This section contains answers to some of the questions most frequently asked about CIM.


What does CIM stand for?

‘CIM’ is an acronym that stands for Centre for International Migration and Development. GIZ places experts from the EU in developing and emerging countries under the CIM brand since 1980.

What does CIM do?

CIM is the competence centre for global labour mobility in the international cooperation of the German Federal Government. The core of our work is the international recruitment of specialists. We have been placing them to developing and emerging countries since 1980.

What are CIM’s goals?

With its work, CIM wants to contribute to improving life prospects in developing and emerging countries. CIM stands for expertise in international labour mobility. In everything we do, we are convinced that individual knowledge in motion has enormous potential for development. In this way, even one person can initiate the decisive changes at the right time in the right place and pave the way for innovations. Hence our motto: ONE PERSON CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Who are CIM’s services aimed at?

CIM supports:

Integrated Experts

Experts from Germany and the EU who want to work and put their skills and knowledge to good use in developing countries and emerging economies;

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As an employer, I’m currently looking for people with relevant skills and experience in the EU. How do I apply to CIM to help me find the right employees?

CIM/GIZ takes care of the recruitment for you. From funds of the German Federal Government, the expert is paid, among other things, salary subsidies, travel expenses and possibly the workplace equipment.

Your contact for the placement of integrated experts (experts with a high degree of specialisation from Germany and the EU with many years of professional experience for key positions relevant to development policy):

GIZ country offices

I’m interested in a career in international cooperation (‘development assistance’). Where can I apply?

If you would like to work in international cooperation in Germany, you can apply for vacancies advertised by GIZ or ZAV.

Tip: If you wish to be kept informed of all the positions that match your profile, you can set up a job alert in GIZ’s vacancies section.

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If you want to work abroad as an expert placed by CIM, you can apply for one of our advertised vacancies

For more jobs in the field of development cooperation, see the jobs portal run by Entwicklungspolitik Online at:

Entwicklungspolitik online (in German)

I am a nurse / caregiver and would like to work in Germany. Where can I apply?

The Triple Win project places international nurses at clinics and retirement homes in Germany. More information can be found at

Triple Win project website

I would like to make contact with CIM in my own country. Whom should I contact?

If you have any questions about the integrated experts programme, please contact your local GIZ country office.

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