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Further Training Programmes

On this page we inform you about further education opportunities.



Weltwärts is a volunteer service of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Young adults between the ages of 18 and 28 are given the opportunity to get to know other cultures and do something meaningful at the same time. There is a wide range of possible assignments, including educational projects as well as emergency and transitional aid projects. In total, the activities can be divided into nine areas:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Agriculture and environment
  • Craft, technology and administration
  • Culture and sports
  • Child and youth work
  • Working with disadvantaged people
  • Human rights and peace
  • Emergency and transitional aid

In principle, all so-called developing countries and emerging markets can go global. According to the country list of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), these include countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Oceania and Eastern Europe. A special focus of the programme is on Africa. In the job exchange you can now search for recognised jobs by entering the desired region, language or work area.



The ASA program is aimed at young people who want to understand global connections, ask critical questions and stand up for a just world. Joint learning and responsible social action for sustainable development and fair global cooperation form the core of the program, which is offered by Engagement Global gGmbH and financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). With the ASA program, around 300 participants each year have the opportunity to participate in various projects in the countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America and Southern Europe. The various projects and programme formats can be found online at:

Postgraduate studies: Presentation International Cooperation for Sustainable Development

The postgraduate course at the Seminar for Rural Development (SLE) in Berlin is aimed at graduates with above-average interest and commitment to development policy. Participants of the postgraduate programme will deal with strategies and instruments of sustainable development, disaster prevention, food security or conflict prevention. Other topics such as rural development, poverty reduction and climate change are also included in the programme. After learning theories and methodological skills, students spend three months in a country of the Global South or a country in transition and put their knowledge into practice.
For further information see:


Postgraduate Programme International Cooperation for Sustainable Development

The postgraduate program of DIE prepares German and other European Master's graduates for demanding tasks in international cooperation. The program starts annually on September 1st. Admission is based on a competitive process in which about 18 persons are selected from the 200-300 applications. Over the following nine months, these students receive free training, interest-free loans for living expenses, and support in starting their careers. The degree is awarded on 31 May of the following year.

Application period: Beginning of December to end of March of the following year

Selection procedure: Early June

Course start: 01 September


Programme Assistant Experts (Junior Professional Officer)

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Office of Managers to International Organisations is implementing the Junior Professional Officer/ Assistant Experts (JPO) programme. With this programme, the Federal Government contributes to multilateral cooperation and offers German junior staff the option of gaining international professional experience and significantly increasing their competitive chances of being employed by international organisations. On average, some 50 to 60 junior German professionals are recruited as Junior Professional Officers each year.

Junior Professional Officers are deployed at the United Nations and its various subsidiary and specialized agencies. The World Bank Group and other international financial institutions also offer JPO interesting and challenging tasks.

We are looking for university graduates with German nationality and two to four years of professional experience. Excellent academic achievements are an advantage for an application, as are relevant professional experience gained abroad and internships. Some international organisations impose an age limit.

As a rule, the vacant positions are advertised in two phases of each programme year (beginning of the year/summer).


Exchange of Experts Programm

Gaining experience in other European countries

The intensive exchange of knowledge and experience strengthens civil protection not only in Europe. On behalf of the European Commission, the programme coordinator CN APELL-RO, Romania, brings together civil protection experts from different countries through the expert exchange programme.

The new, 2-year project cycle enables interested experts to gain an insight into the operational structures of the host organisation. They can participate in exercises, get to know training institutions, attend courses or pass on their special knowledge as trainers. Host organisations have the opportunity to introduce themselves, benefit from the special knowledge of their guests, make new contacts or partnerships and extend existing networks. These measures concern the areas of operational coordination and crisis management, technology, emergency aid and contingency planning, prevention as well as training in civil protection.

An exchange measure lasts from a few days to a maximum of two weeks. Experts can apply as individuals or in small groups. All civil protection institutions and organisations in the 34 participating states of the Union's Civil Protection Mechanism as well as contingents from third countries in the eastern and southern neighbourhood states can participate.