International Criminal Court (ICC)

Trial Support Assistant

International Criminal Court (ICC)

Job Description

  A roster of suitable candidates may be established for this post as a result of this selection process for fixed-term appointments against both established posts and positions funded by general temporary assistance (GTA).

Important: Recruitment for this post in the General Service category is done on a local basis. As a result, staff are generally recruited from the area in which the particular office is located but could be of any nationality.  Candidates applying to a post in the General Services category shall meet the relevant employment and immigration requirements in the country of the duty station, including fulfilling residence and work permit conditions.

Applicants will be responsible for any expenses incurred in relation to: visa, travel to and from, and relocation to and from the duty station, in the event of an employment offer.

A staff member in the General Service category who has been locally recruited shall not be eligible for the entitlements and/or benefits exclusively applicable to internationally recruited staff.

Organisational Context

The Prosecution Division (PD) comprises the Prosecution and Appeals Sections. The Division is central to the core mandate of the Court; namely, the conduct of fair, effective and expeditious prosecutions in accordance with the Rome Statute. It is responsible for giving legal guidance to investigators and litigating cases before the Chambers of all three judicial divisions, preparing all written submissions in briefs and other filings to the Chambers and participating in investigative and case- preparation activities in the Integrated Teams. Senior Trial Lawyers from the Prosecution Section are also entrusted with the task of leading the integrated teams and providing overall guidance on the investigation of cases, as well as leading trial teams before Chambers of the Court. The Appeals Section litigates all interlocutory and final appeals before the Appeals Chamber, prepares all applications for leave to appeal and responses to such applications filed by the defence and other parties before the Trial Chambers, drafts key trial filings, in particular those involving significant and novel international Law" id="link" class="link">Criminal Law and procedural law issues, and also provides legal advice to teams in the Prosecution Section as well as to other sections of the Office.

Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting directly to the Senior Trial Lawyer within the designated Prosecution Team in the Prosecution Division of the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP), the incumbent as part of the Prosecution Division performs the following tasks:
  • Support the Case Manager in maintaining a clear and concise calendar of filings, hearings and (pre) Trial Chamber decisions and orders;
  • Assist the Case Manager and Senior Trial Lawyers in the collation and organization of evidence to be presented in Court, including proof-reading submissions, checking references/footnotes, applying redactions and formatting filings in accordance with the ICC style guide;
  • Assist in managing and implementing the process of disclosure of evidence to the defence, including ensuring proper organization and registration of evidence, proper formatting of evidence for effective presentation in Court, monitoring progress within databases and ensuring any necessary corrections and/or follow up actions;
  • Creating, updating and maintaining spreadsheets containing witness information, filing lists etc., redacting documents and producing related reports and summaries as requested by the Trial Lawyers;
  • Provide administrative support on a range of duties to the designated Prosecution Team, such as but not limited to logistical support of new staff, guidance and coordinating access to relevant Court systems etc.;
  • Provide in-Court support to the team by following proceedings online and taking necessary follow up action;
  • Perform any other duties as required.
Essential Qualifications

Education: Diploma of secondary education.

Experience: A minimum of six (6) years of administrative work experience, preferably in litigation support, in a law enforcement environment or other related field is required. An advanced or first-level university degree may be considered as a substitute for two years' working experience only to determine eligibility.

Paralegal knowledge and/or experience and experience in relevant areas in an international environment would be considered a strong asset.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
  • Strong IT skills in the use of litigation tools such as Ringtail and the ability to work with databases and spreadsheets;
  • A good understanding of evidence registration processes; Excellent organizational and planning skills;
  • Good analytical skills, including accuracy and attention to detail; Ability to keep strict standards of confidentiality and Security;
  • Ability to work on a litigation team, preferably with members from different Criminal Justice systems and cultural backgrounds;
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Personal and professional integrity.
Knowledge of languages: Proficiency in one of the working languages of the Court, English or French is required. Working knowledge of the other would be considered a strong asset. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) is considered an asset.

ICC Core Competencies

Dedication to the mission and values - Acts consistently in accordance with the mission and values of the Organisation; - Maintains confidentiality, acts with integrity and shows respect for diversity; - Shows commitment to the organisation; - Presents a positive image of the organisation during external discussions.

Professionalism - Applies professional and technical expertise; - Keeps abreast of organisational issues; - Produces workable solutions to a range of problems.

Teamwork - Listens, consults and communicates proactively; - Handles disagreements with tact and diplomacy; - Recognises and rewards the contribution of others.

Learning and developing - Identifies Development Strategies needed to achieve work and career goals and makes use of developmental or training opportunities; - Learns from successes and failures; - Seeks feedback and gives feedback to others to increase organisational effectiveness; - Seeks opportunities for improvement of work; - Has an open mind and contributes to innovation.

Handling uncertain situations - Adapts to changing circumstances; - Deals with ambiguity, making positive use of the opportunities it presents; - Plans activities and projects well in advance and takes account of possible changing circumstances; - Manages time effectively.

Interaction - Expresses opinions, information and key points of an argument clearly; - Handles contacts with diplomacy and tact; - Communicates in a transparent and open way with internal and external contacts while complying with confidentiality requirements.

Realising objectives - Accepts and tackles demanding goals with enthusiasm; - Keeps to agreements with others; - Focuses on client needs; - Takes responsibility for actions, projects and people; - Monitors and maintains quality and productivity.

General Information

- In accordance with the Rome Statute, the ICC is committed to achieving geographical representation and Gender Equality within its staff as well as representation of the principal legal systems of the world (legal positions). Nationals from the list of non-represented and under-represented States are strongly encouraged to apply. In addition, applications from women are strongly encouraged. Posts shall be filled preferably by a national of a State Party to the ICC Statute, or of a State which has signed and is engaged in the ratification process or which is engaged in the accession process, but nationals from non-state parties may also be considered, as appropriate. - The selected candidate will be subject to a Personnel Security Clearance (PSC) process in accordance with ICC policy. The PSC process will include but will not be limited to, verification of the information provided in the personal history form and a criminal record check. All candidates should be in a position to submit an electronic copy of their passport and all diplomas listed on their profile when requested; - Applicants may check the status of Vacancies on ICC E-Recruitment web-site; - Personnel recruited at the General Service level are not entitled to all of the benefits granted to internationally-recruited staff; - The Court reserves the right not to make any appointment to the vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description.

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