Internship - Victims Participation and Reparation Section, Registry (Field Coordination)
Registry | 23158
|Organisational Unit:||Victims Participation and Reparation, Registry|
|Duty Station:||The Hague, NL|
|Contract Duration:||6 months|
|Deadline for Applications:||31 December 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, subjects 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).
Interns are required to work full time for a period of preferably six months (dates to be agreed to prior to commencement).
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.
The Victims Participation and Reparations Section (VPRS) facilitates victims’ participation and reparations before the ICC. Amongst its main tasks, it informs victims of their rights before the ICC, assists them in filling in application forms for participation in the proceedings and/or for reparations, and assists the Judges with the preliminary processing and analysis of victims’ applications whenever required. The VPRS is also responsible for organising the common legal representation of victims whenever required. The VPRS establishes systems both in the field and at headquarters in The Hague to manage and process information received from victims, to file such information in the relevant judicial proceedings together with reports for Chambers and to respond to any instructions that may be issued by Chambers relating to participating victims or their applications throughout the proceedings. To this end, its activities include, inter alia: selection and training of intermediaries and elaboration and dissemination of key messages in the field in close collaboration with the field and other relevant ICC offices; processing of victims’ applications (which involves registration, data entry, legal assessment and redactions); preparing filings for the transmission of victims’ applications to the parties and to Chambers; legally analysing information received from or concerning victims; preparing reports on participation and/or on reparations issues before Chambers, upon request or on a proprio motu basis; organising common legal representation for victims and preparing reports thereon; and facilitating victims’ interaction with their legal representatives. In addition, the VPRS responds to orders from Chambers, requests from the legal representatives of victims, requests for input from other Sections of the Registry, and cooperates with / renders assistance to the Trust Fund for Victims whenever necessary.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Field Coordinator, the candidate would assist the VPRS with the following tasks:
- Carry out research and assist in the drafting of mapping reports; this entails the analysis of the relevant local context of a given ICC Situation, and identification of groups of potential victims entitled to participate in proceedings and/or request reparations;
- Assist in the mapping and identification of: (i) individuals and organisations that may be intermediaries of victims (including non-governmental organisations, community or religious organisations, local authorities, etc.); and (ii) international agencies with a field presence which may cooperate with the Registry in relation to victim participation and reparations;
- Assist in the identification of needs of intermediaries in terms of support and training, and help prepare training and related activities to respond to these needs;
- Prepare summaries of relevant reports and documents;
- Attend meetings, lectures etc when requested and prepare minutes;
- Conduct other tasks as needed, including occasional assignments for one of the other units of the Section as appropriate.
All candidates must have a university degree (preferably in social sciences such as political science, communication, cultural studies, international relations, human rights, law) - or be in the final stages of their relevant studies. 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. However, practical experience that is relevant to the work of the Court may be considered an asset.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Strong analytical and drafting skills
- Able to adapt to a multicultural and multilingual working environment
- Possesses strong teamwork skills (listens, consults and communicates proactively)
- Has acquired a good standard of computer skills (including Microsoft Office applications);
- Other important qualities are discretion, reliability, intellectual rigor, precision, perseverance, creativity, co-operative spirit and integrity.
Proficiency in one of the working languages of the Court, French or English, is required. Working knowledge of the other is considered an asset. Proficiency in Arabic is desirable. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Chinese, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.
It is the Court’s objective to have diversity and gender balance. And 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.