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. The Centre is jointly run by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and by International Placement Services (ZAV), which is part of the German Federal Employment Agency (BA).

What does CIM do?

CIM supports the international cooperation efforts of the German Government as a competence centre for global labour mobility. Our main role is to place technical experts and managers in jobs all over the world. That includes finding suitable work in developing countries and emerging economies for experts from the EU and others who have migrated to Germany. We also establish networks for migrants who want to help the development of their home country, and advise individuals and policy-makers on migration issues. What’s more, we have been doing all this for 40 years! 

What are CIM’s goals?

CIM aims to harness the potential of migration and facilitate knowledge-sharing, thus contributing to wider efforts to improve the prospects of people in developing countries and emerging economies. CIM stands for expertise in the fields of international labour mobility and migration. Whether through our placements, networks or advisory services, it is our conviction that the knowledge and expertise of individuals offer tremendous potential for development. In the right place at the right time, just one person can provide the momentum needed to bring about crucial changes and pave the way for innovation. Hence our motto: ONE PERSON CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Who are CIM’s services aimed at?

CIM offers a variety of services for different target groups and stakeholders. We support:

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;

Integrated experts

migrants who want to return to their country of origin after completing an apprenticeship or working in Germany and who are looking for a suitable employer or planning to start a business;

Starting a business

migrants who live and work in Germany but wish to spend a brief period in their country of origin to support development there;

Diaspora experts

diaspora organisations in Germany that wish to implement public-benefit development projects in their country of origin;

Advice on migration policy

individuals from outside the EU who are considering a move to Germany (advice on job and training opportunities in Germany is available from our migration advice centres);

Migration advice centres

policy-makers who seek our advice on migration issues.

migrant organisations

CIM is jointly run by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and International Placement Services (ZAV). How exactly does this joint operation work and what are the roles of each partner?

GIZ provides services all over the world in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. Within CIM, GIZ staff implement international cooperation projects on behalf of the German Government. By way of example, we might be asked to find a suitable expert from the EU for an assignment with an employer in the field of development and to ensure that the assignment achieves a sustainable impact.

International Placement Services (ZAV) is a special unit within the German Federal Employment Agency. With over 35 years’ experience in the field of international recruitment and placement, it plays an invaluable role in the joint operation by finding skilled personnel and experienced managers from the German and EU labour market who are interested in working abroad. It also provides advice and support on migration issues. The ZAV team organises presentations, trade fair appearances and seminars aimed at specific diaspora groups in Germany and those interested in migrating.

What has CIM achieved to date through it work?

Since CIM was set up in 1980, around  people with valuable technical and managerial skills have completed assignments as integrated experts or returning experts, passing on their knowledge to organisations in more than 90 countries and thus contributing to sustainable development.

In addition, since 2011 CIM has provided advice on 312 projects and 120 events run by diaspora organisations. Of these, 85 projects and 28 events also received financial support from CIM. We have arranged 24 networking events with up to 150 participants and training seminars attended by around 120 representatives of diaspora organisations.

Since 2012, we have helped 45 people to start a business in their country of origin and in doing so have helped to create many new jobs in our partner countries.

As a migrant in Germany, I am thinking about getting involved in my home country and contributing to its development. What support is available from CIM?

CIM offers a variety of services for migrants who wish to contribute to the development of their home country.

If you would like to return to your country of origin and put your knowledge and skills to good use in a suitable job, you can apply for a position as a returning expert.

Returning experts

We also support voluntary short-term assignments with partner institutions in selected countries.

Diaspora experts

CIM also supports business start-ups in our partner countries.

Starting a business

If you belong to a migrant organisation in Germany that works to support your home country, you can apply to CIM for project funding.

Migrant organisations

I would like to go to work or study in Germany. Can I apply to CIM for support?

Yes, CIM can advise you on the preparations you need to make. We provide information and advice in selected partner countries on the opportunities and requirements for legal migration to Germany. We can advise you on job and training opportunities, tell you which sectors are currently looking for skilled workers and, if necessary, help you find language and training courses.

Migration advice centres

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 can organise the recruitment process for you. Depending on the individual scheme, the experts we place receive a salary top-up, travel expenses and possibly workplace equipment from German government funds.

There are two possible forms of support:

CIM finds and places experts and managers with extensive professional experience from Germany and the EU in key positions in the field of development.

Find an expert from the EU now!

We also find and place graduates and experts from Asia, Africa, the Balkans, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Latin America who have studied or worked in Germany and can also communicate in your local language and have knowledge of the country.

Find an expert now!

Contact for integrated expert service:; Contact for returning expert service:

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.

GIZ vacancies German Federal Employment Agency ‘jobs board’

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

Entwicklungspolitik Jobs & Stellenangebote (in German)

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 and would like to work in Germany. Where can I apply?

The Triple Win project recruits international nurses for hospitals in Germany. For more information, see:

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.

GIZ worldwide

If you have any questions on the subject of migration, please contact our CIM advisors.