview 18
  19. 19. FIELD SECURITY TRAINING 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 Organizations 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. Crisis management actors can no longer depend on the relative protection their UN, ICRC, EU status & flag might have provided them in the past. Today they are actually more at risk of being deliberately targeted for political (or criminal) reasons because of their organizational affiliation. In line with recommendations and training standards of the EU, UN and OSCE, ZIF has been regularly conducting security modules as an integral part of its core courses and specialization trainings. In order to complement its training program, ZIF has been conducting stand alone “Field Security Trainings” since December 2006. Training Modules: • Personal Security Awareness, including dealing with Sexual Assault; • Hostage Avoidance & Hostage Survival; • Map Reading and Use of Compass and GPS; • Mobile Security & Vehicle safety; • Operating a Radio; • Roadblocks and Checkpoints; • UXO and Mine-Awareness; • Dealing with Critical Security Incidents (Cross Fire, Grenades, Improvised Explosive Devices); • Basic First Aid & Stress Management. Location UN Training Center of the German Armed Forces Rommelstrasse 31 97762 Hammelburg www.geuntrgcenter.de General Course Overview 19
  20. 20. Participants The training specifically targets civilian experts already in the field or who will soon be deployed to the field but had no previous opportunity to participate in core courses or other security-related trainings. The maximum number of participants is 20. Costs & Application Costs include full board accommodation as well as all provided training material. Please note that course fees must be paid prior to beginning of the training. ZIF does not reimburse any travel expenses. Participants are required to make arrangements for their own health insurance for the duration of the course and are requested to sign a liability waiver before the course starts. The application deadline and selection of international participants is generally two months prior to the course. Interested international applicants are requested to send their application including a letter of motivation and an electronic copy of their curriculum vitae to the following email address: training@zif-berlin.org. General Course Overview 20
  21. 21. Specialization Course on Training for Civilian Response Teams (CRT) Course Background To manage and prevent international crisis and conflict requires a timely and efficient response to crisis. The international community stands before a challenge to improve and develop its crisis response capabilities in an era with new security threats. The European Union has addressed these new threats by further developing its civilian capabilities in crisis management through the Civilian Headline Goal 2008. In summer 2005, the Council adopted a concept for rapidly deployable Civilian Response Teams (CRT). The EU Group on Training (EGT) offered to develop an appropriate CRT training curriculum at very short notice within the frame of the EC Project on Training for Civilian Aspects of Crisis Management. Four EGT members, Sweden, Germany, Denmark and Finland volunteered to conduct pilot courses in 2006, seeking to jointly develop, test and enhance the curriculum and training materials. Course Description The overarching aim of the course is to contribute to improved civilian crisis management and the establishment of a civilian rapid deployment capacity under the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP). By bringing together Council Secretariat, Commission staff and Member State experts, it seeks to encourage further co-operation within the EU family in the field. The course contributes to the creation of a pool of experts holding various professional posts, well acquainted with crisis management and ready to be deployed at an early stage of a crisis. In doing so, the training will increase the possibility of the EU to respond effectively to international crisis and conflicts, as well as to ensuring a more coherent view on EU crisis management operations (”a European security culture under ESDP”) including EC crisis prevention and response. Course participants, who would subsequently constitute the roster of CRT experts, are expected to have the relevant experience to realise the CRT objectives, which presupposes extensive knowledge in their field of expertise combined with previous field experience. Hence, the training as such will not focus on the detailed performance of specific tasks but rather be focused on the special needs of a CRT and the application of the existing professional skills and experience of the participants in the context of ESDP and a CRT deployment. In this way, the course will complement and not duplicate Member States' existing training efforts. The course also aims at providing the participants with the specific preparedness of rapid deployment in crisis areas. The training course will emphasise the operational part of training, how to prepare for being rapidly deployed in a crisis situation, how to interact with other actors on the ground and how to be operational in a volatile political context and to deal with assessment and fact-finding, mission establishment, support of existing crisis management mechanisms and logistics support tasks in an effective manner. Subsequent to the course, participants will also be kept informed of any new institutional developments in these areas. General Course Overview 21
  22. 22. The role of CRTs as currently envisioned is in the areas of: 1) early assessment of a crisis situation, 2) mission build-up, and 3) temporary support for the EU Special Representative (EUSR) for the mission area. In line with the CRT concept, the course organisers apply a problem-oriented approach that actively utilises the knowledge of the participants as well as stimulates the exchange of experiences between them. In this regard, the course also generates contributions to the ongoing development of CRT methodology. To this end, the course concept will be further developed by the Council Secretariat, Member States, the Commission and the training institutions delivering the training, in close consultation. Participants The CRT requires three types of experts: 1) experts in civilian crisis management (the categories of police, Rule of Law, civilian administration and civil protection and monitors), 2) experts in mission administration (e.g. finance, human resources and procurement), and 3) experts in mission infrastructure (e.g. logistics and CIS). Participants for CRT training courses are selected by the Council Secretariat on the basis of a call for nominations (by member states) and in dialogue with the course organiser. Therefore, direct applications sent to the organizing training institution cannot be accepted. Staff from the Council Secretariat and the Commission generally composes a part of the course participants. The Maximum number of participants is 20. Cost & Application Costs include full board accommodation as well as all provided training material. Please note that course fees must be paid prior to beginning of the training. ZIF does not reimburse any travel expenses. Participants are required to make arrangements for their own health insurance for the duration of the course and are requested to sign a liability waiver before the course starts. The application deadline and selection of international participants is generally two months prior to the course. Interested international applicants are requested to send their application including a letter of motivation and an electronic copy of their curriculum vitae to the following email address: training@zif-berlin.org. General Course Overview 22
