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Internship - Immediate Office of the Prosecutor - OTP (Funded)

The Hague

  • Organization: ICC - International Criminal Court
  • Location: The Hague
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date:

22099 | OTP


Organisational Unit: Immediate Office of the Prosecutor - Office of the Prosecutor
Duty Station: The Hague - NL
Contract Duration: 6 months
Deadline for Applications: 15 July 2022


Due to the volume of applications received, only successful applicants will be contacted by the Court.


This position is funded by the Trust Fund for the Development of Interns and Visiting Professionals.


In order to be eligible for this funded intern position, all applicants must be nationals from countries that appear on the United Nations Statistics Division’s list of developing regions that are a State Party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, namely:


Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Honduras, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Namibia, Nauru, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Republic of Korea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, State of Palestine, Suriname, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Zambia.



Some ICC States Parties are currently (as at 31 March 2022) not represented, or under-represented, and we therefore strongly encourage nationals from the following States Parties to apply:


Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Comoros, Congo, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Fiji, Gabon, Grenada, Guyana, Guatemala, Honduras, Kiribati, Jordan, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, Nauru, Panama, Paraguay, Republic of Korea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Suriname, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Tunisia, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Zambia.


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).



This position is funded through the Trust Fund for the development of interns and visiting professionals, whereby the Court will provide the selected candidate a monthly remuneration of €1,125 (with a mandatory deduction for emergency health insurance) as well as some financial help for travel purposes for candidates who are not based in the Netherlands at the time of the recruitment. Please note that (i) costs associated with Visas are the responsibility of the selected candidate, (ii) due to the nature of the assignment, interns cannot bring their families with them.


Contract Duration

Interns are required to work full time for a period of six months (to be agreed to prior to commencement).


The Opportunity

The International Criminal Court (ICC) investigates and, where warranted, tries individual charges with the gravest crimes of concerns to the international community: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and crime of aggression. The Court is participating in the global fight to end impunity, and through the international criminal justice, the Court aims to hold those responsible accountable for their crimes and to help prevent the crimes from happening again. You can contribute to this cause by joining the ICC.


Organisational Context
The Immediate Office of the Prosecutor (IOP) provides support to the Prosecutor in the day-to-day fulfilment of his functions. IOP contributes to the Office’s overall aims of being an effective and efficient organ which upholds the highest professional standards by participating in the implementation of best practices and performing a number of critical support, review and advisory functions, such as providing substantive advice and administrative assistance to the Prosecutor in the implementation of his functions, quality control and management of the Office. On behalf of the Prosecutor, the IOP also acts as an interface with the other organs of the Court ensuring effective inter-organ relations and communication as well as cooperation in the overall administration of the Court, and works closely with all components of the Office, to organise and hold meetings for senior management and record keeping in relation to those meetings, to implement the Prosecutor’s instructions on any matter so requested, and to ensure a consistency of standards and approach in line with the Prosecutor’s vision


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the  IOP, one of more of the following tasks are typically assigned during placement for selected participants working directly in the Immediate Office:

  1. Assist with Research and preparation of background reports;
  2. Assist with Drafting memoranda, reports, letters, briefing notes, speeches and other correspondence;
  3. Support for the preparation of internal meetings and ensure an accurate recording of meetings;
  4. Providing administrative and logistical support to the Prosecutor or his delegates in the preparation of his meetings and activities;
  5. Assisting in the preparation of presentations for internal and external audiences;
  6. Other tasks as may be required by the IOP.

Required Qualifications

All Candidates must have a Law, International Relations or Political Sciences degree 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 therefore practical experience is not an essential prerequisite for selection. Should there be a practical experience that is relevant to the work of the Court, it may be considered an asset. However, such working experience  should not exceed 3 (three) years.

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).

Knowledge of Languages:
Proficiency in one of the working languages of the Court, French or English, 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.


We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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.