Visiting Professional - Office of Public Counsel for Victims
The Hague (Netherlands)
Registry | 20539
|Organisational Unit:||Office of Public Counsel for Victims, Registry|
|Duty Station:||The Hague - NL|
Deadline for Applications:
20 June 2021
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)
- One reference letter
To participate in containing the COVID-19 spread and in line with the measures adopted by the Host State, the ICC staff members, interns and visiting professional based in The Hague are currently working remotely. Accordingly, the candidates selected for this position are expected to work remotely from within the duty station (The Hague) until the re-opening of the ICC’s premises. They are also expected to work with their own computer and internet connection.
Travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic:
The ICC’s interns and visiting professionals are covered by the Headquarters Agreement, and therefore the ICC is able to assist them with travel and visa arrangements when moving to the duty station.
Visiting Professionals are required to work full time for a period of preferably six months (dates to be agreed to prior to commencement). Visiting Professional placements shall not be extended beyond six months.
The Statute of the International Criminal Court establishes an internationally new and unique system for the participation of victims in the proceedings before the Court. In addition, the Statute also provides victims with the right to apply for reparation for the harm suffered as a result of crimes under the jurisdiction of the Court. Due to the complexity of procedures governing the functioning of the Court, victims are represented and assisted by lawyers. For the purpose of assisting victims with regard to their participation in proceedings and obtaining reparations, regulation 81 of the Regulations of the Court has established the Office of Public Counsel for Victims that falls within the Registry solely for administrative purposes and otherwise shall function as a wholly independent office. Members of the Office act as legal representative of victims and assist external legal representatives. In performing their tasks, members of the Office act independently and are bound by the Code of Professional Conduct for Counsel.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of a legal officer, the incumbent will perform the following tasks:
(a) Assist in drafting legal memoranda and produce researches on a wide range of complex legal issues;
(b) Prepare factual background documents on the situations and cases before the Court;
(c) Assist in drafting legal opinions;
(d) Undertake ad hoc legal assignments as requested.
All Candidates must have a law degree (preferably in criminal law, public international law, humanitarian law, human rights law, or comparative law) from a recognized university. Candidates are expected to have a very good record of academic performance.
Visiting Professional placements focus on candidates who have extensive experience in their professional careers in relevant fields of work.
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 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 or Spanish) or of a local language of a situation country (Swahili, Lingala, Acholi, etc.) is an asset.
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 September 2020: Afghanistan, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Austria, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Comoros, Congo, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Gabon, Germany, Grenada, Guyana, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Kiribati, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, Namibia, Nauru, North Macedonia, 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, Timor-Leste, Tunisia, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Zambia.
Please note that the ICC is not able to provide participants in the Internship Programme with remuneration, nor is it possible to provide reimbursement for any expenses incurred during the internship. Accordingly, applicants must have the necessary resources or other financial support for the duration of the internship for which they have been selected.
If a States Party to the Rome Statute decides to provide a donation to the Internship Programmes, it may be possible to offer a limited number of interns a stipend and travel, as applicable. If funding is available and when an intern is selected, the Human Resources Section will conduct an assessment determining eligibility for funding in accordance with the Court’s Policy on Internships and Visiting Professionals and relevant funding conditions. Interns eligible for funding shall receive detailed information and further instructions after the selection process assuming they meet the conditions of the VA and are considered for the vacancy. Stipends will always be agreed at the time of offering the internship: No funding will be provided at a later stage.