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Special Assistant to the President of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) (P-3)

New York City (United States of America) | Us

  • Organization: ICC - International Criminal Court
  • Location: New York City (United States of America) | Us
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
    • Administrative support
    • Operations and Administrations
  • Closing Date: 2021-08-08

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20620 | SASP 

Deadline for Applications:   29/07/2021 (midnight The Hague time)
Organizational Unit:   Secretariat for the Assembly of States Parties
Duty Station:  

New York - US 

Type of Appointment:   Fixed-Term Appointment
Post Number:   T-3109
Minimum Net Annual Salary :   $105,169.00
Contract Duration:   General Temporary Assistance (GTA) until 31/12/2021, with the possibility of extension*


A roster of suitable candidates may be established for this post as a result of this selection process for fixed-term appointments against both established posts and positions funded by general temporary assistance (GTA).


* Special Notice:

In the event of extension, the aggregate duration of this appointment shall not exceed the remaining mandate of the current President of the ASP, including any subsequent renewal thereof.



Upon selection, the successful candidate should be able to meet the protocol requirements, i.e. to obtain the appropriate (“B-1”) visa.  During this assignment, the selected candidate will hold a status of a member of an observer organization (ICC) to the United Nations.


Organizational Context

The Secretariat (SASP) provides the Assembly and its Bureau and subsidiary bodies with substantive, administrative and technical assistance in the discharge of their functions under the Statute.  The Secretariat provides substantive servicing of the Assembly and its subsidiary bodies. The substantive servicing functions include, inter alia, providing legal and substantive secretariat services, such as the provision of documentation, reports and analytical summaries, and supplying advice within the Secretariat on legal and substantive issues relating to the work of the Assembly.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the President of the Assembly and, as appropriate, the Director of the Secretariat of the Assembly, the incumbent performs following duties:

  • Support the President, in coordination with the Secretariat of the Assembly based in the Hague (SASP), as appropriate, in her activities with the Assembly, its Bureau, working groups and subsidiary bodies.
  • Contribute to the planning and implementation of  the external relations and communications strategy of the President, in particular by providing  advice on issues and developments affecting the President’s external relations-related activities, conducting research and preparing materials, and providing  support for his/ her activities and initiatives to engage with the global community (States Parties and non-States Parties, the United Nations, international and non-governmental organizations, academia and the general public) in order to enhance support and cooperation with the Court and promote universal participation in the Rome Statute. This includes assisting in the preparation of draft statements, draft presentations, draft talking points, replies to media queries, interview requests, written contributions to publications, participation in conferences/seminars/side events for the President of the Assembly as well as managing the President’s official social media accounts in a timely manner.
  • Provide, as required, policy, legal and strategic support and advice to the President on complex issues pertaining to the President’s mandate and functions.
  • Assist, as appropriate, in the review of documents submitted for the President’s consideration, including internal communications with the Court, letters, note verbales, memoranda, policy documents, legal documents, reports to the Assembly and its subsidiary bodies, resolutions, reports to the United Nations and other documents.
  • In coordination with the Secretariat of the Assembly based in The Hague (SASP), provide substantive servicing of the Assembly, its New York Working Group and Bureau, and other serviced bodies including through the timely and accurate preparation of summaries of the discussions, revision of documentation, with a sound legal basis of the issues discussed, in coordination with SASP but with minimal supervision;
  • Reporting on relevant aspects of meetings related to the Assembly and the Court at the United Nations, including the Friends of the ICC, the Security Council, the UN General Assembly and others, taking into account the reporting obligations of  the Head of the ICC Liaison Office so as to avoid duplication;
  • Provide substantive support to the President by ensuring the President’s preparation for meetings and official travel, drafting, speeches, speaking notes, articles and other relevant documents, as well as accompany the President as required, providing advice, establishing key contacts and ensuring follow up. Further, assist in organizing the ASP President official travels including through preparing and maintaining travel and meetings calendars / work programmes, conducting background research, communication with relevant government interlocutors, conference organizers, media representatives or others, in coordination with the SASP;
  • As required, represent the President in various internal meetings with relevant actors and stakeholders;
  • Maintain files of general information on sessions and meetings and complete various forms concerning the organization of meetings at UNHQ, including technical and budgetary matters, in coordination with SASP and the UN Secretariat, as appropriate;
  • Assist with ad hoc tasks, as required by the President/SASP.

Essential Qualifications


An advanced university degree in law, international relations, or any other related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience is accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.



A minimum of five years (seven years with a first-level university degree) of progressively responsible professional experience in the areas relevant to the duties and responsibilities, as indicated above, preferably with an international angle, either in an international organization, in national service or non-governmental organization, is required.


Knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Awareness of the context in which the Court operates, especially vis a vis States and the UN;
  • Knowledge of the Rome Statute and familiarity with the past and current work of the Assembly, including its normative texts, its practice and the challenges posed;
  • Ability to draft clearly and accurately, with attention to detail, while requiring minimal supervision;
  • Ability to use social media;
  • Strong research and analytical skills and ability to conduct comprehensive research on a range of issues;
  • Good understanding of contemporary international relations, international organisations and their interrelationships;
  • Excellent inter-personal skills to contact and maintain a good working relationship with the representative of States, members of the Bureau, members of subsidiary bodies of the Assembly, relevant staff of the Court;
  • Demonstrated planning and organizational skills and ability to work to tight deadlines and handle concurrent projects;
  • Ability to perform multitasking under pressure when so required;
  • Proficiency in computer skills and ability to use relevant software applications, in particular information databases, internet/intranet services, library sources etc.;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds with respect for diversity.


Knowledge of languages:

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

- In accordance with the Rome Statute, the ICC is committed to achieving geographical representation and gender equality within its staff as well as representation of the principal legal systems of the world (legal positions). Nationals from the list of non-represented and under-represented States are strongly encouraged to apply. In addition, applications from women are strongly encouraged for senior positions at the Professional (P) and Director (D) levels. Posts shall 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, as appropriate.

- 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;
- 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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