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Senior Investigator (P-4) (Darfur, Sudan Situation) - Short Term

The Hague (Netherlands)

  • Organization: ICC - International Criminal Court
  • Location: The Hague (Netherlands)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Internal audit, Investigation and Inspection
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-20

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20880 | OTP 

Posting Date:   13/09/2021
Deadline for Applications:   20/09/2021 (midnight The Hague time)
Organizational Unit:   Investigation Division, Office of the Prosecutor
Duty Station:   The Hague (other duty station may apply)
Type of Appointment:   Short Term Appointment
Minimum Net Annual Salary:   €92,817.00
Contract Duration:   Until 31/12/2021


Special Notice:

A Short-Term Appointment is used to recruit staff to meet short-term needs. The duration of this assignment is provided above. The maximum duration of a short-term appointment including extensions shall not exceed 12 months.


A Short-Term Appointment does not carry any expectancy, legal or otherwise, of renewal and shall not be converted to any other type of appointment.


Due to the short-term nature of the assignment, the ICC reserves the right to make an appointment at one grade lower than that stated in the vacancy with a modified job description.


A current ICC staff member who is holding a fixed-term appointment may apply for any short-term position. Where a current ICC staff member is selected to a short-term position, he or she will be temporarily assigned to the position in line with section 4.10 of ICC/AI/2016/001. GS-level posts are subject to local recruitment only.


The terms and conditions of service for staff members appointed under a short-term appointment are governed by ICC/AI/2016/001.


Organisational Context


The advertised position is placed within the Investigations Section (InvS), of the Investigation Division (ID), of the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP). The incumbent will be performing his/her functions under the overall leadership of the Director of ID and the supervision of the Investigations Coordinator and investigation Team Leaders.


The incumbent will work in support of the Integrated Teams, the functional units responsible for conducting OTP’s investigations and prosecutions within a case or situation. The Integrated teams are led by a Senior Trial Lawyer and comprise investigators and analysts, supervised by the investigation Team Leader, as well as lawyers, an international cooperation advisor and an information management assistant.


The investigative component of the integrated teams are in charge, amongst others, of the following functions:

  • Develop, update and implement investigation and analysis plans in an impartial, objective, safe, efficient and cost-effective manner;
  • Conduct evidence collection and other investigation activities, while ensuring the protection and security of those involved;
  • Support the prosecution activities of the Integrated Team.


Under the general supervision of the Head of the Investigation Division and/or Investigation Coordinator and the direct supervision of the Investigation Team Leader the incumbent is expected to:


  • Provide technical and expert advice in relation to investigative strategies, planning, procedures and techniques;
  • Identify, collect, screen and handle information, intelligence and evidence, in accordance the ICC legal framework and approved standard operating procedures;
  • Work in partnership with the Team Leader in the preparation, review and updating of comprehensive investigative plans addressing all alternatives for evidence collection in complex scenarios, including the developing risk mitigating strategies; ensure those plans are regularly updated
  • Lead and manage investigation sub-teams, ensuring effective and proper management of assigned resources and projects;
  • Lead  sensitive and complex investigative activities which require specialist skills and considerable experience, such as interviews of particularly vulnerable witnesses, high level suspects, and accused persons;
  • Proactively develop a network of sources of information, contribute to the identification of new avenues for the investigation, lines of inquiry, required corroboration activities and leads with the aim to further investigations;
  • Manage contacts with external persons including victims, witnesses and intermediaries;
  • Support the Team Leader in the overall planning and implementation of the team’s field missions;
  • In coordination with the team’s cooperation advisors, assist the team in the development and maintenance of an operational cooperation network to further the investigations; in particular, support such efforts in relation to governmental entities, non-governmental organizations, civil society groups, media and any other entities connected with the Darfur-Sudan situation country;
  • Support the Team Leader in ensuring quality control, timely execution of tasks and full compliance with established practices;   
  • Work closely with the Team Leader in allocating tasks to other team members and ensure their timely execution, including that field investigative activities are adequately and thoroughly planned, managed and are properly and efficiently carried out;
  • Perform witness protection duties and contribute to staff security, ensuring, in conjunction with the Team Leader, Operational Risk and Support Unit and the Protection Strategies Unit of the OTP, that all required measures are in place;
  • Assist the Team Leader in monitoring and coordinating the handling of the evidence related to the investigation, ensuring the proper use of the chains of custody and Information Processing and Management systems;
  • Assist the Team Leader in ensuring that all team’s activities are performed in compliance with Rome Statute, Office policies, SOPs and established practices;
  • Provide guidance and training to investigators, review their work and provide feedback and further directions where necessary;
  • Deputise for the Investigation Team Leader in his/her absence;
  • Actively participate in the management of the Division and contribute to the development and implementation of strategic objectives;
  • Testify before the Chambers, when required;
  • Carry out other tasks as instructed by the Prosecutor, the Head of Investigation Division, Investigations Coordinator or Investigation Team Leader.



  • Advanced University degree, preferably in Law, Criminology or other related fields, for example Human Rights, Psychology or Journalism is required;
  • A diploma in criminal investigation from a law enforcement academy and  relevant training in crime investigation techniques combined with 14 years of extensive investigative experience may be acceptable in lieu of university degree.


  • At least 9 years (7 years with an advanced university degree) of progressively responsible professional experience in a national law enforcement organisation or international judicial body, NGO/IGO or international commission of enquiry as an investigating judge, prosecutor, defence lawyer, investigator or analyst with considerable professional experience in criminal/financial investigations is required;
  • At least 6 years of experience with complex large-scale cases is required;
  • Demonstrated strategic and managerial experience in leading investigative teams and defining investigative strategies is required;
  • International experience is desirable;
  • Experience with witness protection is desirable;
  • Knowledge and experience in operating in the Darfur-Sudan situation is highly desirable.



  • Advanced knowledge of law enforcement procedures, investigative techniques and methods and the application of a legal framework to the investigative and prosecutorial requirements;
  • Knowledge of the requirements of international criminal law concerning the elements of crimes and modes of liability;
  • Experience and ability in investigating large or complex organisational structures or networks and analysing large volumes of complex and conflicting information or evidence;
  • Ability to prepare and present reports in a comprehensive and user-friendly format;
  • Excellent negotiations and communication skills and ability to network and build effective work relationships with internal and external partners;
  • Experience and ability to effectively manage people and work effectively and constructively as part of a team from different professional backgrounds, in a non-discriminatory manner and with respect for diversity;
  • Ability to deal with uncertain situations and apply sound judgment in decision making;
  • Ability to work with dedication, professional integrity and respect for others.




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



Successful applicant(s) will be required to demonstrate flexibility and adaptability. While the Duty Station is The Hague, candidates may be required to undertake repeated and sometimes lengthy deployments, in particular to the situation country, to conflict or post-conflict environments, all dependent on the nature and phase of the investigation.


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 the ICC policy. The PSC process will include but is not limited to, verification of the information provided in the personal history form and a criminal record check. All candidates should be in a positon to submit 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;
•    Personnel recruited at the General Service level are not entitled to all of the benefits granted to internationally-recruited staff;
•    The ICC reserves the right to not 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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