International Criminal Court (ICC)

Associate Legal Officer

International Criminal Court (ICC)

Job Description

A roster of suitable candidates may be established for this post as a result of this selection process for fixed-term appointments against both established posts and positions funded by general temporary assistance (GTA).

Special Notice: An appointment of the successful candidate to a GTA-funded position is will be issued for a year (or less) at a time.

In line with the Court’s relevant administrative instruction, any extension of such appointment shall be subject to operational requirements and/or availability of funds.

Organisational Context

The Statute of the International Criminal Court establishes an internationally new and unique system for the participation of victims in the proceedings before the Court. In addition, the Statute also provides victims with the right to apply for reparation for the harm suffered as a result of crimes under the jurisdiction of the Court. Due to the complexity of procedures governing the functioning of the Court, victims are legally represented and assisted. For the purpose of assisting victims with regard to their participation in proceedings and obtaining reparations, the Regulations of the Court has established the Office of Public Counsel for Victims that falls within the Registry solely for administrative purposes and otherwise shall function as a wholly independent office. In performing their tasks of assisting external legal representatives, as well as representing victims, the members of the Office act independently.

Duties and Responsibilities

Within this framework, and under the supervision of the Principal Counsel or Counsel, the incumbent will:
  • Assist in drafting legal memoranda and produce researches on a wide range of complex legal issues;
  • Prepare factual background documents on the situations and cases before the Court;
  • Prepare legal opinions;
  • Assist the Principal Counsel or Counsel when he or she appears before a Chamber on specific issues;
  • Assist the Principal Counsel or Counsel during the proceedings where he or she will be required to act on behalf of victims or legal representatives of victims;
  • Perform other tasks as instructed by the Principal Counsel or Counsel.
Essential Qualifications

Education: Advanced university degree in Law from a recognised university, preferably with a specialization in international Criminal Law. 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 relevant professional work experience.  Professional experience in international or domestic criminal law is strongly desired. Experience in victims’ rights would be an asset.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of the substantive and procedural provisions of the Rome Statute, the Rules of Procedure and Evidence, the Regulations of the Court and the Regulations of the Registry;
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to prepare legal submissions, opinions and motions;
  • Excellent drafting, argumentative and communication skills;
  • Availability to travel in the field;
  • Able to work effectively and constructively with colleagues from different professional, national and cultural backgrounds, with sensitivity and respect for diversity;
  • Ability to work effectively under strict deadlines;
  • Tact, discretion and accuracy in handling confidential information;
  • Computer skills and ability to use relevant Software Applications, in particular information database, internet services, Library sources, etc.
Knowledge of Languages: Proficiency in one of the working languages of the Court, English or French is required. Proficiency or working knowledge of the other is strongly desired. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, Russian) would be considered as 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" id="link" class="link">Security Clearance (PSC) process in accordance with ICC policy. The PSC process will include but will not be limited to, verification of the information provided in the personal history form and a criminal record check.

- Applicants may check the status of vacancies on ICC E-Recruitment web-site.

- Post 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, representation of the principal legal systems of the world for legal positions, and equitable geographical representation for positions in the professional category.

- Applications from female candidates are particularly encouraged.

- The Court reserves the right not to 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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