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Internship - Security Policy and Compliance Unit , Safety and Security Section

The Hague

  • Organization: ICC - International Criminal Court
  • Location: The Hague
  • Grade: Internship - Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Political Affairs
    • Legal - Broad
    • Security and Safety
    • Ombudsman and Ethics
  • Closing Date: Closed

21384 | Registry


Organisational Unit: Security Policy and Compliance Unit 
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).
  • Two reference letters (one academic).
  • Scanned copies of university degrees and/or diplomas.
  • Scanned copies of official academic transcripts that state your courses, results and completion date.
  • One short essay on a subject relevant to the work of the Court (maximum of 750 words, single spaced, type written).

Important message:

To participate in containing the COVID-19 spread and in line with the measures adopted by the Host State, interns and visiting professionals may be asked to work remotely during their placement. While working remotely, they are still required to work from within the duty station, The Hague. The currently applicable measures of the Court will be shared with each candidate prior to the starting date of his/her placement.


Contract Duration

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

Organisational Context

The Security and Safety Section (SSS) falls organisationally under the Division of Management Services within the Registry, and is composed of two units, the Building and Court Security Unit and the Policy and Compliance Unit.

The principle functions of SSS are:

  • The protection of the ICC premises, property and courtroom functions through the strict control of access and egress and the maintenance of an armed protection force;

  • The management and control of all electronic security and surveillance protection systems operated by the seat of the Court;

  • The safe handling and custody of all detained persons whilst detained at the seat of the Court;

  • The background investigative screening (vetting) of staff, contractors and other support workers to ensure the reliability and integrity of personnel assigned to a security sensitive environment;

  • To promote the safety and security of ICC staff and its investigative and judicial processes, including coordination and liaison with the security agencies of the host country and member states and other international organisations;

  • The armed protection of designated staff members, premises and evidence in areas of investigative operations and the provision of close protection escorts, contingency plans, staff tracking and operational liaison with host government or international support agencies;

  • The prevention of unsafe acts at work, the promotion of a safe working environment and the immediate response to fire, safety and first aid or security incidents or emergencies.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Head of Security Policy and Compliance Office (SPCU), the candidate will assist the Security and Safety Section (SSS) in the development of:

1) The Section’s internal communication strategy, tools and materials;

2) The Section’s external (within the organisation) communication, security information and awareness approaches, tools and materials; and

3) Other communication materials and events aimed at improving the visibility and image of the Section.


The outputs and activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting in the production of communication plans and campaigns for SSS staff and Court wide, drafting and editing content for public information materials, including newsletters, internal circulars, security management’s messages and directives, and exploring potential digital outreach initiatives to raise SSS visibility;
  • Assisting in the production of multimedia materials for online and offline products, including infographics, motion graphics, short videos, presentation templates and event flyers;
  • Providing background research for public information materials, and initiating and carrying out assigned tasks/special projects;

Contributing in advising the section on current best practices and tools on internal communications within an organisation, and developing statistics and indicators for the purpose of measuring the reach and effectiveness of the different approaches and tools.

Required Qualifications


All Candidates must have a degree in communication/media or related field or be in the final stages of their studies at a recognised university. Candidates are expected to have a very good record of academic performance.


Internship placements focus on candidates in the early stages of their professional careers. Practical experience is not an essential prerequisite for selection. However, practical experience that is relevant to the work of the Court may be considered an asset.

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), and experience using web-based applications.
  • Good knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and working knowledge of Illustrator, InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro and After Effects are highly desirable.

Knowledge of Languages:

Proficiency in one of the working languages of the Court, French or English, in addition to Dutch, is required. Working knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish) is considered 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 December 2021: Afghanistan, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cabo 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, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Japan, Jordan, Kiribati, 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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