Full-time Course in Peace and Conflict Work 2023

Full-time Course in Peace and Conflict Work 2023
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Key facts & figures

What? Full-time Course in Peace and Conflict Work

When? 06 March to 12 May 2023

Where? Arbeitnehmer-Zentrum Königswinter (AZK) in Königswinter, Germany

How much? 4.000€ participation fee (Including accommodation in shared rooms, meals and training material. Does not include costs for visa and transportation.)

With whom? An international group of 10 participants of diverse backgrounds currently working in or aiming to enter the field of civil conflict transformation, peacebuilding or conflict-sensitive development cooperation

Who is this training course intended for?

Our full-time course is intended for people who work in or plan to enter the field of civil conflict transformation, peacebuilding or conflict-sensitive development cooperation, and already have relevant work experience.

Open House Sessions

We understand that enrolling for a 10-week course is a big commitment. If you are still unsure, do not worry: We will conduct two open house session on 27 October 2022, 4.30 PM CET and on 14 November2022, 9 AM CET to provide you with more information on the course and give you an opportunity to meet the educational consultants as well as other (potential) participants and ask all questions you might have.
In order to participate in one of the sessions, simply send a message to Hannah Kleinen (
kleinen@forumzfd.de) with the subject “Open House Registration October 27” or “Open House Registration November 14”.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Course goals, approaches and methods

The aim of this course is for you to acquire the appropriate skills and knowledge needed to work on the diverse and multi-faceted field of peace and conflict work. You will deepen your understanding of conflict dynamics, and their non-violent transformation, including: clarifying the key concepts of civil conflict transformation, analyzing conflicts, designing peace projects, as well as gaining a deeper understanding of your role and attitude as a peace worker in this field.

The consolidation of your sense of self, awareness of own patterns, attitudes, behaviors, biases, needs and limits, as well as your understanding of group dynamics and the importance of communication, are core issues to the course, and are not only worked on through a theoretical input, but are consistently brought to the focus through self-reflection and group sharing.

The course utilizes the elicitive training model, where the learning journey is aimed at discovery and creation using your own experiences and knowledge as the main resource, and where the trainers are catalysts and facilitators rather than experts.  Your learning also continues after the official sessions as you will be living together with the other participants throughout the 10 weeks.

Course structure

During the first phase of the course you will work with a core group of 10 participants. You will gain an overview of peace and conflict work, an introduction to key concepts, an insight into the tasks and challenges peace and conflict workers face on a day-to-day basis and the communication tools that are used to deal with them. The process of teambuilding will enhance cooperation and trust in the group and at the same time encourage participants to examine their own attitudes and conflict behavior. Thus, the focus will be divided between gaining knowledge at a conceptual level, becoming aware of group dynamics, and reflecting on your own personal abilities.

During the second phase, you will attend a series of seminars which are also open to external participants. You will gain an in-depth understanding of how systems of power and identities are constructed and manifested and how this is dealt with in peace and conflict work. Furthermore, you will learn about the key methods of systemic conflict analysis, project planning, monitoring and evaluation, various approaches in non-violent conflict transformation with a focus on the complexity and ambiguity present in this work field. The element of self-reflection will continue to play a role in the weekly reflection group sessions.

Towards the end of the course you will once again work in a closed group. There will be a segment on dealing with the realities in the field and taking care of yourself and others in fragile contexts. Finally, you will exercise the practical application of your learnings through a simulation, and will conclude the training by connecting loose ends, and a shared celebration. 

Consequently, the overall structure of the course looks as follows:

  • Week 1: Basics of Peace & Conflict
  • Week 2: Communication for Conflict Transformation
  • Week 3: Power & Identities
  • Week 4: Conflict Analysis
  • Week 5: Designing Peacebuilding Projects
  • Week 6: Dialogue and Mediation
  • Week 7: Creative Approaches in Peacebuilding
  • Week 8: Non-violent Action & Advocacy
  • Week 9: Self – care and Dealing with Field Realities
  • Week 10: Conflict Simulation & Wrap up

    Application process

    When selecting our participants, we attach particular importance to learning about your motivation, qualifications and work experience in the field of peace and conflict work. We are reviewing applications on a rolling basis.

    Requirements for the full-time course

    • Completed professional/vocational training
    • Minimum of two years of work experience abroad
    • Experience working in groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds
    • Fluent written and spoken English
    • Willingness to reflect on your own preconceptions and behaviour
    • Willingness to engage in groups and learning processes

    Application: Please apply for this course online via our website (see button below) by 22 November 2022. We will then contact you to arrange an interview and discuss the next steps.

    Visa: Applicants from outside the EU will need a visa to enter Germany. We can generally support the visa process with a formal invitation letter from our side. Be advised that it takes a significant amount of time to get the visa processed, so be sure to start the process at the latest 6 weeks before the course start. Please make sure you are eligible and check the specific requirements and usual timeline for processing with your local German embassy. The responsibility for obtaining the visa lies with each of the participants themselves.

    If you will need a visa to enter Germany, please advise us of this in your application letter and include a scanned passport copy in your CV when you upload it – we need this in order to support you with an invitation letter.