International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP)

ICMP Sarajevo

This job opportunity is open for current or former ICMP staff members. External candidates are not under consideration at this time.

Organization profile

Every year, millions of people around the world go missing as a result of conflict, human rights abuses, disasters, organized crime, irregular migration, and other causes. This is a complex global challenge that can be tackled effectively through cross-cutting programs that address a variety of difficult, interconnected issues.

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) is the only international organization tasked exclusively to work on the issue of missing persons. It works with governments and other stakeholders, including families of the missing, to help them develop and maintain successful missing persons processes. To learn more about ICMP click here.

Western Balkans Program

In the Western Balkans, ICMP has supported regional cooperation in the search for the missing; it has worked effectively to foster the development and cooperation of civil society organizations with one another and with governments and local authorities in the region. It has pioneered the application of state-of-the-art DNA and advanced database informatics to locate and identify large numbers of missing persons. To date, more than 70 percent of the estimated 40,000 persons reported missing at the end of the fighting in the Western Balkans have been accounted for. ICMP’s Western Balkans Program continues to provide assistance to countries in the region to account for approximately 12,000 persons who are still missing from the conflict in the 1990s.

The Forensic Anthropologist will carry out ICMP mortuary operations, including examination, reexamination, case review and identification activities in support of designated authorities and assist authorities in undertaking mortuary operations to international standards and ICMP policies and SOPs.

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the WB Forensic Coordinator, the Forensic Anthropologist’s duties and responsibilities will include, but will not necessarily be limited to, the following:

  • Assist supervisors in developing anthropological best practice
  • Undertake anthropological assessment and analysis, provide ICMP examination and mortuary support, and coordinate with ICMP support staff and national authorities and agencies regarding the undertaking of mortuary operations
  • Provide ICMP technical assistance to national authorities involved at examinations through implementation of standards for anthropological assessment
  • If required, provide ICMP technical assistance to national authorities involved at excavations through implementation of standards for archaeological assessment and excavation
  • Accurately enter data into specialized databases, create anthropological reports based on collected data, and liaise with ICMP informatics development team regarding the development of examinations databases Contribute to the development and review of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for AAD’s scientific, technical, and logistical processes
  • Other related duties as assigned


  • Graduate degree in forensic anthropology, archaeology, or related discipline
  • Master’s degree in aforementioned disciplines is an advantage
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant professional experience
  • Experience or proven high capability in forensic examination of human remains, including the fragmentary and commingled skeletal elements
  • Hands on experience in employing forensic anthropological skills at examinations of human remains, including the anthropometrics, establishment of a biological profile, assessment of trauma, pathology, and taphonomy
  • Experience in drafting anthropological reports and in forensic photography are an advantage
  • Experience or proven high capability in employing forensic archeological skills at excavations of human remains is an advantage

  • Good written and spoken communication
  • Able to effectively follow strategies planned and implemented by supervising staff, and report upon them
  • Abilities in problem solving, negotiation, and communication
  • Determination to complete objectives and reach targets when working in challenging conditions
  • Capable of performing well under pressure and meeting tight
  • Self-organized, self-controlled, and self-reliant, with a high level of personal and team responsibility.
  • Threat awareness and ability to recognize, respond to, and manage
  • Capability to work for extended periods and long hours in difficult and changing environments
  • Capacity and willingness to work with limited facilities and under ‘hardship’ living conditions

Mandatory Requirements

  • Professional proficiency in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and in English
  • Knowledge of Albanian will be considered an asset
  • Proficiency in Microsoft applications, including Word, Access, Excel, Power Point, Outlook and Teams
  • Proven ability to interact positively with colleagues regardless of culture, nationality or gender
  • Ability to travel and to work flexible hours including weekends and evenings, if requested in advance
  • Commitment to the underlying objective of helping the authorities and families of the missing to account for missing persons in an impartial and transparent manner

This is a 10 month full-time temporary maternity leave cover with a competitive base salary at the LES 5 on the ICMP Western Balkans salary scale, generous paid leave and extensive health insurance benefits for the incumbent.

This position is not eligible for expatriate allowances.

This position is open to internal or former ICMP staff members only.

Expected start date: 1 August 2022

Review of applications will begin on 1 July 2022; however, the position will remain open until filled.

ICMP is committed to maintaining an environment of mutual respect, where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants. ICMP believes that diversity and inclusion among our staff are critical to our success as a global organization, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented individuals from a thoroughly diverse range of candidates. ICMP is proud to be part of the International Gender Champions network.

ICMP may cancel this recruitment without notice, or may decide to offer a position with different duties and/or contract length.

Tags: bosnia and herzegovina, human rights, organized crime, regional cooperation