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Visiting Professional - Forensic Science Section (FSS) - Office of the Prosecutor

The Hague (Netherlands)

  • Organization: ICC - International Criminal Court
  • Location: The Hague (Netherlands)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Biology and Chemistry
    • Medical Doctor
    • Legal - Broad
    • Criminology, Extremism, Police Affairs and Anti-Corruption
  • Closing Date: 2019-10-13

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18957 | Office of the Prosecutor

Organisational Unit:    Forensic Science Section, 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 Forensic Science Section’s work (maximum of 750 words, single spaced, type written). In the past, visiting professionals have contributed by undertaking in-depth research, development of standards or enhancing the Section’s professional training capacities.

Contract Duration

Visiting Professionals are required to work full time for six months. 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 the Forensic Science Section, supporting its evidence collection and/or analytical capacity.

Under the general supervision of the Director of the Investigation Division and the direct supervision of the Head, Forensic Science Section, the incumbent can expect to perform one or more of the following duties:

  • Provide support to the Head, Forensic Science Section, on workflow, processes and efficiency, as well as with the handling and presenting of information and evidence in accordance with standard operating procedures;
  • Provide advice to the Head, Forensic Science Section on scientific strategies, procedures and techniques; 
  • Provide advice to the Head, Forensic Science Section on linkages, cooperation and scientific partnerships;
  • Conduct research as required to support investigations;
  • Any other task required to assist the Forensic Science Section.

Required Qualifications


All Candidates must have a science degree from a recognised university.


Visiting Professional placements focus on candidates who have extensive experience in their professional careers in relevant fields of work. Applicants for placements in the Forensic Science Section would be required to have extensive professional experience in forensic science, preferably in the context of investigation of serious human rights violations.

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 Languages:

Proficiency in English is required. Working knowledge of French is desirable.


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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