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Internship - Research and Development - Office of the Prosecutor

The Hague (Netherlands)

  • Organization: ICC - International Criminal Court
  • Location: The Hague (Netherlands)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2019-10-13

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18965 | OTP

Organisational Unit: Investigation Planning & Support 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.
  • One short essay on a subject relevant to the work of the Court (maximum of 750 words, single spaced, type written).

Contract Duration

Interns are required to work full time for a period of six months. Internship placements shall not be extended beyond six months.

Organisational Context

The Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) 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.

The Investigations Section, within ID, is headed by the Investigations Coordinator and is comprised of investigation Team Leaders, investigators and information management assistants, who form part of the different investigation teams. Within each integrated team, led by a Senior Trial Lawyer and incorporating members from the other Divisions of the OTP, the investigation team is responsible for planning and for carrying out evidence collection and other investigative activities.

The Investigation Section is in charge of the following functions:

  • Provide expertise to the integrated teams and to OTP management on all investigative matters;
  • Define adequate, efficient and recognised investigative procedures and standards to be implemented across teams;
  • Ensure the compliance of evidence collection activities with the ICC and OTP legal and operational frameworks and implement evaluation mechanisms for the investigative activity in relation to the effectiveness, quality, efficiency and productivity of the investigative function;
  • Develop OTP’s investigative capability through research on innovative investigative techniques, tools and methodologies;
  • Recruit, train and supervise investigation team leaders, investigators and IMAs, assign them to the integrated teams and ensure their wellbeing.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Intern will be assigned to work under the supervision of the Investigations Coordinator, but also support the different investigation Team Leaders.

Under the supervision, the Intern can expect to perform one or more of the following tasks:

  • Provide support to projects aimed at defining and implementing investigative operational standards, progressing on new investigative techniques, opportunities, tools and methodologies, and ensure the harmonization of the work, practices and procedures across the different investigation teams;
  • Provide support in analysing, summarizing, categorizing and coding relevant judicial rulings and other research materials on matters of relevance to investigation; feeding the Casemap database, and provide support for all OTP consolations on matters related with investigations.
  • Provide support to the coordination of the work of the investigation teams, as well as initiatives aimed at identifying and monitoring areas where to improve the quality and efficiency of OTP investigations:
  • Provide support to the Division in the development of investigative standards to be shared with other investigative bodies and first responders.
  • Provide support to the “lessons learnt” projects to be conducted by the different investigation teams on specific, as well as general matters relevant to investigations;
  • Undertake research and assist in the analysis on subjects related to international criminal investigations, covering a wide range of relevant sources (internal and external) - jurisprudence, academic papers, operational documents;
  • Assist with analytical summaries, draft documents and charts; take notes in oral discussions, and assist in the presentation of relevant findings;
  • Provide support to projects aimed at identifying and monitoring areas to improve the quality and efficiency of OTP investigation, and assist in providing recommendations to the Investigations Coordinator as required;
  • Provide support, on an ad hoc basis, to the investigation teams in the collection, screening, analysis and handling of information and evidence in accordance with standard operating procedures.
  • Provide support to the development and implementation of training initiatives addressed to the investigation teams;

Required Qualifications


All Candidates must have a degree or be in the final stages of their studies at a recognised university. Candidates are expected to have a very good record of academic performance.


Internship placements focus on candidates in the early stages of their professional careers therefore; practical experience is not an essential prerequisite for selection. However, practical experience that is relevant to the work of the Court may be considered an asset.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Confidentiality – Ability to keep strict confidentiality about the relevant information and procedures.
  • Accuracy – Excellent attention to detail and accuracy when processing information.
  • 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, and databases).

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.

Other criteria:

In line with the ICC’s efforts to improve geographical representation among staff, nationals of the countries listed below are strongly encouraged to apply.

Non-represented or under-represented countries at the ICC as of 30 June 2019: Afghanistan, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Comoros, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Gabon, Germany, Grenada, Guyana, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Montenegro, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Republic of Korea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Slovakia, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, North Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Tunisia, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Zambia.


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.

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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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