UN Commissions

Forensic Anthropologist

UN Commissions

Job Description


ICMP is looking for Forensic Anthropologist to support Project in Ukraine. You should be passionate about analyzing human remains and have experience in forensic archaeological excavations. If you are committed to assisting authorities and families of the missing to account for missing persons and bringing closure to families we would like to meet you!

About ICMP

ICMP is a treaty-based intergovernmental organization, based in The Hague, the Netherlands that helps governments and other authorities to locate missing persons from conflict, Human Rights abuses, disasters, organized crime, irregular migration, and other causes. ICMP supports the work of other organizations in their efforts, encourages public involvement in its activities and contributes to the development of appropriate expressions of commemoration and tribute to the missing. To learn more about the ICMP click here.

Ukraine Project

The authorities of Ukraine have requested immediate assistance by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) to account for missing and disappeared persons. ICMP will assist in finding missing persons, regardless of nationality, religion, role of the missing person in armed conflict, and will seek the cooperation of governments in such efforts as part of securing the rights of families of the missing and contributing to reinstating peace and stability.

ICMP will support Ukraine in accounting for missing and disappeared persons, including through initiating a large-scale Data Collection program to investigate disappearances and the whereabouts of missing persons through measures including the following:

  • Implementing an outreach campaign in Ukraine with direct participation by those most affected by crimes currently being committed to obtain on a large-scale report of missing persons from families, including information about the missing person, the circumstances and location of their disappearance, photographs and other supporting data;
  • Advancing the reporting of locations where missing persons may be found, including mass graves, other illicit burial sites and surface locations, and places of detention, using ICMP’s Site Locator application for mobile phones;
  • Deploying ICMP’s MyFace application, which makes it possible to submit reports of missing persons seen alive and add information relevant to photographs displayed on ICMP’s website; and
  • Working with Ukrainian authorities on the ground to collect data for direct import into the ICMP Data Processing system, including documentary and other evidence of Human Rights Violations, war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

    Reporting to the Forensic Coordinator, the Forensic Anthropologist main duties and responsibilities include the following:

    • Investigate potential mass graves and other sites of forensic interest in line with standards of evidence required for trials before international tribunals
    • Design and deliver learning and development programs and provide material support to enable mortuaries to process human remains in accordance with international standards
    • Mentor and monitor mortuary-based and Field Operations at sites of potential mass graves or other sites of forensic importance, and ensure that these operations are conducted in line with international norms and standards
      • Provide technical advice to national institutions on all aspects related to the planning, management and implementation of mortuary operations and mentor and monitor the conduct of forensic anthropological examinations and mortuary activities;
      • Collect, manage, protect and quality assure the data collected in accordance with admissibility and rules of evidence for future judicial proceedings;
      • Establish and maintain contacts with forensic specialists in relevant institutions;
      • Other related duties as assigned


        • Masters/graduate degree in forensic anthropology, or related forensic discipline
        • Experience in forensic archaeological excavations
        • At least 5 years of relevant professional experience with precious experience in international organizations
        • Extensive practical experience conducting forensic anthropological analyses and the management of mortuary processes
        • Experience in the design and delivery of training and mentoring activities
        • Experience in carrying out needs and capacity assessments related to forensic anthropological analyses and mortuary processes
        • Proven diplomatic and negotiating skills and an ability to work effectively in complex political environments;
        • Self-organized, self-controlled, and self-reliant, with a high level of personal and team responsibility
        • Capable of performing well under pressure and meeting tight deadlines.

          Mandatory Requirements

          • Professional fluency in written and spoken English, knowledge of Ukrainian and Russian is an asset
          • Proficiency in Microsoft applications, including Word, Excel, Teams and Power Point
          • Proven ability to interact positively with colleagues regardless of culture, nationality, or gender
          • Ability to travel at short notice and to work flexible hours including weekends and evenings
          • Commitment to the underlying objective of helping the authorities and families of the missing to account for missing persons in an impartial and transparent manner


            This is a fixed-time position with a competitive base salary based at the E5 on the ICMP professional level. For more details, please see the ICMP website.

            This position is eligible for expatriate allowances.

            Expected start date: 1 April 2023

            Review of applications will begin on 1 February 2023; however, the position will remain open until filled.

            ICMP is committed to maintaining an environment of mutual respect, where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants. ICMP believes that diversity and inclusion among our staff are critical to our success as a global organization, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented individuals from a thoroughly diverse range of candidates. ICMP is proud to be part of the International Gender Champions network.

            ICMP may cancel this recruitment without notice or may decide to offer a position with different duties and/or contract length.

            ICMP does not request payment during any stage of the selection process.

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