UN Commissions

Forensic Coordinator

UN Commissions

Job Description


ICMP is looking for a Forensic Coordinator to lead the forensic team working in Ukraine. You should be passionate about analyzing human remains and have experience in forensic archaeological excavations and Capacity Building training. 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 Program Director Europe, and working in close Coordination with the AAD Focal Point at HQ, the Forensic Coordinators main duties and responsibilities include the following:

    • Recruit, lead and manage the forensic team in Kyiv
    • Design and deliver targeted forensic archaeological and/or anthropological training for technical and non-technical personnel employed in domestic institutions responsible for the search, location, recording and recovery of human remains and associated evidence in mass graves and other body disposal contexts
    • Design needs assessment frameworks and conduct targeted assessments of domestic institutions to establish capacity and infrastructure gaps related to forensic science, in line with international norms and standards of forensic best practice
    • Undertake outreach activities relevant to the ICMP’s country program objectives including the establishment and maintenance of contacts with forensic specialists in relevant domestic and international institution
    • Oversight and monitoring of the activities of the AAD component in the country program and any external forensic specialists attached to the program
    • Work closely with the AAD Focal Point at HQ, and others in the Science and Technology Department to establish and develop policies and SOPs relating to archaeology and anthropology and ICMP’s informatics tools in relation to programmatic needs
    • Identify opportunities to represent ICMP with the relevant scientific communities as it pertains the Ukraine program
    • Other related duties as assignedQualifications
      • Masters/graduate degree in forensic anthropology, or related forensic discipline
      • Experience in forensic archaeological excavations
      • At least 6 years of relevant professional experience with at least three years management experience
      • At least four years working in a similar role within an international organization
      • Experience working in a conflict area and ability to remain calm under pressure is essential
      • Extensive practical experience of conducting forensic archaeological field work Analysis and management of the process;
      • Experience in the design and delivery of training and mentoring activities
      • Experience in carrying out needs and capacity assessments on field work activities and 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
      • Ability to meet tight deadlines.

        Mandatory Requirements

        • Physically and mentally robust with the ability to operate effectively in complex and insecure environments and hardship living conditions
        • 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 E6 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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