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Visiting Professional - Eхternal Relations and State Cooperation Unit - Funded by the EC Grant

The Hague

  • Organization: ICC - International Criminal Court
  • Location: The Hague
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Grant writing
  • Closing Date:

22344 | Registry


Organisational Unit: External Operations Support Section - Registry
Duty Station: The Hague - NL
Contract Duration: 6 months
Deadline for Applications: 20 August 2022


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


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


The Visiting Professionals funded by the EC Grant are required to work full time for a period of six months (dates to be agreed before the placement begins).




This position is funded through a grant made available by the European Commission (EC Grant), whereby the Court will provide the selected candidates with a monthly remuneration of €1,500 (with a mandatory deduction for emergency health insurance) and pay for travel costs up to a total value of 2,000 EUR. Please note that (i) costs associated with Visas are the responsibility of the selected candidate, and (ii) due to the nature of the assignment, VPs cannot bring their families along.



The EC Grant aims to provide professional opportunities at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for legal representatives and/or other legal professionals from:


- Countries under investigation (situation countries) (currently: Afghanistan, Burundi, Bangladesh/Myanmar, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Darfur (Sudan), Democratic Republic of the Congo, Georgia, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Republic of the Philippines, State of Palestine, Uganda, Ukraine and Venezuela);


- Countries under preliminary examination (currently: Guinea, Nigeria and Venezuela); or


- States Parties to the Rome Statute that are on the list of developing regions of the United Nation’s Statistics Division, 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 and Zambia.


Preference will be given to female candidates from non-represented or under-represented States. The list can be found here.


The Opportunity


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


Participants in this programme will gain first-hand experience and knowledge of the ICC and its procedures. This will allow participants to develop their legal skills and knowledge of the Rome Statute system, and subsequently to impart lessons learned and best practices to their home organizations. Witnessing the functioning of the only permanent international criminal court will enable participants to contribute to the development of national capacities in their home countries to investigate and prosecute crimes within the jurisdiction of the ICC. On completion of their placement, participants will also submit a short report detailing their experiences and activities.



Organizational Context


The External Relations and State Cooperation Unit coordinates and supports the Registry’s external relation and cooperation activities. To this end, it advises on strategies, recommends policies and adopts procedures. In close coordination with the Country Analysis Unit and the Chief of Field Offices, it assists the Chief of Section in leading external relations and cooperation mandate of the Registry. The Unit is in charge of state cooperation matters, including (field) host state affairs and the execution of request for assistance and cooperation and judicial cooperation with States and international organizations. The Unit supports the negotiation of agreements and memoranda of understanding. It also conducts fundraising activities and organizes and implements high-level seminars, technical events and trainings.


Duties and Responsibilities


Typical duties and responsibilities of visiting professionals are:


  • Conducting research on various ICC cooperation related issues;
  • Developing strategies, projects and events to enhance cooperation with the States and non-States Parties to the Rome Statute and international organizations;
  • Preparing filings to the relevant Chambers on judicial cooperation issues;
  • Draft and/or propose amendments to cooperation agreements and memoranda of understanding;
  • Drafting note verbales, diplomatic correspondence, reports and requests for assistance to States and IO’s;
  • Perform any other duties as required.


Required Qualifications



The candidate should have a degree in law, demonstrating very good knowledge in international /national criminal law, comparative law and criminology, public international law, international humanitarian law or human rights. Candidates are expected to have a very good record of academic performance.



Visiting Professional placements focus on candidates who have extensive experience in their professional careers in relevant fields of work. Candidates for a Visiting Professional placement must have at least 3 (three) years of relevant professional experience.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Able to adapt to multicultural and multilingual working environments;
  • Possesses strong teamwork skills (listens, consults and communicates proactively);
  • Very good oral communication and drafting skills;
  • Has acquired a good standard of computer skills (including Microsoft Office applications) and research skills (including the use of electronic databases).

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.

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