Visiting Professional - Victims and Witnesses Section - Services Unit
The Hague (Netherlands)
21280 | Registry
|Organisational Unit:||Services Unit, Victims and Witnesses Section, Registry|
|Duty Station:||The Hague - NL|
|Contract Duration:||6 months|
|Deadline for Applications:||31 December 2022|
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.
- Scanned copies of university degrees and/or diplomas (to be added at the essay upload box).
Visiting Professionals are required to work full time for a period between three and six months (to be agreed to prior to commencement).
The ICC offers the opportunity to join its mission to put an end to impunity for the perpetrators of unimaginable crimes that threaten the peace, security and well-being of the world. The Visiting Professional programme of the Court provides for an exchange of knowledge by allowing professionals from diverse academic, practical and cultural backgrounds the opportunity to develop an in depth understanding of the Court’s objectives and functions, in order to enhance their professional experience. Working within the Victims and Witnesses Section as a visiting professional provides valuable experience in threat/risk assessment methodology and enables familiarization with the field of witness protection.
The conditions and procedures for the selection of candidates are subject to the provisions of administrative instructions regulating the visiting professional programme, ICC/AI/2017/005.
The Victims and Witnesses Section (VWS) organisationally belongs to the Division of External Operations in the Registry. It provides protective measures, security arrangements, counselling and other appropriate assistance to witnesses and victims who appear before the Court and to others who are also at risk on account of testimony given by such witnesses. The Section may advise the Prosecutor and the Court on appropriate protective measures, security arrangements, counselling and assistance.
The Section is responsible for ensuring that the witnesses appear in the Court appropriately protected, supported and as scheduled by the Chambers. Furthermore, it is responsible for the management of the ICC Protection Programme (ICCPP) and may cooperate with States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations in providing any of the protection and support measures stipulated by the Statute.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Conducts targeted research and information collection relevant to the projects that will be assigned to the Visiting Professional;
- Draft analysis reports and other information products relevant to the projects and to witness security;
- Assist in the drafting of Threat and Risk Assessments.
At least a first level degree from an accredited university.
Visiting Professional placements focus on candidates who have extensive experience in their professional careers in relevant fields of work (Political Science, International Relations, Open Source Investigation, Security, Intelligence, Human Rights protection). At least three (3) years of professional experience in their field of expertise is required.
Research experience of the ICC situation countries and on any other country of interest for the Court is desirable.
Field experience would be an asset.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Strong analytical skills, logical thinking, solid reasoning skills, including ability to understand complex scenarios, to handle a vast amount of information as well as conflicting information, and to identify source biases;
- Excellent research skills, ability to operate search engines;
- Excellent drafting skills;
- Good presentation skills and ability to logically defend chosen positions;
- Ability to work under time constraints;
- Ability to keep strict standards of confidentiality;
- Able to adapt to multicultural and multilingual working environments;
- Ability to work effectively independently and in a team;
- Computer literacy.
Knowledge of Languages:
Proficiency in one of the working languages of the Court, English or French, is required. Working knowledge of the other language is highly desirable. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) would be considered an asset.
It is the Court’s objective to have diversity and gender balance. Some ICC States Parties are currently (as at 31 October 2021) not represented, or under-represented, and we therefore encourage nationals from the following States Parties to apply: 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.
Note: the successful candidate must enter into a confidentiality agreement with the Victims and Witnesses Section.