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Visiting Professional - Public Information Unit - Office of the Prosecutor

The Hague

  • Organization: ICC - International Criminal Court
  • Location: The Hague
  • Grade: Internship - Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2024-06-16

23414 | OTP

Organisational Unit:

Public Information Unit, Office of the Prosecutor  

Duty Station:

The Hague

Contract Duration:

3 - 6 months 

Deadline for Applications:

16 June 2024

Due to the volume of applications received, only successful applicants will be contacted.

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).

  • 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, focusing on the role of the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) (maximum of 750 words, single- spaced, typewritten).

Contract Duration

Visiting Professionals are required to work full time for a period between three and six months (to be agreed to prior to commencement). Six months assignments are preferred. Visiting Professional placements will not be extended beyond six months

The Opportunity

The International Criminal Court (ICC) investigates and, where warranted, tries individual charges with the gravest crimes of concerns to the international community: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes of aggression. The Court is participating in the global fight to end impunity, and through international criminal justice, the Court aims to hold those responsible accountable for their crimes and to help prevent the crimes from happening again. You can contribute to this cause by joining the ICC.

Organisational Context

The Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) is responsible for the independent and impartial investigation and prosecution of individual perpetrators of crimes within the Court’s jurisdiction, in a manner complementary to national jurisdictions.

The Immediate Office of the Prosecutor (IOP) provides support and critical services to the Prosecutor and the Office with marginal resources, facilitating the Office’s overall aims of being an effective and efficient organ of the Court. IOP performs a variety of critical support, review and advisory functions, notably providing substantive advice and administrative support to the Prosecutor in the implementation of his functions, while more broadly ensuring quality control and management of the Office. On behalf of the Prosecutor, IOP also acts as an interface with the other organs of the Court ensuring effective inter-organ relations and communication as well as cooperation in the overall administration of the Court, and works closely with all components of the Office to organize and record meetings for senior management, implement the Prosecutor’s instructions on any matter so requested and ensure consistency in standards and approach in line with the Prosecutor’s vision and lessons learned.

Public Information Unit (PIU) works in close cooperation with the IOP and is responsible for ensuring accurate and timely presentation of information relating to the OTP through the website and social media; managing contacts with the media, including the development of press lines and responses to media queries; producing media round-ups for key events; conducting event-related media work; drafting action and communication plans based on the overall strategic approach for public information; and managing a variety of communication projects.

Duties and Responsibilities

​​​​Under the supervision of the Public Information Officer and/or other member of the PIU, the incumbent will assist in a variety of tasks in the area of public information, including:

  • Assist in the implementation of media relations of the Office, including media monitoring, analysis, reporting, media logs, drafting and deployment of media responses, facilitation of interviews, media accreditation and media briefings;

  • Conduct research and draft texts;

  • Assist with photography, videography and basic photo and video editing;

  • Assist in drafting and deploying social media content;

  • Assist in the development and implementation of a variety of public information projects and events;

  • Perform other tasks as required.

Required Qualifications


All Candidates must have a degree in law, international relations, journalism or a relevant field from a recognised university. Candidates are expected to have a very good record of academic performance.


Visiting Professional placements focus on candidates who have extensive experience in their professional careers in relevant field of work. Practical experience that is relevant to the work of the Court may be considered an asset. Candidates for a Visiting Professional placement must have at least 3 (three) years of relevant professional experience. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to work effectively in a multicultural and multilingual working environment.

  • Strong teamwork skills (listens, consults and communicates proactively).

  • Excellent digital skills, including computer literacy and the use of social media.

  • Excellent drafting skills in English.

  • Photography, videography and basic photo and video editing skills.

  • Good analytical and organisational capabilities.

  • Discretion, reliability, intellectual rigour, honesty, creativity, and perseverance.

Knowledge of Languages:

  • Proficiency in one of the working languages of the Court, French or English. Working knowledge of the other is desirable.

  • Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, or Spanish) is an asset.

Other criteria:

It is the Court’s objective to have diversity and gender balance. In line with the ICC’s efforts to improve geographical representation among staff, nationals of non-represented and under-represented countries at the ICC are encouraged to apply. The list can be found here.


Please note that the ICC is not able to provide all participants in the Internship and Visiting Professional Programme with remuneration, nor is it possible to provide reimbursement for expenses incurred during the internship or visiting professional placement.

Applicants should therefore be able to support themselves for the duration of their internship or placement. 

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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