Chief of Field Office, Bamako

International Criminal Court (ICC)

ICC Bamako, Mali

22171 | Registry

Deadline for Applications:


Organizational Unit:

Country Mali/Cote d’Ivoire, Registry

Duty Station:

Bamako – ML

Type of Appointment:

STA Post

Post Number:

Minimum Net Annual Salary (Single Rate):


Contract Duration:

Until 31/12/2022

Special Notice: A Short-Term Appointment is used to recruit staff to meet short-term needs. The duration of this assignment is provided above. The maximum duration of a short-term appointment including extensions shall not exceed 12 months.

A Short-Term Appointment does not carry any expectancy, legal or otherwise, of renewal and shall not be converted to any other type of appointment.

Due to the short-term nature of the assignment, the ICC reserves the right to make an appointment at one grade lower than that stated in the vacancy with a modified job description.

A current ICC staff member who is holding a fixed-term appointment may apply for any short-term position. Where a current ICC staff member is selected to a short-term position, he or she will be temporarily assigned to the position in line with section 4.10 of ICC/AI/2016/001. GS-level posts are subject to local recruitment only.

The terms and conditions of service for staff members appointed under a short-term appointment are governed by ICC/AI/2016/001.

Organisational Context

These positions are located in the Country Offices in various situation countries, and are under the overall supervision of the Director of External Operations (the Director). 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 staff members and assets 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 in a timely fashion.

The External Operations Support Section in Headquarters (HQ) is the day-to-day liaison for operational and tactical issues, including mission planning, HQ support, liaison and inter-field mission coordination. The Director provides strategic and substantive guidance on high-level issues.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Director, Division of External Operations, the incumbent will be managing the duty station Mali and covering for Côte d’Ivoire and will be performing the following duties: Office Management and administration

  • In accordance with established policies and delegated authority, manage the financial and human resources assigned to the Office under their supervision, ensuring appropriate coverage, guidance and supervision of staff, efficient and effective use of such resources by:
  • Setting priorities, deadlines, standards and targets in accordance with set-up goals;
  • Recruiting contractors, international and local staff;
  • Ensuring the integrity and timeliness of substantive and financial reports;
  • Guiding and supervising internationally and locally recruited staff assigned to the Office and acting as reporting officer for Performance Appraisal Reports (apart from the Victims and Witnesses Section staff members);
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Keeping the Director informed of progress made in the field.
  • Any other duties as required.

Development of the strategies and action plans of the office

  • Formulate strategies and actions plans for the Registry’s team in the office;
  • Coordinate, monitor and evaluate the overall progress of ongoing activities in the country 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;
  • 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.

  • Foster cooperation with the Government, State parties’ representatives, international organisations, non-governmental 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;
  • In close coordination with the External Relations and State Cooperation Section, builds and maintains a local network of external partners (governmental authorities, diplomatic missions, National and International Organisations, NGO’s, media and civil society);
  • Represent the Court’s position in the assigned country especially within the host country;
  • Functioning as a repository and focal point for information related to the relevant core mandated areas;
  • Keeping staff in the Headquarters fully informed through periodic reports on issues relevant to thecore mandated areas and other key substantial areas, as required.

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, Skills and Abilities

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

Knowledge of Languages

Proficiency in French is required and working knowledge in English is essential. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) is considered an asset.

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 – In accordance with the Rome Statute, the ICC is committed to achieving geographical representation and gender equality within its staff as well as representation of the principal legal systems of the world (legal positions). Nationals from the list of non-represented and under-represented States are strongly encouraged to apply. In addition, applications from women are strongly encouraged for senior positions at the Professional (P) and Director (D) levels. Posts shall 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, as appropriate.

– 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. – 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.

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