  23. 23. EULEX KOSOVO PRE-DEPLOYMENT TRAINING Course Description The aim of this training is to familiarize future mission members with the mission mandate and specific structures and actors they will encounter on the ground. Furthermore it will raise their understanding of the overall situation of the international presence in Kosovo and the arising challenges to be met by the European Union, when taking over from UNMIK. The course will also address administrative and logistical aspects. Complementary to this 5 days pre-deployment training all mission members will receive up to 2 weeks of induction training upon arrival in the field. Training Modules: • EU Crisis Management System; • ESDP Mission Structures, Mandates and Deployment Plans: the Justice, Police and Customs Component; • Internal Presence in Kosovo, Background and key Actors; • EU family in Kosovo; • UNMIK and Engagement of other International Agencies in Kosovo; • Civil-Military Relations – CIMIC; • Kosovo History and Distinctive Features; • Kosovo Socio-Economic, Administrative Structures and Civil Society; • Kosovo’s Legal Framework; • Security and Personal Safety; • Working for EULEX Mission in Kosovo; • Practical Issues concerning Kosovo, Living in Kosovo. Participants The pre-deployment training focuses on German and international civilian experts who have been nominated and/or selected for the EULEX Mission in Kosovo and who will be deployed in 2008. Costs & Application Since participation in the pre-deployment training is a precondition for secondment to the EULEX Mission, the German Foreign Office fully sponsors the training for its national experts. The course fee for international participants includes full board accommodation as well as all provided training material. Please note that course fees must be paid prior to beginning of the training. General Course Overview 23
  24. 24. ZIF does not reimburse any travel expenses. Participants are required to make arrangements for their own health insurance for the duration of the course and are requested to sign a liability waiver before the course starts. The application deadline and selection of international participants is generally two months prior to the course. Interested international applicants are requested to send their application including a letter of motivation and an electronic copy of their curriculum vitae to the following email address: training@zif-berlin.org. General Course Overview 24
  25. 25. SPECIALIZATION COURSE RESPONDING TO LEADERSHIP CHALLENGES IN PEACE OPERATIONS Course Description Proven negotiating and managerial skills; strong ability to take initiatives and to demonstrate autonomy, excellent leadership skills and ability to motivate a multicultural diverse team - this is what UN and other international organizations require from an officer in a senior position. While leadership is easy to explain, leadership is not so easy to practise. Leadership is about behaviour first, skills second. Good leaders are followed chiefly because people trust and respect them, rather than the skills they possess. Leadership is different to management. Management relies more on planning, organizational and communications skills. Leadership relies on management skills too, but more so on qualities and moral values. Different personal characteristics can help or hinder a person's leadership effectiveness, yet, everyone can develop his or her leadership effectiveness.. Training Modules: • Human Resources Management; • Team Management of International and National Staff; • Management Functions and Leadership Skills; • Performance Appraisal and Evaluations; • Efficient Meetings and Presentation Skills; • Motivation and Conflict Management. Participants The course specifically targets candidates who have extensive mission experience and qualify for management positions in the future or are already holding managerial positions in current assignments. Previous mission experience is therefore a pre- condition for participation. The maximum number of participants is 20. Costs & Application Costs include full board accommodation as well as all provided training material. Please note that course fees must be paid prior to beginning of the training. ZIF does not reimburse any travel expenses. Participants are required to make arrangements for their own health insurance for the duration of the course and are requested to sign a liability waiver before the course starts. The application deadline and selection of international participants is generally two months prior to the course. Interested international applicants are requested to send their application including a letter of motivation and an electronic copy of their curriculum vitae to the following email address: training@zif-berlin.org. General Course Overview 25
  26. 26. SPECIALIZATION COURSE ON PROJECT CYCLE MANAGEMENT Course Description Project implementation is part of the EU’s, UN’s and OSCE’s core activities, alongside the Organization’s traditional diplomatic efforts, its monitoring and reporting tasks and its advisory role to state structures and civil society. Staff in the field and in institutions will, to one degree or another, be involved in developing and implementing projects during their period of service. In 1992, the Commission adopted “Project Cycle Management” (PCM), a set of project design and management tools based on the Logical Framework Approach, which was already widely used by many donors, including several Member States, other international organizations and the UN family, and used or partly used by many partner organizations of the EC. Project cycle management is a complex and creative process, involving the negotiation of decisions acceptable to key stakeholder groups. Teamwork, negotiation and communication skills are thus central to effective project cycle management, as is an appreciation of the political context within which decisions are being made. Project cycle management provides an overall analytical and decision making framework, which must nevertheless