International Criminal Court (ICC)

Court Reporter (French)

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.

Organisational Context

The Court Management Section (CMS) is in the Division of Judicial Services within the Registry. CMS has the Registry’s delegated responsibility to provide support to core processes of the Court’s judicial proceedings, in particular for the court operations and judicial Information Management. This includes (i.a) representing the Registrar during the court proceedings, supporting the current court applications and keeping a full and accurate record of all proceedings before the Chamber.

Furthermore the Section is responsible for the receipt, processing and distribution of the official court filings, production of transcripts and the audio-visual recording of the proceedings. Additionally, CMS, is the Registry’s designated custodian of the record of proceedings and is therefore responsible for the management of judicial records and information, both in original form as well as in their electronic format.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under  the  supervision  of  the  Head  of  Judicial  Operations  Unit  and  the  overall guidance of the Chief  of  the  Court Management Section, the incumbent will perform the following duties :
  • Produce   transcripts   for   hearings:   Produces   verbatim   real-time   transcripts   with simultaneous editing if necessary, with a minimum accuracy rate of 95% using specialized computer-aided transcription software.
  • Produce the edited version within approximately 2 hours at the end of hearing by proofreading all transcripts against the audio-visual recording, transcript style and practices, policies. The final edited transcript must accurately reflect the audio recording, the court reporters guarantee that it accurately reflects the audio recording of the proceedings, which constitutes the authoritative record.
  • Research correct spellingsof place names, names of people, expert terminology and others as they arise and enter into dictionaries.
  • Taking into account the existing rules and procedures, provide recommendations with regards to policies and new processes improving the workflows and  the  interactions  with other  actors,  in  order  to  render  the  work  processes  more efficient and productive, and to solve existing problems.
  • Upon request of other Registry Sections/Units, provide court reporting services to other activities than court proceedings.
  • Upon request of other international Courts and Organizations, provide court reporting services that meet the high international standards.
Essential Qualifications

Education: Machine shorthand speed of 180 to 225 words per minute at real-time accuracy level: post- secondary specialized course in court reporting or equivalent is required. Certification as court reporter by successfully passing professional reporter examinations conducted by a professional body in the Court Reporter’s country is required.

Experience: A minimum of eight years of real time experience in the court reporting profession, preferably in an international environment is required.

Experience in the court reporting environment, software trainings, adaptability to new electronic systems is desirable.

Scoping of real-time transcript: experience as Editor/scopist in a real-time environment, and in a judicial/court setting is highly desirable.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Ability to use court reporting equipment and specialized computer-aided software.
  • Ability to use steno equipment and to update software.
  • Ability  to  provide  and  receive  clear information and/or instructions, as well as work under pressure, maintain a high level of speed and accuracy, alertness and concentration; good hearing skills.
  • Excellent  grammar  and  editing  skills, familiarity with legal, Latin and technical terminology.
  • Ability to search through records repository of   filings,   evidence,   transcripts   and   audio- visual recordings and to retrieve information independently.
Knowledge of Languages: Mother tongue proficiency in French.  Knowledge of English or of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, 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

 In accordance with the Rome Statute, the ICC is committed to achieving geographical representation and Gender Equality within its staff as well as representation of the principal legal systems of the world (legal positions). Nationals from the list of non-represented and under-represented States are strongly encouraged to apply. In addition, applications from women are strongly encouraged for senior positions at the Professional (P) and Director (D) levels. Posts shall 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, as appropriate. •    The selected candidate will be subject to a Personnel Security-clearance" id="link" class="link">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; •    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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