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Internship - Personnel Security and Investigations Office, Safety and Security Section

The Hague

  • Organization: ICC - International Criminal Court
  • Location: The Hague
  • Grade: Internship - Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
    • Internal audit, Investigation and Inspection
  • Closing Date: Closed

22740 | Registry


Organisational Unit: Security and Safety Section, Registry  
Duty Station: The Hague - NL
Contract Duration: 6 months​​​
Deadline for Applications: 31/01/2023


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).
  • 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).


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 usually not be extended beyond six months.


The starting date of the internship may vary, upon agreement. Candidates can be recruited for a time period shorter than 6 months. Applications of candidates indicating availability beyond the present selection cycle may be considered in the context of the next selection cycle.


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 crimes of aggression. The Court is participating in the global fight to end impunity, and through 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 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 Security 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

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is a security conscious  organisation, and its security environment is influenced by a wide range of factors.


Employees (and other people who work and/or engage with the Court) have access to ICC buildings and a variety of sensitive material such as information, assets and resources that are at risk from a range of threats, and one of the mechanisms available to protect the Court is vetting.


Using vetting, the Court is able to obtain a level of assurance that its staff (and other people who work and/or engage with it) have integrity and are free from any conflict of interest, or vulnerability that could threaten or compromise its work, or the safety and security of its staff or any other persons under its care.


The Personnel Security and Investigations Office is responsible for conducting vetting at the ICC, under the supervision of the Personnel Security Officer:

The Personnel Security and Investigations Office is looking for an Intern to assist in the day to day running of the office and its core business.


The incumbent will be responsible for:


  • Assisting with the core administrative tasks associated with vetting
  • Completing open-source research/analysis/investigations
  • Assisting with the risk assessment processes associated with vetting
  • Communication with candidates and external agents as required.
  • In addition, the incumbent will assist the Personnel Security Officer with developing new strategies aimed at improving efficiencies in the vetting process or other project work  as required.


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  is required. Working knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish) and/or Dutch is considered an asset.



Other criteria:


It is the Court’s objective to have diversity and gender balance. In line with the ICC’s efforts to improve geographical representation among staff, nationals of non-represented and under-represented countries at the ICC are encouraged to apply. The list can be found here.    



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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