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  • Organization: ICC - International Criminal Court
  • Location: The Hague | nl
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2019-03-29

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Legal Adviser (P-4)

The Hague (Netherlands) | nl

18786 | TFV 

Deadline for Applications: 29/03/2019
Organizational Unit: Trust Fund for Victims 
Duty Station: The Hague - NL
Type of Appointment: Fixed-Term Appointment
Post Number: E-9112
Minimum Net Annual Salary: €86,155.00
Contract Duration: For initial appointments, the Court offers a two-year appointment with the possibility of extension (six month probationary period).

A roster of suitable candidates may be established for this post as a result of this selection process for both fixed-term established and general temporary assistance posts.


Organisational Context

The Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) was created by the Rome Statute (Art 79) as an independent non-judicial institution next to the ICC. It is governed by a Board of Directors, elected every three years by the Assembly of States Parties. The Board is supported by a Secretariat, ensuring daily management of the TFV’s activities.

The TFV has been entrusted by the Assembly with two main mandates: (i) to implement Court-ordered reparations to victims in a convicted case; and (ii) to provide assistance to victims and their families in ICC situation countries with physical and psychological rehabilitation and material support.

The mission of the TFV is to respond to the harm resulting from the crimes under the jurisdiction of the Court by ensuring the rights of victims and their families through the provision of reparations and assistance.

The strategic goals of the TFV aim to:

  1. Ensure reparative justice for victims to overcome their harm and transform their lives
  2. Facilitate assistance and reparations by ensuring financial growth and sustainability
  3. Advocate for the rights of victims in the international public domain
  4. Ensure good governance, accountability and transparency by creating an effective organisational structure

The functioning costs of the TFV Board and Secretariat are covered in the Court’s regular budget under Major Programme VI. The mandate-related programmes of the TFV are funded by voluntary contributions or donations, with the possibility of receiving and managing resources resulting from fines and forfeitures, as ordered by the Court against a convicted person, for the purpose of reparations rewards.

Whenever appropriate and feasible in the operation of its mandates, the TFV acts as a grant-making mechanism to locally based implementing partners. According to the TFV Regulations, the TFV receives administrative support from the Registry. In as far as not determined by the TFV Regulations, the TFV’s financial-administrative practice complies with the Court’s relevant regulatory provisions.

Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the incumbent performs the following tasks:

  • Legal strategy and policy development – advising Executive Director and TFV Board of Directors. Highly qualified legal expertise is required at the TFV Secretariat to address the complex questions raised by the legal framework applicable to the TFV. The Legal Adviser is directly accountable for ensuring that the Trust Fund (Secretariat and Board) acts in accordance with the applicable legal framework, including the Regulations of the TFV, and that the decisions of the Trust Fund are based on a sound understanding of the options that this framework provides. The position ensures the availability of in-house legal advice to enable the Trust Fund to take legally sound decisions on strategy and operations under its reparations and assistance mandates on a day to day basis.
  • Legal filings - The Legal Adviser is responsible for preparation and drafting, including coordinating consultations and inputs (in regard) of submissions on behalf of the Trust Fund for Victims to the Chambers, on both reparations and assistance mandates.
  • Functional deputy of TFV Executive Director – The Legal Adviser is expected to work independently, under the direct supervision of the Executive Director. In the absence or unavailability of the Executive Director, the Legal Adviser serves as the functional deputy to the Executive Director. The Legal Adviser may be delegated specific authorities by the Executive Director, including on the supervision of programme management, within the organisational framework of the TFV Secretariat as well as within the framework of authorities delegated by the Board and Registrar.
  • Compliance of TFV programme development and implementation with assistance and reparations mandates as well as with the applicable ICC administrative regulations and rules – The Legal Adviser ensures that TFV funded activities are in compliance with the legal parameters of the relevant mandates, including the scope of activities as well as the engagement of victims (direct and indirect) and other stakeholders. The legal adviser advises the Executive Director on any matters arising from contractual arrangements with donors, strategic partners, implementing partners (TFV intermediaries) and other third parties; in this regard, the legal adviser ensures timely consultation of the ICC Registry’s Legal Office as and when required.
  • Legal representation of TFV and liaison within ICC ­- Where necessary, the Legal Adviser represents the Trust Fund in Court proceedings, internal and external working groups related to the ICC/TFV, as well as in meetings and conferences outside the Court.



Advanced university degree in law (international law, criminal law or other field of law related to the mandates of the Trust Fund for Victims). A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of relevant experience is accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.


A minimum of seven years (nine years with a first level university degree) of progressively responsible professional legal work experience relevant to the mandates of the Trust Fund for Victims.

Experience, including supervisory roles, of field-based programme design and management in areas relevant to the mandates of the Trust Fund for Victims

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent legal drafting skills;
  • Proven track record of analysing complex legal problems and drafting legal briefs;
  • Proven  track record of supervisory  and leadership  competencies  as well as skills and ability to plan, establish priorities  and develop  clear goals consistent  with the work  of the Secretariat  of the Trust Fund for and the Court as a whole.
  • Good analytical skills and ability to identify legal problems and offer options for solutions;
  • Knowledge of contract development and management (donor agreements, local partners);
  • Team player with ability to establish and maintain good relationships with subordinates and with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Professional   maturity and ability to monitor progress against agreed timelines, to honour commitments and take responsibility   for short comings.

Knowledge of Languages

Proficiency in one of the working languages of the Court, French or English, is required. Working knowledge of the other is required. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) would be 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.


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


- 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.


- 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

- 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;
- Post to 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;
- In accordance with the Rome Statute, the ICC aims to achieve fair representation of women and men for all positions;
- Applications from female candidates are particularly encouraged;
- 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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