International Criminal Court (ICC)

Associate External Relations and Cooperation Officer

International Criminal Court (ICC)

Job Description

  A Short-Term Appointment is used to recruit staff to meet short-term needs. The duration of this assignment is provided above. The maximum duration of a short-term appointment including extensions shall not exceed 12 months.

A Short-Term Appointment does not carry any expectancy, legal or otherwise, of renewal and shall not be converted to any other type of appointment.

Due to the short-term nature of the assignment, the ICC reserves the right to make an appointment at one grade lower than that stated in the vacancy with a modified job description.

A current ICC staff member who is holding a fixed-term appointment may apply for any short-term position. Where a current ICC staff member is selected to a short-term position, he or she will be temporarily assigned to the position in line with section 4.10 of ICC/AI/2016/001. GS-level posts are subject to local recruitment only.

The terms and conditions of service for staff members appointed under a short-term appointment are governed by ICC/AI/2016/001.

Organizational Context

Under the direct supervision of the Director of External Operations, the External Operations Support Section is responsible for:
  • In relation to the field: the support of Field Offices, including through liaison with other Registry Sections, central Coordination and strategic planning of all Field Operations, and the planning, control and facilitation of all Field Offices.
  • In relation to External Relations and state cooperation: the coordination and support of the Registry’s external relations activities including with the Assembly of States Parties and its subsidiary bodies, individual states and intergovernmental organizations, the execution of requests for assistance and state cooperation/judicial cooperation; supports the negotiation of agreements and memoranda of understanding; conducts Fundraising; protocol affairs including high level visits to the Court.
  • In relation to Analysis: provides, both at a strategic and an operational level, political, security and media analysis and advice in support of the above activities as well as the overall activities of the Division, including providing threat and risk assessments and political advice through embedded security staff.
The External Operations Support Section provides innovative development and leadership and ensures the full integration of its activities, both within the Section and the Division. It also supports the Director and the Registrar in their external relations activities. The Section works closely with the Public Information and Outreach Section to ensure that key messages are coordinated and taken into account in all external relations activities.

The External Relations and State Cooperation Unit coordinates and supports the Registry’s external relations and cooperation activities. To this end, it advises on strategies, recommends policies and adopts procedures. In close coordination with the Country Analysis Unit and the Chief of Field Offices, it assists the Chief of Section in leading external relations and cooperation activities. The Unit is in charge of state cooperation matters, including (field) host state affairs and the execution of request for assistance and cooperation and judicial cooperation with States and international organizations. The Unit supports the negotiation of agreements and memoranda of understanding; conducts fundraising activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Within this framework, and under the direct supervision of the External Relations and Cooperation Officer, the incumbent will perform the following duties:
  • Researches and provides information and advice on wide variety of external relations and cooperation issues including relating to the Court’s situations countries, cases and external relation activities as well as a result of cooperation demarches, for example with States and international organizations.
  • Takes into account political analysis from the Country Analysis Unit, drafts notes verbale, diplomatic correspondence, background papers, reports and requests for assistance to States and IO’s.
  • Implements and monitors the execution of requests for assistance, cooperation and judicial cooperation emanating from the Registry and/or arising from ICC proceedings, with States and international organizations
  • Prepares the filings to the relevant Chambers on cooperation issues;
  • Maintains and updates the external relations and judicial cooperation databases.
  • Assists the External Relations and Cooperation Officer in liaising with the field offices to monitor the implementation of external relations strategies and judicial cooperation and assistance requests.
  • Attends meetings and conferences, prepares supporting documentation, drafts minutes and subsequent reports.
  • Assists the fund-raising efforts of the Court.
Essential Qualifications

Education: Advanced University degree in international relations, law, political science or other relevant field. A first- level university degree in combination with two additional years of experience is accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience: A minimum of two years  (four years with a first-level university degree) of progressively responsible professional experience in the area of international relations and negotiations from a foreign service or an inter-governmental organization. Knowledge of international donor networks and operations is desired.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Good knowledge and understanding of an international judicial or UN system.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills and judgment to resolve a wide range of complex issues/problems.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Excellent drafting skills, ability to write reports addressing complex issues in a clear and concise manner;.
  • Good communication skills and highly-effective interpersonal skills. Capacity to prioritize activities and assignments and to foresee risks.
  • Ability to work effectively and constructively with colleagues in a multi-cultural environment and in particular with the Cooperation and External Relations Officers.
  • Professional integrity.
Knowledge of Languages: Proficiency in one of the working languages of the Court, English or French, is required. Working knowledge of the other is essential. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) would be considered an asset.

ICC Core Competencies

Dedication to the mission and values - Acts consistently in accordance with the mission and values of the Organisation; - Maintains confidentiality, acts with integrity and shows respect for diversity; - Shows commitment to the organisation; - Presents a positive image of the organisation during external discussions.

Professionalism - Applies professional and technical expertise; - Keeps abreast of organisational issues; - Produces workable solutions to a range of problems.

Teamwork - Listens, consults and communicates proactively; - Handles disagreements with tact and diplomacy; - Recognises and rewards the contribution of others.

Learning and developing - Identifies Development Strategies needed to achieve work and career goals and makes use of developmental or training opportunities; - Learns from successes and failures; - Seeks feedback and gives feedback to others to increase organisational effectiveness; - Seeks opportunities for improvement of work; - Has an open mind and contributes to innovation.

Handling uncertain situations - Adapts to changing circumstances; - Deals with ambiguity, making positive use of the opportunities it presents; - Plans activities and projects well in advance and takes account of possible changing circumstances; - Manages time effectively.

Interaction - Expresses opinions, information and key points of an argument clearly; - Handles contacts with diplomacy and tact; - Communicates in a transparent and open way with internal and external contacts while complying with confidentiality requirements.

Realising objectives - Accepts and tackles demanding goals with enthusiasm; - Keeps to agreements with others; - Focuses on client needs; - Takes responsibility for actions, projects and people; - Monitors and maintains quality and productivity.

General Information

  • The selected candidate will be subject to a Personnel Security Clearance (PSC) process in accordance with the ICC policy. The PSC process will include but is not limited to, verification of the information provided in the personal history form and a criminal record check. All candidates should be in a positon to submit electronic copy of their passport and all diplomas listed on their profile when requested;
  • Applicants may check the status of vacancies on ICC E-Recruitment web-site;
  • Position to be filled preferably by a national of a State Party to the ICC Statute, or of a State which has signed and is engaged in the ratification process or which is engaged in the accession process, but nationals from non-state parties may also be considered;
  • In accordance with the Rome Statute, the ICC aims to achieve fair representation of women and men for all positions;
  • Applications from female candidates are particularly encouraged;
  • Consideration is given to achieving diverse geographical representation at the ICC, to the extent possible;
  • Personnel recruited at the General Service level are not entitled to all of the benefits granted to internationally-recruited staff;
  • The ICC reserves the right to not make any appointment to the vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description.
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