Associate Investigator, Various Duty Stations

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

International Criminal Court (ICC)

21799 | OTP

Deadline for applications:


Position title and level

Associate Investigator (P-2)

Organisational unit

Unified Teams, Prosecution Pillars, Office of the Prosecutor

Duty station

Various Duty Stations

Type of appointment


Post number

Established post (S-2450 | S-7307)

Minimum net annual salary


Contract duration

For initial appointments, the Court offers a two-year appointment with the possibility of extension (six months probationary period).

A roster of suitable candidates will be established for this post as a result of this selection process for both fixed-term established and general temporary assistance posts.

Organisational Context

The Office of the Prosecutor (“OTP”) is an independent organ of the International Criminal Court (“ICC”). It is responsible for examining situations under the jurisdiction of the Court where genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes appear to have been committed, and carrying out investigations and prosecutions against the individuals who are allegedly most responsible for those crimes.

Associate Investigators will be integrated in an Unified Team, comprised of investigators, analysts and lawyers. Such teams are led by a representative of the Prosecutor and have the responsibility of investigating and prosecuting the crimes committed in the context of a situation under investigation. Within the Unified Teams, investigators are responsible for objectively and independently collecting evidence and performing other investigative activities to further the investigation and establish the truth, while ensuring proper witness and information management.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall management of the Deputy Prosecutor and the Head of the Unified Team, and the direct supervision of the investigation Team Leader, the incumbent is expected to:

  • Collect, screen and handle information and evidence in accordance with ICC legal framework and OTP standard operating procedures;
  • Conduct investigative interviews with victims, witnesses and suspects producing written or audio/video-recorded records of interview;
  • Manage contacts with external persons including victims, witnesses and intermediaries;
  • Undertake the review and analysis of collected information and evidence and make recommendations for the next steps in the investigations;
  • Take responsibility for the identification of required corroboration activities, as well as new leads and avenues of investigation;
  • Assist the investigation team in developing a support network to further the investigations, including contacts with governmental and non-governmental organisations, civil society groups, relevant diaspora groups, media and other country/regional networks;
  • Contribute, when required, to the process of disclosure of information and evidence in the judicial proceedings;
  • Plan and participate in field missions;
  • Support the Division in the development and implementation of strategic objectives and operational standards;
  • Testify before the Chamber, when required;

  • Perform other duties as required.

Essential Qualifications

Education: An advanced university degree preferably in in Law, Criminology or other related fields, for example in Human Rights, Psychology, or Journalism. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience is accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

A diploma in criminal investigation from a law enforcement academy and/or relevant training in crime investigation techniques combined with eight years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a university degree.

Experience: A minimum of two years (four years with a first level university degree) of professional experience in either, criminal investigations, investigations of serious human rights violations, financial investigations or investigative analysis, with a special focus on complex, large-scale cases;

Or same level of professional experience working with NGO’s/IGO’s/International Commissions of Enquiry, with a special focus on complex, large-scale cases;

Experience conducting interviews with victims, witnesses or suspects.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Ability to formulate investigative hypothesis, assess critically sources of different types, cross-check multiple sources and draft analytical reports;
  • Good communication and negotiation skills; ability to communicate effectively and establish a good rapport with victims, witnesses and other external partners: police, NGOs, journalists, etc.;
  • Ability for team-work, including listening, sharing, communicating, taking responsibility, providing peer-support and feedback in an respectful manner;
  • Ability to properly manage confidential information and to comply with high level confidentiality requirements;
  • Ability to research, organize, synthesize and analyse complex and large volumes of information;
  • Good problem-solving skills and ability for creative thinking when dealing with complex and unforeseen situations;
  • Knowledge of the requirements of international criminal law concerning the elements of crimes and modes of liability;
  • Ability for pragmatic thinking and action, to focus on key points, identify priorities, plan work according to realistic objectives and schedules, and to recommend and implement specific actions within short deadlines;
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions;
  • Ability to demonstrate a high degree of flexibility and adaptability to changing environment and plans;
  • Awareness of gender issues and ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment in a non-discriminatory manner, with respect and appreciation for diversity;
  • High standards of professional and personal integrity and a strong commitment to the mandate and core values of the International Criminal Court.

Knowledge of languages: Proficiency in one of the working languages of the Court, English or French is required. Working knowledge of the other is considered a strong asset. Proficiency in Arabic and/or Russian is considered a valuable asset. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Chinese and Spanish) is considered an asset.


Successful applicant(s) will be required to demonstrate flexibility and adaptability. ICC investigators will be required to undertake repeated and sometimes lengthy deployments to conflict or post-conflict environments, while they can also expect to spend extensive time periods working at the Duty Station, all dependent on the nature and phase of the investigation.

Individuals with professional experience in any of the situations under investigation are highly encouraged to apply.

ICC Leadership Competencies Purpose Collaboration People Results

ICC Core Competencies Dedication to the mission and values Professionalism Teamwork Learning and developing Handling uncertain situations Interaction Realising objectives Learn more about ICC leadership and core competencies. General Information – The selected candidate will be subject to a Personnel Security Clearance (PSC) process in accordance with ICC policy. The PSC process will include but will not be limited to, verification of the information provided in the personal history form and a criminal record check. – Applicants may check the status of vacancies on ICC E-Recruitment web-site. – Post to be filled preferably by a national of a State Party to the ICC Statute, or of a State which has signed and is engaged in the ratification process or which is engaged in the accession process, but nationals from non-state parties may also be considered. – In accordance with the Rome Statute, the ICC aims to achieve fair representation of women and men for all positions, representation of the principal legal systems of the world for legal positions, and equitable geographical representation for positions in the professional category. – Applications from female candidates are particularly encouraged. – The Court reserves the right not to make any appointment to the vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description.