be complemented by the application of other specific “technical” and “process” tools. The overall objective of the course is to provide its participants with in-depth knowledge and skills needed to plan, set up and run projects. The course will present the life cycle of projects from the moment they are conceived to their completion. Training Modules: • International standards of PCM (EU, UN, OSCE...); • Development of a project vision; • Situation analysis and needs assessment; • Stakeholder- and participation analysis, analysis of problems and goals; • Conflict impact assessment; • Logical Framework Matrix; • Budget calculation, fundraising, writing of project proposal; • Human Resource Management / Leadership; • Management of information and problems; • Monitoring and Evaluation. Participants The course specifically targets those candidates who are interested to work in an international environment on long-term assignments (6 months and longer) in crisis management operations. Previous mission experience is highly desirable but not obligatory. The maximum number of participants is 20. General Course Overview 26
  27. 27. Costs & Application Costs include full board accommodation as well as all provided training material. Please note that course fees must be paid prior to beginning of the training. ZIF does not reimburse any travel expenses. Participants are required to make arrangements for their own health insurance for the duration of the course and are requested to sign a liability waiver before the course starts. The application deadline and selection of international participants is generally two months prior to the course. Interested international applicants are requested to send their application including a letter of motivation and an electronic copy of their curriculum vitae to the following email address: training@zif-berlin.org. General Course Overview 27
  28. 28. SPECIALIZATION COURSE ON MEDIATION & NEGOTIATION IN THE FIELD Course Description Given the complexity and diversity of contemporary conflicts and the range of actors involved, the course offers the student a broad understanding of the fundamental concepts, principles and techniques of conflict resolution that may be applied in a variety of contexts and a number of different levels. It seeks to provide the student with some of the conceptual, analytical and practical tools that will allow him or her to understand and operate more effectively in peacekeeping environments. Training Modules: • The Nature of Conflict; • Key Concepts of Conflict Resolution Situation; • Political, Legal and Ethical Framework of Peace Mediation; • Establish Mediation as assisted negotiation; • Conflict and Context Analysis; • Process Design; • Negotiation Phases: Mediating, Negotiating and Agreeing; • Implementing Phase. Participants The course specifically targets those candidates who are civilian and military experts already working in conflict areas or soon to be deployed to the field and representatives of governmental institutions and international organizations working in the field of civilian crisis management. Previous mission experience is highly desirable but not obligatory. The maximum number of participants is 20. Costs & Application Costs include full board accommodation as well as all provided training material. Please note that course fees must be paid prior to beginning of the training. ZIF does not reimburse any travel expenses. Participants are required to make arrangements for their own health insurance for the duration of the course and are requested to sign a liability waiver before the course starts. The application deadline and selection of international participants is generally two months prior to the course. Interested international applicants are requested to send their application including a letter of motivation and an electronic copy of their curriculum vitae to the following email address: training@zif-berlin.org. General Course Overview 28
  29. 29. SPECIALIZATION COURSE ON GENDER IN PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS Course Description The course aims at helping the peacekeepers understand the social context in which peace operations are carried out and the ways in which relationships between men and women and gender roles and responsibilities are transformed by violent conflict. The course seeks to make them aware of the positive and negative impacts that their actions can have on the host country and to develop basic skills of gender analysis. Recognizing the long-term nature of processes within the Human Dimension, the course promotes gender equality, based on the strategy of fostering a policy-dialogue with governments and civil society in order to strengthen their commitment to gender equality as a fundamental element of protecting human rights and fostering democratic development. The course provides conceptual and operational issues involved in integrating a gender perspective in complex peace operations and also emphasizes the need for women to have a strategic role at all decision-making levels and at the mission level, as well as at government and local levels. Through exercises, the participants will be familiarized with the benefits of basic gender concepts and their practical application to their daily project work. Training Modules: • The concept of Gender; • Cultural Differences , different Gender Norms; • Rights- and Mandate – based Approach (UNSCR 1325); • Gender Aspects of Armed Conflict; • Human Rights; • Gender Mainstreaming in the EU Context; • Implementing UNSCR 1325. Participants Gender training is aimed at military, civilian police and civilian personnel deployed to international peace missions. The course specifically targets those candidates who are already working in conflict areas or soon to be deployed to the field and representatives of governmental institutions and international organizations working in the field of civilian crisis management. Previous mission experience is highly desirable but not obligatory. The maximum number of participants is 20. General Course Overview 29
  30. 30. Costs & Application Costs include full board accommodation as well as all provided training material. Please note that course fees must be paid prior to beginning of the training. ZIF does not reimburse any travel expenses. Participants are required to make arrangements for their own health insurance for the duration of the course and are requested to sign a liability waiver before the course starts. The application deadline and selection of international participants is generally two months prior to the course. Interested international applicants are requested to send their application including a letter of motivation and an electronic copy of their curriculum vitae to the following email address: training@zif-berlin.org. General Course Overview 30

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