International Criminal Court (ICC)

Intern (Operational Risk and Support Unit - Investigations Division (Arabic Speaker)

International Criminal Court (ICC)

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 e-Recruitment 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).
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 (The Hague) until the re-opening of the ICC’s premises. They are also expected to work with their own computer and internet connection.

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 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. It has three functional divisions, corresponding to the three major activities of the Office. The Investigation Division (ID) is made up of a group of lawyers, investigators and analysts working together in teams for each specific investigation. The Prosecution Division (PD), with trial and appeals lawyers, presents cases before the judges. The Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation Division (JCCD) includes analysts, international cooperation experts and lawyers who provide advice to the Prosecutor on issues of jurisdiction and admissibility, essential prerequisites for any investigations and prosecutions. Without its own police and other agencies to rely upon, the Office must build networks of international cooperation. JCCD is responsible for ensuring necessary agreements and arrangements are in place to secure full cooperation of states and international organizations and maintaining dialogue with the OTP’s stakeholders, including civil society. These operational areas are supported by the Legal Advisory Section (LAS) and Public Information Unit (PIU) and receive technical services from the Language Unit (LA), the Information and Evidence Unit (IEU) and the Knowledge Base Unit (KBU).

Upon a decision by the Prosecutor to initiate an investigation, representatives from the three divisions above are brought together in a joint team. The composition and size of the team depends on the needs and the stage of the investigation. On confirmation of charges the joint team is replaced by a trial team.

The Operations Support Unit (OSU) falls within ID. Its mandate is to monitor and support all OTP missions and implement security measures to ensure staff, operational and Information Security. It provides expertise and training to staff on conducting safe and secure operations and facilitates/manages interaction with witnesses. OSU produces Security Risk Assements (RSA), provides current security updates in situational context and advises senior managements on issues relating to staff and operational security.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist the team creating, populating and maintaining databases and statistics with current events, unrest and terror incidents;
  • Assist with the drafting of weekly reports and trends Mapping;
  • Participating on country specific reports;
  • Conduct research and provide assistance to the Analysts when required;
  • Perform any ad hoc requests;
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.

Experience: Internship placements focus on candidates in the early stages of their professional careers therefore; practical experience is not an essential prerequisite for selection. However, practical experience that is relevant to the work of the Court may be considered an asset.

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 English and Arabic is required. Knowledge of French or another official language of the Court (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, 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, 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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