About the Center for International Peace Operations
The Berlin Center for International Peace Operations was established in 2002 by the Federal Government of Germany and the German Parliament to strengthen international civilian capacities for crisis prevention, conflict resolution and peacebuilding. It is a non-profit limited liability company, whose sole shareholder is the Federal Republic of Germany, represented by the German Federal Foreign Office. ZIF provides services and expertise for peace operations, election observation missions as well as humanitarian surge deployments.
ZIF’s Expert Pool
For peace operations, humanitarian surge deployments and election observation missions, we recruit and second German personnel. We manage the ZIF Expert Pool to facilitate the deployment of pre-qualified and pre-selected personnel to operations at short notice. As the employer, we are fully committed to our duty of care obligations before, during and after deployment. ZIF supports humanitarian UN partner agencies by deploying humanitarian experts.
Camp Coordination and Camp Management Officer
Activities implemented by Camp Coordination and Camp Management Officers (CCCM Officers) aim at improving the living conditions of people residing in camps or camp-like structures until longer-term, more sustainable solutions are found. The function ensures that the needs of the residents are assessed, gaps are reported and an overview is maintained and communicated as to who does what, where and when. The CCCM Officer furthermore ensures that camp residents are informed about services and complaint mechanisms.
CCCM Officers are responsible for the coordination of assistance and services offered to displaced populations by a variety of actors in communal settings. In order to achieve this, they work closely with a diverse group of stakeholders – most importantly with camp residents themselves – but also with host community representatives, national authorities and humanitarian partners. Here, building effective collaboration is key. The CCCM Officer facilitates the process to establish and/or implement a camp coordination strategy in close collaboration with local, national and international partners.
The mobilization of the camp and host population in the planning and implementation of programmes as well as the establishment of community governance structures is an important duty of the CCCM Officer. Involving women, children, elderly and persons with special needs is of particular importance. By coordinating activities, the CCCCM Officer ensures that all residents have equal access to protection as well as basic services that meet international standards.
Together with relevant actors, the function ensures that the humanitarian response is in line with existing camp policies, humanitarian standards and legal obligations and that the design of the camp or camp-like setting is conducive to the protection of its residents. Environmental protection and mitigation of negative impacts on surrounding areas as well as the strengthening of residents’ livelihoods play an increasingly important role.
Communal settings are not meant to be permanent. The function therefore ensures that adequate transition and exit strategies are developed in collaboration with all stakeholders involved. Enhancing the capacity of local and national actors in the coordination and management of communal settings is of great importance. Therefore, CCCM Officers may also be requested to engage in capacity-building activities.
Specific profile requirements
- University or technical college degree in international relations, political science, public administration, or other social sciences or related field of study;
- Work experience in the context of displacement;
- Work experience as Field Officer or in Camp Coordination and Camp Management highly desirable;
- Good understanding of humanitarian standards;
- Experience in the field of needs assessments;
- Experience in humanitarian coordination;
- Experience in managing teams;
- Experience in project management;
- Prior experience in working with UNHCR and IOM is an asset;
- Experience in capacity-building is an asset.
General profile requirements
- German citizenship;
- University degree or relevant occupational training (preferably in the professional profile for which you are applying);
- Several years of relevant professional experience, at least partly in the desired professional profile in a humanitarian setting (or comparable);
- Experience in crisis or conflict areas desirable;
- Excellent oral and written English language skills (C1 level and above);
- Further language skills at level B2 and above desirable (especially French, Spanish and Arabic – in some cases level B1 may be acceptable for Arabic language skills);
- Physical and mental fitness for travel to tropical areas;
- Availability for a deployment for up to six months or longer.
How to apply
Women are especially encouraged to apply.
Deadline: Open until filled
To apply for ZIF’s Expert Pool, please visit the following website (redirecting to German application page):
Kindly note that you apply for a humanitarian roster. ZIF currently finalizes relevant standby agreements. A deployment opportunity may arise in the near future.