Chief of Country Office, Khartoum or Kampala

International Criminal Court (ICC)

ICC Kampala, Uganda

22385 | Registry

Deadline for applications:

31/01/2023 (midnight, The Hague time)

Position title and level

Chief of Country Office (P-5)

Organisational unit

Country Office, Registry

Duty station

Various Duty Stations. Initial appointment may be made in Khartoum/Republic of Sudan or Kampala/Uganda with the possibility of deployment to another duty station (duty station may vary).

Type of appointment


Post number

To be determined

Minimum net annual salary

Salary of duty station will be applicable

Contract duration

until 31/12/2023, with possibility of extension subject to availability of funds

Special notice: this vacancy has been amended, however due consideration shall be given to applicants who have already applied to the vacancy with a deadline of 13.09.2022.

An appointment of the successful candidate to a GTA-funded position will be issued for a year (or less) at a time. In line with the Court’s relevant administrative instruction, any extension of such appointment shall be subject to operational requirements and/or availability of funds.

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

The incumbent of this post will participate in the Court’s Financial Disclosure Programme, administered on behalf of the ICC by the United Nations Ethics Office (UNEO). Information on the programme can be found here on the website of the UNEO [UNEO Financial Disclosure Programme].

Organisational Context

The positions of Chief of Country Office are located in the Country Offices in various situation countries and are under the overall supervision of the Director of External Operations (the Director) who provides strategic and substantive guidance on high-level issues. Under the direct supervision of the Director, the Chief of Country Office is responsible for supporting all activities carried out in a country by the different parties and participants to the Court’s proceedings. In addition, the Chief of Country Office develops strategies and action plans while supervising, coordinating and monitoring the implementation of the Registry activities in a designated country. The Chief of Country Office represents the Court’s position in the designated country and fosters cooperation with the media, Governments’ institutions, the UN, civil society, local, regional and international agencies.

The Chief of Country Office ensures the safety and security of all ICC personnel, and assets in the country as well as of the missions conducted in the country. They are also responsible for overseeing compliance with relevant Court’s policies and regulations.

The Chief of Country Office obtains, analyses and disseminates relevant information and updates, for example on political, security, operational and administrative matters to the Director as well as to the relevant Sections at Headquarters in a timely fashion. He or she also coordinates closely with the relevant Sections at Headquarters for operational, strategic and tactical issues, including judicial cooperation and external relations, mission planning and inter-field mission coordination, asset management, field security, outreach/public information and victim participation and reparations.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Director, Division of External Operations, the incumbent will be managing one or multiple Country Offices and will be performing the following duties: Office Management, judicial proceedings and administration

  • Manage the financial and human resources assigned to the Office(s) under their supervision, ensuring appropriate coverage, guidance and supervision of staff, efficient and effective use of such resources in accordance with established policies and delegated authority by:
  • Setting priorities, deadlines, standards and targets in accordance with set-up goals, overall priorities of the Court and Registry strategic plan;
  • Recruiting contractors, international and local staff;
  • Guiding and supervising internationally and locally recruited staff assigned to the Office(s) and acting as reporting officer for Performance Appraisal Reports (apart from the Victims and Witnesses Section staff members);
  • Ensuring the security and safety of ICC staff and other clients for whom there is a duty of care;
  • Adopting and implementing standard operating procedures and advising on policy gaps;
  • Maintaining effective relations with clients and providing timely, high-quality services to clients;
  • Representing the Registry in the judicial proceedings by written submissions and/or oral submissions during hearings on the matters in relation to the operations in the country(s).
  • Overseeing the Registry activities conduced in the country(s) and ensuring provision of adequate support by the country office staff to the clients in close coordination with them;
  • Taking responsibility for the Office’s budget by certifying expenditures, preparing budget estimates and reports and being ultimately responsible for the assets assigned to the office(s);
  • Ensuring the integrity and timeliness of substantive and financial reports;
  • Maintaining close liaison with the headquarters and keeping the Director informed of progress made in the field.

Development of the strategies and action plans of the office(s);

  • Formulate strategies and actions plans for the Registry’s team in the office(s);
  • Coordinate, monitor and evaluate the overall progress of ongoing activities in the country(s) in order to ensure the effective delivery and use of funds as well as consistency with the objectives set forth in the action plans;
  • Determine and recommend to the Director a selection of viable projects and trusted partners to be developed and implemented in the country(s);
  • Explore opportunities to partner and cooperate with local stakeholders in the country;

  • Monitors, reports and advises the Director and, within delegated authority, responds to political, security and media developments affecting the implementation of the strategies and overall impact on the Registry’s activities in the country(s);
  • Foster cooperation with the Government, State parties’ representatives, international organisations, nongovernmental organisations and, within delegated authority, negotiate agreements related to cooperation;
  • Provide information to the State parties’ representatives, civil society organisations, UN in the assigned country/region on the development of the Court’s judicial proceedings, in order to retain and foster their support and cooperation;
  • Keeping staff in the Headquarters fully informed through periodic reports on issues relevant to the core mandated areas and other key substantial areas, as required.


  • Build and maintain a local network of external partners (governmental authorities, diplomatic missions, National and International Organisations, affected communities, NGO’s, media and civil society) in close coordination with the External Relations and State Cooperation Section, Victims Participation and Reparations Section and Public Information and Outreach Section;
  • Represent the Court’s position in the assigned country especially within the host country(s);
  • Functioning as a repository and focal point for information related to the relevant core mandated areas.
  • The Chief of Country Office(s) may be assigned additional duties and responsibilities as requested by the Director.

Essential Qualifications

Education: Advanced University degree in political or social sciences, public international law, international relations, law, public or business administration or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience is accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience: A minimum of ten years (twelve years with a first-level university degree) of progressively responsible relevant experience including experience at the managerial level.

Knowledge of the Courts’ legal texts and the judicial proceedings related to the designated country.

Proven administrative and human resources management of an office or team is an asset.

Capacity to stimulate intellectual, substantive level dialogue with the Government and other stakeholders on the issues of cooperation and coordination; sensitivity to political issues and adaptability to local environment.

Knowledge of Languages

Proficiency in one of the working languages of the Court, French or English is required. For the situation in Darfur/Sudan, working knowledge of Arabic is highly desirable. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Chinese, Russian and Spanish) is considered an asset.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Professionalism
  • Leadership
  • Vision
  • Communication
  • Client Orientation
  • Judgement/Decision-making
  • Managing Performance
  • Teamwork
  • Empowering Others
  • Planning & Organizing
  • Confidentiality

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.