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Visiting Professional - Investigation Section - Office of the Prosecutor

The Hague (Netherlands)

  • Organization: ICC - International Criminal Court
  • Location: The Hague (Netherlands)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Internal audit, Investigation and Inspection
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2019-10-13

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18952 | OTP 

Organisational Unit: Investigations Teams, Office Of The Prosecutor  
Duty Station: The Hague - NL
Contract Duration: From 01/02/2020 to 31/07/2020
Deadline for Applications: 13/10/2019

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.
  • A description of a long-term project you would like to work on throughout your period at the OTP, which is of interest to you and which would assist the Prosecution Division’s work (maximum of 750 words, single spaced, type written). In the past, visiting professionals have contributed by undertaking in-depth legal research, enhancing the Prosecution Division’s professional training capacities, or assisting evidence analysis processes.

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). Visiting Professional placements shall not be extended beyond six months.

Organisational Context

The Office of the Prosecutor 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.

The Investigation Division (ID), under the overall management of its Director and management team, provides the investigative component of the integrated team which conducts the Office’s investigations and prosecutions under the responsibility of Prosecution Division’s Senior Trial Lawyer. ID recruits, trains and monitors the performance of investigators, analysts and data inputters within the integrated team.

Duties and Responsibilities

The candidate will be assigned to work within an investigative team, supporting its evidence collection and/or analytical activities.

Under the general supervision of the Director of the Investigation Division and the Investigation Coordinator and the direct supervision of the Investigation Team Leader the incumbent is can expect to perform one or more of the following duties:

  • Provide support to the investigative team with the planning and preparation of evidence collection activities, as well as with the handling, recording and processing of information and evidence in accordance with OTP standard operating procedures;
  • Provide advise to the Team Leader on investigation strategies, procedures and techniques, risk assessment and protection strategies;
  • Review and analyse gathered information and evidence;
  • Conduct searches in databases or open sources as required to support investigations and analysis.
  • Assist with all the logistics related with the planning and preparation of field missions, as well as post-mission activities;
  • Any other task required to assist investigations and analysis.

Required Qualifications


All Candidates must have either a law degree at a recognised university, preferably in Law or Criminology, or a diploma in criminal investigation from a law enforcement academy and/or relevant training in crime investigation techniques.


Visiting Professional placements focus on candidates who have extensive experience in their professional careers in relevant fields of work. Applicants for placements in the Investigation Division would be required to have relevant professional experience in criminal and/or financial investigations, investigations of serious human rights violations and/or investigative analysis.

It will be considered an asset experience in conducting fact-finding activities: in complex and large-scale cases; involving personal interaction with victims, witnesses and criminal suspects; in a multicultural context; and/or placed in conflict or post-conflict areas.

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 intelligence databases (iBase, Palantir, others), investigation management systems (Wynyard or others), TRIM, Ringtail and Casemap is an asset.

Knowledge of Languages:

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


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. 

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 to fund nationals of States Parties from developing regions. These donations are equally divided between the four Organs of the Court.

If funding is available, the Human Resources Section shall assess a candidate’s eligibility in accordance with the terms of reference of the Trust Fund as agreed by the donors. 

In order to be eligible, 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.

Candidates eligible for funding shall receive detailed information and further instructions after the selection process is finalized. Stipends will always be agreed at the time of offering the internship. No funding will be provided at a later stage.

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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