CIM – competence centre for labour mobility

Migration and international labour mobility –  two issues that revolve around the transfer of know-how –  hold huge potential for developing countries and emerging economies, which is why the German Federal Government has tasked CIM with leveraging it.

People who contribute their professional know-how, personal experience and cultural skills in a new working environment can act as drivers of change. In order to make this knowledge available where it is needed, CIM uses two specific development policy approaches: ‘Knowledge transfer through international labour mobility’ and ‘Migration for development’

Knowledge transfer through international labour mobility

If employers in developing countries and emerging economies are unable to find suitable candidates for key positions, they can ask CIM to supply an international expert. In response, CIM places suitable experts and managers from Germany and Europe who receive a salary top-up from Federal Government funds. This arrangement gives ministries, organisations and companies working in the development sector in Asia, Africa, South and Central America and South-East Europe access to highly qualified technical and managerial expertise they would otherwise be unable to source on the local labour market. By sharing their knowledge, these experts help bring about important changes.

Migration for development

We believe that migration offers great potential for sustainable development. With their expertise, ideas, experience and contacts, migrants have the capacity to initiate vital change processes while helping future-proof their countries of origin. CIM supports people from a migration background who wish to put the knowledge they have acquired in Germany to good use in their home countries, for example by working as experts, starting their own business, or through their work in a club or association. We also advise people interested in migrating and pertinent institutions, such as ministries in the countries of origin, on migration for work purposes.

Working at CIM’s Head Office

The CIM team brings together GIZ employees and staff from the International Placement Services (ZAV) of the German Federal Employment Agency.
Are you interested in working at CIM’s Head Office? Vacancies are published on the job opportunities pages of both GIZ and the Federal Employment Agency