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Witness Assistant (Individual Contractor on an ad hoc and short-term basis)

The Hague (Netherlands) | nl

  • Organization: ICC - International Criminal Court
  • Location: The Hague (Netherlands) | nl
  • Grade: Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date:

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18622 | Registry 

Organizational Unit: Victims and Witnesses Section, Division of External Operations, Registry
Duty Station: The Hague
Type of Appointment: Individual contractor on an ad hoc and short-term basis
Salary: Payment is based on a daily rate (comparable to G-4 level)
Contract Duration: Based on the operational needs

Application Procedure

In order to apply for this opportunity, interested candidates will need to create a profile in the ICC eRecruitment system. All candidates will be informed of the results of their application by the end of the procedure.
Due to operational needs arising on an ad-hoc basis, a level of assignment and eligibility requirement may be adjusted accordingly.


The Victims and Witnesses Section (VWS) wishes to establish a pool of on-call Witness Assistants to provide practical assistance to witnesses appearing before the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands.

Organisational Context

Within the VWS, and under the direct supervision of the Team Leader of the Operations Centre, the Witness Assistant provides all necessary VWS basic welfare-related services to witnesses appearing before the ICC in The Netherlands, in order to facilitate their testimony and maximise their wellbeing during their stay in the Netherlands.

Scope of Services

  • Assist in the preparation activities  for the arrival of witnesses in The Netherlands;
  • Provide welcome briefing to witnesses arriving to testify before the Court;
  • Carry out entry/exit procedures of witnesses to and from the Court following ICC procedures; Escort witnesses during their transportation, on medical visits and in the ICC premises where required;
  • Where applicable, escort witnesses during recreational activities;
  • Monitor witnesses throughout the day and night, including mealtime assistance;
  • Provide assistance in administering witness surveys and questionnaires;
  • Maintain accurate and appropriate administration regarding witness-related activities;
  • Perform other duties as instructed by the Team Leader of the Operations Centre and VWS Management.

Required Qualifications

- Completion of secondary education.
- Further education in the fields of Social Work, Nursing or Psychology would be an asset.
- The successful candidate should have a minimum of four years of relevant work experience.  An advanced or a first-level university degree may be considered as a substitute for two years’ working experience only to determine eligibility.

Candidates should also possess the following skills and abilities:
- Experience working with vulnerable persons;
- Ability to work with persons from a wide range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, including victims of sexual violence, children, the elderly and disabled persons;
- Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately;
- Good standard of computer literacy, especially Microsoft Office; Good oral and written communication skills;
- Able to work independently and as part of a team in consistent implementation of VWS services to witnesses appearing before the Court;

- Must be prepared and willing to work on-call in a roster system providing 24/7 services to witnesses. This regularly includes working outside office hours, schedule changes at short notice and performing night shifts where required.

Knowledge of Languages:
Proficiency in one of the working languages of the Court, English or French. A working knowledge of the other is desirable. For this position, Dutch would be an asset.  Knowledge of another official language of the Court would be considered an asset (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish).  Where applicable, a working knowledge of other languages linked to ICC situation countries is an asset (including but not limited to Farsi, Lingala, Congolese Swahili, Standard Swahili, Sango, Lendu, Acholi, Tamasheq, Songai and Georgian).


General Information

- The selected candidate will be subject to a Security Clearance process in accordance with ICC policy. The security clearance 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;

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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