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Visiting Professional - Country Analysis Unit (Arabic Speaker)

The Hague (Netherlands)

  • Organization: ICC - International Criminal Court
  • Location: The Hague (Netherlands)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • International Relations
    • Political Affairs
    • Public Policy and Administration
  • Closing Date:

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20958 | Country Analysis Unit


Organisational Unit: Country Analysis Unit
Duty Station: The Hague - NL
Contract Duration: 6 months
Deadline for Applications: 31 October 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.
  • Optional: Short essay on a subject relevant to the court (max. 750 words)


Contract Duration

Visiting Professionals are required to work full time for a period between three and six months (to be agreed to prior to commencement). Visiting Professional placements shall not be extended beyond six months.


Organisational Context

Under the direct supervision of the Director of External Operations (the Director), the External Operations Support Section is responsible for:


In relation to the field: the support of Field Offices, including through liaison with other Registry Sections, central coordination and strategic planning of all field operations, and the planning, control and facilitation of all Field Offices.


In relation to external relations and state cooperation: the coordination and support of the Registry’s external relations activities including with the Assembly of States Parties and its subsidiary bodies, individual states and intergovernmental organisations, the execution of requests for assistance and state cooperation/judicial cooperation; supports the negotiation of agreements and memoranda of understanding; conducts fundraising; protocol affairs including high level visits to the Court.


In relation to analysis: provides, both at a strategic and an operational level, political, security and media analysis and advice in support of the above activities as well as the overall activities of the Division, including providing political advice and also threat and risk assessments in close cooperation with embedded security staff.


The External Operations Support Section provides innovative development and leadership and ensures the full integration of its activities, both within the Section and the Division. It also supports the Director and the Registrar in their external relations activities. The Section works closely with the Public Information and Outreach Section to ensure that key messages are coordinated and taken into account in all external relations activities.


The Country Analysis Unit (CAU) acts as a central analysis hub of the Registry, and leads the collection, analysis and disseminations of various political, security, and financial information products in relation to the work of the Registry in the situation countries or any other country of interest for the Court. The Unit assists the Chief of External Operations Support Section, the Director of the Division, the Registrar, and the Senior Management through the provision of comprehensive assessments of cross-cutting issues and trends that may affect the Registry in the implementation of its mandate.


The Unit is responsible for delivering standard, ad hoc and on-demand tailored products of security, political or financial investigative nature aimed at facilitating, enhancing and strengthening effective implementation of Registry’s mandate. These products also assist various Units and Sections of the Registry in their efforts to identify opportunities and advance their work. The Unit relies on a variety of sources, networks, and processed information to guide decision-making on effective mandate delivery.


Duties and Responsibilities

Visiting professionals are expected to carry out one or more targeted research projects relevant to the mandate of the Unit and contribute to the drafting of the Unit’s written outputs such as background papers, analysis, section of reports and studies, inputs to publications.


Required Qualifications


Advanced university degree in international relations, political science, strategic and security studies or related field.



A minimum 3 years of extensive experience in political analysis, international relations, or related areas is required.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent research and analytical skills;
  • Ability 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. Proficiency in Arabic 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 31 July 2021: 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, Niger, 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 internship and visiting professional placements at the ICC are unfunded. The ICC is not able to provide participants in the Internship and Visiting Professional Programme with any remuneration, nor is it possible to provide reimbursement for expenses incurred prior, during or after the internship or visiting professional placement.

Applicants must therefore be able to support themselves for the entire duration of their internship or visiting professional 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.

If funding is available, the Human Resources Section will advertise a funded vacancy announcement in accordance with the terms of reference of the Trust Fund as agreed by the donors.

In order to be eligible for a funded placement, if advertised, 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.


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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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