International Criminal Court (ICC)

Intern (Forensic Unit/Forensic Science Section - Office of The Prosecutor)

International Criminal Court (ICC)

Job Description

Required Documents for this Application

Please note that you will need to have the following information ready in order to complete your application:
  • A completed “Duties and Responsibilities Form” (refer to step 1 on your eRecruitment Profile page).
  • Motivation letter (maximum of 400 words in French or English).
  • Two reference letters (one academic).
  • Scanned copies of university degrees and/or diplomas.
  • Scanned copies of official academic transcripts that state your courses, subject, results and completion date.
Important message:

To participate in containing the Covid-19 spread and in line with the measures adopted by the Host State, the ICC staff members, interns and visiting professional based in The Hague are currently working remotely. Accordingly, the candidates selected for this position are expected to work remotely from within the duty station until the re-opening of the ICC’s premises.

Contract Duration

Interns are required to work full time for a period between three and six months (to be agreed to prior to commencement).

Organisational Context

The Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) investigates and prosecutes genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed by nationals of a State Party or on the territory of a State Party on or after 1 July 2002, the date of entry into force of the Rome Statute.

The candidate will be working within the Forensic Science Section  (FSS), which is part of the Investigation Division. The FSS provides forensic and scientific support to the OTP in all matters relating to forensic science, forensic medicine, cyber-investigations, Mapping and imagery.

The Forensic Unit, part of the Forensic Science Section, provides expertise for all matters related to crime scene examinations, exhumations, autopsies, clinical examinations of victims and witnesses, as well as scientific Analysis of any physical evidence collected during investigation or trial.

Duties and Responsibilities

The candidate will be requested to effectively assist the Head of the Forensic Science Section and the Forensic Unit in their daily tasks and duties, including:
  • Assisting in the preparation of field missions: preparation of equipment, liaison with external forensic experts, etc.;
  • Assisting in the management of forensic equipment;
  • Drafting and/or updating documents related to forensic practices;
  • Conducting administrative tasks related to the work of the Forensic Unit;
  • Conducting research related to the work of the Forensic Unit;
  • Assisting in the preparation of meetings, including invitation, document preparation, and drafting of notes;
Required Qualifications

Education: All Candidates must have a relevant degree or be in the final stages of their studies at a recognised university. Candidates are expected to have a very good record of academic performance.

University studies in the field of forensic science or forensic medicine would be an asset.

Experience: Internship placements focus on candidates in the early stages of their professional careers.  Practical experience is not, therefore, an essential prerequisite for selection. However, practical experience that is relevant to the work of the Court may be considered an asset. Applicants must have less than three years of relevant full-time professional experience to be considered for an internship.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Able to adapt to multicultural and multilingual working environments.
  • Possesses strong teamwork skills (listens, consults and communicates proactively).
  • Has acquired a good standard of computer skills (including Microsoft Office applications).
Knowledge of Languages: Proficiency in one of the working languages of the Court, French or English, is required. Working knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.

Other criteria: In line with the ICC’s efforts to improve geographical representation among staff, nationals of the countries listed below are strongly encouraged to apply.

Non-represented or under-represented countries at the ICC as of 30 September 2020: Afghanistan, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Austria, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Comoros, Congo, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Gabon, Germany, Grenada, Guyana, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Kiribati, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, Namibia, Nauru, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Republic of Korea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Slovakia, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Tunisia, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Zambia.

Remuneration

Please note that internship and visiting professional placements at the ICC are unfunded. The ICC is not able to provide participants in the Internship and Visiting Professional Programme with any remuneration, nor is it possible to provide reimbursement for expenses incurred prior, during or after the internship or visiting professional placement.

Applicants must therefore be able to support themselves for the entire duration of their internship or visiting professional placement.

Limited funding may, however, be available through the ICC’s Trust Fund for the Development of Interns and Visiting Professionals, which receives donations from States Parties and other donors.

If funding is available, the Human Resources Section will advertise a funded vacancy announcement in accordance with the terms of reference of the Trust Fund as agreed by the donors.

In order to be eligible for a funded placement, if advertised, the applicant must, among other criteria, be a national from a country that is a State Party to the Rome Statue and appears on the United Nations Statistics Division’s list of developing regions.

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