Job Description

  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).
  • Two reference letters (one academic).
  • Scanned copies of university degrees and/or diplomas.
  • Scanned copies of official academic transcripts that state your courses, results and completion date.
  • One short essay on a subject relevant to the work of the Court (maximum of 750 words, single spaced, type written).
Contract Duration Interns are required to work full time for a period between three and six months (to be agreed to prior to commencement). Internship placements shall not be extended beyond six months.

Organisational Context The Library, archives and Legacy team is part of the Information Management Unit and Information Management Services Section within the Registry. It is the Library’s mandate to meet the information needs of the constituents of the International Criminal Court, Presidency, Chambers, Office of the Prosecutor and Office of the Registry, and provide comprehensive and relevant information resources (both print and electronic), an accessible collection as well as efficient and timely services to advance legal scholarship and support the investigations and jurisprudence undertaken by the Court exercising its jurisdiction.

Duties and Responsibilities Assist the Library team with providing a reference and circulation service to members of the Court by:
  • Carrying out circulation tasks (borrowing, renewing and reserving items, registering and checking out users)
  • Answering email, telephone and in person enquiries including processing inter-library loan requests, locating online journal articles and responding to reference queries
  • Helping library patrons conduct print and electronic bibliographic research, including online databases
  • Recording library statistics
  • Shelving, labelling and processing publications as necessary
  • Opening and closing the Library
  • Support cataloguing and classification workflows, including archiving of digital objects
  • Contribute to library projects, for example:
    • Creation of library guides
    • Development and updating of the intranet/internet
    • Delivery of training
  • Assist the Archives and Legacy team as required with the appraisal and description of materials.
Required Qualifications Education: All Candidates must have a 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.

A qualification in library/ Information Science or the intention to pursue one in the near future is desirable, but not necessary.

Experience: Internship placements focus on candidates in the early stages of their professional careers. Practical experience is not an essential prerequisite for selection. Practical experience that is relevant to the work of the Court, in particular prior library, legal or research experience may be considered an asset. However, such working experience should not exceed 3 (three) years. Full training will be provided.

The Library particularly welcomes applications from young information professionals, who wish to gain experience in the field of foreign, comparative and international law librarianship.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Maintains a service-orientated attitude at all times.
  • Has a genuine interest in international law, particularly international Criminal Law, and legal research.
  • 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 31 July 2021 are the following: Afghanistan, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Austria, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cape 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, Niger, 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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